Tuesday, April 09, 2013


## Congratulations to the Louisville Cardinals, NCAA Division I champions. Michigan played tough, but that stifling Louisville defense just wears you down. Read Vod's post below for an overall view of the game.

Best line of the night: "Doesn't Rick Pitino look like a vampire who's a quart low?"   - Vod Kanockers

## Not only did the Yanks win, they won big. Last year, the bullpen was absolutely a shut-down company. This year, they're...well...exciting (?).  When Chamberlain first came up, he just blew people away with a 98 mph fastball and sharp late-breaking slider. Now, he's trying to finesse everyone, nibbling at corners and throwing a less-than-snappy slider 80% of the time.
For guys who weren't supposed to hit homeruns, only 6 teams in the majors have more homers and the Yanks are on a pace to hit 230+ dingers. I don't expect they'll do that the whole season, but it is encouraging.
What's with Bret Gardner? Has he lost a step or is he relying so much on his speed that he's trying that hard to get a good jump off of first?  He's not hitting, either. Up until yesterday, neither was Cano, but he's actually been running hard to first base EVERY TIME. I'll take that.
In the meantime, the "stopgap, over-the-hill gang" - Travis Hafner, Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis -  are doing great.  They're hitting a combined .380 with 5 homers and 14 RBIs. That's all you could want out of your 3-4-5 hitters. Teixeira, Granderson & A-Rod may have to win their jobs back when they're activated.

## I read where a reporter asked Tiger Woods what his biggest regret was. I thought the answer was obvious. "Boy, am I sorry I brought that nine-iron home."

## Did you hear that police in L.A. pulled over and ticketed a guy wearing an Easter Bunny suit? Why is that a big deal? You can see that every day in Philadelphia.

## Congratulations also to Rick Pitino, the latest addition to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

## Usually, the visiting team is assigned the dugout behind third base but for two straight series, the visiting Yanks have been in the first base side dugout.

## First we lost Stan Kegel, now Brad Dickson is going on vacation for a week. If Dwight Perry takes some time off, I may have to retire.

## I can't believe it. In the ninth inning last night, home plate umpire Marty Foster made a horrendous call on a pitch, calling a strike on a pitch clearly low and outside, ending the game. Afterwards Foster admitted it was a bad call. I'm very impressed that he stood up and took the blame for a missed call. That seldom happens.

## Terry Francona got lost yesterday, trying to walk the two blocks from his hotel to the stadium. No truth to the rumor that Terry was heard to say, "This was easier at Fenway, when all I had to do was follow the trail of chicken wing bones and empty beer cans."

"Have you seen Nike's new ad featuring Tiger Woods and the tagline Winning Takes Care of Everything? Two words for Nike: Lance Armstrong."  -- RJ Currie
" Reportedly, Auburn altered grades. It looks bad. The Auburn A.D. received a letter from the SEC commissioner, and through force of habit changed the “C” in SEC to a “B.”  -- Brad Dickson
"All these scores Sunday – NY wins 7-0,   Cleveland wins 13-0,   Boston wins 13-0,  St. Louis wins 14-3…. Did someone start the NFL preseason early and not tell me?"  -- Janice Hough
"A 18-pound tortoise named Cashew who disappeared from a museum in Dubuque, Iowa, was found alive and in good health two days later in a building elevator. Officials believe the tortoise was stolen and then returned. Which would be easier to explain than her just having run away."  -- Janice Hough
"Robby Cano replaced Scott Boras with Jay Z's agent:  Cano now has performance bonuses in his contract for rapping the national anthem, 'God Bless America' and 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game.'"  -- TC Chong
" 35 Atlanta teachers face possible charges for inflating students' scores on standardized tests.  But on the plus side, they've all been offered jobs at Auburn University."  -- Dwight Perry
 "An outdated toll-free number for the Yanks' box office on Yankees.com takes callers to a sex line instead. Coincidence? A-Rod just volunteered to man the phone bank."  -- Dwight Perry


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