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SPOOKY EXPRESS SWEET SIXTEEN THOUGHTS AND MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY
Spooky Express Sweet Sixteen Music Video of the Day and random thoughts
If you saw the new hit movie Divergent then you heard this song
-- Baseball season starting Monday will be like seeing old friends again for the first time in six months; the MLB Extra Innings package is some of the best money I spend all year. Looking forward to watching the A’s every night, but also enjoy broadcast crews with Arizona, the Mets, Marlins, Royals, Padres and Giants.
-- Will be interesting if Phil Jackson decides the Knicks’ best course going forward is without Carmelo Anthony and his 23-44 career playoff record.
-- Ralph Wilson paid $25,000 for the Buffalo Bills in 1959; they’re worth around $800M now. Will be a sad day if the next owner of the team moves them out of western New York.
-- Mavericks beat Oklahoma City in OT Tuesday night; Thunder was +13 in the 27:00 Derek Fisher was on the floor, -22 in the 26:00 he was on the bench. Nick Collison (+5) was the only other Thunder player who was plus in the game.
-- Over last three NCAA tournaments, #1 seeds are 5-5 SU in this round, 2-8 vs spread.
-- Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan is 1-4 in this round, with underdogs covering all five games; his lone win was over NC State nine years ago.
-- Three SEC teams that made the NCAAs are 7-0, which has SEC fans chirping; however their four teams in the NIT all lost in second round. Not as important, but it shows the lack of depth the league has.
-- Bryce Harper got thrown out of a spring training game Wednesday for arguing a call at first base on a grounder he hit to second. I’m guessing that instant replay will result in less ejections, right?
-- Thursday's circus will be Johnny Manziel's pro day at Texas A&M; hell, George W Bush is going to be there. ESPN might implode today. LOL
-- Probably the biggest change in baseball this season is the new instant replay system; teams will have an “eye in the sky”, a replay coach to advise managers whether to use their challenge on reviewable plays. Going to be very interesting to see how this all plays out.
-- A by-product of instant replay is that eight new umpires were hired; umpire crews will rotate in/out of the “war room” in New York City, where they will review replays and make decisions. That has to be pretty good duty for umps, who conceivable could go full games with no calls to make.
-- Miami’s 21-year old Jose Fernandez will be NL’s youngest Opening Day starting pitcher since Dwight Gooden in 1986.
-- We killed it last week with our picks as the tournament got started. Not sure we can duplicate that but we will try. Come back later with some plays.
Spooky Express watching as some teams go Timber as they close out the Sweet Sixteen thoughts
Spooky Express Plays
Michigan pk (moneyline)
-- At $31M a year, and figuring 32 starts a year, Clayton Kershaw will earn roughly $968,750 per start over the length of his contract; well, he’s already scratched from start #2 with a back problem. Not a good start to this season, or the lucrative contract.
-- Its amazing how much coverage ESPN gives the NFL; a half hour show every weekday in March?
-- Johnny Manziel threw in helmet and pads at his on-campus pro day; why doesn’t everyone do this? There really is a wildly varying difference of opinion on his NFL prospects. I think he's going to be good.
-- Cleveland Browns must have their minds made up on Manziel, seeing as they didn’t bother to show up at his pro day. Rumor has them bringing Manziel to Cleveland for a day next month, but still, you’d think they’d like to gather all the information they can.
-- Tyler Ennis is going pro? Already? Very bad news for Syracuse.
-- Surprised to read about dysfunction in the Golden State Warriors’ camp; ownership hasn’t given Mark Jackson a contract extension, even though he’s helped them improve a lot, because they’re expecting even more than they’re getting. Maybe they should petition for a move to the Eastern Conference and their prospects would improve a lot. Seriously, meddling bosses are a pain in the butt, in any career.
-- Stanford was 500-1 to win the NCAA tournament before it started; wins over New Mexico/Kansas dropped the Cardinal to 70-1. Dayton dropped the Cardinal right out of the tournament. Will the Flyers be able to keep its coach Archie Miller, or will a big money school steal him away?
-- Pacers-Heat game Wednesday night earned ESPN its second biggest NBA ratings night this season.
-- Red flag for the Pacers; Evan Turner was 4-10 from the floor in the Miami game; other three Indiana subs who played were a combined 1-10. They’ll need lot more bench production if they get into a best-of-7 series with Miami, or the Nets for that matter.
-- Zach Bohannon doesn’t play a lot for the Wisconsin Badgers, but he’s been in 13 games this year. Arena security wouldn’t let him into Wisconsin’s closed shoot around until he took the label off his bottled water, since he didn’t have NCAA-approved water, which is very hard to believe, but apparently it happened. I mean it’s a closed shoot around; who was going to see his water bottle?
-- Anyone know which network televises The Masters? LOL
-- Miguel Cabrera signed a 10-year, $298M contract with the Tigers, whose owner (Mike Ilitch) is 84 years old. Am guessing Ilitch wants to see the Tigers win a World Series before its too late for him. If this becomes a bad contract eight years from now, chances are it won't be Ilitch's problem.