by John Walters

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Starting Five


The WNBA gets lost in the sports shuffle because, let’s face it, it has really never caught on as a pro league even though it’s been around nearly two dozen years. Women’s soccer captured the nation’s imagination greater back in June; women’s hoops only approaches that when Geno goes off on some poor (poorly coached) team.

Anyway, here’s Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics, who this season became the first female (joining the likes of Steve Nash and Larry Bird) to compile a 40-50-90 season: 40% from beyond the arc, 50% from the field, 90% from the free throw line.

The 6’5″ forward, who turned 30 last week, shot 43% from beyond the arc, 51.5% from the field and a ridiculous 97.4% from the line. Because Delle Donne turned down UConn (at the very last minute) and chose to stay close to home and play at Delaware (she has one sibling and he she is special needs), Delle Donne entered the WNBA without the Taurasi-an fanfare to which she was somewhat entitled. But she’s beginning to make up for it. This is a truly remarkable achievement.


“See you in Septemberrrr”

They’re teammates now. Potential roomies. Tom Brady, Antonio Brown, Gisele Bundchen and whatever two random shorties happen to be occupying ABs bed. And you want to watch The Bachelorette? Or Edge NFL Matchup? Good grief.

Incidentally, we LOVE this. It’s everything you’ve ever needed to describe Bill Belichick in 8 seconds or less.


Cole fanned 15 Ms on Sunday

We’ve been telling anyone who’ll listenโ€”and no one willโ€”that the Astros remain the best team in baseball, primarily because they still have Justin Verlander (and Gerrit Cole and Zack Greinke) and you don’t. In the last two games, versus the often hapless Seattle Mariners and the not-hapless Oakland A’s, the Astros have won 21-1 and 15-0, respectively. That’s a two-game, 48-hours, 36-1 explosion.

This on top of Verlander’s no-hitter the previous weekend.

The de facto World Series will most likely be played between the Yankees and Astro next month. The official World Series will be an after-dinner decaf almond milk cappucino.

Summer Fall

Ants Marching

It happened again. Rule No. 1. At our favorite jelly-legs national park spot, Half Dome at Yosemite. A young woman from Lake Havasu City, Arizona, was climbing the cables last week when she slipped and fell, oh, about 500 feet, to her death.

Look at that. People do this every summer. I wussed out (sorry to have squandered someone else’s lottery slot). I’m not ashamed.

The cables were erected in 1919. In 2010 the permit system was established to limit the number of climbers. No word on how the hiker, 29 year-old Danielle Burnett, came to meet her mortal fate other than that she fell and didn’t stop until 500 feet later.

Half Dome is one of, if not THE, most impressive geological formations in North America. Definitely see it. Definitely hike as far as the folks in the picture above. If you decide to go to the top, best of luck. I’ll wait right here.


Pardon The Interruption: Gotta run to talk to the redoubtable Ralph Russo for his podcast. Today, 9-10-19, is my first palindromic birthday. Thrilled.


And we’re back…

Track Jenny Rules Again

She did it again. Jenny Simpson won her SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE Fifth Avenue Mile this weekend and did so in a course-record 4:16.10.

You could make a solid argument that, outside of this blog and, Simpson is the most unheralded-relative-to-her-feats athlete in the U.S.A. this past decade.

Simply put, Simpson, a three-time Olympian, has been the best American miler for roughly a decade. She’s the only American female to win a medal in the Olympic 1500 (the metric mile; she won bronze in Rio) EVER. Since the race became an Olympic women’s even in 1972. And Simpson really is a super person, kind and honest and humble and hard-working. We’re just here to give her the love she deserves.

5 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING!


    Any special plans? Take a night off work? Go out to a nice restaurant where you are the servee & savagely critique (internally or out-loud) the wait/bar staff? Maybe a baseball game? A movie? Perhaps wait till Saturday & fly to the ND game & meet up with some pals? Whatever you do, hope it’s a HIGHLY HAPPY day. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Also, I’m not 100% sure on this but I thought Della Donne’s sibling is a sister? I could swear I read that years ago in an article about her college ‘career’. That was a long time ago, so my memory could be faulty.

    • You may be right on the sibling there, Susie. I was going off memory. I’ll check…

      Thanks for the birthday wishes. 27 never felt so good.

      • ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been “29 & holding” for, um, more years than 29! I just now freakin realized that! Good grief.

        Just so you know, for when you “get there” – “PRIME YEARS” are considered from age 30-54. Once you’re past 54 however, nobody gives a crap about you anymore. Well, at least financial entities (except those wanting to get their mitts on your 401k/IRA), other companies (especially tech), surveys, pollsters, etc. So, YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO BE COUNTED!

        Is it a bitter experience knowing that one is “past their ‘prime'”? I’ll let you know when I get there. ๐Ÿ™‚

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