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  1. On Saturday, in his first two collegiate at-bats, Florida Atlantic freshman Caleb Pendelton hit two grand slams -- in the same inning.
  2. Huge win in the realm of the subhumans. Ohio State played very very well. Despite the high scoring, Michigan appeared to be playing its usual great defense, but the *uckeyes just shot the lights out on three-pointers, and made quite a few circus shots at the rim. And Ohio State's defense looked solid, too, but Michigan's offense beat it. Go Blue!
  3. It didn't look good at the half. Michigan played a sloppy first half, and Wisconsin played, and especially shot, very well. Very different game in the second half, with Michigan outscoring Wisconsin by 20 points. Sure didn't take long to scrape the rust off.
  4. Rusty but trusty! Big road win against another ranked team. Go Blue!
  5. Thanks. I realized that I should have included Novak Djokovic as part of the Trinity that has dominated men's tennis for a long time, even though he came along a little later than the other two -- first Grand Slam Title in 2008, last (so far) in 2020, so a 12-year spread. And as he is currently ranked Number One in the world, there's a good chance of more to come. I also spotted a couple of errors in my opening post. Ty Cobb last led the league in OPS and OPS+ in 1925, not 2025. And the spread for Gretzky as the NHL points leader was 14 years, not 13. Math class is hard.
  6. 43 is certainly different from 23. But the old guy made it to the finish line.
  7. Tom Brady won the Super Bowl and was the Super Bowl MVP last night. The first time he did that was in 2002, so his first and last (so far) Super Bowl wins and MVPs are 19 years apart. In 1907, Ty Cobb led the league in OPS and OPS+ for the firs time. He did it for the last time in 1925, 18 years later. In 1941, Ted Williams led the league in Batting Average, On-Base, and OPS for the first time. He did the same thing for his last time in 1958, 17 years later. Barry Bonds led the league in On-Base for the firs time in 1991 and the last time in 2007 (his final season), 16 years apart. His first and last times leading the league in OPS and OPS+ were 14 years apart. Pete Rose led the league in hits for the first time in 1965, the last time in 1981 -- 16 years apart. Stan Musial's first and last batting titles were 14 years apart. Tony Gwynn's first and last batting titles were 13 years apart. Jack Nicklaus won his first Major in 1962, his last in 1986, 24 years later. Tiger Woods won his first Major in 1997, his last (so far) in 2019, 22 years later. Serena Williams made her first Grand Slam final in 2001 and her last (so far) in 2019, 18 years apart. Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title in 2002 and her last (so far) in 2017, 15 years apart. Rafael Nadal won his first Grand Slam title in 2005 and his last (so far) in 2020, 15 years apart. Roger Federer won his first Grand Slam title in 2003 and his last (so far) in 2017, 14 years apart. Gordie Howe led the NHL in goals and points for the first time in 1950-51 and the last time in 1962-63, 12 years later. Wayne Gretzky led the NHL in points for the first time in 1979-80 and the last time in 1993-94, 14 years later. Michael Jordan led the NBA in points per game for the first time in 1986-87, the last time in 1997-98, 11 years later. Anyone have any other such notable sports firsts and lasts?
  8. For those who are in sports, though, it's a very big deal. If you've been sending your kids to camps and high-level private instruction for many years, and driving them to practices, and attending games, and following their travel teams around, and spending a ton of money on that stuff, you and your kids will be royally pissed about having the rug pulled out from under you by politicians and bureaucrats who won't (or can't) even explain the bases for their decisions. Let's face it, we're sports crazy. Very few parents get heavily involved in the Homecoming Float Committee or the decisions on what computers to buy for the lab, but the sports people sure as L pay attention to who their kids' coaches are, and how those kids are being used on the field or the court or the ice. Unless it turns out that the head of the History Department at Michigan has molested hundreds of students, you'll never hear anything about that or any other academic department. But you sure hear and read a lot about U of M sports. (And, as at most schools, or at least most Division 1 places, the football and men's basketball coaches are by far the two highest-paid employees of the U.) Sports has an outsize influence. Witness the recent event called the Super Bowl and all the hoopla leading up to it. And I'm not putting myself above it all, because I myself am a sports nut.
  9. Many of the lines that are being drawn make no sense. The 10 o'clock curfew for bars and restaurants. Because why? People can't transmit or catch the viirus before 10? Or even more ridiculous, the rule that patrons have to wear masks until they're seated. Again, why? Because you can only pass it on or catch it when you're standing up? Allowing high school football to be played, but not basketball, hockey, volleyball, or competitive cheer. There is no rhyme or reason to most of this crap.
  10. I don't have to like the Lions to like watching and discussing the Lions. They're often quite entertaining, in a comic relief sort of way.
  11. I really didn't care what they got. I just expect the Lions to make a mess out of whatever they do, and history is on my side. I despise the Lions and relish all of their failures, and especially the really comic ones. And I am counting on this to turn into another disaster. Maybe it won't, but I have my fingers crossed. And even if they have finally found a winning formula, I should enjoy at least a couple more years of the Lions being the Lions before I need to worry about something different.
  12. Yep. Nothing jumpstarts a rebuild like taking on a hugely overpaid quarterback whose team would have traded him for a traffic jam or a mudslide to be named later. And for the posters who are suggesting that the Lions can get out from under Goff's contract and ineptitude by trading him to someone else, who but the Lions would take him? Hilarious, and Lionsish to the nth degree.
  13. California, with its draconian shutdown policies, is doing considerably worse than some "open" states. Similarly, some countries that went crazy with shutdowns haven't fared any better than others that didn't. And studies done by some top-shelf epidemiologists and researchers, including at universities that are far from hotbeds of conservative politics, have indicated that the shutdowns have had little or no effect, except of course to bankrupt businesses and people and destroy the economy. Similar studies have shown, and medical experts who seem to have no political taxes to grind, have said, that masks are useless. And that the risk of death from this virus is much smaller than the shutdown advocates believe (or want us to believe). And even if these measures may have some benefit, there is no excuse for the arbitrariness and inconsistencies involved -- the nonsensical distinctions between "essential" and "nonessential" businesses or parts of businesses (Remember when stores had to close off certain sections and departments?); allowing high-school football to be played but not basketball or volleyball or hockey; letting elementary but only elementary schools open; and on and on. Then there are the ever-shifting alleged rationales for these policies. (Remember when it was just about preventing hospitals from being "overwhelmed"? I know quite a few doctors and nurses who work in or have privileges at various hospitals in the area, and they overwhelmingly say that they are not and in many cases never have been at risk of that.) The only winners in this absurd game are the makers and sellers of masks and hand sanitizer, and the power-mad politicians and bureaucrats who are driving this idiocy -- and are far more dangerous to the well-being of this country than is the so-called pandemic
  14. I still think that Belichick is a great coach, and still quite possibly the best of all time; he has had tremendous success with some pretty weak overall rosters, which is a sign of great coaching.. Part of that also stems from his ability to evaluate talent and make castoffs and low draft picks work -- a special necessity when you're always drafting at the bottom. Nevertheless, it is clear that having the G.O.A.T. for 20 years was a huge factor in Belichick's success. I always shook my head when people said that Brady was a "system" quarterback, i.e., a guy who worked only in a certain system created by the genius Belichick. What system was that? The one that had Hall of Famer Randy Moss as a huge, blazing fast deep threat? The one that relied heavily on a tremendous tight-end tandem until one of them started murdering people? Or the one in which the primary targets were two slow, white "possession" receivers? Far from benefiting from a single system for two decades, Brady excelled in a bunch of frequently-changing offensive schemes. And he continues to do pretty well with a new one at Age 43 -- one that has nothing to do with Bill Belichick. When Brady is gone, I will him like I miss other athletes whose greatness made them must-watch, players who alone were worth the price of admission and then some. Guys like Barry Bonds, Nolan Ryan, and Roger Clemens; Wayne Gretzky and Gordie Howe; Michael Jordan; and, of course, Barry Sanders. I hope that Brady wins the Super Bowl, but win or lose, he has further cemented his position as the Greatest of All Time, and I will always be grateful that I got to see him play.
  15. I will be astonished if the return for Stafford, given his age, injury history, and contract, includes more than one first-round pick.
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