Sunday, July 28, 2013

Expos fans all made it to Toronto






Baron Davis, who may or may not be an NBA player, is telling a wild story about having been abducted by aliens a couple of weeks ago while driving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. “Actually, Davis was relieved,” wrote Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald. “At first when he was grabbed, he thought he’d been traded to the Bobcats.” . . . Davis later recanted, but who knows whether to believe him. . . . “We are proud to say that Los Angeles has one of the lowest crime rates of any major city. You know why?” says NBC-TV’s Jay Leno. “We don’t have an NFL team.” . . .

After hearing rumours that Lady Gaga soon will be married, Richmond blogger T.C. Chong wrote: “If that’s true, then look for her bridal gown to be barbecued and served as dinner to the guests.” . . . Chong, again: “Charles Foley, the inventor of Twister, has passed on. He will be buried with his right foot touching the casket’s top left hand corner and his left hand touching the bottom right.” . . . “A guy just asked me, ‘Did (Ben) Hogan ever wear red pants?’ ” tweeted legendary writer Dan Jenkins while covering the British Open. “Only with a gun to his temple.” . . .

Here’s Seattle Times reader Bill Littlejohn: “A Florida defensive lineman demonstrated his lack of knowledge of history by asking if Bear Bryant was a cartoon. Jeez, what would he say if someone mentioned Yogi Berra?” . . . Last weekend, the Seattle Mariners played the Astros in Houston. In the series opener, outfielder Brandon Barnes of the Astros hit for the cycle. In the second game, Houston’s pitchers gave up just one hit. The Mariners won both games. Hey, you can look it up. . . .

As you may be aware, Canadian Olympian Jon Montgomery — he won gold in skeleton in Vancouver in 2010 — is the new host of the TV show Amazing Race Canada. As RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com noted: “He’s a prime example of the saying: A pitcher is worth a thousand words.” . . . “About 1,000 Montreal fans were at the Blue Jays game,” wrote Janice Hough at leftcoastsportsbabe.com after last Saturday’s game in Toronto, “with the announced mission of trying to get major league baseball back in their city. Amazing that they could still get all the Expos’ season-ticket holders together.” . . .

What’s the worst thing Mickey Mantle ever did? Here’s Chicago White Sox broadcaster Ken Harrelson, to MLB.com: “He told me, ‘Hawk, the worst thing I ever did in my life was name one of my kids Mickey Jr. But how the hell did I know I was going to grow up to be Mickey Mantle?’ ” . . . Is it just me or are the Toronto Blue Jays in danger of becoming the Chicago Cubs of the American League? Even when the Blue Jays are leading, you’re waiting for the black cloud to engulf them. . . . But, like a car wreck, you can’t take your eyes off them. . . .

The hottest topic of conversation in Regina these days? Whether to hold the Grey Cup parade down Victoria Avenue or Albert Street. . . . Defenceman Corey Fienhage, who played one season (2010-11) with the Kamloops Blazers, has signed with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears, who are affiliated with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and Toronto Maple Leafs. Fienhage played last season with the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators. He was a third-round pick by the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL’s 2008 draft. . . .

It seems that someone from TRU was at last Saturday’s CFL game in Vancouver, thus this tweet from @123wolfpack: “#city of kamloops has big video at lions games promoting tourney capital and fails to show any @123wolfpack sports #ripped off“ . . . That video is part of the deal the City cut with the B.C. Lions involving the team holding training camp here. . . . Some elite female cyclists want to be allowed to compete in the Tour de France, so have put together an online petition aimed at getting them into the all-male race. “Tour de France organizers have basically ignored them. Much as they’ve done with drugs,” writes Len Berman at thatssports.com. . . .

Here’s Ian Hamilton in the Regina Leader-Post: “Commissioner Bud Selig said (during the All-Star break) that baseball ‘is cleaner than it’s ever been.’ He then professed his belief that there was a shooter on the grassy knoll, that the moon landings were filmed in Milwaukee and that Santa Claus is coming to town.” . . . Outfielder Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers will sit out the rest of this season, costing him about US$3 million in salary for whatever it is that he did. But don’t feel too sorry for him. When he returns, he will have seven years and $122 million left on his contract. He won’t have any credibility, but he will have lots of money.

(Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Daily News. He is at gdrinnan@kamloopsnews.ca, gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears Saturdays, except when it doesn’t.)

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