1. It was great to see Punxsutawney Groundhog Little League President Harry Noerr laughing and smiling as he talked to people at the Lady Chucks' district title game last Wednesday in Brockway. Noerr's daughter, Lisa, a 1995 PAHS graduate, passed away a few weeks ago, and I'm sure that brought much sadness to he and his extended family. For those who aren't aware, the Punxsy varsity softball and Little League softball field next to the concession stand is named Harry Noerr Field. I believe it would be a great tribute to Lisa if the Little League would memorialize the 2011 All-Star season in her honor.
2. Remember when Jeannette High School's Terrell Pryor was hyped to be the second coming of Vince Young when he led the Jawhawks to the PIAA Class AA football title and chose Ohio State over Penn State? Now, at 22, he's suspended for the first five games of his senior year and many are saying he should apply for the NFL's supplemental draft in July. Talk about falling far in fewer than four years.
3. San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean needs to get off his soapbox. Florida Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins' collision with Giants catcher Buster Posey wasn't dirty. It's just part of the game. It's a shame that Posey is out for the season due to the collision, but Sabean has no right to continually spit ill-will toward Cousins.
4. Former Steelers and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress, who was donning a Philadelphia Phillies hat, was released from prison Monday after he served nearly two years on a gun charge. So now, speculation will begin as to which team he'll sign with. The Eagles, who seem to be the front-runner for his services at this point, would be mistaken to sign the 33-year-old who turns 34 in August. The Eagles already have star wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, and in this case, it's possible to have too many receivers who will want the ball.
5. How great was the retirement of Shaquille O'Neal? Is there a more charismatic and entertaining athlete in all of sports? I know he's said in the past that he wants to become a sheriff when he retires, but countless media outlets are going to throw loads of money at him to become an analyst. He's a better version of Charles Barkley, who is part of the best studio team in all of sports for the NBA on TNT.
6. The Pirates, in the midst of 18-straight losing seasons, selected UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first pick in the 2011 draft. I know he's supposed to have the best stuff in this year's draft, but couldn't they have picked a pitcher with a winning record? I know little about the guy, but his 6-8 record just has a bad omen to it.
7. Dwyane Wade was the reason the Heat earned Sunday's Game 3 victory, and unless the Mavericks win tonight, the series is over. I hope LeBron James enjoys his ring, because he's not going to win the MVP trophy over Wade this year. You can't be the best player in the league if you're not the best player on your team, LeBron.
8. The BCS stripped USC of its 2004 national title Monday. So that means there isn't a BCS Champion for 2004 or a Heisman Trophy winner for 2005 after USC and Reggie Bush forfeited their Heisman trophies. What a mess.
9. With an 8-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks Monday, the Boston Bruins have announced that the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals aren't over just yet.
10. Punxsy's Devin Mesoraco has 14 hits in his last eight games at Class AAA Louisville. Cincinnati.com blogger John Fay is calling for a shake-up for the Cincinnati Reds, who are 31-30. Maybe he's right, and it's time to trade Ramon Hernandez or Ryan Hanigan and give Mesoraco his shot in the majors?