Armadillo: Monday's six-pack
College basketball referee Roger Ayers has worked 69 games this year, more than any official in the country, in roughly 88 days since season started around November 11. Here is part of Ayers' schedule from last week........think these guys are overworked? (home team in caps)
Jan 28-- Virginia 61, NC STATE 60
Jan 29-- NORTH CAROLINA 93, Georgia Tech 81
Jan 30-- WOFFORD 82, Western Carolina 56
Jan 31-- MARQUETTE 66, Seton Hall 59
Feb 1-- St John's 87, DEPAUL 51
Feb 2-- UL-LAFAYETTE 72, Denver 71
Lot of games, lot of running, lot of money. All in six days.
Armadillo: Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a Super Bowl Sunday........
13) The NFL is highly popular because anyone can win; Green Bay won LY's title; they're the smallest market in the league. Giants were 7-7 with two games left in the season, but they won their division, then won this year's tournament and are now World Champs for the fourth time.
12) Giants are 4-1 in Super Bowls; they trailed all five games at the half.
11) Lucky's Sports Book paid off 60-1 on a safety being the first score of the Super Bowl; who would bet money on something like this? Thought the odds on that would be lot higher than 60-1.
10) Letting the Giants score that last TD was sound strategy; Patriots did come fairly close to catching that Hail Mary pass on the last play. If they just sat there and let the Giants kick a 24-yard FG, it wouldn't have been the play that gave them the best chance to win.
Patriots will regret the missed Brady/Welker pass with 4:00 left when it was 17-15. They'll regret it for a long time, as in forever, every time that Super Bowl film airs.
9) Other than Tom Brady, who do the Patriots pay all their money to? They need more star players, no? They have to be pretty far under the salary cap.
8) The intentional grounding penalty on New England that resulted in the 2-0 Giants' lead had to set an all-time NFL record for longest pass thrown that was called intentional grounding.
Kurt Warner tweeted that he didn't like the call because the ball was down the middle. Can you ever remember seeing intentional grounding called on a pass thrown that far down the middle of the field? I can't.
7) I know yesterday was Super Sunday, but best story of the day was Kyle Stanley shrugging off last week's disaster, when he shot an 8 on the last hole to blow a sure thing, losing in a playoff. He won Phoenix Open Sunday, as Spencer Levin blew his 6-shot lead after three rounds.
Tremendous story, showing how keeping an even keel lets you bounce back from adversity. Stanley was distraught after his loss last week, but he bounced back in the best way possible this week. Good for him.
6) Miami Hurricanes won 78-74 in OT as a 12-point underdog at Duke, big win for the Canes' NCAA hopes. Bottom line, though, is that Duke isn't as good as usual- they struggle against really athletic teams, losing to Florida State and Miami, both at home.
5) Dumbest Super Bowl prop bet: You could have gotten 200-1 that no touchdowns would've been scored in this game. I would've booked those bets, then held my breath......a lot........lol.
4) He is supposedly a very nice man, but I can't stand Tony Dungy on TV; listening to Dungy is like listening to freakin' Mister Rogers, which is why I rarely watch NBC's ****/halftime stuff. Its not good.
3) What do other channels show during the Super Bowl? Not like anyone is watching; I saw World Series of Poker, World's Strongest Man, and the ESPN documentary on Chris Herren all being shown. Couple of years the figure skating championships were on. Now that figures.
Other stuff that was on during the Super Bowl.......
ABC-- America's Funniest Home Videos
TNT-- Three episodes of Law and Order
USA-- Three episodes of Law and Order/Special Victims Unit
Food Channel-- Cupcake Wars
Bravo-- Real Housewives of Atlanta
Spike Channel-- Auction Hunters
Did you know Oprah Winfrey has a private jet worth $42M?? Damn.
2) I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Coach Belichick has won zero Super Bowl titles since it was proven he is a cheater. Last time he won a title was 2004. Tom Brady ain't getting any younger. His career record in games not quarterbacked by Brady is ten games under .500.
1) Congrats to Tom Coughlin on winning his second Super Bowl title; he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame someday, deservedly so. He's taken a lot of grief from the frontrunning New York media/fans, but he persevered and is now at the pinnacle of his profession. Again.