## Ah, one of my favorite irritants - the NCAA. An unnamed female golfer at an unnamed (of course) Western Conference university was punished for using a hose not available to regular students to wash her car. The school also reported her to the NCAA, in case the NCAA should find out and sanction the offending school. Pretty dumb, right? What you have to remember is that when the NCAA is involved, that pit is bottomless. The NCAA has added a punishment of their own, fining the student for the cost of the water and the depreciation of the hose. That will be $20, ma'am. OUCH!
Years ago, one of the Univ. of Indiana's basketball stars posed for a picture for a sorority calender to raise money for a charity. The NCAA was ready to punish him severely until coach Bobby Knight threatened to expose this fiasco. The NCAA backed down. Apparently, looking foolish in the public eye no longer bothers them.
## Israel Gutierrez is not the funniest reporter on The Sports Reporters, but he has his moments. This 'Parting Shot' had me laughing: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9334405
## Yesterday, the Detroit Tigers beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-3 with the help of five Tiger home runs. Four of them came in the 4th inning, three of them off of Oriole pitcher Jason Hammel. Immediately after the the third one, Hammel hit Matt Tuiasosopo in the head. It was a curve ball and a slow one at that. It didn't matter to home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt, who quickly ejected him. Both Hammel and manager Buck Showalter protested, but no matter. If three guys in a row hit homers and the pitcher hits the next guy, he's gone even if he rolled the ball up to the plate and hit the batter in the foot. Bye-bye.
## The Yankee season continues to be strange. They lose four straight to a team that shouldn't be a problem, then beat Boston's second-best pitcher. This is followed by a game in which Boston's starter with the worst record completely silences the Yankee bats (I use the word "bats" loosely). Tonight, they face Clay Buchholtz, arguably baseball's best pitcher this year. I have no idea how this will turn out.
By the way, the Yankee first-team players that just joined the team - Youkilis and Teixeira - have two singles between them for the first two games.
Albert Pujols, with 8+ years and $218 million due him, has knee and foot problems and can't play in the field. He's hitting .243 with 8 homers and 31 RBIs. Of course, that's still 8 homers and 31 RBIs more than A-Rod has this year.
Things are going from bad to worse for Mariner Jesus Montero. The former Yankee was sent to Tacoma last week because he wasn't hitting. Now he's not running - he tore a meniscus and is out for 4-6 weeks.
Friday, Michael Kay started to say that a Red Sox player had "...good numbers against Rivera...", when his record was flashed on the screen - 0-10. Michael changed his tune in mid-sentence. Even Michael had to laugh.
The Mets, who just swept the Yankees four straight, have lost two in a row to the Miami Marlins. Those wins were the 15th & 16th for the Marlins this year, increasing their chances of reaching 20 wins by the All-Star break.
***THEY SAID IT***
"North Korea test-fired four long-range missiles last weekend that barely made it offshore. That's 0 for 4 with four pop-ups, if you're scoring at home." -- Dwight Perry
"Tommy John recently turned 70. Coincidentally, he was the first player to undergo Tommy John surgery." -- Len Berman
"Keyshawn Johnson complained about Justin Bieber’s speeding: in their neighborhood. When your behavior offends an ex-NFL receiver, it is time to clean up your act.” -- Alex Kaseberg
"The NBA fined the Heat's LeBron James and the Pacers' David West and Lance Stephenson $5,000 apiece for diving in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.Or as the league's discipline police prefer to call it, a three-flop night." -- Dwight Perry