Kudos to the Diamondbacks and FSN Arizona for making their Memorial Day broadcast special by throwing a party for the families of our troops at an Arizona National Guard facility. Even though the team was on the road, they didn't forget their heroes at home.
Meanwhile, a huge boo and a big roll of the eyes to Major League Baseball (again) for having eight teams dark on Memorial Day. For a sport that took center stage and aided in the healing in the days following Sept. 11, 2001, baseball should embrace and celebrate Memorial Day by playing as much of the great American game as possible. This isn't a blip in the schedule, this is a distinct trend.
We used to have doubleheaders from sea to shining sea on Memorial Day - now we have empty stadiums because it makes scheduling a little easier.
THIS WAY TO OMAHA
The postseason sets up nice for the Arizona State baseball team. The regional in Tempe, where they are 35-3 this season, shouldn't be overly taxing (starting with 34-24 Stony Brook), and the list of possible opponents for a super regional (which would also be played at Packard Stadium) is also workable.
Of course, that should be the case for a team that won a conference that sent five teams to regionals - and left the two-time defending national champion (Oregon State) at home.
DON'T TRY ANYTHING FISHY
Attention, Red Wings fans: Dan Wholey is watching out for you.
The owner of Wholey's Fish Market in Pittsburgh told the Associated Press he's on the lookout for Red Wings jerseys, Michigan driver's licenses and Midwestern accents. If you have any of the above, don't expect Wholey to sell you any octopus - Hockeytown's official good luck charm - that might wind up on the ice at Mellon Arena when the Stanley Cup finals come to Pittsburgh for Games 3 and 4 this week.
"They're allowed to buy anything (else) in the store, just not the octopus," Wholey said.
Nice gesture, to be sure. But Red Wings fans always know where to find their eight-legged allies, even if they have to, um, slip them in from Motown.
The only horse who can stop Big Brown from winning the Triple Crown is Big Brown himself. Let's hope the super horse's left hoof is ready for the Belmont Stakes.
Go figure: Brandon Webb had gone at least five innings in 112 of his last 113 starts and had thrown shutouts in each of his last two meetings with the Braves.
So what happens? He gets knocked around for 10 hits in 41/3 innings Monday in Atlanta, ruining a chance to end a nasty road trip better than 2-5.
Here's a blast from the past: Mike Jarvis will replace Rex Walters as the new basketball coach at Florida Atlantic.
Jarvis hasn't coached in five years, since he was fired by St. John's after the Red Storm lost four of the first five games to open the 2003 season amid a string of off-court incidents - ranging from using an ineligible player while winning the 2003 NIT to players running afoul of the law during his tenure. He's been a broadcaster at ESPN since then.
Brian Shaw is the latest name to surface in the Suns coaching derby (even though he interviewed more than a week ago). But those close to the situation warn not to leave the name of Suns assistant general manager Vinny Del Negro off any short lists for the gig.