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-- Washington is in early lead in NL East; if they contend all year, they'll have a huge decision to make as far as Strasburg's innings go. They want to keep him around 170 IP this year, but what if they're a contender?
-- Angels are 3-6; they don't have much of a bullpen.
-- Dodgers are off to a 9-1 start, their best start since 1981.
-- Mike Tirico was saying today it takes around 40 people to change the Staples Center from a basketball arena to a hockey arena. Laker game ended around 6:00; Kings' game started at 10:45. Pretty cool.
-- Sad to report the passing of former Florida Gator Dwayne Schintzius (43) and former Rams' center Rich Saul (64). Life is short; lets have fun.
-- Temps in the northeast are expected to be in low 90's Monday, way too hot for the Boston Marathon. Hope everyone stays hydrated.
Monday's List of 13: Happy Patriots' day, everyone........
13) MLB is going to have special uniforms to honor Jackie Robinson where every player wears number 42 every April 15; they need to put their names on the back, so we can tell who is who. Wouldn't cost much more.
12) Richard Pitino gets his first head coaching job at age 29; his dad was 26 when he got his first head coaching job, at Boston U. Few of the players at FIU asked for their scholarship release after Isiah Thomas was fired, but the school turned them down. Curious to see what happens there now.
11) Celtics played their ninth game in 12 days Sunday. Hard to believe the NBA has subject its players to such a grueling schedule. At some point, the league has to look out for its product, no?
10) SMU is talking Buzz Peterson as its new hoop coach; Peterson is good guy, but he is one of the few coaches in America who is more nomadic than Larry Brown, and he hasn't won enough to merit being a Big East coach.
Put it this way: SMU is in Dallas, a talent-rich city. Moving up to the Big East, they need a big time coach to get some of that talent to stay home.
9) Before he homered Sunday, Ike Davis had come to bat with 35 men on base, and hadn't knocked any of them in.
8) A's won their game Wednesday, on a walk-off HBP; they also loaded the bases on a HBP, making it the first game to end on consecutive HBPs since 1966. Have to take these wins any way you can get them.
7) The first cellphones were made by Motorola in 1983, and cost $3,995.
6) Tampa Bay's Matt Joyce has already batted 9th twice and cleanup five times this season. In nine games. You don't see that every day.
5) They show Greg Louganis diving highlights on the scoreboard at Staples Center after the Kings are called for a penalty. Apparently someone thinks the Canucks have been embellishing big hits by taking a dive.
4) How do the Penguins allow eight goals in back-to-back playoff games? They had home ice in the series, but seem to be in the tank, down 3-0.
3) Norfolk Admirals of the minor league AHL won their last 28 games in the regular season; wouldn't expect them to lose a best-of-7 playoff series.
2) Lance Berkman has already suggested that Marlins will move the fences in at their new stadium, within two years. Very pitcher-friendly right now.
1) If the playoffs started Monday morning, Mets-Arizona would be the NL one-game Wild Card playoff; can't tell about the AL, because multiple teams are tied for the Wild Card spot. 5.5 months to go, anyway.
So sick and tired of hearing about Davey Johnson and the Nationals organization wanting to limit Strasburg's innings. My point is fully supported. If they are contenders for the NL East or wildcard, so without burning him out let him go as far as he could but just be sensible about it.
Mike Tirico has absolutely no clue. Did anyone hear just after the Lakers game had ended and ABC was showing a shot outside Staples? I heard him mention that in just 2 hours from now that the basketball court would be converted to a hockey rink. Yeah idiot, do the math. Maybe in 2 hours the fans would be allowed to enter the stadium at that point, but maintenance had about 4 hours in actuality to get the center converted because the start time was actually about 10:40 EST.
How many mistakes as fans do we catch broadcasters guilty of and say to ourselves, 'If I had to it all over again, I know this would be my ultimate dream job"?
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If you thought Petco Park or CitiField were cathedrals, it's 418 to dead center at Marlins ballpark. Not to buck the trend, but it explains why the Mets and Padres have seemingly hit a bit better away from their respective homes, and CitiField before this season started brought in the fences on both sides of the inner corners while I think Petco made it slightly easier on hitters by doing the same a couple of years ago.
Maybe if the team gets a bit smarter as well going forward, they'll remove that eyesore of a disgrace in left center field. I as a batter would feel more momentum if they showed a picture of a drunken Ozzie shooting his mouth off about Fidel. No use biting off the Mets baseball apple from the days of Shea with painful photogenic palm trees.
Best of luck as always to the Spooky baseball express this week. Bouncing breasts always make Mondays better.
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-- NFL schedule will be announced at 7pm Tuesday, so you can guess what tomorrow's home page will be about.
-- Word of the Day: Fob. Totally baffled by this on Words with Friends, its the chain on a pocket watch. Who knew? My 86-year old dad knew.
-- Carl Pavano was 9-8 in four years with Bronx, during which he started 26 games while pocketing $40M+; he beat the Bombers 7-3 Monday. I'm sure Brian Cashman was thrilled with that result.
-- If the Red Sox don't want Kevin Youkilis, I know an AL team out in northern California that would love to have him.
-- Washington Nationals are 8-3 and in first place; when you get time, go look at Davey Johnson's career managerial record. Tremendous. We'll be looking at his record later this week.
-- Two kids in a New Orleans high school game combined to throw 347 pitches in an 18-inning game last week; one kid threw 193, the other 154. Both coaches should get their asses kicked by the kids' dads, since both pitchers have D-I college scholarships awaiting them.
Tuesday's List of 13: Questions, questions, always questions......
13) Why the fascination with Tim Tebow? I don’t get it. Bears had QB 40 years ago named Bobby Douglass who was a lot like Tebow, a tough lefty who ran a lot but couldn’t hit the side of a barn passing.
Douglass wasn’t exactly the religious sort- he was married to a Playboy bunny, and he wasn’t a college star like Tebow, but at best Tebow is a marginal NFL starter, but he’s treated like the fifth Beatle. I don’t get it.
12) Why is gambling legal only when the government runs the operation? I’ve always wondered this. I can buy a $20 lottery ticket where I work, but God forbid someone run an NCAA pool. Its complete hypocrisy.
11) Is there anyone in this country who thinks the Electoral College is still the best way to elect a President? In this day and age, why not just count all the votes, and whomever gets the most wins? Would this be so difficult?
10) Who do baseball managers/coaches wear uniforms? They don’t play, it makes no sense, and it doesn't even look right.
9) Why do people in hockey condone fighting? It takes away from a great game. They could do away with it in 90 seconds, if they wanted to. Why don’t they want to?
8) Why are college coaches allowed to bolt jobs before their contracts are up? Why is this allowed? If a school fires a coach, they have to pay the guy (unless he is married and wrecks his motorcycle while his girlfriend is riding with him), I just wonder why coaches aren’t bound by a signed contract?
7) How come nobody ever talks about Larry Doby as a great pioneer? He was the first African-American to play in the American League; back then, there were 16 big league teams, three in NYC, two each in Boston/Philly/ Chicago and St Louis, which means that Doby was first African-American to be a visiting player in Detroit, Bronx and Washington DC, as well as #2 in four other cities, yet you never hear his name mentioned.
6) Why do fans have to be quiet when a golfer is hitting the ball? Albert Pujols is trying to hit 95 mph fastballs with movement on them, yet the fans are allowed to yell, it doesn’t seem to distract him too much. Golf balls are sitting there, waiting to be hit. I’m just sayin’.
5) Do politicians realize how little the average citizen respects them, and how we just assume most of then are corrupt and flush with self-interest?
4) Why don’t boxers have to wear headgear? With all this talk about concussions in football/hockey, and boxers are allowed to fight with unprotected heads? Its insane.
3) Why hasn’t one of the old NBA teams had a retro-ABA night, where they bring back red/white/blue ball for a night? Who would be against this?
2) Why do pro football players have radios in their helmets? Who decided this was a good idea? You have six days to prepare for the game, how about on the 7th day, they just let the players play.
1) Can you believe that as late as 1974, an NHL goalie played without a mask? Seriously, Andy Brown was the last guy. Now that’s crazy.
Wednesday's List of 13: Impressions of the 2012 NFL schedule.....
13) Every team is going to be on in primetime this year, with maximum five primetime games. Broncos, of course, are on five times, with Denver debut of Peyton Manning against Pittsburgh a Sunday night game in Week 1. All in all, eight teams have the maximum five primetime games.
12) Jets/Bills and Bengals/Ravens both play each other in Week 1, and then not again until Week 17. All Week 17 games are divisional tilts.
11) Detroit coach Jim Schwartz came to prominence as a defensive coach in Tennessee under Jeff Fisher, whose son Brandon was an assistant coach for the Lions LY, so of course the Rams-Lions meet in Week 1 this year.
10) NFL Network has 13 Thursday night games, from Weeks 2-15; all 32 teams will appear at least once in prime time, and no more than five times. No team can be on in prime time more than five times.
9) Saints interim coach Joe Vitt is suspended for the first six games; after he comes back, Saints' first three games are: at Denver, then Philly at home and then the Falcons, with the Denver/Philly games in prime time. This is going to be a very difficult season on Bourbon Street.
8) Buffalo season ticket holders might not be thrilled by the four December home games- they only have one home game in October.
7) Green Bay and Houston both got saddled with three road games in row, which is difficult; Texans' stretch includes a Thanksgiving Day game, then 10 days before the next game, then eight days before a Monday night game in Foxboro, so at least they'll get extra rest, then they play two of their last three games against the Colts. .
6) Steelers/Ravens play their two games within two weeks of each other,in weeks 11-13; Ravens have a trip to San Diego in between. Steelers have a visit to division rival Cleveland in between.
5) If Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III start right away, their debuts will both be on the road. Colts open at Chicago, the Redskins in Superdome. It is assumed that Luck/Griffin will go 1-2 in next week's draft.
4) Giants open with three road games in first four weeks, but they only leave the eastern time zone twice (Dallas/SF).
3) Thanksgiving Day is Texans-Lions/Redskins-Cowboys/Jets-Patriots. Of the 16 Thursday games this year, seven visiting teams don't have to leave their time zone when they travel.
2) Cowboys play five of last seven games at home, but the two road games are both potential cold weather games, at Cincinnati/Washington.
1) Three of the Jets' four prime time games are at home, including a Week 12 visit by the Patriots. Will be lot of pressure on Sanchez in the home opener with Buffalo, considering that Week 2 is a trip to Pittsburgh.