Sports Snippets

Some odds ‘n’ ends before we head into March Madness…

  • Rest in Peace: Sad about the passing of Anthony Mason on February 28. A hometown boy from Queens, he epitomized the tough, gritty, defensive style of the 1990s New York Knicks. A private funeral was held on Friday, March 6, but his family is thinking about holding a public memorial to give his fans a chance to say goodbye.
  • Also of note was the passing of Minnie Minoso, the first black Latino major league baseball player.
  • It’s official: Usain Bolt will retire in 2017. At least that’s what he says. Don’t mean to be disparaging, but we’ve lived through the “retirements” of Michael Jordan and now Michael Phelps. I know what it’s like to be at a job working hard for a long time. I’ve already warned my colleagues to get the information from me now while I’m here. Because once I retire, I’m going to do a memory wipe and move on to do the things I don’t have time to do because I’m a working gal. So, Dear Usain Bolt: I love you, you’re a great athlete, but once you retire—STAY RETIRED. Move on to another chapter in your life. There’s so much that you can offer the world.
  • And speaking of Michael Jordan, he has now joined the billionaires club. So while it took him some time to stay retired, I’m happy that he’s done well.
  • Speaking of the Mets, and of baseball, spring training has begun; my brother and I both think they got good prospects this year. We’re hoping, because we’ve pretty much given up on the Knicks.
  • Finally, it’s on…the long-awaited match between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao is scheduled for May.
  • Speaking of baseball, there’s a nice interview in the NY Daily News with the new man in charge of MLB, Rob Manfred.
  • Best wishes to Chis Bosh, who’s out for the season due to clots in his lungs. I know firsthand how frightening this can be; it happened to my mom.
  • Heartbreaking story of a migrant worker from Nepal who returned home–in a box. Workers include those working on the buildings for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: http://edition.cnn.com/2015/03/09/asia/qatar-nepali-migrant-workers-deaths/index.html
  • Are we surprised? Scathing report was recently released about the culture of cheating in cycling. And it didn’t end with Lance Armstrong.
  • Finally, congrats to the St. Joseph Hill cheerleading team in Staten Island, who won the UCA National Super Varsity Division II championship on Feb. 8.
  • I’m looking forward to March Madness this year. A few of the local teams may go deep into the tourney, including St. John’s, Iona, and St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Best of luck to all.
  • Just watched the Rangers shut out the Sabres, 2-0. They are now the No. 1 team in the NHL! GO BLUESHIRTS!!

And that’s the snip!

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