Sports betting, Robinson Cano fretting, and Patriots sweating


By Mike Ashley

DOUBLE DOWN: Pro sports are ready for legalized gambling everywhere. Look at the great job they’ve done with replay.

SAY IT AIN’T SO, CANO: Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano obviously didn’t read the possible side effects for the diuretic he took. Can cause up to 80 games missed.

BOOLA MOOLAH: The Supreme Court ruling opening up sports gambling could potentially be an answer to paying college athletes, you know, the ones that don’t think a free college education is worth anything.

KRAFT DEMANDING TB EAT MORE CHEESE: Tom Brady missed Patriots’ volunteer workouts, and was reportedly found at his home vegged out on gluten-free kale soymilk shakes.

BIFF TANNEN WAS READY: Too bad the sports gambling laws didn’t kick in before the NBA Draft Lottery.

GROUND CHUCK: R.I.P. Chuck Knox, devotee of a strong running attack and hard-nosed football, passed away Sunday. He was the first NFL coach to lead three different teams to division titles.

TIMEOUT FOR TRIVIA: Name the three NFL teams Chuck Knox guided to the playoffs in his 22-year career.

WANNA HAVE A CATCH, DAD? Fairfield University senior Drew Blake, in his final home game at-bat earlier this week, drilled a home run right into the hands of his father out in right field.

BEST ‘ONION’ SPORTS HEADLINE THIS WEEK: ‘Joe Maddon Saves Up All His Mound Visits For One Long Trip In 8th Inning.’

DUBS & L’S: Remember when Steve Kerr had to choose between the New York Knicks’ job and the Golden State job, and it seemed like a tough decision?

LEFT FIELD LOTTO: The Washington Nationals have started six different left fielders this year. They recently announced a new promotion to pick a fan out of the stands to play there each home game.

THIS JUST IN: Kevin Durant is a really tough match-up. He is to the modern NBA what old-school, low-post closers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Akeem Olajuwon were. 

SECOND PRIZE’S A SET OF STEAK KNIVES: Dwane Casey, who led the Raptors to a franchise record 59 wins, the best record in the Eastern Conference, and who earned NBA Coach of the Year honors, was fired after he got LeBronned in the second round.

TRIVIA ANSWER: The Los Angeles Rams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Buffalo Bills. Knox’ 186 career wins is 10th all-time among NFL coaches, and he was named Coach of the Year at each one of his head coaching stops.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mike Ashley has covered college athletics for over 30 years. He has worked in the athletic departments at Virginia Tech, Radford University and Marshall University, in addition to freelance work from his Northern Virginia home. Ashley has also worked as a stand-up comic, and has been a regular on many radio stations throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. His work appears in Terrapin Times (covering the University of Maryland), NCAA programs, Blue Ribbon YearbooksAthlonLindy’s, and on bathroom stalls in major sporting venues. He has also co-authored a book on the golden age of Virginia Military Institute football, “Best Regrets: VMI’s John McKenna and The Lost Age of College Football.” Previously, the Salem, Va., native has helped author books on the New York Yankees, Emmitt Smith, Maryland’s 2002 NCAA basketball championship, and published a book on the history of Radford University.

William Roth