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-- Bad news for Colorado Buffaloes; their outstanding WR Richardson tore his ACL and will miss the upcoming season.
-- Indians signed Johnny Damon, who is trying to get to 3,000 hits to enhance his chances of getting in the Hall of Fame.
-- All five guys who started for Bulls Thursday played in a Final Four.
-- No one in this country does his job better than Mike Emrick does his. Its a pleasure listening to any hockey game he announces.
-- 32-year old Jack Murphy, a former team manager at Arizona and then an assistant coach at Memphis, is the new coach at Northern Arizona.
-- Not to say USC's football team has been thinned by probation, but the Trojans' spring game won't have any tackling. Sounds like our games in the street when I was a kid. TD was getting past the telephone pole.
Friday's List of 13: Random thoughts with weekend here........
13) In this day and age, if you’re a celebrity of any type, especially if you’re on Twitter, you need someone close to you who has some common sense, to prevent you from making stupid mistakes like the one Dwyane Wade made Wednesday, when he suggested that NBA players should be paid for playing in the Olympics.
Within 24 hours, Wade changed his public stance and all is well, but if he had a “common sense life coach”, or in old-fashioned terms, “a friend with a brain”, all of this would’ve been avoided and Wade wouldn’t look like a greedy bastard. Oh well.
12) World Series of Poker already has 30 commitments for a $1M buy-in tournament that will dwarf the Main Event; if the field stays at 30, first price would be $12.3M. If the field goes to the capped figure of 48, first prize would be $18.3M.
11) Over the last four baseball seasons, under is 71-56 (55.9%) when umpire Wally Bell is behind the plate; home underdogs are 29-19 with Mr Bell calling balls and strikes.
10) Sportsbooks has already listed South Carolina as a 10-point favorite over Vanderbilt on August 30, the first Thursday night of the ’12 college football season. College football magazines come out in early June.
9) Funny how so many college basketball players who transfers come up with sick relatives, so they can be eligible to play next fall, instead of sitting out a year. I’m sure some of the illnesses are legit, but I’m guessing some of the others are like Max Klinger trying to get out of Army on M*A*S*H*.
8) Over the last five years, if you bet the home team every time umpire Barksdale worked behind the plate, you’d be ahead $2,365. Under is 32-22 in Barksdale games the last two years.
7) Andrew Bynum had 30 rebounds Wednesday night, but considering he was 7-20 from the floor, wonder how many of those 30 boards were his own missed shots? 30 rebounds is damned good, doesn't happen much.
6) There were 14 walks, 25 strikeouts in the Nationals-Mets game Wednesday, which means that only 41 of the 80 batters put the ball in play. Unusual how a game like that ended only 4-0. You’d have thought more runs would score in a game with 14 walks.
5) First two games behind the plate this season for umpire Winters have had total of 3 walks, 34 strikeouts, 10 runs, two unders.
4) Seems like there has to be a small town somewhere in western Canada where every person is either a Sutter, or related to a Sutter. Weren’t there seven Sutter brothers who all played in the NHL? #8-seed Kings upset Vancouver in Game 1 Wednesday; they’re coached by a Sutter. Would be lot of unhappy folks in British Columbia if Los Angeles upsets the Canucks in the first round.
3) Rick Majerus turned SMU down; not sure where they turn next for a basketball coach, but if I were them, I’d make damn sure Fran Fraschilla wasn’t interested. He already lives in Dallas, but might be enjoying his TV career too much to get back into the coaching rat race.
2) Red Sox’ home opener should be a frosty Friday at Fenway, thanks to last September’s collapse and this season’s 1-5 start. Lets just say……the natives are restless.
1) Back to Olympics and NBA for a second; shouldn’t NBA teams have the right to prevent their (extremely high-paid) employees from playing in the Olympics?
NBA basketball, more so than amateur game, is predicated on a star system; if one of those stars got hurt playing in a meaningless exhibition tournament (that’s what the Olympics are, despite NBC’s hype machine saying otherwise), it would cost the NBA team millions and millions of dollars.
If I owned the Miami Heat, sure as hell I’d want Wade/Lebron taking the summer off and resting up. That’s just me.
-- Matt Cain allowed one baserunner, a two-out single in the sixth by McDonald, the opposing pitcher, as Giants won their home opener 5-0.
-- Bartolo Colon allowed only four baserunners in seven shutout innings, helped by tremendous outfield defense, and the A's get back to .500 with a 4-0 win at Safeco.
-- Dwight Howard has a herniated disk in his back, will miss the next two weeks. He has a sore back; his coach thinks he's a pain in the neck.
-- Of the 26 players invited to NFL Draft on April 26, 12 of them played in the SEC. Think about that for a second.......
-- Too bad the Kings are going to leave Sacramento, but enough with these teams ripping the public off for new arenas. Mayor Johnson thought he had a deal with the Maloofs, but maybe they never wanted a deal.
-- Anyone know where Bernie Fine goes to get his reputation back? Now that his Syracuse accusers are turning out to be liars/frauds, can he get his job back? Lost earnings? Where's the national media now?
Saturday's Dirty Dozen: Doing some thinking out loud..........
12) LSU hired North Texas coach and former LSU assistant Johnny Jones to replace the departed Trent Johnson, who did a good job of restocking the shelves in Baton Rouge.There had been rumors LSU was going after Tubby Smith, but Jones has LSU ties and will do well in Baton Rouge.
11) A's TV analyst Ray Fosse brings up a point I haven't thought about; why not a stat for catchers blocking balls in the dirt? They have lot of new defensive metrics for players out in the field; seems like it would be fairly simple to define how many bases a catchers saves blocking pitches.
10) Thanks to MLB schedule makers for giving the A’s three dates against Felix Hernandez in the season’s first 16 days. Terrific. Can't be that much fun for Hernandez either; harder to deceive hitters you see every week.
9) Charlotte Bobcats are 0-9 vs spread at home, if they play on road the next night. Hard to believe anyone is ever 0-9 against the spread at home, in any scenario.
8) Irony Department: Tim Floyd lost a lot of games coaching the Bulls after he took over for Phil Jackson; most Chicago fans probably don’t have much good to say about him, but this year’s Bulls are getting lot of help from Taj Gibson, an athletic shot blocker who played at USC. His coach with the Trojans? Tim Floyd.
7) Its been 135 races since Dale Earnhardt Jr won a NASCAR race; that’s a long time.
6) Add NCAA investigator to long list of jobs I’d never want; supposedly they had to go thru over 900,000 text messages from Baylor staffers while investigating the school’s two basketball programs.
That’s a lot of LOLs, though after this Arkansas/Petrino debasco, no one seems overly concerned with excessive texting.
5) Ottawa Senators brought zero momentum into the playoffs, scoring four goals in losing their last three games; now they’ve lost four games in row, scoring six goals. They don’t start scoring some goals, they’ll be on the golf course before they know what hit them.
4) Saints’ owner Tom Benson bought the New Orleans Hornets for $338M, which seems like a low price; am guessing that’s the end of the Hornets-to-Seattle rumors. Now its time for the Kings-to-Seattle rumors.
3) Justin Verlander has lasted 6+ innings in each of his last 44 starts; that’s being dependable.
2) Just guessing here, but this probably hasn’t been the best week to be an aeronautical engineer in North Korea.
1) Whats with the wave of non-players taking over as NBA head coaches? Miami-Chicago-Detroit-Indiana-Portland all have coaches we had never heard of before they got their current job.
Going to be interested to see how much better the quality of NBA games is once the playoff start and teams get to rest and practice in between games.
Always enjoy reading your stuff, spook, when I get time. Amazing, you & I can both watch the same event, but you come away with a dozen tales/quips and I come away with a pair.
Too bad sportswriters are a dying breed and they never got paid alot anyway. You'd make a good one ! Not only for your input, but all your words flow in an orderly fashion are easy to follow and understand and are free from grammatical mistakes that seem to plague most posters.
Never, ever criticize someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes........for at that point they will be a mile away. And you'll have their shoes !
Hitman....Thanks so much. But you give me too much credit. I truly dont originate everything and embellish much of it. I try to create a lot of thoughts on what I am posting but lots of stuff also comes from what I read and pick up on. :)
But I did win the spelling bee in elementary school and would be one of the best if JTG would run a tracker for spelling. lol
Not much feedback on the thread this week so not sure anyone is looking for any plays. Crushed it last night, right Greek? Was out and didnt post. Have a couple for today but will sit tight for now and see what develops.
Always looking for other posters thoughts and interaction on the thread. Did post some stuff on the monitor.
Good Luck and headed to Chinese Buffet tonight. Woo hoo
I hear ya Suthernsmoke but as you see we chat off the forum, so many of the guys here are not bothered by it. Plus its early in baseball season and late in NBA so gotta tread lightly anyway. Have a great weekend buddy. Just sent you a text message.
-- Giants' closer Brian Wilson has damaged elbow, may need surgery to fix it. Very bad news for San Francisco.
-- Hornets' owner Tom Benson wants to bring the Jazz nickname back to New Orleans; not sure how much they'll like that in Utah.
-- Rumor mill has Richard Pitino replacing Isiah Thomas as coach down at Florida International; now thats worlds colliding.
-- Todd Helton hit a dramatic walk-off HR in the rain as Colorado beat the Diamondbacks, x-x. First walk-off homer for Helton since 2009.
-- Brian Bickell scored GW goal 10:36 into OT, after the Blackhawks tied the game with 0:05.5 left, as Chicago evened their series vs Phoenix 1-1. The NHL playoffs are freakin' awesome. Lets go Hawks!!
-- As an A's fan since 1965, I have such mixed feelings about Moneyball; now thats it on Starz, it'll be on my TV every night. Still trying to decide if thats a good thing or a bad thing.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday..........
13) Dwyane Wade's career earnings, just in the NBA, not counting his many endorsements: $85,466.666: he could use extra cash from the Olympics.
12) Would it be legal for Saint/Hornets' owner Tom Benson to offer his QB Drew Brees a small ownership stake in the NBA team, as part of his next contract with the Saints?
11) Penguins outscored Philadelphia 6-1 in first period of Games 1-2 in this year's NHL playoffs, but managed to lose both games. Unusual.
10) Former NFL LB Teddy Bruschi, who does good work on ESPN and has also recovered from a stroke, is running in the Boston Marathon Monday.
9) Lost in the Bobby Petrino debasco down in Arkansas is fact that Paul Petrino is Arkansas' new offensive coordinator, and he hasn't been fired. Will be tough working under his brother's dark cloud all season.
8) Angels have used seven different lineups in their first eight games. Not sure if that indicates their depth, or their inability to settle on a 3B.
7) UConn's Alex Oriahki is transferring from Storrs to Missouri, and I'm thinking he can play right away. Good for Frank Haith.
6) David Wright is playing with a broken pinky; he hit first pitch he saw Saturday for a homer. Mets are off to an excellent 6-2 start.
5) Mississippi State charged $25 for its spring football game, but that also included a ticket to a Sugarland concert. Jennifer is an absolutely awesome singer by the way for you non country fans. She has worked with Bon Jovi among others as well as with her band mate Bush's baked beans. Missouri charged $3 for its game; would love to know how that figure got decided upon.
4) This week, a 23-year old guy in North Carolina got a hole-in-one on par 4, 373 yard hole. He still shot 86. Longest recognized ace was a 448-yard hole out on Maui. My longest recorded ace came through a windmill, so I've got that going for me.
3) Someone has to explain to me how Tim McCarver is getting inducted into the Hall of Fame as an announcer; its like putting Matt Stairs in as a player, just because he stuck around for a long time. McCarver is no longer good and hasn't been good for several years.
2) So ex-Padre Aaron Harang got beat by his old team Sunday, then comes out Friday night, again against San Diego, gives up a leadoff single, before striking out next nine Padres in a row, then he gave up a home run. Weird.
Tom Seaver holds the record with 10 consecutive strikeouts; Jim Deshaies (8) holds the record for most K's at the start of a game.
1) Why are the fine folks at SMU interviewing Larry Brown? Brown's age isn't a factor, since he would leave the job before he got too much older, anyway. You're offering $2M a year; go hire someone really good.