13) All major league baseball games Sunday start at 3pm, to maximize drama if any of the games factor into the playoff race.
12) Last Sunday in Miami, the Browns’ Terrelle Pryor was the first NFL player since the 49ers’ Billy Kilmer in 1962 to throw 4+ passes, catch 4+ passes and carry ball 4+ times in the same game.
If you’re an older human like me, you remember Kilmer as a gimpy QB for the Redskins team that lost a Super Bowl to Miami. But before a car accident in the mid-60’s, Kilmer was actually a pretty good runner.
11) Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood finishes the season with a 1.69 ERA in 13 road starts (80 IP). Very impressive, but unfortunately for him, he also has a 6.12 ERA in 14 home starts in the thin air of Denver’s Coors Field.
10) Umps appeared to have fouled up the end of the Reds-Cardinals game Thursday night; Yadier Molina hit a ball that should’ve been a ground rule double, keeping the game-winning runner on third with two out, but umps didn’t realize it was an issue and the Reds didn’t challenge quickly enough, so the Cardinals win 4-3 with a controversial ending.
Umpires need to stick around for an extra couple minutes at the end of close games like this, to make sure nothing gets screwed up– this looked really, really bad, it being a critical game in the Wild Card race.
9) Bad news for the Oklahoma City Thunder; backup guard Cameron Payne broke his foot and will be out for a while, maybe a long while.
8) When Dodgers lost Wednesday, it was first time in 19 games this season LA hit 3+ homers in a game and lost.
7) Marvin Lewis has been the Bengals’ coach since 2003; Adam Gase in the Dolphins’ 9th head coach since Lewis has been in Cincinnati.
6) Not only is JJ Watt out for the Texans, now coach Bill O’Brien has taken the play calling away from his OC and will do it himself. Alrighty then.
5) If you like to bet first five innings results in baseball, you may know that Milwaukee is 69-71 in first five innings, Texas is 67-70— pretty similar team???
Upon further review, the Brewers are 71-88 and waiting for the season to end, while Texas jogged into the playoffs, thanks to its 36-11 record in one-run games. Bullpens are important.
4) More bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers, as if they needed any more; prized rookie Ben Simmons broke a bone in his foot, an injury that typically takes eight weeks to heal. NBA season starts in 3.5 weeks.
3) Cleveland Browns are not getting star WR Josh Gordon back next week; he will enter a substance treatment program— there was no timeframe announced for his return, but it is being suggested that the Browns don’t want him around anymore. We wish him well in his recovery.
2) Turns out that Les Miles turned down the Michigan head coaching job back in 2011 to stay at LSU, which wound up firing him last week despite a 114-34 record. Miles is a Michigan alum.
1— There is a lot of speculation that if freshman QB Blake Barnett (just transferred out of Alabama) can enroll in a college that is on the quarter-system (five of 12 Pac-12 schools are), then he could be eligible to play at this time next fall, instead of sitting out an entire season. Stay tuned on this one.
CBS Sports’/former college coach Rick Neuheisel had this to say: “Lot of parents these days believe that if he ain’t starting, then he’ll be departing”, regarding their kids and playing time.
Not a lot of patience in today’s world.