Wednesday, December 23, 2015


...for Cashman to get off his duff and try to swing a trade, is there anything else going on that interests me?

** The Syracuse Orange played a game last night and again, it was not televised here. It wasn't even listed in the paper. Why is that? As sporadic as their play is, it is a Division I  basketball team within 80 miles of Rochester.This is twice this has happened.

** I read that the Nebraska Women's Volleyball team won the National Championship. That brought to mind one of my head-scratching questions: Why do they wear those brief uniforms? It's T-shirts and panties, for crying out loud. Female track athletes wear the same thing except the tops are skimpier. Beach volleyball women wear bikinis - and extremely skimpy ones at that. None of the male participants in these sports dress in a similar fashion. Okay, so TV execs feel that will draw more viewers and I sure like beautiful women, but this is over the top for me. Next thing you know, it will come down to shirts and skins. Let's see ABC put THAT on the Wide World of Sports.

** Just want to make sure nobody misses the Independence Bowl on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Two teams - Va. Tech and Tulsa - with a total of 12 losses. Odds makers feel neither team can win the game. Not interested? There's the Foster Farms Bowl - Neb./UCLA 11 losses. The Pinstripe Bowl has Duke & Indiana with 11 losses. I think the Oswego High School varsity could give these guys a battle.

** Odell Beckham Jr. of the NY Giants has been suspended for one game for trying to decapitate an opposing player last Sunday. He was called for THREE Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties during the game. THREE??
Is this Coach Tom Coughlin's new strategy? If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em up? There is no truth to the rumor that Giant players will be armed for the last two games. Maybe the opposing teams should be.

** Why do baseball forecasters love the Boston Red Sox so much? Last year the Red Sox were picked to finish first in the AL East, which I thought was pretty optimistic. The Sox finished last.
This year, FanGraphs again picked Boston to finish first in their division. Okay, this time they did pick up a couple of good players, but it's still the same core players, including two big busts from last year, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. A better team yes, but first place?

Since I probably won't blog again till next week at the earliest, we here at Chad Picasner At Large would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas.

" According to the N.Y. Daily News, November ended an NFL run of over six years with at least one arrest per month. I’ll say this for Roger Goodell, he really is a man of convictions."  -- RJ Currie
"When diving for a loose ball, LeBron James crashed into Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day, who’s OK after being taken away on a stretcher. To prove NBA superstars usually get the calls, she was whistled for blocking."  -- Brad Dickson
"Rockets wing Trevor Ariza lost a shoe in Tuesday night’s game, so Nuggets guard Will Barton picked it up and threw it off the court — earning himself a technical foul for delay of game. Apparently that’s one traveling violation that NBA refs will call."  -- Dwight Perry
"The Broncos’ are struggling on offense. Omaha has gone back to mostly being a city in Nebraska."  -- Dan Wetzel,
"Drew Brees tonight became the 4th QB in NFL history to throw for 60,000 yards. What might be as astounding, he did it without throwing against the Saints’ defense."  -- Janice Hough
"Baseball pariah Pete Rose, banned for gambling, lost his longshot bid for reinstatement. I wonder how much money Pete lost on that one."  -- Tim Hunter
"The Golden State Warriors of the NBA finally lost a game this week. The Harlem Globetrotters sent them a sympathy card."  -- Tony Chong
"A Minnesota mom sank a half-court shot at Bethany Academy in Bloomington. She got $4,000 off her daughter’s tuition and a contract offer from the Philadelphia 76ers."  -- RJ Currie
"The 3-10 Cleveland Browns have clinched a losing season yet again, for the eighth season in a row. In other words, they’re the NFL equivalent of Aunt Myrtle’s perpetually re-gifted fruitcake."  -- Dwight Perry
"The only way the NY Giants are making the playoffs is if the NFL taps Steve Harvey to announce the post-season matchups."  -- Marc Ragovin
 "New Mexico is playing in the New Mexico Bowl. “We got a bowl bid? Wow! Where are we going?” “Down the street.”  -- Brad Dickson


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