Chris Carrino’s courage puts Nets’ Kyrie Irving to shame

Saturday was to be a kind of good, spring DVR days. Record every thing on TV, seize my transistor radio — that trusty, rusty relic — and sit within the yard.

Nothing may hassle me. I’d already had my offended moments making an attempt to reseal a kind of Ziploc baggage.

First cease, WFAN, the place the Nets have been dwelling towards the Bulls — the pleasant, relaxed good-listen crew of Chris Carrino and Tim Capstraw. Perfect.

Early on, Carrino sounded happy to report that Kyrie Irving had simply scored. Then, after doing the short math, my blood stewed offended.

Carrino, 51, for years has suffered mightily and more and more from FSHD, Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy. It steadily wastes away the physique’s muscle groups and nerves, making standing and strolling tough, falling straightforward.

Carrino troopers on. He doesn’t miss video games, doesn’t name in sick or despondent. He travels by a hydraulics-equipped SUV that helps him load and unload his wheelchair and/or medical scooter.

Years in the past, earlier than a Nets’ recreation within the Meadowlands, I watched Carrino slowly and painfully ascend a mountain of stairs carrying broadcasting gear and recreation notes to attain his broadcasting place.

I didn’t know whether or not to applaud or cry. A matter of pity? Somewhat. But additionally a matter of jealousy. I may by no means be as brave as Carrino, and grateful by no means to have had to take such a check.

The man is past courageous. He’s uncomplaining, relentless, devoted to his craft and damned good at it.

Team, coach and fan-undermining star Kyrie Irving, since becoming a member of the Nets, has been portrayed with sympathy, sensitivity and even admiration for lacking video games as a result of one thing or different bothers him, annoys him, causes him emotional and social misery.

And Saturday Carrino sounded happy for Irving after he scored — a residual of Irving’s determination, on this present day, to play basketball in trade for $33.3 million in annual however seasonal pay.

I might by no means put Carrino able to reply such a query, however as his situation has turn into a colossal bodily burden, I’m wondering what he thinks of NBA gamers lacking video games to “load management” to ease their bodily burden.

Besides, he does his public talking about FSHD at fundraisers for the Chris Carrino Foundation.

“Load management.” Imagine Chris Carrino dutifully reporting a participant’s absence due to “load management.”

Grodin priceless treasure, even on sports activities

Don’t understand how, why or when — he would possibly’ve referred to as about one thing I wrote about Pittsburgh, the place he was raised — however Charles Grodin, the comedic actor who died this week at 86, turned a very good buddy.

Grodin — “Chuck” — wasn’t a lot an acquired style as he was a required style. His inscrutable presence, as typically witnessed as a visitor of Johnny Carson and David Letterman, was an train within the defensive assault. He reversed each Q and A.

He volunteered me to be on a radio present with him, an NPR program if I accurately recall. Why me? “In case he asks any sports questions.”

Well, he did, about boxing. Before I may reply, Grodin revealed he was the “Western Pennsylvania high school kick-boxing champion.”

The host was impressed. “What weight class?” he requested.

“All of them,” Grodin stated.


Don’t look now, but Corey Kluber’s no-hitter Wednesday was pitched in complete defiance of analytics.

Ya assume if he’d allowed a double within the sixth inning he’d have been pulled after seven, the pre-scripted appearances of Chad Green then Aroldis Chapman to wishfully comply with?

The identical day as Kluber’s no-hitter, Padres starter Joe Musgrove was pulled after seven scoreless, two-hit, 11-strikeout innings. The predetermined eighth- then ninth-inning males would comply with.

Corey Kluber celebrates his no-hitter.
Corey Kluber was solely successful away from a predetermined Yankees end.
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And who can neglect when Casey Stengel yanked Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series relatively than enable him to face the Dodgers for the third time by the lineup?


If we didn’t anticipate higher, it couldn’t be worse. TV stays so pushed by deceit that we by now must be conditioned to being suckered.

Saturday’s Preakness protection on NBC withheld essential data so as to maintain its viewers. “Minutes To Post” was ignored then, after the race, the payouts went lacking — NBC even lower to commercials — till properly after they’d been posted at Pimlico.

The subsequent day, with the Stanley Cup playoffs starting and no normal game-start occasions to depend on, NBC was keen to let all know that Islanders-Penguins would start at midday.

Got it? Noon. We have been caught having to consider it.

However, the sport, as per NBC’s prior data, started at 12:30.

I stay satisfied that one purpose Bob Costas stepped away from NBC is that he grew bored with being a center-stage occasion to the community’s dishonest productions and promotions — particularly when he was anticipated to anchor Olympics protection pitching “plausibly live” occasions that had ended many hours earlier.

Costas typically tried to subvert NBC’s perfidy by reporting the scheduled beginning occasions to the minute. And that included the scheduled first pitch of World Series video games.

Kyle lastly golf equipment his Cubs!

Those who know higher are nonetheless habit-formed to endure ESPN’s rotten grasp of sports activities. They’d substitute the mantra of “DEE-fense!” with “CON-text!”

Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber watches his dwelling run towards the Cubs.
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Perhaps stat-deluded stat feeders have been the final to know that after six years with the Cubs, Kyle Schwarber is now with the Nationals. Tuesday morning ESPN repeatedly scrolled that Schwarber on Monday “hit his first career home run vs. the Cubs.”

Did it matter that it got here throughout his first profession recreation towards the Cubs? Not to ESPN.


WFAN’s Weekday Boomer Esiason, Monday morning: “Why does anyone feel the need to send out any tweets at all?” Agreed and amen!

As CBS’ Verne Lundquist stated, “The most dangerous word in our language has become ‘Send.’ ”


The NFL once more has offered its soul to TV. Check this season’s NFL schedule. What are presumed to be the least enticing matchups are scheduled for probably the most patron-friendly occasions, Sundays at 1 p.m.

And if any of these presumed “bad teams” present up nearly as good groups, their video games danger being “flexed” to late afternoons or prime time.

Yet, in accordance to Roger Goodell, “PSLs are good investments.”


Nice tackle YES from Michael Kay with Wednesday’s remaining out: “Corey Kluber becomes part of forever!”

SNY continues to produce and current intelligent promos which have the identical factor in frequent: They’re not in the least intelligent.

When to know when to change the radio dial or simply flip it off? When you hear, “When we get back, we’re going to break down last night’s game.”


From reader Louis Motola: “With Marv Albert’s retirement, my childhood officially ends at 64.”

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