Seibel laying down law on Rio courts

The Kid getting quite an allowance from Reds
August 14, 2016 3:58 P.M.
Steve Seibel of Kamloops is one of FIBA's top referees. (Photo: fibaamericas.com)

Steve Seibel, Kamloops’ favourite basketball referee, doesn’t get a lot of attention, which is just how he likes it. But it’s worth noting that he is in Rio working his third Olympic Summer Games. On Friday, he was on the floor as the U.S. got past Serbia, 94-91. On Saturday, he drew the pressure-cooker that was Argentina’s 111-107 victory over host Brazil. Seibel, who is a lawyer in his other life, has enjoyed a plethora of international officiating assignments, but you can bet that the Olympics — he also worked in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012 — are at the top of his list. . . . Headline at Fark.com: Mark Teixeira announces his retirement from disabled list. . . . Headline at SportsPickle.com: N.Y. Post lays of 36 employees after cutting its A-Rod Pun Headline Department.” . . . Headline at TheOnion.com: Michael Phelps Returns To His Tank At Sea World. . . .

If you were watching the end of Saturday’s CFL game between Calgary and host Saskatchewan, you saw Chris Jones, the Roughriders’ vice-president of football operations, general manager, head coach and defensive co-ordinator, have a few words for Stampeders head coach Dave Dickenson. Apparently, Jones told Dickenson to “win with some class!” This from a guy who at two late-week media briefings refused to answer questions about a cheating scandal involving his team. . . . Hey, Rider Nation, Jones is in Year 1 of a five-year deal. Have fun. . . . I would love to know what Bill (The Undertaker) Baker thinks about the goings-on in the camp of the Saskatchewan Roughriders this week. . . .

“The Cincinnati Reds are contractually bound to pay newly minted Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. through 2025 — to the tune of $3.5 million a year,” notes Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times. “In other words, The Kid is still getting quite the allowance.” . . . Perry, again: “Los Angeles Rams head coach Jeff Fisher released receiver Deon Long after he was caught with a woman in his training-camp room after curfew. The 2016 Rams, obviously, are not to be confused with the Kenny Stabler-era Raiders.” . . . Cam Hutchinson, in the Saskatoon Express: “I suspect those who criticized the Canadian Olympic outfits wear socks in their sandals.” . . . Hutchinson, again: “I wish Olympic archers used real bows and arrows, like the ones in old western movies.” . . .

There’s nothing like walking into Costco on a warm Tuesday in early August and being greeted by a Christmas tree, blinking lights and all. . . . On that note, you should know that there are only 19 Saturdays between now and Christmas. . . . “Delta flights were so delayed Monday morning that it has been named the official airline of the NBC Olympics,” writes Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. . . . The Oakland A’s have a pitcher named Mark Rzepczynski. Any guesses as to his nickname? . . . Go to the head of the class if you said Scrabble. . . .

Bill Littlejohn, our South Lake Tahoe, Calif., correspondent reports: “Rumour has it that Adele is being considered as a halftime performer for Super Bowl 51.” . . . One more report from Littlejohn: “With his 12th individual Olympic title, Michael Phelps tied a 2,168-year-old Olympic record set by Leonidas of Rhodes in 152 B.C. A video feed of Leonidas' 12th title should arrive at 30 Rock NBC any day now.” . . . Littlejohn, again: “The water in the Olympic diving pool mysteriously turned green. It will eventually be shipped to the U.S. and dumped into the Chicago River for St. Patrick's Day.” . . .

Curt Schilling, he of the bloodied sock, apparently has said that he plans on running for the office of U.S. president in 2020 or 2024. That brought this response from Jack Finarelli, aka The Sports Curmudgeon: “The 2016 Presidential Campaign has proven to me that what my elementary school teachers told us is true: Anybody can be President of the United States.” . . . You may have noticed that all Olympic beach volleyball players wear No. 1 or 2. Which has Richmond, B.C., blogger TC Chong wondering: “Have the other 97 numbers been retired?” . . .

“The CFL fined the Saskatchewan Roughriders $60K for using unsigned players on the practice grounds.” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com. “They also fined head coach Chris Jones $26K for falsely taking the moral high ground.” . . . “The Olympic diving pool somehow turned green overnight,” Currie noted. “That happened once in our local kiddie pool: they blamed it on pee-h balance.” . . . One more from Currie: “Astronomers said the Perseid meteor showers were expected to flash by over a couple of nights. Kind of like Yasiel Puig.” . . .

From Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, who is in Rio: “There are 271 Russians in the Olympics, which remains a great point of controversy here. For the first time ever, athletes are speaking up against the Russians and moreso against doping in sport. For years, they rarely said anything to disagree with the IOC. Here it has almost become a new sport. And good for the athletes for doing so.” . . . One more from Simmons: “The national sport of Brazil is not robbery, but you could make a case. This week may set an Olympic record for most camera equipment stolen at a Games.” . . .

After Nike announced that it was getting out of the golf equipment business, Torben Rolfsen, the host of The Rolfsen Report on TSN 1040 on Saturdays, noted: “I hope they put a little statue in the lobby of Elin swinging a club at the Escalade.” . . . Rolfsen, again: “You know the NHL season's too long when the most anticipated game before Christmas is an Oilers-Jets alumni game.” . . . ICYMI, the deputy premier of Saskatchewan has resigned after being charged with impaired driving. Perhaps his biggest mistake was not being the premier of B.C.

(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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