Sports Shorts

  • Ceremonial first pitches for the Rays Monday playoff victory against Houston were tossed by U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, and Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg. Nice regional touch, Rays.
  • The Trop crowd for that Astros win, more than 32,000, was the largest home crowd in three years. No less noteworthy: It was all Rays–not an allegiance mix skewed by local Red Sox and Yankee fans. It matters. Ask the players.
  • Common Sense 101: When you’re a university, especially one in Kansas, and you’re putting together your annual basketball kickoff night, think twice about inviting Snoop Dog as your headline attraction. That’s what the University of Kansas did, and it didn’t go well, unless you really, really have no problems with pole-dancing babes and MF-bombs as a way of celebrating the arrival of another Jayhawk basketball season. Or maybe this is also part of the new normal.

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