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Monday, May 23, 2005

This & That

  • The Boston globe reported that Red Sox P Bronson Arroyo hosted Zack Alves at Saturday’s game against the Braves. Alves was suspended from school because he wore his hair in dreadlocks to honor the pitcher. Arroyo: “I’m just blown away that anyone would want to copy my hairstyle. I used to go to school with a Mohawk with Ozzie Smith’s name carved on the side of my head and I never got kicked out of school for it.”
  • The Nwe York Times reports that Viacom co-President & co-COO Leslie Moonves places part of the blame for CBS losing the 18-49 viewership ratings title to Fox this season on Yankees P Mariano Rivera. Moonves feels the race between Fox and CBS was so close that if one of the Yankees-Red Sox playoff games was subtracted, “CBS would have beaten Fox for the year.” The series went to a seventh game, in large part, because of Rivera “squandering several Yankees leads.” Moonves: “Mariano Rivera cost us more money than the Yankees.”
  • The AHL, which is currently in its playoffs, over the weekend surpassed the 7 million attendance mark for the ’04-05 season for the first time in the league’s 69-year history. The league drew 6,675,786 fans during the regular season, for an average of 5,960 per game. Both of those numbers represent single-season records.
  • Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, on the NHL lockout: “How totally stupid is killing an entire season? I kind of hope David Stern and Billy Hunter are paying attention to what’s happened to hockey as they stage their current hissy fit, in which no CBA negotiations are currently being scheduled. Hey guys, you’re not football, you’re not baseball. Like hockey, you’re replaceable in the eyes of the American public.”