Pablo Sandoval continues to struggle, Travis Shaw gets more playing time at 3B, and John Farrell suggests that Sandoval is not a lock to start the season at 3rd.

 

SI.comOn the latest episode of “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” Jay Glazer stopped by to chat with the writer about his life as an NFL insider, discussing his close relationship with many NFL players as well as his love of mixed martial arts.

While telling a story about a fight he  nearly got in with Peyton Manning at a Pro Bowl , which is certainly interesting enough on its own, he unveils an impressive record held by John Lynch: He once drank 34 Mai Tais in a single day.

I knew there was a reason I respected John Lynch. I always assumed he was a true man’s man, and this seals it. It’s one thing to prove your toughness through a long and storied career as an NFL safety, fighting off the blocks of men twice your size in order to stick your nose into the breadbaskets of elite athletes coming at you with a full head of steam. But having the capacity to put your liver through the rigors of a 34-Mai Tai day, that is even more impressive. Now I’m even more sorry Lynch’s career in New England never made it out of training camp. His alcohol intake would have made him a folk hero around here.

That said, I have to admit that as great as Lynch’s drinkathon was, it’s not as impressive as Wade Boggs’ legendary 64 Miller Lites on a cross-country flight. I concede that Mai Tais have more alcohol than light beer, but there are just too many variables. Maybe the bartender was giving him a light pour and there wasn’t much booze in there. Perhaps the drinks were mostly ice. It could be the glasses were small. Boggs’ feat involves a known commodity. 64 12-ounce cans of mass-produced refreshment, with all the alcohol content and filled bladders that implies.

So while I have total respect for Lynch’s accomplishment, the sports binge-drinking title still belongs to Wade Boggs. May he rest in peace.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton

 

SB NationDwight Howard was caught using Stickum spray on the ball in the Rockets’ game against the Hawks.

With 3:36 to go in the first quarter, Paul Millsap was fouled and was taking free throws. Between the first and the second attempt Howard went to the bench, returned, and asked the official for the ball. Seconds later referee Monty McCutchen passed the ball to Millsap, who noticed something was wrong with it. The officials then checked the ball and realized it had a foreign substance on it.

 They then approached the Rockets’ bench and saw a can of Stickum spray that was covered up, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Chris Vivlamore. McCuthen issued a warning, saying “Stickum is illegal in the NBA.” Then the officials replaced the game ball and the game resumed.

There are a few parts missing from this story, right? I mean, it obviously can’t end with the referee warning both benches, replacing the ball and then getting back to the game. There has to be more.

Where’s the part about the collective outrage from a shocked nation? The NBA official grabbing a Rockets’ employee to say, “We checked the balls. You’re in big f-ing trouble”? I missed the news last night, but I imagine all the networks led their newscasts with this story, correct? A big time, superstar athlete doctoring the ball to his liking in order to gain a competitive advantage and covering it up? That’s a huge story, is it not?

What night is Dwight Howards’ press conference, anyway? He needs to answer these charges with more than just saying “it’s not a big deal.” America deserves answers. What did he give the team employee to bribe him to cover up the Stickum label? How much has he talked to the guy? When will he hand over his phone and turn over all his texts? And will he look into the camera and speak directly to all his fans who want to know “What’s up with our hero?”

Oddly though, it seems as though none of those things are happening. Which is shocking, I know. Just as it did with the St. Louis Cardinals’ hacking scandal, the New York Jets tampering with Darrelle Revis and lying on injury reports, Aaron Rodgers admitting to over-inflating footballs, the Atlanta Falcons piping in crowd noise or the Cleveland Browns texting with coaches in the middle of the game, America is showing its infinite capacity to look the other way when anyone gets caught cheating. Just so long as the cheaters in question don’t play in New England.

Here’s hoping the NBA looks into this matter. And whatever they find, I just hope it doesn’t get Tom Brady suspended.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Thornton
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The guys grilled Schaap.

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What is Pablo's future with the Red Sox?
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The guys mocked the breakfast.

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The guys opened the show discussing the weekend of sports and the morning commute.