Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Sports this 'n' that

Tom Brady & the New England Patriots are finding out very quickly that there's a steep price to be paid for making history.

The 5-time NFL champs returned home for a victory parade in Boston on Tuesday, but the bigger story was back in Houston, where someone absconded with Brady's uniform jersey. The Houston police have, in turn, contacted the Texas Rangers (no, not the baseball team) to aid in the investigation. Regardless of who did it, the motivating factor is obviously money, and how much they can get for the jersey.

The thief is likely waiting for the heat to cool down enough to try to sell the jersey on eBay or any other online marketplace. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Let me put it this way. The thief should be thankful Chuck Norris isn't on the case.
While they're waiting to make sure their first baseman of the future, Greg Bird, is fully recovered from an injury that kept him off the field last year, the Yankees have become the latest team to open themselves up to some X-Files references in highlights.

The Bronx Bombers signed first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter Chris Carter (not the creator of The X-Files) as a free agent for a 1-year deal, ostensibly as injury insurance. Carter spent last season with Milwaukee, and before that, had been with Houston & Oakland. The old axiom in baseball is that you can't have enough pitching. The way the Steinbrenner brothers operate, just like their late father, they believe you can't have enough hitting, either.

On the other hand, sports anchors have plenty of avian references to use once Bird gets back in the lineup......
On Tuesday, Albany Times-Union/Time-Warner Cable Sports high school reporter James Allen confirmed what we had suspected a week ago, that Troy High junior guard Daniel Buie had suffered a sprained ankle. What he didn't know was how soon Buie would return to the court.

To the delight of THS supporters, Buie returned to action last night, and torched Albany for 27 points, leading 4 Flying Horses in double figures in a 78-59 win. Unfortunately for Troy, Schenectady locked up the gray division title with a 69-68 verdict over Christian Brothers Academy, rendering Friday's senior night rematch with the Patriots less meaningful, with only sectional seeding to be determined. Troy still needs to win out to ensure the prospect of a home game in the sectionals, which begin later this month.

Meanwhile, it was senior night for the Troy women vs. gray division champion Albany. Sabrina Wolfe, in her final home game, scored 29 points, as the Lady Horses sent the Lady Falcons skidding to their 3rd straight loss, 55-49. Shaker clinched the blue division title, beating Shenendehowa, 52-47. Troy closes at Schenectady on Friday, and will wait to find out their seeding for the sectionals, I've a feeling that Troy, in 3rd place as of press time, will conceivably be on the road.

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