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Raph Rhymes -- that's his name -- had an unusual finish to his inside-the-park home run yesterday. Sounds like everyone is OK, so please do enjoy:
We have no horse in this race. We don't even fully understand what is going on here, other than that it seems as though the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League are being accused of purposely losing a game in order to enhance their own playoff standings. We don't know how that is possible. It possibly would be easy to figure out.
But we don't really care.
All we care about is that everything about the story written on juniorhockey.com, the tweets referenced and the comments thereafter are, in a word, priceless.
It's everything that makes a guy love going to any high school game below the college level. Hockey fans are simply the best, and they're even better when they are upset at each other.
Here is the first paragraph, as written by self-described investigative opinion writer Stephen Heisler, who also has a Mexico-based classic rock station:
The North American Hockey League's Amarillo Bulls are by far the dirtiest hockey team I have ever come across and their reputation was soiled further on Sunday. Many around the league believe that the Bulls purposely lost big to the Wenatchee Wild (7-0) in order to punch their ticket to today's championship final.
Again, we don't know if this is true. We just know that we love the story. Please do have a look-see.
Per the Sun-Sentinel in Florida:
The Miami Heat fan who gave the one-finger salute to Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has a message to the world of Internet trolls: Get a life.
The woman whose one-finger salute has become an Internet sensation overnight is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, said Filomena Tobias' daughter, Victoria Racanati, when reached by phone by the Sun Sentinel.
"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," the daughter told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
The daughter said her mom did not want to comment.
Racanati said the family are Miami Heat season ticket holders who attend every game. Tobias was captured giving Noah the bird after he was ejected from the blowout game. The photo has been widely posted all across the Internet.
Want to read more about Seth Tobias' final night on this earth? Sure you do!
The SEC is unquestionably the best college football conference in the United States. The Big Ten Network is unquestionably, at least in terms of dollars and cents, a runaway success story for its member schools. (Seriously, it's to the point where it is hard to imagine how the U of M athletic department would function in its current state without BTN money).
What happens when you combine those two things? Well, it remains to be seen -- but "smashing success" is a good bet. The SEC Network, long discussed, was officially announced Thursday. It will launch in August of 2014 as part of a 20-year agreement with ESPN. But will it really show the good stuff? Per a press release:
Included in the programming will be 45 football games, more than 100 men's and more than 60 women's basketball games, 75 baseball games and selected events from the other 17 SEC sports. The network will also feature studio shows and coverage of special events such as signing day and football pro days.
Any channel with 45 SEC football games a year is off to a good start. No financial terms were disclosed, but you can imagine if the Big Ten Network is reportedly paying out more than $7 million a year to schools, SEC schools should see a pretty nice chunk of change as well. The money will roll right in.
A) The guy who sells you beer at the corner liquor store (just not on Sunday, still)?
B) A bass player from a moderately successful regional band?
C) A dudebro (or a chadbro, as the 14-year-olds are saying) working the fringes on a Thursday night in Uptown?
D) Shane Battier?
Guys, it's Shane Battier. What does he think of his new lip fruit? True Hoop has you covered:
“I don’t know what this is, to be honest with you,” Battier said after Heat practice. “This is how I pass the time in the lulls of a playoff bye week.”
“That’s what happens when you’ve got a layoff when you aren’t playing -- dudes get bored,” Chris Bosh said.
There you have it. The Heat is in the midst of a week off. The NBA is so easy it bores them.
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