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SPOOKY'S BACK FROM THE MADNESS OF WHAT IT WAS AND STILL IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXPRESS
Thoughts from this weekend sitting in the Punta Cana sportsbook: Before the games started
13) Someone explain to me why Jerry Sandusky isn't in prison.
12) Cool setting in San Diego for the outdoor game with Michigan State and North Carolina; game was sponsored by Quicken Loans, owned by the guy who owns the Cleveland Cavaliers and is a huge Michigan State alumnus. He tried to hire Tom Izzo to coach the Cavaliers in 2010.
11) Game was played on the USS Carl Vinson, a huge aircraft carrier with a flight deck of 4.5 acres. But who was Carl Vinson? He served fifty years as a Congressman from Georgia, and was a big supporter of the military. Guy lived until he was 98.
10) Fallout from NBA lockout: Mike Breen was broadcasting Duke game Friday on ESPNU, instead of an NBA game, like he usually would on a Friday night. Belmont is pretty good; we'll hear from them in March. On the flip side, Doris Burke's voice goes through me worse than fingernails on a chalkboard. Got reacquainted with the mute button last night.
9) Duke has three brothers on their team, the Plumlees. Its first time since 1958 a Division I hoop team has three brothers (siblings) on it.
8) Love watching games at Cameron Indoor just to see the reactions of the visiting coaches as their team gets screwed relentlessly by the officials. Its kind of like the swallows returning to Capistrano every year.
7) Phillies gave Jonathan Papelbon $50M for four years, as Red Sox are further taken apart. Next thing I expect the Marlins to announce that they acquired the Green Monster to put in their new ballpark.
6) There is good news somewhere!!!!! Nationals' catcher Wilson Ramos was rescued in the Venezuelan mountains and is apparently OK after he was kidnapped during the week. Pro ballplayers are targets of evil down there, because they have so much more money than everyone else.
5) Eldrick Woods was leading after two rounds of the Australian Open (it is summer there), but Saturday wasn't so good; Australian John Senden shot a 63, Woods ballooned to a 75, and he trails by six strokes after the third round of play. He may never win again. Seriously.
4) Pretty cool tripleheader at Mohegan Sun Friday. Three D-I college basketball games, all involving teams from the Nutmeg State. Yale beat Central Connecticut, Fairfield beat Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart beat the Hartford Hawks.
3) Duke hung on for dear life against Belmont, winning 77-76 over a very good Bruin squad. Belmont was a 13-seed LY; this score has to improve their seed by at least one slot, assuming their regular season is similar to what they did LY, when they dominated the Atlantic Sun. Belmont made only 6-19 from the arc, and still lost by a point. Good team.
2) Loyola Marymount went to the LA Sports Arena and handed it to UCLA, beating Bruins 69-58. Shocking score, really surprising. LMU has a fine coach in Max Good, but this wasn't close in the second half. Won't be long before Larry Brown is declaring interest in the UCLA job.
First time LMU beat UCLA since 1941. 19-freakin'-41.
1) Friday was 11-11-11. Happens once in a lifetime. I'm trying real hard to believe that our world is not going crazy, but there is evidence to the contrary.
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday
13) Second year in a row, Boise State lost its first game of year when they missed an easy FG on the last play of the game. TCU went to Boise and upset the Broncos 36-35. Good news for other BCS contenders.
12) Freshman QB Connor Halliday, who hadn't played since September 10, came off the bench on a cold, rainy night and completed 27-36 passes for 494 yards, four TDs as Washington State (+12) upset Arizona State 37-27. Coach Paul Wulff is rebuilding the Coogs and they're a lot better than they've been in years, at 4-6. Second straight horrible loss for ASU, who lost 29-28 at UCLA last week, missing a FG on the last play.
11) Texas A&M lost its third straight game, two of them in OT- Aggies are 5-5, 1-4 in games decided by four or less points or in OT. They could easily be 9-1, but now they're not even bowl eligible yet.
10) Same thing for Miami Hurricanes; they've lost five games, none by more than eight points. Miami lost 23-19 at Florida State, just the second time they've lost in their last six visits to Tallahassee.
9) Texas Tech beat the Sooners in Norman three weeks ago, then stopped playing, losing their next three games by combined score of 159-33; thats an average loss of 53-11. How can a team fall apart that quickly?
8) Baylor was down 24-3 after three quarters at Kansas, which would've been just a horrific loss, but Robert Griffin III rallied the Bears to a 31-30 win in OT, giving them six wins with three home games remaining. Losing to an awful Jayhawk team would've been hideous. Kansas went for two points and the win in OT, a ploy that usually fails.
7) NC State has now failed to cover its last 11 games as a road favorite, as the Wolfpack lost 14-10 at Boston College.
6) How does the Big East get a BCS slot? Only three of their eight teams have winning records, and one of those is Rutgers. Cincinnati is in first at 3-1, a half-game ahead of West Virginia, which beat the Bearcats 24-21 at Nippert Stadium Saturday. On a neutral field, Cincinnati would be a dog of 19 points to LSU, 16 to Georgia; they'd be pick 'em with Baylor. Thats using the Gold Sheet's power ratings, which are accurate.
5) How come every time I turn on my TV, I see Matt Millen? This guy is one of the worst executives in the history of sports, pro or college, and no matter what sport, but he works on ESPN, he works on NFL Network, like he invented football. Totally baffling.
4) Florida Gators are 1-5 in their last six games, with the only win a 26-21 escape job over Vanderbilt. Gators scored 12 or less points in four of the five losses. Next up is I-AA Furman, so Florida will be bowl eligible, but this is their worst team in 20+ years. Urban Meyer knew when to scoot.
3) LSU-Alabama took a lot out of each other last week; neither team beat the spread Saturday. Crimson Tide won a 24-7 snoozer at Mississippi St, while the Bayou Bengals pulled away from Western Kentucky, 41-9. The prospects of an LSU-Bama rematch were helped a lot Saturday when both Boise State and Stanford lost.
2) We talked earlier this week about how UAB, Arizona, UNLV were all road favorites, despite being horrible teams. Arizona/UNLV both lost on the up, while UAB rallied back from 35-17 down in 4th quarter to beat a truly terrible Memphis team, 41-35.
1) Andrew Luck is a really good college QB, no doubt, and he'll win the Heisman Trophy probably, but when I hear people say he's the best NFL prospect since John Elway, I want to laugh. No way is he that good. You are talking about 28 years of prospects. Media types get all carried away because the kid goes to a good academic school. Its laughable.
Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but.........
13) Denver is 3-1 with Tim Tebow starting at QB, 1-4 when Kyle Orton starts; the problem for John Elway/John Fox is this: How far do you think Tebow can take you, long-term? He is unquestionably a unique player who makes the Broncos hard to prepare for, but can you win a Super Bowl this way? If you decide to go in another direction, what do you do with Tebow? Would another team want him? Can you cut a starting QB who wins more than he loses? He probably gets talked about too much, but it surely will be an interesting decision for the Broncos.
12) Somewhere, Doug Flutie watches TV on Sundays and wishes he had gotten the chance that Tebow is getting.
11) Over 24,000 couples got married last Friday, on 11-11-11. Makes it lot harder for spouses to forget their anniversary.
10) Thanks to the forum guy who e-mailed me, correcting my lack of military knowledge; the USS Carl Vinson is an aircraft carrier, not a battleship. I’d like to say I knew the difference, but in reality, not so much. Now I know.
9) There have been three NFL games this year where a team didn’t score a TD and didn't try a field goal, a true shutout. Seahawks at Pittsburgh in Week 2, Raiders against Kansas City in Week 7, and the Colts against Atlanta in Week 9.
8) In their last three games, Ravens have forced only six 3/outs on 31 drives (19.4%). In their first six games, they forced 32 on 74 drives (43.2%). Forcing 3/outs helps you win the battle for field position, makes your offense’s job a little easier.
7) NFL Network’s special on Al Davis was interesting; it covered both sides of the man. Am guessing they re-did a lot of it after he passed away in early October. Hopefully the new ownership of the Raiders will hang onto coaches longer than Davis did in his later years.
6) I’m amazed at the amount of high school football that is played on artificial turf; I’m told a field costs about $250,000 to install. Lot of cash for a high school that might play five home games a year, maybe 7-8 down south.
5) One thing for sure; I don’t give a rat’s ass about the President’s Cup this weekend, and I’m guessing Eldrick Woods doesn’t either, though I’m sure his sponsors sure do.
4) Quite a brickfest in LA over weekend, at USC’s home opener. Cal-Northridge shot 4-21 from the arc, the Trojans were 0-15, but still won by 7. Not going to get too far in the Pac-12 shooting 0-15 from the arc.
Quick question: since Cal-Northridge’s nickname is Matadors, does that mean they play matador defense? They fouled USC 30 times in this game. Might’ve been smarter just to stand there and watch them hoist bricks?
3) This coming Saturday used to be THE DAY in college football, along with January 1; now thanks to the BCS, neither day is that much of a big deal. Most of the big rivalries have jumped forward to next week or the week after, extending the season a couple weeks. Having Rivalry Saturday as part of Thanksgiving weekend clutters things up a lot. Awful lot of stuff going on next weekend.
2) Over their first five games, Lions converted 23 of 57 third down plays (40.4%); in four games since then, they’re 11-56 (19.6%). Detroit has one of the better backup QBs in Shaun Hill; if Stafford has a broken index finger on his right hand, isn’t it stupid to let him start?
1) We wrote last week that Eagles’ lack of ball security in their Chicago loss was alarming; DeSean Jackson just seemed out of it, or even worse, indifferent. Now we find out he skipped a team meeting Saturday, and so he didn’t play against the Cardinals.
This is why the Rams drafted Donnie Avery instead of Jackson; there were signs in college Jackson could be a problem (bigger problem was that Avery wasn’t difficult, he just couldn’t play).
Well not unlike last night I am not rocking and rolling tonight with the game. Have a small opinion and will post it as such.
Cashed last nights MNF selection so lets see how this goes. And sharing a small play from my big brother in baskets.
Well Mr Spooky we nailed our first big CBB Play on the year with Weber State and Overall a 7-1 CBB Day..
So far on the CBB Season we stand at 24-9 Overall...Like i tell you.Now is the time to cash in on CBB when the lines are soft...
See Ya Wednesday with more Winners....
-- Marlins offered Jose Reyes $90M for six years. Interesting to see if he grabs it, or goes for the nine-figure offer.
-- Ben Roethlisberger has a fracture in his right thumb, will still play. If I remember right, Brett Favre played with this injury; said it affected the touch he could put on certain passes, but he still played.
-- According to ESPN, 34.3% of baseball fans only watch their favorite team play. 15.2% of NFL fans only watch their favorite team.
-- Joe Paterno's pension from Penn State? $554,000 a year
-- Tennessee's football team has been outscored 87-0 in second half of their last five games. Apparently, they lack depth.
-- Ole Miss suspended its starting QB and best RB for this week's game against LSU, which will make our weekly Les Miles quote a little less colorful. The next Ole Miss coach has quite a mess to clean up.
Wednesday's List of 13: Random thoughts from pair of bleary eyes
13) UCLA has already lost to LMU and Middle Tennessee State, so the Ben Howland/hot seat watch is officially underway. Howland suspended one of his best players, Reeves Nelson- its probably already seemed like a long season for him. Bruins just don't seem to enjoy playing.
12) Rough night for the SEC, with LSU losing at Coastal Carolina, South Carolina losing at Elon and Florida losing at Ohio State, Kentucky's win over Kansas helps, but not a whole lot. Go Phoenix!!!!!! Elon rocks
11) College basketball in Philadelphia is tough; Penn took Temple to OT Monday night, LaSalle took Villanova last night. Both favorites won, but games like that help both teams. Make you tougher for March.
10) Belmont lost by a point at Duke last week, but got squashed by the lightning-quick Memphis Tigers, who could breeze thru Conference USA again this season. We won't see Belmont again until early March, but if they can avoid a team with great athletes, they'll upset someone.
9) Wow, is West Virginia young; they've got only three players who were on last year's team. Seven freshmen, so they're going to have hard time in games against older teams. Teams like Kent State, who won by 10 in an early morning upset in Morgantown. .
8) Until the late 70's, NC State-Wake Forest-North Carolina-Duke had a season opening tournament every year, called Big 4 tournament. Made a lot of money for everyone. Thats why NC State opened with UNC/Duke in 1976. Not sure why Michigan State did it this year. Its overscheduling.
7) Was impressed by Washington State in their 89-81 loss at Gonzaga about 24 hours ago. Coogs showed a lot of heart; too bad they lost their really talented players, who left school early.
6) Iowa State got upset at Drake; its going to take Cyclones a while to get some chemistry, but they're too talented to lose to Drake. They've got a bunch of transfers from all over. Chemistry isn't instant or easy.
5) Weber State looks like the class of the Big Sky- they beat Utah State by 10 Tuesday night, a rare win over their in-state rivals.
4) Pepperdine beat Arizona State 66-60; rumors have Herb Sendek not so happy in Tempe. At this rate, the feeling's going to be mutual.
3) St Mary's looked terrific in pummeling Northern Iowa 57-41; have to see some more of the Gaels, but they're going to give Gonzaga a run for the money to win the WCC. .
2) Mike Krzyzewski went 38-47 in his first three years at Duke; he was making $48,000 a year. In today's world, he wouldn't have seen Year #4, but things have worked out pretty well for him. He even got a few raises.
1) The whole Coach K/903rd win thing would've been better had we not been subjected to so much of Robert M Knight. Can't figure out ESPN; Knight bullied the media for years. He offers no great insight on TV, other than it is smart to fake your shot. He says that 100 times a game. Why is he given the prime assignments? They have several better analysts.