Saturday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind.......
13) Interesting prop bet. Bookmaker is giving 7-1 odds this week that Tony Romo will throw a pick-6 at Foxboro Sunday.
12) Giants have converted 16 of 40 third down chances in their three wins; in their two losses, only 2 of 22.
11) Too damn many rougher-the-passer penalties are being called in the NFL; except for helmet-to-helmet hits, the league needs to let players play and football be football.
10) Former Boston College basketball coach Al Skinner is now an AAU coach, which lot of people thought he was when he was drawing checks from BC. Another former BC coach, Jim O’Brien, is now the coach at D-III Emerson College in the Boston area.
9) Florida State has become a good defensive team under coach Leonard Hamilton, who coached the Wizards when Michael Jordan was running that show; Seminoles’ Midnight Madness show Friday was billed as “Jam with Coach Ham”. FSU needs one explosive scorer to break through in the ACC.
8) Guess I don’t understand business. Columbus Blue Jackets drew on;y 9,187/8,986 fans to their first two home games; why would a team that draws this poorly not move to Hamilton, Saskatoon or Quebec City? They wouldn’t draw under 10,000 fans in those hotbeds of hockey. Whats preventing this from happening?
7) New York Rangers opened the NHL season in Europe; they play on Long Island Saturday, then start a swing thru western Canada- they don’t play in their home building until October 27. Then there are the Maple Leafs, whose first five games are at home- they don’t visit foreign ice until October 20.
6) According to The Gold Sheet, Al Davis never owned more than 47% of the Raiders.
5) If you like pro football, SoundFX is good show on NFL Network Wednesday nights; it features three players/coaches who were miked during the previous week’s games. Mostly interesting stuff to listen to.
4) Only in the Boston media could firing a manager and letting a GM walk to another franchise be seen as “a thermonuclear aftermath”. Nothing like overreacting to everything.
3) Sometimes teams win despite organizational dysfunction; Dick Vermeil never coached the Rams again after he won Super Bowl 34. Dick Williams bolted the A’s after consecutive World Series titles in 1972-73. Obviously some of this dysfunctional stuff was going on when the Red Sox won in 2007, but their talent overcame it. Losing exposes flaws and the media runs with it and heads roll. If Boston had made the playoffs, we wouldn’t know anything about these players' clubhouse hijinks.
2) Nelson Cruz has 11 homers in his first 25 playoff games; he threw the go-ahead run out from medium-depth right field late in Game 4. Too bad he doesn’t play in New York or Boston; he might actually become well-known.
1) If I was managing the Brewers, I’d sleep well every night, except those nights when I gave Albert Pujols a chance to beat me. You cannot pitch to him in any big spot. He’s that good.
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