Here are some random thoughts for a Wednesday:
• Last week was memorable for two Stocktonians: Madeline Zunino, a 15-year-old Lincoln High junior, was paired with golfing legend Tom Watson in the First Tee Nature Valley Open at Pebble Beach, and Lincoln High and Delta graduate Roderick Townsend, 24, earned two gold medals at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro. Both made their family and community proud.
• The Giants have blown so many games in the ninth inning that a collapse like Monday’s against the Dodgers wasn’t a surprise. It was expected.
• Madison Bumgarner’s engine revs high. It’s part of what makes him great. But his dust-up with Yasiel Puig in the seventh inning Monday was unnecessary and hurt his team.
• Michael Dinardo’s engine revs high when it comes to Georgia football. A video has gone viral showing the Bulldogs’ fan going crazy in his apartment after a late touchdown beat Missouri on Saturday. Dinardo throws a cooler across the room, runs around like his hair is on fire and lunges through a window. Dinardo had to be taken to the hospital to stitch up his arm. His roommates have started a GoFundMe account to repair the window. How about starting a GoFundMe account so this guy can get some therapy?
• Ryan Lochte said he almost quit “Dancing with the Stars” after protestors interrupted the show last week. Poor Ryan. Dude, some people don’t believe lying about a hold up and disparaging an Olympic host country is cool. Sorry, pal.
• Belmont University, a Christian institution, expelled a freshman student whose comments beneath a photo on social media of black Philadelphia Eagles players with their fists raised during the “Star Spangled Banner” Monday night shows racism still is alive and well.
• Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who trains in MMA, was out over the weekend with Stockton MMA fighters Nate and Nick Diaz. A photo of them together surfaced on social media, and Bourdain is the one flipping the bird, not the Diaz brothers.
• Greg Roman’s final act as the Buffalo Bills’ offensive coordinator was posing for the team photo. After the photo, coach Rex Ryan relieved Roman of his duties. Roman went from smiling to frowning really fast. Roman still will collect $2.5 million for the next two years, which should soften the blow.
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