Picked-up pieces while waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers to neutralize Kevin Durant and get themselves back into the Finals . . .
■ A thoroughly researched report on the relationship between a local star athlete and his favorite nonprofit charity does not constitute a “hit job.’’ Tom Brady is doing nothing illegal in his high-profile role for Best Buddies International. Brady’s considerable work for Best Buddies generates millions of dollars that the charity would not acquire if not for the currency of Tom’s fame. In exchange for his efforts, Brady — like many celebrities who work with charities — asks that a portion of the proceeds (in this case, $3 million since 2011) be paid toward Brady’s own charitable trust. Some folks are bothered by this. Most Brady fans are not. But let’s not shoot the messenger. It’s called disclosure. That’s what public charities are about. Folks who donate have a right to know where their money is going. Best Buddies does itself no favors by escorting a Globe photographer to his car when he shows up to cover Friday’s Brady Best Buddies event at Harvard Stadium. No credential? Please. A credential has never been requested because Best Buddies annually inundates every media outlet seeking for coverage of the event. There is no indication Brady was aware of this Nixonian maneuver. Nevertheless, it was hostile and petty and put a bad light on a good guy and a great charity.
■ A few weeks back I suggested names of candidates who’d make a good fit as new Boston College athletic director. I thought the Eagles would do well to hire an insider, somebody who could connect with legions of disgruntled BC alums. Instead, the BC folk went far the other way, hiring a 37-year-old “outsider,” Martin Jarmond, who has spent virtually none of his life in Boston.
Jarmond was deputy AD at Ohio State and seems like a smart and hard-working fellow. But his learning curve will be steep. He comes to the job with zero institutional memory, which is not his fault. In this spirit, I submit this clip-and-save “Things To Remember” memo, which Jarmond can store under the blotter of his new desk:
1. Take all calls from Gerard Phelan. He’s the guy who made the catch that made Flutie famous.
2. Rick Kuhn is no relation to the late Bowie Kuhn. You do not need to take calls from Rick Kuhn or Jim Sweeney.
3. Kelley Rink is not named after Joe Kelly, Kellyanne Conway, or Kelly Olynyk. And Conte Forum has nothing to do with Victor Conte.
4. Hang up the phone if someone calls and says it would be a swell idea for the athletic department to acquire Mary Ann’s on Beacon Street for team training meals.
5. The only Joe Morgan who matters in Chestnut Hill is the former BC hockey/baseball player who went on to manage the Red Sox. He lives in Walpole and is no relation to the Hall of Fame second baseman.
6. There’s great history of leadership here. Your basketball team was once coached by Bob Cousy. And Chuck Daly. Your football team was once coached by men named Frank Leahy, Mike Holovak, Tom Coughlin, and Tom O’Brien.
■ Ego-maniacal David Ortiz makes himself the hero of all of his stories in his entertaining autobiography “Papi,” written with Michael Holley. He tells us that Grady Little told him that the Sox’ everyday lineup “comes from upstairs.’’ Though he made more than $159 million in salary during his baseball career, Ortiz remembers only the contract slights, calling Theo Epstein “a real [very bad word] when it came to negotiating my contracts,’’ adding . . . “Sometimes I just wanted to shout, ‘Yo! Wake the [expletive] up. I’m the best-paid weapon you have. And I should be’ . . . I was the most underpaid player the organization ever had.’’
Ortiz on the Boston media: “Not every player wants a [expletive] in his face every single day, asking why he’s struggling. I can put up with the pressure and the doubt because that’s been my whole life, but some players don’t want the hassle of Boston when the game itself is hard enough.’’
Papi has never forgiven Terry Francona for pinch hitting for him in Toronto in April 2010. He claims Tito made a last-second decision and disrespected him. Here’s what Francona said in his book (co-authored by yours truly): “Everybody on the bench knew what was going on. There wasn’t a lot of sympathy for David because he didn’t look. We had that policy the whole time I was there. If we’re going to pinch hit for somebody, we’d ask ’em to just give us a look before going up to hit . . . everybody saw us tell David that night in Toronto, and everybody knew Mikey [Lowell] was ready to hit.’’ I was honored to be mentioned on page 193 when Ortiz wrote, “Shaughnessy was crushing me and that [very bad word] still walks around like he owns the team.’’
■ Back in spring training, I thought Andrew Benintendi was a lock for AL Rookie of the Year. Now we see Yankee Aaron Judge cranking homers and inserting himself into the MVP discussion. A third of the way into the season, the rookie contest is not even close. It’s Judge, then everybody else. Chicago’s Matt Davidson, Seattle’s Mitch Haniger, and Kansas City’s Jorge Bonifacio are battling Benintendi for the silver medal.
■ There was at least one game this spring when the Pawtucket Red Sox had four players — David Price, Pablo Sandoval, Rusney Castillo, Allen Craig — who combined to make approximately $69 million, which was more money than the entire San Diego Padres’ big league roster (approximately $60 million).
■ Looking back, it was thoughtful of the Patriots to give Donald Trump Otis Smith’s No. 45 jersey.
■ Seven straight Finals appearances for LeBron: It’s only been done by a bunch of Celtics and Montreal Canadiens. Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Sam Jones, K. C. Jones, Frank Ramsey, and Tommy Heinsohn are members of the seven straight Finals club. James’s teammate, James Jones, has also been a member of seven straight Finals teams but did not appear in a game for Miami in 2011.
■ A steed named Bird Orr Brady won a race in the Santa Anita fifth last week. The horse is trained by Doug O’Neill and owned in part by Sheep Pond Partners with lots of Nantucket connections.
■ Cubs manager Joe Maddon wears a wristband that reads, “Try not to suck.”
■ After finishing “Papi,” here’s three more baseball books you should buy: “Lou,” the Lou Piniella story with Hall of Fame scribe Bill Madden; “The Cubs Way,’’ by the estimable Tom Verducci; “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic,” the story of the world champion Oakland A’s of the 1970s by Jason Turbow.
■ Pet peeves: 1. Athletes who say, “I just want to prove people wrong. That’s what drives me.’’ It’s no way to go through life; 2. Basketball coaches, players, and/or fans who point to the postgame stat sheet and say, “They took 32 free throws and we only took 16.’’ The implication is that the refs favored the other team. Usually it just means that you weren’t working hard enough around the basket; 3. Baseball reviews of tag plays at second or third base when the runner is clearly safe, but perhaps overslides by a quarter inch or pops up and loses contact with the base for one-100th of a second. It’s stupid. It’s chicken bleep. It’s not the spirit of the rule. The runner is safe. Get on with the game.
■ It was a long time ago, but for the record, puckologists calculate that Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson’s otherworldly stretch pass assist to Mike Hoffman in Game 3 at the Garden measured 114 feet. TSN analyst Jeff O’Neill said it was the greatest pass he’s ever seen.
■ Tom Brady won the Truman Capote lookalike contest at the Kentucky Derby.
■ Count Jim Palmer and Buck Showalter among those who believe the baseballs are juiced this season.
■ Anybody remember that Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit was a home run off David Price at Yankee Stadium in 2011?
■ Twenty-eight-year-old Alex Faust, a Northeastern Husky, has been chosen to replace legend Bob Miller as Los Angeles Kings TV play-by-play guy.
■ Pedro Martinez is unhappy that Hall of Fame voters failed to elect Vladimir Guerrero in his first year of eligibility.
■ This is the first baseball season since 1885 in which neither Connie Mack nor Vin Scully is involved. Mack first played in the majors in 1886 and hung around as a manager until 1950, when he finished with the Philadelphia A’s. Scully started behind the microphone for the Dodgers in 1950 and finished last October.
■ The Celtics, who won 16 NBA championships in 30 seasons between 1957-86, have won one championship in the last 31 seasons.