What about your tomato crop this year? Was it good, bad or awful? Fall is a good timefor a full evaluation of your effort.Did you grow one of the standards or try anything new? Were you happy with the cultivargrown? If not, remember that next year and try a different one.Did you have the right fertility program? Did you have white, hard spots in yourtomatoes? Were the fruits small or did they fall off in the bloom stage? All of theseproblems are a results of your fertility program.Remember, the soil test is one of the most important parts of tomato growing. You needto test a soil sample in November or early December.Did you have blossom end rot? If you did, the calcium level from the soil test iscritical. This problem results from inadequate calcium levels, along with waterfluctuations.Speaking of water, fall is a good time, too, to get that drip irrigation you were goingto put in the garden for next spring. Drip is the ecological way to save water. It willreduce the chances of some diseases, too, by keeping the foliage dry.And before you put up those tomato cages, spray them with a 15 percent bleach solution.That will prevent carrying over this year’s diseases.Finally, remember where you planted tomatoes this year so you can change places nextyear. That, too, will reduce chances for disease and insect buildup next season.To get a soil test kit, see your county Extension Service agent.
It seemed another thing entirely when CP3 left after six seasons of misadventures. Understanding their window was closing, or closed, the new regime with Rivers’ former assistant, Lawrence Frank, as GM and Jerry West as a consultant, made the hardest of all decisions, trading Griffin and letting DJ walk.Starting over with as little cachet as the Clippers had seemed to signal the return of the bad, old days when they were foils for Jay Leno routines.The change in perception started on the court, where the team blew away expectations. Rivers won’t win NBA Coach of the Year, which is all but locked up by Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer, but this might have been Doc’s best season.With the exception of Danilo Gallinari, Rivers’ real first team, the one that finishes games, comes off the bench. It is led by Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell, the highest-scoring reserve tandem of all time at 36 points per game, two more than Milwaukee’s Ricky Pierce and Paul Pressey.(Lakers fans, cover your eyes. No. 3 all-time was Sweet Lou and Jordan Clarkson for your team two seasons ago.)After years of fumbled attempts to upgrade the bench, the Clipper reserves’ revival started last season after Griffin was traded. Of course, with the team dropping to No. 10 in the Western Conference, who knew or cared?Williams was with his sixth team, despite winning Sixth Man of the Year for two.Harrell, a second-round pick, was 6-foot-7 in his stocking feet, not just small for a center but for a power forward.The Clippers found him on their hands as one of the eight players in the deal sending Paul to Houston.“Trez was a throw-in at the last minute of that deal,” Rivers says. “We didn’t know much about him. He hadn’t played much in Houston. …“He kept scoring in camp and I remember having a meeting with my coaches. I said, ‘Trez can score!’“And everyone said, ‘No, he’s not a scorer.’“And then about Game 15 or 20, I said, ‘No, I think he actually can score. We can go to him.’Related Articles Clippers still without Montrezl Harrell, who is in a 7-day quarantine Clippers’ rhythm is missing but their spirits strong before playoff opener Whether they’re ever on even footing locally, these aren’t the Clippers of yore with Ballmer, Frank, Rivers and the invaluable presence of West, who was available because the Lakers didn’t extend him a hoped-for invitation.The Clippers are now one of the few teams with two maximum salary slots, looking as inviting a destination as any, targeting elite free agents Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant, neither of whom has signaled interest in the Lakers.Ballmer and his people have been spotted at Kawhi’s Raptors games. The owner flirts with KD, tip-toeing around the tampering rules to appear on his ESPN+ show, thanking him via social media.While the Clippers go all-out, top Lakers brass were rarely seen at college games, leaving the grunt work to young Jesse Buss’ scouting department, until realizing they might have a lottery pick. When GM Rob Pelinka went to Loyola Marymount to scout Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura last month, he ran into a huge Clippers delegation there for the same reason.It’s obviously a new day. To see how new, stay tuned.The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell are on pace to finish as the top scoring bench duo in league history this season. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Clippers rookies key overtime victory over Oklahoma City AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersFor ages, one of the local teams had it together and the other was all over the lot.It’s still true, but now the Lakers are all over the lot, fumbling around as they try to figure out what they want and when and how to get it, while the Clippers have it together.I’m not making this argument just because the Clippers surprised all on a 49-win pace, a far cry over the predicted 33, which prompted Coach Doc Rivers and his players to call out Charles Barkley, ESPN, et al. in last week’s champagne-soaked celebration after locking up a playoff berth.Actually, the list of doubters was a little longer … like everyone except immediate family. They weren’t just limited, they were effectively starting over.It was one thing to fight a guerrilla war with Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and Rivers, the nucleus Ballmer bought after it was assembled in a miracle by GM Neil Olshey, Coach Vinny Del Negro and team president Andy Roeser while Donald wasn’t looking. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years “Lou’s surprising me more with everything but basketball. I didn’t know him and from afar, when you see guys come off the bench and score and shoot, you think, ‘Probably not a team player. Doesn’t play hard. Probably not a leader.’“And he’s all the opposite of those things. He’s a big surprise to me. It’s a great example of, you don’t know a guy until you coach him.”Actually, Rivers’ presence is the biggest surprise. A year ago, he seemed about to be scapegoated with his huge $11 million salary and an owner who had inherited him, after years of bad personnel moves and playoff flops, with CP3 fingering him for all that went wrong.Insiders credit Frank for pushing a novel line: With all the recruiting we hope to do, let’s not fire one of the NBA’s most charismatic coaches for the sheer pleasure of putting the blame on someone.Talk about turnarounds. Last week amid reports the Lakers wanted Rivers, Doc hinted he knew about it, noting he’s close to Magic Johnson – but ended it there, saying he and Ballmer had already agreed he’ll get an extension on his new deal that runs through the 2021 season.Related Articles Getting it right in Clipper Nation …No, really.Talk about upsets. First of all, I’m not even sure what there is to “Clipper Nation,” aside from players, staffers, a practice site … which they still lease from (shudder) Donald Sterling … and enough of a following to draw, say, 15,000 people per game to Staples Center … where, of course, they also rent and get the dates the Lakers and Kings don’t want … even if the Clips claim an average of 17,333.Old habits die hard in a home in which recognition is so minimal, but this is an entirely new regime from owner Steve Ballmer down, and, amazingly, one of the NBA’s smartest. Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever
I am, however, not pleased with the less than stellar response by the Black community. Oh there was a plethora of the Black who’s who attending the luncheon spit shined—fresh haircuts gleaming—under the lights of the event. Oh, of course we were all kicked back with our feet placed comfortably and pristinely under the crisp linen adorned tables of the PNC Park Lexus Club.The Saturday evening Pirates/Kansas City Royals battle and the grand finale Boyz to Men concert should have boasted the attendance of at least 20,000 paid African-Americans fans of the more than 39,000 fans who enjoyed an exciting game and an inspiring concert. The African-American game attendance was a bit disappointing.This was a series of events honoring past, present and future Black MLB stars but I wonder about our folk. It seems that events that profile the accomplishments of Black Americans in this neck of the woods must be totally free of charge for our “peeps” to become enthused about attending. I looked around PNC Park from my perch high in the press box and was embarrassed. Some folks will go out on a date to one of the many Loews theatres or other of cinema houses and shell out a nice piece of change to see one of the many Tyler Perry “Madea Goes to Washington” Amos ’N’ Andy minstrel type pieces of cinema. Oh, I neglected to mention the dinner for two prior to the movie. Don’t forget the popcorn and the Raisinets. Anyway, it is easy for me to visualize an individual spending $80-100 on a Tyler Perry evening cracking their sides at the buffoonery that is supposed to be honestly depicting Black life but if they can’t get a free ticket to a Pirates game, they won’t go.The forefathers who paved the way for Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen to play MLB were Negro Leagues players who were forced to sleep in segregated hotels, face humiliation on a daily basis and play for peanuts even when many were stronger and faster than their White counterparts. Negro League players excelled because of their natural athletic abilities. Former Homestead Grays legend Walter Fenner “Buck” Leonard had this to say about spring training. “Little teaching took place in [Negro] league camps. Players learned the finer points of the game by playing. There was no extra work, no special coaches to work on techniques, and no concern about conditioning. Such things were considered lavish and strictly for White clubs with money.” (Leonard quoted from Gardner and Shortelle, 1993)The style of play in the Negro Leagues was also far more physical. Floyd “Jelly Roll” Gardner who played for the Detroit Stars and the Chicago Americans during the 1920s and early ’30s had this to say about everyday play in the all Black league. “When you got on first it was pretty rough going. Infielders would come down on your legs and spike the base runner. You had to duck those throws on double plays. They’d throw it at you. You needed hats like they got now at that time. All the infielders wore shin guards like a catcher—and they needed them.” (Gardner quoted from Gardner and Shortelle, 1993)I saw 50 to 60 people proudly wearing replicas of Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawford’s uniforms. As a fashion statement the new shirts perfectly complimented some of the new sneakers and Kangol hats that were accessories. The heat was brutal and sweat was flying everywhere mixed with Armani, White Diamond, Seduction and any other fragrance that the wearer splashed on.The only thing that was missing was the blood, sweat and tear stains that adorned the uniforms of Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige and the rest of their colleagues as they struggled to rest after a long day on the field and an even longer night trying to find a place to lay their heads. When Negro Leagues players stripped off their uniforms after a brutal day of competition and social degradation, the soiled pieces of fabric more than likely resembled miniature “Shrouds of Turin.”There are a few things that are sacred and should remain so. If you put on a police or army uniform you may be arrested for impersonating an officer. If you put on the uniform of a priest and someone gives you a bible quiz; you may be embarrassed. It is my advice that no one should don the uniform unless they can feel the pain, goodbye.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.) This past weekend the Pirates held their annual African American Heritage weekend. From the beginning luncheon to the grand finale Boyz to Men concert Chaz Kellum and the Pirates organization put on a great affair. The man who introduced the keynote speaker for the kickoff luncheon was none other than manager Clint Hurdle, who was as always his “real” self. I was also pleasantly surprised by the short but sweet speech and the humor of keynote speaker Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin.
Facebook58Tweet0Pin0 Saturday, October 12 marked a day of messy obstacle fun. The City of Lacey Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Rampage at the RAC. Enjoy these snapshots of finishers, a little bit dirtier, but with a lot bigger smiles than when they started. (For a complete set of finish line photos, click here.)