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Hooray for Harvey

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Posted: Thursday, August 2, 2012 10:30 am | Updated: 10:26 am, Thu Aug 9, 2012.

One game does not a career make, but much ballyhooed prospect Matt Harvey bolstered beleaguered Mets fansí spirits by living up to the hype in his major league debut as he struck out 11 while allowing no runs against the Diamondbacks. Miraculously, the Mets bullpen didnít blow the game, despite the best efforts of Jon Rauch and Bobby Parnell to put the tying runs on in the eighth and ninth innings, respectively. Mets SNY voice Gary Cohen noted how rare it is for a Mets pitcher to win his first-ever game.

Harveyís win couldnít have come at a better time. The day before, the Mets completed a winless homestand, losing 5-1 to the Nationals, for their 12th defeat in 13 games. Tempers had flared as reliever Tim Byrdak started jawing with catcher Josh Thole, and later pitching coach Dan Warthen, after surrendering a two-run dinger to Adam LaRoche that put the game out of reach.

That afternoon was certainly the low point of Terry Collinsí tenure as Mets manager, and he was steaming. Collins knows that the SNY televised post-game press conferences are at least as much theater as they are news-gathering and he took the opportunity to lace into his troops. ìWe will play better than weíve shown the past two weeks. I donít want to hear excuses. I want accountability. Some people around here should look into the mirror,î he groused.

Thereís good news for two Woodside based nonprofits that introduce young people to sports. The New York Junior Tennis League received a $12,500 grant from the United States Tennis Association, while the Sports and Arts Foundation, one of the largest after-school programs in New York despite not being very well known, will get $150 million in funds in the new city budget.

Congratulations to Oakland Gardensí Cameron Daniels and Woodsideís Natalie Eordekian on receiving full scholarships to the John McEnroe Tennis Academy on Randallís Island. McEnroe, a Douglaston native, has frequently spoken about his desire to improve tennis on the grassroots level and the academy is proof of his commitment.

The International Olympic Committee did not disappoint as it rejected a common-sense plea to honor the 40th anniversary of the senseless slaying of 11 Israeli Olympians at the hands of barbaric thugs in Munich. Longtime Olympic chairman and Nazi sympathizer Avery Brundage must be smiling somewhere down below. Tip your hat to NBC anchor and Astoria native Bob Costas for acknowledging the anniversary by giving the minute of silence the IOC wouldnít.

If you are frustrated with how protein shakes or various powdered drinks taste after you toss them into a water bottle following a workout, there is a remedy. Blender Bottle is a plastic device with a metallic circular whisk inside that mixes concoctions properly. Another healthy beverage choice after exercising is any of Capri Sunís various fruit and vegetable drinks that come in pouches with straws attached to them.

In case you missed it, July 27 was National Chocolate Milk Day, according to the PR firm for Bosco. Yes, that syrupy childhood pleasure is still going strong, as are Sun Maid Chocolate-Covered Raisins. A new chocolate snack to tempt is the cookies and creme crisp from General Mills, Chex Muddy Buddies. Of course none of us worried about calories back when we were kids. Nowadays weíre far better off with Welchís fruit snacks, and nuts such as unsalted almonds, cashews, and pistachios.

Staying with snacks, Kettle Brand Potato Chips is marking its 30th anniversary by bringing back four of its favorite flavors: salsa, cheddar beer, red chili and jalapeno jack.

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