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11/04/2012 11:29 AM
-- Damian Lillard is 2nd player in NBA history with 20+ pts & 7+ assists in each of first three career games. The other? Oscar Robertson in 1960.
-- David Ortiz gets $26M to be the Red Sox' DH for the next two years.
-- Angels tried to trade Dan Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol Friday night, but Chicago backed out, and Haren is now a free agent.
-- AL West champ A's gave Bartolo Colon a one-year deal for $3M; he won 10 games for Oakland this past season.
-- ACC's Miami Hurricanes lost an exhibition basketball game to St Leo's 69-67. You compete in the same league with North Carolina/Duke, losing to St Leo's ain't a good sign.
-- White Sox traded minor leaguer Ken Williams Jr to Colorado this week; Ken Williams Sr is an executive VP for the Sox- he was GM for the last dozen years. Try explaining that move to the wife.
11/04/2012 11:31 AM
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a busy sports Saturday if you missed it on the CFB express.....
13) Bad news for Oregon, Kansas State, Notre Dame, as Alabama got a TD with 0:51 left to pull out a tense 21-17 win at LSU, in a game where the Bayou Bengals' gambles failed at almost every turn. AJ McCarron had the best drive of his career at the right time for the Crimson Tide.
12) There's a pretty good chance the four unbeatens will stay that way, but K-State QB Collin Klein did get hurt in his game, so that could impact the Wildcats' chances of having a perfect season.
11) Speaking of K-State, 73-year old coach Bill Snyder sounds a lot like Mister Rogers when he talks, but he basically refused to answer any of ABC's Heather Cox' questions after the game, especially about the injury to Klein. He has a very polite way of being rude.
As for Ms Cox, she can interview me any day she wants-- I'll answer any of her questions, and at great length. I promise.
10) Pitt led 20-6 at Notre Dame with 14:00 left. Irish looked dead when they threw an incompletion on 4th-and-10, but a BS pass interference call gave them a first down that led to a TD, and several twists/turns later, the Irish had once again escaped with a dramatic win, this time 29-26 in OT over a Pitt team that lost to Youngstown State in September.
9) Tennessee 55, Troy 48, which ain't going to make Volunteer Nation feel much better. Total yardage: Troy 722, Tennessee 718. Yikes.
8) Southern Miss has had 18 consecutive winning seasons, but they're winless this year; Golden Eagles led 16-0 at home over UAB Saturday at the half, but blew the lead and fell to 0-9 with a 27-19 loss in a game they were favored to win. A complete disaster.
7) Vanderbilt won 40-0 at Kentucky; send your head coaching resumes to the UK Athletic Department, Lexington, Kentucky. Wildcats fans had no idea how good they had it when Rich Brooks was their coach. Now they're finding out. At least basketball season starts next week.
6) San Jose State trounced Idaho 42-13, is bowl eligible for first time in four years, and could be headed to a bowl for first time since 2006.
5) Texas A&M freshman QB Johnny Manziel reminds me of Doug Flutie; he was 30-36 for 332 yards, and Aggies also ran ball for 361 yards as they went to Starkville and waxed Mississippi State, 38-13.
4) Army stopped a 13-game losing skid vs service academies when they upset Air Force 41-21; if they beat Navy in December, Cadets will win their first Commander-in-Chief trophy since 1996.
3) Why doesn't Boise State wear blue jerseys at home anymore? Did TV people complain that the jerseys blended in with the blue turf?
2) Biggest upset this weekend? San Diego State (+14) went to Boise and upset the Broncos 21-19 on the blue turf.
1) Oregon 62, USC 51. Read that again. Ducks hung 62 points on the Trojans in the LA Coliseum. Impressive display of offense. They gained 730 freakin' yards. We won't mention the 615 yards USC gained.
11/04/2012 11:48 AM
Still really hurting from surgery so not posting much and making it quick and hopefully painless.
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS -3 (buy pt)
GREEN BAY PACKERS -9
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS +3
11/05/2012 02:37 PM
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday........
13) There will be articles written on how the Giants are struggling and can they regain last year's championship swagger, but think about it, a lot of the players had their homes flooded this week-- you expected them to play a strong game this week?
Last year's championship team was 7-7 at one point, by the way; this is a better team, just remains to be seen if they'll get hot at the right time.
12) People continue to be unimpressed by the 8-0 Falcons, which is the best thing for the 8-0 Falcons. Less scrutiny, less pressure, easier to win.
11) Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano seems like kind of a jerk, but he's done a good job with this year's Buccaneers, who had 278 rushing yards, 237 passing in a wild 42-32 win at Oakland. Bucs lost their last ten games LY, are now 4-4 this year.
Funny thing is, Schiano wouldn't let his QB take a knee at the end until the last play, when they took a knee out of the shotgun, not with the QB under center. Schiano had his players take a shot at Eli Manning earlier this year when the Giants were taking a knee; was he concerned with reprisal?
10) Six teams were +2 or better in turnovers this week; all six won, all six covered, with Tampa Bay the only underdog of the six. Four of those six teams had a field position advantage of 10+ yards; those four, along with Steelers (+12) and Packers (+15)-- they all covered, too.
Problem is, you can't handicap when turnovers will happen. When Chicago stops forcing turnovers, thats when they'll get upset.
9) Chicago Bears scored six TDs Sunday; one on a blocked punt, one by the defense, and four by the offense, on drives of 8-16-65-2 yards.
8) Seattle paid $13M to sign Packers' backup QB Matt Flynn, but he has no chance of playing, now that Russell Wilson seems entrenched as the Seahawks' starter; shouldn't they trade Flynn to a team that really needs a QB, say.....the Chiefs or Jaguars?
They really can't trade him to Arizona, since they're a division rival, but the Cardinals really need a quarterback, too.
7) Speaking of which, Jets needed to trade Tim Tebow to Jacksonville. It would liberate Mark Sanchez from excessive scrutiny, it would sell a lot of tickets in northern Florida, and it would just make sense.
6) Denver is 5-3. Indianapolis is 5-3; how weird would it be if the Colts and Denver met in a playoff game in January?
5) If you didn't see Colts' coach Chuck Pagano address his team after their game Sunday, check it out here. Very emotional, very real. Our thoughts and prayers are with the coach, who is fighting a treatable form of leukemia.
4) Redskins' biggest problem with Robert Griffin III is going to be keeping him in one piece; he's terrific, but he takes too many big hits.
'3) NFC teams were 3-1 against the AFC Sunday, with Steelers the only AFC team to win. Lions-Bears-Bucs all posted fairly easy wins. So far in 2012, NFC teams are 23-12 against the AFC.
2) Home teams are 6-7 vs spread this week, favorites 9-4, over 7-6-1; there were 107 explosive plays (4.12 per team). Teams are averaging 4.77 points per red zone drive this week, and that includes the Bills and Cowboys.
1) Is there a more overrated sports franchise than the Cowboys? TV still treats them like they're the best team in the NFL. Truth is, since '97, they're 1-6 in playoff games. Thats fifteen years.
11/05/2012 02:47 PM
The Worst of Week Nine not counting my surgery
ESPN's Marathon Analyst - Yes, this is a real position who was on Sportscenter on Friday crying about the New York Marathon being canceled while the Knicks and Giants games were not. It's because watching people run is pointless while the NBA and NFL are awesome. Eat shit, runners.
People that think that Sean Payton is going elsewhere - Oh Christ, what a dumb story this is. So the NFL is ignoring Payton's contract extension for whatever reason so now he will be a free agent after the season. Why would he go anywhere else? Sane people don't leave Drew Brees to go coach Tony Romo.
Jimmy HarBRAH - We're a little late on this but his "gobble gobble jive turkey" quotes are absolutely fucking insane. But it makes total sense to a dickhead that refuses safeties. Jim HarBRAH is a nutjob.
Pacman Jones - His blatant pass interference in the endzone followed by asshole celebration followed by the realization that his flag was thrown and him acting like he was wronged was just the best. I am so happy that Pacman is still in the league.
Andy Dalton clock management - When you're down by 11 points with 2 minutes left, running the ball is probably not the best idea.
London Fletcher - Ugh, nice fucking loss to the Panthers and never actually being in the game. That's always fun to get your shit stuffed by a completely terrible team with a coach that is just begging to get fired and likely carries a switchblade at all times. I'm a Fletcher fan and he's had a great career but he has been brutal all season long. The Redskins are terrible. I hope that the Rams enjoy two top ten picks.
Barack Obama - YOU LOSE, FOOL! The Redskins just doomed you good! At least you're a Bears fan and don't support this awful franchise! Unless your opponent is John Kerry (which he might be) then there is no reason to campaign any longer. No need to vote now, everybody, because the Redskins just ended the drama.
Brandon Weeden - The most talented player in the league was back to his usual bad self yesterday in a game that they absolutely should have won. Just remember, everyone, that at this time next year the Browns will be UNDEFEATED.
Jordy Nelson - Biggest pussy in the league? I was all fired up when he was activated and then this honky gash gets hurt in the first quarter. BOO WHITES. Remember when Arizona was undefeated? That was hilarious. They might not win another game.
Everyone else compared to the Bears Defense - The Bears D has scored EIGHT fucking touchdowns this year. EIGHT! When I said that Matty Ice and Peyton were the first half fantasy MVPs this year, I meant that the Bears Defense is the fantasy MVP this year. BEARS SICK.
Ryan Tannehill - That was an enjoyable game between two surprise contenders but Tannehill was pretty awful in the final two drives. He seemed to prefer overthrowing his receivers by 4000 feet instead of completing passes.
Andrew Luck's hair - I don't know what the hell is going on with that bird's nest but it is ridiculous.
People trying to stop Adrian Peterson and Doug Martin - Good God, these two guys can not be slowed down. Peterson is a damn stud and Martin is on a run that is rarely seen.
That ref in Indy - Yelling GOD DAMMIT into an open mic is always terrific.
Terry Bradshaw - Reggie Bush was chasing a bucket of chicken? Yeah, you're going to get in trouble for that, hayseed.
GAMBLING! - I had another monster Saturday and Sunday. If Radwoodson is reading this, tell them the truth and the spooky magic.
11/05/2012 06:04 PM
Coming off a big weekend as did many of us here is something for tonight.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES/NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OVER 51 POINTS
Also have a bunch of round robins rolling with the Eagles tonight as well and will root that on. GL