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Mets nominal ace, Matt Harvey, was able to quell some of the negative talk about him, after going six innings in Sunday’s nail-biting win in San Diego over the pesky Padres. Harvey once again had trouble in the fifth inning, which as the late Hall of Fame Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy used to say, has become his bugaboo. Nonetheless he located his pitches better and was able to pitch with greater velocity on more pitches than in his April starts.

Fans and the media may have been overly critical of Harvey’s dismal performance against the Braves during the Mets last homestand. He wasn’t feeling well before that start and required intravenous fluids before the game. Frankly, I am not sure why he was allowed to take the mound. The cold, dank weather didn’t help matters either. The warmer weather which has to eventually come to Queens should help him.

New York Racing Association officials will be praying that Nyquist, who was the favorite coming into the Kentucky Derby, and won it, will be able to repeat his performance in Baltimore at the Preakness a week from Saturday. As was evident last year with the success of American Pharoah, interest in the Belmont Stakes skyrockets when there is a chance of a Triple Crown winner.

Is it my imagination or has interest in the NFL Draft diminished ever since the league made the decision to relocate it from Radio City Music Hall to somewhere in Chicago two years ago?

He may not have been the player that the Giants wanted to draft in the first round, but Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple certainly has a great name to play in this market.

David Garrow was an infielder in the Minnesota Twins organization in early 1990s but he never made it to the majors. Playing in the minors is a draining experience because of the countless long bus rides and the less than optimal living conditions both on the road and at home. In order to fight fatigue, Garrow used a lot of sugary energy drinks and gulped coffee which isn’t the healthiest way to live.

Seeking an alternative, Garrow designed a cloth towel (think of it as a large Wet-Nap) that resembles a scarf and contains both healthy minerals and smelling salts that push extra oxygen into the body while cleaning facial pores.

After years of working on a prototype, the ProEnergy Towel has just hit the market. Company executives are hoping that anyone needing to stay awake, such as drivers on a long trip, will use the towel instead of energy concoctions or chugging Red Bull.

The Outdoor Chanel is not a cable network that gets great ratings in New York but it is a change of pace to watch their archery, fishing, and marksmanship shows. It would be nice if the Outdoor Chanel could obtain the rights to reruns of the 1960s ABC Saturday afternoon series, “The American Sportsman” that was hosted by the late Curt Gowdy.

In a case of better late than never, CBS is finally showing the last season of the thinking person’s action series, “Person Of Interest,” that stars Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. In its five seasons, “Person Of Interest” has refreshingly used Queens locations for shooting scenes even more than they have used Manhattan.

Many Knicks and Rangers fans have long frequented Brother Jimmy’s BBQ which is located right across from Madison Square Garden on the southeast corner of 31st Street and 8th Avenue. Brother Jimmy’s has just opened in the Dining District of Long Island’s Roosevelt Field and if you are a fan of Carolina barbecue than this is a must stop.

Contrary to popular belief, you can eat healthy while enjoying barbecue with dishes as smoked turkey breast and pulled chicken. Even Jimmy’s barbecue brisket is lean and tender. And yes, they have pulled pork, smoked ribs and wings as well as tasty sides as collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, and baked beans.

Forget the calories; leave room over for their sinful banana pudding.

When the Nassau Coliseum reopens in 2017, make sure to dine here either before or after an event.

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About Lloyd Carroll

Lloyd Carroll is the Senior Columnist for the Queens Chronicle, an award-winning weekly newspaper that has served the communities of Queens since 1978. This article as well as many future articles will also appear at Queens Chronicle. In addition, Lloyd also writes for our friends over at NYSportsDay.com. In today’s world of online publications, we at Latino Sports understand and value the importance of collaborating with other online publications in order to showcase and create awareness of each other’s work and dedication to our respectable communities.

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