Monday, May 30, 2016
Cleaning out the inbox-Sports version
Goodbye to former Giant third baseman Jim Ray Hart,who passed at the age of 74.
Hart,who was part of those talent loaded Giants teams of the 1960's that never seemed to win it all.
Hart hit 31 homers as a rookie in 1964 and never hit fewer than 23 bombs over the next four seasons in San Francisco.
Hart's decline came fast though as he would as only play more than 100 games once after 1968.
Bruce Markusen of Hardball Times has an excellent take on the career of Jim Ray Hart.
ESPN has an interview with Rob Wicall,who has been the San Antonio Spurs coyote mascot for twenty plus years and has just retired from being inside the suit.
I found it interesting just what goes into being the mascot in major league sports.
ESPN continues to have a turnover in talent after a recent drop in viewers as people "cut the cable cord".
Mike Tirico left Monday Night Football for NBC,which as I find Tirico rather bland,wasn't a big deal,but Heather Cox leaving college football for NBC?
A bigger deal as she is my favorite sideline reporter (with Olivia Harlan gaining ground by the yard) and her replacement would be Sam Ponder on Saturday night games,which I don't look at as an upgrade.
I've noted in the past that that job in general is superflous,but Heather Cox does the job better than the rest,so NBC has themselves a real pro...
I've also noted that I surprisingly liked Katie Nolan's show Garbage Time on FS1,which I didn't expect to do.
From the old school Nintendo style graphics to open the show,to the irreverent behavior and the charm of the host,Nolan has become the one breakout star of FS1.
Awful Announcing catches up with Nolan after Garbage Time pulled an upset and won a sports emmy award.
Now,if we could just get Nolan to tone down the Boston homerism just a tick....
We wrap up with Golf Channel's article on Inbee Park of the LPGA tour,who has to make starts and then withdraw from tournaments in order to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
The HOF has incredibly stringent requirements in which Park has covered all them but one-make 10 starts for 10 years.
Park needs one more now,but has been staggering through injuries and a struggling game and is starting to just to hit the level before a possible retirement.
I'd rather see things lightened a hair than make a great champion look like a has-been.
I'll be back over the next few days with one or two (!) podcasts and a recap of my trip to Akron,Lake County and Erie!!!