August 3, 1991
Baseball Commissioner Fay Vincent has recommended removing the asterisk from Roger Maris's name in the record books. When Maris hit 61 home runs in 1961, breaking Babe Ruth's record, it was decided to put an asterisk next to the mark because he had played in a few more games than the Babe. By that criterion, there should be asterisks next to hundreds of other records, recognizing the difference in the ball or the turf or the stadium or the weather conditions or a wide variety of variables, not to mention all those other guys who played 162 games instead of 154. You're right, Commissioner, scratch the asterisk.
November 7, 2007 |
Take that, Bill Belichick. Don Shula, coach of the only NFL team to have a perfect season, the 17-0 Miami Dolphins of 1972, yesterday complimented the 9-0 New England Patriots. "They've got a real shot at doing it," said Shula, asked if the Pats could finish unbeaten. "They're capable. They make it look easy. " But . . . "The Spygate thing has diminished what they've accomplished," Shula said. "You would hate to have that attached to your accomplishments. They've got it. " Shula implied that if Belichick's team finishes unbeaten, the achievement will be tainted.
July 2, 2008 |
Ball of confusion After a day of back-and-forth statements by its owner, fashion designer Marc Ecko, and the Hall of Fame, Barry Bonds' record 756th home-run ball arrived last night at the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Associated Press reported. Ecko paid $752,467 for the prize in an online auction in September. He then asked fans to vote in an Internet poll on what he should do with the ball. The winner: Brand it with an asterisk, to reflect the steroid allegations surrounding Bonds, and give it to the Hall.
January 12, 2008 |
Terrell Owens warmed up for practice yesterday, then went to see a trainer about his injured ankle. Problem? Nope, quite the opposite. Owens felt so good he wanted the protective tape he'd been wearing cut off. Then he ran to join his teammates who were lined up to stretch, slapping hands and practically doing a victory lap on his way to his spot, complete with waving his right index finger. "I'm good," Owens said later, at his locker. "See you Sunday. " The Cowboys' official report listed his participation in practice as limited and his game status as questionable.
April 10, 2011
Crowding the plate Inspired by the availability of Kandy Kakes at the ballpark here this season, High & Inside put down a Schmitter long enough to take a look at new National League menus. Here is some of the fare being pitched: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Bacon-wrapped BBQ Dog and Pulled-Pork Potato Skins: A grand slam of fat, cholesterol, and calories smothered in barbecue sauce. What's not to like? PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pulled Pork and Pierogi Stacker: This pork is piled on a pretzel roll with fried onions and two potato pierogi.
June 7, 2007
Listed prices are retail at selected Pennsylvania State Stores. Wines with an asterisk ( ) must be special-ordered from a State Store. Many of these wines are also available in New Jersey; in general, these wines are a few dollars less per bottle in New Jersey. France 2004 Leon Beyer Pinot Noir d'Alsace, $19.99 2005 Clos de la Lysardière Chinon, $10.49 2005 Domaine Crochet Sancerre Rouge, $21.99 Louis Jadot Fleurie Beaujolais, $16.99 Barton & Guestier Beaujolais, $9.99 Italy Marchesi di Barolo Dolcetto D'Alba, $14.99 Bertani Valpolicella Valpantena Secco, $14.99 California Fetzer Valley Oaks California Zinfandel, $9.99 Oregon Elk Cove Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir, $23.99 Spain Torres Sangre de Toro, $8.99 Australia Hardy's Sparkling Shiraz NV, $19.99 2005 Ulithorne "Flamma" Sparkling Shiraz, $22.99 New Zealand 2006 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, $21.29 2005 Oyster Bay Merlot, $13.19 South Africa 2005 Avondale Estate Pinotage, $9.99 New York Bully Hill Cabernet Franc, $12.99 2002 Hermann J. Wiemer Pinot Noir, $24.79 Dr. Konstantine Frank Fleur de Pinot Noir, $18.69
July 25, 2012 |
Should have given coach an asterisk I expected that the NCAA would admonish Joe Paterno for his involvement with the Jerry Sandusky incidents ("Lethal hit," Tuesday). However, removing the Penn State victory count between 1998 and 2011 is a regrettable case of throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Each of those 111 victories was hard-fought and won fairly. There has been no publicized rules infraction that provided the Penn State teams some unfair advantage over their opponents.
July 15, 2010 |
Hall of Famers are designated with an asterisk ( ) 1. Cy Young 511 2. Walter Johnson 417 3. Pete Alexander 373 3. Christy Mathewson 373 5. Pud Galvin 365 6. Warren Spahn 363 7. Kid Nichols 361 8. Greg Maddux 355 9. Roger Clemens 354 10. Tim Keefe 342 11. Steve Carlton 329 12. John Clarkson 328 13. Eddie Plank 326 14. Nolan Ryan 324 14. Don Sutton 324 16....
November 9, 2007 |
Don Shula used softer language yesterday, but stuck by his belief the New England Patriots' success this season is diminished by the spying scandal that prompted stiff punishment from the NFL in September. In an interview with the Associated Press, Shula laughed when asked if the Patriots deserve an asterisk if they finish 19-0. "That's not for me to say," the Pro Football Hall of Fame coach said. "They were penalized, after the first game, wasn't it? They had a No. 1 draft choice taken away, and [coach Bill]