After the NFL reached a $765-million settlement with more than 4,500 players who had filed a concussion-related lawsuit, Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "For a league that makes $10 billion a year, a settlement of three-quarters of a billion dollars isn't crippling. Painful, yes, but nothing that won't heal. Call it a hunch, but I see raised ticket prices in your future, NFL fans."
"She swam all the way from Cuba to Miami," said CBS-TV's David Letterman of Diana Nyad's 110-mile journey from Cuba to Miami, "accompanied by five Cuban pitchers."
Of course, Steve Seibel of Kamloops is one of the referees working the FIBA Americas championship in Caracas, Venezuela. The lawyer from our town is recognized as one of FIBA's top officials.. .. By the way, if you aren't paying attention to Canada's entry in that tournament, you should be.
"The Red Sox have a 5.5-game American League East lead with 24 games to play," wrote Peter King of mmqb.si.com on Monday. "They wouldn't be fixing to break hearts from Millinocket to Woonsocket, would they?" It's amazing how insecure followers of the Boston Red Sox are, even after all of the recent success.
Placekickers in football, both in Canada and the U.S., have gotten so good that it must be time for the pooh-bahs to make it tougher to hit from outside of 35 yards. It used to be that anything from 35 and in was a tapin. Now the automatic range seems to have reached 50 yards. The result is that field goals have become as exciting as point-afters.
"A billboard shilling for UNLV season tickets," notes Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times, "shows football coach Bobby Hauck alongside basketball coach Lon Kruger with the slogan 'Come To Our House.' Just one problem: It's 1,130 miles to Kruger's house. He left to become coach at Oklahoma in 2011."
So I'm watching TV the other night and - just when you think you've seen everything - on comes a promo for a new show called Vanilla Ice Goes Amish.. .. Seriously.. .. Which makes you wonder what's next? Michael Vick goes to the Westminster Kennel Club?
Here's Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com, getting ready for the NFL season: "Since 1996, the Dallas Cowboys have won exactly one playoff game and their playoff record is 1-6. Since 1996, the Arizona Cardinals have a playoff record of 5-3. America's Team, anyone?"
Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen, after Team Canada held the most-media-covered ball hockey event in history: "There is strong leadership on this team: Duncan Keith has emerged as the guy who yells Car! and Game on!" "A study found redwood and sequoia trees are thriving because of climate change," writes Cam Hutchinson in the Saskatoon Express. "This proves my theory that most things will thrive if they get enough hugs."
Here's tennis fan RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com: "At the U.S. Open, Canadian Vasek Pospisil led two sets to one, but lost his first-round match in five tough sets over two days. Turns out it was Mission Impospisil."
Gregg Drinnan is sports editor of The Kamloops Daily News. He is at email@example.com, gdrinnan.blogspot.ca and twitter. com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears Saturdays.
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