04/04/2012 06:59 PM
Armadillo: Wednesday's six-pack
Top six college basketball teams for next year, according to espn.com
6) NC State—Honeymoon is over for Mark Gottfried. Now expectations will be unreal for the Wolfpack.
5) Ohio State—Lot depends on who comes back and who bolts for NBA.
4) Kentucky—Wildcats will be reason one-and-down gets repealed.
3) Kansas—Far exceeded expectations this year, which increases in 2013.
2) Louisville—Dieng figures to be a dominant force in the middle.
1) Indiana—Big Dozen hasn’t won national title since Michigan State in 2000. When recruiting is over, Kentucky might be back on top here.
Armadillo: Wednesday's List of 13: Random thoughts on a sunny spring day........
13) Naysayers claim baseball is dying in this country. Reds just gave Joey Votto $225M for 10 years, Giants gave Matt Cain $112M for five; that will buy you a lot of medicine.
12) Critics point to Cain’s 69-73 lifetime record; optimists look at his ERA the last three years: 2.89/3.14/2.88 and his durability and age (28). Over the last three years, Votto hit .363 with runners in scoring position. Both seem like solid investments.
11) Was it me, or did John Calipari look very uncomfortable on the podium, waiting to be awarded the national championship trophy? Not sure why, just thought he did. Hope he gets to enjoy it a little before recruiting starts.
10) Not to beat a dead horse, but the Samuels kid on Kansas State got suspended over a cruddy $200, while the NCAA sells the rights to being the official scissors and the official ladder to cut down the championship nets after the game Monday night. I’m not kidding, there is an officially licensed scissors for cutting down the nets.
9) Detroit Pistons’ coach Lawrence Frank has a rule for players: When talking to the media, you must always mention at least one teammate in a positive way. Frank would be an excellent college coach.
8) Out of the 6.45M brackets entered on espn.com, 35.1% of them had Kentucky winning it all.
7) How does a major league team not have a third baseman? Right now, the A’s are using a converted catcher there, after Scott Sizemore blew out his ACL during spring’s first workout. I’d try and trade for the Mets’ Justin Turner. If not, just make Wes Timmons the 3B; guy spent last winter as a substitute school teacher. Perfect for the low budget A's.
6) Redskins are reducing the capacity at Fed Ex Field for second year in row, taking out 4,000 seats; in 2010, capacity was 91,000; last year it was 83,000. This fall, it’ll be 79,000.
5) Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos has scored 46 goals with the Lightning at even strength, the most in a season by any NHL player since 1993.
4) Most college conference moves hurt a school’s basketball program, but Georgia State moving to the Sun Belt actually helps, moving the Panthers from the tough CAA to the much softer Sun Belt Conference. Former Alabama coach Bill Curry is Georgia State’s football coach.
3) CBSSports.com ran an interesting article this week on a guy in California who gets $200 a day to mentor college-age quarterbacks on the nuances of the position, hopefully getting them ready for the pros. Reminds me of the old TV show The Rockford Files, when James Garner got $200 a day (plus expenses) to figure out that week’s mystery.
2) If you like to wager on individual matchups in golf, Eldrick Woods is -$107 this week against Rory McIlroy, -$149 against Phil Mickelson, -$158 against Luke Donald and -$169 against Lee Westwood.
1) Average ticket price for a Red Sox game this year? $151.10, highest in the big leagues. Cubs are next at $108.70. Cheapest average tickets are in Milwaukee-Pittsburgh-Kansas City, all at $48.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: