Just a collection of thoughts for the lazy reader. Have a nice weekend.
• Don’t know if you realized this or not — I didn’t until it popped up in my little information treasure — and that is this: That the salaries of the Phillies’ starting pitchers as a group is larger than the pay roll of 10 major league teams. And the Braves would be one of them, if it weren’t for Dan Uggla’s loot.
• Damon Green, Zach Johnson’s caddie for years, has now taken his game to the course. He finished 46th in his first start on the Champions Tour — still the Seniors, to me. Offhand, I’m rather certain he won’t give up his job on the bag.
• Pardon me, if I’m repeating myself, but so far we haven’t had to keep a box score on the number of times Fredi Gonzalez gets kicked out of a game, and, I guess you’d have to say, I’m happy with that. That brings up this thought: Connie Mack managed until he was 86 years old, and I wonder how many times he was given the boot?
• You may have missed it, as I did, that the Olympic Games have reinstated baseball to the mix, though not until 2020. I’m not certain that appeals to me, but by that time it won’t bother me in the least.
• This may make you sick, and for that, I apologize in advance: There is, nevertheless, a National Collegiate Eating Association, and it conducts a contest to crown the top-ranked Academic Ingestor — and I kid you not. The winning ingestor gets a $100 prize, but he or she must supply his or her own Pepto-Bismol. I can’t believe any coed would stoop to such an atrocity.
• A thought to depart with: Minor surgery, I’ve discovered, is when it’s somebody else being operated on. Selah.
Furman Bisher is one of the deans of American sports writing. The long-time Atlanta sports journalist is a member of the Georgia and Atlanta Sports Halls of Fame and in addition to his newspaper writing as authored multiple books profiling major figures like Hank Aaron and Arnold Palmer. He writes periodical columns for the Daily Post.