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On The Fly: Flooded Dugout Punch Line For Yankees Sinking Season

The Yankees stink this season, and so did their dugout on Saturday

Frustrated Yankees fans have no doubt said their team stinks this season. On Saturday, the insult became a punch line as Joe Girardi and his players were forced to tiptoe through water that settled in the dugout from a backed up toilet at Oakland Coliseum. The Coliseum, built 50 years ago, is perhaps the worst building in Major League Baseball and this isn't the first time plumbing problems led to dugout flooding. Girardi was speaking to reporters in the dugout Saturday as stadium workers attempted to fix the leak and dry the dugout. No wonder the A's and the Raiders are searching for new homes. In fact, the dugout flood came just a day after Patriots owner Robert Kraft told USA Today Sports that he supports the potential move of the Raiders to Las Vegas.

The headline bills the list as the "40 most hated NFL players of all time: loudmouths, cheaters and criminals." The Sporting News list puts dog abuser Michael Vick in the No. 1 spot, followed by Terrell Owens, Ndamukong Suh and Greg Hardy. At No. 5: Tom Brady, quarterback of your New England Patriots. Yes, Brady landed ahead of Ray Lewis, Pacman Jones, Bill Romanowski and Adrian Peterson. How about Jack Tatum, the guy who paralyzed Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley in a preseason game? He couldn't get back No. 26 on this list. And by the way, Giants fans: Eli Manning is No. 40. … You likely heard lots of chatter about that Washington Post poll that showed nine of 10 Native Americans surveyed were not offended by the Washington Redskins nicknames. Team owner Daniel Snyder did a victory lap, saying in a statement that "the Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride. Today's Washington Post polling shows Native Americans agree." So the issue is settled, right? Well, the National Congress of American Indians — the largest Native American governing body — has been lobbying for name changes since the late 1960s and the organization called the poll "irrelevant" because, well, a racial slur is a racial slur. And the name used by Washington's football team is a racial slur.

Remember when the Red Sox wondered if Jackie Bradley Jr. would hit enough to carry his elite glove in center field? Seems he's answered all questions about his game. His extended his hitting streak to 26 games as the Red Sox beat Cleveland 9-1 Saturday. Bradley is hitting .342 with a .411 on-base percentage and a .624 slugging percentage. … Billionaire reality TV star and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was approached by conservatives in search of an anti-Trump third-party candidate, but he passed. But what if the Democrats came after Cuban? The "Shark Tank" star tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that he would listen if approached by potential nominee Hillary Clinton about running as vice president. Intriguing choice, but how will the Rondo factor play? Cuban will be forced to explain why his Mavs traded Jae Crowder, other players and draft picks for Rajon Rondo. That's some heavy baggage.

pdoyle@courant.com

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