Sunday Gravy: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor? Save Your Money

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Sunday Gravy: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor? Save Your Money


Malafronte, Chip, New Haven Register (New Haven, CT)


Baseball's annual amateur draft has come and gone. Once again, not a single team took a chance on this aging sports writer. I'm beginning to think my window for reaching the major leagues is closing.

- Barring some miraculous additional spectacle, like the ghost of Jack Dempsey announced as referee, I can't see any reason to pay good money for the sham of a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Mayweather is one of the great boxing champions of all-time, undefeated since turning pro in 1996. McGregor occasionally throws punches in between the kicks, elbows, choke holds, ankle-biting and whatever other tactics are considered legal in mixed martial arts.

The best analogy we saw was a gold-medal winning Olympic decathlete -- someone who does all track and field events well but specializes in none -- trying to beat Usain Bolt in the 100 meters.

McGregor, a rank amateur as a boxer, is in way over his head. The odds are even less that this bout is even mildly entertaining. But it will still generate millions and be considered a rousing success, because money, not sport, is what determines triumphs of the day.

- Keith Petruzzelli, currently set to enroll at Quinnipiac this fall, was rated as the second-best goaltender in North America available for next weekend's NHL Entry Draft in Chicago. The Springfield, Massachusetts, native is 6-foot-6 and was named USA Hockey's amateur goalie of the year. Petruzzelli is expected to be taken in the first or second round of the draft.

- Rory McIlroy and Jason Day failed to make the cut at the U.S. Open. Guess they wanted to save themselves for the chance to shoot a round in the 50s at next weekend's Travelers Championships in Cromwell.

- Remember when summer movies were actually worth getting excited about? Now, the so-called blockbusters are nothing more than a steady stream of superhero movies and terrible nostalgia TV flicks.

- Not the most exciting NBA Finals of all time, but not to worry. The Cavaliers and the Warriors will be back next season to play the rubber match.

- Tom Moore, fired at Quinnipiac after 10 seasons as men's basketball coach, was hired as an assistant at Rhode Island. Moore will work with Danny Hurley, a rising star coming off a 25-9 season in which the Rams made the second round of the NCAA tournament.

- The Discovery Channel announced Michael Phelps will race a great white shark as part of Shark Week. It's official. Shark Week has jumped the shark.

- Could Maria Sharapova be play New Haven in late August? It may depend on whether the U.S. Open greets her with open arms. Since returning from her doping ban Sharapova has battled injury. She dropped out of Wimbledon and isn't expected to play again until Stanford in late July. …

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