By BRENDAN McGAIR
PAWTUCKET â€“ Friday saw Mark Melancon begin what he hopes is a short stint with the Pawtucket Red Sox.
â€śIâ€™m just excited to get out there and throw strikes and kind of get on a roll,â€ť Melancon said. â€śI havenâ€™t been able to do that.â€ť
Truer words have never been spoken. Melancon was demoted by Boston earlier this week, his ERA an unsightly 49.50 (11 runs on 10 hits in just two innings). The hope is that by pitching in a less stressful environment, the 27-year-old Melancon can get himself in order and back up to the Red Sox.
Iâ€™m not entirely convinced that Rep. David Cicilline wonâ€™t get away with it.
Unlike many political commentators and observers around these parts, who consider the former Providence mayor to be political roadkill, I think he has a fair to decent chance of being re-elected to a second term in Congress, despite his 14 percent approval rating in the last Brown University poll. In this case, â€śfair to decentâ€ť probably means a 50 to 65 percent likelihood.
Iâ€™m going to be watching the House and Senate Finance committee hearings to see if any more money is being funneled into the ACI kitchen budget. I figure that, at the rate senators and representatives are running afoul of the law these days, legislators are going to have a vested interest in improving the quality of prison food.
Those of you who donâ€™t get around much in the world of cyberpolitics might be surprised to learn that Gov. Lincoln Chafee has his very own channel on YouTube.
You can click on to YouTube and then search for either â€śRhodeislandgovernorâ€ť or â€śGovernor Lincoln Chafeeâ€ť and you can get a list of a whole bunch of videos that either the governorâ€™s office made, or that show some of his TV appearances or speeches at various public events.
Writing a weekly column like this, it is always a good idea to have a different mix of subject matter each week to keep things interesting for readers. Well, someone please tell that to Central Falls. That unfortunate municipality just canâ€™t seem to keep itself out of the headlines, so weâ€™ll have to keep discussing it here.
Besides, if you live in Pawtucket or Woonsocket and you think whatâ€™s going on in Central Falls doesnâ€™t matter to you, then youâ€™ve got another think coming.
By BRENDAN McGAIR
It might not be the glitz and glamour of NCAA Tournament, but a pair of local Division I players â€“ two seniors, mind you â€“ find themselves involved in postseason play.
Woonsocketâ€™s Tyrone Nared and his Oregon teammates rocked LSU, 96-76, in Tuesdayâ€™s opening round of the National Invitational Tournament. Playing 19 minutes off the bench, Nared registered two points (both coming on free throws) along with three rebounds and three assists. Next up for Oregon is a second-round matchup with Iowa, set for Sunday night in Eugene.
Per the Bryant University athletic department:
SMITHFIELD -- Bryant University announced Wednesday it has successfully completed the self-study process for NCAA Division I Certification.
Cumberland High School senior Justin Patrick recently signed a letter of intent to accept a baseball scholarship to Division 1 Big East power, the University of South Florida.
By BRENDAN McGAIR
A little of this, a little of that â€¦
The leaders currently in place at the University of Rhode Island did not hire Jim Baron, who on Sunday was relieved of his head coaching duties with two years left on his contract. School president David Dooley and athletic director Thorr Bjorn were years away from taking their respective jobs at Rhody when Baron was lured away from St. Bonaventure in 2001.
Per the Big East Conference:
FIELD SET FOR 2012 BIG EAST MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
PRESENTED BY AMERCIAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS
PROVIDENCE â€“ On the heels of a historic regular season in which it won 30 of 31 games, including a 17-1 mark in conference play, Syracuse has earned the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season title and the No. 1 seed in the 2012 BIG EAST Championship presented by American Eagle Outfitters.