Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sports this 'n' that

So Lindsey Vonn failed to medal in a Super G ski race the other day at the Olympics. Normally, that wouldn't be such a big deal, but because she spoke out against President Trump, some of the president's brain-dead followers took to social media to bash Vonn. These sheep elected a 70-something businessman-turned-celebrity, who's being presented by certain of the media as a petulant man-child, based on their perceptions of how he responds to things on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Fox News' Laura Ingraham decided she had issues with Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and soft drink salesman LeBron James over his anti-Trump comments. It didn't take long for other basketball players, as well as second generation defensive lineman Chris Long of the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, to blow back at Ingraham. We know Fox News is in the tank for Trump, feeding his spoiled child persona, which puts to lie their slogan that they're "fair & balanced". Small wonder, then, that the average Joe Sixpack's IQ is down.......
The season's over for Troy High's women's basketball team. Coach Paul Bearup's club renewed a dormant in-city rivalry Friday night at Catholic Central High, and were blown out of Monsignor Burns Gym, 82-51. Troy finishes 6-15 on the season (5-11 in the Suburban Council). Jenalyse Alarcon was virtually a one woman team for Troy, finishing with a game high 24 points. At 6-15, it's easily the worst record the Troy girls have had in quite a while, if not ever. Next for the Lady Crusaders will be #3 Shaker on Wednesday night. That same night, the Troy boys begin sectional play vs. Guilderland. The Dutchmen, like the Lady Horses, are in rebuilding mode, and lost to Troy earlier this season. Revenge is not out of the question, as all Troy coach Greg Davis needs do is remind his team of what Albany did to them last year.
To the surprise of, well, no one, LaSalle's firm of Ryan (Murray) & (Tom) Ryan were named to the Section II all star team on Friday. Goaltender Casey Boone was named a second-team all star, as Bethlehem's Alex Breine was named the top netminder in the league. Christian Rudd, Sebastian Geiger, & Jack O'Bryan were given honorable mention, but Taylor Nitz ended up with the el snubbino. Simply put, there's just too much talent in the league as a whole, so, just like in the pros, some deserving players are going to be left out. The defending Section II champs open defense of their title on Wednesday vs. Saratoga, as the Blue Streaks, on a down year, will try to salvage the season, having already been swept in the regular season by LaSalle.
There's a bidding war going on between ESPN & Fox for the services of future Hall of Fame QB and insurance salesman Peyton Manning. ESPN wants Manning to replace Raiders coach Jon Gruden on Monday Night Football, and then comes word that they're talking about also reassigning play-by-play man Sean McDonough, likely back to college football & basketball. Fox wants the telegenically challenged Manning for their newly acquired Thursday night package, as they've already said they won't use their #1 team of Joe Buck (who wouldn't be available in October anyway) and Troy Aikman on Thursday Night Football. Didn't they learn anything from Manning's insufferably embarrassing series of commercials for Nationwide this past season, where he treated country singer Brad Paisley, who should know better, like a common bumpkin? Manning is better served as a studio analyst. End of story.

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