From Comcast SportsNetThumbnail sketches of the jurors who will decide whether pitcher Roger Clemens lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. The information comes from public statements by the jurors themselves during jury selection in the case last week. U.S. Judge Reggie Walton told the jurors not to have any exposure to media coverage of the case. It was not immediately disclosed which four are alternates.------Seat 1: Female, single, supermarket cashier for five years. Says, "I'm not a big fan of sports, period." Never heard of Clemens, and says, "If he did indulge, I believe he should be penalized."Seat 2: Female, plays golf, not a baseball fan, but watches golf, tennis and the Super Bowl. Recently retired, she has worked at an association for psychologists and as an elementary school teacher.Seat 3: Female, program analyst with Washington, D.C., Department of Human Services since 2000. Took prelaw classes and considered going to law school. Never heard of Clemens and doesn't follow sports. Loves to read and bake.Seat 4: Female, occupational therapist. Attended two baseball games in her life, both in Washington -- one at old Griffith Stadium and one at Nationals Park. Not a baseball fan.Seat 5: Male, studied engineering and bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Hockey fan, likes long-distance running and working out. Knows a lot of people who took performance-enhancing drugs, but says PEDs were not for him. Thought 2008 congressional hearings on steroids were "excessive."Seat 6: Female, curatorial researcher at the Smithsonian, not a sports fan. On 2008 congressional hearings on steroids, she said, "At the time, I felt maybe that was not the best use of Congress' time when they have so many other things to deal with."Seat 7: Male, heard of Clemens but said he couldn't identify what position he played. Testified before Congress several times, most recently on cyber legislation, representing financial sector. Now an official at the U.S. Treasury Department. Went to Yale School of Management.Seat 8: Female, teaches deaf and hard of hearing, from Buffalo. Likes photography and fabric art. Not a sports fan, doesn't know Clemens.Seat 9: Male, works as administrative assistant at Canadian embassy (next door to the courthouse). Worked at life insurance company. Was a premed student at Howard University. Speaks French and Spanish. Not a baseball fan. Asked about Clemens' 2008 congressional testimony, he said Clemens "seemed forthright."Seat 10: Female, goes to one baseball game a year. Not a sports fan. Works at American Council on Education as librarian and in continuing education. Likes classical music, cooking vegetarian food and "light philosophy." Not a sports fan.Seat 11: Male, unemployed 27-year-old who said his reaction to jury duty was "No, no, no, no, no," and that he'd rather be sleeping than in court. Likes basketball but not baseball and has never heard of Clemens. Promised to be "wide awake" if selected for jury.Seat 12: Male, retired, grew up in Germany, moved to U.S. at the age of 15 in 1946. Taught political science at University of Massachusetts-Amherst for 25 years, also taught at Smith. Didn't recognize Clemens' name; only sport he follows is soccer.Seat 13: Female, retiree, active in effort to get voting rights for D.C. Worked at U.S. Department of Transportation and Bureau of Public Debt. Said her husband told her, upon learning she might serve on this trial, "Get out of it, don't do it!," eliciting chuckle from Clemens.Seat 14: Female, environmental lawyer, ran cross-country and track in high school. Doesn't follow sports. Knew Clemens as a "well-regarded pitcher," but "didn't know he was connected to steroids."Seat 15: Male, says he grew up in River Edge, N.J., down the street from a house rented by New York Yankee stars Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris. Been going to gym since 1975, knows people who use steroids, calls it a "pretty stupid thing to do." Avid cyclist. Works as senior program analyst for Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Studied docket of Clemens case.Seat 16: Female, works in law enforcement with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, calls herself a "sharpshooter." When not working, sleeps and cooks a lot. Not a sports fan, and hadn't heard of Clemens.
Celtics Managing Partner and CEO Wyc Grousbeck talks with Toucher & Rich about the 98% renewals on season tickets for next year, and how that is unheard of.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving a thumbs up to “The Good Dinosaur” as quality family viewing.
*TSN Hockey Buddha Bob McKenzie breaks down the players available in the NHL draft lottery and what kind of names teams like the Boston Bruins should expect to be available with the first 14 picks.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski talks about the World of Cup ads with the ESPN creative people that made them happen. They used the word jarring in something of a positive fashion to describe them. I would use the word “not funny” for Reg Carling, the fictional character created for the ads. If they were trying to feature the personality of NHL players in those ads, I think they missed the mark. It’s not really a big deal in the final scheme of things, but it doesn’t make for a good first step in drawing hockey fans back to the four letter network.
*Good luck to Cam Tucker, a hockey writer based out of Vancouver that appears to have been one of the latest to be downsized in our industry.
*Dennis Bernstein has some thoughts, facts, analysis and theories surrounding the Los Angeles Kings, who have a long time to think about their first-round exit from the playoffs.
*Bruce Garrioch has some info on Ottawa’s long range plan to move to a needed downtown arena and that being the blueprint for most other Canadian cities.
*Tracey Myers has a dilemma for the Blackhawks: Andrew Shaw wants to stay, but the question is whether the Blackhawks can afford him?
*PHT writer James O’Brien has Bruce Boudreau lamenting the tough Game 7 loss for the Anaheim Ducks to the Nashville Predators. The loss may cost Boudreau his job, and will see a lot of new blood in the West with Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim now all out of the postseason.
*For something completely different: how can you say “no” to a tour of the world’s most magnificent treehouses.
The Bruins will know a great deal more in a couple of days about their prospects for NHL Draft weekend in Buffalo this June.
The NHL will hold its annual draft lottery in Toronto on Saturday night for those teams outside the playoffs that hold first-round picks or those shrewd enough to have secured a first-rounder and still have reached the playoffs.
The Bruins will have two first-round picks regardless of what happens: they hold their own lottery-eligible selection along with the first-round pick from the San Jose Sharks sent to Boston last summer in the trade for goaltender Martin Jones. The Sharks are still alive in the postseason, so the B’s second selection will be a late first-rounder.
The Bruins were the last NHL team eliminated from playoff contention, so they hold the slimmest odds of securing the first overall pick with a 1 percent chance in the Auston Matthews sweepstakes.
It’s too bad because the kind of game-breaking talent available at the top of the draft is exactly what the Black and Gold franchise needs after trading away top-10 first-round picks in Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton the past three years.
The Bruins will have roughly the same odds for the second (1.1 percent chance) and third overall picks (1.3 percent chance) should they miss out on No. 1, but the chances are still slim at they will pick anywhere but the same exact 14th overall pick where they selected Jake DeBrusk last season. Should they get a selection in the top three, the Bruins would be looking at big-time center Matthews, and a pair of Finnish wingers in Patrick Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, along with Matthew Tkachuk (son of Keith Tkachuk and cousin to Jimmy Hayes).
The highest rated D-man on the board is Sarnia Sting blueliner Jakob Chycrun, who is a player the Bruins would need to trade up for, a la their attempt at Noah Hanifin last year. The Bruins will have assets to potentially make that happen, but we all know how that worked out last season for Don Sweeney when a big part of “the plan” was moving up to nab one of last year’s blue chip D-men in the draft.
Hopeful Bruins fans can try their luck with the NHL Draft Lottery Simulator online, but fair warning that you won’t see the Spoked ‘B’ come up very much while hashing out the order of the top three overall picks for late June at the First Niagara Center.