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Friday's Lit of 13: Things I'm looking for this weekend........
13) The RGIII bandwagon rolls into St Louis, as Robert Griffin faces the team that got three #1 picks and a #2 pick in exchange for the draft pick Washington used to select the Baylor QB. Rams will play defense better than a rudderless New Orleans team that is still learning Steve Spagnuolo’s system. Jones Dome will be lot quieter than the Superdome was.
12) Last time Tennessee was favored to beat Florida was 2004; second tough road game in row for Gators, who came from behind to beat the Texas Aggies last week.
11) Tampa Bay Rays visit the Bronx this weekend, in a surprisingly big series, for both sides. Three weeks to go in the baseball season, and the playoff picture is still very unclear, especially in the AL.
10) Michael Vick played poorly in the Dawg Pound last week; he needs to play better against a Raven team that’s covered just twice in last 10 games following an appearance on Monday Night Football.
9) Pitt has already lost to Youngstown/Cincinnati, they’re an 11-point home dog to Virginia Tech this week. Not good for a team with a senior QB, even if they are on their 4th head coach in the last three years.
8) Has anyone asked if Stephen Strasburg will have an innings limit again next year? The actual Tommy John threw 200+ innings the first five years after he had the first TJ surgery, but he was in his 30’s then.
7) NFL schedule makers put Denver on at night five times in season’s first eight weeks; they should hit ratings gold in Atlanta Monday night, two good ball clubs.
6) Notre Dame hung 50 points on Navy in Ireland, now after a week off, the Middies visit troubled Penn State, which had another starter defect this week. Tough to prepare for Navy’s option attack in less than a week.
5) Phillies/Brewers are both charging in NL Wild Card race. Two of the three teams they’re chasing, Cardinals/Dodgers have a 4-game series with each other this weekend. The charging teams need a Card-Dodger split this weekend, and obviously, they need to keep winning themselves.
4) Dolphins/Colts both have winnable games at home; since both are starting rookie QBs, there’s no guarantees they’ll have many more winnable games the rest of the year, especially the Dolphins, who are catching a Raider team in a brutal spot, making a cross country flight after playing the late game Monday night.
3) One of the stranger things this weekend will be arrogant Bronx Bomber fans rooting for the A’s, since the Orioles are in Oakland for three games. A’s will be in the Bronx next weekend, as part of a dicey Detroit-Bronx-Texas road trip.
2) Utah-BYU has always been a bitter rivalry, but with Utes going to Pac-12 and BYU becoming independent, it just isn’t the same. Now comes word Utah QB Jordan Wynn has given up football after suffering another shoulder injury last week. Could be a long year for the Utes.
1) Its been 10 years since the Steelers started a season 0-2; they’ll need to protect Big Ben Sunday to beat the Jets and even their record. Hard to tell how much off last week’s 48-28 Jet win was about the Jets and how much was about the woeful Buffalo Bills.
Really dont like the game tonight. Head says UNLV but I cant be your money on them and Washington State makes the most sense. So I decided to do one thing and wait for tomorrow. And watch the A's game.
Biggest series my A's have had in a decade. Lets go Green and Gold.
Lets hope the college football season keeps working out better than the NFL. Had a nice start to the season so lets throw out a couple more with a few later on the agenda. Leaning towards BYU as well and the UCLA over late tonight.
Saturday's List of 13: Random stuff with the weekend here.........
13) Part of what makes this country so interesting is the many cultures that live here. At Texas A&M, they put 40,000 people in Kyle Field night before home games (at midnight) to practice yelling (rooting) for the Aggies. Seriously, one side of the stadium was packed.
USC-Syracuse drew less than 40,000 fans for an actual game at Swamp Stadium last Saturday, in an area where Syracuse supposedly has a strong alumni following.
12) Guy named Nick Sandberg was long snapper for the Redskins, until he broke his arm last week. He broke it in the first half of the game in the Superdome, but still snapped the rest of the game. Tough guy.
11) Chicago teachers turned down a 16% raise? In this economy? Apparently they’re objecting to a new rating system that would allow under performing teachers to be fired.
How do you tell if it’s the teacher or the student who is under performing?
10) Back in fall of ’75, when I was a sophmore in high school, teachers went on strike. Some kids walked out of class and marched to the district offices to support the teachers (get out of going to school).
Passive slackers like myself just went to class every day, because we never had the same teacher two days in a row in any class, so you never had to do your homework. It was great fun until the regular teachers came back.
10) 197 of 254 players (77.5%) who were drafted last April made NFL rosters this fall.
9) Odd Fact of the Day: Oklahoma State’s starting QB this year is ten years younger than the guy who was their starting QB last year.
8) If you bet Alabama-Arkansas game this summer, line was Crimson Tide -6.5; now that Hogs’ QB Tyler Wilson is banged up and after the Arkansas lost to UL-Monroe, the line is now 21.
7) Jim Mora has done a terrific job instilling some toughness in his UCLA Bruins, who gained 653 yards against Nebraska Saturday, despite starting five freshmen on offense. Its one thing to pile up yards against Rice, like UCLA did in its opener; doing it against Nebraska is an eye-opener.
6) Seven I-A teams have already lost games to I-AA teams; why are they scheduling these no-win games? I know it seems like a free win where fans pay full prices, almost like a glorified scrimmage, except some of these I-AA teams don’t know it’s a glorified scrimmage. They think it’s a real game, and that’s why they pull an upset now and then.
5) The more baseball I watch, the more I’m convinced the DH is best used as a place to give your better hitters “days off” from playing the field, while keeping their bats in lineup, as opposed to having an Ortiz/Hafner-type everyday DH. Keeps your team fresher at this time of year.
4) This has been the 3rd-wettest summer in Las Vegas history.
3) Wake Forest won four of its last six games with Florida State; am surprised no big time school has ever scooped up Wake coach Jim Grobe, who has made a career out of getting the most out of his talent, both at Wake and Ohio U.
2) Over the last five years, Wisconsin has ranked 21st or better each year in rushing offense. This year after two games, they’re #103 and as a result, they blamed the new OL coach and he got canned. Things should really improve now that he’s out of the way.
1) Geniuses who made the 2013 baseball schedule have the Padres opening in Citi Field April 1, with Mets visiting San Diego in August. Wouldn’t it be smarter to open the season in the warmer weather and let the Padres come to Queens in August? Just a thought.
I understand Strasburg is coming off Tommy John surgery and you want to preserve him for the future nevermind his team having the best record in the majors fighting for an NL pennant. However if he endures the same success in 2013 and Washington is headed to the postseason down the stretch how do you shut down a healthy Strasburg again? What was the point of making him your top pick and it makes me question management and Davey Johnson's desire to cashing in on your prized investment.
Considering all the mistakes Vick made against a relatively average Cleveland defense, Baltimore could only be licking their chops after dominating Cincinnati in the opener. When you have Flacco, who is only going to get better and Rice in the backfield to wear you down combined with a quick and experienced defense, this one could get ugly.
Even Arizona and Pittsburgh still have to be mentioned on the fringes of the wildcard race despite their recent struggles. Otherwise the postseason picture would look more clearer without the additional wildcard spot. We all saw how Pittsburgh collapsed after the ASB last season, and once again even after Philadelphia and Milwaukee's acquisitions, here they come down the stretch.
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Here are a few more that I am playing and ya know the USC game tonight is the big one for the day for me. Like a few more than these but will limit it to the following for now since we got off to a nice start with Florida State today.
Have a great day and Happy New Year!!
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a college football Saturday in case you missed some of what went down......
13) Stanford beat USC again, 21-14, shutting Trojans out in second half; fourth year in a row the Cardinal beat Southern California. USC was 0-12 on third down, which is a very surprising statistic. Barf!
12) UL-Monroe continues to be September's most entertaining team; after winning in OT at Arkansas last week, the Warhawks went to Auburn and lost 31-28, also in OT. Only a TD on Hail Mary on the last play of the first half doomed Monroe. That, and not having a reliable kicker.
11) Steve Spurrier won his 200th career game Saturday; his best coaching job remains getting Duke to a bowl with Dave Brown as his QB.
10) Clayton Kershaw may need surgery for a torn labrum in his hip; the Dodgers' key players have had trouble staying healthy this month.
9) Milwaukee Brewers are within 2.5 games of the last NL playoff spot, but they've lost ten games they led after the 8th inning this season.
8) Colorado trailed 55-7 at halftime at Fresno State; Buffaloes are in Pac-12, but why? They're the worst team in a BCS conference. If you're an ambitious young football coach, send your resume to Boulder. They're going to be hiring a new staff in a couple months.
7) Another coach who will be packing boxes soon is Joker Phillips down at Kentucky; Wildcats lost to Western Kentucky in OT. Luckily for him, basketball practice at UK starts in less than four weeks, so not many folks will notice when Kentucky gets knocked around in SEC play.
6) One more job opening this winter will be Arkansas, which lost 52-0 at home to Alabama-- their QB is hurt, the coach got fired for screwing around on his wife then giving his girlfriend a cushy job in the athletic department, the injured QB accused his teammates of quitt--well, you get the idea. Its September 16 and its already been a long season there.
5) Lookalikes: Florida Gators football coach Will Muschamp and former NHL defenseman Mike Milbury.
4) Firing the offensive line coach didn't help Wisconsin much; Badgers had to hang to edge Utah State 16-14. Badgers ran ball for only 156 yards against the gritty Aggies. Losing six assistant coaches didn't help bully Bret Bielema-- Wisconsin won't be scoring 83 on Indiana this year.
3) Cal Bears outgained Ohio State by 100 yards, running ball for 224, but got hosed on a bogus holding call, then got victimized by their dreadful kicker (3 missed FGs), losing an extremely winnable game, 35-28.
2) Friday night, Bergen Catholic beat Bishop Gorman 42-35 in high school game in Las Vegas. Why is a high school team from New Jersey going cross country to play a game on a Friday night? Who paid for it? If they played on Friday, they traveled on Thursday, at the latest.
1) Bizarre ending at Utah late Saturday night, when the Utes' crowd got a 15-yard penalty for charging the field after a blocked FG, and it almost cost Utah the game. BYU got to re-try the game-tying FG from 15 yards closer, but the kid hit the upright and Utah won anyway, 24-21.