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-- At one point. Dallas/Giants were both 18-1 to win the Super Bowl; after Wednesday’s festivities, Cowboys are now 16-1, G-Men 22-1.
-- LVH Superbook’s handicapping contest topped the 667 entrant mark at $1,500 a pop this week, making the purse over $1M and first place over $400,000.
-- This week Colorado Rockies became first team in 25 years (’87 Royals) to lose consecutive games without allowing an earned run in either game. -- Over the last five years, Miami Dolphins are 25-12 vs spread on road, 12-27 at home.
-- San Jose State students can not only get into football games for free, but if they show their college ID they can bring a friend in for free too, not that the Spartans are hurting for fans or anything.
-- ESPN turned 33 years old Friday; I remember reading an article about an all-sports TV station and saying “That’s a really good idea!!!” Turns out it was.
College Football Saturday List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud.........
13) Back when the ABA folded in 1976, and the NBA absorbed four of its teams (Nets-Pacers-Spurs-Nuggets), the owners of the Spirits of St Louis were paid 14% of an NBA team’s annual TV deal (every year, forever) to go away.
Now this was three years before the Magic/Bird rivalry propelled the NBA to new heights, which jacked up TV payouts. 36 years later, those owners are still cashing checks, which are now estimated at a total of $255M.
Why doesn't anyone ever pay me to go away?
12) Radio announcer for those Spirits was a young Syracuse grad named Bob Costas. He wasn't quite as pompous then as he is now.
11) Big X Conference teams (Texas-Baylor-West Virginia, etc) signed off on a 13-year, $2.6B media deal this week. Now we know why TCU kept jumping leagues, to land in a spot like this.
10) All 14 of ESPN’s “experts” picked the Giants to beat Dallas? Cowboys were a 3.5-point dog; no one had onions to pick them? Surprising.
9) TV analysts are predicting that $2.8B will be spent on political TV commercials during this election season, up from $2.1B in 2008.
8) I’m having trouble trying to figure out what the Colorado Rockies are trying to do with a 75-pitch limit for its starting pitchers. You have to pitch five innings to qualify for a win; who is going to want to pitch in high altitude Coors Field if they’re not going to be allowed to get many wins?
Who wants to pitch there anyway? Their strategy is baffling, then again, so was firing Clint Hurdle, who led them to their only World Series appearance.
7) Average non-premium ticket to a Jets’ game costs $117.94, the highest figure in the NFL. Why wouldn’t Jet/Giant tickets cost the same?
6) Celtics’ guard Rajan Rondo is working as an intern at GQ magazine during Fashion Week. Just thought you’d like to know.
5) Pitt Panthers have had four football coaches in the last three years; did any of them recruit? Panthers looked pathetic Thursday night, and that’s with a veteran QB.
4) Yahoo!’s Pat Forde, one of my favorite writers, reports that last time Penn State/Pitt both lost their season opener was in 1972.
3) This has been a thrilling baseball season for me, with the A’s unexpected contention, but now things have turned a little dark.
Our best pitcher has a fractured skull and is still in intensive care, our #2 pitcher was suspended for drugs, leaving us to go down the stretch with a pitching rotation of four rookies and a guy coming off of Tommy John surgery. Seems like a 3-week death march, with 17 of the next 20 games on the road, but just getting to his point has been an accomplishment, so you never know.
First and foremost, my prayers are with Brandon McCarthy, so that he makes a full and quick recovery from his head injury.
2) Line on Bills-Jets game dropped from 6 to 3; someone told me because the Jets had an 0-4 preseason. Well, Oscar, so did the Bills. Hello???? What am I missing here?
1) I’m sure NFL will have a moment of silence for Art Modell before its games this weekend; they should probably not have one in Cleveland, where Modell is still hated for taking the Browns to Baltimore. His passing would probably be cheered by Lake Erie.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday.......
Coming off another winning Saturday.
13) Every year I'm reminded how awesome football weekends are; Saturday was no exception. Louisiana-Monroe stunned Arkansas as a 30-point dog, winning 34-31 in OT after trailing 28-7 early in third quarter.
Cool sight after the game was a state trooper who "protects" Coach Todd Berry stopping the coach on the field and hugging him after ULM scored the winning TD. Pure joy, very fun to see.
Horrendous night for Arkansas, which lost star QB Tyler Wilson with a broken collarbone; Razorbacks play Alabama next week. Not good.
12) If you had $100 on UL-Monroe on the money line, that ticket is now worth a cool $5,750. Not a bad day's work.
11) Michigan 31, Air Force 25; total yards: 422-417, Michigan. Air Force didn't make any coaches/players available to the media after the game, thats how hard they took this loss. Denard Robinson enjoyed the AF defense a little more than he enjoyed playing against Alabama.
10) Clemson/Washington State both made 60+-yard FGs Saturday; Rice hit a 45-yarder at the gun to win at Kansas. Why doesn't every D-I team have a good kicker? Oregon State's kicker missed a 40-yarder, short/wide right. How is this possible? Short? Go recruit a freakin' kicker!!!
9) Penn State missed four FGs and had a PAT blocked in a brutal 17-16 loss at Virginia, but their kicker jumped ship and transferred to Texas when the NCAA sanctions came down, so can't blame the coaches there.
Cavaliers were -4 in turnovers, had 10 penalties for 70 yards (PSU had 24 yards on three penalties), were outrushed 121-32 and they still won. Odd.
8) Kansas State outgained Miami 498-262, completing nine of 11 passes for 210 yards in an easy 52-13 win. Tough times for the 'canes' defense.
7) Skip Holtz won another road game, this one in miraculous fashion, as South Florida hit on two TD passes of 50+ yards in last 3:00, rallying back from a 21-6 first quarter deficit to stun Nevada 32-31 in Reno. Not often a team wins a game on a 56-yard TD pass with 0:36 left, but USF did.
6) When Texas (-39) hammered New Mexico 45-0, it was first time in ten tries this season that a Mountain West road underdog failed to cover; thats right, MWC road dogs are 9-1 against the spread in non-league games.
If you care about such things, Pac-12 favorites are 3-10 against spread.
5) However, since '93, Big Dozen teams are now a ludicrous 5-28-1 SU in regular season games, when visiting a Pac-12 foe; Wisconsin, Nebraska and Illinois all had unproductive trips west this weekend. .
4) I don't think any I-A teams should play I-AA teams, and if God forbid they lose to one, it should count as minus-1 win towards their going to a bowl game. Colorado-Colorado St.-UNLV all had such disasters this week.
3) Houston's offensive coordinator quit (got fired) last week; it didn't help the Cougars, who lost 56-49 at home to Louisiana Tech. For record, Houston was 53-77 for 580 yards passing- they gained 693 yards, but also 15 penalties for 138 yards. Big East can't be happy with this.
2) SMU beat SFAustin 52-0, in one of weirdest boxscores I've ever seen; Mustangs ran a blocked FG back for a TD, and also had three defensive TDs, three of their 10 takeaways. I've never seen a team turn ball over 10 times in one game. Hard to evaluate SMU from this mismatch.
1) Mississippi State got a monkey off its back, outgaining Auburn 388-216 in a surprisingly easy 28-10 win. Auburn's only TD came on opening kick of the second half. Huge win for Dan Mullen's program.
1a) This week, home favorites were 10-15 vs spread in non-league games, home underdogs were 6-4-1. Home favorites were 4-2 in conference play. .