Sunday, September 30, 2012
Were it not for the fact that the NFL’s replacement officials made such a mess in Seattle on Monday night, the visit to the Emerald City by Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and friends would have drawn more attention than it did. . . . However, David Shoalts of The Globe and Mail noticed: “Katz should be congratulated for his multi-tasking during the NHL lockout. We thought both of his hands were occupied helping his fellow owners shake the players by their ankles in order to free every loose nickel. But Katz is dextrous enough to spare a hand to root around in the pockets of Alberta taxpayers as well.” . . . Centre Erik Christensen, who won the WHL scoring title while with your Kamloops Blazers in 2002-03, scored three times on Monday to lead his Lev Prague side to a 4-0 victory over Yugra in a KHL game. . . .
“Don’t worry,” tweeted Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle moments after Monday’s mayhem in Seattle. “Within a week the replacement refs will be back to their regular jobs, running Wall Street.” . . . Then there was this from actor Denis Leary: “I think if we can get replacement refs to vote on the Emmys I might actually win one. Even if I’m not nominated.” . . . And here’s Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register: “Replacement refs are now known as the Golden Tate Warriors.” . . . “Are there really people out there that think the results of the Regina civic election could lead to the stadium plan being deep-sixed, and the team moving to Saskatoon?” asks Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express. “My goodness, people. Have you been playing without your helmets again?” . . .
Brandt Snedeker had a pretty good weekend, as he won the PGA Tour Championship, the FedEx Cup and US$11.44 million. As Len Berman of ThatsSports.com noted: “Heck, some Yankees have to work an entire season to make that much.” . . . If you weren’t aware, Snedeker’s caddie was Scott Vail, who has some hockey in his background. His father, Eric, played for the Atlanta/Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings, and was the NHL’s rookie of the year for 1974-75. . . . After the news last week that the Puyallup, Wash., Fair is to be renamed the Washington State Fair, Ron Judd of the Seattle Times wrote: “Inspired by the news of the ingenious Puyallup Fair name change, organizers of the Indianapolis 500 announced that the popular auto race will be re-branded as the Hoosier State Half Thousand.” . . .
Former goaltender Daryl (Razor) Reaugh, who is a Blazer Legend in these parts, has been named the Best Sports TV Personality in the Dallas area by the Dallas Observer. It’s all part of that newspaper’s Best of Dallas 2012 awards. . . . Reaugh has been the analyst on Dallas Stars telecasts and broadcasts for 16 years. “In a town flush with quality sports TV types, nobody cooks a vocabulary stew quite like Daryl (Razor) Reaugh,” notes the Observer. “Using words like ‘mastadonic’ and ‘pulchritudinous’ as effortlessly as ‘skate’ or ‘puck,’ Reaugh brings an auditory flavor to the local hockey broadcast that can’t be matched.” . . . Why are the good citizens of Kamloops so surprised that so many drivers blow through the STOP sign at 7th and Seymour? After all, why should that STOP sign be any different than all the rest in the city? . . . Let’s be honest here. Drivers in the Lower Mainland are more courteous than drivers right here in River City, or have you never tried to drive the speed limit? . . .
“NFL linebacker Ray Lewis is intense,” writes R.J. Currie of SportsDeke.com. “Niners’ coach Jim Harbaugh is intense. But after watching the U.S. Open, Andy Murray’s mom scares the crap out of me.” . . . One more from Currie: “A semi-trailer flipped on a German expressway spewing 25 tonnes of beer down the highway. Unexpectedly, the clean-up was quickly taken care of by two hockey teams equipped with straws.” . . . “The Cheers bar is over-rated,” noted Richmond blogger T.C. Chong after a recent trip to Boston. “I walked in and nobody knew my name.” . . .
Steve Simmons, in the Toronto Sun: “The Vince Young, I’m broke story, isn’t sad. It’s pathetic. The guy went through $26 million in guaranteed money in six years — and who knows how much in marketing dough — and now he doesn’t have a dime. How long before the Alouettes come calling?” . . . In case you missed it, and you probably did, Old Dominion Monarchs quarterback Taylor Heinicke completed 55 of 79 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns in a 64-61 victory over visiting New Hampshire a week ago. . . . That is an NCAA Division 1 single-game yardage record. . . .
Head coach Mike Riley of the Oregon State Beavers made a deal with his players prior to Saturday’s game against host UCLA. Win and everyone goes to In-N-Out Burger for eats. The Beavers won 27-20 and Riley ordered 200 double-doubles with fries. That’s double patties and double cheese. . . . Yes, Riley paid. . . . Interestingly, UCLA coaches had In-N-Out logos on the boards they used to signal in offensive plays. . . . Wonder what the cook who was having a leisurely Saturday felt when that order landed in the kitchen?
(Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Daily News. He is at email@example.com, gdrinnan.blogspot.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears Saturdays, except when it doesn’t.)
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