Has there ever been a more average baseball team than this year’s Arizona Diamondbacks? Apparently the record book says no.

From June 18 to Aug. 29, a period of more than two months covering 61 games, the Diamondbacks were never more than two games above or below .500.  The streak ended on Aug. 30, when the Diamondbacks beat the Dodgers to go three games over .500.  How unusual was that?  No team in the 150 year history of major league baseball has spent that many consecutive days within two games of .500….think about that for a minute, a 3 or 4 game winning or losing streak (very common in baseball)  in that two month period would have ended that streak…

Funny line I heard last week about Hurricane Dorian:  Remember, we are in Florida, just because she has her blinker on, doesn’t mean she is going to turn….He makes $30 million a season, he is an 8-time all-star, he has now thrown three no hitters, has a Cy Young Award on his shelf(and probably should have been awarded two others) and he goes home at night he is greeted by super model / actress Kate Upton every night...He may have problems like everyone else, but guessing it’s very good to be Justin Verlander right now…My Personal Dictionary:  PUT—the act of placing something in a desired place. PUTT—the act of vainly and mostly unsuccessfully attempting to do the exact same thing…

When an impending hurricane approaches, thinking Publix should change its store name to Panix…Has any sport lost more interest in the last couple of years than NASCAR?  The diehards will always love it, but TV numbers, empty seats at the track, events starting without full fields, and absolutely no discernable “buzz” about the upcoming “playoffs,” tells me the sport has some serious, serious problems. With stars like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson in their 40s and other big names like Dale Jr. already retired, not sure that NASCAR has even hit rock bottom yet and may be headed back to “niche” status…Lionsgate has preliminarily announced that a “John Wick 4” movie will be coming out in May of 2021…not sure what plot lines could possibly be left for the franchise, but I’m going to go out on the limb predict John Wick will eliminate an adversary or two in the next movie after he registered an unofficial kill counts of 77, 128 and 85 in the first three movies…

One thing that has always bothered me is that the national media seldom gives the same attention to the good works that many athletes do compared to the few miscreants that cause trouble.  How many of you heard that Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry has committed more than a million dollars total out of his own pocket over the next five years to start a men’s and women’s golf team at Howard University, an historically black college in Washington, D.C.?  That to me is every bit the significant story a story as some college quarterback being suspended for a game for getting into a bar fight which would have been plastered all over the media 24/7…

Ya gotta love Florida man.  Did you see the clip that has gone viral where the Florida man in the trailer park (of course) correctly explained how the warm waters of the ocean can fuel a hurricane, but then suggested there had to be ways to stop it and then came up with the obvious solution of “Why can’t the Navy stop hurricanes by just dropping  blocks of ice in the ocean to cool the waters? “  Of course he’s right, guessing four or five, 20-pound bags should do the trick…

For my money, the talent of David Feherty is being wasted on the Golf Channel. If I was network TV honcho, I would throw a boat load of money at him to host a show on a channel people actually watch. The guy is funny, glib, insightful and a phenomenal interviewer…Love it when they talk about the pressure golfers in contention at a major face, but if you want real pressure in golf look no further than David Ghim at the Korn Ferry Tour Championship last week.  

The Korn Ferry, a minor league to the PGA Tour formerly known as the Web.com Tour, awards the top 25-point finishers with a promotion to the PGA Tour. Ghim, playing the 18th hole on the final day of the event, was facing a 10-foot putt.  Make it and he was promoted to the tour, a miss and he would be going back to the minor leagues for another year.  To understand the difference, members of the PGA Tour play for weekly purses that average $7.5 million with an average of $1.3 million to the winner; Korn Ferry Tour members play for average purses of $1 million with $180,000 usually being the winner’s cut.  

The guy who finished 70th on the PGA Tour money list won over $1.7 million last year; the guy who finished 70th on the Korn Ferry Tour won a whopping  $83,000.  When you consider pro golfers are responsible for their own expenses on tour, and guys in the lower level seldom have significant sponsor help to defray those costs, the gap between the PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour is huge and earning a PGA Tour Card is a life-changer for a lot of these players. By the way, Ghim – who knew he had to make the putt to advance – stood over the shot and calmly stuck it in the middle of the cup to earn his promotion…

Final thought…Clemson football is scary good right now…over their last 10 games, no one has played them closer than 20 points and the average margin of victory has been 36.  They beat Notre Dame (12-0) and Alabama (13-0) by a combined 56 points in the post-season last year.  That is total domination. Y’all have a good week.