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Friday’s 6-pack
Odds to win The Masters next month:
8-1— Rory McIlroy
12-1— Jon Rahm
14-1— Justin Thomas
16-1— Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka
20-1— Xander Schauffele, Eldrick Woods
25-1— Cantlay, Finau, Fowler, Reed, Scott

Quote of the Day:
“As coaches, we got a sense of desperation. We got to find a way to get them ready mentally and know what to do consistently. Trying guys at different spots and really trying to really, really learn more about their strengths and weaknesses and what they can and cannot do. And this is the time of year to do that.”
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables
Friday’s quiz
What great college coach was also the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

Thursday’s qui
Bill/Eric Musselman are the first father/son combo who were both NBA head coaches.

Wednesday’s quiz
Before they moved to Arlington, the Texas Rangers were the Washington Senators.

Posted onMarch 13, 2020
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Friday’s Den: Trying to make sense of what’s going on……
13) This website started on June 14, 2001, so it was still in its infancy when 9/11 happened; Back then, I just stopped writing for a week or so, until games started up again and we tried to get back to normal.

The last few days have a 9/11 feel to them; lot of uncertainty, sadness. This time, I’ll try and keep the home page going every day, probably with lists and general ramblings.

12) Just about all the conference basketball tournaments were cancelled Thursday, but the record will show that St John’s led Creighton 34-29 at halftime when the Big East got in line with everyone else and cancelled their tournament.

11) ACC brought Florida State’s team out on the floor, in uniform, to present them with the regular season trophy as they announced to the crowd that the ACC event was cancelled.

10) Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell tested positive for the coronavirus, the second Utah player to do so; Obviously, we wish both Mitchell and Rudy Gobert well.

9) 58 Jazz players/personnel had coronavirus tests Wednesday night, which of course caused some people to complain, since tests are supposedly hard to come by. And also because there are some people who just like to complain.
8) I usually don’t like quoting speculation, but thats all we have in lot of cases right now; sounds like the NBA/NHL could wind up with a multi-week break in the action, with playoffs lasting into July after things hopefully resume.

7) As I was typing this, the NHL and now major league baseball both suspended operations indefinitely. Sounds like I’m going to be watching a lot of movies the next few weeks.

6) NASCAR will run its races without fans at Atlanta and Homestead.

5) Philadelphia Eagles are shutting down their training facility, team owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. Wonder how many NFL teams will follow suit?

4) When Michigan, Ohio State cancel their spring football games, you know things are serious. If Alabama cancels their spring game, then it might be time to worry.

3) Bovada actually posted odds for which league will be first to play a regular season or playoff game. Seriously, this is real:
NBA +$200
MLB +$200
NHL +$210
MLS +$375

2) Cancellation of the NCAA tournament will probably cost Las Vegas sportsbooks well over $100M in handle, not to mention how much it would cost the hotels with cancelled reservations. $100M in handle isn’t profit, it is only action, but thats a lot of lost action.

1) Speaking of which, after lot of thought, and I do mean A LOT of thought, I cancelled my upcoming trip to Las Vegas, which is a sad thing. Just want to do the right thing, and figured that staying close to home until things settle down was the best path to take.

The term “social distancing” comes into play here; it describes how we need to reduce the probability of contact between people carrying an infection, and others who are not infected.

Stay well, everyone.

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Saturday’s 6-pack
According to Business Week, six of America’s most affordable suburbs……
— Pewaukee, WI— Located 20 miles from Milwaukee
— Mill Creek, WA— Average commute (29:00) for a Seattle suburb.
— Brandon, SD— 48% of residents are married with children.
— Bartlett, TN— Located 17 miles east of Memphis; has its own performing arts center.
— E. Norriton, PA— Unemployment rate is only 3.4%.
— South Weber, UT— Rural area that has an occasional “Bigfoot” sighting.

Quote of the Day:
“Hello folks. Rita Wilson and I want to thank everyone here Down Under who are taking such good care of us. We have Covid-19 and are in isolation so we do not spread it to anyone else. There are those for whom it could lead to a very serious illness. We are taking it one-day-at-a-time. There are things we can all do to get through this by following the advice of experts and taking care of ourselves and each other, no? Remember, despite all the current events, there is no crying in baseball.
Saturday’s quiz
Where did Jim Calhoun coach before he coached at UConn?

Friday’s quiz
John McKay was the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Thursday’s quiz
Bill/Eric Musselman are the first father/son combo who were both NBA head coaches.

Posted onMarch 14, 2020
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Saturday’s Den: Stuff you remember that reminds you we’re all getting old(er)
13) You remember having to get up to change the channels on the TV.

Until 1973, when I was 13, we had three TV channels, plus PBS which nobody watched except for Sesame Street and Mister Rogers (I preferred Green Acres and Mister Ed).

In 1973, we got cable TV, which came with a brown plastic box that was attached to the TV with a wire; you could sit there and change the channels. It was excellent. Still had to get up to adjust the volume, but it was excellent.

12) If you don’t know, Mister Ed was a talking horse who only talked to Wilbur Post, who owned the house, with the horse in a barn behind the house. Wilbur was an architect who never seemed to work; Ed got him into a lot of trouble. The show still appears on obscure cable channels now and then; check it out.

11) They used to have day games in the World Series; the first night World Series game was in 1971. Game 7 of the ’72 Series started at 1:00; it was over by 4:00 (the A’s won!!!) and at 4:00 the late NFL game came on. Obviously these days, World Series games are all at night.

10) When I was in college, the drinking age was 18; I used to sit in the Across the Street Pub with some of my college friends and argue about sports while they played Pac-Man endlessly. My friend Mike was fond of yelling at me, “Thats the dumbest thing I ever heard!!!” He said that a lot, usually very late at night.

9) There was a time when NHL players didn’t wear helmets’ nd those who did wear helmets were thought to be less manly than the others.

Boston Bruins had a terrific winger named Rick Middleton who had concussion issues so he had to start wearing a helmet. It was unusual then; now it is obviously a rule.

Goalies didn’t always wear masks wither, which is staggering to think about.
8) Until 1958 there were no major league baseball teams west of St Louis; then the Dodgers/Giants moved to California. What a sucker the owner of the Giants was; he got Candlestick Park, a windy, cold, cruddy stadium, while the Dodgers got Chavez Ravine. Oy.

7) Before the Giants/Dodgers moved, there were three major league teams (out of 16) in New York City. Then from 1958-61, there was only one team in the Big Apple., before the Mets came into being in ’62.

6) Random baseball trivia from Ryan Spaeder: Hall of Famer Greg Maddux made his major league debut as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 17th inning, on September 3, 1986; he would stay in the game to pitch the top of the 18th.

Maddux became the first player to both pinch-run and pitch in his big league debut since Dan McGinn did so for the Reds on September 3, 1968.

5) Before 1985, there was no shot clock in college basketball, which made it a much different game. If you had the lead in the second half, you could just hold the damn ball and wait for a good shot. North Carolina had a “four corners” offense that featured PG Phil Ford and was very effective at the end of the games.

In 1979, Duke led North Carolina 7-0 at halftime. Of a basketball game. UNC held the ball for 11 straight minutes when they trailed 2-0. ESPN was about to become a real thing and games like this were unwatchable, so the shot clock eventually became a real thing.

4) For a long time, college basketball teams only made the NCAA Tournament if they won their league; in 1974, Maryland was #3 in the country, but they lost the ACC title game 103-100 in OT to NC State (#2 in country), so the Terps went to the NIT and crushed everyone they played.

NC State ended UCLA’s string of seven straight national titles, beating the Bruins in double OT in the national semifinals.

3) Again though, UCLA won seven straight national titles in an era where they had to win their league just to get into the tournament. Nowadays, Duke hasn’t won the ACC regular season title by itself since 2006.

2) There was a time when you went out, you made sure you had an extra dime (or later, a quarter) in your pocket, in case you had to make an emergency phone call. Phone booths were very popular and bailed a lot of people out in emergencies. Cellphones made them obsolete.

1) As I’m typing this, the 6-OT UConn-Syracuse game from the 2009 Big East tournament is on ESPNU; one of the refs was John Cahill, who is from Albany and was always very nice to me in our dealings when I was a student manager for the Albany Great Danes. Good to see him on TV again. Classic game, with Sean McDonough/Bill Raftery/Jay Bilas on the call, before Bilas became one of the more annoying people in America.
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Sunday’s 6-pack
— Rick Pitino is the new basketball coach at Iona College.
— Richard Pitino will be back as head coach at Minnesota next year.
— Boston Marathon was postponed until September 14.
— Last four years, Wichita State has had 16 basketball players transfer out; thats a lot.
— Baseball prop bets are going to have to be refunded and reposted, since the season figures to be shorter than 162 games this season.
— Looks like Golden State will miss 17 regular games, meaning that Steph Curry loses out on $8,340,730.32 in salary because of the NBA stopping the season.

Tweet of the Day:
“Day 2 without sports:
Found a young lady sitting on my couch. Apparently she’s my wife. She seems nice.”
Sunday’s quiz
Where was Rick Pitino’s first head coaching job?

Saturday’s quiz
Jim Calhoun coached at Northeastern before he coached at UConn.

Friday’s quiz
John McKay was the first coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Posted onMarch 15, 2020
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Sunday’s Den: Coaches I’ve enjoyed in movies/TV shows…..
This isn’t a ranking, just list of coaches I’ve enjoyed in TV/movies………

14) Ed Lauter, Youngblood— Lauter is a junior league hockey coach with a beautiful daughter (Cynthia Gibb) who of course falls for Rob Lowe, because, hey, its the movies. Lauter also was a prison guard in the original The Longest Yard.

Lauter’s character has a great line in Youngblood: “I didn’t come halfway to the (bleep)ing Arctic Circle to lose to these goons!!!”

13) Ken Howard, The White Shadow— One of my all-time favorite TV shows, Ken Howard did a great job of portraying Coach Reeves, a former NBA player who becomes a high school coach in Los Angeles. He patterned Coach Reeves after his HS coach; Carver High’s uniforms are even the same colors of the school he went to, Manhasset HS on Long Island.

12) Gene Hackman, Hoosiers— He wins the state title and gets the girl (Barbara Hershey) in the end, but for the love of God, why didn’t he know enough to give Jimmy Chitwood the ball at the end of games? Even the alcoholic assistant coach (Dennis Hopper) knew enough to get Jimmy the ball!!!

11) Al Pacino, Any Given Sunday— Most people remember the “Life is a Game of Inches” speech before the last game, but what he said to Jamie Foxx at the dinner in his house earlier in the movie “You’re a goddamn QUARTERBACK!!!!” was the better speech. This movie was made in 1999, but the divide between old-school thinking and modern analytics is in play, even back then.

10) Emilio Estevez, The Mighty Ducks— Mostly a goofy movie, but the underlying theme of a former star player coaching against the guy who coached him was interesting. Having players play catch at practice with raw eggs instead of hockey pucks was a neat coaching technique, to show the players how they needed to have soft hands.

9) GD Spradlin, One on One— This is an underrated movie and also fairly old now, but Robby Benson was a hot-shot high school basketball star who was mostly in over his head when he went to play college ball at a bigtime school.

This movie was filmed at Colorado State, which still plays in the same arena. Coach Smith was played by GD Spradlin, who also played Tom Landry in North Dallas Forty; if he such a great coach, why did he recruit Henry Steele (Benson), a flashy, small guard who couldn’t guard anyone?

8) Tom Hanks, A League of Their Own— Hanks was a great player who is now a crude drunk who wasn’t healthy enough to be in the service during the war, so he coaches a girls’ baseball team with Madonna and Geena Davis on it. A guy could do worse. When Hanks was a kid (in real life), he was a vendor at the Oakland Coliseum; this was a pretty good movie, but my friend Dennis kills me every time I say that.

7) Wilford Brimley, The Natural— Pop Fisher is manager of the New York Knights; all he does is complain about bad his team is, but when Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) shows up to play for the Knights, he won’t give him a chance to play, until Hobbs puts on a prodigious display in batting practice. This movie was filmed in Buffalo, in the stadium where the Bills played before Rich Stadium was built.

6) Jon Voight, Varsity Blues— Whoever made this movie had a high school coach they really hated; lot of unrealistic behavior by Voight’s character, the legendary football coach Bud Kilmer. He berates players, doesn’t give his best running back the ball near the goal line (the kid cites racist motives for that) and just seems like a miserable human. Eventually the players quit on him, but not before going to a strip club for an all-nighter on the night before a game, like that would ever happen. Maybe after the game, not before.

5) JK Simmons, For the Love of the Game— Simmons is manager of the Detroit Tigers whose best pitcher is fading star Billy Chapel (Kevin Costner). Simmons is a Tiger fan in real life– he played the part well. Simmons is a great actor who plays a music teacher in the disturbing movie Whiplash— he pushes his students unmercifully, trying to get them to reach their potential.

4) Nick Nolte, Blue Chips— Nolte spent lot of time around Bob Knight’s Indiana teams prepping for this role, so you see lot of Knight’s antics, and the climactic game for Western U is against the Hoosiers (in scenes filmed in a high school gym in Indiana). Nolte gets the role down well; he coaches against Rick Pitino, Knight and George Raveling in games, recruits against Jerry Tarkanian and Jim Boeheim.

3) James Gammon, Major League— Mr Gammon passed away nine years ago; he had such a great voice that one of the truck companies still uses his voice for their commercials. He plays Lou Brown, manager of the Cleveland Indians, who leads a rag-tag bunch of players to the AL pennant. He later wound up as Don Johnson’s father in the TV series Nash Bridges.

2) Gabe Kaplan, Fast Break— I love this movie. Kaplan is the manager of a New York City deli who takes a chance and becomes the coach at obscure college in Nevada; Cadwallader University. Bernard King was one of his players, another player turned out to be a girl. He $60 for every win off the bat, and doesn’t get a big contract until he beats Nevada State– he has to beat the Nevada State coach in pool just to get them on their schedule.

This movie should be on TV somewhere every now and then.

1) Billy Bob Thornton, Friday Night Lights— I think this is the best representation of a coach I’ve ever seen on TV or in the movies. The movie is from a book that is based on a true story about Permian HS in west Texas, where high school football is a religion. Thornton has the coach thing down pat; his speeches before a game and at halftime are realistic and not over-the-top. Tremendous acting job.

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Tweet of the Day:
“Day 2 without sports:
Found a young lady sitting on my couch. Apparently she’s my wife. She seems nice.”



I laughed!

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I have (truthfully) stated for twenty years that Mrs. Turk “annoys me less than anyone I’ve ever met.”

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Monday’s 6-pack
— NFL players approved the new CBA, by only 60 votes.
— NFL will have a 17-game regular season, starting in 2021.
— 14 teams will make the NFL playoffs this coming season.
— Titans signed QB Ryan Tannehill for four years, $117M.
— NFL salary cap is going up 5.3% this year, its smallest increase since 2013.
— Wynn and MGM are closing their Las Vegas properties for two weeks.

Quote of the Day:
“Greatness wants people around them who they can also trust.”
Doug Collins
Monday’s quiz
Where did Bill Self coach before he coached Kansas?

Sunday’s quiz
Rick Pitino’s first head coaching job was at Boston U; he went 91-51 in four years there.

Saturday’s quiz
Jim Calhoun coached at Northeastern before he coached at UConn.

Posted onMarch 16, 2020
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Monday’s Den: My favorite Batman villains (TV version)
When you’re a 6-year old whose name is Biff, and a TV show begins with a graphic that says “Whap!!! Pow!!! Biff!!!” you become a fan, a big fan.

My 13 favorite Batman (TV) villains
13) Chandell (Liberace)— The gifted piano player was both Chandell (the piano player) and his twin brother Harry who it turns out, was the real villain.

Trivia: Two Batman villains also had roles in Magnum PI; Howard Duff (Cabala) played Magnum’s grandfather. Barbara Rush (Nora Clavicle) played Magnum’s Aunt Phoebe, a playwright who had Alzheimer’s, and was also in another earlier episode.

12) Bookworm (Roddy McDowell)— Appeared in two episodes; Bookworm’s crimes were inspired by literary works, well, because he likes books.

McDowell also appeared in the Batman animated series in the early 90’s.

11) Colonel Gumm (Roger C Carmel)— He loved the color pink and was obsessed with stamps; Colonel Gumm appeared in the two-episode crossover with The Green Hornet, with Bruce Lee as Kato and Van Williams as the Green Hornet.

Trivia: There were three different Mr Freeze’s; Eli Wallach, Otto Preminger, George Sanders.

10) Siren (Joan Collins)— Played a sidekick to The Riddler’s devious plan to take over Gotham City’s boxing industry, but she also wanted to uncover Batman’s true identity.

9) The Archer (Art Carney)— Ed Norton from The Honeymooners was also a Batman villain!!!

Archer’s character was based (loosely) on Robin Hood; his henchmen were Maid Marilyn, Big John, and Crier Tuck.

8) King Tut (Victor Buono)— Appeared in eight episodes; Buono supposedly loved playing the character because it allowed him the chance to overact, one of the aspects of the character that made King Tut so beloved by fans.

7) Marsha, Queen of Diamonds (Carolyn Jones)— Better known for playing Morticia Addams on The Addams Family, Ms Jones was in five episodes of Batman, joining Addams Family cast members John Astin, Ted Cassidy in making Batman appearances.

6) Egghead (Vincent Price)— When I was a kid, would often substitute (eggs-ellent) for excellent when talking to my family. For a little kid, that was eggs-citing. Vincent Price was awesome in this role, an egg-centric guy with a very strangely-shaped head.

5) Mad Hatter (David Wayne)— This villain was obsessed with getting his hands on Batman’s cowl, which of course didn’t happen.

Wayne also appeared in four movies with Marilyn Monroe.

4) Penguin (Burgess Meredith)—Is more famous for playing Rocky Balboa’s trainer Mickey, but Meredith appeared in 20 Batman episodes, most of any villain.

3) Catwoman (Julie Newmar)— Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt also played Catwoman, but Julie Newman was the best of the three; she was 5-11, a prima ballerina for the Los Angeles Opera who graduated high school when she was 15.

in 2004, her next-door neighbor Jim Belushi sued her for $4M alleging harassment and defamation of character, as a result of a dispute over leaf-blowing.

2) Joker (Cesar Romero)— Appeared in 19 episodes, 2nd-most of any villain. Romero refused to shave his mustache and you can see it under his white face paint.

Romero had a long, excellent career; he appeared in the first Oceans Eleven (1960).

1) Riddler (Frank Gorshin)— No one wore the green body suit with the big ???’s on it better than Gorshin, who had a long career as a TV guest star, appearing in CSI, Wonder Woman and the original Hawaii Five-O, among many other shows.

John Astin played The Riddler for two episodes, but of course he was way more famous as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family.

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Back when I was going to TCU, I waited tables at The Merrimac.  I was the head waiter for 2.5 years so I would take the late tables on the weekends.   Julie Newmar was married to a younger FW lawyer back then.  They'd always come in to eat 20-30 mins before closing time.  Unlike most people that wanted a table overlooking the river, they would request a table in the back.    They were always "handsy" under the table and I even caught him "nursing" twice.  Fabulous hooters BTW

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7 hours ago, Senor Ballistico said:

Julie Newmar was married to a younger FW lawyer back then.  They'd always come in to eat 20-30 mins before closing time.  Fabulous hooters BTW

That’s not all that was fabulous.




I had a lot of impure thoughts about Catwoman.  Or at least, as impure as a nine year old can have.

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3 hours ago, Newbomb Turk said:

That’s not all that was fabulous.




I had a lot of impure thoughts about Catwoman.  Or at least, as impure as a nine year old can have.



The way she dressed didn't leave much to the imagination.  Like the meme above, that tail looked tighter than a ball of string

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14 hours ago, Newbomb Turk said:

That’s not all that was fabulous.




I had a lot of impure thoughts about Catwoman.  Or at least, as impure as a nine year old can have.


+ eleventy.  Yvonne Craig as Batgirl was pretty easy on the eyes in her outfit as well ...



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Tuesday’s 6-pack
NFL over/under win totals for 2020 were posted Sunday:
— Kansas City Chiefs 11.5
— LA Chargers 8, under -$130
— Denver Broncos 7.5
— Las Vegas Raiders 7.5, under -$140

— San Francisco 49ers 10.5, over -$140
— Seattle Seahawks 9.5, under -$130
— Los Angeles Rams 9.5, under +$120
— Arizona Cardinals 7

Tweet of the Day:
“Everybody in the NFL losing they minds I see”
Jaguars’ RB Leonard Fournette, reacting to free agent signings
Tuesday’s quiz
There are two Division I college basketball teams with nickname Roadrunners; name either one of them.

Monday’s quiz
Bill Self coached at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois before he coached Kansas.

Sunday’s quiz
Rick Pitino’s first head coaching job was at Boston U; he went 91-51 in four years there.

Posted onMarch 16, 2020
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Tuesday’s List of 13: Athletes who became actors…….
13) Marc Blucas— Played basketball at Wake Forest with Tim Duncan, was one of the stars of Necessary Roughness, a series that ran on USA Network for a couple years. He’s been in a lot of things since then; guest spots on CSI, Killer Women and The Fix.

12) Carl Weathers— Most famous for playing Apollo Creed in the Rocky series, Weathers played CB for the Oakland Raiders for a couple years, in the CFL for another three years.

11) Alex Karras— Was a great defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions; he also had 39 acting credits, most notably Against All Odds, Blazing Saddles and the TV series Webster.

10) Terry Crews— Played for the Rams, Chargers, and Redskins, from 1991-95; he’s been in a lot of stuff: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Arrested Development, Draft Day. He looks like a body builder to this day, even at age 51.

9) Chuck Connors— The Rifleman from 60’s TV also played a little bit in both the NBA (Celtics) and major leagues (Dodgers, Cubs). A Hollywood casting agent saw him hit a homer in a winter league baseball game, and when Connors backpedaled around the bases, the agent knew he found an entertainer.

8) Ed Marinaro— Was a RB for the Vikings for six years, then became an actor, appearing in Hill Street Blues, Sisters, Champs. He has 60 acting credits.

7) Merlin Olsen— Followed up a terrific football career with the Rams (the football field at Utah State is named after him) by becoming an actor, appearing in Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, and also had a great gig doing commercials for FTP Florists.

6) Bob Uecker— Mediocre major league catcher (hit exactly .200 for his career) becomes one of the funniest people ever. Was the dad in Mister Belvedere; he should’ve won an Oscar for his portrayal of Indians’ radio announcer Harry Doyle in Major League.

When the Brewers cane to LA, Johnny Carson would have Uecker on The Tonight Show, just because he was so damn funny. Thats the ultimate compliment.

5) Fred Dryer— Another former Rams’ lineman who became an actor, starring in Hunter and also 46 other movies/TV shows, including NCIS, Cheers, Cannonball Run 2, Lou Grant and Laverne & Shirley. Dryer played 11 years in the NFL, was a very good defensive end.

4) Mark Harmon— Former UCLA QB whose dad was Tom Harmon, a great player at Michigan; Mark Harmon is best known now for NCIS, but he’s also been in Summer School, West Wing, Chicago Hope, Charlie Grace and Reasonable Doubts. An excellent acting career.

3) Burt Reynolds— Very famous actor was a running back at Florida State, where the QB at the time was Lee Corso, who has become famous for his ESPN GameDay career.

2) Dwayne Johnson— Pro wrestler-turned-actor was Warren Sapp’s backup on the defensive line at Miami, FL; The Rock makes a lot of movies and must be making a freakin’ fortune.

1) Jim Brown— Arguably the greatest athlete ever (football/lacrosse), Brown has 52 acting credits; he was in He Got Game, Any Given Sunday, Draft Day, The Dirty Dozen, TJ Hooker, The A-Team.

Brown played nine years in the NFL, led league in rushing eight times.

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30 minutes ago, Senor Ballistico said:

Tuesday’s List of 13: Athletes who became actors…….
13) Marc Blucas—
12) Carl Weathers—
11) Alex Karras—
10) Terry Crews—
9) Chuck Connors—
8) Ed Marinaro—
7) Merlin Olsen—
6) Bob Uecker—
5) Fred Dryer—
4) Mark Harmon—
3) Burt Reynolds—
2) Dwayne Johnson—
1) Jim Brown—

If Harmon and Reynolds are included, then it isn't specifically a professional level list. Granted, I didn't really care for him as an actor too much, but that list seems like it is missing someone...


Marrion Morrison. Offensive lineman for USC, circa 1926-1927. While his football career was short, he did play, and he was too big of a name to omit, and probably should have been #1.

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Wednesday’s 6-pack
Odds to win this year’s Australian Rules Football Grand Final:
3-1— Richmond
4-1— West Coast
6-1— Collingwood
7-1— GWS Giants
10-1— Brisbane, Western
12-1— Geelong
20-1— Hawthorn
25-1— Essendon, Melbourne
30-1— Port Adelaide
40-1— St Kilda, North Melbourne
50-1— Adelaide, Carlton, Sydney
60-1— Fremantle
100-1— Gold Coast

Tweet of the Day:
“Stop with the word play, I never asked for it!! There is no dodging this one. I love the Panthers to death and will always love you guys!! Please do not try and play me or manipulate the narrative and act like I wanted this. You forced me into this!!””
Cam Newton
Wednesday’s quiz
Who did Tom Brady replace as starting QB in New England?

Tuesday’s quiz
There are two Division I college basketball teams with nickname Roadrunners; Texas-San Antonio, Cal-Bakersfield.

Monday’s quiz
Bill Self coached at Oral Roberts, Tulsa and Illinois before he coached Kansas.

Posted onMarch 18, 2020
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Wednesday’s Den: NFL is having a very busy week……
13) Biggest NFL news of the day: Tom Brady becomes a free agent at 4pm Wednesday, and won’t be signing with New England, he’s going to Tampa Bay, to play for Bruce Arians, and with the Bucs’ terrific corps of receivers.

Which begs the question: Who plays QB for New England this fall?

Brissett? Dalton? Newton? Stidham? Winston? Babe Parilli?

12) Philip Rivers is heading to Indianapolis to play for the Colts, which would fuel any Brissett speculation.

NFL schedule makers have to be going nuts, with all the sub-plot games that will happen next year- traded players against their former team.

11) Teddy Bridgewater will sign a 3-year deal with the Carolina Panthers.

Jameis Winston, Cam Newton remain the odd men out in QB Musical Chairs.

10) Drew Brees gets $50M for two years to stay with the Saints.

9) Cleveland Browns are trying like hell to improve their offense:
— QB Case Keenum got $18M for three years to back up Baker Mayfield
— OT Jack Conklin got $42M for three years.
— TE Austin Hooper got $44M for four years.

8) Las Vegas Raiders signed QB Marcus Mariota, LB Cory Littleton, LB Nick Kwiatkoski; they also signed TE Jason Witten and two other defensive guys from the Cowboys.

7) Miami Dolphins are spending lot of money:
— CB Byron Jones signed up for five years, $82.5M
— Former Eagles RB Jordan Howard gets $10M+ for two years.
— LB Kyle Van Noy gets four years, $51M.
— DE Emmanuel Ogbah gets $15M for two years.
— DE Shaq Lawson gets three years, $30M
— OT Ereck Flowers gets three years, $30M

6) Big trade Monday; Houston Texans sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona for RB David Johnson and a 2nd-round pick.

Social media brutalized Houston’s Bill O’Brien for this trade; Texans later signed Randall Cobb to help fix Hopkins’ shoes, but Arizona has a big-time WR to team with Larry Fitzgerald, at least for this year.

5) 49ers traded star DE DeForest Buckner to the Colts for the 13th pick in the draft.

4) Minnesota Vikings traded WR Stefan Diggs to Buffalo; they get a first-round pick, plus a 4th, 5th, 6th round pick from the Bills.

Vikings also gave QB Kirk Cousins $96M over the next three years.

3) With Brady heading to the Buccaneers, Tampa Bay’s futures dropped from 25-1 to 16-1 to win the Super Bowl, and from 12-1 down to 8-1 to win the NFC.

2) 4am the other night, I’m looking thru every NFL teams’ transactions, and only one team hadn’t added anyone yet- the Rams. Oy.

I have a lot of faith in Les Snead/Sean McVay and obviously there are no games for five months, but the squad is likely to look a lot different this season.

1) One NFL player’s reaction to all this:

“Coaches/GM’s should all be drug tested.”

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Thursday’s 6-pack
My six all-time favorite TV shows, listed alpabetically:
— Law and Order
— Magnum PI
— M*A*S*H
— Mister Ed
— Odd Couple

Tweet of the Day:
“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Thursday’s quiz
When Gerald Ford replaces Richard Nixon as President, who was his Vice President?

Wednesday’s quiz
Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe as starting QB in New England.

Tuesday’s quiz
There are two Division I college basketball teams with nickname Roadrunners; Texas-San Antonio, Cal-Bakersfield.

Posted onMarch 18, 2020
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Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….
13) Read somewhere that while William Shakespeare was quarantined during the plague, he wrote King Lear. Don’t get your hopes up; that ain’t happening here, but I’m trying……

College basketball teams that will be in new leagues next year:
— Bellarmine to Atlantic Sun (new to D-I)
— UConn moves from AAC to Big East
— UC-San Diego to Big West (new to D-I)
— Fort Wayne moves from Summit to Horizon
— UMKC moves from the WAC to Summit League.
— Dixie State to WAC (new to D-I)
— Tarleton State to WAC (new to D-I)

12) Over last two years, Mets are 28-36 in Jacob deGrom starts; how is that possible? The guy had ERA’s of 1.70, 2.43, and they go 28-36?

11) Tip of the hat to SNY for showing reruns of Mets’ games during afternoon/evening; gives us some quality viewing to get me thru these slow days.

10) Bill Belichick’s head coaching record without Tom Brady: 54-63

9) I’m glad they didn’t reveal brackets for the NCAA Tournament that didn’t happen; you just know some coach would’ve been fired for not making the Field of 68, even though there wasn’t an actual tournament. Let everyone think they were a #1 seed.

8) Grand Canyon hired former Valpo/Vandy coach Bryce Drew as its new basketball coach; he’s made the NCAA Tournament three times in eight years as a head coach.

7) College basketball tidbits from this past season:
— Cincinnati played four consecutive overtime games, splitting them.
— Fordham was 3-16 in the A-14; 3-0 vs George Washington, 0-16 vs everyone else.
— Saint Peter’s was 3-0 vs Iona this year, with the wins by total of six points.

6) Astros’ P Justin Verlander had groin surgery, is out for six weeks, just like everyone else.

5) When Maikel Franco played 3B for the Phillies, he had a thick head of dreadlocks- his hat size was 8, which is a very big hat.

With the Royals this spring, Franco lopped off the dreadlocks; his hat size is now 7 1/8.

4) NHL’s Boston Bruins play in TD Garden Arena; there is a dentist’s office in there, in case a player gets his teeth knocked out during a game.

3) Michigan recently became the 16th state with legalized sports betting.

2) Jaguars traded QB Nick Foles to Chicago for a 4th-round draft pick.

1) My early nominee for 2020 Man of the Year: Dr Anthony Fauci, who is educating all of us about the right stuff to do during this Coronavirus crisis. Smart man.

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2 hours ago, Senor Ballistico said:

6) Astros’ P Justin Verlander had groin surgery, is out for six weeks, just like everyone else.


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Friday’s 6-pack
Odds to win the Super Bowl next February:
6-1— Kansas City Chiefs
9-1— San Francisco 49ers
12-1— New Orleans Saints
15-1— Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers
20-1— Colts, Eagles, Steelers, Bucs, Seahawks
25-1— Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots

Tweet of the Day:
“All Eric can do is coach basketball and recruit. He doesn’t know how to do anything else.’’
Danyelle Musselman, wife of the Arkansas basketball coach
Friday’s quiz
Where did Tim Duncan play his college basketball?

Thursday’s quiz
When Gerald Ford replaced Richard Nixon as President in 1974, Nelson Rockefeller was his Vice President.

Wednesday’s quiz
Tom Brady replaced Drew Bledsoe as starting QB in New England.

Posted onMarch 19, 2020
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Friday’s List of 13: Great players who played their whole career for one team……
13) Ted Williams— Played 19 years in major leagues, despite missing 1943-45 because he was flying airplanes in World War II. He led the league in walks eight times.

His career on-base %age was .482; he hit .314 in his last season, when he was 41.

Williams later managed Senators/Rangers for 3+ years, but only played for Boston.

12) Dan Marino— Threw 122 TD passes in a 3-year span from 1984-86, with Dolphins going 34-14 in those years; remember, teams didn’t throw the ball as much back then as they do now.

Miami lost the Super Bowl in Marino’s 2nd year (1984) and never got back; he wound up with an 8-10 career playoff mark. In the 20 years since Marino retired, Dolphins are 1-3 in playoff games, with their last playoff win in 2000.

11) Bill Russell— Won 11 NBA titles in a 13-year NBA career; 1967 was only time in his career that the Celtics didn’t make NBA Finals.

Russell was player/coach his last three years in Boston; he later coached the Seattle Sonics and Sacramento Kings, making playoffs twice in five years.

10) Tony Gwynn— Played basketball and was later the baseball coach at San Diego State; Gwynn had a career BA of .338, with an OB% of .388.

He won eight batting titles, knocked in 119 runs in 1997, but had more than 72 RBI in only one other season, when he had 90 RBI in ’95.

9) Jack Youngblood— Was a great defensive end for the Rams; he broke his leg during the 1979 playoffs, but played in the Super Bowl despite that, telling the trainer to “Tape it up!!!”

He got inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001; I was lucky enough to be there to see both Youngblood and Ram teammate Jackie Slater get inducted.

In the airport on the way home, I turned a corner and collided with Jack Youngblood; he is a good guy— we talked about the Rams and Arena Football (he worked for the Orlando Predators at that time). I found my mini-helmet in my bag and had him autograph it. Pretty good day.

8) Magic Johnson— Won national title at Michigan State in ’79, then won NBA title as a rookie with the Lakers. Played 12 years for LA before HIV sidelined him— he returned five years later for a 32-game cameo appearance.

Johnson won five NBA titles as a player.

7) Mario Lemieux— Scored 690 goals in 17 years with the Penguins, leading NHL in scoring six times. Pittsburgh won two Stanley Cups while Lemieux played for them- lot of people think he saved hockey in Pittsburgh.

6) Johnny Bench— Played 17 years with the Reds; he is one of all-time best catchers. Early in his career, Bench had couple of 40+ home run seasons— he wound up with 389 homers.

5) Lawrence Taylor— Played 13 years in NFL, was a legendary pass rusher who disrupted offenses- Giants won two Super Bowls while he was there.

Taylor is also a pretty good actor, with 15 acting credits, appearing in Any Given Sunday, Shaft, The Waterboy and The Sopranos.

4) Larry Bird— Bird led Indiana State to the Final Four in ’79; Sycamores are 1-3 in NCAA Tournament games in the 40 years since he left. Celtics won three NBA titles while Bird was there, losing couple of other years in the Finals.

3) Mike Schmidt— Led league in homers eight times, had career OB% of .380, played 18 years in Philadelphia, a town where it ain’t always easy to play for the the home team, especially if the home team ain’t winning. Phillies made playoffs six times in eight years from 1976-83, winning the World Series in 1980.

2) Barry Sanders— Ran ball for 15,269 yards in ten years with Detroit, which hasn’t won a playoff game since he retired- they were only 1-5 in playoff games while he was playing. Sanders led NFL in rushing four times, scored 109 career TD’s.

1) Tim Duncan— Played 19 years for San Antonio, winning five NBA titles; not only did Duncan play for only one team in his career, he played for only one coach- Gregg Popovich. Duncan is now one of Popovich’s assistants with the Spurs.
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Saturday’s 6-pack
Odds to win the Super Bowl next February:
30-1— Bears, Raiders, Vikings
35-1— Browns, Chargers, Rams
40-1— Tennessee Titans
45-1— Atlanta Falcons
50-1— Houston Texans
55-1— Denver Broncos

Tweet of the Day:
“Two senators learned of the size
Of crises that soon would arise
& as it sank in
They started to grin;
Green dollar signs lit up their eyes.”
Saturday’s quiz
Who was the Chargers’ starting QB before Philip Rivers?

Friday’s quiz
Tim Duncan played his college basketball at Wake Forest.

Thursday’s quiz
When Gerald Ford replaced Richard Nixon as President in 1974, Nelson Rockefeller was his Vice President.

Posted onMarch 20, 2020
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Saturday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here…….
13) I’ve tried really hard to keep politics out of this space, but not today, because I am pissed off, and every other American should also be very, very pissed off.

Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (NC) sold as much as $1.7M in stock last month before the stock market began to tank; he and other Senators had been briefed about how serious this pandemic was going to be. Turns out he then privately warned supporters that the Coronavirus was very serious. Publicly, he said no such thing.

Senator Kelly Loeffler (GA), whose husband is the chairman and CEO of the New York Stock Exchange, also dumped a ton of stock, worth anywhere from $1.275M to $3M, right after the briefing about the Coronavirus, during which she sat next to Senator Burr.

Ms Loeffler is said to be worth $500M, the wealthiest member of Congress.

Dianne Feinstein sold seven figures ($1.5M to $7M) worth of stock after the briefing.

Jim Inhofe (OK) dumped as much as $450,000 in stock.

These people are supposed to represent ordinary people like us, but instead of warning voters about this horrible virus, they protected their own pocketbooks first. What they did is legal, but it sure as hell wasn’t ethical.

Go figure.

On to more pleasant subjects……..
12) How are you passing the time with no sports on TV and everyone mostly staying home? Let me know if you’re doing anything interesting; e-mail me at ffib13@gmail.com

As for me, it is mostly Magnum PI re-runs, replays of New York Met games, replays of college hoop games, NFL games and catching up on Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO Go. Either that, or just shut the TV off and listen to music while I play Words With Friends.

Seriously, I’m tired of sleeping. Am going to start reading some more books.

Let me know how you’re dealing with more time indoors.

11) Someone posted a bingeing bracket, 64 shows that you should catch up on, seeded like the NCAA Tournament would be.

#1 seeds: Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad— I’ve never seen any of these shows, I must admit. Heard of them, but never watched.

#16 seeds: Glitch, Peaky Blinders, House of Cards, Big Little Lies— Never heard of these shows, I watch sports more than movies.

Where my favorites were seeded:
— Billions is a #4-seed— I highly recommend it.
— The West Wing is a #2-seed— Not a bad show.
— Ray Donovan is under-seeded as a #9— Violent show, but very good.
— Curb Your Enthusiasm is a #3-seed— Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cringe. Lot of big stars have been in this show. I’m still making my way thru the older episodes.

10) If you’re on Instagram, find Olivia Harlan Dekker’s account; she has done a short thing with her dad (Kevin Harlan) every day this week, talking about sports from Harlan’s living room. It is a few minutes where they talk about both of them being professional announcers, and how they prepare, things they look for when getting ready to do their jobs.

Nice to see a father/daughter with such good chemistry.

9) How can there be an amateur baseball draft in June? There won’t be a college or high school baseball season. Picking players would be a complete crapshoot. Wonder how they will handle that.

8) In 1969, the Mets swept a doubleheader in Pittsburgh, winning both games 1-0, with both runs driven in by the starting pitcher in that game (Jerry Koosman, Don Cardwell).

7) Red Sox pitching ace Chris Sale is going to have Tommy John surgery.

6) Weird baseball scheduling thing: Washington Nationals played 13 games against the Mets LY, before they played any games against the Atlanta Braves, with both being division rivals.

5) Detroit Lions traded CB Darius Slay to the Eagles for 3rd, 5th round draft picks.

4) Rams released RB Todd Gurley and LB Clay Matthews Thursday.
— 22 running backs were taken in the 2015; Gurley was the last of the 22 that was still on the team that drafted him.
— Of the top 15 picks in the ’15 Draft, only two are still with the team that chose them; G Brandon Scherff (Redskins), WR DeVante Parker (Dolphins).

3) With Nevada casinos closing for a while, 206,000 people are out of work; the pictures from a vacant Las Vegas Strip are eerie to look at, even mores because I was supposed to go out there on Monday.

2) Get well soon to the numerous NBA guys who tested positive for Coronavirus, as well as Saints coach Sean Payton, who also tested positive.

1) One of the weird aspects of all this is that I now have a problem knowing what day of the week it is; there are no sports to analyze, I’m not going out to eat— before, when my friend Chris was the daytime bartender, I knew it was Wednesday. Now every day is mostly the same, as our new reality sets in. Hopefully the scientists will do their thing and come up with a solution

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Sorry, I missed Sunday


Sunday’s 6-pack
Chicago Bears’ QB’s since 2007, ranked by starts:
107— Jay Cutler
41— Mitch Trubisky
18— Kyle Orton
8— Rex Grossman
7— Josh McCown
6— Matt Barkley, Brian Griese
5— Brian Hoyer
4— Mike Glennon, Caleb Hanie
3— Chase Daniel
2— Jimmy Clausen
1— Jason Campbell, Todd Collins

Quote of the Day:
“Matt Patricia is literally the worst person I’ve encountered in my entire football career. I was excited when the Lions cut me. It was that bad.”
Redskins’ TE Garrett Hudson
Sunday’s quiz
Which Hall of Fame pitcher once had a partial basketball scholarship at U of Cincinnati?

Saturday’s quiz
Drew Brees was the Chargers’ starting QB before Philip Rivers.

Friday’s quiz
Tim Duncan played his college basketball at Wake Forest.

Posted onMarch 21, 2020
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Sunday’s Den: Random thoughts for a sunny Sunday
13) This made me laugh today; these days, we all need to laugh:

The New York State Liquor Store Association notified liquor stores that they have been deemed an essential business and can stay open. Seriously.

I’m just shaking my head, reading that. Strange times we live in.

12) Betting totals for Tom Brady this fall:

over/under interceptions: 10.5
over/under passing yards: 4,350
over/under TD passes: 32.5

11) Flashback to March, 2010; I’m sitting in the sports book at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, watching the NCAA Tournament- the day’s games had just started.

Not 100% sure what game it was, pretty sure it was Wake Forest playing, but they weren’t at the second TV timeout yet and this white kid makes a basket— the three 20-ish guys next to me go nuts, hugging each other and laughing loudly.

I ask one of them, “Was that your brother who scored the basket? Why are you so happy?”
Had no idea the MGM offers a “first team-to-15 points” prop bet; so you’re simply betting on which team gets to 15 points first. Those guys had Wake Forest, and they got to 15 points first.

To me, that was the basketball version of a craps table; I’ve wondering a few times since then if that could be researched and would it help, but decided against it.

10) Was watching a replay on NFL Network the other day; Colts-Chargers from Week 1 of last season, Philip Rivers winning an OT game against his new employers.

If they play football this fall, the whole new-QB thing is going to be fascinating, especially when you factor in LSU rookie Joe Burrow, likely to wind up in Cincinnati.

9) Jameis Winston won a lot of games in college at Florida State, but he is 28-42 as a starter in the NFL, and threw 30 INTs last year. Winston led the league in passing yards, but his first pass and last pass of the season were both pick-6’s. Winston is a free agent who isn’t going to start next year; if the Chargers don’t sign him, not sure where he winds up.

If you’re a QB and Bruce Arians doesn’t want you, why would anyone else want you?

8) Atlanta Falcons are expected to start 10 players on offense this fall who were first round draft picks, which would be the first time that has happened in the Common Draft era (since 1967).

7) There are already 19 college basketball teams who have had 4+ players transfer out of their program this spring; six schools had six players each bolt to greener pastures.

6) There are 385 college basketball players in the transfer portal, more than one per team.

5) Seven first-year college hoop coaches won at least five more games than their program did the year before they got there:
— Donnie Jones, Stetson, +9 wins
— Ron Hunter, Tulane, +8 wins
— Dane Fischer, Wm & Mary +7 wins
— Dustin Kearns, Appalachian State, +7 wins
— Mark Fox, California, +6 wins
— Kevin Broadus, Morgan State, +6 wins
— Billy Donlon, UMKC, +5 wins

4) UAB signed Andy Kennedy as their new basketball coach; he coached at Ole Miss for 12 years- he played at both NC State/UAB. I’ll miss Kennedy’s TV work on SEC Network; he was a very good combination with Tom Hart. Two friends sitting around, watching ball.

3) Red Sox are now up to $80M in dead money on this year’s payroll:
— Chris Sale $30M
— David Price $16M
— Rusney Castillo $14,271,248
— Dustin Pedroia $13,125,000
— Pablo Sandoval $5M
— Manny Ramirez $2,013,418

2) I’m not saying that John Elway is hard to work for but……..this fall, Denver Broncos will have their fifth offensive coordinator in five years.

1) There was a video on Twitter Friday of two cats walking on top of a frozen swimming pool, and it was very funny when the cats began struggling with the slippery surface, then panicked and tried to escape, with very little success. Like I said, we all need to laugh these days.






Monday’s 6-pack
Odds to win the baseball divisions this year:
— NL East: +$180 Atlanta Braves
— NL Central: +$220 Cubs, Cardinals
— NL West: -$1000 LA Dodgers
— AL East: -$440 Bronx Bombers
— AL Central: -$175 Minnesota Twins
— AL West: -$190 Houston Astros

Quote of the Day:
“In theory, yeah, I think all of us would be up for some sort of doubleheader situation. The thing that’s going to be in front of all of us is it’s going to be the same for everybody. It’s got to make sense for the clubs and the players.”
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black

Monday’s quiz
Where did Kevin Durant play his one season of college basketball?

Sunday’s quiz
Before he became a Dodger legend, Sandy Koufax had a partial basketball scholarship at U of Cincinnati.

Saturday’s quiz
Drew Brees was the Chargers’ starting QB before Philip Rivers.

Posted onMarch 22, 2020
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Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a very quiet weekend…….
13) Kansas 75, Memphis 68 OT— They replayed the 2008 NCAA title game on CBS Sunday; Memphis led by 9 with about 2:10 to play, had Derrick Rose on their team but couldn’t put the game away. I’m sure they were thrilled to see this on TV again.

Was good to hear Billy Packer call games again; he was very good at his job.

12) AFC South QB’s, 2019/2020:
— Texans: Deshaun Watson/Deshaun Watson
— Colts; Jacoby Brissett/Philip Rivers
— Jaguars: Nick Foles/Gardner Minshew
— Titans: Marcus Mariota/Ryan Tannehill

11) I’m watching the Matt Damon/Robin Williams movie Good Will Hunting the other night, and they show Carlton Fisk’s dramatic home run from the ’75 World Series.

One of the other clips was just of Reds’ reliever Pat Darcy warming up, before that inning started; imagine now, 45 years later, Darcy seeing himself in a movie? Obviously he wasn’t happy how things wound up, but has to be kind of cool to be in a well-known movie.

10) Keno Davis has been the basketball coach at Central Michigan for the last eight years; he is the son of Dr Tom Davis, who was a very good coach at Boston College/Iowa, and later, Drake.

Keno Davis’ first head coaching job was in 2008, at Drake in the MVC, where he took over from his father. Davis led the Bulldogs to an amazing 28-5 season (they had been 56-142 in MVC games the previous 11 years), but they lost 101-99 in OT to Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA’s. Kid on WKU banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Drake was a 5-seed that year; since then, Wichita State in 2014 is only MVC team that was seeded higher than that. When the Shockers made the Final Four in ’13, they were a 9-seed.

Anyway, Drake had that one great year and Davis bolted to Providence, where he went 46-50 in three years, 18-46 in conference play. From there, he went to Central Michigan.

My point in all this is if you’re a coach and you have a really good year, why leave? I know Drake isn’t a basketball power, but in eight years at CMU, Davis is 59-83 in MAC games, so maybe he’s no great shakes either.

9) When the Indianapolis Colts signed Philip Rivers, they cut Brian Hoyer, who figures to wind up back in New England with the Patriots, where he could be the starter for a while, until they draft a young QB to build around.

8) It is weird watching CNN and seeing Anderson Cooper broadcasting from his home, instead of a TV studio. His house looked pretty nice, though.

7) Remember when football parlay cards were a big thing? You had to pick at least four teams, win them all, and if you had $1 on a 4-teamer, you collected $10 for a win. When I was in high school and college, they were a solid source of entertainment on football weekends.

Flash back to December 17, 1978, last day of the NFL regular season. My father and I played a card every week, and it was a big deal to us. Not much money, just the satisfaction of winning.

We hit the first three games that week; our last game is Chargers over the Oilers in the Houston Astrodome, two good teams going at it. Can’t remember the spread, but it was small. I was the student manager of the basketball team at U of Albany and we had practice, so I grabbed a bunch of quarters and went to practice.

This is way before cellphones, so the quarters were to call my father on a pay phone for score updates; every time I called, Dan Fouts had thrown another TD pass— San Diego pounded the Oilers, 45-24. My dad was very happy. We won a lousy $10, but it seemed like a lot more.

6) I’m sure you all woke up this morning and asked yourself; who was the best teacher I had in high school? Well, I was thinking that a little while ago, and here is my answer.

I was/am a nerd, not good with tools, but I took shop class all four years of high school, and one of my teachers was a guy named Joe Botta. Big Joe Namath fan (this is back in the mid-70’s, don’t forget), an excellent teacher, very patient. Somehow I got thru all those classes working with wood without losing a finger— I even made a chessboard and a cutting board.

So 18-20 years ago, I’m at a high school football game around here and the QB for Burnt Hills HS is wearing white cleats with his burgundy uniform, which was very unusual then. I look up the kid’s name in the program and sure enough, his last name is Botta. Joe Namath wore white shoes, too.

I’m thinking the good teachers don’t get thanked near enough. Thank you, Joe Botta.

5) QB Case Keenum and his wife must be very good at packing:
— 2014-15: Houston Texans/St Louis Rams
— 2015: St Louis Rams
— 2016: Los Angeles Rams
— 2017: Minnesota Vikings
— 2018: Denver Broncos
— 2019: Washington Redskins
— 2020: Cleveland Browns

4) Graduate transfer basketball player Seth Towns bolts from Harvard to Ohio State; Ivy League players can’t use a 5th year of eligibility if they have one, so the oft-injured Towns moves back home to Columbus. Towns missed the last two years with injuries, but was a productive player his first two years at Harvard.

3) Next time there is a football season, how many fantasy teams are going to be named “Coronavirus” or “Abundance of Caution”?

2) There is lot of interesting content on ESPN+ and it only costs $5 a month; these days, solid entertainment for $5 a month is a good value.

1) When you get to be 60 years old, you realize that time is an important commodity, maybe moreso than money. I feel like we’re being cheated out of time right now, that this situation should’ve been handled sooner than it is/was. Hopefully the scientists will hit the jackpot, find a vaccine fairly soon and things can get back to normal.

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Tuesday’s 6-pack
Over/under win totals for the NFL:
— Baltimore Ravens 11.5, over -$115
— Pittsburgh Steelers 9, over -$130
— Cleveland Browns 8, over -$130
— Cincinnati Bengals 5.5

— Green Bay Packers 9
— Minnesota Vikings 8.5, over -$135
— Chicago Bears 8.5, over -$125
— Detroit Lions 6.5, over -$125

Quote of the Day:
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Dr Seuss
Tuesday’s quiz
What well known actor played the Prime Minister of England in the movie, Love Actually?
Bonus question: Who played the US President in that movie?

Monday’s quiz
Kevin Durant played his one season of college basketball at Texas.

Sunday’s quiz
Before he became a Dodger legend, Sandy Koufax had a partial basketball scholarship at U of Cincinnati.

Posted onMarch 23, 2020
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Tuesday’s List of 13: Some of my favorite games, ever……
If you know me, you’ll roll your eyes at some of these; make your own list, see what you come up with. These are some of my favorite games, listed in chronological order:

13) May 10, 1970: Bruins 4, St Louis 3 OT— Bobby Orr scores an overtime goal and the Bruins win their first Stanley Cup in 40 years; it was first time one of my favorite teams won a title, so that was fun.

It was also Mother’s Day, and my family was waiting to go out to dinner (Veeder’s restaurant in Colonie) but the overtime pushed things back some, then watching the Bruins carrying the Cup around took some more time. The family cut this 10-year old some serious slack that day.

12) May 1972: JT Garry 1, Greenhouse 0 (7)— I’m playing first base in this Little League game; not many Little League are scoreless after six innings. We had one really good pitcher, but he left after six innings and the reliever threw a ball about ten feet over my head at first base with the bases loaded and two outs. No bueno.

To this day, I don’t know what Greenhouse was; they were nice enough to sponsor a team, but no idea what business they were in.

The next year (1973) the Colonie All-Stars made it all the way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport- my one year there was fun.

11) October 22, 1972— My greatest day as a sports fan:
— A’s 3, Reds 2— Pete Rose flies out to LF; A’s win their first World Series.
— Rams 15, Bengals 12— David Ray kicks a 54-yard FG on the last play.
— I should’ve bought a lottery ticket that day; hell, I was only 12.

Thing that seems weird now; the A’s game, Game 7 of the World Series, started at 1:00, and was over before the Rams started at 4:00. World Series is all night games now.

10) October 1973, 1974— A’s win the World Series both years, making it three in a row; as a 14-year old. I’m guessing I may have been slightly annoying. Depends who you ask. 🙂

9) March 1974— NC State 80, UCLA 77 (2 OT)— UCLA had won seven national titles in a row; NC State was my favorite team, led by the great David Thompson- they also had a 5-5 point guard (Monte Towe) and a 7-3 center (Tom Burleson, who was my favorite player).

UCLA whacked the Wolfpack in a December game, then took a 7-point lead in the second OT here, but NC State rallied back and pulled the upset, then beat Marquette in the national title game two nights later.

One of NC State’s other starters was Tim Stoddard; he wound up as a major league pitcher for 13 years, for five teams, mostly the Orioles. In 1979, Stoddard pitched in the World Series.

8) November 1974: USC 55, Notre Dame 24— I grew up in an Irish Catholic household where everyone rooted for Notre Dame…….except me. I was a USC fan; Trojans coach John McKay looked like my dad, but my dad rooted for Notre Dame, or whoever he had on his football ticket.

Notre Dame runs out to a 24-0 lead; things looked bleak, but Anthony Davis winds up scoring six TD’s and the Trojans score 49 second half points. By this time, I was probably lucky my family didn’t throw me out on the front lawn for the winter.

7) February 22, 1976— Colonie 73, Shenendehowa 68 OT— As luck would have it, these teams wound up tied for first place in the Suburban Council, and played the last game of the season in their gym. Winner-take-all. I was the student manager for Colonie, a junior in HS.

We had three buses of kids/fans go to the game, but when we get there, the gym is already filled with Shenendehowa grade school kids— they pulled a fast one on us. My dad and all the Colonie parents got locked out of the game, but our principal, Bruce Crowder, told them that if they didn’t let one busload of our kids in the gym, the game wouldn’t be played. The photogrspher for the Albany newspaper wasn’t even allowed in the building that night.

So the busload of our kids rings the court, standing right next to the game; it kind of helped us. They were up 7 with 0:58 left, but we rallied to tie the game— Bruce Olson hit a long jumper to the game, and we won in overtime. Quite a night.

6) March 1981: Albany 88, Potsdam 86 OT— I was lucky enough to put myself thru college as the student manager of the basketball team at Albany; Potsdam was our biggest rival, but we beat them on their court to win the conference title. It was Division III basketball, but there were at least four players in that game who could’ve/should’ve played D-I ball.

We won the conference title, but they won the national championship, beating us in OT in the Sweet 16 round, also on their court.

5) March 1990: UNLV 103, Duke 73— Loved the Runnin’ Rebels, used to stay up late and watch Big West games all the time— they killed Duke in this game, giving coach Jerry Tarkanian a national title.

Watched the game in a roomful of people; I was the only person there rooting for UNLV. There were some comments made that I won’t repeat here. It was a fun couple of hours.

4) March 1998, 2001— I was lucky enough to be an assistant basketball coach at Schenectady HS; we won two state championships, three years apart; the whole experience was every educational and also a whole lot of fun. Weird thing is, we beat the same team (Hempstead HS) both times we won the state title.

3) January 23, 2000— Rams 11, Buccaneers 6— I’m in St Louis for the NFC title game, sitting in the last row in the end zone. Kurt Warner hits Ricky Proehl for the game-winning TD late in the game and the Rams were off to their second Super Bowl. Pretty excellent day.

Met Ron Jaworski in the hotel bar after the game; good guy. He was happy the Rams won, having played for Dick Vermeil with the Eagles. We talked about the movie Heaven Can Wait, which used some of Jaworski’s old clips from the Rams (Warren Beatty’s character wore #16).

2) January 30, 2000— Rams 23, Titans 16— The best Super Bowl ever played (ha!!); Warner-to-Bruce for a TD just after the 2:00 warning, then Mike Jones tackles a Titans’ WR on the 1-yard line as the game ends. To this day, watching replays of that makes me nervous; I still think they’re going to score the next time they show it.

1) March 2006: Northwestern State 64, Iowa 63— Demons are a 7-point underdog; during the week, I go on John Graney’s (very good) radio show here in Albany and predict an outright upset for the 14-seed.

Iowa runs out to a double digit lead, but the Demons storm back and pull off the unlikely upset win. That summer, I’m in Orlando watching AAU games and Mike McConathy, the Demons’ coach, sits next to me. I thanked him for making me look good; he had a very good team, and is a good guy. He still coaches the Demons.

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Yesterday was a day from hell.  Sorry I missed posting.  Here's Wed & Thur


Wednesday’s 6-pack
Over/under win totals for the NFL:
— Tennessee Titans 8.5, under -$120
— Houston Texans 8.5, under -$125
— Indianapolis Colts 8.5, over -$120
— Jacksonville Jaguars 4.5

— New Orleans Saints 10.5, over -$120
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers 8.5, over -$140
— Atlanta Falcons 7.5, over -$130
— Carolina Panthers 4.5, over -$130

Tweet of the Day:
“Our lives have been disrupted and people are under tremendous stress. I am asking everyone to call someone at 7pm and listen to them, share with them. Make it a good uplifting time. Talk about anything but the coronavirus. Make that call.”
Lenny Curry
Wednesday’s quiz
Which NBA team drafted Kobe Bryant?

Tuesday’s quiz
Hugh Grant played the Prime Minister of England in the movie, Love Actually.
Billy Bob Thornton played the US President in that same movie.

Monday’s quiz
Kevin Durant played his one season of college basketball at Texas.

Posted onMarch 24, 2020
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Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….
13) I’ll start today by asking that you support local restaurants that need our help so they can stay open, and their employees can keep getting paid.

When I first heard the term “social distancing” a few weeks ago, I laughed because it described my life to a tee: “…..sit in your house and watch TV all day”, except that I went to lunch for a couple hours every day, then came home and watched games.

Now? No lunches, no games. I’m looking forward to going out to eat again.

12) I re-discovered an old hobby this week; reading books!!!!

Read Andre Iguodala’s book The Sixth Man and am now reading a book about a stock trader who became a sports bettor, Trading Bases, which inspired me to do some research on last year’s baseball season.

Not sure if we’ll have baseball this year, but have to be ready to roll if we do.

11) First of all, there is bad news for the Mets; Noah Syndergaard needs Tommy John surgery, is done for this season, and probably part of 2021.

10) Washington Nationals won the World Series last year, despite going 31-35 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs. That is unusual; they went 93-69 and won a World Series despite that.

9) San Francisco Giants went 77-85 in Bruce Bochy’s last year as manager, but they were an amazing 38-16 in one-run games, which means a significant regression would be in order this year, if there is a this year.

8) Chicago Cubs finished 84-78 LY, despite going 29-45 in games decided by 1 or 2 runs; they sent manager Joe Maddon packing and brought in neophyte skipper David Ross, because GM Theo Epstein doesn’t value the job of field manager as much as other GM’s.

Epstein told Terry Francona to take a hike in Boston after Francona won two World Series, then sent Maddon on his way three years after he won the Cubs’ first World Series in 108 years.

Francona’s wins in Boston: 98-95-86-96-95-95-89-90; how did he get fired?

7) Milwaukee Brewers went 51-30 LY in games decided by 1 or 2 runs, which signals that they could regress this season. Brewers are a team that does weird stuff with their pitchers, but they won 86-96-89 games the last three years— they stole Christian Yelich from the Marlins.

Elsewhere in the world…….
6) NBA players with highest all-time win %age in games they played in:
.753— Kawhi Leonard (.658 in playoffs)
.740— Magic Johnson (.674 in playoffs)
.736— Larry Bird (.684 in playoffs)

5) QB doings in the NFL:
— Carolina Panthers released Cam Newton, signed PJ Walker from the XFL; they previously had signed Teddy Bridgewater.
— Panthers then traded Kyle Allen to the Redskins for a 5th-round draft pick.
— Kansas City Chiefs signed QB Jordan Ta’amu from the XFL.

4) Pittsburgh Steelers have only one selection in the first 100 picks in next month’s NFL Draft.

3) Former White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle threw two no-hitters in his major league career; the same umpire (Eric Cooper) worked the plate in both games.

2) How long do you think spring training will be, once they decide (if they decide) to re-start the baseball season? Toronto president Mark Shapiro thinks it should be four weeks; I’m thinking it’ll be a little less than that.

One thing I think will happen; they’re going to have scheduled doubleheaders, with 7-inning games, like they do in the minor leagues.

1) Odd fact: There are six state capitals that are located west of Los Angeles.





Thursday’s 6-pack
Odds to win next season’s Super Bowl, assuming there is a next season:
6-1— Kansas City Chiefs
15-2— Baltimore Ravens
9-1— San Francisco 49ers
12-1— New Orleans Saints
15-1— Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers
20-1— Eagles Bucs, Seahawks, Colts, Steelers

Tweet of the Day:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Ferris Bueller

Thursday’s quiz
What team did Al Pacino’s character coach in the football movie, Any Given Sunday?

Wednesday’s quiz
Charlotte Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant, traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac.

Tuesday’s quiz
Hugh Grant played the Prime Minister of England in the movie, Love Actually.
Billy Bob Thornton played the US President in that same movie.

Posted onMarch 25, 2020
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Thursday’s Den: My Mt Rushmore for a variety of things……
My Mt Rushmore of certain areas; we all have our own opinions, thats what makes life interesting. Make your own lists, see what you come up with.

13) Quarterbacks, in Super Bowl era:
John Elway, Roger Staubach, Joe Montana, Tom Brady

12) Major league starting pitchers (since 1960):
Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, Tom Seaver, Greg Maddux

11) NBA players:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Lebron James

10) Places to eat in Las Vegas:
— Battista’s (in strip mall across from Bally’s sports book)
— In ’n Out Burger (multiple locations)
— Bonnanno’s pizzeria (by MGM Grand sportsbook)
— Claim Jumper (in Golden Nugget)

9) Places to watch a college basketball game:
UNLV, ACC tournament, Cal-Santa Barbara, Pac-12 tournament

8) NFL QB’s, now:
Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson

7) Sportsbooks:
Westgate, MGM, SouthPoint, Rivers in Schenectady (only one I can get to without an airplane)

6) Television characters:
— Oscar Madison, Odd Couple
— Jonathan Higgins, Magnum PI
— Ray Donovan
— Henry Blake, M*A*S*H

5) Major league managers:
Bruce Bochy, Dick Williams, Sparky Anderson, Terry Francona

4) My favorite sodas:
— Dr Brown’s cream soda
— Cherry Coke
— Orange Crush
— Dr Pepper

3) Best major league ballparks I’ve been to:
Houston, Pittsburgh, The Trop (Tampa Bay), Fenway Park

2) College football venues:
LSU home game, USC home game, Florida-Georgia game, Texas-Oklahoma game

1) Batman villains:
Riddler, Joker, Catwoman (Julie Newmar), Penguin

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Friday’s 6-pack
Odds to win next season’s Super Bowl, assuming there is a next season:
60-1— Arizona Cardinals
75-1— Miami Dolphins, New Jersey Jets
100-1— Detroit Lions, New Jersey Giants
175-1— Cincinnati Bengals
250-1— Washington Redskins
300-1— Carolina Panthers, Jacksonville Jaguars

Tweet of the Day:
“You don’t make the timeline. The virus makes the timeline. So you’ve got to respond in what you see happen. And if you keep seeing this acceleration, it doesn’t matter what you say. 1 week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks – you’ve got to go with what the situation on the ground is.”
Dr Anthony Fauci, a medical expert
Friday’s quiz
Who managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title?

Thursday’s quiz
Al Pacino’s character coached the Miami Sharks in the football movie, Any Given Sunday.

Wednesday’s quiz
Charlotte Hornets drafted Kobe Bryant, traded him to the Lakers for Vlade Divac.

Posted onMarch 26, 2020
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Friday’s List of 13: Random thoughts for a sunny day……
13) Wednesday night, CBS Sports Network replayed some of Steph Curry’s Davidson games from the 2008 NCAA Tournament; was funny how they talked about him then, like he was some upstart kid shocking teams from bigger leagues. 12 years later, Curry might be the greatest shooter in basketball history; he’s not a spunky underdog anymore.

12) All of which raises the question; Steph’s dad Dell Curry played 16 years in the NBA, and he went to college at Virginia Tech. How the hell did the Hokies not recruit Steph or his brother Seth? Wasn’t that malpractice? To me, it is mind-numbing that they didn’t.

11) Jon Gruden has been an NFL head coach for 13 years; 14 different QB’s started at least one game, seven of them started at least 11 games:
48— Rich Gannon
33— Brad Johnson
32— Derek Carr
24— Jeff Garcia
21— Brian Griese
15— Chris Simms
11— Bruce Gradkowski

10) Mike Tomlin has coached the Steelers for 13 years; Ben Roethlisberger started 168 of the Steelers’ 208 regular season games since then. Seven other QB’s have started a game since then for Pittsburgh, with Mason Rudolph (8) having the most.

9) Then there is Andy Reid, who has been an NFL head coach for 22 years; he’s had 14 different start for him, with Donovan McNabb (142) starting the most games:
142— Donovan McNabb
76— Alex Smith
34— Michael Vick
31— Patrick Mahomes

Current Eagles’ coach Doug Pederson started nine games at QB for Philly in 1999, which was Reid’s first year as the Eagles’ coach.

8) Random fact: Dr. Anthony Fauci was captain of the basketball team at Manhattan’s Regis High School in 1958.

7) Random stat I saw on Twitter; on an average American day, around 2,000,000 people fly on commercial airlines. These days? Not so much.

Guys posted on Twitter Thursday that you could fly from Detroit to Las Vegas for $19. Not sure what you would do when you got there, but…….

6) They showed a live shot of Times Square in Manhattan at 11pm the other night, normally one of the busiest places in the world. There were three people on the street. Three. Amazing.

5) There is a commercial on TV for a pill that causes you to gain weight; they showed an attractive young lady who supposedly gained 53 pounds after taking this pill. Why in the name of Karen Carpenter would someone take a pill to gain weight? Just eat junk food!!!!

4) Steve Ballmer owns the LA Clippers; Wikipedia says he is worth $51.8B, thats billion, with a B. Ballmer recently bought the old LA Forum in Inglewood, where the Lakers/Kings used to play; it is mostly a concert venue now. He paid $400M for the arena.

Ballmer bought the Forum from James Dolan, who owns the Knicks, and who is also one of the worst owners in all of sports. Clippers are going to have their own arena in a couple years; they will move out of Staples Center, and Ballmer will make even more money.

3) Cecil Fielder hit 319 home runs in 1,470 major league games.
His son, Prince Fielder, also hit 319 home runs, in 1,611 games.

2) Great minds think alike?
My friend Ken in Las Vegas sends me a link to a fake 64-team bracket that someone posted on line, and asked me to fill it out; I did that, and came up with Dayton as my national champ.

Turns out Ken also tabbed the Flyers as national champs; he had them beating Baylor in the final, I had the Flyers beating Florida State in the final.

This is an argument that will never end; we’ll never know what would’ve happened.

1) Thursday should’ve been on of the best sports days of the year:
— Opening Day in baseball
— Sweet 16 in college hoop
— Hell, even my golf pool was supposed to start

Now we stay inside and are smart and hope this passes with as few casualties as possible; then next year we can have fun. Until then, please be safe; I need all the readers I can get!!!







Saturday’s 6-pack
Six college basketball coaching changes:
UAB— Andy Kennedy
Grand Canyon— Bryce Drew
Iona— Rick Pitino
Loyola Marymount— Stan Johnson
Western Illinois— Rob Jeter
Wyoming— Jeff Linder

Tweet of the Day:
“Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Limp, and you dance alone.”
Chuck Barris, The Gong Show

Saturday’s quiz
Which top 20 college basketball team has had only two head coaches since 1976?

Friday’s quiz
Bob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title.

Thursday’s quiz
Al Pacino’s character coached the Miami Sharks in the football movie, Any Given Sunday.

Posted onMarch 27, 2020
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Saturday’s Den: Brackets for a hypothetical 1-on-1 tournament with NBA players
13) People at the Action Network www.actionnetwork.com came up with a great source of discussion Thursday; a hypothetical, 64-player 1-on-1 tournament. Tremendous stuff to argue about and good way to spend time filling out brackets. It is worth a look.

12) #1 seeds: Kawhi Leonard, Lebron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden.

#16 seeds: Jonathan Isaac, Kelly Oubre, Aaron Gordon, Blake Griffin.

Harden-Griffin first round game would be entertaining.

11) #2 seeds: Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid

#15 seeds: Eric Gordon, Domantas Sabonis, LaMarcus Aldridge, Eric Bledsoe

Durant is coming off of an achilles injury; those can be tough to recover from.

10) #3 seeds: Jayson Tatum, Pascal Siakim, Ben Simmons, Paul George

#14 seeds: Fred VanVleet, Kyle Lowry, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Vucevic

Simmons can’t shoot; passing doesn’t matter- Gallinari would be a live 14-seed.

9) #4 seeds: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jimmy Butler

#13 seeds: D’Angelo Russell, Buddy Hield, Carmelo Anthony, Jaren Jackson

8) Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, Russell Westbrook are all 5-seeds, not sure how Curry would defend a much bigger player, but that guy would have to go outside to guard him, too.

7) When they had a 1-on-1 tournament in the early 70’s, JoJo White won one of them; he was a good NBA player, but I doubt he was one of the favorites. Good shooter, though.

Bob Lanier beat Connie Hawkins 50-46 in a legendary game (games were up tp 20, but you had to win by either 3 or 4 points).

6) Harden, Curry and Jimmy Butler are all in the same region; Curry-butler would’ve been a really interesting second round game.

5) Nikola Jokic as an 11-seed is interesting, because he could back a smaller player in, but he can also make 3’s. Could he defend a smaller sharpshooter?

4) One factor if this was really going to happen; how far apart would each round be? Guys coming off injuries, or older players might struggle if there were two games on same day, or if they had to play 2,3 days in a row. One of those intangibles we’ll never know.

3) Think about it; even if you’re a #16-seed here, it means you’re on of the 64 best basketball players in the world, which would be pretty cool.

2) My Final Four: Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, Danilo Gallinari, James Harden.

1) Anyway, there is a printable bracket at www.actionnetwork.com If you’re interested, print one out and give it some thought

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Sunday’s 6-pack
Biggest salary cap hits for NFL teams this year, for players no longer on that team:

$18.8M— Nick Foles, Jacksonville
$13.6M— Joe Flacco, Denver
$13.5M— Tom Brady, New England
$9.9M— Todd Gurley, LA Rams
$9.8M— Matt Kalil, Carolina
$9.6M— Trai Turner, Carolina

Quote of the Day:
“I was at the SEC tournament last year. I went to get my credential, and it was eight to 10 interns, just college students there helping out. I showed them my ID, and they said, ‘Are you Rex Chapman, the guy from Twitter?!’ I went, ‘Yeah, that’s me, getting my credential. Let’s go.'”
Rex Chapman
Sunday’s quiz
H0w many pitchers have struck out 20 batters in a major league game?

Saturday’s quiz
Michigan State has had only two basketball coaches since 1976: Jud Heathcote, Tom Izzo.

Friday’s quiz
Bob Brenly managed the Arizona Diamondbacks when they won their only World Series title.

Posted onMarch 29, 2020
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Sunday’s List of 13: Random stuff from your socially distant friend……
13) We sit home and try to keep everyone healthy; I listen to lot of music, watch even more than usual TV. In these unique times, some interesting stuff has appeared.

Thursday night, MLB Network re-played 1994 Opening Day from Wrigley Field, with the late Harry Caray and current White Sox analyst Steven Stone on the call.

If you’ve never heard Harry Caray call baseball, it is worth a listen; he was unique.

12) I’m scrolling thru Instagram Friday afternoon, and actor Jeff Goldblum is there, wearing a back/white checkerboard shirt, reading Dr Seuss books, for no apparent reason. It was excellent.

11) If you’re on Twitter, you need to follow former NBA player Rex Chapman; he posts the most unique, uplifting stuff on his feed. Some of it is inspirational, some of it just makes me laugh.

10) Major League Baseball needs to take the blackouts off of out-of-market game replays; people are bored, this is a time they could fall in love with baseball. New fans could be created; seeing Mets games every day has been fun, but seeing other teams would be great, too.

9) In his first five days as Iona’s new basketball coach, Rick Pitino signed six recruits; Gaels lose lot of seniors off this year’s team, so that was necessary.

Pitino actually has a tough act to follow, replacing Tim Cluess as coach; only 13 college basketball teams made the last four NCAA tournaments, with Iona/Gonzaga the only mid-majors on the list. Gaels weren’t going to make this year’s tournament, but there was no tournament, so the streak continues.

8) Teddy Bridgewater is the Carolina Panthers’ new QB; he’s been preparing mentally for this season by playing Madden, and being the Panthers, to get used to the offense. Funny how video games are actually a tool to help real players get ready to play real football.

7) Pittsburgh Steelers have already signed five players from the XFL; teams can’t scout college players as much this spring as previous years, so they already scouted the XFL guys, and they signed them instead. Curious to see how that plays out.

6) Lot of TV news programs have correspondents broadcasting from home; weird seeing them all dressed up in suits/ties. You’re home, just wear what you normally wear at home.

5) There are 24 new college football coaches this year; their debuts will be greatly hampered by not having spring practice.

There are 23 new offensive coordinators, 11 new defensive coordinators.

There are seven teams with the same head coach, but new coordinators on both sides of the ball.

4) Odd stat: Baltimore’s Hanser Alberto led the major leagues LY, reaching base 13 times via error. Not really sure what that means.

3) Like I said the other day, I’m reading a book about a stock trader who bets baseball; at one point in the book, he makes a sarcastic comment about “risk-averse” people. When he sees an edge, he tries to capitalize on it, with both feet, for better or worse. A gambler.

It is interesting reading about the connection between stock trading and sports betting.

2) University of Mississippi sent out a letter to donors Tuesday, asking them to consider adding the University to their wills, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gee, that’s nice- we know you might die soon, why not give us your money?


1) A telethon hosted by the Los Angeles Rams and KABC Tuesday raised more than $2.2M for United Way and the LA Regional Food bank.

Drew Brees and his wife committed $5M to the State of Louisiana in 2020.

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