An NCAA violation waiting to happen


An NCAA violation waiting to happen

By Adam Hart

At first I questioned why a firm would e-mail this video, suggesting it "might be of interest for me to post on my outlet's web site." interested in college prep videos? Pssh.

But that's shortsighted, italicized thinking. Of course college students love sports and read this blog. Those procrastinators need all the help they can get when it comes to stocking dorm rooms.

But it better stop at regular students. Division I student athletes could be in big trouble by watching this FREE webisode. Because anything free is an NCAA violation: "loans," cars, jewelry, hot dogs.

So if you're a student athlete, might as well report yourself to the compliance office right now.

P.S. Pretty proud I didn't make any jokes about dust mites being the least of collegiate mattress-related priorities.

P.P.S. Dang it.

Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner


Francona, Epstein receive grand ovations at BBWAA dinner

BOSTON -- “I didn’t feel that love after I made a pitching change in the sixth inning,” Terry Francona said after a 45-second standing ovation from Boston fans upon receiving the MLB Manager of the Year award from the BBWAA Thursday.

It’s without question the love for Francona runs deep in the city. Why wouldn’t it? He was the leader in breaking the 86-year old curse, and wound up winning another World Series title for Boston three years later.

Actually, he was more of a co-leader, working alongside the same person who won the MLB Executive of the Year honors from the BBWAA for 2016.

Theo Epstein -- who received an ovation 17 seconds shorter than Francona, but who’s counting -- reminisced about the Red Sox ownership group that took a chance on a young kid who wasn’t necessarily the ideal candidate to take over as GM of a team, but now that’s helped him build the Chicago Cubs into a winning franchise and establish a great working environment.

This October marks 13 years since the ’04 championship, 10 years since ’07 and six years since the pair left Boston. Without question they’ve left their mark on the city and forever changed Red Sox baseball.

And while the fans showed their undying gratitude for Francona with an ovation almost as long as his acceptance speech, the Indians manager recognized the favor the current Red Sox brass has done for him.

“I’d like to thank Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox for getting Chris Sale the hell out of the Central Division,” Francona said.