FROM THE FILES, Part 1: Late in 1985, owners of the Regina Pats became embroiled in a dispute with their landlords, the Regina Exhibition Association, when the latter imposed a $1 parking fee. During the dispute, Regina City Council asked the REA to dump the fee; it also suggested to the Pats they reduce ticket prices by $1. At the time, an adult ticket was $7, with a child paying $4.
A note from Bob Molinaro of the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot: “Sarcasm ahead: I don’t know how anybody could have enjoyed watching Babe Ruth without knowing the launch angle and exit velocity of his home runs.”
FROM THE FILES, Part 2: When John Rittinger’s Swift Current group purchased the Lethbridge Broncos in the spring of 1986, it’s believed to have paid $550,000. Rittinger said he expected the Broncos’ operating budget to be around $450,000 for 1986-87. The plan was to sell season tickets for about $230, with single-game tickets going for $7.
Dwight Perry, in the Seattle Times: “Ex-pitcher Livan Hernandez has filed for bankruptcy, claiming he has less than $50,000 to show for the $53 million he earned in a 17-year career. Alert statisticians immediately credited him with a blown savings.”
Hernandez claims he turned $53 million into $50,000. Sheesh, think about that one for a moment!
One more from Perry: “It seems only fitting that the Boston Red Sox handed corpulent third baseman Pablo Sandoval a $90 million contract, then had to eat nearly half of it.”
FROM THE FILES, Part 3: A note from May 2, 1976, following a game in the WHL’s championship series between the Saskatoon Blades and New Westminster Bruins. Here’s Saskatoon’s high-scoring Blair Chapman: “(Bill) Hobbins told me before the game that if I scored a goal, he was going to fight me. I can’t believe that’s the way the game has to be played.” Chapman scored at 18:23 of the second period. Chapman and Hobbins fought as they lined up for the ensuing faceoff.
Here’s Jack Finarelli, aka The Sports Curmudgeon, on the Cincinnati Reds, who, he claims, have taken gluttony to a “different plane of existence”:
They have created a culinary monstrosity and turned it into a fan challenge. Here is the deal:
- The sandwich in question consists of one pound of bacon with lettuce, tomato and mayo served with chips and potato salad. Right there, you have a cardiologist’s nightmare.
- Here is the challenge. If you can eat FOUR of those sandwiches in one inning (the time it takes for six outs to occur), you win the following prizes — the cost of the sandwiches is zero, and you get a commemorative t-shirt.
- There is no indication that EMTs will be on the scene from the outset.
FROM THE FILES, Part 4: During the 1989-90 season, when the Tri-City Americans stopped in Medicine Hat on an eastern swing a few of their players took time to visit a local, uhh, strip joint. In the end, 11 players were hit with one-game team-imposed suspensions.
A report from Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong: “Todd Marinovich, a 48-year-old quarterback, is attempting a comeback with a team called the Southern Cal Coyotes. What? He couldn’t spell Saskatchewan on Google?”
Brad Dickson, in the Omaha World-Herald: “During the first Husker football Fan Fest free pizza and Chick-fil-A was served. Husker football, free pizza, free Chick-fil-A. I believe the unofficial attendance was 13 million.”
Here’s Dickson, after a story broke about a Maine marathoner outrunning a pair of bears: “His big concern? That these were Kenyan bears.”
FROM THE FILES, Part 5: On Oct. 30, 1989, the Lethbridge Hurricanes traded LW Colin Gregor to the Spokane Chiefs for D Scott Farrell. Gregor reported immediately; Farrell took his time before showing up in Lethbridge. Less than a month later, Farrell left, saying he wanted to play in Spokane. The Hurricanes then traded Farrell to the Chiefs for . . . you guess it . . . Colin Gregor.
“The LPGA,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, “is enforcing a conservative dress code, including limitations on racerback tank tops and leggings. Yep. That’ll convince young folks golf isn’t an old fuddy-duddy sport.”
Hey, A-Rod, what’s it like hanging out with J-Lo? “You know,” Alex Rodriguez told NBC-TV’s Jimmy Fallon, “when I was with the Yankees and we won the world championship and you’re wearing the pinstripes, you think you are pretty cool. But then when you hang out with Jennifer (Lopez), people confuse me as a security guard all the time.”
FROM THE FILES, Part 6: Goaltender Olaf Kolzig opened the 1989-90 season with the NHL’s Washington Capitals. One day when they were in Calgary, he was told that he was being returned to the Tri-City Americans. Kolzig flew to Landover, Md., hopped in his car and took a week to drive to Kennewich, Wash., home of the Americans. In the meantime, his equipment ended up in Tri-Cities, Tenn.
Dorothy and I live 20 kilometres east of Kamloops. Because we live on the north side of the South Thompson River, and the Trans-Canada Highway is on the south side, we frequently drive on Shuswap Road.
On Saturday, we came home from a trip to the city — great fish tacos at Señor Froggy — about 3:30 p.m. It was clear sailing at that time.
Shortly thereafter, a grass fire was spotted between Shuswap Road and the South Thompson River.
You are able to check it out on this tweet . . .
The B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2017 on Friday night in Penticton. The inductees included Ron Toigo, the majority owner of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, and Brad Lazarowich, a former WHL linesman who went on to a 30-year NHL career, both of whom went in as builders. . . . Also going into the hall were former Vancouver Canucks players Thomas Gradin and Tony Tanti, along with Dave Nonis, who worked in the Canucks’ front office, and John Shannon, who now is with Rogers Sportsnet. Nonis and Shannon, who was a long-time executive producer with Hockey Night in Canada when its rights were owned by CBC, were inducted as builders. The Powell River Regals, who won the 1997 Allan Cup, were inducted in the team category. . . . Colin (Toledo) Robinson of the Kamloops Blazers was awarded the Larry Ashley Award. . . . “It means a tonne,” Robinson told Marty Hastings of Kamloops This Week. “Professionally, it doesn’t get any better. Larry Ashley at his prime was the pinnacle of trainers. To have my name in the same breath as his is amazing. He’s a lot like the Wayne Gretzky of trainers.” . . . Ashley, who died of cancer on Sept. 16, 1995, spent 14 seasons with the Canucks.
If you are of a certain age, Scrubs on Skates, which was published in 1952, and its two sequels may have played a big part in your childhood. The stories — the other two were Boy on Defense (1953) and A Boy at the Leafs’ Camp (1963) — are timeless, about Pete Gordon and Bill Spunska, Vic DeGruchy and Benny Wong, Rosario Duplessis and Horatio Big Canoe, and the gang at Winnipeg’s Northwest High. . . . The books were written by one of Canada’s legendary sports writers. And, yes, he was Neil’s father. . . . Dave Stubbs, a columnist with NHL.com, looks back right here at what the books, especially the first one, meant to him then and now.
As something of an aside, there is a sports writer named Lee Vincent in Scrubs on Skates. He may have been fashioned on Vince Leah, a longtime writer with the Winnipeg Tribune. . . . When I was 13 or 14, Leah brought a team baseball/soccer players to Lynn Lake, Man., where I grew up. This being in an age before computers, anything he wrote for The Trib had to be delivered via wire, and I ended up hopping on my bicycle and running his copy to the CN station. Fast-forward about 10 years and I was working at The Trib, alongside Leah. . . . Yes, life sometimes plays strange games with you.
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This showed up before the Saskatchewan Roughriders beat the visiting Toronto Argos, 38-27, on Saturday . . .