Dr. I is back and he's got a lot on his mind

Idle Thoughts, while waiting for high school football, college football, pro football, flag football, day football, night football, football pregame shows, football postgame shows … you get the idea.

• Dr. Idle, Dr. I to his close friends, has some breaking news.

The Yankees are hardly the first team to refer to themselves as “savages.”

Best Dr. I can tell, former Waterford High great Kevin Johnson began the custom as far back as 2016. He called his Lancers “savages” after he hit a halfcourt shot to win a game.

“I guess we’re just a bunch of savages,” KJ told The Day.

So there.

• Were there any Red Sox fans at Fenway last weekend for the series against the Dodgers?

Gloryoski. Cameras showed quite a bit of blue during all three games. Lots of “Let’s Go Dodgers” chants, too.

Are the Fenway Faithful in witness protection?

• Prayers for Dr. I’s longtime friend Cathy Inglese, who fell and suffered a brain injury earlier this week.

The Boston Globe reported Inglese is “fighting for her life.”

Cathy coached women’s basketball at Boston College for many years. Led the gutty, gritty Eagles to the Sweet 16 three times and beat UConn more than most other coaches ever have. A wonderful person.

• Our guy A.J. Dillon is among 15 candidates listed as contenders in the 2019 Heisman race.

This just in: He’s going to win it.

• Welcome home Kemba.

(Or “Kember,” as Jim Calhoun would say.)

• Dr. I has recently taken up boxing (more on that next week), thus making what Cassius Chaney did the other night all the more impressive.

Cassius, our resident heavyweight and all around good guy, knocked an opponent through the ropes and won again.

Through the ropes.

Dr. I’s boxing prowess, meanwhile, has reached the stage of “float like a buttered fly, sting like a flea.”

• Many thanks to all of you who continue to support GameDay, our foray into live streaming high school sports.

The Day’s resident genius, Peter Huoppi, the man who makes GameDay go, reports that among full games, highlights, raw clips, interviews, features, promos and our student section pizza contest, GameDay got more than a million hits (1,008,748) this past school year.

Let that sink in: a million hits.

Dr. I is proud to be part of it.

• In case you missed it: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro took down a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying 16,000 pounds of cocaine last week.

Commander of the boat: former Coast Guard basketball player Jim Estramonte, who played for Pete Barry and Bob Bono.

Thanks to Jim for keeping us safe — and to his coaches for teaching him the qualities of leadership through sports.

• NFA grad Chris Vincent, who will be coaching Dev Ostrowski at Miami Dade College this year: “We have 5:30 a.m. workout and Dev is on the track at 4:30 already running sprints.”

• Nice to have John Sterling back in the booth.

John, after calling more than 8,000 straight games, took some time off recently. His call for Edwin Encarnacion is a keeper: “Una celebracion for Edwin Encarnacion!”

• Not sure if you saw Brett Gardner the other day after getting peeved at the home plate umpire.

But he took his bat and began beating up the ceiling of the dugout.

One enterprising chap on Twitter showed the highlight and paired it with Tony Orlando: “Knock three times on the ceiling if you want me … ”

Utterly brilliant and uproariously funny.

• Dr. I actually had a turtle and a rabbit in his backyard last week at the same time.

They did not race.

This is the opinion of Day sports columnist Mike DiMauro

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