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SPOOKY COLLEGE FOOTBALL EXPRESS AS THE MILF'S LOVE THE FOOTBALL CONTESTS
-- Orioles beat Tampa Bay again, ending a 9-game skid in rubber game of series; they're 5-14 in rubber games this season.
-- Brutal couple losses for the Rays, who head to Boston four games down with a couple weeks to go.
-- Mets are 10-14 in one-run home games; only four major league teams have a losing record in this category. Last time Mets finished under .500 in one-run home games was 1993.
-- Umpire Bill Welke threw Clayton Kershaw out of a game he led 2-0 in the 6th inning when he plunked Parra; controversial decision, but teams had issues the night before. Dodgers won anyway, 3-2.
-- Brian Urlacher's mom passed away at age 51; he's left the team. No one knows if he'll play in New Orleans Sunday, but our thoughts and prayers go out to him. Hell, I'm 51. Its way too young to die.
-- Iowa State took out $40M in bonds to begin facility improvements, because of the Big 12's TV deal, which is why they won't give up the right to sue if Texas A&M leaves the Big 12. They need the league to survive to get that TV money to fund their construction projects.
Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........
13) Modern times: Maryland is going to announce which set of football uniforms it will wear that week each Wednesday on Twitter. They’re not even a good team. The world is going mad, if its not already there.
12) Speaking of Maryland, they’re naming the floor at their new arena after former coach Gary Williams, who is also an alum, and who led the Terps to a national title. All well and good, but Lefty Driesell did more for Maryland basketball than Williams did; the best Terp team ever was the ’74 team that lost the ACC tourney final in OT to David Thompson’s NC State team. They were #3 in the country but couldn’t go to the NCAA’s, because back then, only one team per league went.
Williams won a national title, but Lefty put them on the map, where they’ve stayed for most of the last 40 years.
11) If you build it (and win) they will come; attendance at Miller Park was 37,120 Tuesday night, 38,302 Wednesday. Not bad for September weeknight games with the Rockies. They should build a statue of Bud Selig in Beertown; he’s done an awful lot for the Brewers franchise.
10) Weird that Francisco Rodriguez complained about not getting any save chances in Milwaukee; their current closer, John Axford, has converted 39 saves in a row. Why fix whats not broken?
9) Detroit Tigers’ last 11-game win streak was 1968; they won the World Series that year.
8) As recently as two summers ago, Dodger reliever Kenley Janzen was a minor league catcher- he caught 34 games in 2009. Now he’s one of LA’s prime relief pitchers. Very unusual story.
7) White Sox shut oft-injured Jake Peavy down for the season (again); weird thing about this is the kid who takes his place in the rotation, Dylan Axelrod, is the nephew of Peavy’s agent.
6) Diamondback TV announcers were killing the Dodgers Tuesday night, openly mocking the announced attendance figures, and ripping Don Mattingly for leaving closer Guerra in the game too long, because he had no one warming up in the bullpen in case he faltered. I’m guessing they’ll hear about that before they leave LA.
5) Linemakers had to move quickly after Over was 12-2-2 in NFL’s Week 1. Last week, there were only four totals over 41; this week, there are only five under 41.
4) On November 8, voters in New Jersey can legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks.
3) So there is this hotshot high school basketball player in Chicago named Jabari Parker who worked out in front of 40+ college coaches at his high school last week; three Duke coaches, Coach K and two assistants, show up in a limo. Not like Coach K needed directions to the high school; he grew up in Chicago. The limo raised some eyebrows, for sure.
2) Justin Verlander is first big league pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1965 to win 23+ games and throw a no-hitter in the same season.
1) St Louis at Miami will open the 2012 baseball season on a Wednesday, in the Marlins’ new domed stadium. All-Star Game is in Kansas City next summer. Once again, the regular season ends on a Wednesday, playoffs begin on a Friday. Interested to see how that works out this fall.