Sports musings as I suffer from the double dose of Patriots bye week syndrome and Red Sox final-game-of-the-season day…
— The week 5 Maine high school football scoreboard…37 games played, 18 were decided by 30 points or more…
— I hear all the talk about the numbers of high school football players going down and I know it is true…And then I marvel when 120 players dressed in Husson University green run out on the field. (By the way, a group of eagles is called a ‘convocation’ and that’s one big convocation).
— A lot of nervous pro hockey players today. The NHL deadline to set rosters is Tuesday at 5 pm. Many guys will find out they have no job Wednesday morning.
— Most interesting final score of the weekend: College Hockey: Arizona St. 8, Arizona 1 (ASU 1st game as NCAA hockey team).
— Leave it for someone to break this down…PGA player of the year Jordan Spieth earned $22,030,465.00 this year. That’s $3,623.00 per shot taken.
— Watching Fort Kent’s Austin Theriault crash his NASCAR truck into the wall in Las Vegas Saturday night and get airlifted to the hospital sends me flashing back to the day Ricky Craven crashed and was airlifted from Talladega 19 years ago in 1996. What seems so unfair is that in both cases neither Theriault or Craven were at fault. They were in the wrong spot on the track, at the wrong time.
— I admit I don’t know much about Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney but after the big win over Notre Dame Saturday he said “We gonna do the Whip and NaeNae tonight, I can promise you that!” When is the last time you heard a coach say that?
— I am anxious to see attendance numbers for this weekend’s Ice Breaker Tourney in Portland. A possible bid for a future NCAA regional tournament may hinge on how much interest there is with this event.
— Smart move by the Sox to re-work Torey Lovullo’s contract. He was under contract through next year but they ripped it up and presumably added a year and more money in exchange for not going after a manager job somewhere else for at least this off season.
— Mookie Betts made the final out of the season…Fingers crossed, he’s the first guy batting when they begin play in 2016.
— You can argue about the NESN decision to make a change with Don Orsillo but at least they gave him the courtesy to say his goodbye.
— Good luck Don…Good luck Dave O’Brien!