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Leftovers From The Bon-Ton (7/11)

Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on July 11, 2007

Well, after watching yet another American League win in the Midsummer Classic, their 10th in the last 11 years, I thought I would have a full-length feature on why, in a few years, this game is going to be about as one-sided as the rivalry between Kansas State and Kansas in college basketball. But instead of a column, I have another rundown for your reading enjoyment of what went on in the world of sports here in the Mid-South, as well as in the All-Star Game.

  • No question, the pregame ceremony for Willie Mays was about as memorable as the ceremony for Ted Williams in Boston back in 1999. I thought, personally, that the enlargement of his famous catch in the 1954 World Series and ride around in a pink Cadillac was fitting for a legend who has done so much for baseball over the years.
  • It’s amazing that two guys known for their speed, Carl Crawford and Ichiro Suzuki, hit homers and heavy hitters Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds didn’t hit a single one. Of course Ichiro’s was the first inside-the-park homer in All-Star history and Crawford’s homer sailed into Levi’s Landing.
  • Late yesterday, punishments for what occurred on pit road after Sunday’s IRL race at Watkins Glen were issued. Both Sam Hornish, Jr. and Tony Kanaan were fined $25,000 and placed on probation until Dec. 31st. Not only that, Sam Hornish, Sr. was banned from pit road for one race. Maybe Kanaan’s statement about having dads in the grandstands instead of running around on pit road and jumping into fights after races will ring true this weekend.
  • It seems as though as many Memphis Tiger basketball season ticket holders are pissed at the university for shuffling them around as far as their seats are concerned. According to an article in today’s Commercial Appeal, the university does this every three or four years to generate more money for the athletic programs. My advice to you crybaby season ticket holders: Man up.
  • Right now as I write this, people are standing in lines ten deep waiting for the Harry Potter film to come out. Maybe they’re not used to the genius that is the ” The Nasty Boys” quite yet.

My time’s up. It’s a beautiful day here in Memphis and I need to get in the shower and take advantage of the free coffee down at On The Run on Summer Avenue. I might jump in line for Harry Potter and ridicule the grown-ups who take that movie seriously.

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