Enter the Warzone, a minor miner of sports nuggets.
▪ Getting no-hit twice in a 10-day span isn’t the way any baseball team wants to enter its most important series of the season.
Fortunately for the Dodgers, they face Madison Bumgarner only once.
▪ Some solace for frustrated Dodgers fans: After being no-hit on consecutive days, the 1917 White Sox won the World Series.
Sure, that was 98 years ago, but still ...
▪ The Giants have to win every Bumgarner start the rest of the way to have any realistic chance of overtaking the Dodgers.
Which makes Tuesday night’s Bumgarner-Zack Greinke showdown at Dodger Stadium a lot bigger than one in 162.
▪ The Giants have six players making $10 million or more in annual salary.
Bad news: All except Buster Posey are on the disabled list.
Worse: Besides Hunter Pence, you’d trade them all for a healthy Joe Panik ($523,000).
▪ Sounds like Tim Lincecum may have thrown his last pitch for the Giants. Too bad it was an 87-mph fastball.
▪ A 60-year-old Braves fan fell to his death from the upper deck of Turner Field while heckling Alex Rodriguez.
At least he died booing what he loathes.
▪ Fresno State will play multiple quarterbacks in Thursday’s opener against Abilene Christian – just as we predicted.
Keep one eye downfield and the other over your shoulder.
▪ The biggest surprise on the Bulldogs’ depth chart was seeing starting center Bo Bonnheim listed at right guard.
Didn’t see that coming.
▪ Ohio State coach Urban Meyer made students do 20 push-ups each for wearing blue to his Coaching Football class.
Anyone who shows up wearing beige khakis gets automatically expelled.
▪ Sunday wasn’t a great night for Derek Carr. He looked hurried, out of sync and his final pass (if you can call it that) was returned 81 yards for a touchdown.
“That’s on me,” Carr said in the Raiders’ locker room.
Indeed it is.
▪ After Carr finished answering reporters’ questions, he turned to a familiar face and asked a few himself.
Starting with, “How do the Bulldogs look?”
▪ Mom and Dad didn’t raise a liar, so we gave Carr an honest answer. They’re talented but have a ton of question marks.
▪ The word that best describes Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack: unblockable.
▪ After picking up Robert Griffin III’s $16 million option and putting his picture on their Week 1 tickets, the Redskins named Kirk Cousins as their starting quarterback.
No team in professional sports provides more quality off-the-field entertainment.
▪ The Grizzlies sure enjoyed themselves after clinching the franchise’s first division title since 1998.
Considering they’ve lost five straight games since, perhaps a little too much.
▪ The courtroom sketch artist who made Tom Brady look like E.T. has drawn a second, more flattering portrait of the Patriots’ quarterback.
Where’s Ralph Steadman when you really need him?
▪ One day after being rushed to the hospital for a collapsed lung, John Daly was back on the golf course puffing cigarettes.
Because he’s John Daly, that’s why.
▪ For no particular reason: Mike Withycombe
▪ Denali has always been Denali, except to a few politicians from Ohio who insisted on naming it for a president who never visited Alaska.
▪ UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams was arrested for allegedly trying to steal an Uber driver’s cell phone.
Don’t call me, Ishmael.