Random Evidence of a Cluttered Mind, your Sunday notes column flying under the banner, “Make Fun, Not War,” is pleased to be back after a nine-week summer hiatus. We were last on this page June 15, when the NBA Finals still were going on and the soccer World Cup had just started.
I left you all in charge, with explicit instructions, of making sure the United States won the World Cup and that LeBron James re-signed with the Heat.
How’d you do?
Nine weeks later I return to find people dumping buckets of ice on their heads wherever I look. I thought it was some sort of bizarre mourning ritual by Heat fans lamenting LeBron’s departure, but it turns out it’s a fundraiser for ALS.
Sports’ dog days of summer are still with us. Evidence: the weekend’s biggest story is Sunday’s Little League World Series championship game. Although I hear it might be canceled because of media sensation Mo’ne Davis not being in it.
The 13-year-old became the first girl to win a game as a pitcher in the LLWS, and the first Little League player ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated, after which the famed SI Cover Jinx immediately crushed poor Mo’ne and ruined the entire event.
The dogs days officially end as football soon begins.
Locally, the Dolphins seek to make the playoffs for only second time since NFL’s 2002 realignment, while the Hurricanes entered the weekend still uncertain who their starting quarterback would be.
For me the Canes’s QB choice should be clear. You want someone with a strong arm, right? You want someone who will generate attention and excitement, right? OK. Two words for you:
|Gary Sheffield (1996)||1.000162||42/120|
|Giancarlo Stanton (2014)||0.960121||32/89|
|Miguel Cabrera (2007)||0.944153||34/119|
|Preston Wilson (2000)||0.938152||31/121|
|Miguel Cabrera (2005)||0.920149||33/116|
|Carlos Delgado (2005)||0.914148||33/115|