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Friday's quiz: Things I'm looking for this weekend.........
13) 2-0 Eagles visit 2-0 Arizona; both teams have gone to wire in both games this season. Redbird QB Kevin Kolb used to be Philly’s backup. We’ll see how he does here.
12) Two years ago, Auburn won the national championship with Cam Newton at QB; Saturday, they’re a 20-poitn home dog to LSU, and the vultures are starting to circle around Gene Chizik. It can be a cruel world sometimes.
11) It’s a sign of the times that Josh Hamilton misses two games with a “sinus problem”, and we worry for his well-being.
10) Miami Dolphins started last season 0-7, wound up 6-10, but fired coach Tony Sparano anyway; Sparano returns to south Florida Sunday as OC of the Jets. Jets have to stop the run and make the rookie QB beat them.
9) Who made the Cal Bears’ schedule? Ohio State/USC on consecutive Saturdays? How will the Trojans respond after another loss to Stanford last week?
8) What team will get hot and seize the second Wild Card slot in the NL? Cardinals have the upper hand right now, but Milwaukee is the hottest team right now.
7) This is a big weekend for NFL reunions, as Gary Kubiak takes his Houston Texans to Denver, where he once played/coached. Big step up in competition for Houston. Short work week for the Broncos and their new QB, who is 0-5 this season on passes going more than 20 yards downfield.
6) UL-Monroe, off consecutive games vs SEC teams, host the Baylor Bears on national TV Friday night; been a good month for the ULM accountants, and also for football team, which has never had a winning record in I-A.
5) Miguel Cabrera has a legit shot at being first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yaztrzemski in 1967; that’s worth keeping an eye on.
4) Robert Griffin III is really fun to watch, but he’s already whining about late hits by opponents; time to grow up son, this ain’t the Big 12. They play defense in the NFL, and they hit really hard. Get used to it.
3) How bad are the Colorado Buffaloes? They were down 55-7 at the half last week, at freakin’ Fresno State; they visit Mike Leach and Washington State this week. Buffs are going to raked over the coals in the Pac-12.
2) Very tough week for my favorite team, A’s. For them, they can’t stay healthy. Going to be quite a struggle for them to make the playoffs. Its been a fabulous year so far and very surprising. Considering their Over/Under win total was 72 I am quite pleased. But cashing an AL Pennant future at 70-1 would be even nicer.
1) Loser of the Patriot-Raven game Sunday night will be 1-2, and in a surly mood. Baltimore lost a bitter game to the Patriots in LY’s playoffs; this should be good entertainment.
Saturday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........
13) Over first two weeks of NFL football, there were 197 red zone drives that resulted in 975 points, for an average of 4.95 yards/drive (excluding kneel down drives at end of games). To me, that should be how the NFL ranks red zone efficiency, points/drive, not TD percentage.
12) Best red zone teams so far; Bills five drives, 35 points (7.), followed by Denver (6.3), Baltimore (6.2) and 49ers/Packers (6.).
11) On other end of spectrum, Browns have two FGs on three red zone drives (2.0), making them the worst red zone team so far. Just above them are Rams/Seattle (3.71) and the Colts (3.86). Three rookie QBs and Sam Bradford, playing for his third OC in three years.
10) There is a perception amongst gamblers that the replacement refs are helping the home teams, creating the reality of some Las Vegas books making home teams lay an extra half-point, or get a half-point less.
9) My observation about the replacement refs is that most of them are intimidated, so teams should throw 80% of their pass plays towards their sidelines, where they can bitch at the refs on close plays and pick up an extra call or two. This would especially hold on critical third down plays. I’m not kidding; lot of times we’ve seen a guy on the sideline yell at the ref and then the ref reaches and throws a flag.
8) Eli Manning completed eight passes for 243 yards in the 4th quarter alone vs Tampa Bay last week; shouldn’t the Cowboys come out in no-huddle against the Bucs this week?
7) Peyton Manning is 0-5 with three INTs on passes that went 20+ yards downfield; it’s a small sample, but a situation worth following.
6) 65 of 92 Super Bowl teams started that season 2-0; last 0-3 team to make the playoffs? The ’98 Buffalo Bills.
5) Actor Ed O’Neill, who played Al Bundy on TV and the reporter in Blue Chips, was in training camp as a defensive lineman with the Steelers in 1969, same year Pitt drafted Joe Greene and LC Greenwood. Needless to say, O’Neill got cut, but he’s done alright for himself since.
4) I had forgotten that Hubert Davis quit ESPN and is an assistant hoop coach at North Carolina. I’ll miss his pleasant nature on TV.
3) What a basketball odyssey Darko Milicic has had; I was 100% wrong about him, thought he was going to be super in the Vlade Divac mold as a great-passing big man who was a terrific teammate.
It never happened and now he’s a journeyman bouncing from team to team, making a freakin’ fortune anyway. Darko will be on the Celtics this season; I still find myself rooting for him. He was so highly thought of the Pistons drafted him ahead of Dwyane Wade. Whoops.
2) When you hear a pitcher has an oblique injury and Lord knows there are a lot of them, know that if the injury is on the same side as his pitching arm, its not as severe as if the injury is on the opposite side. You learn these kind of things when you root for the A’s.
1) NFL almost fined Alex Smith $15,000 because he wore an SF Giants’ ballcap to a press conference; only thing that probably saved him was NFL’s new agreement with New ERA, which makes hats for both MLB and NFL. Giants’ skipper Bruce Bochy wore a 49ers’ cap to his press briefing the next day, to show support for Smith.
NFL takes its licensing agreements very, very seriously. Too bad they don’t take the officiating in their games that seriously.