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SPOOKY'S "YOU CAN'T TEACH STUPID" SUPER BOWL WEEKLY EXPRESS
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a suprisingly fun weekend......
13) Kyle Stanley earned $648,000 Sunday, but will probably remember it as one of the worst days of his life. Leading by three shots on the 18th hole, Stanley triple-bogeyed 18, then lost in a playoff in an unthinkable collapse, losing to Brandt Snedeker in a playoff. Trainwrecks are hard to turn away from, and this one was a classic.
12) David Mathis finished 125th on the PGA Money List LY, with his earnings of $715,404.25, so Stanley is just about assured of keeping his card for next year, but this would've been his first win, gotten him into the Masters and Kapalua next January and guaranteeing his card thru 2014, not to mention the extra $432,000 that Snedeker got for winning.
11) CBS stayed with the tournament until 7pm, when it was switched to the Golf Channel so 60 Minutes could start on time. Stuff like that never happened when Eldrick Woods plays in a tournament........
10).......speaking of which, that thud you heard around 7am Sunday was the heart of golf TV executives hitting the floor when Woods lost to the immortal Robert Rock in Abu Dhabi.
This was supposed to be the week that Woods won a real tournament, declared himself back to the old Tiger and got golf back into mainstream sports' front page, when people who don't normally follow golf follow Woods. Not so fast, as Woods lost a head-to-head match with one of the few golfers who doesn't wear a hat. Good for Rock, bad for golf.
9) One question about Rock; why doesn't he wear a hat? Golfers make a small fortune as human billboards; certainly someone has offered him lot of cash to wear their hat, especially playing in same foursome as Woods. He'll be in the Ryder Cup; wonder if he'll be wearing hats by then.
8) Then there was the tennis match from Australia that started around 3:45am here in New York and ended five hours and 53 minutes later, one of the greatest sporting events you'll ever see. Djokovic-Nadal was just a treat to watch, two great athletes competing at the highest level, with an extreme level of mental toughness on both sides.
Too bad they couldn't have just split the prize money and played for the trophy; they both deserved to win. Bad for Nadal, good for tennis.
7) One complaint about the Golf Channel's coverage from Abu Dhabi; they put the Golf Channel logo in the lower right hand part of the screen, right where the players' scores were often shown, so lot of the time, you couldn't see the players' scores. Upper right would've been a lot better, but then again, no one asked me.
6) When I was a kid, I wasn't allowed to watch the Three Stooges- they poked each other in the eyes, they hit each other with tools, they slapped each other in the head. Wonder what my late mom would've thought about the X Games, where guys do flips on snowmobiles? I'm guessing the Stooges would've seemed tame by comparison.
5) Is Blake Ahearn the greatest free throw shooter ever? He set all-time college record at Missouri State, and now has made 106 foul shots in row playing for in the NDBL, where he is leading the league in scoring. Why isn't he in the NBA? The Knicks couldn't use him? Detroit? Washington?
4) Referees handed Syracuse their 63-61 win over West Virginia Saturday, but fact remains, they're screwed unless Fab Melo gets eligible again- they got outrebounded 41-20 by the Mountaineers, an astounding statistic.
3) Pretty cool seeing Graeme McDowell shoot a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Abu Dhabi; over the last seven holes, he was -5, after being -6 for the tournament's first 65 holes.
2) European Tour is in Qatar next week, Dubai (no relation to Abu Dhabi) the week after that. I need to buy myself a damn globe.
1) So Eldrick Woods has now led 64 tournaments after three rounds, and won 55 of them; the big question is, will he ever win again? And the other question of the weekend is, after Sunday, will Kyle Stanley ever win?
-- Mike Brey is doing a good job with Notre Dame; his Irish team upset UConn 50-48 Sunday, his undermanned Irish are now 6-3 in Big East.
-- AFC won the Pro Bowl 59-41; NHL All-Star Game ended up 12-9. I'd tell you more, but I saw a combined four minutes of the two games.
-- Not sure what it says about an All-Star Game when two players are captains, and they choose sides, like on the playground.
-- Oregon State won at Oregon for only second time in last eight years, are now 14-7 as Craig Robinson has made Beavers into a running team, and in the process, a better team, and more fun to watch.
-- Cavaliers scored last 12 points of game to beat the Celtics 88-87 to put Boston back under .500 at 9-10. Rookie Irving, who played half a year at Duke but never played in an ACC game, had 23 for the Cavs.
-- Lakers won at Minnesota, just their second win in eight games away from the Staples Center.
College Dorm Dirty Dozen: Wrapping up a sports Saturday as I arrive back home from college........
12) Game of the night was in Des Moines, where Drake upset Wichita State 93-86 in triple OT, despite Rayvonte Rice going 5-23 from floor (he was 9-12 from the line). First loss of the month for the Wheatshockers.
11) Illinois-Minnesota need to play in Big Dozen tourney, because both of their games in regular season went OT. Gophers held Illinois to 3-21 on the arc in getting their fourth win in their last five games. 77-72 in OT.
10) Tough travel week for UNLV and San Diego State, with two trips to the Rocky Mountains; Aztecs got zapped in Fort Collins by Colorado State, while the Rebels survived OT at the Air Force Academy, second OT win of the week for UNLV. They were very tired at the end.
9) Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg has rebuilt his alma mater's basketball team quickly, using a lot of transfers, best of which is Royce White, who came to Ames from Minnesota after suffering from anxiety disorders and other off-the-court problems. White has turned things around and Iowa State is vastly improved, especially in Hilton Coliseum.
8) Congrats to Towson State, which ended its 41-game losing streak with a home win Saturday; losing sucks, hard to imagine going 14 months since your last win. Towson is in Baltimore; they should have better players.
7) Washington ended a 5-year skid in Tucson by beating Arizona 69-67, its fifth win in its last six games overall. Pac-12 doesn't have any superior teams, but Washington's athleticism probably makes them #2 behind Cal.
6) Murray State is still unbeaten; looking forward to Monday night, when they announce the Bracket Buster matchups. Murray State will likely be an underdog in its game against St Mary's or Wichita State or VCU.
5) Keystone Giants, coached by a buddy, are now 16-2 after pounding a team from Philadelphia Bible School 100-57; Giants have won 12 games in a row. A revenge game with rival Cabrini College awaits February 15. Not sure how Christian it is to beat a bible college by 43, though.....lol
4) Underdogs are 24-9-2 against the spread in ACC games this season.
3) Biggest upset of the day was 14-point underdog Rhode Island's 86-81 win at Dayton; 12-point home dog Samford upset Davidson, and in the Big X, 11-point underdog Oklahoma won at Kansas State.
2) Watched the Akron-Central Michigan game on my laptop; ESPN has to get more MAC games on TV. These teams played glorified pickup; it is obvious they just recruit the best athletes possible, fill in with a shooter here and there and try to teach as they go along. Akron's shooting at the foul line kept the Chippewas in the game, but Central Michigan is awful, other than the coach's son, the Zeigler kid.
But if you don't care who wins, its fun to watch.
1) Worst call of the season so far, and there better not be a worse one, was non-call on a goaltending play that cost West Virginia a tying basket in the last 0:10 of their 63-61 loss in the Carrier Dome. Inexcusable for an official, actually three of them, to miss an easy call in such a big spot.
Spooky and an Armadillo List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind.......
13) Mike Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers; he’s 82 and he’d like to win a World Series fairly soon, for obvious reasons, which is why he over-extended a little bit in giving Prince Fielder $214M this week. Between Fielder/Cabrera/Verlander, Detroit will be paying three guys $65M a year for the next three years, which makes it logical that Victor Martinez will likely wind up getting traded when his knee gets better.
12) This Wednesday (February 1) is National Signing Day in college football; ESPNU and CBS College Sports both have eight hours of live coverage, starting at 9am. This is a very big deal in the south; up here in the northeast, not so much. Games in 2015-16 will be decided by what happens next week.
11) So Hank Haney wrote a book about Eldrick Woods, which seems controversial until you’re told he isn’t discussing Eldrick’s personal life, just his golf. Oh. Thanks but no thanks.
10) Someone took a survey is which 19% of those who responded said they would miss a funeral to watch the Super Bowl. That’s ridiculous; the Super Bowl is played on a Sunday night; there are not many funerals on Sunday nights.
9) Was watching a replay of an old March Madness game last week, UNC-Wilmington/Maryland, and I heard Billy Packer’s voice for the first time in a long time. CBS made a mistake getting rid of him, because they don’t have any other analysts who are as good as he was.
Guess they thought people just got sick of listening to him, which I’m not sure was true. Sometimes he seemed like your grumpy uncle, but thats not always a bad thing.
8) If you break down the 49ers’ +28 turnover ratio this year, you’ll see they picked off 23 passes, recovered 15 fumbles, while throwing only five picks themselves, in a remarkable season for Alex Smith. +28 is going to be tough to duplicate next season.
7) Teams that forced the most fumbles this season: Ravens, with 21, followed by Vikings/Jaguars/49ers/Jets, all with 19.
Least fumbles forced? Chargers/Raiders, with 7 each.
6) Best teams in turnover ratio this year:
49ers, +28, Packers +24, Patriots +17. Lot of wins in that group.
5) Teams with worst turnover margin:
Bucs -16, Redskins/Eagles -14, Cardinals/Steelers -13. Not so many wins in that group, except for Pittsburgh.
4) Hard to believe, but the Saints fumbled only six times in 16 regular season games.
3) Odds on Detroit Tigers winning the World Series dropped from 14-1 to 9-1 as soon as the Prince Fielder signing was announced.
2) Former NFL QB Jon Kitna is going back to his old high school in Washington to become a Math teacher and looks like the frontrunner to be the school’s new football coach. Good to see someone retire with a good head on his shoulders and a plan for the future.
1) Michigan Wolverines play lot of close basketball games; five of their last seven games were decided by either 1 or 2 points, including each of their last three wins.
Tuesday's List of 13: Using numbers to follow the bouncing ball
13) What college basketball players take the highest percentage of their team’s shots? Collin Chiverton (Eastern Washington) 38.4%, Faisel Aden, Washington State 38.0%, Quincy Roberts, Grambling 37.8% are the top three.
12) Weber State’s Darian Lillard (24.8) leads the country in scoring, followed by Oakland’s Reggie Hamilton (24.0) and Doug McDermott (23.5) of Creighton.
11) In the NBA, Kobe Bryant (30.2) leads the league in scoring, followed by Lebron James (29.5), Kevin Durant (26.3) and Kevin Love (25.3).
10) Who are the NBA’s best assist men? Steve Nash (9.9) leads, followed by Rajon Rondo (9.4), Ricky Rubio (8.8) and Deron Williams/Chris Paul (both 8.5).
9) In college ball, Iona’s Scott Machado leads the nation with 9.9 apg, followed by Kendall Marshall (9.7) of North Carolina and Jesse Sanders of Liberty (8.1)
8) What college players play the highest percentage of their team’s games? Brad Loesing of Wofford plays 96.8% of the time, Bryce Cotton of Providence 95.3%, Maurice Jones of USC 94.7; that’s often a bad sign, an omen that teams don’t enough depth to give the starters proper rest.
7) In the NBA, Kevin Love leads the league with 39.7 mpg, followed by Kobe Bryant (38.6), Monta Ellis and Luol Deng (38.3 mpg).
6) As for rebounders, Dwight Howard leads the NBA with 15.5 boards a game, followed by Love 13.8, Andrew Bynum (12.2) and Blake Griffin (11.3).
5) Siena’s OD Anoskie leads the college rebounders with 12.9 caroms/game, followed by Thomas Robinson (11.8) of Kansas and Mike Moser (11.7) of UNLV.
4) Kendrick Perkins leads the NBA with seven technical fouls, most in the NBA; there are five guys tied for second with five technicals; three of those five guys (Anthony/Chandler/Stoudemire) play for the Knicks.
3) Best 3-point shooters in college ball? Kris Davis of SI-Edwardsville is 36-62 (58.1%), followed by Matt Roth of Indiana (27-47, 57.4%) and Arizona’s Branden Lavender (29-54, 53.0%).
2) Jamal Crawford leads the NBA with a 94.9% mark on foul shots; he is followed by JJ Redick 54-57 (94.7%), Kevin Martin 72-77 (93.5%) and Anthony Morrow (37-40, 92.5%).
1) Who is the best college foul shooter? Robby Ptacek of Central Connecticut is 97-105 (92.4%), followed by Holton Hunsaker of Utah Valley (59-64, 92.2%) and Iowa State’s Scott Christopherson (54-59, 91.5%).