Another Sunday when the attention span is shorter than your high-noon shadow …
• Unitas to Berry. Namath to Maynard. Montana to Rice. Marino to Clayton.
Lawrence to Tebow?
You heard me.
In case you missed it (how dare you?), Trevor Lawrence threw a touchdown pass to a diving Tim Tebow during Jaguars practice Friday. Onlooking fans went wild, the internet spread the video, and I know what you’re thinking …
They’re not even in pads yet … Big deal, Timmy can catch … He’s still gonna be fourth or fifth on the tight-end depth chart … The gutters of Chicago are filled with guys who once caught TD passes in preseason workouts.
But it’s genuine excitement in Jacksonville, and that’s something.
Meanwhile, the Mets must have some amazing gym equipment throughout their minor-league system. You see Tebow’s arms? Looks more like a former lumberjack, not quarterback.
• The Cleveland Indians will next year become the Cleveland Guardians, but were once the Cleveland Naps and there’s a local connection there.
The history books call him Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie, but in reality he answered to “Larry.” Also in reality, he was such a baseball god of the early 20th century, a big-league baseball organization named its team after him.
The Cleveland Bronchos became the Cleveland Naps in 1903. The Cleveland Naps didn’t become the Cleveland Indians until Lajoie left in 2016 to play out the string in Philly.
Anyway, Lajoie moved to Daytona Beach in retirement, living on Daytona Avenue, where he was often found on his front porch, smoking a pipe. He died at 84 in 1959, and if you’re into such things, you can find his cool headstone at the cemetery on the north side of Bellevue Avenue.
• Bronchos? Yes, Bronchos. Turns out, there’s an alternative spelling out there. Thanks, as always, to the Boys in Research.
• Right or wrong, most quality golf quotes are attributed to Lee Trevino, and here’s another, regarding playing under pressure: “Pressure is playing for five bucks with only two in your pocket.”
In this past week’s men’s Olympic golf tournament, Koreans Sungjae Im and Si Woo Kim might be playing for their careers. Korean men must serve two years of military service by age 35, with very, very few exceptions.
Among the mulligans: Win an Olympic medal and you earn a “Get out of Barracks” card. By the way, Korean athletes and celebrities don’t get symbolic duty, but turn in their cell phones and station themselves on a base they can’t leave for those two years.
Oh, and a wacky leader to the north has a whole bunch of artillery sitting just across the way, aimed your way.
Recent history indicates quality Korean golfers entering the two-year commitment don’t regain their quality golf game after those 24 months away from the practice tee.
• By now, I think, we can probably find the official finishing positions for Im and Kim, but I’m admittedly fuzzy on the time difference between here and Tokyo. I think I saw a Christmas tree during yesterday’s coverage.
• Is it just me, or is too little being made of Eddy Alvarez? He could become just the third American to win medals in both the Winter and Summer Olympics.
He was a speed-skating silver medalist in 2014 and currently an infielder on Team USA’s baseball squad.
Oh, the first two? Eddie Eagan (1920 and ’32) and Lauryn Williams (2004, ’12 and ’14).
• Happy 242nd birthday to Francis Scott Key. Somewhere out there, an heir is owed a whole lot of royalties.
• If you think Alvarez’s skating-baseball combo shows diversity, Eddie Eagan won boxing gold in 1920 and, 12 years later, won gold as part of America’s four-man bobsled team.
Eagan also earned degrees from Yale, Harvard and Oxford, became a colonel in the U.S. Army during WWII, and once set a speed record for circling the globe on scheduled airlines, making 18 stops along the way and, I’m guessing, memorizing the spiel about seatbelts and flotation devices.
Do what you will with that new bit of trivia.
• Eighteen connections? I’m guessing Eddie Eagan also invented the peanut allergy.
• Oh, why not … One more Lee Trevino quote, regarding the huge money available in professional golf.
“Just ask my ex-wives. Both of them are so rich, neither of their husbands work.”
— Reach Ken Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org