"I have two choices: quit or fight,'' he told the Boston Herald. "I'm going to fight.''

We shouldn't be surprised.


• He always was the overachieving kid from Somerset who scratched and fought his way to the big leagues, beating the odds along the way.

Now Jerry Remy, the longtime Red Sox broadcaster, "Rem Dawg'' himself, has more odds to overcome.

Now Remy is battling cancer for the sixth time.

"I have two choices: quit or fight,'' he told the Boston Herald. "I'm going to fight.''

We shouldn't be surprised.

He always has.

His career tells us that.

• Raise your hand, Bunky, if you thought J.D. Martinez was going to be this good.

• Is the Red Sox bullpen good enough for the postseason?

• Who ever thought prime-time TV news shows would be this popular?

• If Alex Cora isn't named A.L. manager of the year there should be a congressional investigation.

• QUIZ OF THE WEEK: Who is the only NFL running back to average more than 100 yards a game for his career? (Answer near the bottom of the column.)

• LINE OF THE WEEK comes from President Trump: "LeBron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do.''

• LINE OF THE WEEK II comes from the New York Daily News, in response to Trump's remark: "The president punched above his weight class ... when he took to Twitter to insult NBA superstar LeBron James' intelligence."

• LINE OF THE WEEK III comes from a panhandler's sign in Providence: "Too Ugly to Prosecute.''

• Street & Smith's college football preview has Brown picked to be last in the Ivy League, and URI last in the Colonial Athletic Association.

• Nick Saban was Bill Belichick's defensive coordinator in Cleveland.

• There's no truth to the rumor that Dustin Pedroia is really in the Witness Protection Program.

• Or that people from Connecticut will now be allowed to vote in South County elections after spending so much time there.

• Tiger hasn't won a tournament in five years.

• But at least he's not ranked 389th in the world, like he was in February.

• The most odious phrase in sports is when some rich athlete gets a new contract and his agent says "He needed to get paid.''

• Don't we all.

• The Red Sox and the Yankees were the only teams in the majors with six or more hitters with at least 50 RBI going into Wednesday.

• Shareef O'Neal, the 6-foot-9 son of you-know-who, will attend UCLA in the fall.

• Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine had an all black cover with a single line of small white type running through the cover: "Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet.''

• Everyone focuses on Brady's age, but Coach Bill is 66.

• Then again, he never has to scramble very much, does he?

• R.I.P. Stan Mikita, 78, the first Czechoslovakian to play in the NHL.

• I miss the North Providence summer basketball league.

• Dave Dombrowski should take a bow.

• There's something melancholy about the last weeks of summer.

• QUIZ ANSWER: Jim Brown

• Bill Belichick has a far richer football legacy than Bill Parcells, and who would have believed that two decades ago?

• Baseball needed this summer.

• And few things in sports are prettier than a golf course at twilight.