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Reading Time, Five Minutes

In Baseball, Basketball, Football on February 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Crim Del Harris’s weekend update of the week’s top sports stories. 

Jeff Goldblum has a great line in the 1984 film The Big Chill that all bloggers should take to heart. Talking about his dead-end job at People, Goldblum’s “Michael” discusses the magazine’s one editorial rule: “You can’t write anything longer than the average person can read during the average crap.” It’s with that sentiment in mind that CDH debuts an irregularly recurring feature — Reading Time, Five Minutes. Borrowed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz, RTFM will give you a run down of the big stories in sports, with some witty comments and a funny Vine, or something. We haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyway, let’s begin!

Earlier this week Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced the league’s actions to protect pitchers from line drives. Beginning in spring training later this month, pitchers will have the option of wearing a cap with extra padding around the cranium to protect against head trauma and brain injury. While the league’s effort to protect players is admirable, these caps look…pretty terrible. [Cue Great Gazoo joke.]

Pictured: stupid hat.

Pictured: stupid hat.

The caps feature customized “safety plate” to provide additional protection around the forehead, temples and sides of the head, and weigh six to seven ounces more than standard caps.

IsoBLOX, the company behind the caps, says the new product can protect players from 90 mph line drives to the front of the head and 85 mph on the sides. There’s just one problem. They’re ugly as sin and no one wants to wear them. Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who suffered a skull fracture in 2012, said the cap was a start, but wasn’t a sufficient solution. McCarthy’s criticisms had to do with function rather than form, but the fashion element should not be taken lightly. Both New York Mets third baseman David Wright and Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker were the butts of jokes for wearing comically large helmets. Extra padding is the future for both MLB and the National Football League, but you shouldn’t hold your breath just yet.

Reports came out Friday morning that St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke purchased a 60-acre plot near Inglewood, Cal.

Wait, something's missing...

Wait, something’s missing…

The news immediately sent shockwaves through Rams Nation, which is a sentence as hyperbolic as it is stupid. A bunch of Rams fans in St. Louis took to Twitter to demand that St. Louis build a new stadium for a team that has gone 128-175 since coming to St. Louis and hasn’t had a winning season since 2003.

That's more like it.

That’s more like it.

Meanwhile, a bunch of Rams fans in Los Angeles took to Twitter to beg the franchise to relocate to a city that has lost the Chargers, Rams and Raiders — an oasis of football love, that City of Angels.

Kroenke’s going to get his stadium either way. The only question is which city will be dumb enough to give $800+ million to a billionaire.[1] Shit, it’s St. Louis, isn’t it?

In last Saturday’s William and MaryDrexel game, junior point guard Marcus Thornton capped of a Tribe comeback with a buzzer-beating three to seal a 68-66 win for William and Mary.

Thornton was good for 26 points in the game, and helped rally the Tribe from a nine-point halftime deficit.

And just for fun, here’s video of another all-time William and Mary hoops great. Thanks for reading.


[1] Interesting side note: Kroenke purchased the plot in Inglewood from Wal-Mart, a company partially owned by his wife and on whose board he sat for five years.

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