Kamloops ref to work Rio Olympic Games

Maybe statue of Shaq will shoot free throws
March 6, 2016 6:06 P.M.
Steve Seibel of Kamloops will work his third men's Olympic basketball competition in Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: fibaamericas.com)

If you happened to watch the Oscars, you may have noticed Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, decked out in a navy blue tuxedo. At the same time, his gal pal, actress Olivia Munn, was wearing an orange dress. Which led to this tweet from the Chicago Bears’ account: “Everyone wants to wear the #BearsBlueandOrange.” . . . Former Green Bay tight end Tom Crabtree fired back: “Well, he owns you so he can do what he wants with your colors.” . . . Steve Seibel of Kamloops is headed to Rio. Seibel, who is a lawyer in his other life, has been selected by FIBA to officiate in the men’s basketball competition at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. This will be Seibel’s third straight Olympic Games assignment. . . .

Here’s Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post with some worthwhile advice for a couple of Canadian sports networks: “It might be time for TSN and Sportsnet to do away with their interminable coverage of the NHL trade cutoff. The relative inactivity by teams on the big day is putting the ‘dead’ in ‘deadline.’ ” . . . Here’s Hamilton, again: “A man recently set a Guinness World Record by running 20 metres while carrying two full-sized refrigerators. No, wait — sorry, that was how it looked when oversized Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval tried to run to first during a spring-training game.” . . .

Canada’s seven NHL teams recently had a week in which they were a combined 2-11-1. RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com: “And we call Justin Bieber a national embarrassment?” . . . “Jeopardy will no longer feature Canadian competition,” according to Currie. “Just like the NHL playoffs.” . . . “Saskatoon set a world record for the largest snowball fight with 8,200 participants,” Currie reports. “There were 8,199 people on one side, and Kent Austin on the other.” . . . One more from Currie: “Instead of a calendar girl, I once dated a colander girl. Our relationship was strained.” . . .

Perhaps you have heard that Ronda Rousey has a couple of movies on the way to the big screen, and she also is part of the latest SI swimsuit edition. To which Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald asked: “She did lose to Holly Holm, right? Just double-checking.” . . . “At a recent appearance in Reno, Hillary Clinton concluded a story by barking like a dog,” Dickson reports. “This actually represents a step up in the level of discourse in the 2016 campaign.” . . . A statue in honour of Shaquille O’Neal is to be placed outside Staples Center in Los Angeles. As Dickson notes: “For nostalgia’s sake, it will be erected in the general vicinity of where his free-throw attempts used to land.” . . . “

Jason Pierre-Paul recently donated $20,000 to a New York hospital's burn unit,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent, referencing the New York Giants defensive lineman. “But he rejected a suggestion that he donate to the prize fund of the Firecracker 400.” . . . When this week began, nine of the 10 teams in the WHL’s Western Conference had a winning percentage of at least .508. In the Eastern Conference, the count was seven of 12. I’ll leave it to you to explain how it’s possible for a 22-team league to have 16 teams playing at a .500 level or better. . . . There have been reports that the legal costs of Deflategate — aka NFL vs. Brady — could reach US$20 million. As Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., points out: “That doesn’t even factor in the additional cost from inflation.” . . .

“Houston Texans wideout Jaelen Strong was arrested and booked on a marijuana charge during a traffic stop in Scottsdale, Ariz.,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “Police say it was possession, all right, claiming Strong got both feet down and made ‘a football move’ upon exiting his vehicle.” . . . One more note from Perry: “The Savannah, Ga., Bananas will become the 16th team in the Coastal Plain League, a summer circuit for college baseball players. So obviously the team MVP award will be known as the Top . . . nah, too easy.” . . .

A Google self-driving car ran into a bus in Mountain View, Calif., the other day. Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe, notes: “No fault has been determined yet, but let’s hope the car wasn’t texting at the time.” . . . With Sports Authority having filed for bankruptcy, Hough wonders: “So will the Denver Broncos now play in Chapter 11 Stadium?” . . . Earlier this week, a Canadian scientist reported hearing repeating radio signals from deep in outer space. To which Vancouver comic Torben Rolfsen noted: “Finally, the trade deadline offers for Canucks players.” . . . If you haven’t seen it, Wayne Gretzky has autographed an elevator at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. “Watch for the elevator to be listed on eBay soon,” Rolfsen writes.

(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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