Enter the Warzone, sports aspirin in chewable form.
▪ There’s a simple, three-part explanation why Fresno State football ticket sales are running almost $500,000 below even the athletic department’s cautious projections.
Reason A: The Bulldogs went 3-9 a year ago and retained their head coach. B: Expectations for next season are lower than an earthworm. C: The home schedule doesn’t have much sizzle.
Having the marquee game, San Diego State, moved to Friday night only makes things worse.
▪ In all, the Bulldogs will play seven nationally televised games in 2016.
As Pat Hill used to say, “You either get exposure, or you get exposed.”
▪ Safe to come out, fans of actual sport.
The NFL draft isn’t for another 51 weeks.
▪ For the first time since 2000, Fresno State didn’t have anyone drafted.
Best (and perhaps only) chance for making sure that doesn’t become a trend: cornerback Tyquwan Glass.
▪ Remember “Playmakers,” the short-lived ESPN drama about a fictional pro football team squashed by the NFL because the storylines were too sensational?
Thanks to Laremy Tunsil, that will never ever ever happen again.
I’d have to say, yeah.
Laremy Tunsil, when asked if he took payments from Mississippi coaches
▪ No doubt Tunsil’s social media accounts were hacked on draft night. The question now is who? A better question might be what did Tunsil do that would make someone sabotage him so publicly?
Usual answers: money and broken promises.
▪ Chukchansi Park may have opened 14 years ago, but the downtown stadium remains a hot topic of debate in the Fresno mayoral election of 2016.
Because hindsight is always a strike on the outside corner.
▪ If elected, Henry R. Perea says he’ll reinstate the Grizzlies’ $1.5 million annual rent.
Sounds like Perea wants The Chuk, already underutilized, to have 72 more open dates in spring and summer – which is precisely what would happen.
▪ Leicester City capturing the English Premier League title is like the Grizzlies getting promoted from Triple-A to the majors and going on to win the World Series.
In other words, impossible to contextualize.
Leicester City capturing the English Premier League title is like the Grizzlies getting promoted from Triple-A to the majors and going on to win the World Series.
▪ Stephen Curry wants to return for Saturday’s Game 3 of Warriors-Trail Blazers, but coach Steve Kerr and the team’s medical staff should put the reins on that.
Golden State doesn’t need Curry just now. It will in a couple of weeks.
▪ This isn’t to suggest the Warriors are better without Curry – for statements that stupid, they take away your sportswriter’s license – but in this series it works.
Portland’s short-but-explosive backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum simply isn’t tall enough to guard Klay Thompson or Shaun Livingston. Nor do they seem to have much interest in doing so.
▪ Someone needs to tell A’s TV broadcaster Glen Kuiper that a certain San Joaquin Valley city is pronounced MER-ced – not MAR-ced.
Oh, just did.
▪ The Fresno State softball team improved to 18-0 in Mountain West play, scoring 30 runs in a three-game road sweep of second-place San Jose State, after a certain writer’s recent visit.
No jinxes here.
18-0 record of Fresno State softball team in Mountain West play
▪ It’s a little disconcerting to see Warmerdam Field as nothing more than a large expanse of dirt.
Fresno State’s venerable track and field facility is undergoing $2.6 million in renovations. Which, judging by its current state, began from the earth up.
▪ For no particular reason: Erubiel Durazo
▪ Very pleased to hear Huntington Lake, a favorite summertime hang, will be filled to capacity during June, July and August.
No, that doesn’t mean you can take a 15-minute shower.
▪ Magic Johnson has a simple, two-step plan to turn around the Lakers: sign Kevin Durant and LeBron James.
Genius. Though it might be easier to invent a time machine and bring back himself and James Worthy from 1985.