Frank DeFord and Manuel Noriega!

Death sure didn’t take a holiday this weekend, piling up five in four days here in the pool, including sports reporter Frank DeFord and former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega! DeFord’s career included 55 years writing for Sports Illustrated, 37 years appearing on NPR’s Morning Edition, and as a correspondent on HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. He also wrote novels, most notably Everybody’s All-American in 1981, later made into a Taylor Hackford/Dennis Quaid film.

Manuel Noriega’s career, on the other hand, included wresting control of Panama from other military leaders following the death of Omar Torrijos, and serving as military dictator (and in the wonderfully made up job title Maximum Leader of National Liberation) throughout the 1980s, until the U.S. invaded and removed Noriega, putting him on trial in Miami for drug trafficking, among other things. After 17 years at the Florida Correctional Institute, he was extradited to France – and did another four years – before being sent back to Panama, where he’d already been convicted of murder charges in absentia in 1995. He spent the rest of his life in and out of prisons and hospital and prison hospitals.

Bats picks up 32 points for DeFord, his fourth score of the year, while the Buonins extend their overall lead with a fifth death and 27 points for Noriega – both scoring for the Holloway, which has four more deaths than any other division this year! Wow!

Replacement picks due by next Tuesday!


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