Welcome to the weekend. Every Friday, I'll post "The best tweets I saw this week!" There's so much good stuff on the Internet (and so much bad stuff) I will sift through the rubble and pick out the gems and put them here every Friday to send you off to the weekend. Let's get to the tweets.
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Nevada has five of the top-101 pizza joins in the nation, per these rankings, with the Silver State taking the following spots:
* No. 91 Pizza Stone’d (Las Vegas, Nevada)
* No. 69 Food + Drink (Reno, Nevada)
* No. 61 Pizza Rock (Las Vegas, Nevada)
* No. 50 Metro Pizza (Las Vegas, Nevada)
* No. 11 Smiling with Hope (Reno, Nevada)
Who knew Reno had the 11th-best pizza place in the United States? The Daily Meal writes the following about Smiling with Hope:
"Smiling with Hope is a New York-style pizzeria in Reno, Nevada, that trains and employs people with developmental disabilities, who currently make up 30% of the staff. The restaurant is modeled after the mom-and-pop shops that the pizzeria’s owner, Walter, grew up with in New Jersey during the 1960s and 1970s. He and Judy, his wife of 40 years, work every hour of operation, and Walter handcrafts every pizza. The Classic NY with pepperoni is the most popular."
If you haven't had Smiling with Hope's pizza before, head down to 6135 Lakeside Drive (suite 101). The restaurant has piled up a ton of accolades over the years, including being the No. 1-ranked pizzeria in America via Yelp. I know I'll be picking up some pies for my son's sixth birthday next weekend.
Andy Reid's offense is so good he doesn't even have to see the field to put up 34 points on a playoff team. Unbelievable.
Off-line pass by Rajon Rondo, but LeBron James still goes up and slams it home to seal the Lakers' playoff win over the Rockets. He remains the game's best player in his age 35 season. Michael Jordan was retired in his age 35 season. LeBron took his first team to the NBA Finals (with a horrible supporting cast) at age 22. At the same age, Jordan was 1-10 in playoff games. Nobody has been greater longer than LeBron James. Appreciate it before he's gone.
Just in case you wanted a different angle.
This is the first time I've included one of my tweets in this column, but I thought this one was worthwhile. I remember asking Luke Babbitt a couple of years ago how he looked at his NBA career to date. "I haven’t really looked at it yet," Babbitt said. "I’m just focused on this offseason getting better and getting into a great situation for next season.” Babbitt hasn't played an NBA game since. I always felt he was unfairly pigeon-holded as a 3-point shooter only in the NBA, but he did play eight seasons in the league, which can never be described as a bad thing. It's just a shame he never got to play in an NCAA Tournament at Nevada (if only Brandon Fields was able to grab a defensive rebound in the semifinals of the 2010 WAC Tournament; Babbitt still had 33 points, eight rebounds and three assists in that loss). I still believe Babbitt is the best offensive player in Wolf Pack history. He remains the only Nevada alum to make at least 50 percent of his shots, 40 percent of his threes and 90 percent of his free throws in a single season, doing so as a sophomore when he set the school's single-season scoring record.
Honestly, if Joe Kelly didn't blow the Dodgers' 2019 World Series aspirations and generally wasn't bad at throwing baseball, he'd be my favorite athlete of all time.
As a Dodger fan, I'd also like to thank Pablo Sandoval. I would like to thank him for signing a horrible contract with the Red Sox (they're still paying him this season, three years after he last played for the team), which helped force Boston to trade a generational talent like Mookie Betts to the Dodgers. So, thank you Panda.
So we're booing unity now, are we? Obviously fans have the right to express their feelings. They paid for the ticket to get into the arena. But many fans just see players as their daily entertainment and vessels to play fantasy sports and bet on games, and they don't care one bit about them as actual human beings. Or as Wolf Pack alum Caleb Martin put it:
It's amazing sports fans are so supportive of athletes like Jackie Robinson or Muhammad Ali when they're old, retired or dead but rarely support them in the moments when they need it.
It is people like Skip Bayless that make me want to get out of the sports journalism business. It's so sad to see people like Bayless rewarded for takes like this because his show can draw 135,000 viewers a day. Mental health and depression, especially if it stems from the suicide of a family member, should not be seen as a weakness. That is how you push more people to have suicidal thoughts. Dak Prescott is actually showing great leadership by being open about his depression. That can only help others going through similar issues.
In case you were wondering what the worst mascot of all time was, see the video above.
I remember exactly where I was when Cal Ripken Jr. broke this record, and I won't live long enough to see this mark ever broken again. Only Lou Gehrig and Ripken have played more than 1,307 consecutive games, and the closest anybody has gotten since Ripken set the streak was Miguel Tejada, who played 1,152 straight games from 2000-07. The second-longest streak since the turn of the century belongs to Prince Fielder, who played 547 straight games from 2010-14. In fact, only 38 big-leaguers have even played 2,632 games, let alone done them consecutively (27 of those players are Hall of Famers, three more are future Hall of Famers and four aren't in because of suspected steroid use/betting on games). We are far more likely to see a player break Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hit streak than Ripken's streak of consecutive games played being broken. If you had to pick one of those records to break, which would it be? I'd pick DiMaggio's mark, which feels like a truer test of skill than Ripken's streak.
I'm not a fan of Tom Cruise, but you have to respect him for doing a stunt like this at age 58. He drove a motorcycle off a ramp at the edge of a mountain and parachuted to safety. That's amazing for anybody, but to do it at age 58 in incredible. Fun fact: His real name is "Thomas Cruise Mapother IV." I guess Tom Mapother wasn't catchy enough to be a movie star.
I believe at this stage this movie is never coming out, which is a shame because Wonder Woman was the only good recent release by DC, which has been trotting out dud after dud of late.
I'm pretty sure 2020 was the year of COVID, but I'm down for a good Charcuterie board. If the Charcuterie has fresh honeycomb, you know it's legit.
Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.