Around the world of sports before the Giants blow another … too late.
▪ This just in from the “And You Thought Local Racing Was Dead” Bureau: Giovanni Scelzi, all 15 years old of him, spent Saturday night in Tulare chasing after his third sprint-car victory in a month.
To make sure we’ve got this straight, he’s old enough to drive his way into Victory Circle, but not old enough to drive the family minivan to Shakey’s for post-race heartburn. With a habit of driving, oh, 190 mph down the front stretch, may God have mercy on his DMV ride-along instructor when he throttles for his driver’s permit in a year.
▪ They say he’s the son of drag racing legend Gary Scelzi, but how do you explain his ability to make left turns and the total lack of a handlebar moustache?
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▪ Good for Fresno State softball coach Linda Garza getting the Bulldogs their first at-large NCAA Tournament bid since 2011. Sure, they got kicked to the consolation curb by Michigan on Friday and faced elimination after just two games, but still.
Great start, as far as first seasons go. Unlike her esteemed predecessor, may the Fresno native stick around long enough to get Fresno State back to the World Series for the first time this millennium.
▪ The Fresno State baseball team will be the No. 3 seed in next weekend’s Mountain West Conference, but no pressure.
All they have to do is win the conference title, or this will be the first year Fresno State doesn’t win a title in any sport since … well, we haven’t the first. It seems Mom tossed out our ’80s Big West Conference media guide collection with our Topps baseball cards.
Either way, what’s the use of dropping $41 million in games if you can’t bring one lousy trophy home?
▪ At this point, Golden State assistant Ron Adams must be wondering what a guy has got to do to be interim coach when Warriors chief Steve “Minutes to Live” Kerr goes on medical leave.
Luke Walton bumped Adams last year. Mike Brown cut him off this postseason. If this has anything to do with that coaching stint at Fresno State back in the 80s …
No worries. If Adams retired from coaching today, the mayor-ship of Laton awaits her favored son.
▪ Because you can never sign enough Carr offspring, we saw that Fresno State football coach Jeff Tedford golfed his way through a Bakersfield meet-and-greet last week.
If Tedford didn’t sign all of quarterback alumni David and Derek Carr’s children, and their children’s future children, to binding scholarships, the man simply isn’t trying.
▪ Elsewhere, on the NBA scroll, the Warriors and Cavaliers are a combined 19-0 in these playoffs through Friday, which is one fast track to a 2016 Finals redux.
Put another way, the 2016-17 regular season was the biggest waste of time and energy in the history of ever. Did we really need a 1,200-game undercard to pick up where we left off?
▪ The Major League Baseball season is one quarter spent. Your Los Angeles Dodgers still haven’t won a World Series since 1988, but who’s counting?
▪ Because Life Gives You Acid Reflux and Then You Die, the Fresno Grizzlies put hot chicken inside a pickle, and placed it on the menu to, you know, see what happens.
People pay money for this around here, it seems. National media outlets picked up the story. This, my friends, is why we will forever be called Fres-necks from Fres-tucky.