It's a sundae to top all sundaes

Time for sponsors to apply pressure to IOC
July 24, 2016 9:16 P.M.

If you missed it, the U.S.’s 2017 Olympic curling trials are to be held in Omaha, Neb. As Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., noted: “Officials say the event could pump as much as another $327 into the local economy.” . . . First, the Edmonton Rush left for Saskatoon. Now, it’s the Canadian Finals Rodeo. Can the Oilers be far behind? West Edmonton Mall? Fort Edmonton? . . . “When we played, we counted our money,” offers Pete Rose, baseball’s hit king. “Today, they weigh it.” . . . Anyone who was surprised by the IOC’s decision on Russia hasn’t been paying attention. The buck now has been passed to Olympic sponsors. Money talks and it would seem the time has come for those sponsors to begin applying pressure and to do it until the IOC squeals. . . .

The WWE suspended grappler Roman Reigns for 30 days, resulting in this from Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald: “Considering you can win a WWE title by hitting a guy from behind with a folding chair, what do you have to do to get suspended?” . . . According to Dickson: “The State of Nebraska brought in $95 million less tax revenue in the last fiscal year than expected. Out: the governor’s mansion. In: the governor’s double-wide.” . . . Dickson has noticed the number of big-name athletes who have opted out of the Rio Games. As he put it: “It’s starting to feel like a Pro Bowl with mosquitoes.” . . .

“Pokemon has taken off as the latest craze. Nintendo’s stock has gone through the roof,” writes Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong. “Once the fad passes, the entire event will be known as Pokemon Gone.” . . . After watching some of the Republican convention from Cleveland, Chong noted: “Plagiarize? I always thought those were the brothers who played for the St. Louis Blues.” . . . Hey, Kamloops’ Sandman Centre, it’s time to do something with your website. You may want to give it some TLC. I mean, the first thing a visitor sees is that Theresa Caputo will be here on June 8. Yes, June 8. It also seems that the only other “upcoming event” is Ice Age on Ice, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. That’s it? There’s nothing else scheduled for the facility? . . .

“NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's image has been left to President Clinton's old public relations man,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “The first piece of advice was to get rid of all interns.” . . . “Chesterfield FC, a British soccer team, has apologized after awarding a raffle prize of a trip with the team to its training camp in Hungary to a fake fan,” Littlejohn writes. “ ‘Maybe next year,’ said Manti T'eo's girlfriend.” . . . One more from Littlejohn: “Former NFL coach Dennis Green has died at 67. He was always who he thought he was.” . . . An astute observation from Greg Cote of the Miami Herald: “Bartolo Colon looks like the first runner-up in a Fred Flintstone lookalike contest.” . . .

The NFL has suspended Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones for four games for PED use. His brother, Jon, aka Bones Jones, recently was temporarily suspended by UFC after a positive drug test. “It’s nice that the family does things together,” notes Torben Rolfsen, who hosts The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 Vancouver on Saturday mornings. . . . Rolfsen, again: ““I saw the Grey Cup ticket prices for Toronto. Does that include the flight and hotel room?” . . . You may be aware that Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. You may not be aware that the Cincinnati Reds will pay him more than US$3.5 million a year through 2025. Now you know why his smile was so big on Sunday. . . .

Headline at TheKicker.com after MLB’s home run-hitting contest: ESPYs give Courage Award to anyone who can still watch Chris Berman. . . . Headline at SportsPickle.com: District attorney clears Alabama football players of all future charges. . . . Another one from the gang at SportsPickle.com: Gisele forcing Tom Brady to get part-time job during his suspension. . . .

If you are planning to attend an Arizona Diamondbacks’ home game, you should know that among the concessionary delights available is a two-pound sundae that features 15 ingredients. It’s yours for US$25. . . . Oh, it also packs 3,540 calories. . . . “So,” wonders Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, “when Scotland leaves after Brexit will it no longer be the British Open?” . . . “If America really wants an orange president,” Hough asks, “is it too late to draft an oompa loompa?”

(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at greggdrinnan@gmail.com and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)

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