“After enough hitters were nailed in the head during the first century of baseball, the batters started wearing helmets, because everybody realized that getting drilled by pitches is not a good way to stay on the field and get paid. In the name of safety, most outfield walls have been padded. Rules on how baserunners can slide into second and third base have been enforced to protect the fielders. And inevitably, there will be rules made to reduce collisions between baserunners and catchers, because it’s a senseless outlier in baseball’s risk/reward equation. Until then, however, the play will stupidly be allowed to go on, perhaps until someone gets seriously hurt — an ignominy that Yadier Molina narrowly avoided Tuesday night while trying to save one essentially meaningless run in one game in the midst of career that should encompass thousands of runs and games.”
Buster Olney, @Buster_ESPN, after the Cardinals’ catcher injured his back, neck and left shoulder following a home-plate collision with the Pirates’ Josh Harrison, ESPN.com
GH: I have long lobbied for baseball to remove this archaic anomaly from the game. Why it still remains is more a testament to baseball’s tortoise pace when it comes to altering Abner’s game. The dumbest rules in sports is probably golf forcing its players to accurately keep their own score. Allowing a base runner to plow into a catcher who has his back or side to the runner might be the next dumbest.
“I don’t think he’ll play quarterback at Missouri. He looks like a linebacker, safety or fullback.”
Todd Leabo, on Trent Hosick, Staley’s All-State QB who has committed to Mizzou, 810 AM
GH: I have watched Hosick play quarterback at Staley High the past three seasons and he is a Collin Klein clone – and as tough as they come at the high school level. He looks nothing like the Mizzou quarterbacks we have seen under Pinkel. His skill set is far more conducive to the Wildcat attack Snyder implemented for Klein. Hosick doesn’t play defense for Staley. While Leabo and I see him as more of a safety at MU, I’m not so sure Hosick has that same vision.
“I don’t know if people know how good Danny [Clinkscale] is, because Danny is really, really, really good! He knows the names, he’s descriptive, you can tell what’s going on. I’m a fan. He’s completely different when he does play-by-play. He’s a different guy.”
Kevin Kietzman, on Clinkscale’s play-by-play work on WHB’s high school football broadcasts, 810 AM
GH: As I listened to Kietzman praise Clink’s play-by-play work [which I too enjoy and have since his days with Roos’ basketball], I couldn’t help wondering how Danny perceived the praise. Telling someone you’re really good and a completely different guy from your regular radio work could be considered a hard knock.
“[Ryan] Tannehill was asked [on HBO’s Hard Knocks] which teams played in the NFC East. ‘Chiefs?’ Matt Moore laughs at him. ‘How do you not know this?’”
Ben Volin, @BenVolinPBP, Twitter
GH: The former Texas A&M quarterback is probably in the majority of NFL players who couldn’t place all 32 teams in their correct divisions. It is my opinion that the fans follow the game far more closely than most of the athletes. I am one Chiefs fan who is very glad Tannehill is not in charge of realignment.
“Royals broadcast today has just been… weird. Physioc and Hudler all over the place with cadence, emotions & thoughts.”
Curtis Kitchen, @curtiskitchen, on their Sunday broadcast from Boston, Twitter
GH: I wouldn’t call that weird, that’s pretty much par for this pair. I know Hudler has garnered a fringe fan base and is he a likable guy – but he’s a flake as a TV analyst. I would like to see the Royals send both Rex and Physioc packing after October.
“Regardless of where in life u r today, concentrate on influencing others in a positive way tomorrow & take a step forward. Try that everyday.”
Frank Martin, @FrankMartin_SC, Twitter
GH: F-Bomb Frank might want to remember that speech during his timeouts this season while talking to his Gamecocks.
“That was the first conversation we had. He loves coach Self to death and has the utmost respect for him; he feels like coach Self got him to the person that he is, and I feel the same way.”
Tyshawn Taylor, on talking with his new Brooklyn Nets’ teammate, Deron Williams, who played for Self at Illinois, Kansas City Star
GH: Congrats to Tyshawn. The Star’s Rustin Dodd reports that Taylor has signed a guaranteed two-year contract with the Nets.
“I was playing against guys that I’ve been playing against (in college). It wasn’t like I was playing against (Derrick Rose) or (Rajon) Rondo.”
Tyshawn Taylor, on the competition he faced in the NBA summer league where he averaged 15.5/game, Kansas City Star
GH: Dodd reports that Taylor is living back in his hometown of Hoboken – just two blocks from where he grew up. I will be in New York in early November to run the marathon. One memento I’m looking forward to buying is a Brooklyn Nets t-shirt.
“I’d die before I wore that name! RT @BPalmer771: @Englishscope24 kinda weird to see you in blue and red, at least it doesn’t say kansas!!”
Kim English, after changing his Twitter avatar to a photo of him dressed in his red and blue Pistons’ uniform, Twitter
GH: The games may no longer be on the KU and MU schedules but the rivalry remains. This will be the first time in 120 years the two Border States will not face off on the gridiron. Life [and rivalries] move on.
“Save the dates: Registration opens September 4, 2012 for Children’s TLC Groundhog Run. Race Day: January 27, 2013. 5K: $35. 10K: $39. An additional $5 charge will begin on November 14, 2013.”
Groundhog Run Email
GH: $35 bucks to run a 5K race? $40 if we don’t register three months in advance? Entry fees for many running events have jumped the shark – and my running budget. Skip two races and you can buy yourself a new pair of Nikes.
“Live life unfiltered.”
Billboard for Belgium unfiltered beer
GH: I see this billboard on I-435 during my daily commute. I’m not so sure this is good advice. While I do enjoy the raw, there is much to be said about a good filter. Your thoughts?
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