If you are thinking about going to the 2016 Grey Cup game in Toronto in November, you better start saving right now, or make an appointment with a loans officer. Here’s Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: “I was offended to learn that my $75 seat at BMO Field will cost $599 for the Grey Cup. I was even more offended to learn after the fact that there is an $18 service charge on that seat, which would bring the actual Grey Cup price to $617.” . . . One more from Simmons: “Shocked, I mean shocked, to hear that Brock Lesnar may have tested positive for a performance enhancing drug. Like he never looked the part?” . . . A lot of Saskatchewan folks were excited when Lesnar was introduced as being from Regina prior to his last fight. Gotta wonder if he’s still from Regina today. . . .
A number of participants were injured in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, after which Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald pointed out: “This is basically the Spanish version of U.S. fireworks.” . . . “The Fox TV ratings for the MLB All-Star Game slumped,” notes Bill Littlejohn, our correspondent who is based in South Lake Tahoe, Calif., “as the game was beaten out by America's Got Talent. Network executives immediately arranged a secret meeting with Victor Conte.” . . . “The latest craze is the Pokémon Go game,” reports Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong, “where players try to find Pokémon characters on their smart phones. If they succeed, the next levels are D.B. Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart.” . . .
“The FBI,” writes Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times, “has officially closed its file on D.B. Cooper, the hijacker who disappeared after parachuting from an airliner over southwest Washington in 1971. ‘That’s nothing,’ groused a Toronto hockey fan. ‘We haven’t seen Lord Stanley since 1967.’ ” . . . Perry, again: “Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested on assault charges after an altercation inside an East Lansing, Mich., restaurant, and the reaction was immediate. The NBA, simply out of habit, suspended him for Games 6 and 7 of last month’s Finals.” . .
Here’s RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com: “Bismack Biyombo left the Toronto Raptors and took his talents to Florida to sign with the Orlando Magic. What shall we call that less-than-epic decision? Ink the Bismack?” . . . Currie, again: “Congratulations to British tennis star Andy Murray on winning his second Wimbledon and third major. Should he fail to win the U.S. Open, he’ll go back to being a Scot.” . . . “Tim Duncan will be in the hall of fame for many reasons,” notes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “But this stat will probably never be matched again — he played 19 years for ONE coach.” . . . “In Nashville,” Hough reports, “a man had his face covered with toilet paper while he robbed a store. Witnesses said he appeared a little flushed.” . . .
Headline at Fark.com: Derek Jeter finally gets his 6th ring. . . . As a retirement gift, Snoop Dogg gave Kobe Bryant a vintage Pontiac Parisienne painted in L.A. Lakers’ colours. The gang at Fark.com headlined their story: Car drives OK, but it smokes like crazy. . . . Yes, the CFL has a problem with all of the penalties its officials are calling. But it’s pretty hard to blame the officials when players are making so many dumb plays that result in flags. . . . The U.S. rowing team apparently is prepared to wear sewage-proof suits during competition in the Olympic Summer Games in Rio next month. As comedian Argus Hamilton notes: “They could became standard wear for the front row when Hillary and Trump debate this fall.” . . .
If you missed the ESPYs, Craig Sager of TNT and TBS, who has been diagnosed with terminal leukaemia, blew folks away with his words in accepting the Jim Valvano Award: “I have run with the bulls in Pamplona. I have raced with Mario Andretti in Indianapolis. I have climbed the Great Wall of China. I have jumped out of airplanes over Kansas. I have wrestled gators in Florida. I have sailed the ocean with Ted Turner. I have swam the oceans in the Caribbean. And I have interviewed Gregg Popovich. Mid-game. Spurs down seven. If I’ve learned anything through all of this, it is that each and every day is a canvas waiting to be painted — an opportunity for love, for fun, for living, for learning . . . I will never give up, and I will never give in. I will continue to keep fighting, sucking the marrow out of life as life sucks the marrow out of me.”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at email@example.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)