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Thursday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud..........
13) Mike Redmond got hired to manage the Marlins a week or two ago; he never managed above A ball. Wonder if he knew he was still going to be managing a minor league team next season, just one that plays in a great stadium against big league teams. Poor guy is going to have a long summer.
12) When it comes to contract obligations for 2014 and beyond, Marlins have $0 on the books, as in, zero. Think about the Bronx Bombers owing Alex Rodriguez $114M over the next five years. Who would you rather be?
11) If they ever decide to contract franchises, Marlins are team they need to cut. Put Mr Loria out of business, move the A’s to Miami and two problems would be solved. That would be crazy sick since Im living here in Florida now.
10) ESPN.com reports that players traded from Miami to Toronto should wind up paying roughly 14% more taxes on the money they earn in home games, roughly 45% of their salary. No decent free agent will sign with Miami anymore unless they get a no-trade clause.
9) Tigers signed Torii Hunter for two years; you have an 80+year old owner, a 69-year old manager and Hunter just doesn’t seem that old. In other words, the future is now in Detroit.
8) Spring training starts earlier next year because of the goofy World Baseball Classic; can’t wait to see which pitchers get hurt during the regular season because they pitched in this meaningless exhibition that is designed to “grow the game”, a euphemism for “put more money in the pockets of greedy MLB owners”. Braves’ first spring training game is a ridiculously early February 22.
7) I’m thinking the site of the Final Four should host a doubleheader to tip off every college hoop season in mid-November.
This week’s event in Atlanta was excellent; do it every year, wherever the Final Four is being held, just have different teams every year.
6) Gonzaga looked really sharp Monday night; trick is to maintain that for the next 4.5 months. Teams like West Virginia and Butler, who looked awful this week, will use losing badly as a learning tool and will gradually improve as the season goes on.
5) If you watch Celtic games on NESN, you hear analyst Tommy Heinsohn, who is so bad he makes Hawk Harrelson sound like Vin Scully. Not sure how they keep putting him on the air.
4) Over last two games, Alabama’s football team didn’t force a turnover (-5), while allowing opponents to convert 21-38 3rd down plays. Hard to beat good teams like that, even if you’re better than they are.
3) Mike Brown’s salary for this year (for not working) is $4.5M; Mike D’Antoni will make $4M, but combined its still less than if the Lakers had hired Jeannie Buss’ boyfriend (Phil Jackson), who would've commanded a $12M/year salary.
2) It bears repeating that Brown got fired after five games, during which time Nash-Bryant-Gasol-Howard were on court together for a combined total of 45:00, less than one game. How do you fire a guy that fast?
Brown gets fired, but assistant Eddie Jordan, who got hired to teach the Lakers the Princeton offense which helped cause this whole debacle, he gets to stay. Whats up with that?
1) First a sex scandal in the US Army, now the CEO of Waffle House is in hot water because he can’t keep his pants on.
Louisville could very well be the worst 9-1 team ever. I mean let's face it. At the beginning of the season this 8 team league could be one of the more sorriest in all of the majors, but Cincinnati and Rutgers are keeping up what little respectability this conference has left until we get a new division next season moving in. One thing we can say is that they keep things interesting even against the least formidable opponents.
No wonder they deserve no better than a Belk Bowl bert. Say that 6 times fast.
Anyone notice Fresno St won in CBB 39-30 over Cal Riverside last night? Don't the Bulldogs usually reach that at halftime of their CFB games?
Was that me in Piscataway by the 50 yard line jumping up and down receiving a gift from up above when -17.5 seemed all but stoinked Nick Bakay style?
Seriously? When did I miss the email? Of course everyone hyped about West Virginia in their first season playing the likes of the Big 12. Sure helps to schedule the usual cupcakes before conference play speaking of the likes of Marshall, James Madison and Maryland. Heck, they only beat Baylor, who might I add could still put up points by a final count of 70-63 CBB like scorefest post RGIII.
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Forgot to post my college football pick last night and of course I mention it cause it was a winner.
But hopefully some jumped on North Carolina for a pretty easy win.
Friday's List of 13: Things I'm looking for this weekend.......
13) Andrew Luck’s first genuinely big game as Colts’ QB, in Foxboro. When schedule came out last spring, no one thought this would be a big game anymore, but it is.
12) Kansas State’s last road game is at Baylor; win there, then beat Texas and its off to play for a national championship.
11) Chargers had a 24-0 halftime lead first time they played the Broncos; they lost 35-24. This is Norv Turner’s last stand coaching San Diego- they won't make playoffs if they lose here. Broncos covered their last five games as a favorite.
10) Are there any polls that recognize Ohio State, even though they’re on probation? If there are, Buckeyes have shot at a mythical national title. This is very tough game for them, at Wisconsin.
9) Jets and Brian Schottenheimer parted ways after last season; now they meet up again, with Mark Sanchez in a funk, having been blanked by his college coach last week. Now he faces his old coordinator. Rams are 3-0 in games where spread is 3 or less points.
8) Jim Mora Jr gets his first shot at crosstown rival USC; you get idea the gap between Bruins-Trojans is getting smaller, but until UCLA beats them couple times, LA is still the Trojans’ town.
7) Red Sox are right now worst team in AL East, by far; supposedly they tried to get in on the Marlins’ fire sale, but didn’t get a deal done. When are they going to make moves, and what will they be?
Would make sense if they panicked and threw a pile of cash at free agent OF Josh Hamilton. Not sure it would work out well, but it would quiet people.
6) Oakland Raiders gave up 42-55 points last two weeks, now Drew Brees and the Saints come to town; good luck there. New Orleans gets back to .500 with win here.
5) Vanderbilt is favored over Tennessee for third time in last five years, but they’re 1-13 in last 14 series games. Much like Norv Turner in Denver, this could be Derek Dooley’s last stand with the Vols.
4) Clippers beat Miami Wednesday, host the Bulls Saturday and visit San Antonio Monday; tough stretch of games. How is it as soon as Grant Hill leaves Phoenix, he’s out hurt again? What is it about the Suns’ trainers that kept him healthy those years in the desert?
In five years with Phoenix, Hill played in 91.7% (362 of 392) Suns' games; he hasn't played in any of the Clippers' eight games this year.
In six years in Orlando, the six years before Phoenix, he played in 32.0% (131-410) of Magic's games. Suns' trainers must be pretty good.
3) Ravens at Steelers is always a big game, with Roethlisberger out this week, tough game for Steelers to win. Whats up with Baltimore running a fake FG last week, when they led 41-17 late in third quarter?
2) This Saturday used to be Rivalry Saturday in college football, the best day of the whole year, including New Year’s Day; the BCS nonsense and the expansion of the season finished all that, to point where half the SEC is playing I-AA teams this week. Seriously; 20 years ago, this week was the end of the regular season in college ball, except for 10-12 rivalry games Thanksgiving weekend.
1) Alex Smith is expected to play Monday night; not so sure about Jay Cutler. Bears’ two losses this year are at night; they haven’t beaten 49ers in Candlestick since 1985.