Friday, December 10, 2010

Best and worst

I feel pride in the Miami Dolphins' best draft picks and a sort of shame at the worst. I won't name names here, but you can find them on this web site. It brought back lots of memories, many I'd like to forget.

They did leave Larry Csonka, a Hall of Famer, off the best list, though.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Snow dog


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Marino's record

The NY Times ran a story today on Philip Rivers' assault on Dan Marino's 1984 record of 5,048 yards. Rivers, playing for the Chargers, is on pace to finish about one yard short.

Which means he could easily break the record.

Marino's story-ending quote is revealing:

“I want it to last forever,” Marino said, laughing. “I want them to get close. I told Peyton, ‘You can get 48 touchdowns, but please don’t get 49.’

“It’s one of the only things I have left. Let me have it.”

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Series

I JUST FOUND A WEB SITE listing the World Series winners and losers. Interestingly, four teams have perfect records in the Series: the Florida Marlins and Toronto Blue Jays are both 2-0, and the Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks are both 1-0.

The Giants, who won Game 1 of the current Series, haven't won the world's championship since 1954, when they were still in New York. The Texas Rangers are making their first Series appearance.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

No unbeatens

In past years, Miami Dolphins fans have suffered until the 10th, 12th or 14th game of the season for the last unbeaten to go down. In 2007, they had to wait until late in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl for the New York Giants to rally and beat the "unbeatable" New England Patriots.

Not this year. The Indianapolis Colts conveniently beat the Kansas City Chiefs today, ending any worry that a team would match the '72 Dolphins. Now, fans just have to worry when the Dolphins will win again.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Staying or not staying on deck

I never realized there was so much to know about the on-deck circle until I read this story in the N.Y. Times. Some major leaguers stay in the on-deck circle, and others stray far from it.

I like the idea used by little leaguers; have the guy in the on-deck circle face the batter's back. Less chance of getting hurt.

I do wonder, though, how much advantage a hitter can get by moving closer to the catcher. If it weren't an advantage, they wouldn't do it.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Powerful names

I knew the well-named Lake Speed a little bit when he raced Winston Cup in the '90s, and I've met Indy-car driver Scott Speed. IRL driver Will Power (whom I never met) and drag-racing legend John Force (whom I have met) are others with powerful names.

But they'll never hold a candle to Dick Trickle, a good guy and a driver I know fairly well. The last time I talked to Dick was in 2007, when I was updating the Dale Earnhardt book.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Cool baseball site

You may have noticed that I'm a sports fan, and I just found a cool web site. The Baseball-Reference has a page on the 1927 Yankees, arguably the greatest baseball team of all time. That team was famous for Murderers Row, with Ruth, Gehrig and that bunch.

Then there's the page for the 1969 Orioles, a great team reviled for losing to the Mets in the World Series. The O's won 109 games that year and supposedly lost to an inferior team. I believe the Mets won 100 games in the regular season that year.

I don't have the heart to look up the 2010 Orioles. I couldn't stomach the anguish.


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