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Some ran­dom thoughts for a sum­mer Satur­day morn­ing …

Ev­ery­one knows about bat­ting av­er­ages. But what’s the av­er­age av­er­age? As in, what is the Ma­jor League Base­ball-wide av­er­age? Glad you asked. So far this sea­son it’s .255. Which is a weirdly con­sis­tent num­ber. In four of the past seven sea­sons (in­clud­ing this one) that’s been the league av­er­age, bang on.

In case you’re won­der­ing, the high­est it’s ever been is .309 in 1894. In the mod­ern era, the high point was .271 in 1999. The low­est? In 1968 it dipped to a lousy .237.

Hamil­ton is Cash­town

Six­teen men who played their junior or mi­nor-league hockey in Hamil­ton have signed NHL con­tracts since Jan. 1 for a stag­ger­ing to­tal of $142,725,000.

No, that’s not a typo. It re­ally does say 142 mil­lion dol­lars plus. The five big­gest of those pack­ages? Carey Price — $84 mil­lion (Bull­dogs) Scott Dar­ling — $16.6 mil­lion (Bull­dogs) Trevor Da­ley — $9.5 mil­lion (Bull­dogs) Zach Hy­man — $9 mil­lion (Red Wings) Mike Con­don — $7.2 mil­lion (Bull­dogs)

The im­pov­er­ished mil­lion­aire

How crazy has the money be­come in pro sports? One of the big losers this off-sea­son is for­mer Rap­tor Pa­trick Pat­ter­son who had to set­tle for $16.4 mil­lion over three years from the Ok­la­homa City Thun­der.

Imag­ine be­ing trash-talked be­cause you’re only mak­ing $5.4 mil­lion.

McDavid or Gor­tat? Hmm …

One more on money. The great­est hockey player in the world — ar­guably — is Con­nor McDavid. He signed an eight-year con­tract this week that will pay him $100 mil­lion. That works out to $12.5 mil­lion a sea­son.

Mean­while, Toronto Rap­tor point guard Kyle Lowry, who is nowhere near the great­est bas­ket­ball player on the planet, will get $33 mil­lion a sea­son.

In fact, 76 NBA play­ers (and count­ing) will make more than McDavid in­clud­ing such lu­mi­nar­ies as Ian Mahinmi, Gorgui Dieng, Cody Zeller, Marcin Gor­tat and Ken­neth Faried.

Yeah, right

Speak­ing of Lowry, he an­nounced his new con­tract in The Play­ers’ Tri­bune, an on­line site favoured by athletes th­ese days. So why ex­actly did he say he was stay­ing in Toronto?

“I’m com­ing back to Toronto be­cause my heart is telling me that it’s home — and be­cause stay­ing home, for me and my fam­ily, feels like the right thing to do. My heart is telling me that this is the best city in the world, with the best bas­ket­ball fans in the world. It’s telling me that the Rap­tors can be a cham­pi­onship-level team sooner than later. And I’ll be hon­est (and don’t hate) — it’s telling me that I’ve still never had pou­tine.”

Just to be clear then, he’s not stay­ing be­cause the mar­ket for his ser­vices dried up? And he’s not stay­ing be­cause the Rap­tors of­fered him $100 mil­lion?

Got it.

Didn’t lose much

New CFL com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie played nine years in the league as an of­fen­sive line­man. So how did he do? In that time he only had one los­ing sea­son (his rookie year) and ended with a life­time reg­u­lar-sea­son record of 99-61.

Op­por­tu­nity lost

There were many ex­cel­lent de­tails in Teri Pecoskie’s be­hind-the-scenes glimpse at the NHL Draft (you can still find it at thes­ along with a ter­rific pod­cast that’s worth a lis­ten) but one hi­lar­i­ously stood out. That be­ing the fact that the limo bus Macken­zie En­twistle’s fam­ily used to get back and forth from the ho­tel to the arena was equipped with a strip­per pole. Makes you won­der if … “No,” Pecoskie in­sists. “No­body ac­tu­ally swung from the pole.”

Well, the team is flush with cash

The Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats get their first look at the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers’ new palace on Satur­day night. The place is get­ting rave re­views for its lux­u­ries and all the other im­prove­ments over the old place.

How­ever, the de­sign has been draw­ing some interesting com­par­isons. It has been de­scribed in var­i­ous places as look­ing like a bro­ken toi­let seat (some are call­ing the place The Toi­let Bowl) a bed pan and even — this one takes some creativ­ity — an open-top ovum.

Map Quest

Look­ing for some­thing fun to do to­day with the whole fam­ily? Gather the kids around and play a game of Let’s-Find-The-Places-Ahead-Of-Canada-On-The-World-Soc­cer-Rank­ings-On-A-Map. We jumped up to No. 100 this week so a few of the choices from past years have been elim­i­nated. But go ahead and pull out the globe any­way, and see if you can find Tu­nisia (34), Burk­ina Faso (44), Mon­tene­gro (54), Mali (59), Guinea (66), Mau­ri­ta­nia (81), Guinea-Bis­sau (88), Faroe Is­lands (90), Gabon (91) and Benin (93).


The En­twistle crowd on the party bus they rented to shut­tle them to the NHL draft in Chicago.

Toronto FC striker Jozy Alti­dore, left, and for­mer world box­ing cham­pion Len­nox Lewis.

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