Welcome to this week’s Tuesdays With Mitch, where it’s the middle of April and the weather in Colorado is complete crap. Seems like a good reason to settle in and enjoy everything worth reading or watching from the past week in sports and the internet.
I’ll start with a quick thought on yesterday’s horrific developments in Boston. I don’t have the perspective to provide much that hasn’t already been said, but I’ll add that as Americans I hope times like these do not further separate a divided nation but instead bring us all closer together. That should not be too much to ask.
A couple links worth looking at from Monday.
Comedian Patton Oswald struck the right tone on a Facebook post that went viral.
Some helpful words from Mr. Rogers also spread around social media.
Thoughts and prayers, y’all. Thoughts and prayers.
Aaaaaaaaaand impossible segue into the local sports scene… now.
The Nuggets are one win away from securing the 3-seed in the west after Monday’s dramatic win over Milwaukee because Ty Lawson did this:
That came after the Bucks took the lead on 4-point play on a phantom foul call. A road win with no Faried and no Gallo. Pretty resilient bunch, these guys. Faried hurt his ankle Sunday but says he should be back in time for the playoffs. He better be, lest my playoff outlook become even more dire.
On the bright side, Lawson already appears to be pretty darn close to 100 percent. He had 26-7-5 in Milwaukee including that brass game winner. The Nuggs play at The Can on Wednesday; a win over Phoenix locks up that 3-seed.
The Rockies-Mets series is supposed to be four games. As I write this it’s been snowing for like 24 straight hours and the forecast is still bleak. There’s a legit possibility none of the four games get played, which I think would be a first in Rockies’ history. It would also make rescheduling the games nearly impossible, as this is the Mets’ only visit to Denver this season. Stay tuned for scheduling chaos. Two doubleheaders later in the year on common, non-consecutive off days? The Rox playing “home” games at Citi Field? Life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April. Update: The Rockies are attempting a double header today and are currently playing the first game of the series, so ignore the second half of that paragraph. Still, life is just easier when it doesn’t dump a crapload of snow in the middle of April.
Oh by the way, the Rockies looked horrible when they got swept by the Giants. Looked great in a road sweep of the Padres. They’re now 6-0 against San Diego this season. My sources are reporting they are filing a motion with MLB to replace all remaining games against the Giants with matchups vs. the Friars.
If you know me, you know that this made my Sunday.
You should really read this. Seriously. It’s great. I put it first in this section for a reason. Read it.
Official Twitter accounts of teams or businesses are almost always boring public relations professionals with nothing humorous or the least bit interesting to say. On the rare occasion these accounts prove that they’re run by actual people with actual personalities it enhances Twitter tremendously. The most famous example was the Brooklyn Nets PR account, but then they decided being interesting and relevant wasn’t a good idea. (They’re most funny and famous tweet read, “#Nets now 32-0 when outscoring oppenents this season”). Anyway, we had a good example of effective Twitteration this week. After the Padres pretty much started a brawl with the Dodgers, @Dodgers tweeted this:
An official account of a big time franchise with a relevant and funny Anchorman quote that that trolls another franchise? Why can’t every team do this all the time?
I’ve never caught a home run or foul ball at a baseball game. I would guess I’ve been to about 250 Rockies games and never done it. Never even had a player or even field usher guy flip me a ball, which is really remarkable. Anyway, this is probably the coolest possible way a guy can accomplish this feat. (MLB won’t let anyone post their videos anywhere so you have to click the link). The post-catch beer chug is just legendary stuff.
There is a show on TV called “Splash.” At first glance it appears to be the dumbest thing in the history of television. Apparently they find D-List “celebrities” and try to teach them to dive like those flamboyant Olympians. Fear not though, for the show has provided us with a moment of perfection. I present to you a very fat Louie Anderson with arms raised, rolling backwards into the water from a 16-foot platform.
What a glorious age we live in.
This commercial made me laugh harder than I’d like to admit.
I haven’t yet seen “42” but yesterday was “Jackie Robinson Day” in baseball. Here’s a great article on the legendary man’s life. USC also tweeted this rare footage of Robinson playing football at UCLA in 1939, which is pretty cool.
I really enjoyed this SI piece from last week about The Best Player You Never Saw.
I love me some 60 Minutes and this story on R.A. Dickey is worth your 15 minutes.
And finally, Papa John enjoyed Louisville’s championship last week.
Maybe the most random celebrity(?) drunk picture ever. Can we get the wasted, sweaty, falling-over, eyes-half-closed version of Papa John on the next season of “Splash”?! That would be a win for everybody. Make it happen, America.
Happy Tuesday everybody.
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