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SPOOKY'S PETRINO IS A SORE LOSER COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEKLY EXPRESS
-- Happy birthday to Vin Scully, who turned 84 on Tuesday.
-- Jaguars were 9,800 fans short of a sellout for Monday night's game with San Diego; wonder if firing Jack Del Rio sold any tix Tuesday.
-- New owner of the Jags is Shahid Kahn, who made his fortune in the car parts business. He invented the seamless bumper. Kahn tried to buy the Rams in 2010, but Stan Kroenke had right of first refusal.
-- Colts will start Dan Orlovsky at QB this week; he last started for the 2008 Lions......you know, the 0-16 Lions. Whoops.
-- There is a Nathan Forrest HS in Jacksonville. Mr Forrest was the first Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan. Terrific.
-- Redskins have turned the ball over 2+ times in each of their last eight games (minus-11). Hard to win that way.
Wednesday's Spooky Dozen: Nobody asked me, but the Armadillo is talking about........
12) Former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez spent this season as a studio analyst at CBS College Sports; he did an interview with his old crew last week, after he was named new coach at Arizona. Whole interview was laughter and busting on RichRod, which he took with great humor. Was fun to watch; great to see someone in his position who doesn’t take himself so seriously.
11) Saint Louis Billikens are in college hoops’ top 25 for first time since 1994; they responded to that by losing at LMU Tuesday night.
10) In case you missed it, competitive eater Kobiyashi consumed 7.5 pounds of turkey in ten minutes last week, which apparently is a world record, so congrats to him on that.
9) Few things are more annoying than getting e-mails from the NBA Store during the lockout.
8) It seems impossible, but DePaul is 2-52 in Big East play the last three years; saw them play this past weekend, and they’re going to make a jump this year. They’ve gotten a lot better.
7) Hulk Hogan had to fork over $10.4M plus a 40% stake in all of his businesses as part of his divorce settlement. On plus side, he doesn’t have to pay alimony. Thats a very expensive divorce.
6) Why don’t Idaho/Idaho State play basketball against each other? Seems like it would be natural/profitable for the teams to play. Same for Indiana/ Indiana State and Ohio/Ohio U?
5) If you think you’re having a bad day, check this out. Posted this yesterday. Akron football coach Rob Iannello got fired via phone, as he was driving from Akron to New York to attend his mother’s funeral. Days don’t get much worse than that.
4) Seems to me that if Alabama were to beat LSU in the BCS bowl game, then the teams should split the national title, since they would’ve split two games against each other. Either that, or find a free stadium, free up three hours of TV time and play again the day before the Super Bowl. Who would be against that?
3) The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced Urban Meyer is this generation’s Larry Brown, a winning coach who never stays for long. In my mind, Florida is a better job than Ohio State, but I’m big on warm weather. Ohio State is headed for probation; we'll see how long Meyer lasts in Columbus.
2) NBA training camps open December 9; think more so than usual, there’s going to be a lot of conditioning work going on. Read stuff during lockout about some players being 20-30 pounds overweight.
1) Only 17 days until the first three bowl games are played. Just thought you’d like to know.
Lets start making some picks. Not ready for college basketball so not gonna throw out something I am picking out of a hat.
Here are a few for this week. Looking at Cincinnati, Wisconsin and even UCLA but will update thread as I go along this week.
Friday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........
13) Best golf tournament of the year is this week, but it doesn’t get much attention; its Q School in La Quinta, CA, featuring 172 pros competing for 25 spots on next year’s pro tour. Guys actually playing for their careers, guys who in some cases had to scrape up the money just to pay the entry fee to get into Q School.
High drama, worth watching this weekend. By the way, of 172 entrants this weekend, four of them have already won majors in their career; that’s how competitive the world of pro golf is.
12) Half the NBA teams have at least $5M in cap room to spend, so there will be a short period of free agent frenzy once the NBA officially goes back to work. Next week is going to be a very busy week.
11) By the way, would it kill the league to produce the revised season schedule already? Or are they waiting until after this week’s NFL games to gain maximum publicity?
10) 11-0 Packers have punted only two times on their first series of the game; they’ve scored six TD’s, kicked a FG, lost a fumble, were stopped on downs once and punted twice. That’s great preparation by their offensive coaches.
9) Saints scored seven touchdowns Monday night against the Giants; Rams have scored only 11 TD’s all season, but three of them came when they beat the Saints 31-21 in Week 8, in a game that was 24-0 at one point. Go figure.
8) TV advertisers spent $805M on NBA broadcasts last year; lot of that money has gone elsewhere since the lockout started, but now the NBA is trying to get it back. Curious to see how successful they are.
7) I didn’t believe this when I first read it, but apparently UCLA doesn’t have a 100-yard football field to practice on. Just doesn’t seem possible, but its true.
6) Tough times for UCLA sports; the football team just fired its coach, second coach in a row who was an alumnus. Basketball team looks dead playing in front of sparse crowds (3,000+ for Pepperdine Monday) at the LA Sports Arena while Pauley Pavilion is being refurbished. You wonder if Ben Howland will still be coaching in Westwood when the Bruins start playing in Pauley again next fall.
5) When Rhode Island got waxed by Cleveland State Sunday, it was first time in 224 games the Rams didn’t make at least one 3-point basket. URI is 1-6 after losing to Brown; they’ve been horrible on defense so far.
4) This is Dana Altman’s second year coaching the Oregon Ducks; six players have already left the program. Not sure whats up out there, but the Nike people threw a lot of money into building that new arena, and if the Ducks keep losing players, its going to be awful hard to win games, which makes it hard for the coach to keep his job.
Altman is a Midwestern guy; we’ll see if he succeeds in the Pac-12.
3) Cubs signed David DeJesus to a 2-year contract, and declared him the everyday rightfielder. Why? His play for the A’s this past year was average at best. Just don’t understand this move; if he couldn’t help Oakland, a team desperate for offense, why would the Cubs want him?
2) Angels traded 22-year old pitcher Tyler Chatwood to Colorado for catcher Chris Iannetta; have to be wary of any position players coming from Colorado—their offensive numbers just aren’t going to be as good as they were at Coors Field. Rumor is Rockies will sign Ramon Hernandez to be their catcher in 2012.
1) Nobody asked me, but if I had a vote for the Hall of Fame, I may vote for Tim Raines. Thought he was a great player, an offensive difference-maker.