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Running Off At The Electronic Mouth, No. XXV

Coming to you live from about a 25-minute drive north of the home of the best Little League Baseball team in the world … .

  • Did anyone else find this past week really depressing? It just seemed like every story — Irene not included — had a sad center to it. None more so than the news that Pat Summitt has early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. It’s a very naive viewpoint, but I just keep thinking about what she is going to be like as we honor her later in life for everything she has meant to women’s college basketball and women’s sports in general. I compare it to Muhammad Ali: An iconic sports figure known for toughness and ferocity, now captive in their own body.

Also, if/when the Lady Vols stumble at some point this year or next or for however long Summitt decides to keep the head coach title, who’s going to be the first bastard to hint that the team’s struggles have something to do with Summitt’s state. I’m sure someone will call it a distraction. It’s a tasteless and offensive thought, but it’s going to happen.

  • Where have you gone, Javaris Crittenton? A McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Georgia Basketball in high school, he leaves college at Georgia Tech after one successful season.

He gets drafted in the first round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and is automatically tagged as their point guard of the future, following in the footsteps of Magic Johnson in some way.

Then traded in 2008 to the Memphis grizzlies in exchange for Pau Gasol.

Traded again that year to the Washington Wizards and pulls a gun on Gilbert Arenas in the locker room on Christmas Eve 2009.

Ends up signing with the Charlotte Bobcats for the 2010 season, but spends most of the year in the D-League.

And now, murder suspect. What a crazy fall from NBA fame in about four years time.

The occasion itself is so wrong in so many ways. But then you mix in that awful press release and all of the absent commas and misspelled words … everything about this is pathetic. The $2,000 donation kind of makes this worse, I think. It’s like saying, “We care about awareness of drunk driving. We really do! We’re going to donate $2,000 to MADD because we care.

“Now back to the beer pong!” It’s a slap in the face of those who have lost loved ones to alcohol-related incidents.

  • And then you have the suicide of former Baltimore Orioles pitcher, broadcaster and team executive Mike Flanagan. And according to at least one report, Flanagan killed himself because he “was depressed at how the community perceived how he had done his job” with the Orioles. Simply put, Flanagan was racked with guilt over the how badly the Orioles performed under his watch. So much so that he decided to end it all. Wow.

“OK fellas, here we go … Sleep well, I’ll most likely kill you in the morning …”

 Seriously, it’s been an awful week for sports news.

And let’s save ourselves some time and just eliminate the Astros from the playoffs through 2015. It’s academic at this point.

  • Drew Butera (WOOOOOO, GO KNIGHTS!) is getting closer to having his name in the MLB record books. I mean, he probably doesn’t like why, but he’ll be in there, and that’s what really counts, no?
  • Lane Kiffin says what everyone has pretty much thought to be true for years now: The Oakland Raiders won’t be a competitive franchise until Al Davis relinquished power or dies. The latter is certain to come before the former.
  • And then a certain pitcher stole a base Sunday. I would attribute that feat to a certain shirt I’ve linked to or posted in this blog many, many times, even though the teams are different now. By the way, Greinke became the third pitcher to steal a base this season. The other two were the Dodgers’ Ted Lilly and the Phillies’ Cliff Lee.

So, see? It wasn’t all bad. Only most of the week was melancholy. That’s all we can hope for.

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