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SPOOKY'S ASKING IF CHIP KELLY IS GETTING PAID IN PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS OR IF THERE IS GONNA BE A HARBAUGH BOWL NFL EXPRESS
So glad to be back on the BTB forum List of 13: Nobody asked me, but........
13) Very early Super Bowl lines, with the four possible matchups:
Patriots would be -2 over the 49ers, -6 over Atlanta.
Ravens would be 3.5-point underdogs if the Harbaugh brothers meet; they’d be 1.5-point underdogs if they played Atlanta.
12) Last time the 49ers won a road playoff game was in ’89 in Chicago; backup QB for the Bears that day was Jim Harbaugh.
11) SI.com pointed out today that the average NFL game this season had 694.4 total yards; the four playoff games this weekend had an average of 898.3 yards. Quite a difference from the four games that all stayed under the total last week.
10) Why didn’t the Falcons go for two when they took 26-7 lead Sunday? Do these coaches take game management lessons? Mike Smith would be having a very unpleasant day today had the Falcons lost that game.
9) Rory McIlroy signed a big money deal to switch from Titleist clubs to Nike; my golf expert tells me that in this day and age, should not be a huge adjustment for him with his new sticks.
8) Adidas signed Derrick Rose to 13-year, $183M endorsement deal; that’s the sneaker company, not the Bulls. Lebron James makes around $120M for 10 years on his sneaker deal. That’s why these guys play in the Olympics and these off-season tournaments, to pacify their sneaker sponsors.
7) USC fired hoop coach Kevin O’Neill; kids want to play a faster tyle and O'Neill's teams play slow. Now Trojans need a dynamic force who can utilize the Trojans’ new facilties to keep some of LA’s high school hoop stars at home. I am told that Bruce Pearl still has two years left on his show-cause order, so he’s not an option yet, but USC is a big name that has been a sleeping giant in hoops for years. Now is the time to get the right guy and challenge UCLA on the hardwood.
6) Oregon State started Pac-12 play 0-3, with three home losses and the President’s brother-in-law is feeling some heat in Corvallis. When you're losing with juniors/seniors on your squad, it ain’t good for your future.
5) ESPN.com reports that baseball owners approved a rule change last week, that would allow coaches and managers to bring interpreters to the mound for conferences with foreign-born pitchers who don't speak fluent English. Just what we need, more people in on conferences.
4) You know when a team has runners on first-and-third and pitcher fakes to third then throws to first? Thats going to be a balk this year-- it won't be a permanent rule change until the Players' Union says OK (why wouldn't they, unless its just a control thing), but it will be a rule this year.
3) Carmelo Anthony made $18,518,574 LY; you figure he does his best to keep in shape so he can play his best at all times. Not so much; turns out he recently fasted for 15 days, no carbs, no meats.
"I haven't had a good meal in 2.5 weeks. No meats. No carbs. So competing at a high level, the body feels depleted.........its for my own sake. Sometimes in life you've got to replenish your body back up and get all the toxins out. (Get) all the things you don't need in your body out. I do this once a year, every year."
How about doing it in the offseason, when you're not getting paid?
Coaching in the NBA must be a lot of fun.
2) Oakland A’s did the right thing and gave their excellent manager Bob Melvin a two-year contract extension; well deserved.
1) NHL regular season is normally 80 games; 48 games is 60% of 80, so the NHL Center Ice package, at most should be 60% of what it was last year, no? Well for once, it appears as if NHL did give viewers a 40% discount, charging $15 a month for the regular season.
NBA did no much thing LY, when their season was reduced from 82 to 66 games.
Wednesday's List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud........
13) One thing that seems to be apparent this year, the offensive skill level of players, especially frontcourt players, is simply not good.
Scouting is very sophisticated, so teams are adept at taking away a player’s strength and whats left isn’t pretty. The mid-major games are sometimes more fun to watch; smaller guys playing but with more diverse skills, as far as shooting and passing go. Faster placed games.
12) Odd fact: This is first time Louisville has ever been #1 in a regular season basketball poll. If you remember the Denny Crum era, his Cardinals played very hard pre-conference schedules, to get his team ready for March, so they lost their share of games and never got to #1, except after the NCAA tournament. Some coaches need to take note of that.
11) Chargers signed Broncos’ OC Mike McCoy as head coach, possibly more so off what he did LY, working with passing-challenged Tim Tebow, than what he did this year, when Peyton Manning basically coached the offense himself. Interesting move within the same division; he is an offensive coach replacing an offensive coach, doesn’t happen all that much.
10) Tuesday was 4th anniversary of that pilot Sully landing the airplane in the Hudson River. Must be cool walking around knowing you saved a couple hundred lives, including your own.
9) Hopefully, no A’s will be invited to play in the World Baseball Classic; who needs the distraction? Definitely don't want any pitchers there.
8) Iman Shumpert wll probably make his season debut for the Knicks in London Thursday; he will improve their perimeter defense and overall athleticism. Just the fact that he isn’t old will help.
7) Last 11 Orlando Magic games went over the total, if you care about things like that.
6) ESPN’s Buster Olney pointed out the Phillies’ run production the last four years: 820-772-713-684. If you’re scoring less runs, your pitching better improve, or else.
5) Was this best class of rookie kickers in NFL history? Tucker (Ravens), Walsh (Vikings), Zuerlein (Rams) were all terrific, accurate from 50+ yards. I remember when Russell Erxleben and Steve Little came out of the SWC together in the early 80’s, they didn’t do that well in the NFL, but they were punters/kickers, so that was a problem. More specialization now.
4) Temps hit 29 in Phoenix Tuesday, six years to the day from the last time temps got below 30 degrees in the Valley of the Sun.
3) Seahawks’ TE Zach Miller got hurt early in Sunday’s game, went in the locker room, came back out and suddenly looked like Kellen Winslow Sr catching passés; he had eight catches for 142 yards, a huge game. Turns out Miller tore the plantar fascia in his foot, got a pain-killing shot in locker room, and then played the game of his life. Medicine is a wonderful thing.
2) Rafael Soriano gets $28M to close for the Nationals for two years; what happens in the Bronx if Mariano Rivera isn’t his old self anymore?
1) Baltimore Orioles will be on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball April 14; somehow, it’ll be their first Sunday night ESPN game in six freakin’ years. How is that possible?
Thursday's List of 13: Random stuff on a winter day......
13) Is it too late to go back to Titleist clubs? Rory McIlroy shot +3 in his first round with his new Nike sticks, while paired with Eldrick Woods, who shot even par. Thursday's leaders probably didn't get appearance fees, like McIlroy and Woods generally do overseas.
12) Terry Francona has a book coming out on Tuesday, about his days managing the Red Sox (hopefully he also has some stuff about managing the Birmingham Barons when Michael Jordan played there); curious to see how controversial it’ll be.
11) Since Bo Ryan has been hoop coach at Wisconsin, Badgers have seven more road wins than any other Big Dozen team.
10) ESPN announced its first 11 Sunday night games and predictably, no Oakland games. Typical morons; of course both New York teams are on, the Rangers are on multiple times. Do the nitwits at ESPN even know the A’s won their division last year?
Its not that important but it boils down to respect, or lack thereof.
9) A's-Mariners-Nationals made a 3-way trade Wednesday, with Mariners getting Michael Morse, A's getting John Jaso and Washington shedding Morse's contract, while replenishing its farm system somewhat.
8) Whoever invented the sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on an English muffin should get a sizeable raise, and a spot in the Sandwich Hall of Fame, if there is such a thing (and there should be).
7) Four NBA teams have had both the league’s leading scorer and the league’s leading rebounder that year; all four teams won 50+ games. Right now, the Lakers have the #1 scorer and the #1 rebounder, and they’re 17-21. Go figure.
6) Atlanta Hawks suspended leading scorer Josh Smith for a game, then showed how much they missed him by beating the Nets 109-95, just second loss in last eleven games for Brooklyn; Hawks scored 58 points in their last game- they had 56 at the half Wednesday.
5) Texas Rangers gave lefty starter Matt Harrison $55M for five years; he is 32-20 the last two years, while tossing 399 innings.
4) New York Rangers' coach John Tortorella told WFAN Wednesday that he expects play to be sloppy when games start Saturday; he also said a coach would normally want at least a couple weeks to get his team ready to play, but what he got was six days. What a way to run a business.
3) Chip Kelly changed his mind and bolts from Oregon to the Eagles; does that mean Ducks are going on probation, or did Kelly just change his mind?
2) Chicago Bears signed QB guru Marc Trestman as its head coach, a typical 180-degree change from its previous coach; Jay Cutler has his fourth OC in last five years. Now the Bears needs a strong defensive coordinator.
1) Its was 100+ degrees in Australia Thursday at tennis tournament.
Hey maccon....No I am not a service and post my plays on the monitor and here on the Express for the most part.
A lot of the guys that are signed up with Spooky will email or text me for any of my thoughts but I dont do this for any other reason. I have a pretty decent track record (unless JimmytheGreek gets in the way, lol) inside joke.
But if you sign up for an account with Spooky I never mind sharing my plays but otherwise it really is not worth the time and stress to be honest. But I will start posting more daily plays on the express after the Super Bowl.
Send me an email if you have any questions. Thanks for asking.
Don't you worry your ugly little faces--I've got plenty of gloating to do today regarding the great Manning Bro debate that we constantly do here. For as God awful as the NFL was during the Wild Card Round (and it was), those memories were quickly skull-fucked out of our mind grapes with Denver and Baltimore putting on the game of the year. Goddamn, that was great wasn't it?
Peyton Manning - LOLOLOLOLOL I told you that Eli was better! Would Eli have Favre'd a back-breaking pick in overtime or get way outplayed by Joey Flacks? NO HE WOULD NOT. We forgot about how awesome it was when Peyton constantly chokes in the playoffs due to his season long sabbatical from neckAIDS last year. I didn't. I remember how glorious those piss-aways were. Dude is now 9-11 in the playoffs. That is AWFUL. And most of those 11 losses are at home when heavily favored. This has always been the reason why I feel like Eli is better. I would rather have a guy that can be counted on to be clutch in the playoffs than a guy who will get me the one seed and then choke. He does this EVERY year (but once). Eli is better. I am right. DEAL WITH IT, FALLOPIAN TUBES. Also: Tim Tebow won a playoff game with Denver. Remember that?
Champ Bailey - After getting torched by Torrey Smiff all day, I can now comfortably say that the Skins won the Portis/Champ trade from 8 years ago! Champ got clowned.
Raheem Moore - That was some ELITE terrible safety play on the Jacoby Jones hail mary. Unfortunately, this dude is going to take a huge amount of blame for the Denver loss when it should be directed at Pey Pey who only led his offense to three scoring drives while unleashing three crucial turnovers. By the way, it's fun to make fun of Joe Flacco for self-proclaiming himself as ELITE, but when he is on he is REALLY good. He just isn't on very often. He was on Saturday and was the best QB on the field. So I give him some props which Flacks doesn't get a lot of.
Johnny BRAH - A guy who built his resume on special teams was quite shitty with his special teams play, no?
Bill Vinovich and Crew - This game was almost ruined by constant terrible calls. Eventually, we're going to have the technology that allows Jerome Booger to ref every game.
Dom Capers - This might be the first time that I call out a DC, but here we are. Aikman nailed it when he kept questioning why the Packers continued to play man coverage and blitz. It was entirely ineffective and allowed The Criminal to gash them. He didn't change at all. What's the point of having a slow LB spy when he can't run? That was an absolutely terrible game plan.
Mike McCarthy - I'm starting to think that this guy being a Super Bowl winning coach is a total sham and a fluke.
Jeremy Ross - The Packers lost this game when he MUFFed that punt.
Clay Matthews - For those that think that the zone read is a fad that will eventually die, think again. It isn't going anywhere as long as it continues to embarrass DEs everywhere. Steroids Boy had no idea what he was doing.
Matt Ryan - Jesus Christ, you had your first playoff game easily in hand and then you launch a terrible pick and it's classic Falcons chokeyness all over again. My God, these guys are SO lucky. They did what they always do by not closing and blowing a 20 point FOURF quarter lead but these are not your typical Falcons. Oh who are we kidding, these are EXACTLY the same Falcons that you know from recent past.
Matt Schaub - Matt Schaub is ass. At some point next year, someone like Mike Golic will say that Schaub is a great QB. You are allowed to punch that person in the gash.
DeVier Posey - He scored a touchdown! It's probably for the best that they lost since they already have to vacate last week's win over the Bengals because of DeVier's off-field chicanery. Once a Fuckeye, always a Fuckeye.
Friday's List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind.......
13) Michigan Wolverines won 83-75 at Minnesota, in game that wasn't that close; hard to believe Michigan was behind 29-8 at Ohio State Sunday- they've got lot of well-coached, skilled players.
12) Amare Stoudemire scored 17 points in 20 minutes for the Knicks in their 102-87 win over the Pistons in London.
11) Auburn lost in double OT at Arkansas Wednesday; they were 7-17 from the foul line. Little things make a big difference.
10) South Dakota State's Nate Wolters went over the 2,000-point mark in the Jackrabbits' 59-53 win at Western Illinois.
9) Note to people who direct basketball games on TV; if clock is running in last 10:00 of a close game, never take the camera off the ball. Ever.
8) Syracuse is retiring Carmelo Anthony's jersey; he went to school there for one semester, but he did win them a national title and paid for their new practice facility. Wonder if he knows where the library is?
7) Looks like Giancarlo Stanton is only member of my sons fantasy team in the World Baseball Classic; he will have to hold his breath he doesn't tweak his hammy running out a grounder against Bulgaria or Guatemala, or whoever they have in that tournament.
6) Good news about the WBC: no A's, no respect, no distractions.
5) No righthanded hitter hit a homer to right field at Safeco Field LY; Mike Morse had 12 HRs to rightfield LY, so he could help Seattle there.
4) Doesn't look good for expanded use of instant replay in baseball this summer; too bad, they could use it.
3) A few days after the A's gave Bob Melvin a contract extension, Orioles did the same for Buck Showalter. What took them so long?
2) Serious question: If you ran an NFL team, would all this drama around Manti Te'o change how you rated him as a pro prospect?
1) Idaho State's Chris Hansen drained an 88-footer at the first half buzzer to cut Sacramento State's lead to 31-23; Bengals came back to win beat the Hornets by a point-- bad loss for a veteran Sacramento team.