This is a special edition of Headlines dedicated to my mother-in-law, Madelyn Carolyn Perry (pictured above right). She passed away the day before Mother’s Day. The picture you see above is from Mother’s Day 2009 when my wife Madelyn, daughter Madison, and Madelyn, Sr. went out for a special brunch. Mom had a clear sense of right and wrong and had no problem telling you when you were wrong. Because this is a G-rated column, I cannot use the exact language she would use. I can, however, present this week’s five stories involving players and officials who could use her help.
5. Clevelanders sing plea to LeBron James. ESPN.com shows a video of Cleveland celebrities singing to forward LeBron James to stay with the Cavaliers when he becomes a free agent on July 1. Mom’s take: It’s foolish to beg someone to stay so you can pay them millions of dollars.
4. NBA Referee Throws Ball At Orlando Magic Fan. WFTV-TV in Orlando gives an account of the incident between an NBA referee and a fan at last night’s Eastern Conference Finals Game 2. Mom’s take: You don’t throw basketballs at people. Either learn to play right, or everybody gets it.
3. Stoudemire: Odom ‘Lucky’ in Game 1. Chris Tomasson of NBA Fanhouse explores the origins of the nickname ‘Lucky’ and how it relates to Lamar Odom’s performance in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Odom scored 19 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Mom’s take: If he’s that lucky, you might need to bring a black cat with you to the next game baby.
2. Galea treated athletes in eight cities. Mike Fish of ESPN.com reveals the details of a federal investigation into the practices of Dr. Anthony Galea; a Canadian doctor who is charged with providing performance-enhancing drugs to 23 high-profile athletes. Mom’s take: You don’t need dope. If God didn’t give it to you, you don’t need it.
1. Fredi Gonzalez sends right message with benching of petulant Hanley Ramirez. Greg Cote of the Miami Herald comments on Florida Marlins manager benching of star shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Gonzalez benched the two-time All-Star for lazy play in the field and then refusing to apologize to his teammates. Mom’s take: Sit in that corner until you figure out what you’ve done wrong. When you do, let’s talk about it.
I miss you, Mom and I love you. Thanks for taking care of Ruth’s little boy for awhile. Until next time…
Be a Good Sport!