Prime 5 Sports Stories
Blissful Tuesday everybody, this is my High 5 for February 28, 2012 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
– Matt Kenseth wins the most bizarre Daytona 500 in history.
– Let the bidding start. The St. Louis Rams are anticipated to commerce their #2 choose within the NFL draft.
– Magic Johnson reportedly heads considered one of seven groups selected to advance within the bidding to buy the Dodgers.
– Pink Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek is expected to announce his retirement immediately after 15 years in the majors.
– Yawn. The NHL commerce deadline has come and gone.
2. I See Fireplace I See Rain
The place to start. The first rainout in Daytona historical past led to the first two-day race. When it had ended early Tuesday morning, there had been a two-hour delay because a automobile had crashed right into a jet dryer truck which was cleaning the observe. That resulted in a huge hearth and fuel spill. Danica Patrick’s race successfully ended on the second lap with a crash, although she later limped back and completed 38th. Brad Keselowsky was the winner, on Twitter. He actually tweeted from inside his car (not while driving children.) He started the night time with around 65,000 followers ending up with over 200,000. As for the real race, he finished 32nd. It is a race that may lengthy be remembered, even if the winner is not (Matt Kenseth.) They don’t call it the nice American Race for nothing.
3. The State of the Mets
It cannot be easy for Mets owner Fred Wilpon to face the media, but he did it yesterday. A couple of issues of notice. He said he was being sincere just a few years back. “After i stated three years in the past that the Mets weren’t affected by the [Bernard] Madoff factor, I was telling the truth — I do know you don’t want to listen to it — because we weren’t sued then.” And he was asked “Is promoting this group in your vocabulary?” He answered, “So long as I can, I plan to be the proprietor right here.” The close to future will convey a lot more clarity to the Mets monetary situation. A number of minority companions are lined up and the Madoff mess is lastly nearing its day in court. And Fred’s son did hand out “underdog” tee shirts for the players. So that’s a begin.
4. Drink Up
The great baseball clubhouse alcohol controversy rages on. Tampa Bay Rays supervisor Joe Maddon will enable beer in the clubhouse. “For me at the end of the day, I’d a lot choose our gamers making good decisions, and if you’re of authorized age, and the game is over, and you’ve sweated and lost a bunch of pounds and also you need to sit down down and have a beer, I see nothing flawed with that.” Fairly mature method. But then the zinger, “We’re not the Boston Red Sox.” You gotta love the American League East.
5. Respecting History
For the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic on April fifteenth, the Potomac Nationals have an fascinating ballpark promotion. Girls and youngsters shall be allowed into the ballpark first, 15 minutes earlier than the males. No phrase if the Nationals characteristic a sinkerball pitcher.
Completely happy Birthday: Race automotive driving nice Mario Andretti. Seventy two.
Bonus Birthday: Actor John Turturro. 55.
At present in Sports activities: Pitchers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale begin their joint holdout against the Dodgers. 1966.
Bonus Event: A unhappy day certainly. Mr. Ed, the speaking horse from the Television show went to that great stable within the sky.