What’s the buzz from the world of sports? Here are some items that will have people talking:
This week, 20 years ago, the Chicago Cubs released a 29-year-old pitcher.
At the time, the guy had a record of 34-54 with an ERA in the high 4’s.
We’re guessing nobody, outside of this guy’s family, really noticed.
Certainly, no one from the MLB noticed. He did not pitch in the bigs at all in 1992.
He came back to the majors in 1993, pitching for Baltimore.
And he has not stopped pitching.
Well, an injury did force him to miss all of last season. But he’s back on a roster this season.
Former Mariner Jamie Moyer is celebrating his 20-year anniversary of getting released by preparing to pitch for the Colorado Rockies.
Since he was released, he has gone 232-150, a .567 winning percentage. He was 145-87 with the Mariners, a .625 mark.
Yep, the Cubs have been making the wrong decisions for many, many years.
Playing the lottery should be fun.
So we must admit, it is fun making fun of fools and their money.
No, we’re not talking about those of us who spend, $5, $10 or $20, or contribute to the office fund. It’s a harmless diversion for those who do not overspend for the dream.
But millionaire athletes who brag about spending $10,000 on tickets? They’re fair game.
Washington Wizards rookie Chris Singleton tweeted that number and later said it was an investment. He does not need to win the big one to make money. He just wants to get more than $10,000 back.
Sure, it’s possible. Yet unlikely.
If one could get $10,000 in tickets and return $12,000 back every drawing, well, wouldn’t everyone do that every drawing?
So thanks, Chris, for reminding us once again that putting a ball in a hoop can get you millions, but it will not help with any IQ tests.
He and the rest of us had a 1 in 176 million chance of winning the big jackpot. About the same odds as the Wizards winning an NBA title.
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