Underdogs and upsets are what make the sports world go ’round.
Who doesn’t enjoy seeing the little guy pull off a stunning victory against the perennial champion?
That was indeed the case Monday, only the guy was a gal and the game was one that has been played in the media world since newspaper columns were chiseled out on stone.
Up for grabs was the scoop on Patrick Mahomes’ record-breaking contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. The overwhelming favourite, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, he of 7.8 million Twitter followers. Players check with him to see if they’ve signed.
Everyone knew Schefter was going to break the biggest story of the offseason, that he would be the first to report the Mahomes extension.
Except shockingly, he wasn’t.
In fact, a full one hour and 33 minutes before Schefter came this tweet from Katie Camlin, the store manager at Kansas City’s Plaza Liquor:
“A front office employee for the Chiefs came in and bought 6 bottles of Dom Perignon. Said there’s a big signing today. He said it’s not (tackle) Chris Jones, so my guess is a Mahomes deal.”
Camlin deleted the tweet because she didn’t want to get herself, her store or the Chiefs executive in trouble, but she did have the screenshot for proof.
When the NFL’s foremost authority finally posted the news, Camlin tweeted: “Holy s – – t I beat Schefter.”
Another Chiefs exec later visited the store and told Camlin the team had no problem with her sharing the news on social media, so ever since she has been reveling in her glory.
Schefter congratulated Camlin via direct message.
“Well done,” he told her. “Keep me posted the next time some Chiefs employee buys six bottles of bubbly.”
Camlin posted that screen shot too, calling Schefter’s DM the “coolest thing ever!”
No doubt she now gets asked by customers for more than a suggestion on a good red to go with their BBQ brisket burnt ends.
STOPS AND STARTS
Speaking of scoops, the NHL Network’s Kevin Weekes was first to report that the Devils will make Lindy Ruff their new head coach and that they’ve removed the interim tag from GM Tom Fitzgerald’s title. The hiring makes sense for at least one reason: Ruff was an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers for four (1993-97) of Fitzgerald’s five seasons with the team. They have a relationship. Meanwhile, I remember Weekes when he was just a 67’s goalie … Adding more insult to the injury in the ill-conceived trade for Matt Duchene, Ottawa’s local NHL team (OLNHLT) may see Shane Bowers hoist the Cup this season. Bowers, OLNHLT’s first-round pick (28th overall), was part of a package that also included a first, a third and Kyle Turris in a three-team deal triggered by GM Pierre Dorion. OLNHLT didn’t even qualify for post-season play in Duchene’s two season in Ottawa. The 20-year old Bowers, who had 10 goals and 27 points in 48 games with the AHL’s Colorado Eagles this season, was named to the Avalanche’s expanded playoff roster on Wednesday.
CONNECTING THE DOTS
Interesting timing for Chris Pronger to leave his (probably) cushy and well-paying job as a senior advisor with the Florida Panthers to help out with Well Inspired Travels, a boutique travel firm (whatever that is) owned by his family. There’s gotta be more to that story … Tuned into Sportsnet’s Bracket Challenge Wednesday night because I like the hosts, my buddy Shawn McKenzie and Paul (BizNasty) Bissonnette. Won’t watch the final, which will pit Erin Ambrose against Zach Werenski, after she beat Zach Aston-Reese in the semis. Erin is a good hockey player, in real life and video games, but her screeching will drive you to drink.
ON THIS (July 9) DATE
Exactly 28 years ago, the New York Rangers traded Tim Kerr to the Hartford Whalers for a seventh-round pick who never played a game in the NHL. The 32-year old Kerr, who had four straight seasons of more than 54 goals with the Philadelphia Flyers in the 80s, was done by that point anyway. In 22 games with the Whale, he had no goals and six assists … Exactly 23 years ago, the Nashville Predators named David Poile the team’s first general manager. He is the only one of today’s NHL GMs that has held the job since before the turn of the century … Exactly 23 years ago, Mike Tyson was banned from boxing and fined $3 million for biting Evander Holyfield’s ear in a fight. Twenty-three years later, we are overwhelmed with social media memes of Holyfield cursing Tyson for being unable to fully wear a surgical mask during a pandemic … Exactly four years ago, Serena Williams won at Wimbledon to pick up her 22nd Grand Slam Title, tying her with Steffi Graf for most ever in the Open era. Williams broke the deadlock the following April by winning the Australian Open while two months pregnant …
Based on everything I’ve heard to date, Timmy (his preference) Stutzle (pronounced Stootz-luh) should be the second pick of the 2020 NHL entry draft, behind Alexis Lafreniere and ahead of Quinton Byfield. And everything I’ve heard now includes a very good interview with Stutzle by TSN1200’s John Rodenburg and Sean Simpson. The maturity of the kid, who just turned 18 in January, is remarkable … The tentative date for the draft is Oct. 6, which is a Tuesday and four days after the tentative Cup final can end if it goes the distance. Tentatively … Sending positive vibes to Dominic Patafie, who has tested positive for COVID-19. He is the son of former 67’s trainer Brian Patafie …