Saturday, July 07, 2007

Saturday 07/07 A.M. (Very) Quickie:
Summer League Debuts, Morneau, Wimby, More!

Kevin Durant's Summer League debut: The good? 16 points. The bad? On 5-of-17 FG shooting. And that's against SUMMER LEAGUE DEFENSE.

Greg Oden also made his debut, even less auspicious: 6 points (on only 4 shots) and only 2 rebounds in 20 minutes, with – if I read the NBA box score right – 10 personal fouls. That makes him four points shy of a double-double. (Meanwhile, LaMarcus Aldridge? 26 and 11. Damn.)

Meanwhile, Yi had 23 points (7/15 FG) in an 86-77 loss to the Grizzlies. (Mike Conley: 12 pts on 4/6 FG.)

Why doesn't the NBA sell Summerleague jerseys? You'd think that would be a terrific ancillary revenue stream of merchandise.

Vick Watch: The Feds say Vick's property was the site of housing and training pit-fighting dogs, at the very least. Things don't look good.

MLB Stud: Justin Morneau, who hit 3 HR in a Twins thrashing of the White Sox last night. Wasn't it just a week or so ago when we were wondering about the state of Morneau's health? Not anymore.

MLB Dud: Neifi Perez becomes the first MLB player hit with the suspension related to the ban on stimulants. Now, where is my 5th cup of coffee this morning...

Griffey hits HR No. 586, which ties him with Frank Robinson for 6th on the all-time list. Damn he's in rare air.

Wimbledon: Venus is into the final, and with Justine Henin upset in the other semi, the path is clear for a(nother) Williams Wimby title.

Nice to see Tiger show up at his own tournament.

Ooh: Have you heard? It's 07/07/07! Most Overrated. Numerological Gimmick. Ever.

-- D.S.


jhawkjjm said...

Not sure how big this is, but in the U-20 World Cup the US knocked off Brazil 2-1. Is the future bright for the US on the soccer front?

chipp said...

Morneau's 3 HR were in the second of the Twins' double header: he also went 3-5 in the first game giving him Friday stats of:

6-10, 6R, 9RBI.

Not a bad day! :)

badly drawn boykins said...

re: US U-20

For what it's worth, it's the same Brazil side that lost to Poland that was spanked 6-1 by USA.

And performance at the youth level hasn't translated to success at the senior level - Japan, Ghana and Uruguay were all finalists in YWC in the 90s, but they haven't exactly become world beaters.

But it's certainly a great start.

TJ said...

Most Overrated. Numerological Gimmick. Ever.

Apparently it's going to be the biggest day ever for weddings. Lucky number, I guess. Sometimes, people are awesome.

Torch02 said...

It just dawned on me that 3 of the top 6 all-time HR hitters are currently active. When was the last time that this list was that top-heavy in active sluggers?

Unknown said...

I know this is a longshot, but is it possible that Griffey could make 700? He'd only need about four more solid seasons, right?

Melbye said...

Think about that HR club right now...Bonds, Sosa, Griffey, Thomas, A-Rod, Thome, Manny, Sheffield, Delgado & Piazza...20% of the top 50 Home Run hitters of all time still playing today. Astounding...A-Rod, can and will break whatever record Barry sets...freakin prick. I hope he breaks both legs tomorrow.