Random thoughts: Trying to stop Hot Lips Marchand

by Gary Shelton on May 6, 2018 · 0 comments

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Sunday, 4 a.m.

When you watch Brad Marchand play, you wonder if he's after a championship ring or an engagement ring.

-- Nice of Justify to wade through the mud to win the Kentucky Derby. I didn't miss being there a bit.

-- CBSsports.com lists every NFL team's fatal flaw. With the Bucs, it's ... Jameis Winston. Of course.

-- On the other hand, CBSsports.com does list the Bucs as one of their four surprise teams for the year. In a good way.

-- So is Marchand trying to psyche out opponents? Or does he just want a Revlon commercial?

-- Who was your favorite MASH character? Hawkeye? Trapper John? I have it on good authority that Brad Marchand's favorite was Hot Lips.

-- I never saw him run, but if Mr. Ed could win the Kentucky Derby, just think of how much better the interviews would be.

-- Former pro wrestler Kane is now the governor of Knox County, Tennessee. So if there are budgetary struggles, he can just drop-kick them away.

-- New nickname: How about Brad "Slurpee" Marchand?

-- I was tickled that Good Magic was second in the Derby. I think the other horses broke down laughing over the concept of Good and Magic being in the same sentence.

-- The SportingNews.com lists the Rays fifth among seven teams that could be interested in former Mets' starter Matt Harvey. The Rays certainly need to fill out their rotation, but Harvey is a double-off-the-wall waiting to happen.

-- Still think of UCF as a national title contender. Check out this line from The Sportingnews.com: "A September showdown against Florida Atlantic will have huge ramifications for the Group of 5." Right.

-- News item: Orlando is take action on guns. News item 2: A columnist at the Sentinel wants to bring back Stan Gundy. Opinion: How many guns will it take to bring back Gundy?

-- Asked if he felt appreciated at work, Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady said "I plead the fifth." Do you suppose he was talking about his Super Bowl rings?

-- When will the NHL finally stop Brad Marchand? How about when an opposing player starts to lick back?

-- Not even Scott Frost believes this bullfeathers about UCF and the national championship. "All I’ll say is if we had stayed there, I would have had a hard time getting behind it,” Frost said. “I think it was smart by them because it has kept UCF in the media and in the conversation. But you know, like our rings, I kind of wish my ring just said ‘Undefeated Season’ and ‘Peach Bowl Champion.’ ” Well said.

-- Headline in the New York Post: "Here's the Scary Part: Yankees Can Be Even Better." Gee. Better than second place?

-- Ryan Callahan's favorite movie: Death to Smoochy.

-- Just wondering: When was the last great television horse? Silver? Fury? Trigger? Flicka? Diablo? Tornado?

-- Do you think the Rays are overachieving? Maybe. Bleacher Report ranks the top 50 players in baseball after one month. The only Ray to make the list was Blake Snell, at 43.

-- Turns out, there was some fortune to the Bucs' trade backward in the NFL draft. The Bills first went after Denver's pick, but when Bradley Chubb was still on the board, the Broncos decided to stand pat. Otherwise,the Bucs don't pick up their two second-round choices. Bucs fans should thank Denver.

-- A glimpse ahead to the guys glimpsing ahead. FSU has the fourth-rated class in next year's recruiting. Miami is 10th and Florida 17th. UCF is 75th and USF is 77th. Of course, if three guys change their minds, it's a crapshoot.

-- Reminder to Brad Marchand: Every kiss begins with K.

-- Seriously, it's one thing to joke around about Marchand, but wasn't it disappointing that the league lacked the spine to do something about a half-dozen incidents? Taking away his ice time would do for a start.

-- Until then, it's up to his teammates to decide if Marchand's antics are the kiss of the death for the Bruins.


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