Spring Training. In the next few days, camps will break and teams will start heading North. And while we’re all excited for real games to begin, the folks in Florida and Arizona are especially happy as they are breathing a sigh of relief that the tourists are gone. The money is great, but the gridlock isn’t, particularly in Orlando.
Meanwhile, Houston’s Carlos Gomez re-ignited the old-school vs. new-school debate. In case you missed it, Gomez decided just after his home run against Atlanta that he’d flip the bat, do the dab as he touched home plate. So rather than rely on the write-up, I checked it out for myself, and while I lean towards the old-school “have respect for your opponents” camp, I didn’t see anything wrong with what the young buck did. If anything, he sucked at the bat flip – hell it didn’t even look like a flip.
NBA Playoff Chase.
- Well, it looks like unless a miracle happens that the East is pretty much set as Washington and Chicago are tied for 9th place 2.5 games behind Detroit for the #8 spot. Meanwhile the Cleveland Drama Kings are three games ahead of Toronto for the #1 spot.
- If you want to talk about surprises, Portland is sitting in the #6 spot while Utah is at #7 one game ahead of tied for #8 Dallas and Houston. San Antonio has clinched the #2 spot and is hoping they face Utah, but they are the quietest 62 win team I’ve ever seen.
In the meantime, Golden State sits at 66-7 with nine games left. Translated, to break Chicago’s record, they will have to go 7-2 the rest of the way. The Warriors have Washington, @ Utah, Boston, Portland, Minnesota, San Antonio, Memphis, @ San Antonio, and finish with Memphis. Seven wins is do-able. I’ll go with 8-1 to finish out and predict they will have 74 wins.
Sacramento Kings. Meanwhile the Sacramento Kings just continue their three ring circus or “Real Basketball Players of Sacramento” type reality drama show and it’s just stupid. You can bet that on April 14th, I will have a blog about this freak show, and I won’t be kind.
It took them 70 games in an 82 game season to realize that they should be playing Seth (brother of Stephen) Curry and Willi Cauley-Stein and they are making the most out of their opportunity. It’s about time.
Jerry’s Coaching Career. I think I can now officially say it that Jerry has accepted a position with a new junior college team down in Los Angeles. He is going to move from D-Line coach at West Hills to LB and Special Teams Coach down there.
I know that he had been back and forth and finally made the decision and I’m excited for him. It won’t be as easy for me to hit a game, but I’ll get down for one or two!
Bowling Nationals. As you know, this past weekend I bowled at the USBC Open National Tournament held in Reno. I posted a pic on Facebook just to show you PART of how big that place is. I don’t normally get crazy about my bowling, but this place was AWESOME. And the lanes are on the fourth floor of the National Bowling Stadium with stands and all. It really was a stadium.
The tournament was run very professionally and strictly by the book. They actually even weighed and examined everybody’s bowling ball.
Anyway, the lanes were set with a professional shot and it was tough. I did manage to come through with a 223 during the team events, but my other eight games left A LOT to be desired. I was a bit disappointed, but as I looked around there were people with far better averages than mine doing just as bad. In fact there were some who even had their professional bowling cards who didn’t do much better than myself, so I take solace in that fact.
And one other thing I learned – where the top bowlers are in the nation? Yeah that would be the Minnesota and Iowa region. They were at the top of the leader boards and had won most of the events last year. Guess it makes sense.
Now that I know what to expect, I can’t wait until next year. We are already plotting and planning, and Uncle B.O.B. can announce yet another tour stop – sometime in 2017 – in the city of Lost Wages (aka Las Vega$).
Anyway, Reno is a cool place – they are really cleaning it up and if you’ve ever been you will say “It’s about time!” It’s becoming more of a family place and they put their AAA Baseball team in a very nice stadium one block off the strip right behind Harrah’s and right next to the Bowling Stadium. There are lots of great places to eat and of course the views are really nice.
Finally on the way home I took some pics crossing the mountains. Enjoy your day: