13) Ravens 19, Colts 18– Result of this game will soon be forgotten, but how the final score happened could shape NFL strategy for years to come.
Colts scored a TD with 3:54 left to take a 18-17 lead; proper strategy says to go for 2, to try and get a 20-17 lead so a Ravens’ FG wouldn’t beat you. One small problem……..
Baltimore’s Anthony Levine picked off a pass on the 2-point conversion and ran it back all the way, giving the Ravens two points of their own, and the lead and eventually, the win. Will this make coaches hesitant to go for 2 in this situation when the games count for real? Will they kick the PAT or just take a knee there? I’m thinking most will still go for two.
12) Watching exhibition games on NFL Network, so many former players are saying that tackling is suffering because no one is allowed to practice it anymore. Contact during practice is limited now by league rule. I hear this during almost every game I watch.
11) Way back in 1980, Nick Saban was Ohio State’s defensive backs coach; the man he replaced? Pete Carroll. The coach who replaced Saban when he (and the entire defensive staff) was fired a year later? Dom Capers, now the defensive coordinator in Green Bay.
10) Washington Redskins musn’t have wanted a tie game Friday night; they scored a TD with 0:29 left to go up 20-18 on the Jets, then went for 2, guaranteeing the game couldn’t go overtime.
Bryce Petty threw for 242 yards as he battles for the Jets’ #2 QB job; Baylor alum Petty replaced former Redskin Robert Griffin III as the Bears’ quarterback.
9) Quick story: I am sitting by myself having breakfast in Denny’s at 2:30am the other night; pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and a tall glass of milk. This young middle eastern lady (in her 20’s) comes to my table and asks what the white liquid (milk) is.
She speaks very broken English; at first I thought she was making fun of me for drinking milk, then I realize she has no idea what it is. I tried to explain it to her; she nodded and left.
Just me doing my small part to improve international relations.
8) Padres’ pitcher Clayton Richard was #2 QB for the Michigan Wolverines in 2004, when he backed up Chad Henne. Richard has bounced around the big leagues for the last nine years, starting 133 games.
That’s similar to Seattle OF Seth Smith, who was Eli Manning’s backup at Ole Miss.
7) White Sox pitcher Chris Sale had 13 games LY where he struck out 10+ hitters; he has had one this year.
6) A high school football stadium is being built in McKinney, TX; it will cost $69M to build. For a high school football stadium.
5) Dallas Cowboys have a new practice facility in Frisco, TX, which is part of a bigger complex; the domed facility will also be the home field for eight high school teams in the Frisco area– the stadium seats 12,000 people. High school football in Texas is serious business.
4) Houston Astros released OF Carlos Gomez; their rivals in Arlington picked him up, which should spice up Ranger-Astro games going forward. Gomez was playing for a new contract this year, but didn’t play well.
3) The more I think about it, if baseball changed one rule and made a relief pitcher face at least two batters in every appearance, instead of one batter like it is now, that would greatly lessen the amount of pitching changes and increase pace of play late in games.
2) Tampa Bay Bucs spent a #2 draft pick on kicker Roberto Aguayo, who never missed a FG shorter than 40 yards at Florida State. In his first two preseason games with the Buccaneers, Aguayo has missed a PAT and a 32-yard FG. Oy.
1– 49ers 31, Broncos 24– Christian Ponder was signed by the 49ers as a backup QB during the week; he was 7-8 for 86 yards, threw for a TD, ran for another after being out of football last year. We say these exhibition games do not matter, but to someone like Ponder, they mean everything.