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I think my aging mind may be starting to play tricks on me, so let’s attempt to sort out some things with a Rick-o-chet around the world of sports.

If I’ve got this right, the Indians scored two runs in the top of the eighth Monday night — or Tuesday morning — against the Seattle Mariners on four walks, a hit by pitch, two wild pitches and stolen base, all without ever putting the ball in play. ...

Due to expert remote control usage, at the same time I also watched the two-time defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors blow the largest lead in playoff history — they were up 31 in the third quarter — by giving up 85 points in the second half and being outscored 72-37 to close the game. ...

Then there was Sunday afternoon, when I began watching the Indians finish getting swept by the Kansas City Royals only because I was killing some time before I thought Masters coverage came on. ...

It was then, during a rare break from second-guessing ball-and-strike calls, that Matt Underwood informed me Tiger Woods had won the tournament. ...

If there’s any consolation in this, it is that I’ve learned through social media that I wasn’t the only one who didn’t know the leaders were going off so early in the final round. ...

If only I could be so lucky as to miss all three days of the painful and endless NFL Draft. ...

Speaking of drafts, if the Cavs don’t get a top-three pick in the lottery and land Duke’s Zion Williamson or RJ Barrett or Murray State’s Ja Morant — and perhaps even if they land one of the latter two — they could be lost in that NBA sea of mediocrity for years to come. ...

Of course, being anywhere close to mediocre would be a drastic improvement from 19-63. ...

As for the Cavs’ 973rd coaching search in the last five years, wake me when it’s over and general manager Koby Altman is done raving about the man — or woman — they hire, telling us how no stone was left unturned, talking endlessly about culture and promising this signing was done with the long-term future of the franchise in mind. ...

Long term, by the way, means until the ink on the contract is dry in Dan Gilbert’s world. ...

Since I’m changing subjects more often than I did channels late Monday night and early Tuesday morning, let me also say that I can’t stand watching Adam Cimber and Oliver Perez pitch. Their body contortions make my 58-year-old joints ache. ...

Have I mentioned that every NBA game should be shown on TNT so my night can end listening to banter between Chuck, Shaq, Kenny and Ernie? ...

Those guys make ABC and ESPN basketball studio groups look like amateur hour. ...

Come to think of it, it is amateur hour. ...

Having just written that, I fast-forwarded to the NFL Draft in my warped and confused mind and had a scary visual of Mel Kiper’s hair. ...

Doesn’t it feel wrong when you write “5-3” in your scorebook after the third baseman actually throws the ball to first from short right field? ....

Why are the lines that mark the field of play inbounds in baseball and tennis and out of bounds in basketball and football? ...

OK, I’m confusing my fragile mind again. Time to go fishing. ...

Till next time!

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


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