Oddities in sports never seem to end

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 30, 2008

The Selma Times-Journal

Sports become odd sometimes. You think things are a certain way, and then all of a sudden, they’re not. You think things are impossible, and then all of a sudden, they are.

Funny how those things work out. You know the drill. Let’s go down “The List.”

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6. Goodell speaks out – What’s this? A professional sports commissioner actually saying players need to make less money?

Gasp and double gasp!

NFL commish Roger Goodell said it was “ridiculous” how much rookies are paid in guaranteed contracts. I agree with him, and I’ll join his cause for $12.875 million per year, a house, a Chevy Tahoe, a gym membership and all the Sun Chips I can eat.

5. The Rays – It was only a matter of time before all those No. 1 draft picks started coming together, but seriously, this is ridiculous. Tampa Bay has the best record in baseball (49-32), second-best home record (30-13) and lead the AL Central by half a game. Second half meltdown?

4. Steroids testing in NASCAR – They’re really, really serious about this. No, I mean, reeeaaaally serious. Of all the people that rag on race car drivers, I’m the last one. But where does this end? Next thing you know, someone’s going to accuse a professional bowler of injecting the thumb of his throwing hand.

3. Pitchers named Slowey – His name is Kevin Slowey, and he plays for the Minnesota Twins. If I were a general manager and I refused to draft him because of his last name, could I be sued for discrimination?


I still hate the NBA – After dreaded soul searching and painstaking effort, I have concluded that I was right all along. The NBA is nothing more than a watered down version of what it once was … Just like Michael Jackson post-1987. Who’s bad? Not you, Michael.

1. No-hit wonders – This is why it pays to be a baseball fan. The L.A. Dodgers didn’t get a hit Saturday night against the Angels – and still won. Explain this to me, George L., you’re thinking. Simple … Walks, plus a terrible offense, plus the mystery of the game equals the only reason in the world I would be jealous of someone in southern California.

George L. Jones is the Times-Journal managing editor and may be reached at 410-1744 or george.jones@selmatimesjournal.com.