10/01/2011 05:15 PM
Armadillo: Saturday's six-pack
College football trends for Saturday’s games:
-- Alabama is 7-1-2 vs spread in its last ten games vs Florida.
-- Home team covered 10 of last 13 Rutgers-Syracuse games.
-- Northwestern covered seven of last nine tries as a road underdog.
-- Michigan covered once in its last 11 conference home games.
-- Idaho covered eight of last 11 tries as a road underdog.
-- Underdogs covered six of last seven Georgia Tech-NC State games.
Armadillo: Saturday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........
13) Today’s word of the day is scapegoat, which Webster’s defines as:
a) one that bears the blame for others
b) one that is the object of irrational hostility.
Living example of a scapegoat: Terry Francona, who the Red Sox stupidly let go Friday. Before Francona became skipper of Red Sox, they hadn’t won a title since 1918. Now they’ve won two in the last seven years, but that’s not good enough, according to the nitwit suits upstairs. We’ll see how this one works out for them.
12) Some genius in Las Vegas bet $400 on the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl at 500-1, so if they win the Lombardi Trophy for the first time in February, he’ll net $200,000. One small problem, the Chiefs are 0-3. 0-3 teams rarely wind up in the playoffs, much less winning them.
11) Oakland Raiders sold out their first two home games; over last two seasons, Silver and Black sold out only twice in 16 home dates.
10) Houston-UTEP game Thursday night had some of the worst defense I’ve ever seen; do these teams even practice tackling? Cougars had over 700 yards of total offense with more than 10:00 left to play- they wound up escaping El Paso with a 49-42 win that was more sandlot ball than anything else.
9) Before Wednesday, Bronx Bombers had won 925 (yes, 925) games in a row when they led by 7+ runs in the 8th inning. That should make the Red Sox fans feel just terrific.
8) Braves scored a total of 92 runs during their 10-20 faceplant to end the season. As usual, knee-jerk reaction was “Fire the hitting coach!!!” No one gives the hitting coach credit when teams crush the ball. We’re not a very loyal society.
7) Was surprised to read that Red Sox still have 11 guys on their team who played on the 2007 World Champs, There’s something to be said for adding key pieces who are hungry for a title (think Hunter Pence in Philly, or Earl Monroe for the Knicks in the early 70’s). A key player who is hungry for a title invigorates teammates who have already won and may be getting complacent.
6) Teams averaged 4.28 runs/game this season, lowest since 1992. Highest scoring came back in 2000, when teams averaged 5.14 runs/game.
5) Michigan Wolverines are winning under 1st-year coach Brady Hoke, but a red flag: They’ve completed less than half their passes three games in a row. When they play Wisconsin/Ohio State, they’re going to need some plays from the passing game.
4) No divisional games in the NFL this week, second time in first four weeks this season. Schedule was designed that way in case the lockout dragged on into the season and caused a late start.
3) Its not a good sign when you don't sell out your home opener. Bengals drew 43,363 to last week; now a QB they cut two years ago (Ryan Fitzpatrick) returns to town as an early MVP candidate for the Bills, who’ve beaten Cincinnati ten straight times, and are favored to make it 11 in a row.
2) There is nothing common about common sense. Padres fired their hitting coach Thursday for the fifth time in seven years, then said they’re keeping the outfield fences at the ridiculously deep distances they’ve been at all along. Of course, if they moved the fences in, no doubt they’d wind up firing the pitching coach.
1) Not to say my Oakland A's had an abysmal season, but Friday they fired both the pitching and hitting coaches. That doesn't leave much else.
Always remember the 3 G's Girls,Golf, Gambling not in any particular order......:2thumbs: