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-- Colts’ season ticket holders have to have money in for their 2012 season tickets six days before the team’s deadline on whether or not to pay Peyton Manning his $28M bonus.
-- Iona was up 17 at the half on Manhattan, but Jaspers rallied to upset the host Gaels 75-72; big win for former Louisville aide Steve Masiello.
-- Give up 70 points in a bowl game, your defensive coordinator gets fired. Clemson canned Kevin Steele; maybe he should just trade jobs with Washington’s ex-DC, Nick Holt, who got the boot after his Huskies gave up 67 points to Baylor.
-- Indiana beat Kentucky/Ohio State at home but lost to 11-point dog Minnesota by 3; harder to be the hunted than the hunter.
-- St Mary's hammered Gonzaga 83-62, getting a leg up on the regular season title in the WCC; Gaels have also beaten BYU in Moraga.
-- Former used car salesman Alan R Selig will be baseball commissioner for three more years, when he’ll be 80. Hopefully by then he’ll get his college buddy Lew Wolff (A’s owner) a baseball stadium in San Jose.
Friday's List of 13: Random thoughts with the weekend here....
13) Its been six years since the defending Super Bowl champ won a playoff game; the defending champs are riding a 4-game playoff losing streak. Packers will do their best to break that streak Sunday afternoon in Lambeau.
12) Xavier hoop coach Chris Mack tore the patella tendon in his knee dunking during a Musketeer practice last week; he had surgery Sunday and is now coaching while hurt. That can’t be much fun.
11) How is it possible that one-time superagent Leigh Steinberg declared bankruptcy? You mean to tell me that I have more money than a guy who the agent who, at one point, was agent for most of the starting QBs in the NFL? That seems laughable, but apparently it is true. Wow.
10) Broncos go to Foxboro Saturday; CBS is praying for a Tebowtime ratings bonanza here, instead of a 45-7 Patriots’ win. Either way, the sight of hideous Josh McDaniels, OC of this year’s 2-14 Rams, rehabilitating his career by standing next to Tom Brady should be enough to make me puke once or twice.
9) Miami Heat lost in OT against both Warriors/Clippers already this week; their game in Denver tonight should be a good one. Hope Nuggets’ owner Stan Kroenke has hired a football coach (he owns the Rams, too) by tipoff.
8) Speaking of the Nuggets, JR Smith is still playing over in China, because the contract he signed over there didn’t have lockout language in it; apparently, his sister got into a fracas in the stands during a game recently, and Smith had to go into the seats to calm her down. Sounds like great fun. I know them both very well. His sister Stephanie was almost going to work for me in the office but I was not hiring at the time. And little did I think that JR would become an NBA player. Just didnt see that coming.
7) Looking ahead, Sunday February 26 is the Daytona 500, the NBA All-Star Game and finals of the World Golf Match Play tournament. Should be a good day.
6) UNLV-San Diego State will be terrific Saturday afternoon from Viejas; Mountain West is deep with good but not great teams this year.
5) Tyler Yates/Joe Flacco vs the Raven/Texan defenses makes you want to play the under, doesn’t it?
4) Somewhere, somehow, scumweasel agent Scott Boras needs to get Prince Fielder signed, because many want to start planning their fantasy baseball team for this year, and can’t do that until they know where all the 1B’s wind up.
3) Erik Compton is playing in Hawai’ian Open this weekend; wouldn’t be awesome if he won? Does anyone know whose heart he has? Seriously, how awesome would he be if he won a tournament and the family of the heart donor was there to share the moment with him? (Compton shot +1 in Thursday's 1st round, is T80th).
2) President Obama’s campaign raised $42M, just in the last three months of 2011. Going to be a long year of bad TV commercials with hideous politicians making promises they aren't going to keep.
1) Saints go to Candlestick as a rare road favorite in this round, the first in at least a decade; will the elements throw off their offense? Will there even be elements, other than sun? Can the 49er defense/special teams continue to carry the offense? This will be an interesting result.