Sunday, December 7, 2014
Who knew there was a National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum? Well, there isn’t just yet. But organizers are searching for the right location in Milwaukee and hope to have it open in 2016. . . . After the Miami Marlins signed slugger Giancarlo Stanton to that huge contract, Greg Cote of the Miami Herald chimed in with: “A 13-year, $325-million contract means Stanton will ‘earn’ $68,493 per day, year round, before taxes. That’s $2,854 per hour, nonstop, around the clock. That’s $48 a minute. In the time it took you to read the preceding few (lines), I think Stanton just made enough money to buy the Bahamas.” . . .
The WHL’s Saskatoon Blades held a Pucks and Paws night recently, after which RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com wrote: “Summing up Saskatoon's 8-7 OT loss at home to the (Swift Current) Broncos on Pucks & Paws night: 3. A bark-and-forth thriller; 2. Blades late equalizer sends crowd through the woof; 1. Losing in overtime simply arf-ful.” . . . One more from Currie: “Matt Damon confirmed he’ll return once more as agent Jason Bourne. Three suggested titles: 3. The Bourne Inability; 2. Bourne Again; 1. The Bourne Seniority.” . . .
After Tiger Woods kicked it around during his return to competitive golf on Thursday, ESPN’s headline read: Tiger 11 behind leader Spieth. . . . As Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, noted: “11 behind doesn’t sound great. But guess it’s better than saying it another way, that Tiger Woods is last in an 18-man field.” . . . The afore-mentioned Currie writes: “Lindsey Vonn returned to competitive skiing in Alberta while boyfriend Tiger Woods returned to competitive golf in Florida. Of the two, Tiger is going downhill faster.” . . .
Craig MacTavish, the general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, held a news conference Friday morning to discuss the state of his team’s union. The president of the United States should get such media attention when he discusses the state of his country’s union. . . . As Cam Hutchinson of the Saskatoon Express put it: “Craig MacTavish called a news conference to say the Edmonton Oilers suck, but will continue down the same path that makes them suck.” . . . MacTavish spent 30 minutes saying a whole lot of nothing, but that didn’t stop Sportsnet, with all those channels to fill with content, from replaying the news conference later in the evening. . . .
“After a round of online voting, the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2014,” reports Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post. “Joining 2013 inductee Rocky Balboa in the Hall are Crash Davis (of Bull Durham fame), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Ricky (Wild Thing) Vaughn (Major League). Better luck next year to the biggest work of fiction in sports history, Barry Bonds.” . . . The price of a gallon of gas has fallen more than $1.50 over the past six months. As comedian Argus Hamilton notes: “Hummers have resumed playing soccer on Sunset Boulevard, with Smart Cars as the ball.” . . .
“Jazz center Enes Kanter will wear a Santa hat and hang out with underprivileged kids in an event called ‘Kanter Klaus,’ ” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “The L.A. Angels, not to be outdone, are bringing back Bobby to host the Grich That Stole Christmas.” . . . One more from Perry: “Only in soccer: Seattle’s Sounders FC ties 0-0 in its final first-round MLS playoff game and advances. Then it wins its final second-round playoff game 2-1 and gets eliminated.” . . . Here’s Perry, again: “Boston University handed out tubes of Crest toothpaste when its hockey team hosted Colgate. Just be glad the Terriers don’t get to schedule Marlboro College.” . . .
In case you missed it, actor Mickey Rourke was back in the ring the other day, beating up an opponent 33 years younger than he is. As Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen pointed out: “Don't the San Antonio Spurs do that every week?” . . . Contributor Bill Littlejohn claims that the 62-year-old Rourke’s “prize move was the Ali Shuffleboard.” . . . “Big week for NASA,” scribbled Ron Judd of the Seattle Times, “whose successful launch and recovery of the Orion space capsule proved beyond a shadow of a doubt we’re halfway back to the capabilities of the Apollo program of 50 years ago.” . . .
Just the other day, Jack Gangwish, a defensive end with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, saw a raccoon on the side of a road so, yes, he decided to take a selfie with it. Yes, the raccoon bit Gangwish, who promptly killed it with a wrench. The raccoon is being tested for rabies, which resulted in Gangish tweeting: “I googled Rabies symptoms. Irritability, muscle spasms, aggressiveness, confusion? I think football gives you Rabies.” . . . It doesn’t appear that NFL teams are in a hurry to sign running back Ray Rice, who on appeal has had his NFL-imposed suspension lifted. “Rice is available to be signed by any NFL team,” noted comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, “but many teams have opted to buy a 10-foot pole instead.”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)