After Yogi Berra died on Tuesday night, The Associated Press sent out a news alert announcing that “Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Bear has died.” Mike McLaughlin, a lecturer at Washington State U, pointed out: “They made a boo-boo.” . . . “Houston Rockets star James Harden always wears a pair of Nike Air Jordans, but he’ll stop Oct. 1 — thanks to his $200-millon endorsement deal with Adidas,” writes Ian Hamilton of the Regina Leader-Post. “Sounds like Harden has sold his sole.” . . . You may have heard about the 18-year-old Czech model who allegedly tried to get $2,000 out of NHLer Jaromir Jagr by threatening to make public a photo or two of them in the sack together. “Jagr reportedly replied that he didn’t care if the picture got out,” Hamilton notes, “so he didn’t get an assist on her goal.” . . .
“The Atlanta Hawks are using Ashley Madison to sell 10-game ticket packets,” reports Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent. “To receive a discount, fans must show up at the Will Call Window with a marriage licence and proof that their companion's name isn't on it.” . . . Littlejohn also notes: “Fans of Monday night's NFL game were treated to multiple views of a touchdown courtesy of Pylon Cam. And yet they still can't find Jimmy Hoffa.” . . . Littlejohn, again: “Some Green Bay Packers plays, in which some passes constitute a downfield screen pass with wide receivers as blockers, have come under scrutiny and may be illegal. Cheesegate?” . . .
OK, TSN, you can dump the Chris Schultz fantasy football commercial whenever you want, and the sooner the better. The first 1,000 times, it was OK. But it’s old, old, old now. . . . The frequency with which TSN uses those promos is a direct steal from the way CTV runs promos for its on-air stuff. . . . “Stunning new photos of Pluto show it to be Earth-like in many ways,” notes Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald. “It's actually better than Earth because there's no Emmy Awards ceremony.” . . .
Signs of the times, from Phil Mushnick of the New York Post: “Thursday night, Memphis, school colors blue and white, wore mostly black uniforms to play on ESPN against Cincinnati, dressed in school colors white with black trim. But on ESPN, the graphics representing Memphis were blue while Cincy’s were in black. And the home crowd, supporting the team in black, was heard chanting, ‘Go, Big Blue!’ ” . . . Mushnick, again: “According to a ticket-holder who was on his way out of Citi Field, the Mr. Met run-the-bases for kids after last Sunday’s Yankees-Mets — the game’s start was moved to 8:10 p.m. for ESPN — began after midnight. Rob Manfred-approved!” . . .
“Chicago residents filed a complaint after a strip club rented a golf course next to a kids’ playground and played, shall we say, a skins game,” reports Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “Well, that’s one way to get little Johnny off the Xbox to go play outside.” . . . “TCU defensive end Mike Tuaua and backup wide receiver Andre Petties-Wilson were arrested in Fort Worth on suspicion of accosting a fellow student and stealing his case of Keystone Light,” notes Perry. “They face charges of robbery, bodily injury and questionable taste in beer.” . . . One more from Perry: “A woman gave birth at San Diego’s Petco Park during last Thursday’s Giants-Padres game. No word on whether the pitching coaches helped her with her delivery.” . . . Comedy writer Jerry Perisho noted: “Fans didn’t have to spank the baby to get him to cry. They simply informed him the Padres were nine games under .500.” . . .
“A tourist died and another broke a leg when they fell down a staircase taking selfies at the Taj Mahal,” reports Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “If Darwin were alive he might have to revise his book to add a whole chapter on selfie-sticks.” . . . Hough adds: “If we could just create a combination gun and selfie-stick, we could cull the herd a lot faster.” . . . Running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks apparently has done a Pepsi commercial in which he didn’t speak. Hough reports: “Out of habit, Roger Goodell fined him.” . . .
Jack Finarelli, from SportsCurmudgeon.com, wonders if Army receiver Edgar Allan Poe “will get drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.” . . . The Toronto Blue Jays have three players with 35 home runs and more than 100 RBI this season. The Kansas City Royals have never had even one player do that in their history. . . . Asked by the Dallas Morning News how he felt after Dallas quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken clavicle, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones replied: “About as low as a crippled cricket’s ass.”
(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.)