Thursday, February 10, 2011

Plenty to marvel at

The Black History Month nod today goes to the fabulous pitcher Hilton Smith, overshadowed by Satchel Paige but superb on his own merits.

Interesting notes from Ken Burns' "Baseball" of the day:  In the Great Depression, the St. Louis Browns averaged less than 1,500 fans per game.  Worse, the Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, and Philadelphia Phillies all nearly went out of business.  The Braves eventually moved to Milwaukee and then Atlanta.  The Reds and Phillies righted the ship... and both made the National League playoffs last year, meeting in the first round.  Imagine an NL without them!

Link to enjoy:  Johnny McEntee, U-Conn's Trick Shot Quarterback.

Website to enjoy:  Did the Cavs Win Last Night?

An article that shouldn't have been written:  ESPN's Roy S. Johnson is impatient about college basketball's regular season and wants to get to March.

This is a pet peeve of mine - the national sports media deciding that there's nothing worth caring about except for everything NFL, college football, MLB, March Madness, and the NBA playoffs... which leaves this period in February "sports-light."  I'm a fan of the Tony Kornheiser radio show, but Tony was complaining about this the other day.  Trust me, if you're a sports fan, there's plenty to care about all year long, except for the day after the Major League All-Star Game.

In the NHL, the violent, high-scoring Bruins/Canadians game last night.

In the NCAA, the last-second Rutgers comeback against #10 Villanova.

Yes, there's plenty to enjoy, and the baseball season won't be long now.

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