Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........
13) Kentucky Derby is this week; only a few entries remaining in our Derby contest and looking forward to the second favorite 2 minutes in a mans life.
12) Redskins don’t have their first round draft pick in 2013 or 2014, why did they use a 4th-round pick on another QB, when they had Grossman/ Beck, two perfectly good backups? They drafted Kirk Cousins and cut Beck, when they could’ve kept Beck and drafted a young player for another position that would increase their depth. This could help explain why the Redskins haven’t won their division since 1999.
11) What does NFL Draft Expert Mel Kiper Jr do this week, or until college football starts?
10) I had forgotten that Larry Brown coached the 2004 Olympic basketball team to a bronze medal. Still think Gregg Popovich should be the Olympic coach.
9) Why is Jamie Moyer starting games for the Rockies? Because he’s lefty? He’s 49 and gives no evidence of being good. Four of the nine guys in the Mets’ lineup Sunday weren’t born when Moyer broke into the big leagues. Why not let a younger guy pitch and get some experience?
8) Before Sunday night’s improbable comeback win in Memphis, Clippers hadn’t won a playoff game since May 10, 2006. Hopefully they won’t have to wait six years for their next win.
7) Utah State and San Jose State are joining the Mountain West; Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio are off to C-USA, as the WAC’s football side crumbles.
6) Turns out that Robert Griffin III was born in Japan; his parents were in the military and stationed there.
5) Tampa Bay Rays signed Hideki Matsui, who did OK with the A’s LY, playing the field in second half of the season. Not sure he’ll do that on the carpet at Tropicana Field, but he can still help a team with his bat.
4) SI.com had a note today about how Theo Epstein wanted to add Jose Bautista off waivers from Toronto in September ’09; he hit .235 with 13 homers that year. Ownership vetoed the move; in 2010-11, Bautista hit a combined 97 homers with 227 RBI. No wonder Epstein jumped ship, but then again, he gave Carl Crawford $140M and also signed John Lackey.
3) Three weeks ago, Virginia Tech assistant basketball coach James Johnson quit to go to Clemson, at which point the AD apparently thought to himself that he’s tired of losing good assistants/recruiters who didn’t want to work for Seth Greenberg, so he fired Greenberg and made Johnson head coach.
Coaching an ACC team shouldn’t be an entry level head coaching job, so the Hokies might move women’s coach Dennis Wolff (former men’s coach at Boston U) over to be Johnson’s assistant. Big difference between being a recruiter and running an entire program. Further proof that Tech is a football school.
2) Binghamton made the NCAA tournament a few years back because Kevin Broadus, their coach at the time, was about as ethical as a used car salesman with a law degree. Things fell apart, the Bearcats’ program was gutted, but Broadus landed on his feet, welcomed back at Georgetown as an assistant coach.
Meanwhile, Mark Macon, the former Temple guard who was cleaning up Broadus’ mess, went 23-70 and got fired this week. The guy who made the mess got his old job back. Where does Macon go for his next job?
1) Next week I’m off to Cancun for spring vacation, so I’ll be watching playoff games and baseball in the Mexico. Good stuff.
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