76ers attendance

I attended several 76ers games a few years ago when they stunk. At the 2015 game in the photo, announced attendance was about 10,000 but I bet it was less than half of that. This year, now that they’re good, they led the league in average attendance.

Mr. Celery

Mr. Celery is a mascot for the Wilmington Blue Rocks (minor league baseball Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals). He comes out and dances whenever the Blue Rocks score. There are lots of fan videos on YouTube.

The first time I saw him, I wondered if Delaware produced a lot of celery and I just didn’t know. The official story is that the team wanted another mascot and had an extra costume from an eating healthy promotion. The guy who plays him told Deadspin he found the costume dumpster diving. That’s a better story but I doubt it’s true. The Blue Rocks store has a page of Mr. Celery merchandise.

part of my Mr. Celery collection

Baltimore Colts moved 35 years ago today

Bob Irsay moved the team in the middle of the night. When I moved to Baltimore in 1976, the Colts games sold out. By the early 1980s, the team stunk and attendance was low. I saw a few games then. In one game, the only Colts touchdown was on a broken play when the running back (Joe Washington) threw a TD to a receiver (Mike Siani).

The Blu-ray of ESPN’s 30 for 30 on the Colts marching band has a supplement featuring Irsay’s apparently drunken press conference at the airport. He said he wasn’t going to move the team.

You never know what Bill Walton will say

Walton was one of the best college basketball players ever but he’s not as good as a commentator. He is entertaining though because he says such weird things. My guess is too many Grateful Dead concerts and too much LSD.

Last night, the other announcer, Dave Pasch noted that Arizona State coach Hurley had coached at Buffalo which was now doing well under coach Oates. Walton asked him if it was spelled with an “e”. Pasch wanted to know why. Walton said he had never heard of him and was going to look him up. Pasch said something like “I’ll pretend you didn’t say that”.

Here are some Walton lines:

Frank Robinson

The great Frank Robinson passed away yesterday. He did so much that these are just some of the highlights:

Two time MVP – only player to win in both leagues

First African-American manager

Triple Crown in 1966

Statues outside stadiums in three cities – Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati

Manager of the year

He was the only player to hit a home run out of Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium. There was a flag that said “HERE” marking where it went out.

The only time I am sure I saw him play was in 1962 when I saw the Reds play the Mets at the Polo Grounds.