Saturday's List of 13: Random thoughts with weekend here......
13) Chip Kelly is first NFL head coach with no NFL experience at all since Mike Riley coached the Chargers, but Riley had been a HC in both the WLAF and CFL, and played college ball at Alabama.
Ironic that Riley is now the coach at Oregon State.
Up until being hired by Oregon six years ago, Kelly's entire football career had been spent at New Hampshire, Columbia and Johns Hopkins, and he wasn't a head coach at any of those places. Now he's an NFL head coach.
12) Eldrick Woods, Rory McIlroy both missed the cut over in Abu Dhabi; Woods because of a rules snafu which cost him two strokes.
11) Took one round for McIlroy to ditch his Nike putter in favor of his old Scotty Cameron Titleist flatstick; he is off for three weeks now, curious to see what he putts with when we next see him.
10) Jacoby Ellsbury makes more money than Buster Posey? Posey got $8M for one year, Ellsbury $9M, as both guys avoided arbitration; Ellsbury gets a $1M raise despite playing in only 74 games LY-- what would he have gotten if he had a good season?
9) Middle Tennessee/Florida Atlantic are both jumping from Sun Belt to C-USA next year, another football-related move. In basketball, Sun Belt is 20th-ranked league this year, C-USA 11th.
8) Brewers' OF/1B Corey Hart is out 3-4 months after having knee surgery, the same knee he had scoped last winter.
7) From 2004-12, Phoenix Suns went 405-237 under Mike D'Antoni, then Alvin Gentry; they let Steve Nash walk last summer, are now 13-28, so they canned Gentry Friday. How about firing the guy who assembled the team?
6) Odd game of the day Saturday: Harvard at Memphis.
5) Actor Craig T. Nelson's dad was the drummer in Bing Crosby's band.
4) I am confused why the Bears fired Lovie Smith, and I'm equally baffled by his not getting another job this winter, but he wasn't exactly in demand in 2003, when Chicago hired him away from the Rams (he was DC).
Rams were hosting Carolina in a playoff game; Bears made it clear that if St Louis won that week, they were going to hire someone other than Smith, since back then, assistants couldn't interview if their teams were still playing.
So the Ram-Panther game is in OT, and Smith's chance to be a head coach in the NFL may rest on his team losing the game!!!! So go figure, a washed-up Jason Sehorn is suddenly covering Steve Smith (in his prime) 1-on-1, Steve Smith scores an easy TD, Rams lose and Lovie Smith gets his dream job.
15 head coach/GM openings this winter, no minorities were hired; no idea if race is a factor, but I have to believe there are other factors involved in Smith not getting another head coaching job.
3) Cardinals' DC Ray Horton was none too happy with being passed over as Redbirds' new head coach; as a result, he is gone from Arizona, good move by Bruce Arians-- you don't want a locker room with divided loyalties.
Horton shouldn't be too mad; he's getting $8M for four years to be the Browns' new DC. Big money for a coordinator.
2) Pretty cool that former major league catcher Paul LoDuca has a job at TVG, analyzing horse racing; don't know if he's any good at handicapping, but he comes across well on TV. He worked some Nationals' games on TV when he was still an active player but on the DL.
1) Our thoughts/prayers go out to jockey Ramon Dominguez, who was injured in a spill at Santa Anita Friday and fractured his skull. Jockeys have a really dangerous job; this spill was scary to watch.
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