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Saturday's List of 13: Random thoughts from Florida where the snow dont fall.....
13) Umpire Jerry Layne worked the plate for both Games 1-7 of World Series, meaning that someone thinks Layne is the best umpire in the big leagues. That somebody probably doesn't live in Texas, since Rangers are now 1-7 last eight times Layne worked the plate in a Texas game, and the Cardinals are 9-2 last 11 times he worked the plate for their games.
I'm not implying anything, just providing statisitics. You decide. Wish I realized this last night Greek.
12) Arthur Rhodes has been in the big leagues 21 years; the first batter he got out in the majors was Gary Pettis, on 8/21/91. Pettis is now first base coach for the Rangers. Pettis' nephew plays for the St Louis Rams.
11) Weird to hear that the last time Ron Washington addressed his team as a group was back in June. Guess he doesn't believe in meetings.
10) Philadelphia Flyers scored eight goals Thursday....and lost 9-8 to the Winnipeg Jets. Highest scoring NHL game since 1996.
9) Former players who work for ESPN are complaining loudly that the NFL has become too soft. Wonder if the commissioner will listen.
8) Memo to Houston Cougars; Letting your star QB throw nine TDs in a 73-34 game against a hideous opponent doesn't make your team look any better. Makes you look like bullies.
7) Underdogs are 10-1 vs spread in WAC games this season.
6) Boise State has asked about joining Big West in all sports but football, so they can join the Big East in football; Hawai'i is going to be doing that next year, which is why Boise asked. Looks like the Big East is going to add Central Florida, Houston and SMU, for better or worse. Don't think Boise will traumatize georgraphy teachers everywhere by moving east.
By the way, Hawai'i will be in the Big West in all sports except football; they'll be an independent in football, not joining the Big East.
5) Auburn scored 34.3 ppg in its four non-league games (3-1); they have scored 14.3 ppg in splitting their first four SEC games.
4) Underdogs covered Arizona's last seven visits to play at Washington; Wildcats are 3-4 SU, with all four losses by 4 or less points.
3) Lousiville's star freshman Wayne Blackshear is out for the year after he hurt his shoulder in practice. Big blow for Rick Pitino's Cardinals.
2) Strikes me as odd that Jerry West/Billy Beane, two of the better execs in pro sports, both avoid watching their teams' games. West's life story sounds very sad; I'll have to get his book and check it out. You'd think a guy as successful as West would have a terrific life.
1) Our thoughts and prayers go out to a couple of D-I basketball coaches, Billy Kennedy of Texas A&M and Mike Montgomery at Cal, both of whom have had medical problems since last season ended.
Okay....glad to see some of ya sent me an email with the big plays today. Figure until we
get some posting here on the express and forum not going to post em all.
We had a couple huge winners and you can just ask Greek, Donorman and even the Chief among others.
Tonight lets keep it rolling. And give you some of the better ones.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday......
13) Wisconsin had their hearts torn out a second straight Saturday, as Ohio State scored on a 40-yard pass with 0:20 left to stun the Badgers 33-29. It is one thing to run the score up on weakling Indiana, but when Wisconsin had tough games to win this month, they folded like a cheap suit.
12) 30-40 years from now, players/coaches from this year's Vanderbilt club will shake their heads over how they lost to Arkansas Saturday. This is the kind of game downtrodden programs screw up, retarding program's progess. Vandy led 28-20 and had the ball inside the Arkansas 10 when a Commodore fumble was run back 94 yards for a Razorback TD. Then the Vandy kicker missed a 27-yard FG with 0:08 to seal a brutal 31-28 defeat.
11) Every game Georgia wins helps Boise State's case with the BCS, so Broncos had to be happy Dawgs survived their horrendous special teams play to edge Florida 24-20. Georgia has now won six games in a row.
10) Underdogs continue to dominate the Clemson-Georgia Tech series, as the Tigers lost yet again in Atlanta, their first loss of the season.
9) Akron scored on the last play of the game to cut Central Michigan's lead to 23-22, then went for two to win the game but lost instead. Its a gutless move by the coach to go for the win right there, unless they have an awful kicker. Just play overtime and give your kids the best chance to win.
8) Texas A&M lost another game they led by 10+ points at the half- they lost 38-31 in OT to a Missouri team they led by 11 points at the half.
7) Illinois has now covered 12 of its last 14 games as a road underdog, but a shaky pass interference call on a 4th down play with 1:31 left gave Penn State a 10-7 win at snowy Happy Valley.
6) Rutgers led erratic West Virginia 31-21 at the half, then didn't score in the second half and lost 41-31. Mountaineers play lousy defense.
5) So does Baylor; Bears gave up 327 rushing yards on just 27 carries in a dreadful 59-24 drubbing at Oklahoma State. Game was 35-nil at the half.
4) Tennessee has now failed to cover their last eight games as a home dog.
3) Texas Tech beat Oklahoma in Norman last week, then came home and laid an egg Saturday, losing 41-7 at home to Iowa State. Handling success obviously isn't one of their strong suits.
2) Iowa Hawkeyes are now 0-3 on the road after a hideous 22-21 loss to a lousy Minnesota team. Sad to say but Iowa will be in a bowl game.
1) Stanford-USC was a tremendous game that just ended in such a bad way for Spooky. For a team on probation they have put together a great season and have played extremely well for a young, inexperienced team with limited depth.