The Hotline mailbag is published each Friday. Send questions to [email protected] or hit me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline . Due to volume — and in some cases, the need for research — not all questions will be answered the week of submission. Thanks for your understanding. Note: We’ve received a slew of questions about football matters. For this edition, however, we’re sticking with basketball — and the commissioner search, of course. We’ll get back to football next week. Some questions have been edited for brevity. Are Oregon State fans going to regret the Wayne Tinkle extension as much as Washington fans regret the Mike Hopkins one in a couple years? Curious how often the “extensions based on one NCAA run” usually work out. @gohuskies1978 Thoughts on Tinkle’s extension? @boring_guy44 It’s entirely possible the Beavers will one day regret the extension. In fact, we’d argue that unsavory end-game is more likely than not. Only athletic … [Read more...] about Hotline mailbag: The risk of Wayne Tinkle’s extension; Arizona’s search; states of play at Cal and Stanford
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Maybe Rockies owner Dick Monfort will make enough money from the All-Star Game to keep shortstop Trevor Story and not whine about the cost. — L.M., Littleton Kiz : Even if Monfort wanted to break his piggy bank, I’m not certain this story will have a happy ending in Colorado. Free to leave the Rockies when his contract expires at season’s end, why would Story want to continue playing for a team that’s not committed to winning? Sitting in my local pizza joint, imploring beer guzzlers around me to boycott any business owned by Monfort, I learned I was preaching to the choir. There were 12 baseball fans at the bar. All 12 wanted to see Monfort lose. Seven were Rockies fans bent on doing their part to push Monfort to the poor house. The other five were fans of other major-league teams that find it boring to play the minor-league Rox. Boycotting the players was not the vibe, but not paying Monfort another nickel sure as heck was. — C.B, Northglenn Kiz : Homefield … [Read more...] about Kickin’ It with Kiz: Could financial windfall from the All-Star Game keep Trevor Story in a Rockies uniform?
On July 7, 1998, Walt Weiss was introduced at Coors Field as a National League starter in his first and only All-Star Game appearance. As he jogged out of the dugout to a standing ovation, Weiss’ perspective on the game and — life — shifted. The ex-Rockies shortstop and manager, then playing for the Braves, paid little mind to baseball in the weeks before the game. His 3-year-old son, Brody, nearly died that June as a result of a bacterial infection from an E. coli outbreak at a water park before making a miraculous recovery. “Coming out, I just remember the weight of the world being lifted off my shoulders,” Weiss said. “To describe that weekend as a whirlwind doesn’t even do it justice because my world was spinning so fast. Brody was in bad shape and I couldn’t enjoy the fact I was going to be an all-star, because I was keeping a bedside vigil for a couple weeks leading up to the game.” Over 10 days in the intensive care unit, Brody’s kidneys shut down and he was on dialysis. … [Read more...] about How Walt Weiss’ perspective on baseball — and life — changed at 1998 All-Star Game in Colorado
Elon Musk’s brain-interface company Neuralink claims a newly released video shows a Macaque monkey playing the classic video game Pong using a brain-implant device. CNET reports that Neuralink, the brain-implant startup company founded by the SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has released a new video of a nine-year-old monkey named “Pager” purportedly playing Pong using a brain-computer interface. The video claims to show Pager the monkey learning to control a computer with his brain activity. The monkey initially uses a joystick to interact with the computer in order to receive a “tasty banana smoothie, delivered through a straw.” The video’s narrator states that Pager has two Neuralink devices implanted in his brain; Musk has referred to the devices as a “Fitbit for your skull.” As Pager the monkey plays the game, the narrator explains that the Neuarlink devices in his brain are reading this brain activity and the activity is being recognized by the computer and … [Read more...] about Elon Musk’s Neuralink Claims Monkey Can Play Pong with Brain Implant
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Brian Kemp Solving the 'primary problem' will repair our government and elections Stacey Abrams urged MLB adviser to keep All-Star Game in Georgia: report Georgia lieutenant governor: Giuliani election claims helped lead to new voting law MORE (R) condemned Major League Baseball (MLB) on Saturday, stating that its decision to pull its All-Star game out of Atlanta would hurt business owners of color. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Kemp said at a restaurant in Atlanta, The Associated Press reported . The restaurant is near Truist Park, where the All-Star game had initially been slated to take place. ADVERTISEMENT “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own,” he added. The MLB moved the game to Denver, Colo., on Tuesday in protest of a … [Read more...] about Kemp: Pulling All-Star game out of Atlanta will hurt business owners of color