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, especially this week) 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.
(Note: If you're not seeing the tweets, it's probably because you're not using Google Chrome. Use Google Chrome.)
As a resident of Sparks from 2001-19, I have to disagree. Really, there's no difference between Reno and Sparks. It's the same damn town. The houses are just a little cheaper in the Rail City. In 2014, I listed the 10 best cities in Nevada, which featured a top five of Incline Village, Stateline, Reno, Genoa and Las Vegas. And here's a list of the 10 worst cities in Nevada, which I did not put together (and which does not include Sparks!). That list used a specific formula to rank cities and fingered Yerington as the worst city in Nevada. North Las Vegas is second worst, then Las Vegas, then Lovelock. I'd sure rather live in Sparks than Yerington or Lovelock, although I know very fine people from both towns! No way Sparks is the worst.
And here's a fun fact about Sparks: The city was initially called Harriman after E.H. Harriman, the president of the Southern Pacific. I like "Sparks" better. The city is now named after John Sparks, who was Nevada's Governor from 1903-1908. He died while in office at age 64.
Bogus. The entire state outside of Las Vegas didn't even have Chick-fil-A until a couple of years ago. I don't know the right answer, but it's not Chick-fil-A. In-N-Out Burger would be more appropriate.
I'd rather not see an MLB season than see a season played with that salary structure. Screw the owners, who have been making tons of profit over the last decade and apparently failed to put any of it away for a rainy day. Heck, BAMTech was sold by MLB to Disney, which netted every big-league owner at least $50 million (but maybe $68 million) in 2018. Where did that money go? The owners didn't give its players bonuses with that extra revenue. Now that there might be deficits, the owners want the players to adsorb those? The owners want the players to take the financial (and the health) sacrifices? Get the hell out of here. Sounds like Nationals star Max Scherzer, or whichever agent wrote this for him, agrees with that sentiment.
That being said, I don't see the MLB season being canceled because of finances. They'll figure it out. If there's no season, it will be because the health challenges are too momentous to overcome.
Wow, 64 straight hours of inside-out singles to right field and groundballs that were just outside of Derek Jeter's limited range at shortstop. Can't wait!
For me, it was Gary Sheffield, who is the most underrated hitter in baseball history, and Julio Franco, who played in the big leagues until he was 48 (he was a big-leaguer for 23 seasons). Here's a fun video on memorable batting stances.
I don't remember crying during a movie or television show, but that's because I'm a a male and we are manufactured in labs to not show emotion. However, Casey Affleck's character in in Manchester by the Sea accidentally letting his home burn down with his three small children inside torn me up pretty good. And in Rookie of the Year, Henry Rowengartner slipping on a baseball in the ninth inning of the deciding game of the NCLS and reducing his arm strength to normal kid strength had me near tears.
Arizona just added Lithuanian twins, including one who is 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds. That's be Azuolas Tubelis, an 18-year-old who averaged 16.5 points per game in Lithuania’s second-best professional league. I bring this up because I'm hoping he doesn't squeeze Jordan Brown's minutes. The former Wolf Pack player will be in the mix for a starting job at Arizona, and Sean Miller seems high on Brown, saying earlier this month: “I do think that he’ll be a double-figure scorer for us and we’re thrilled to have Jordan. He’s a quiet warrior. He doesn’t say a whole lot, but he plays very, very hard. I would say that if you polled last year’s team, each of them would have Jordan in the top three on our team of the hardest playing guys in our program.” But now he has a little more competition for minutes.
I'll put $100 in the pot to rent out the Reno Aces' Greater Nevada Field if anybody wants to go in with me. This is based on one condition: I get to play MarioKart on the Jumbotron.
The monkey was the key to discovering a cure in Outbreak, so who's to say the monkeys won't solve things this time around?
This story is heart-breaking and makes me feel horrible for buying non-essential items on Amazon, which means I'm needlessly putting workers at risk. The story also shows the human toll of COVID-19, which has been politicized ad nauseam. We've lost 100,000 people, a number that would probably be in the millions if we didn't social distance. This is why we've been staying home the last several weeks, as hard as that may be for some people to understand.
So Elon Musk's child with Grimes is now named "‘X Æ A-Xii" and not "X Æ A-12." Well, that's much better. Definitely fixed.
Let's end with some good news courtesy of Chris Nikic, a 20-year-old with Down syndrome training to do one of the world's most difficult sporting events, an Ironman triathlon, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 26.2-mile run and a 112-mile bike ride.
"The feeling of him completing an Ironman, it means more than the finish line," his father, Nik, told USA Today. "It's everything along the way with the training, the community he has supporting him, that tells me, he's always going to be okay when I'm gone. He's showing he can do anything he sets his mind to."
Go get them, Chris! Enjoy the weekend!
Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.