Double Drivel 5/20/14

Mike’s Commentary: Chad Zinchini, the punter for the University of Tennessee Tech, signed a free agent contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars immediately after last week’s NFL draft ended. Chad is the son of former Emlenton resident, Mike Zinchini, and grandson of the very proud Beth Wilkins. 
—We are now a month and a half into the major league baseball season and the Pirates starters have 4 wins. Three of those starters, Liriano, Morton and Rodriguez have a goose egg under the W column. And to try to outdo the ineptitude of the starting rotation, the Buccos closers have now blown 10 save opportunities which are the most in the majors. It looks very doubtful that the Pirates streak of winning seasons (1) isn’t going to last nearly as long as their recent streak of losing seasons (20).

Dick’s Thoughts - Punter Chad Zinchini recently was signed as a free agent by the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Chad is the son of former Emlenton resident and A-C Valley graduate Mike Zinchini.  I would expect to see a certain grandmother and a couple of aunts sporting some Jags gear in the very near future.
Sidney Crosby outscored you and I by 1 goal in this year’s Penguins playoff disaster.  The so-called Greatest Player on Earth was virtually invisible and was close to having his picture on a milk carton. 
The Pens lost for the fifth consecutive time to a lower-seeded team in the playoffs.  Disco Dan Bylsma will probably be fired, but nothing is for certain with the Birds of Winter.  After being swept by the Bruins last year many expected big changes.  Very little changed and surprisingly this year’s results were  similar to last year.  The one thing that might get the Penguins management’s attention is the fact that tickets for Game 7 versus the Rangers were going for less than face value.  When the CEC has empty seats maybe then corrective action will be taken. 
Through 40 games the Pirates bullpen has blown 10 save opportunities.  A team with little offense can’t give away chances to win games.   Who gets excited seeing Travis Snider leading off for the Bucs?
16 out of the 32 first round NFL draft picks were from either the SEC or ACC.  The SEC led in total players drafted with 49 while the ACC was second with 42. 
Georgia State finished this past season 0-12 in football and had one player taken in the NFL draft.  Texas had 0 players drafted.  The Longhorns had the #3 rated recruiting class in 2010. 
The Golden State Warriors recently named Steve Kerr their new head coach.  Kerr signed a 5 year $25 million dollar contract.  Kerr has NO coaching experience. 
Thought of the week:  One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. 

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