The TEN: 8/26/2020

(“The TEN” is not a top ten but ten items worth being included in “The TEN”)

1. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will miss Game 5 of the Western Conference Playoff series with the Lakers Wednesday night. The Lakers lead the series 3-1.

2. Paul George scored 35 points to lead the Clippers to a 154-111 rout of the Dallas Mavericks Tuesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Western Conference Playoff series.

3. The Toronto Raptors are considering not playing in Game 1 against the Boston Celtics Thursday night in the Eastern Conference second round playoff series in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake by police Monday in Wisconsin. The Celtics and the Raptors both swept their first round series.

4. The Philadelphia 76ers fired head coach Brett Brown Monday after they were swept by Boston the first round Eastern Conference series.

5. The Rams and Chargers will open the season in September with no fans in the stands of the new SoFi Stadium.

6. The Arizona Cardinals will make Buddha Baker the highest paid safety in NFL history with a four-year extension worth $59 million.

7. Carlos Vela of LAFC has a Grade 2 MCL injury which will keep him out of action for four to six weeks.

8. The Angels Albert Pujols passed Alex Rodriguez with an RBI single against the Houston Astros Monday night and is now alone in second place on the MLB career RBI list. With 2,087 RBIs Pujols trails only Hank Aaron who has 2,297.

9. Texas Tech has reported 21 active positive cases of COVID-19 within its football program but will continue to practice without those who have been placed in self isolation.

10. Lucas Gioloto threw the first no-hitter of the season for the Chicago White Sox Tuesday night in a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

17 Comments to "The TEN: 8/26/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 29, 2020 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    @ Question Mark: You should be rightfully acknowledged as one of the other prolific commenters here, and you’re also one of the funniest.
    I have to make just one correction: I use only my real name when I post on this website; I don’t believe in using aliases. People should be willing to attach their name to whatever they say.

    @ Del Rio: Actually, this site has almost always been the only one that I’ve posted comments on; I spend a lot more time on the internet reading. I also enjoy doing things like going to work, interacting with people in person, and getting outdoors.
    It’s funny that you brought up robocalling; I detest robocalls and most telemarketers, who are rude and continually try to talk over you.

    I hope everyone has the best possible weekend.

  2. ?'s Gravatar ?
    August 28, 2020 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

    If you fire RV and all the other screen names he uses on here then you would only have him and ? me.

  3. Fire Ron's Gravatar Fire Ron
    August 28, 2020 - 11:44 am | Permalink

    Good stuff 👍

  4. SoCal's Gravatar SoCal
    August 28, 2020 - 12:04 am | Permalink

    I disagree, I think Ron states the facts to back up his arguments and people hate to hear the true, “you can’t handle the true.”

  5. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 27, 2020 - 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Oh, hell yeah. I do my best to write some good material fairly quickly, and I still have time to take care of other stuff, too. I actually had time to do chores, run errands, cook dinner, and watch some television today.
    It’s called multi-tasking, and it’s good for keeping the mind sharp. I also happen to like baseball, football, and other sports, which are topics that this site is supposed to be about.
    Getting furloughed from two jobs because of the pandemic gave me a little extra time to write, but I hope to be working as a substitute teacher again in a couple of months. I believe that I should use my time productively until then.

  6. ...still loading...'s Gravatar ...still loading...
    August 27, 2020 - 10:29 pm | Permalink

    Some people are smart enough to create a response that doesn’t take all day. He is clearly educated and can write his opinions quickly. Remember in school the kids that finished a test fast and you sat there thinking WTF?? I’m still on question 3…well this is kind of like that….go ahead and spend an hour formulating your next response.

  7. Del Rio's Gravatar Del Rio
    August 27, 2020 - 10:06 pm | Permalink

    The weird thing about Ron is he spends time fact checking everybody’s whacky posts and he admits that this is one of many sites he offers his thoughts on. Plus while he is typing he is on his Peleton and doing his robo calling gig.

  8. Anonymous's Gravatar Anonymous
    August 27, 2020 - 9:51 pm | Permalink


  9. Fire Ron's Gravatar Fire Ron
    August 27, 2020 - 7:20 pm | Permalink

    Am I the only one on this site that thinks Ron needs to take a break from this site and get a life. My goodness, this guy spends way too much time on here.

  10. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 27, 2020 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    @ Grim Reaper: Your points about the People’s Republic of China and Montrezl Harrell are well-taken.
    The Chinese government is combining state capitalism with its traditional social and political repression. The Communist Party leaders believe it’s OK to make a profit now, but they want to continue with their old authoritarian ways.
    You’re right; we shouldn’t be encouraging that behavior.
    In the meantime, I’ll have to look at Prop. 16; that one’s been under my radar until now.

  11. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 27, 2020 - 6:45 pm | Permalink

    @ RAMS FAN: My best guess is that the NBA and MLB players would not have boycotted their games entirely if they’d been in the midst of typical pre-pandemic seasons.
    The financial stakes would’ve been much higher for everyone during a normal season. But, I believe the athletes would’ve engaged in forms of protest that we’re already familiar with, such as kneeling during the national anthem or wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts.
    I can almost guarantee that there would’ve been some kind of protest, under any conditions, after a Kenosha, Wis. police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back. This incident came just three months after George Floyd suffocated beneath the knee of a police officer in Minneapolis.
    The protests will continue until some holdouts in law enforcement learn that misconduct of this nature is legally and morally unacceptable. As we’re already seeing, some of them will have to learn the hard way, through termination from their jobs and criminal prosecution.
    I also believe that vandalism, arson, and looting under the guise of protest are also reprehensible acts. The violence has to stop, all the way around.

  12. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    August 27, 2020 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    @ Question Mark: I believe that it will matter, at least to some, as long as we have television, radio, and internet coverage of the games. You’d probably be right if it weren’t for the various forms of electronic media we have at our disposal.

  13. RAMS FAN's Gravatar RAMS FAN
    August 27, 2020 - 6:31 am | Permalink

    Now if MLB were playing a regular 162 game season and there were fans in the stands would the players still have decided to take a night off?

  14. Grim Reaper's Gravatar Grim Reaper
    August 26, 2020 - 11:52 pm | Permalink

    Re ?
    If it is an NBA game,

    NBA games do not matter.

    They have gotten rich off Chi Coms and refuse to criticize those that pay them, even when they enslave over 1 million Uyghurs in factories to make NIKE gear that generate income for the Social Justice Warrior NBA players. The NBA players can criticize and cast insults at our country and the police, but when it comes to real life slavery that pays the NBA, they suddenly clam up.

    Like I said NBA games do not matter.
    Any one that disagrees is a “P*ssy A*S White Boy”, notice the NBA did nothing to Clippers, Montrezl Harrell for that slur. Imagine if the racial identities and slur were reversed. Luca Doncic would be banned for life and every SJW player in the NBA would have commented upon it and demanded his head.
    Like I said NBA does not matter .. at all.

    But what do you expect from the State of CA that has a ballot proposition that will make racial discrimination legal as part of the state constitution. If you do not know what I am talking about you need to read the ballot propositions and consider Ward Connerly a famous black legislator in CA wrote and passed Prop 209 banning racial discrimination as part of the CA constitution. The CA legislature put Prop 16 on the ballot making it legal to discriminate in Public schools, public housing, public jobs, and other services and or benefits in CA government.

    I wonder what the NBA official position on Prop 16 will be, Since the NBA likes Chinese Uyghur slavery, I would have to guess they will love Prop 16

    Like I said the NBA does not matter.
    From T. Peterson: Actually it was BAWB but I get the point.

  15. Cancel Culture's Gravatar Cancel Culture
    August 26, 2020 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

    The speculation that the NBA might cancel the rest of the playoffs has me distressed. I’ll miss those games much the same as I might miss a barium enema.

  16. SGV's Gravatar SGV
    August 26, 2020 - 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Politics is sports Peterson. NBA players refused to play huge playoff games. MLB teams refused to play. WNBA protesting every quarter. TBS broadcaster Kenny Smith walked off the set in the middle of a broadcast making Shaq and Barkley looking foolish just sitting their holding their…… Well at least it’s not about the lying Republicans. That’s something right?

  17. ?'s Gravatar ?
    August 26, 2020 - 12:36 pm | Permalink

    If a tree falls in the forest with no life around does it make a noise? If a team wins a game with no fans in the stands does it really matter?

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