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Rick-o-chet: Zingers, dingers, ringers...

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Need a break from all the back-to-school photos on Facebook, so let’s Rick-o-chet around the world of sports:

According to a source at the American Medical Association, the top causes of heart attacks are now smoking, diabetes, abnormal cholesterol, high blood pressure … and Indians closer Cody Allen. …

Seriously, though (but not as serious as a heart attack): The Indians sure needed that win over the Red Sox on Monday (and Tuesday). Rulers of the worst division in baseball (history?), they’ve got to start showing they can play with the big-boy teams in the American League. …

By the way, how is it that two AL teams are meeting for the first time this season on Aug. 20? …

In other news, gimme a Little League World Series game over a four-hour, 1-of-162 Major League Baseball game every day of the week and twice on Sunday (for a few weeks every year, anyway). …

My new hero is New Jersey’s Alfred Delia, or “Big Al.” In a shy, raspy, rather high-pitched voice introducing himself for a Little League Classic game on ESPN, he said, “Hi, my name’s Alfred Delia. Back home they call me ‘Big Al’ and I hit dingers.” …

Needless to say, the approximate five-second bit went viral on social media and “Big Al” became a big celebrity. …

While we’re talking LLWS, did you see Spain’s Ronald Vizcaino? All 6-foot-1, well-muscled 248 pounds of him? He’s a 12-year-old eighth-grader, but if I worked at Minit Mart — a few are more like Hour Mart, by the way — I’m not sure I’d card him if he put a six-pack on the counter. …

I certainly wouldn’t bat an eye if I saw him driving a car — or sitting in traffic — in Medina. …

Time to make a quick left turn (if you still can in this town): I keep hearing people say the Browns should simply cut Josh Gordon. But now that they’ve come this far with him, it only makes sense to let things play out. One more mistake, though, and it is time to cut all ties. …

Aside from his obvious talent, there’s another positive to Gordon’s return: It saved the Browns from signing Dez Bryant, who would have become the next Dwayne Bowe or Kenny Britt, but with a much bigger mouth. …

For the record, I have the Brownies going 5-11. They are much better than a year ago — how couldn’t they be? — but keep in mind 5-11 is still awful by the NFL’s parity-ridden standards. …

Ever notice how often Hue Jackson responds to a question by saying, “I’m not going to lie to you”? …

I’m not going to lie to you: My goal is to be the last remaining person in America who has not seen one episode of “Hard Knocks,” in any season. …

This is based solely on a gut feeling, but my hunch is Ohio State tries to placate everyone and coach Urban Meyer gets suspended for two games. …

By the way, I could coach the Buckeyes to 50-point wins over Oregon State and Rutgers. …

A basketball junkie, I’ve been getting my fix by watching a decent amount of the BIG3, which pits teams of former NBA players in a 3-on-3 format. …

Corey Maggette, who is still chiseled, is the best player in the league, but the highlight is watching all the moaning and complaining directed toward the referees. It’s not just the players, but coaches like Charles Oakley, Rick Mahorn and Nancy Lieberman. …

I haven’t seen this much bickering since I officiated the $1,000, winner-take-all Hoop-N-Que at Mellert Park a handful of years back. …

OK, now that I’ve reminisced about tooting my whistle, it’s time to wet it at JoJo’s. …

Till next time.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rnoland@medina-gazette.com. Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.


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