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Originally published August 11, 2011 at 7:24 PM | Page modified August 11, 2011 at 7:39 PM

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They really have been rocky playing on Sunday

Talk about getting Sunday schooled. The Colorado Rockies lost 3-2 to the Nationals last Sunday, extending their losing streak to 16 in games played on that day of the week.

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Talk about getting Sunday schooled.

The Colorado Rockies lost 3-2 to the Nationals last Sunday, extending their losing streak to 16 in games played on that day of the week.

Instead of "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" at Coors Field, shouldn't they be playing "Never on Sunday"?

Passing the U-joint

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing fired two crew members after they were arrested on marijuana-related charges.

Suspicions were reportedly aroused when the engine kept smoking.

Here's the lowdown

Low interest for the next two years has been guaranteed by the:

a) Federal Reserve.

b) Florida Marlins.

Assist from Vera Wang

Veteran Basketball Hall of Fame observers say they've never seen such suspense surrounding a player's induction. But really, who cares whether Dennis Rodman goes in wearing a Pistons or Bulls wedding gown?

Doggone tired

A hiker's dog had to be airlifted out of Angeles National Forest when it got too sore and tired to continue.

No truth to the rumor they've already renamed it "Haynesworth."

Cold cuts, anyone?

As two researchers told The Wall Street Journal, baseball bats that are cryogenically frozen at minus-310 degrees and then slowly returned to normal temperature are 26 percent stronger than untreated ones.

Plus they produce a lot more frozen ropes.

Good on the road

Kei Igawa, the free-agent disaster of a Yankees pitcher demoted to the minors, is out of mind but certainly not out of sight.

"Yeah, he's passed me on the drive down to Trenton," GM Brian Cashman told The New York Times. "He drives faster than his fastball."

Deep drive to left

NASCAR driver Regan Smith threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a recent Rockies game.

And hopefully offered the Rocks a few tips on drafting.

Forewarned

"A watchdog group reports an epidemic of counterfeit golf clubs," noted Greg Cote of The Miami Herald. "Here's a hint: Do not buy that new set of expensive Callaway irons if they are unusually small, made of red plastic and say 'Fisher-Price.' "

Talking the talk

• Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, 84, to reporters at Big Ten media day, on social networking: "When I was a kid, a twitter was when a good-looking girl walked by with a short skirt. Everyone twitted."

• Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, on reports that Ron Artest plans to play basketball in England: "And you thought they had rioting before?"

• Reader "Ed," to The New York Times, on the best reason to keep going to Mets games: "Because when you call up to order tickets and ask them what time the game starts, the clerk says, 'What time can you be here?' "

Fark.com, on MLB's new drug test for deer-antler spray: "Will play 'Bambi' in each clubhouse to see who starts crying uncontrollably."

Naming rites

An Argentine sports writer has named his twin daughters "Mara" and "Dona" in honor of his country's legendary soccer star.

Hey, it's better than having twin girls in Brazil and naming them both Ka.

Dwight Perry: 206-464-8250 or dperry@seattletimes.com

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