A Busy Friday!
Homer Bailey’s No-Hitter in Cincy
The Cincinnati Reds are HOT! I mean Red-Hot! Homer Bailey tosses the team’s first no-hitter for the team since September ’88. That’s 24 baseball years ago – a century to you and me. He’s had a tough year and despite the promise, he’s been plagued by shoulder injuries throughout his short career. But none of that got in the way of his spectacular performance against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Drafted in 2004, moved to the show in 2007, he’s maturing and could be the steady ace for years to come if his shoulder holds up. And isn’t Homer Bailey a real baseball name? Wouldn’t work in basketball. Go Big Ball Bailey! [USA Today Article on Bailey's No-Hitter]
U.S. Leads Ryder Cup 5-3
Keegan Bradley. Did you have any idea who this young golfer was before yesterday? The rookie was paired with an enthusiastic Phil Mickelson to take on the previously unbeaten Sergio Garcia and Luke Donald. Bradley hit some incredible birdies and was riding a high that he didn’t want to end. “Oh, baby, I wish we could go 36 more,” Bradley said. U.S. Team Captain Davis Love III is being very strategic and unyielding, choosing to bench Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker who lost twice on opening day to Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. Neither are happy about wearing the cheerleader vest and sitting on the end of the bench, but they’ll get over it. Maybe it’ll make Tiger mad. An angry Tiger with something to prove usually is something we’d like to see. [ESPN Article on Ryder Cup]
Refs Approve the Deal
After three long weeks of regular season games with irregular calls, we have an 8-year deal. The score that had the most impact on the league so far is the 112-5 vote by the officials to accept the deal on the table. I wonder what the five no-voters were concerned about? It doesn’t matter though, because on Sunday the standard referee crews will be on hand to accept the boos and second guessing they’ve come to love. The replacement crew refs will be paid the $3,000 – $3,5000 promised them for the weekend. One of them will write a book I’m sure as they’ve already begun sharing their stories with news outlets. Mike Carey and Ed Hochuli and Jeff Tripplett … can’t wait to question your calls on Sunday. Mwah!