In brief: Griffey not shocked by Hall of Fame snubs
Griffey not shocked by Hall of Fame snubs
Baseball: Ken Griffey Jr. says he “was not shocked” when baseball writers decided no player should go into the Hall of Fame this year, although he thinks Craig Biggio got a raw deal.
Without specifically mentioning performance-enhancing drugs, Griffey said that “sometimes a statement needs to be made.” Barry Bonds and Sammy Sosa were eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time this year, and neither came close to election.
Griffey, who never has been linked to drug use although he played in the same era, is eligible for the Hall in 2015.
While some would consider him a first-ballot lock, Griffey said he doesn’t worry about things he can’t control.
Omission costs fan $50,000
College basketball: A fan made a half-court shot before the Missouri Valley Conference tournament final, but missed a $50,000 jackpot because he forgot to hit a 3-pointer.
Alex Pertmann of Maryland Heights, Mo., made a layup on his first try and free throw on his second effort, then scampered to midcourt, where he hit nothing but net with a couple of seconds left on a 24-second clock Sunday. After being informed of the error, and with no time remaining, Pertmann went back to the 3-point line and missed a couple of attempts.
As a consolation prize, the Valley gave the 22-year-old Pertmann four tickets to the conference tournament for life.