The TEN: 9/9/2020

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

1. The Miami Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 103-94 to win the 2nd Round Playoff series in five games and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

2. The Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 112-102 Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in the 2nd Round Western Conference Playoff series.

3. BYU beat Navy 55-3 in the first Monday night college football game of the season.

4. Happy Birthday to longtime area assistant football coach/current St. Paul assistant Donald Bernard who turned 43 Tuesday.

5. Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller suffered a possible season ending ankle injury Tuesday in practice.

6. Receiver DeAndre Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals.

7. The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that Coach Billy Donovan won’t be returning next season as they have mutually agreed to part ways.

8. The Clippers have received final approval from Inglewood’s city government to begin construction on their new arena next summer.

9. The Chargers open the NFL season at Cincinnati Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT.

10. “For the first time in my life, I really have a quarterback, so that’s an eye-opener for me. Not a lot of pressure is going to come on me.” – Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette after signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

10 Comments to "The TEN: 9/9/2020"

  1. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    September 12, 2020 - 3:48 pm | Permalink

    @ Danyelle: You and Tim both have a penchant for exaggeration. I have never cried because someone disagreed with me; I learned decades ago that the most sincere and highly-principled people can disagree to some extent on a lot of things. It goes with the territory of living in a complex and often contentious world.
    I get irritated at times, but that’s it. I hope you have a really nice day.

    @ Tim: I notice that the political comments by others have continued, but I will comply with your wishes. I am a man of my word and I’m not going to engage them any more.

    I think you’re reading the comment threads rather selectively. I’ve made numerous posts of various lengths on sports and only sports, including two on this same thread.
    I try to write material that is factual and relevant, and I attempt to do it in a compelling way. A reader’s belief that a piece is excessively long or “boring” may sometimes say more about the reader than it does about the writer.
    On the occasions where I’ve gotten redundant, it was to drive home important facts about a vital issue such as public health. I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t care; I want everyone to survive and do well during this time of sacrifice and struggle.
    I didn’t initiate any of these non-sports debates, and almost all of my comments have been in direct reply to posts by other people. Your own comment threads will prove that.

    Let me know if all my posts about the Dodgers, major league baseball, high school football, or any other sports topics are excessively long or boring. I have seen very few complaints about those.

  2. Danyelle Harris's Gravatar Danyelle Harris
    September 11, 2020 - 8:10 pm | Permalink

    Tim, don’t be so hard on PC and RV (so cute) you’re going to make them cry. And we don’t want to see grown men cry on this site do we? OMG! I just got a visual.
    From T. Peterson: Ha Ha! Easy Dani!

  3. PC's Gravatar PC
    September 11, 2020 - 1:20 pm | Permalink

    It is quite noticeable that the MVS editor gets all over RV when he waxes political but all the lies and conspiracy theories from the red caps on here never get a editor blast. Hmmmm?
    From T. Peterson: Not sure what you’re reading. I’ve let all of the comments go through (which is my mistake) on both sides that wax political. But the reason it’s “quite noticeable” to you that I’ve responded to RV is because his political comments outnumber the others 3-1. And Good God, they’re so long, boring and redundant. The dude writes War and Peace on every post. If I wanted to read a novel I’d go buy a Stephen King book. I don’t even think he likes sports anymore. All he ever talks about is politics – or at least 90 percent of the time. I really need to just start immediately deleting all political comments. I’m so sick of it. And I guess you have trouble. like RV, of comprehending english so I’ll repeat. THIS IS A SPORTS SITE!! Do you understand now? Hmmmmm??

  4. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    September 11, 2020 - 11:15 am | Permalink

    @ Rams Fan: The run-scoring often makes it look like they’re playing slow-pitch softball at Coors Field in Denver. Sports-talk host Jim (“Welcome to the Jungle”) Rome once said that the stadium was “corked.”
    It’s the elevation. Coors Field sits at more than 5,000 feet above sea level. The air is not as dense at that elevation and the ball just flies out of there. The Rockies usually have good hitters, too, which helps.
    By the way, Kenley Jansen suffered his most recent heart problem during a Dodgers trip to the Mile-High City. Athletes on visiting teams have sometimes reported problems adjusting to the air at that elevation.

    Mookie Betts appears to have a reasonably compact swing; I think he generates his power through bat speed and extraordinary timing. His phenomenal arm strength is harder to explain.
    Smaller guys can do it sometimes. The Dodgers had ex-Houston Astro Jimmy Wynn, who was listed at 5-9, as their center fielder in the mid-1970’s. In 1974, the one season in which he was relatively injury-free, he hit 32 homers and drove in 108 runs for an L.A. team that won the National League pennant.
    Before he was traded to the Dodgers, Wynn belted a lot of home runs in the Houston Astrodome and became affectionately known as “The Toy Cannon.”

  5. September 11, 2020 - 9:41 am | Permalink

    On this day 19 years ago “some people did something”, at least that’s how one person put it.
    The CO Chargers football team also did something. They began a successful quest to become CIF football Champions. This quest would require them to beat a back-to-back CIF Champ Los Altos twice. First match up at LA was an amazing come from behind 4th qtr rally requiring 3 scores in the last 5 minutes. Those in attendance still recall that game as one the best ever. Then in the CIF final at Mt SAC, CO won 7-6.
    Who would have thought 19 years later there’d be no Friday night lights, and that the terrorists would actually be paid government officials and white punks from the northwest?

  6. Rams Fan again not Tank's Gravatar Rams Fan again not Tank
    September 10, 2020 - 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Scoring 9 runs in a baseball game is pretty much a lock to win it, unless you’re playing at Coors Field. But score 9 runs and lose by 20? Atlanta vs Miami was a game for the ages.

  7. Rams Fan not Tank's Gravatar Rams Fan not Tank
    September 10, 2020 - 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I watched in amazement as Mookie hits another home run to start the game last night and still can not quite understand where his power comes from. He’s shorter than most, doesn’t have bulging muscles straining against his uniform, doesn’t have long arms to develop significant torque. So what am I missing? He looks like a skinny high school kid who wouldn’t have a chance of making the varsity team yet here he is. His throwing arm is as good if not better than Mondesi’s was or Puig’s. But I watched him throw a runner out going from 1st to 3rd from deep in the right field corner couple of games back. Right now it looks like he was the missing piece of the puzzle for that elusive World Series Championship. Worth every penny. Now about Kenley?????

  8. Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man's Gravatar Ron Vrooman, AHS stat man
    September 10, 2020 - 1:11 am | Permalink

    Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts is hitting .307 with 14 homers and 33 runs batted in after L.A.’s 6-4 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
    If Mookie can play like this for another 12 years, then we’ll really be onto something.

    @ Pac 5 Scout: I share your hope; we’ll find out what direction we’re heading in within a couple of weeks. I would love to see both on-campus instruction and high school football in January.

  9. Pac 5 Scout's Gravatar Pac 5 Scout
    September 9, 2020 - 7:58 pm | Permalink

    The cases in socal are coming down.If we did not blow it over labor day we might just have some high school football this winter. If we do one great tradition will be continuing and huge. Everyone will be practicing on Thanksgiving Day.

  10. Halloween's Gravatar Halloween
    September 9, 2020 - 3:38 pm | Permalink

    While some are critical of politicians who order the police to stand-down in the face of burning and looting, I want to say that our officials have issued an iron-fisted ban on trick-or-treating, so their hearts are clearly in the right place.

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