12/28/2011 06:15 PM
Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack
-- Saints are selling t-shirts commemorating Drew Brees’ passing yardage record; they’re charging freakin’ $32—for a t-shirt!!!! Wonder if selling the shirts had anything to do with New Orleans running the score up to set the record Monday night instead of this Sunday.
-- Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio is going to have become more of a shooting threat for Minnesota, but he can really pass.
-- Looks like Miami Heat may have hit the jackpot with Cleveland St. rookie Norris Cole; he had 20 rebounds in a game LY for the Vikings, even though he is only 6-2.
-- Teams who played the night before are 2-4 vs spread when playing a team that had the previous night off.
-- Bengals are letting season ticket holders buy two tickets for price of one for this week’s game with Baltimore. They’ve only sold 72% of tickets for their first seven home games- they want a sellout this week.
-- Pawn Stars is a terrific TV show, but its spawned so many imitation shows, there may be a Pawn Stars Network soon. Latest one is Cajun Pawn Stars, debuting in a couple weeks on History Channel.
Armadillo: Wednesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but.........
13) Last April 13, Sacramento Kings played their last home game, which most people assumed would be the Kings’ last-ever game in Sacramento, before they moved to Anaheim. TV announcers Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds were actually close to tears as they signed off, with fans coming up to them and thanking them—it really was a moving thing to see, so it was a little odd Monday to sit there and watch the Kings beat the Lakers in Sacramento in this season’s opener.
Apparently, the Maloofs financial problems prevent them from getting out of their Sacramento lease, so the Kings stay put for now.
12) Through his first two games, Kings are +7 with Jimmer Fredette on the court, and -20 with him on bench. He's played 26-24 minutes in his first couple games.
11) Looking at NBA Opening Day rosters, Duke (16) has the most alums in the league, followed by Kentucky/UCLA (both 15).
10) Back in August, if you were going to guess which three NFL receivers would lead the league in receiving yardage, no one, and I mean not even his own family, would’ve pegged Victor Cruz to be 3rd in the NFL going into the last week of the season.
9) Has an NFL team ever won a division title when they were favored to win in only five of 16 games? Denver has a chance to do it this year. Hell, the 4-11 Browns have been favored six times.
8) A bettor from Texas laid down $10,000 on the Broncos to win this season’s Super Bowl, he got 17-1 odds, but this was before the Broncos’ debacle in Buffalo Sunday.
7) NFL Network did a bit on its Sunday morning show where Steve Mariucci played Santa Mooch, giving out gifts to show’s other analysts; tremendous TV, very funny.
6) NBA players/coaches get fined $2,000 for each of their first five technical fouls; after that, its $3,000 a pop for technicals #6-10.
5) New York Giants have played two games in New York State in the last 20 years; in 1996/2003, both in Buffalo. Do people in New Jersey care about this?
4) I’ve had DirecTV since August 22, but since I’m not terribly bright, I just realized Saturday night that there are 20 movie channels on my TV that I wasn’t aware of, so finally got to see The Blind Side late Saturday night. Very good movie.
3) HBO does a very good job following the NHL’s Flyers/Rangers around, as they lead up to the outdoor game in Philadelphia Monday. Its good TV, but better to watch late at night, when they don’t bleep out the coaches’ expletives in locker room speeches. During the day, they edit out the cursing. Funny thing is, there’s more cursing in VH1’s Mob Wives than there is on this show.
2) Saints led archrival Atlanta 38-16 with roughly 8:00 left Monday night; my thought was that Sean Payton wouldn’t throw (and risk injury to Drew Brees) against his biggest rival with the game in bag, and he’d wait until Sunday to let Brees break single season passing record, especially since there’s a good chance Saints-Falcons will meet again in the playoffs in two weeks. Not so much. Payton wanted the record Monday night and he eventually got it, but the Saints looked cheesy in doing so.
1) When something like that happens, why don’t the TV people have enough sense to show the two head coaches shaking hands after the game? Jon Gruden mentioned during the game that Atlanta might not be overjoyed by the Saints’ tactics; why not see if something happens?
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: