Welcome to the “School’s Out” edition of the Mid-Week Grades. I’ll be back in the saddle, playing wingman to Josh Houchins on WGEM SportsCenter. We’ll take a look at the grades around 8:20 or so on Wednesday. Make sure to listen in on ESPN 1440 or online.
A — Helio Castroneves. Watched all of 15 laps of the Indy 500 on Sunday, the final 15. Don’t know if there is crying allowed in open-wheel racing, but Castroneves deserved to let loose after winning at The Brickyard for a third time. Considering what the guy has gone through for the last year or so, you have to tip your cap to him for winning the biggest race in his sport. A month ago, he didn’t know if he’d be free to race. But he beat tax evasion charges and then whipped the Indy field.
B — Payson Seymour and Griggsville-Perry baseball teams. Both teams captured their first regional titles over the weekend in the Class 1A state playoffs. Thanks to all of the wet weather, it’s been tough for teams to get in any kind of flow. Both teams were the No. 1 teams in their regionals and lived up to that billing. Anything else from here on out would be gravy for both squads.
C — Calvin Borel. Darn near made the jockey the Slap of the Week last week for his hemming and hawing over which horse he’ll ride at the Belmont. He won the Kentucky Derby riding longshot Mind That Bird and then dumped him for favorite Rachel Alexandra in the Preakness and won again. He’s going for the jockey triple crown, which I guess is a big deal since only Steve Cauthen has done it — 1977 and 1978. I’m sure the horse racing community will wait with baited breath about how this one turns out.
D — Jose Canseco. First, it was Danny Bonaduce. Now, it’s some 7-foot-2 stiff from Korea. Seems that Canseco is a much better writer than he is a fighter. The former Bash Brother lasted all of 76 seconds in his first ever MMA bout Monday in Japan. At this point, the only guy Canseco can probably whip is Baba Booey from the Howard Stern Show. At least we know Canseco can throw a baseball better than Booey.
F — Raymond Ridder. Probably wishes he was with John Ridder right now. The Warriors PR director was busted for posting fake comments on a fan message board. Ridder pumped up how great the organization was despite the fact all of the other posters were ripping the team to shreds. The board wound up tracing the IP address back to the team’s headquarters and Ridder had to come clean. Obviously, Ridder doesn’t know the first rule of message boards: Don’t read them.
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