13) Whats the point of having the Packers play home games at night on December 23? Do they want someone to freeze to death in the stands?
The answer is that if they stumble across a snow game, they’ll get huge TV ratings, because snow games, it has been proven, get better ratings on TV than games in ordinary weather.
12) Wake Forest has three coaches on its staff who scored 1,240+ points in their playing days in college; Danny Manning (Kansas), Randolph Childress (Wake) and Steve Woodberry (Kansas).
11) Major league ballplayers who play 8+ years in the majors get a lifetime pass to games (with a guest). Not a bad perk.
10) Good to see former Ohio State/NBA center Greg Oden finding his way as a student assistant coach with the Buckeyes. Oden earned over $24M in his NBA days, but played only 105 games, scoring 14.9 ppg in a injury-shortened career. He turns 30 next month- time flies.
9) UCLA 83, Kentucky 75— Hopefully these teams will continue to play every year; their games are always fun to watch. Bruins are 9-3; they don’t have great depth because of the shoplifting mess in China, but they play hard- this is a sold win for them.
8) Florida Gulf Coast has a 6-10 junior named Michael Gilmore, who is a great-nephew of Artis Gilmore, who played in the ’71 Final Four for Jacksonville and then played 17 years in the ABA, NBA and scored 24,941 points.
Gilmore played in the ABA for the Kentucky Colonels, one of the great forgotten teams of all time. Coached by Hubie Brown (yes, the guy on ESPN) the Colonels won the ’75 ABA title- they had Maurice Lucas, Louie Dampier, Caldwell Jones- they had Johnnie Neumann and Travis Grant on the same team- two of the worst gunners in basketball history!!!
7) Think about it; Kentucky owner John Y Brown shuttered the Colonels as part of the ABA-NBA merger, with a promise that he could later buy the Celtics, which he did. Had he not done that, then Maurice Lucas doesn’t go to Portland and the Trailblazers don’t win the ’77 NBA title.
6) Wyoming 37, Central Michigan 14— Wyoming QB Josh Allen will be much-discussed when the NFL Draft comes around in April; he has a strong arm, can run, but hasn’t played against the same competition as Sam Darnold/Josh Rosen.
I like Allen, but he damn sure better learn how to slide, because NFL defenders will put him on the IR pretty quickly otherwise. He likes to run and challenge defenders— can’t do that much in the NFL.
5) Poor Alabama A&M; they’re 0-13 with 11 road games- they lost 89-49 to Georgetown, the last of a ridiculous pre-conference schedule that pays a lot of the program’s bills. Bulldogs played at Michigan, Georgetown, Alabama, Minnesota, DePaul. Losing isn’t fun.
4) St Bonaventure 60, Syracuse 57 OT— Solid win for the Bonnies, who are located in middle of nowhere. If you’re not from NY or Pennsylvania, I defy you to find their campus on a map- they have to recruit like hell and they play in a very tough league. Mark Schmidt is a very good coach.
3) USC 89, Middle Tennessee 84— Semi-final in the Diamond Head tourney in Hawaii, this was an excellent game.
2) South Florida 38, Texas Tech 34— Bulls scored a TD with 0:16 left to win this game. After a few cruddy bowls during the week, the bowl games Saturday were actually competitive games.
Army 42, San Diego State 35— Cadets scored TD with 0:18 left to win game. Rashaad Penny ran 14 times for 221 yards, but Aztecs couldn’t stop Army’s offense.
1) One of the odd things about college basketball is that after you play a team, especially these non-conference games, you root like hell for your opponents to do well down the road, since it enhances your resume if they do.