The Red Sox outfielder recently bowled a 300, which he claims is the 10th time he’s done it.
Trick question: When was the last time Mookie Betts hit 300?
If you said 2016, when he batted .318 — wrong!
It was just last Sunday, actually, when the Red Sox right fielder rolled a 12-strike game during the final qualifying round of the World Series of Bowling in Reno, Nev.
Betts, 25, figures he’s rolled maybe 10 perfect games in his life. Alas, he didn’t make the cut for the PBA World Championships.
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• At SportsPickle.com: “Lonzo Ball arrested for shoplifting ‘How to Shoot a Basketball’ DVD.”
• At Fark.com: “LaVar told to take his Ball and go home.”
The UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting finally returned home from China, with an indefinite suspension from the team being their only punishment.
Though eye-for-an-eye proponents envisioned a few months in a Chinese sweatshop assembling $495 Big Baller sneakers.
Introducing your new No. 1 team in this week’s NFL Who Beat Who Power Rankings — the San Francisco 49ers!
After all, the 49ers (1-9) beat the Giants (1-8), who beat the Broncos (3-6), who beat the Cowboys (5-4), who beat Washington (4-5), which beat the Seahawks (6-3), who beat the Rams (7-2), who beat the Jaguars (6-3), who beat the Steelers (8-2), who beat the Vikings (7-2), who beat the Saints (7-2), who beat the Panthers (7-3), who beat the Patriots (7-2), who beat the Falcons (5-4), who beat the Bears (3-6), who beat the Ravens (4-5), who beat the Raiders (4-5), who beat the Chiefs (6-3), who beat the Eagles (8-1).
Browns fan Chris McNeil has secured a Cleveland parade permit for Jan. 6 just in case the team completes a “perfect” 0-16 season.
Now comes the tough part: Convincing Roger Goodell to show up and hand out the participation trophies.
Hey, batter bidders!
The bat Lou Gehrig used to hit his last two home runs — in an exhibition game in 1939 — is on the Heritage Auctions block again, six years after it fetched $403,664.
Maple Grove recovered two onside kicks and scored three touchdowns in the final minute — with 59, 46 and 4 seconds remaining — to stun Saint Michael-Albertville 29-27 in 10-degree weather in the Minnesota Class 6A state football quarterfinals.
So who did they bring out of the stands to play quarterback, Adam Sandler?
Losing for winning
This month’s Steve Urkel “Did I Do That?” Award goes to Bears coach John Fox, who won a challenge reversal last Sunday — and lost his team the ball.
Yes, Fox was correct that Chicago running back Bennie Cunningham hadn’t stepped out of bounds at the 3-yard line before lunging for what appeared to be a touchdown.
Alas, replays also showed that Cunningham fumbled the ball before reaching the end zone and the ball hit the pylon, so the Packers were awarded the ball on a touchback.
Talking the talk
• Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on news that Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife are expecting their first child: “There’s no excuse for not getting Mom to the hospital on time.”
• Comedy writer Tim Hunter, with a suggestion to speed up NFL games: “Just have the Seahawks start each game with 10 penalties.”
• NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, after O.J. Simpson was kicked out of a Vegas bar for being drunk and belligerent: “Wow — just when you think you know someone …”
Going Popeye mode
Kirill Tereshin, a 21-year-old Russian, has given himself 24-inch biceps by injecting site-enhancement oil, commonly known as synthol, into his arms, according to the London Daily Mail.
Sure it’s unhealthy, doctors say, but on the plus side his knuckles don’t crack anymore.
• At SportsPickle.com: “Slideshow: 75 ‘Jared Goff sucks’ tweets from last year you should probably delete.”
• At TheKicker.com: “Report: Seahawks playbook just squiggly lines indicating Wilson’s scrambles.”
• Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, on Miami playing in an NFL prime-time TV game for the third week in a row: “And you wonder why NFL ratings are down! Putting the Dolphins offense on ‘Monday Night Football’ is like putting Aunt Phyllis’ minivan in the Daytona 500.”
• Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com, on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson’s game-saving heroics: “If Wilson were aboard the Titanic, it would still be here.”
• Eric Kolenich of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatening to sue if the NFL extends Commissioner Roger Goodell’s contract: “ ‘We can’t have the warden running the prison,’ Jones said.”
• Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after O.J. Simpson, released from prison last month, was booted from a Las Vegas hotel over a drunken disturbance: “Who had 43 days in the O.J. pool?”
• Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., after golfer Tiger Woods said his knee is “trashed”: “Just like his marriage, reputation and driving record.”
• Comedy writer Jerry Perisho, anticipating a debate question during the next presidential campaign: “Are you ready to take a 3 a.m. phone call from the UCLA basketball coach?”
• RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on how the four Russian cross-country skiers stripped of their Sochi Olympic medals for doping came under suspicion: “When they had faster times than the bobsledders.”
• TBS’s Conan O’Brien, after the IOC said it might consider including pole-dancing, poker and foosball in the next Games: “They also said it’s the first Olympics that will be held in a frathouse basement.”
• Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com, after a Crimson Tide fan shot an Auburn fan during an argument over which team is better: “I miss days when this would have been the most embarrassing story out of Alabama.”