13) In their last three games, Patriots have been outscored 34-6 in the 4th quarter; in the handicapping business, this is known as a red flag.
12) New Mexico Lobos are the first college football team in six years to play at Hawai’i, then play another road game the next Saturday. In handicapping business, this is called bad scheduling.
Lobos lost Saturday to an Air Force team they’re better than. Pick-6 on a swing pass, followed by the QB getting a concussion didn’t help any. That said, Bob Davie is doing good work in Albuquerque.
11) Dwight Howard is wearing #12 for the Lakers; 40 years ago, a backup guard also wore #12 for the Lakers. Wasn’t much of an NBA player, but he turned into a pretty good coach. Guy named Pat Riley.
10) Speaking of Dwight Howard, Orlando fans must really, really hate the Lakers. First Shaq leaves central Florida for LA, now Howard. If LA is going to pillage the Magic’s roster, shouldn’t they have to take JJ Redick and Ish Smith too? It only seems fair.
9) Brandon Roy is trying a comeback with Timberwolves, after having previously retired due to chronic knee problems. So far this fall, he is averaging 11.4 ppg in 21.2 mpg. Before Kevin Love broke his hand doing pushups, the T-wolves were a popular darkhorse pick in the west.
8) Steelers trailed 14-6 Sunday night, scored a TD, went for two to tie the game; in the second quarter. Decision was neither right/wrong (they got the two points) but it was most definitely unusual. Very few coaches go for two there. I’m thinking after a long drive, why not? Defense has to be tired. Teams with QBs who can run should go for two lot more than they do.
7) 20% of A’s 40-man roster (8 guys) is players who came to Oakland directly from the Diamondbacks. Oakland took Chris Young off the Snakes’ hands because Arizona wanted to clear a spot in the lineup for young CF Adam Eaton. Oakland has some more trades in them this winter.
6) So Peyton Manning is watching film on Bucs gaining 513 yards against the Saints’ defense and he’s got to be laughing out loud, yes LOL.
New Orleans is in the Mile High City Sunday night; the NFL finally wised up that they don’t have to back down from the World Series (Game 4), ratings-wise. This should be a fun game.
5) Was watching an Orlando Magic preseason game, and they showed clips from the Magic’s charity golf tournament; turns out that Johnny Damon bats lefty, but golfs righty. Go figure.
4) There is an actual TV program on the SyFy channel called “Drag Me to Hell”. Who watches this?
3) Used to be that fielding punts inside the 10-yard line was a no-no, but lot fewer balls bounce into the end zone on FieldTurf than they did on the old, bouncier Astroturf, plus punters are more adept at killing balls, almost putting backspin on them, so its really the 6 or 7-yard line that’s the stopping point for intelligently fielding a punt.
Seeing too many guys fair-catching balls at the 4 or 5-yard line; at that point, its worth the risk to let the ball bounce, maybe pick up 15 yards of field position.
2) NBA apparently has veto rights over who appears on ESPN’s NBA pre/post-game shows. So when you hear that funnyman writer Bill Simmons is OK to be on the show, but former coach Stan Van Gundy isn’t, that tells you a lot of what you need to know about both the NBA and ESPN. In other words, no way will the show be watchable.
1) Hey, wasn’t that a great debate tonight— OK, I didn’t watch it either. Game 7 of the NLCS, Lions/Bears. Might watch a replay of the debate after this gets posted, but have to admit, I’d watch pro wrestling before I watched the debate live, and I stopped watching the WWE, well really I never watched the WWE either.
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