An interesting note from Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: “The Seahawks — in five road playoff games under Pete Carroll kicking off at 10 a.m. Seattle time — have trailed Chicago 28-0 (third quarter), Washington 14-0 (first), Atlanta 20-0 (second), Minnesota 9-0 (third) and Carolina 31-0 (second). They did pretty well once the snooze alarm went off, though, outscoring their opponents 110-17 and even winning two of the five.” . . . Andy Reid, now the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, has long had issues with in-game clock management. It happened again last weekend in a loss to the New England Patriots. Later, as Perry reported: “Rumor has it he got home and immediately burned the Minute Rice.” . . .
Headline at TheOnion.com: NCAA investigating God for giving gifts to athletes. . . . Here‘s Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, on that wide left from a couple of weekends ago: “Blair Walsh gets all the blame for shanking that 27-yard field-goal attempt, costing the Vikings a playoff win. But what about the holder, who failed to spin the laces away from Walsh? ‘It’s not easy being a placekick holder. A lot of odd and crazy things can happen in the heat of the moment,’ said former kick-holder Lucy van Pelt.” . . . Then there’s this from The Tonight’s Show’s Jimmy Fallon: “The Minnesota Vikings lost their playoff game when their kicker missed a 27-yard field goal. The kicker is now in an undisclosed location, waiting to meet with Sean Penn.” . . .
The other day, Donald Trump was mumbling about the NFL having “become soft” as he tried to make the point that a crackdown on headshots is ruining the game. Here’s Ostler’s reaction: “That’s easy for Trump to say. He goes through life with his head protected by a large, orange bale of hay.” . . . Ostler added: “Of course, Trump yearns for a return to the days when concussions were laughed off. The more widespread the brain damage in America, the better Trump’s chances of getting elected.” . . . Headline at Fark.com: Justin Verlander has another Upton to take pictures with. . . .
In case you thought you had a real shot at winning the Powerball lottery — the odds apparently were 1-in-292 million — here’s Greg Cote of the Miami Herald with a dose of reality: “You are more likely to be struck by lightning — twice — while performing a handstand on a three-legged unicorn as it wins the Kentucky Derby.” . . . “Miami Marathon is next Sunday,” notes Cote, “in which thousands of people will set out to run 26.2 miles for no apparent reason.” . . .
Things are interesting in Kamloops where TRU athletic director Ken Olynyk chose to fire Tom McManus, who had been the head coach of the women’s soccer team for seven seasons and had a year left on his contract. In 2015, in only its second season at the CIS level, the WolfPack got into the playoffs. McManus says he doesn’t know why he was fired; Olynyk isn’t talking and TRU didn’t issue a news release on the firing. Instead, the school announced that it is looking for a new women’s coach, but the three-paragraph release makes no mention of the previous coach or what happened to him. . . . All of it brings two questions: What’s the real story? How long until lawyers are involved? . . .
If you didn’t (h)ear it, Mike Tyson has endorsed Donald Trump. “Maybe,” writes RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, “Iron Mike is hoping to one day have the president’s ear.” . . . “At the Democratic candidates debate (last) Sunday night,” reports Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald, “Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders argued so vehemently that at one point she called him ‘Bill.’ ” . . . Hollywood having all but run out of original ideas, there apparently is to be a movie based on the TV series Baywatch. As Dickson put it: “It’ll just be nice to see people running in slow motion who aren’t the Philadelphia 76ers getting back on defence." . . .
The AJHL’s Grande Prairie Storm revealed that it is $100,000 in debut and needs that much again just to finish this season. The AJHL’s Whitecourt Wolverines are in the hole to the tune of $200,000. . . . Won’t be long before some of these teams get into the pay-to-play business. . . . “The Oscars boycott list grows, as Will Smith says he will not attend and Mark Ruffalo is thinking about it,” reports Janice Hough, aka The Left Coast Sports Babe. “If this keeps up they might actually get this year’s show finished in under four hours.” . . . Richmond, B.C., blogger Tony Chong: “Newest addition to my bucket list — have to go to Winslow, Ariz., and stand on that corner.”
(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.)