Sports Snippets

  • Don’t drink the water…or sail in it: Will the sailing events for the 2016 Summer Olympics take place as planned? Who knows? Efforts by the Brazilian government to clean up Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janiero have run into trouble. An NGO has pulled out of a deal to clean up the bay. I guess they figured that this is a mission impossible. Raw sewage spills into the bay and its environs, and it’s full of trash, including dead animal carcasses. At this point, I’m not going to say whether I think Brazil will be ready to host the games. I’ve said it in the past in regards to Athens, and Sochi. Somehow the host organizers manage to pull the rabbit out of the hat and everything is taped and glued together in time for Games. We’ll see what happens this time around.
  • Does it look like I’m made of money? I’ve said that to my kids on more than one occasion, and it was used in a Western Union commercial some years ago. Well, I may not be made of money, but Floyd Mayweather’s mouth guard is made out of $100 bills. Two hundred and fifty of them. Go figure.
  • Speaking of the fight…there’s a great article on the boxing ring announcer, Jimmy Lennon, Jr., who’s going to call the match.
  • A look back: Today is the final round of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. I was in high school in 1975 when Lee Elder became the first the first African-American to win the Masters.
  • And more history being made: The women’s row teams from Oxford and Cambridge competed on the same route at the same time as the men’s teams in the University Boat Race on the River Thames.
  • The New York Rangers ended their season winning the President’s Trophy. They will have home ice advantage for as long as they’re in the playoffs. The New York Islanders played their last season game at the Nassau Coliseum. They’ve punch a ticket to the playoffs as well. Next year, they will move to their new home at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.
  • The Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was announced, and includes some of my all-time faves; Dikembe Mutombo, John Calipari, Spencer Haywood, Jo Jo White, and Lisa Leslie.
  • I wanna grow up to be like…Mieko Nagaoka became the first person over 100 to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool. And she broke a record.
  • Finally, condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of longtime cricket announcer and former player, Richie Benaud, who passed away at the age of 84.
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