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Tuesday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but.........
13) Carl Cheffers’ officiating crew is by far the worst in the NFL- they had the Saints-Redskins game, when a side judge blew his whistle stopping a Carolina run, even though he never stepped on the right sideline. When the crew huddled up to decide what to do, they gave Carolina the TD, figuring he would’ve scored even if the Redskin defenders hadn’t stopped because of the whistle. Don’t think that’s what supposed to happen.
This same crew was also on the Chargers-Saints Sunday night game last month, when even NBC’s Cris Collinsworth was taken aback by some of the calls in the Saints’ favor late in the game.
12) As if New Jersey hasn’t had a cruddy enough time lately, a small earthquake hit the Garden State very late Sunday night. Only a 2.0, but still, enough already.
11) Its possible that Saints’ coach Sean Payton could be a free agent after this season, since the NFL voided the contract he signed last year. Imagine how Saints fans will react if Payton goes to…say, Dallas? there is no salary cap for coaches, and don’t think Jerry Jones doesn’t have his checkbook ready.
10) What Jones should be doing is hiring a real football guy to replace himself as GM. He’s awful, and it is obviously hurting the team. Great promoter, great businessman, amateur personnel guy.
9) Arizona Cardinals’ QB coach is John McNulty, who had been the WRs coach the last three years; he was replaced as WRs coach by Frank Reich, who was Jim Kelly’s backup QB in Buffalo, but who also engineered two of the biggest comeback wins in football history, once while in college at Maryland, the other in that memorable playoff game for Buffalo against the Houston Oilers.
Wouldn’t it make more sense if the former NFL QB was the QB coach, and McNulty stayed coaching WRs? Arizona desperately needs their QBs to play better; you’d think someone who has walked in their shoes might be more able to help Skelton/Kolb through difficult times.
8) Rumors have free agent slugger Josh Hamilton asking for seven years, $175M. Good luck there. Problems are this: Hamilton will be 32 in May. He has played more than 133 games twice in six big league seasons. He is a recovering drug addict who is one bad night away from a year’s suspension, and he also struggles in day games.
Hamilton says its because medication he takes do something to his eyes that make it tougher to play well in sunlight. Whatever. You’re giving him $22M a year? I don’t think so. Put it this way; the guy who has Hamilton in my sons 16-team keeper fantasy league tried very hard all season to unload him, and no one would bite.
7) Before last week, I had never heard of Marshall McDougall, but he was a AA prospect the A’s traded for reliever Ricardo Rincon at the 2002 trading deadline; it is the scene in Moneyball when Billy Beane tells the A’s cheapskate owner that he’ll pay for Rincon out of his own pocket, but when he sells him down the road, he gets to keep the profit.
Anyway, McDougall never gets mentioned in the movie, but I looked him up; he made the big leagues with Texas in 2005, going 3-18 in a brief big league stint. He is still playing ball; he hit .341 in 145 AB’s in Mexican League this past summer, a full decade after he was traded for Rincon. Would be a good story if he made it back to the big leagues someday.
6) Odd stat this week; NFL teams usually have about 10 possessions per game; Chargers only had six Thursday night, because they had two defensive TD’s, other possessions by both teams were sustained drives.
In Tennessee’s ugly 51-20 loss to the Bears, Titans had the ball eight times…..in the first quarter alone!!! I’ve never seen anything close to that before. Three turnovers and a blocked punt dug them a 28-2 hole they never came close to getting out of.
5) In their last five games, Denver has outsacked opponents 17-2, 10-0 in the last three.
4) 49ers were +28 in turnovers last year, an extraordinary number- they went 13-3; halfway thru this season, the Bears are +16. Any wonder why they’re 7-1?
3) Over the first seven weeks of the NFL season, there was only one game with no turnovers in it; in last two weeks, there have been five; either offenses are getting better, or defenses are wearing down.
2) I dislike politics a lot, but it is baffling to me how Mr Romney can run for President and not do a commercial where he, and only he, speaks to the American public on why he should be President.
Why would he not do this? Who is advising him? What makes them think we should vote for him? Although you know I didnt vote for Obama.
Are they just counting on people voting against the incumbent? Seems like an odd way to run an operation that is playing for very high stakes.
1) That said, please get out and vote today, no matter who you vote for; it’s the least we can do as citizens, to exercise the freedoms people risk their lives to protect.
Today calls for a celebration, boys (and one occasional girl). No...not because I'm completely awesome. Well, that SHOULD be celebrated, but not today, cock faces. Today we celebrate because after today there are no more God Damn political ads. Holy dreadlocked ballsack hair has this been unfuckingbearable! This year, especially has been impressively insufferable. So in remembrance of the biggest shit slinging campaign here are this weeks good shit and bad shit.
Alabama's backfield - Unfuckingfair. These shit sniffers reload every God damn year, don't they? Where in the holy fucking hell do all these stud running backs come from? Does Saban have some wide-hipped black woman strapped to a rape stand that just takes whatever former All American football player seed that gets dumped into her? Like a stud running back factory groomed to ROLL DAMN TIDE from birth? That sounds logical, right? It's how I imagine things go down in that area. It is the Souf, right? Anyway...at this point it's hard to say who will be better, Lacy or Yeldon. One thing is undeniable, though. A.J. McCarron is rat shit.
Anyone who plays Notre Dame - It's going to happen, God dammit. One of these weeks Brian Kelly will forget to put his rabbit foot Prince Albert back in and the luckiest team in college football will lose. But in the meantime, how much fun has it been violently cheering for shitbags like Pittsburgh to beat a heavily favored Notre Dame team and watching it almost happen every single week? I know I look forward to it every Saturday. College football is better when Notre Dame is losing games. I fully stand by that statement. Speaking of Notre Dame haters...
Mark May - I like Mark May. Why do I like Mark May? Because he hates the same teams I do and I love it when he successfully gets under their skin. Which happens every week. He knows Ohio and Notre Dame's weakness...which is say anything negative about their team. Then take fucking cover because what follows is a tidal wave of tears and irrational mouth turds in a pathetic attempt to smite the GREAT MARK MAY! That should stir up some excitement today.
Oregon's defense - Okay guys, you can't win a national title playing DickRod defense. When teams like Washington can hold Bonerz Barkley, Esquire to rags you can't expect the nation to take you seriously when you allow the same boner lover to explode (literally) on your faces. The only solution is to bring back an enforcer like Legarrette Blount, put him on defense and instruct him to just start punching dudes. He's always willing to cold cock a couple of white kids for kicks.
Florida - Sweaty Meatball Muschamp and the boys are tough to figure out, man. One week they're violently ripping out people's genitals and the next they're losing to Missouri for half the game. I can't talk about this team anymore. It's making my fucking head spin.
Terrell Williams - I gotta tell you...John L. Smith is the LOLZ king. There have been 4 players arrested since Smiles Smith took over and his reaction to each one is priceless. This one was especially hilarious since it came literally hours after the game was over. ELITE decision making. I don't know much about this kid and I'm far too lazy to Google a sure fire criminal, so let me take a page out of JB's book and racially dissect this one. First, his name is Terrell so by that we can conclude that he's black, has a massive ego, manages money worse than a 6 year old and gets free tattoos in exchange for things like autographs and toothy blow jobs. Sounds right so far. Second, since we've already determined he's black, I would guess that his booze of choice was a bottle of Hennessy tucked under the driver's seat that gets slammed from a brown paper bag. Two for two. I'm just shocked that the police didn't find the loaded glock in the glove compartment and the bag of reefer stashed in the middle console. COUNT IT! But seriously...what a fuckin boob.
The Spooky Daily Double Lock of the Week
Looking at Syracuse plus the points and Northwestern plus the points. Take em to the bank
Totally agony here guys so making it short and sweet. Never had a chance to post Ball State last night except for a few guys that emailed. Sorry. But again with my head spinning with percocets not sure I watched much of the game. Like a few games this weekend in the NFL and College. Right now Texans and Lions are so calling out my name.
Thursday's List of 13: Random stuff on a warm, breezy, Florida day........
13) Jason Bay is my new hero; he was owed $21M by the Mets, but is now a free agent, after Bay agreed to defer some of the money owed him. He is free to sign with another team, after hitting .165 in 70 games with the Mets last season.
I'll repeat this; the guy hit freakin' .165, and gets $21M to go away!!!!
12) Maryland Terrapins got some excellent news Wednesday; Xavier transfer Dez Wells, tossed out of school at Xavier for an off-court incident that many people say he got railroaded on, was declared immediately eligible for the Terps, which really helps them. Maryland plays Kentucky Friday, so they’ll need all the help they can get.
11) Underrated election result Tuesday; apparently Puerto Rico voted that they would like to become the 51st state in the union. If that happens, which major leaguer will be the first to change his number to 51, the way Hawai’ian Sid Fernandez used to wear #50 for the Mets?
10) There are 127 I-A college football teams; 27 of them (21.8%) changed head coaches after LY. Two (Kentucky/Idaho) have already fired their HC this year, but the carnage is expected to fall well short of 27 this winter.
9) I had no idea Virginia is only state in our country where the governor is allowed only one term. I would think with a one-term person in charge, six years would be better than four, but thats just me.
8) Former Notre Dame/North Carolina/SMU hoop coach Matt Doherty will try his hand at TV this winter, working games on ESPNU. Always interesting to listen to ex-coaches work games.
7) Houston Cougars have an awful defense; in their last three games, opponents have converted 33 of 55 (60%) 3rd down plays. That’s terrible.
6) Over their last four games, UConn Huskies have been outscored 49-3 in the second half, a different problem than Maryland, which has been outscored 40-3 in the first half of their last three games. Neither is good.
5) NFL games are the top 14 rated TV shows in primetime so far this TV season; #15 is the season premiere of NCIS, starring former UCLA QB Mark Harmon.
4) Not sure if I mentioned this already, but Mark McGwire, who quietly is a pretty good hitting coach, left the Cardinals for the same job with the Dodgers. McGwire hit a walk-off HR against the Dodgers in the ’88 World Series, in the only game the A’s won.
3) Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis is back in the office this week, his eight-game suspension over; not sure how he could be totally have been stopped from working, if he and team employees used their own private cellphones and such. No more worries about that; now all Loomis has to do is get coach Sean Payton under contract for next year and beyond.
2) I thought it never rained in San Diego? Friday’s Syracuse-San Diego State hoop game, scheduled to be played on the deck of an aircraft carrier, has to been moved to Sunday at 4:00 because of rain expected for Friday.
1) Longtime Texas Longhorn football coach Darrell Royal passed away this week at age 88; Texas was a dominant team under Royal- one of his best players was QB James Street, father of major league relief pitcher Huston Street.
To honor Coach Royal's memory, Texas will run the first play of this week's game from the wishbone formation, which was the offense of choice during Royal's heydey. Pretty cool.
Well most of ya know I follow the Sun Belt with my kid having gone to Florida Atlantic so kind of excited about tonights game since I like it a lot. Of course that is the kiss of death but here it is anyway. Also posting a few for this weekend which I have already played.
ARKANSAS STATE -4
OREGON STATE +5
OKLAHOMA STATE -8
Leaning towards a few others like TCU, Texas Tech and Florida Atlantic