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SHOPWITHSPOOKY.COM AND THE COUNTDOWN TO MADNESS WEEKLY SPOOKY EXPRESS
Back from Costa Rica and Monday's Dirty Dozen: Things I'd change, if I could........
12) Lower the drinking age to 18; you're old enough to go to war, you're old enough to have a freakin' beer.
11) No conceding putts in these match play golf tournaments; you're a pro, make a 2-foot putt. Someone has to explain to me why this happens.
10) We talked about this earlier this month: college basketball teams should get one timeout, per team, per half. Make the game flow better. Multiple timeouts at the end of games allow coaches to strangle the game.
9) NBA teams should be able to play any defense they want. Nothing in the sports world bothers me as much as defensive three seconds. NBA is all about protecting the star players, and that cheapens the product.
8) I'd legalize gambling on sports. Its going to happen; too much money involved for it not to happen. In the meantime, Bonus Code Spooky.
7) I'd find a way to lower the price of gas in this country; people that own the oil/gas companies are corrupt, thieving bastards, and so are the politicians that allow it to happen.
6) Some enterprising human who wants to make a lot of money would bring In 'n Out Burger to Florida.
5) College football's playoff system would be eight teams, three weeks, and it would generate a fortune. Thats why all this conference realignment is happening; everyone wants a piece of the pie.
4) When ESPN first started 30+ years ago, the first conference that let them air games was the Sun Belt Conference. Now? No Sun Belt games. How about giving them a weekly 9:00 timeslot some weeknight? Gratitude is a good thing, ya know?
3) Designated hitter should be used for All-Star games, all exhibition games, but never in the regular season. Its a gimmick; if a guy can't play any position in the field, then he should just pinch-hit or retire.
2) This is a little selfish, but A's would be allowed to move to San Jose; the baseball Giants got their new stadium, why can't the A's get one?
1) Kids should be able to go straight from high school to NBA, if they're good enough. Baseball players can do it; why not basketball? Think it would help college basketball; one-and-done kids are a joke- they're not students.
If you had to guess, what are the odds Shabazz Muhammad knows where the library is at UCLA? He's off to the NBA as soon as this season ends.
Wrapping up a sports Saturday if you missed anything.........
13) Wild day in SEC Saturday, with four of seven games going to OT, with Alabama-LSU going three OTs, Tennesseee-Texas A&M four OTs. Big win for Kentucky over Mizzou, as Wildcats are a bubble team without Noel.
12) Tennessee is now hottest team in SEC, winning its fifth game in row, but Florida Gators come to Knoxville Tuesday, which should be interesting. .
11) ESPN signed a new TV deal with whats left of the Big East, but for less than what each team makes now. Somehow, I doubt Big East will maintain its 8pm Saturday night slot during Championship Week, not with potential of a Tulane-Central Florida final. Big East will basically be Conference USA next year, with Cincinnati returning to its Metro/Great Midwest roots.
10) Iona's month from hell continued with a 65-64 loss at Indiana State; Gaels lost six of their last seven games, with three OT losses and three others by a total of six points. For a team that ranks #83 in experience, this isn't what is supposed to happen at the end of games.
9) New Mexico had a terrific 91-82 win at Colorado State, with Kendall Williams going 10-13 behind arc, scoring a ridiculous 46 points. Whole Syracuse team scored 46 points in its home loss to Georgetown.
8) They retired Carmelo Anthony's jersey in the Carrier Dome Saturday, despite fact that Anthony went to school at Syracuse for about 10 minutes. He did win them a national championship, then he paid for their new practice facility, so I guess thats what it takes to get your jersey retired.
7) Will be interesting to see if golfer Steve Stricker sticks with his plan to play in only 11 tournaments this year, skipping British Open but playing in the Quad Cities (John Deere) Classic. Must be nice to have money.
6) Interesting prop bet in Las Vegas; which team will win more games in 2013, Alabama (-$140) or the 49ers (+$120)?
5) There were 79 SEC players working out at NFL Combine this week, compared to 43 from the ACC, 38 from the Pac-12.
4) Eight Fridays so far in 2013; stock market went up all eight days.
3) On Mets' TV broadcast of its spring training game Saturday, Ron Darling/ Keith Hernandez inferred that it is easier to win a Gold Glove Award (sponsored by Rawlings) if you use a Rawlings glove. Go figure.
2) The jersey Mike Eruzione wore in the 1980 Miracle on Ice game sold for $657,250 on Saturday night. The stick Eruzione used was sold for $262,900 in an auction run by Heritage Auctions in New York City.
Other items Eruzione sold through the auction company included his jersey worn in the gold medal win against Finland ($286,800), the warmup suit he wore during the gold medal ceremony ($26,290), Eruzione-used Team USA gloves ($53,775) and used pants ($26,680).
1) Someone on Twitter posted a great video yesterday from 35 years ago, when Brian Billick was a contestant on Match Game PM, which was a popular game show at the time, with panelists like Charles Nelson Reilly, Fannie Flagg and Brett Somers. Good stuff. Not sure Billick would think so.
-- Miami Marlins have sold less than 5,000 season tickets this year- their season ticket sales last year were just over 12,000. Wow.
-- Marquette outscored Syracuse 29-5 from foul line, beat Orange 74-71; its not too often you play a 2-3 zone and give up 35 foul shots.
-- Terrific game in Ames, where Kansas got significant help from the refs late and beat Iowa State 108-96 in OT. Johnson had 39 for Kansas.
-- Manti Te'o ran a 4.82 40-yard dash and didn't bench press because of a stinger in his shoulder. His status will be a highlight of the NFL Draft; his 40-yard dash time ranked 20th of the 26 linebackers at the Combine.
-- Denver Nuggets won their 8th straight home game, beating the Lakers 119-108. Going to be an uphill struggle for LA to make the playoffs.
-- Chicago Blackhawks beat Edmonton 3-2 in OT; they still haven't lost a game in regulation this season.
Tuesday's Dirty Dozen: Random stuff on a spring training kind of day........
12) Reason #4,153 why I’m glad I quit playing golf; Peter Jacobsen/Roger Maltbie had a 5-minute conversation on TV Sunday about how they putted differently according to how the wind was blowing.
All the times I played golf, and I was never good, but never once did I think about the wind while putting.
11) Delaware Blue Hens won four of last five games, all of which were decided by 1 or 2 points. I’m convinced there are a lot more close games than normal this season. Friend of mine thinks refs give calls to the teams that are behind, keeping games closer than maybe they should be. Interesting theory.
10) Pitt Panthers’ first ACC football game is Labor Day night, when they host Florida State. Going to take a while to get used to Pitt being in the ACC, along with Syracuse/Louisville.
9) When Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau says that Derrick Rose “wasn’t left out of any drills” last week, I’m assuming he’s telling us that Rose will be playing in games soon.
8) With a couple of NBA games and the Oscars on TV Sunday night, ESPNU went obscure, showing LIU-Wagner at 8:00. The NEC has entertaining, wild, mindless games. I wish they were in the wagering rotation.
7) Nothing is more useless than a QB’s time in the 40-yard dash. About 15 years ago, fella named Brady ran 5.2 in the 40, which is dreadfully slow; he turned out OK. How often does a QB run 40 yards straight ahead?
6) Mets used their Opening Day lineup for the TV game Saturday (except for injured 2B Daniel Murphy); they need people to buy tickets to watch their potentially-sorry team play. Not a lot of teams wheel out the Opening Day lineup for their first spring training game.
5) Sure sign we’re not close to starting baseball season yet; one major league team was scheduled to use seven pitchers Monday, only one of whom had a number lower than 81.
4) Bronx TV announcer Michael Kay is a smug, condescending human; he actually said this Sunday, as if this has never been true before (and maybe it hasn’t been): “All five teams in AL East have a chance to make the playoffs this season!!!” Imagine an NFL announcer ever saying that?
3) You can’t buy a 20-ounce soda in New York City anymore? Where do you draw the line between looking out for peoples’ well-being and the state being way too controlling in people’s lives? OK, people will just buy two 16-ounce sodas instead. How does that help anything?
2) Golfers that lost in first round of the World Match Play championship got $46,000; now think about this, Phil Mickelson opted not to play, because his son was on vacation from school last week.
He couldn’t bring the kid with him to Arizona? Give the kid a $46,000 gift? Seems like there may be an underlying reason other than his son as to why Lefty bowed out last week. Politics is a funny thing.
1) Why isn’t there an NBA Hall of Fame? Wouldn’t that make sense? There technically isn’t an NFL Hall of Fame either, but the one in Canton really is just for the NFL. Basketball’s Hall is so random; how is Jerry Buss in the Hall of Fame and not Jerry Tarkanian or Eddie Sutton?
With all due respect, Buss was a freakin’ chemist; all he did was write (and cash) very large checks. He had nothing to do with contributing to basketball, other than bankrolling a very successful franchise.