Meaningful accolades have always been in short supply for the Spice Girls in general – some might say with good reason – but Victoria Adams punched her ticket to a permanent place in the spotlight when she got hitched to David Beckham some years back. But while his career sparkled, hers fizzled, so one-upping him at the London 2012 closing ceremony likely brought a smile to her face. After all, unlike Becks, now she can say, “At least I played in the Olympics.”
Given that it’s the reigning Super Bowl champion, it would be hard to regard New York as a sleeping Giant, but given the shortcomings of its training-camp facilities, the players would have a tough task even approaching that notion. “We are big humans,” tight end Martellus Bennett said, talking about his teammates’ needs for a good night’s sleep. “Every bed is small. You can’t put a damn dinosaur in a twin-sized bed.”
The NFL preseason is an inane time anyway, but the Vikings took it up a notch this week. Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier announced that anyone who touched the Purple Jesus – who is trying to come back from a knee injury – would be immediately cut, giving Vikings defenders an even tougher time of replicating the rigours of the real thing. But given the gathering dust in the championship-less team’s trophy cabinet, some might say that replicating the real thing has been a concern for its entire 52-year history.
Tampa Bay Rays
Numbering just 23, perfect games are rare. But based on recent evidence, the chances of tossing a perfecto increase immeasurably when you’re pitching against the Rays. After Wednesday’s King Felix (Hernandez) coronation, Tampa has now been on the short end of 27 up, 27 down three times, to pull level with the Dodgers in the all-time basement. However, in the Dodgers’ defence, they’ve been around for 129 years. The Rays? Just 14.
Blue Jays fans
Given that Toronto was in the midst of losing a third straight game to the White Sox Thursday, the home fans were never going to give the Chicago players a standing ovation. But with one of their own suffering a cardiac arrest that would later claim his life, is it too much to ask for supporters to turn off the vitriol, even for one moment? “The guy is getting carted off and fans are yelling crap at me, talking crap,” Chicago third baseman Kevin Youkilis lamented. “… This is a game, it’s not life or death.”