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It's time to shake out the Twitter cage, 140 characters at a time

It’s time to shake out the Twitter cage, 140 characters at a time

Rob Gronkowski arrives at the Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

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Is it possible to be happier than Rob Gronkowski?

Time again to shake out the 140-character Twitter cage, while awaiting word on whether Boston College will make room in the trophy case when Doug Flutie brings the Mirror Ball home to The Heights. #hailproudmary

■ Exactly how much money will it take to make Gronk happy? The man is a smiling big box store. Is it possible to be happier than Gronk?

■ Pablo Sandoval needs to rest his bad back. Brace yourself, Sox fans, this is headed downhill faster, and pricier, than Mo Vaughn.

■ Female TV reporters hooking up with Sox personnel compromised themselves, other females, all reporters of all genders.

■ Joe Garagiola was the summer hammock and tall lemonade of the broadcast booth, encouraging us to hang around the full nine innings.

■ Ah, of course. Jerry Jones completed his neurological rotation at Trump University Med School. #concussed

■ Record will show BC women’s hockey team went 40-1, lost NCAA title game to Minnesota. Numbers can’t reflect their abundant dignity in defeat.

■ Let your imagination run wild, and the Leafs next fall will have a line of Jimmy Vesey, Auston Matthews, and Steven Stamkos.

■ Sidelined for saying Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail,’’ Curt Schilling is back with ESPN and all is A-OK. That’s how TV rolls.

■ For years leading to his death, ex-Pat Kevin Turner, 46, believed football factored in his ALS. Great game. Ever harder to watch.

■ Lou Gehrig was 17 days shy of his 38th birthday when he died of ALS in June ’41.

■ Friends in seven Canadian cities disagree it’s easy to make the NHL playoffs. Their seven DNQ teams last week stood 211-248-54.

■ Of 31 head coaches at BC, every one of them is white. In Boston. In 2016. At a college that preaches Jesuit awareness. #fail

■ Live racing suffered a long, painful death at Suffolk Downs. The protracted casino shenanigans make its passing even sadder.

■ Fenway Park is about to celebrate its 104th birthday. Not comfy. Not cozy. Exterior an architectural junkyard. But we love it.

■ Bruins will hit season ticket-holders with a surcharge in ’16-’17 if they want their tickets printed. How is one a “holder’’ with no tickets to hold?

■ LeBron James stopped following the Cavaliers on Twitter. Big deal, I guess. Bigger had King James followed David Blatt as coach.

■ New England colleges accounted for 8 of the 16 teams in the NCAA Div. 1 hockey tourney. Forgotten orphans amid March Madness.

■ In my youth football league, the ball would be snapped with all players standing at scrimmage. Start there.

■ A good bat flip here and there, fine for MLB. But a little goes a long way. NFL’s simian-like chest thumping has become visual litter.

■ He won’t garner widespread consideration, but Patrice Bergeron is a legit candidate for NHL MVP this year.

■ Garagiola and Yogi Berra were born nine months apart in St. Louis. Each lived to age 90, died only six months apart.

■ If Chandler Jones didn’t know he was finished here the second he babbled his way into Foxboro PD, he must have been on something.

■ Maria Sharapova took meldonium for years, she said, to help ward off diabetes. Meanwhile, she built out her “Sugarapova” candy company.

■ Fifty years ago this spring, Bobby Orr and Wayne Cashman wrapped up their junior careers in Oshawa. Then things got interesting.

■ The USFL was Donald Trump’s version of making football great again. Sure turned out boffo for the NFL. #yuuge

■ Nice watch the Bruins gave coach Claude Julien Thursday. Shoulda given entire roster matching alarm clocks.

■ Ronda Rousey might want to stick with action flicks after seeing Miesha Tate choke the DNA out of Holly Holm.

■ Sure, NFL owners will rally to help Krafts claw back draft picks. Would the fanboys who drive this narrative please identify yourselves.

■ You don’t have to be a golf fan to feel the hit when Arnold Palmer says it’s time to step aside as honorary starter at the Masters.

■ The Sox rotation is still counting on Clay Buchholz, which is OK, until maybe, oh, June or July.

■ Answer: a million pieces. Question: 10 years from now, what happens when they hand Gronk the Mirror Ball?

Kevin Paul Dupont’s “On Second Thought” appears regularly in the Sunday Globe Sports section. He can be reached at dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.