Reflections on the Week that Was
First of all, sad farewells to Mark “The Bird” Fidrych, Harry Kalas and, most of all, Merle Harmon. All three will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. May they rest in peace.
Brewers pitcher Jeff Suppan secured his spot in the rotation for the time being with his winning performance on Sunday against the New York Mets. Don’t count on that continuing as the Mets new ballpark so far seems to play pretty forgiving for pitchers.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Green Bay Packers selection of steroid addled offensive tackle Tony Mandarich in the NFL draft. Mandarich is widely regarded as the biggest bust in Packers history and the team has long been chided for not selecting running back Barry Sanders, who went to the Detroit Lions with the following pick. To be fair, though, not many people in or out of the NFL questioned the pick at the time. Besides, how many Super Bowl titles did Sanders win for the Lions?
Freshman quarterback Curt Phillips logged his first time under center for the University of Wisconsin football team in the annual spring intrasquad game Saturday at Camp Randall in Madison. The feeling here is you’ll be seeing a lot more of him in the fall.
In the last week, the New York Yankees have had games in which they’ve allowed 10, 15, and 22 runs; including 14 in one inning! Imagine how bad it would have been had they not spent all that money on CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett.
Speaking of the Yankees, I read where the new Yankee Stadium has the highest average ticket price in the major leagues at $73.
Speaking further of the Yankees, there was a big flap in New York this week when the New York Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the police dept. for ejecting a Queens man from the old Yankee Stadium last August when he tried to go to the rest room in the 7th inning stretch. Apparently, the Yankees have a policy restricting fan movement during the playing of “God Bless America”. For $73, you’d think they’d allow fans to burn flags if they so desire.
Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers got a little testy with the assembled media following his team’s opening playoff game loss to the Chicago Bulls, refusing to answer questions about injured forward Kevin Garnett. Doc must sense that the Celtics chances of a championship repeat went out the window with Garnett’s knee injury.