Money makes mind churn


Thoughts to keep me occupied so I won’t rethink that whole – John Daly had a hot tip for the Derby so he asked me to lend him $25,000 – thing:

• The Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides a squad car for a back-up catcher, which only leads me to wonder what they’ll do if the Red Sox sign Roger Clemens.

• The Patriots seemed to reach a bit for their kicker, Memphis’ Stephen Gostkowski, in the fourth round. It is encouraging to know that he attended Memphis on a baseball scholarship, so at least he has an athletic background like Adam Vinatieri.

• I’d have booed Johnny Damon, too, but then I realized I’d have done the exact same thing for an extra $12 million. I wonder when the miserable narcissists who booed him Tuesday will realize it themselves.

• Sounds like the NHL’s Western Conference playoffs have been spell-binding. If only the league understood that the best way to get fans to watch again after a year away is to put the games on an actual network, and not a third-rate niche channel.

• Reggie Bush’s family has set squatter’s rights back 150 years.

• I’ve heard some people declare that we should wait until Bronson Arroyo has faced National League teams a second time before we declare the Wily Mo trade a disaster. And certainly, the jury is still out until we see more of Pena. But here’s how Arroyo has done in two starts against two division foes:

vs. Chicago: First start – 6.2 IP, six hits, three earned runs; Second start – 7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER;

vs. St. Louis: First start – 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER; Second start – 9 IP, 4 H, 1ER.

• Oh, and ever since he got shelled on Opening Day, Derek Lowe has given up two earned runs or less in every start.

• Earl Woods has been unjustly lumped by some in the same group with the fathers of Todd Marinovich, Mary Pierce and Serena and Venus Williams of overbearing dads. The difference is, Woods allowed Tiger to learn to love the game of golf on his own and didn’t jam the sport down his child’s throat while visions of fame and fortune circled in his head. There are a lot of parents, even here in Maine, who could learn from Earl Woods.

• Alright, “Pain at the Pump”, we get it, we get it. Time to come up with something new.

• Two weeks from next Friday will be the 19th anniversary of Game 5 of the 1987 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, the night Robert Parish finally gave Bill Laimbeer what he had coming to him and laid the sniveling Pistons center out on the Boston Garden parquet. And, oh yeah, Larry Bird made some sort of steal to win the game that night, too.

• Damn. I forgot to get my World Cup tickets again.

• Would anybody object to Terry Francona letting the pitchers hit and having David Ortiz DH for Alex Gonzalez? Anybody?

• You can keep sellin’ the Blue Jays to win the AL East or the Wild Card, but I still aint buyin’.

• I didn’t think the Celtics not making the playoffs this year was that big of a deal until I realized that it’s May and the Lakers are playing the Clippers instead of the Celts. Now I’m dabbing the tears with my replica 1986 World Champions banner.

• Folks up at Mt. Abram High School are trying to raise money to install lights at the community soccer field. Their goal is to raise $35,000, and so far they’ve collected $24,000 in donations. No district or state money is being used for the “Light the Mountain” project. They hope to move a lot closer tonight when comedian Bob Marley brings his show to the high school at 5 p.m. Tickets are still available.

Randy Whitehouse is a staff writer. He may be reached by e-mail at [email protected]