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04/11/2012 11:20 AM

Wednesday's List of 13: Random midweek thoughts........

13) PG Burke is coming back to Michigan next year; Watford/Zeller are both coming back to Indiana, great news for those teams, both of whom figure to be in the top 15 in November. The Big Dozen got lot tougher with those two announcements.

12) Utah Jazz signed Blake Ahearn from the D-League; Ahearn is one of the greatest shooters of all-time (seriously, he is).

11) Mets are 4-1, but 1B Ike Davis is 0-15, and the team’s crack medical staff is wondering if Davis is still suffering from jungle fever. Davis was given Tuesday night off, with the Nationals starting lefty Detwiler. Facing Strasburg this afternoon ain't going to help any.

10) Baseball schedule will be much different next year, with the Astros moving to the AL West, and both leagues having 15 teams. There will be at least one interleague series going on at all times.

9) Former St John’s coach Norm Roberts left the Florida staff to go back to work for old friend Bill Self; Roberts fills Danny Manning’s opening, after Manning became head coach at Tulsa.

8) Texas Tech won the national title in chess last two years; who knew? Their whole team all returns next year to defend their title, but they'll be doing it at a different school.

Webster University in St Louis offered them all full scholarships, so the kids and their coach bolted Tech for the Gateway City, and even better, they don’t have to sit out a year like football/basketball players would. The seven chess wizards are all international kids, coming from Iran, Germany, Israel, Brazil, Azerbaijan and Hungary, so moving from Lubbock to St Louis is no big deal to them.

If this happened with a basketball team, it would be a huge national story. Chess? Well, I wonder if the people at Texas Tech think they got rooked.

7) Arkansas fired Bobby Petrino, which means a top 25 college football job is open. You don't see football jobs open up at this time of the year, so it'll be interesting to see how they go about replacing Petrino.

6) My question is this: Does the woman involved get fired too?

5) Ian Kinsler got five years, $75M from the Rangers; only people happier than Kinsler and his agent are Robinson Cano and his agent; Cano is a free agent this winter. Throw in Brandon Phillips getting $72M for six years from the Reds, and it’s a great day to play second base.

4) Washington Huskies’ two-year starter Colin Porter has had to give up football; U-Dub’s offensive line is so messed up right now they’re not sure if the Huskies will hold a spring game, lest their QB or RBs get hurt, too.

3) Former Buccaneer RB Mike Alstott was an assistant coach LY at St Pete Catholic; this fall, he’ll be the head coach at Northside Christian School in the Tampa Bay area.

2) Rams’ coaching staff will have several second generation coaches; John Fassel is the special teams coordinator, assisted by Paul Boudreau Jr, whose dad is the Rams’ OL coach. In addition, the sons of Jeff Fisher/Gregg Williams are also on staff, on the defensive side of the ball.

1) So the Reds just shelled out close to $300M to secure the right side of their infield for the next six years. Next question, and a more important one: Are they developing any pitchers?, because for sure they won’t be able to sign any decent free agent pitchers to work in that bandbox they call home. Its critical that some pitchers come up thru their farm system.

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04/11/2012 12:55 PM

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spooky Posts:4090 Followers:294
04/11/2012 06:12 PM

Until I start rolling in bases gonna just throw out a play or two each day.
Tonight going with a favorite which kind of scares me cause I am not usually a big favorite kind of guy. GL

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04/12/2012 11:58 AM

Thursday's six-pack

-- Tim Lincecum got knocked out in third inning at Coors Field, shortest stint of his big league career, as Giants got crushed 17-8 in Denver.

-- Highlight of broadcast was Giant announcers ripping a guy who caught a foul ball and didn't give it to his girlfriend, then having the girl take his picture with the ball. When its 16-7 in the fifth inning, anything goes.

-- Penguins blew 3-0 lead, lost 4-3 in OT to the Flyers, as Voracek scored 2:23 into overtime; NHL playoffs are terrific, especially OT games.

-- Knicks scored the last six points, won 111-107 in Milwaukee, getting a leg up on making the NBA playoffs.

-- Nashville beat the Red Wings 3-2, grab first game in that series.

-- Out west, #8-seed Kings scored with 3:14 left, won 4-2 at Vancouver; Canucks worked six months for home ice edge, then lost it in three hours.

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spooky Posts:4090 Followers:294
04/12/2012 12:01 PM

Thursday's Top 10: Clearing out a cluttered mind..........

10) Rough start to season for umpire Tim Welke; first two games he was behind the plate went 16 innings, then 12 innings. Calling balls/strikes is an underrated thing; has to be physically demanding, umpires aren't exactly as young or as athletic as the players.

Over first two games, Welke looked at 967 pitches thrown to 228 batters; umps don't get to sit down in between innings. Its a tough job. On average, a big league ballgame has 280-290 pitches thrown.

9) Eight games shown on one screen; gotta love the Game Mix channel on DirecTV (#720). Can keep up with a lot without using your thumb.

8) For first time ever, every NHL playoff game is on regular cable TV, so thats good. Just have to find out where some of these stations are. League is quietly doing a better job of getting in the public eye.

7) SMU is trying like hell to lure Rick Majerus to Dallas, offering him as much as $2M a year; Mustangs are headed to the Big East, and if they don't improve an awful lot very quickly, they're going to be embarrassed when they move into their new league. SMU isn't even any good in C-USA.

6) Colorado State was all set to hire former Oregon coach Ernie Kent, then someone in the CSU administration vetoed Kent, so the Rams turned to the former Southern Miss/Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy, who got Southern Miss back to the NCAAs this year- he is a very good coach and Colorado State has a very good team coming back next year.

5) Coming into Wednesday's game, A's had a cruddy team batting average of .206; sad thing, eight teams were worse off than them. Hard to believe.

4) Rooting for a small market team makes fantasy baseball necessary; how else to stay interested? Some teams have $100M payrolls; some teams use Jonny Gomes as their #5 hitter. At least if my fantasy team is awful, its my fault and I can try to fix it. Can't do anything to help the A's.

3) Edmonton Oilers will have 1st pick in NHL Draft for third year in row; if they use those picks wisely, they could build themselves a damn good team, kind of like what the Tampa Bay Rays have done. Sometimes, being awful is better in the long run than being mediocre all the time.

2) NHL's media guide is tremendous source of information; lot of good stuff in there. Hockey playoffs are lot of fun; way better than the NBA's version.

1) Three quick points about Arkansas firing Bobby Petrino:
a) He is 60-38 against the spread as a college head coach. Eventually, he'll get another college job. Might take couple years.
b) The woman involved better get fired too. How is she less guilty?
c) This is where Petrino will regret screwing the Falcons; doubtful an NFL team will give him a coordinators' job right away. Not a dependable guy.

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spooky Posts:4090 Followers:294
04/12/2012 12:13 PM

A few guys emailed me and know about these but I forgot to post some NHL Playoff plays here on the thread and what I am rooting for but will do so now. I played St. Louis Blues, Philly Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks in my futures back in early October.
The crazy thing is I have 40-1 on the Blues so that is a huge rooting interest if it were to happen.

For the 1st Round Playoff Series this is what I have:

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS +160

ST. LOUIS BLUES -155

LOS ANGELES KINGS +160

NASHVILLE PREDATORS -120

And used the NJ Devils in a small parlay since they were heavy favorites.

Here are my futures still alive. Lost with Toronto and Colorado and Buffalo. Wish me luck


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04/12/2012 06:09 PM

Should be a fun weekend with baseball and all the playoff hockey. Not much tonight although I am pulling for St. Louis Blues tonight in the playoffs.

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04/12/2012 06:18 PM

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