At least de­cent fun­da­men­tals were shown on the play

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - DWIGHT PERRY

What, you think it was easy pitch­ing to freeswing­ing Vladimir Guer­rero? For­mer mound great Roy Hal­la­day, killed in a plane crash Tues­day, once said there were only two ways to go about it — nei­ther of them good. “The first was throw four balls, and then try and pick him off,” Hal­la­day said in June when the two were in­ducted into the Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Fame. “The only prob­lem is you couldn’t throw him four balls. So the next phi­los­o­phy, which worked a lit­tle bet­ter for me, was throw any­thing up there. “And back up third.”

HEAD­LINES

At TheOnion.com: “Doc­tors warn Mar­shawn Lynch that next time he goes into Beast Mode could kill him.”

At TheKicker.com: “Study: In-game fist fights safer than ac­tual foot­ball.”

IN­FANTRY OVER­LOAD

Talk about not beat­ing a team at its own game: Army handed Air Force its first foot­ball shutout in 306 games with­out go­ing to the air even once.

NUMB AND NUM­BER

Match the num­ber with its cor­re­spond­ing de­scrip­tion: 1) .037 2) .020 3) .0004 a) Pi­rates pitcher Ivan Nova’s bat­ting av­er­age in 2017 b) Wash­ing­ton Gen­er­als’ win per­cent­age against the Har­lem Globetrotters c) Browns’ win­ning per­cent­age over their past 27 games (An­swers: 1-c, 2-a, 3-b)

NOT-SO-CUR­RENT EVENTS

For­mer In­di­ana bas­ket­ball coach Bob Knight ripped UCLA’s late John Wooden — who last coached 42 years ago — for al­low­ing Bru­ins booster Sam Gil­bert free rein in re­cruit­ing. So what’s next — George Gipp got un­lim­ited use of Knute Rockne’s Model T?

NAME GAME

Think this guy just might have an ink-car­tridge en­dorse­ment in his fu­ture? In­tro­duc­ing Stan­ford place-kicker, Jet Toner.

NOT A GOOD LOOK

Ar­chae­ol­o­gists in Egypt have dis­cov­ered a 2,300-year-old gym. To no one’s sur­prise, vir­tu­ally all of the skele­tons were found in front of the mir­ror.

TALK­ING THE TALK

Car­di­nals WR Larry Fitzger­ald, to The Ari­zona Repub­lic, on Sea­hawks safety Kam Chan­cel­lor: “It’s like block­ing a re­frig­er­a­tor. Need To­radol shots, smelling salts, ev­ery­thing else I can muster.”

Greg Cote of The Mi­ami Her­ald, on As­ton Mar­tin sell­ing a $360,000 Tom Brady-edi­tion car: “It is pre­pro­grammed to drive straight to the Su­per Bowl.”

RJ Cur­rie of Sport­sDeke.com, on NASCAR driver Dan­ica Pa­trick among the first to ride in a driver­less bus in Las Ve­gas: “To make her com­fort­able, they had it fol­low 33 cars.”

METAPHOR OF THE WEEK

Pan­thers QB Cam New­ton, af­ter No. 1 wide­out Kelvin Ben­jamin got dealt to the Bills, told re­porters that “Yeah, we just lost a great player, but the Ti­tanic still has to go.” Con­sid­er­ing it’s Carolina’s less-than-stel­lar aerial game, shouldn’t it be the Hin­den­burg?

QUOTE MARKS

CBS’s James Cor­den, on the Dodgers’ World Se­ries loss: “In L.A. they talk about base­ball a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. Here they say that the Dodgers were can­celled af­ter seven episodes.”

Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., on Cleve­land wide­out Josh Gor­don say­ing he used drugs or al­co­hol be­fore ev­ery game: “To which diehard Browns fans are say­ing, ‘Wel­come to our world.’”

Mike Bianchi of the Or­lando (Fla.) Sen­tinel, on Cen­tral Florida coach Scott Frost’s name be­ing linked to open­ings or po­ten­tial open­ings at Florida, Ten­nessee, UCLA, Texas A&M and Ore­gon: “How long un­til one of the New York tabloids re­ports that Frost is headed to the Yan­kees?”

Com­edy writer Jerry Per­isho, on three Bruin bas­ket­ballers ques­tioned for shoplift­ing in Shang­hai: “The col­lege bas­ket­ball sea­son hasn’t even started, and al­ready UCLA leads the na­tion in steals.”

Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) WorldHer­ald, on 76ers guard JJ Redick com­mut­ing from Brook­lyn to Philadel­phia: “An in­ter­est­ing statis­tic: He could run that far with the ball and not be whis­tled for trav­el­ling.”

Jack Finarelli of Sport­sCur­mud­geon.com, on the huge tal­ent dropoff be­tween start­ing and backup QBs in the NFL: “The only time ‘Tom Sav­age’ and ‘De­shaun Wat­son’ might be­long in the same sen­tence would be in the an­swer to a ‘Jeop­ardy!’ cat­e­gory — ‘Hous­ton Tex­ans Quar­ter­backs in 2017.’”

Brad Rock of Salt Lake City’s De­seret News, af­ter BYU was flagged for hav­ing two play­ers with the same num­ber on the field at the same time against Fresno State: “Un­for­tu­nately, nei­ther was wear­ing Ty Det­mer’s No. 14, Jim McMa­hon’s No. 9, Steve Young’s No. 8 ...”

HAMIL­TON SPEC­TA­TOR FILE PHOTO

There were only two ways the late, great Roy Hal­la­day would pitch to his fel­low Cana­dian Base­ball Hall of Famer, Vladimir Guer­rero, and nei­ther, he said, were good.

RALPH FRESO, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Dan­ica Pa­trick, shown here with a friend, got a spe­cial es­cort when she was one of the first to get a ride in a driver­less Las Ve­gas bus.

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