Saturday, June 20, 2015

Putting on broccoli or cauliflower? . . . Bears shuffle to Stanley Cup win . . . Bills' tickets in demand





“Police in Overton, Texas, shut down a lemonade stand because the 7- and 8-year-old proprietors didn’t have a permit,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “Luckily, the cops didn’t notice the girls’ radio was broadcasting a Houston Astros game without the express written consent of Major League Baseball.” . . . Perry, with a note for those attending the U.S. Open: “Golf fans attending this weekend’s U.S. Open can bring marijuana into Chambers Bay — it’s legal in Washington state, remember — but they’re not allowed to smoke it there. That’s what you call an odd rub of the green.” . . . After playing Chambers Bay, the pros’ next stop will be the mini-golf course at Tower Lanes Entertainment Centre in Tacoma. . . .

While watching the U.S. Open on Friday, former Kamloops Blazers goaltender Darryl Reaugh tweeted: “So, someone explain how PGA players can't function if a guy is walking 75 yards behind the green but a train rumbling by is no big deal??!” . . . Also on the subject of the U.S. Open, longtime golf writer Dan Jenkins tweeted: “My friend Ed Sneed asks when was the last time the Open was played on a nuclear waste facility and does a Geiger counter count as a 15th club?” . . . After Round 2 of the U.S. Open, Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles News Group tweeted: “Henrik Stenson said Chambers Bay was like ‘putting on broccoli.’ I guess he won't be stalking the lead (Saturday).” . . . When he heard Stenson’s critique, Rory McIlroy responded: “I don't think they're as green as broccoli. Maybe more like cauliflower.” . . .

In something of a gaffe, the Korean Times had the Chicago Bears winning the Stanley Cup. “I can’t wait to see the Stanley Cup Shuffle,” noted Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe., Calif., correspondent. . . . During the NBA Finals, Littlejohn noted: “Internet buzz in the 'what if' department ponders WNBA star Elena Della Donne marrying Matthew Dellavedova of the Cleveland Cavaliers. That would result in her name being Elena Delle Donne-Dellavedova.” . . . Another report from Littlejohn: “With just $918 worth of tickets sold in 10 theatres nationwide, United Passions, a movie about FIFA, has earned the title of lowest grossing movie in U.S. history.$918? That won't even feed Chuck Blazer's cats for one day.” . . .

A note from Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen: “Congrats to Sepp Blatter on his new job running MLB All-Star Game voting.” . . . At the time of that posting, the Kansas City Royals had seven AL starters. . . . “Don’t get me wrong,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, “I’m thrilled not to see an AL All-Star team full of Yankees and Red Sox players. But seven Royals starting? And fans can vote a maximum of 35 times per email address. Great to have World Series home-field advantage decided in part by a process with all the integrity of American Idol.” . . . The U of Texas has approved the sale of beer at Darrell K Royal—Texas Memorial Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 100,119. “And the state has just legalized firearms on college campuses,” Hough notes. “What could possibly go wrong?” . . .

“Donald Trump announced he is running for president,” reports Rolfsen. “Does he mean FIFA?” . . . There is a new highways law in B.C. that cracks down on left-lane hogs, who can be fined $167 and hit with three demerit points. As Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong points out: “Previously, all you got was a one-finger salute from motorists passing you on the right.” . . . Here’s Brad Dickson, in the Omaha World-Herald: “The Magna Carta turned 800 years old on Monday. It established that no man is above the law. Of course, this was before Florida State University fielded athletic teams.” . . .

After it was revealed that former figure skating great Michelle Kwan had joined Hillary Clinton’s staff, NBC-TV’s Jimmy Fallon added that “Tonya Harding was hired to take care of any other Democrats who enter the race.” . . . Headline at TheOnion.com: Report: 87% of Americans unaware they have been chosen in later rounds of MLB draft. . . . You may have laughed when the Buffalo Bills signed Rex Ryan as their head coach, but there are reports that the NFL team has sold 57,500 season tickets. . . .

The NHL’s 2014-15 regular-season began on Oct. 8. The NBA’s 2014-15 schedule opened on Oct. 28. The NBA season ended Tuesday night, one night after the NHL’s wrapped up. Gee, do you think the NHL season runs too long? . . . If TV people are wondering why ratings in Canada were down in 2014-15, perhaps they can look at (1) the amount of hockey on TV; (2) the lack of offence in what has turned into a grinding game, rather than free flowing; (3) the seemingly never-ending season. . . .

“In Game 6 of the NBA Finals,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, “Andre Iguodala of the Warriors scored 25 points, was named series MVP and finally won his first championship. If Tennessee Williams were alive, he’d call it the Night of the Iguodala.” . . . “A resort in Cazumel, Mexico, has opened an underwater games lounge and bar,” Currie reports. “I hear it’s a real dive.” . . . Let’s close with Currie: “Canadian officials have ruled out mechanics as the cause of a recent Halifax-bound Air Canada crash. They’re still not sure about Eugenie Bouchard.”

(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.)

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