It's spring in November
And thank you Veterans
Good morning, all! Hope your week is going well.
Today is Veterans Day. Please say thank you to a Veteran, should you see one.
The calendar may read November but it will be April around the USA, when The Masters tees ‘em up on Thursday. Postponed seven months ago because of COVID-19, the signature major tournament will not have “patrons” this season, but Augusta National will provide the perfect backdrop. (The tournament pooh-bahs insist those in the crowd be called “patrons” and not fans, spectators or gallery. I still love the tournament, despite its snobbish overseers.)
At the mike for CBS will be Jim Nantz, about to broadcast his 35th Masters. Nantz was 26, when he worked his first Masters and at the time, golfer-turned-broadcaster Ken Venturi told him he would be the first to broadcast 50 Masters. At age 61, he has a good chance to reach that milestone. By today’s standards, he is still a spring chicken. Heck, he’s not even old enough to run for president. (I know. The minimum age is 35. Humor me.) Meanwhile, I hope you golf fans enjoy spring in November.
Harbaugh to Jets?
Let the rumor mill begin. With Michigan off to a disappointing 1-2 start, the stories are floating that Jim Harbaugh might be willing to return to the NFL. (Remember, he coached the 49ers for four seasons.) With the New York Jets now proud owners of an 0-9 record, all you need is to Google “Jim Harbaugh to the Jets” and a myriad of stories emerge, including this one.
Harbaugh. Trevor Lawrence. New York. Can’t wait for that first press conference.
R.I.P. Tom Heinsohn
Tom Heinsohn has died. He was involved in 17 NBA titles with the Boston Celtics as a player, coach and broadcaster. I do not remember Heinsohn the player, but I do remember the coach and broadcaster. He was fiery, stalking the sidelines and riding the officials. And as a commentator on Celtics TV, there was no doubt where he rested his loyalties.
But how many people know that Heinsohn was an accomplished painter? He enjoyed painting landscapes and started painting on canvas, growing up in New Jersey.
He will be missed. R.I.P. coach!
Minors picture starting to focus
In the Monday newsletter I wrote about the latest, involving MLB’s takeover of minor league baseball. The New York Yankees spilled the beans over the weekend by announcing new affiliates. The news continues to trickle out. Apparently, the San Francisco Giants will be losing their AA affiliation with the Richmond Flying Squirrels. The New York Mets affiliates appear to be about the same, however, there could be a rearrangement, as far as the classifications are concerned. And they will drop one club, per MLB. Hopefully, we will have a clearer picture on the entire MiLB makeup by the end of the week.
For now, continue to have a great week and thank you for your support!