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Thursday's List of 13: Random thoughts on a raindy day in Florida.......
13) Was reading an article today on how bad the Marlins’ hitting has been this season; it mentioned how over the last 40 years, the team with the lowest OPS was the ’72 Texas Rangers, in their first year in Arlington after moving from Washington. Manager of the ’72 Rangers? Ted Williams, one of the best hitters ever, if not the best.
12) NBA Draft is two rounds, sixty picks; there are 77 early entries to the draft, 46 from American colleges, 31 from other countries, plus all the college seniors. Going to be a lot of disappointed people on June 27. Lot of kids are getting terrible advice.
11) Looks like former Oklahoma/Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson has a pretty good chance to be an NBA head coach next season, either in Charlotte or Milwaukee.
10) Pirates had a pretty good April, but their starting pitchers threw the least innings of any NL team, which is a red flag going forward. Got to keep the strain off your bullpen over a six-month season.
9) Kentucky Derby has rain in the forecast for Saturday; Rick Pitino owns part of a horse called Goldencents, which won the Santa Anita Derby and will be running Saturday.
8) Former Kansas State PG Angel Rodriguez has surfaced at Miami, a good get for Jim Larranaga, with the Larkin kid leaving early for the NBA. Hurricanes will be down some next year, but are now looking a lot better for 2015. Not sure yet if Rodriguez can play next year or if he has to sit out.
7) Surprised to see the A’s scored 20 more runs in April than any other American League team.
6) According to Sports Illustrated, University of Tennessee spent $360,000 on six different coaching searches, just since 2005- they hire search firms to find them the right coach. Whoever told the Vols to hire Lane Kiffin should give them a refund on that search.
5) Since 2001, 30 of 42 (42%) of teams that led their division on May 1 wound up winning that division.
4) Online poker is legal in Nevada, if you play with Stations Poker. I’m predicting a gambling boom in this country over the next decade, where you’ll be able to play poker online anywhere, and bet on sports in states other than Nevada.
3) The last time Colorado had this much snow this late in the year was 1947. Glad I’m not there. Its supposed to snow in Kansas City today, too.
2) Horse racing note from TVG: This is first time since 1997 that no horse from the previous year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race will run in Kentucky Derby.
1) Turns out the TV viewer who called in to point out Eldrick Woods’ improper drop on the 15th hole on Friday at the Masters was a guy named David Eger, who plays on the Seniors Tour. I’ve never been a big fan of TV viewers calling in violations, since it favors players who are never on TV. Interesting that the caller was an actual touring pro, though.
-- Ugly performance by the Knickerbockers, losing 92-86 at home to the Celtics with a chance to win that series. Anthony was 8-24, JR Smith was 3-14 and when you shoot 39%, people will say you were flat.
-- Houston ain't dead yet, winning 107-100 at Oklahoma City; series goes back to Texas with Thunder struggling to find a complimentary scorer to Durant. Former Rocket Kevin Martin was 1-10 Wednesday.
-- Home side won all five Indiana-Atlanta games by average of 17 points, in what is a close yet uninteresting series.
-- Home teams won five of the first six NHL playoff games; under is 5-0-1 in those six games. Need the refs to call more penalties, to create power plays, which is where more goals are scored.
-- Clay Buchholz beat Toronto, is now 6-0, 1.01 so far this season.
-- Washington ended its nine-game skid vs Atlanta, beating the Braves 2-0, but Bryce Harper left with what are believed to be bruised ribs.