The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reports that a hunting dog stepped on a 12-gauge shotgun and shot its owner in a foot. The dog’s name? You guessed it . . . Trigger. . . . Steve Simmons, in the Toronto Sun: “The national treasure Daniel Nestor is two wins away from 1,000 career as a doubles player. The only tennis players with 1,000 wins: Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and a guy named Roger Federer.” . . . It’s a good thing that Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan already is grey. Here’s hoping his young club doesn’t cause him to start losing his hair. . . .
Here’s Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea.com, after last weekend’s NASCAR fiasco: “There is much gnashing of fenders and wailing of teeth over the end of the CampingWorld.com 500 at Talladega, in which many members of the Tinfoil Parade are sure that Kevin Harvick deliberately caused a wreck at the end of the race to (a) insure that he would qualify for The Chase and (b) that a bunch of other worthy competitors (like fan god Dale Earnhardt The Younger) would not. Our guess? You should have watched the CBS announcers desperately trying to pretend the Chargers had a chance to win in the final eight minutes of the Raiders game instead.” . . . Doc Rivers, the head coach of the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, joined Twitter the other day (@DocRivers). His first tweet: “Hello, Twitter world! Thanks to @PhilJackson11 who suggested I try this.” . . . To which Ratto scribbled: “I think Phil Jackson is a very mean man.” . . .
Jack Finarelli, aka The Sports Curmudgeon, poses a question: “Since the World Series will end the baseball season, let me insert a Quick Quiz here that relates to MLB. What is more inconsistently called — (a) The strike zone in MLB; or, (b) Pass interference in the NFL? . . . TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley isn’t high on the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances this season. In fact, he says they are the fourth-best team in California — behind the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings . Barkley, however, says it could be even worse for the Lakers. “They’re lucky the Sparks ain’t playing, they’d be the fifth,” says Sir Charles. . . . The Los Angeles Sparks are a WNBA team. . . .
Former NFL punter Steve Weatherford was doing a radio show prior to last weekend when he got a call from the New York Jets. They needed a punter. So Weatherford kicked for the Jets last Sunday, then returned to radio work. His pay for one game was US$51,176, which worked out to $12,794 per punt. . . . RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com writes: “Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been accused of tax fraud in Spain and could spend two years in jail. Or as they say in the UK: Gaol!!!! Gaol!!! Gaol!!!” . . . Currie, again: “New York Mets third baseman David Wright called their return to the World Series ‘a long time coming’ after a 15-year absence. ‘We see your 15,’ said the Chicago Cubs, ‘and raise you 55.’ ” . . .
“LeBron says that Kevin Love will be the 'focal point' of the Cavaliers’ offence,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “Someone tell him what it was like when Ringo sang lead.” . . . “The Dallas Cowboys have brought in Charles Haley to talk to Greg Hardy,” Littlejohn writes. “Isn’t that like bringing in Freddy Krueger to talk some sense to Jason?” . . . One more from Littlejohn: “Pennsylvania law enforcement on Thursday used small arms fire to deflate a runaway Army blimp that broke loose from its ground tether at a military base in Maryland. This was a last resort, after all suggestions from Tom Brady had failed.” . . .
“I just ordered a pizza. Asked for one the size of the Golden State Warriors’ championship rings,” tweeted Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle on the NBA’s opening night. “They charged me extra.” . . . After losing 3-2 in OT to the host St. Louis Blues on Saturday, goaltender Devan Dubnyk is 34-11-3 since joining the Minnesota Wild last season. He signed a six-year, US$26-million deal over the summer and now he and his wife, Jennifer, had another baby, a boy, due in December, a brother for Nathaniel. . . . Dubnyk is proof that good things do, indeed, happen to good people. . . . Headline at Fark.com: Ravens offense loses communication with sideline during final drive / Patriots docked a 2nd- and 6th-round pick. . . .
It was B.C. Lions wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux who told TSN the other day that “In order to start winning, we have to stop losing.” . . . Think about that for a moment or two. . . . “The NBA is partnering with Kia to put a Kia Motors Corp. logo on player uniform tops for the next two All-Star games,” reports Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “Right, because when you think of a car that would be driven by very wealthy, very tall men you think of Kia.” . . . Here’s Hough, again: “Thursday was National Cat Day. And cats were thinking, uh, EVERY day is National Cat Day.”
(Gregg Drinnan is a former sports editor of the Regina Leader-Post and the late Kamloops Daily News. He is at firstname.lastname@example.org and twitter.com/gdrinnan. Keeping Score appears here on weekends, except when it doesn’t.)