Thursday’s List of 13: Happy Thanksgiving, everyone……

13) Was going to do a list of things I’m thankful for, but decided that this year, the biggest thing I’m thankful for is that the guy who operated on my detached retina studied a lot in school and became an excellent surgeon. Thank you very much, Dr Mallick!!!! 

12) Kansas 90, Dayton 84 OT— Jayhawks win Maui Classic for third time in an exciting final; Dayton tied the game on a 3-pointer with 0:01.1 left in regulation. 

11) Michigan State 75, UCLA 63— Bruins go to Maui after losing at home to Hofstra and get one win, over D-II Chaminade, so they’ve lost their last three D-I games. UCLA is playing tempo #308; their fans aren’t going to like coach Mick Cronin any more than they liked Ben Howland or Steve Alford or Steve Lavin. 

Howland got fired by UCLA after a 3-year stretch where they went 37-17 in Pac-12 games, but only 1-2 in NCAA tournament games. Tough crowd. 

10) Over the last five seasons, 17 different college basketball teams have made the Final Four, from nine different conferences. 

Over the last seven NCAA tournaments, at last one team made the Final Four that was a #5 or lower seed in their region. 

9) Padres/Brewers made a 4-player trade Wednesday:
Milwaukee gets: IF Luis Urias, P Eric Lauer
San Diego gets: OF Trent Grisham, P Zach Davies. 

8) Pirates filled the last open manager’s spot by hiring 49-year old Derek Shelton as their new skipper. Shelton was Minnesota’s bench coach the last two years. 

7) Texas Rangers signed P Kyle Gibson to a 3-year deal worth $30M. 32-year old Gibson was 13-7, 4.84 ERA with a 1.44 WHIP LY, with 160 strikeouts in 160 IP. Rangers move into their new domed stadium this coming season. 

6) Ole Miss 74, Penn State 72— Rebels trailed 52-31 wth 16:23 left, by 14 wth 6:30 left- they rally to win their fifth game in six tries. Penn State won their last game by a hoop after trailing by 16 with 9:12 left- they returned the favor here.

5) The Cleveland Indians’ baseball cap that Charlie Sheen wore in the 1988 movie Major League is on the auction block; the largest bid, with eight days left to go in the auction, is $4,594. 

You could get a hat just like it for $40 on the Lids website, but someone bid $4,594 for a 31-year old baseball cap that might not even be your size. Go figure. 

4) Lakers 114, Pelicans 110— Anthony Davis scored 41 points in his return to New Orleans. 

3) Detroit Lions are starting rookie 3rd-string QB David Blough against the Bears today. He wasn’t drafted, but Blough played in 44 games at Purdue, throwing 1,429 passes. 

2) 76ers 97, Kings 91— Embiid scored 33 points, had 16 rebounds, after not scoring in his last game, in Toronto. 

1) Sad to report that the Arena Football League went out of business Wednesday; they had a team here in Albany in the late 90’s, and again the last couple years. Arenaball was great fun; thought it helped develop quarterbacks, because they had to make quick decisions, and really couldn’t run much.

Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings……

13) Stephen F Austin 85, Duke 83 OT— March Madness comes 100 days early. Really a great game and a shocking upset; Duke was a 27.5-point favorite. 

Duke was 24-40 on the foul line, SFA 11-17; Lumberjacks were +6 (20-14) in turnovers. This was Duke’s first non-conference home loss since a 2000 game against St John’s. 19 years. 

12) ESPN had to be hoping for a Kansas-UCLA semifinal in the Maui Classic, and then the winner playing Michigan State in the final; problem is, Michigan State/UC:A both got beat in the first round, meaning they’ll play in the 5th place game on Wednesday instead. 

Big week of national TV exposure for Dayton, which whacked Georgia, Virginia Tech the last two days, and now gets a primetime game with Kansas in the Maui finals. 

11) Michigan State 93, Georgia 85— Spartans were up 61-33 with 16:26 left to play, but Georgia stormed back and got within a hoop behind Anthony Edwards, who scored 33 of his 37 points in the second half. 

Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is the first college basketball player since 2006 to make 1st team All-American one year and then return to college the next year (JJ Redick). 

10) Pittsburgh beat Kansas State 63-59 Monday night; Pitt was 18-21 on foul line, Wildcats were only 3-13. Big difference. Oddly, K-State was 10-20 on the arc, Panthers 1-16. Wildcats were also +7 in turnovers (21-14) but they shot only 34.2% inside the arc. 

9) Cleveland Browns are favored by two points in Pittsburgh this week; last time the Browns were favored in the Steel City was 1989, before the old Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. 

Steelers made it official Tuesday; 3rd-stringer Devlin Hodges starts at QB this week.

8) Northwestern has a basketball player named Pat Spencer who is a grad transfer from Loyola, MD, where he was the best college lacrosse player in the country last year. Spencer scored 9 ppg in the Wildcats’ first five games this season. 

7) Good movie/TV trivia: Actress Kerris Dorsey plays the daughter in the great Showtime series Ray Donovan; she also played Billy Beane’s daughter in Moneyball

6) Colorado 71, Clemson 67— Buffaloes rally in 2nd half to win tourney at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas; Pac-12 is an improved league (57-14 out of conference) so far this month. 

5) Arizona State 67, Princeton 65— Sun Devils outscored Princeton 13-5 over the final 5:29 to pull out this road win. Princeton shot 64.5% inside the arc against ASU. 

4) 49ers are a 6-point underdog in Baltimore Sunday, the first 10-1 team to be an underdog of 6+ points since 2007, when the Packers (+7) lost 37-27 in Dallas. 

3) Arizona Diamondbacks signed lefty-hitting catcher Stephen Vogt to a 1-year deal, as catchers keep coming off the market. 

2) There are 78 available slots for bowl games this year; right now, only 73 teams are bowl eligible, with 10 more teams having a shot at getting to 6-6 this week (Ohio U got to 6-6 Tuesday night). If five of those teams don’t win this week, then teams with a 5-7 record will be “rewarded” with a bowl appearance.

Not great.

1) UCLA 74, Chaminade 48— Chaminade’s mascot is a silversword, which is a flowering plant endemic to Hawaiʻi that grows on volcanic cinder. 

Just thought you’d like to know.

Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……

13) All these ex-referees on football telecasts wouldn’t be so bad, if they didn’t constantly blindly congratulate officials on the field for always making good calls, because they don’t always make good calls. 

In Sunday’s Dallas-New England game, they called tripping on the Cowboys center in a big spot which was a horrendous call, yet FOX’s Mike Pereira went out of his way to say it was a good call. Troy Aikman called him out on it, which was good. 

If they’re not going to be critical when deserved, they shouldn’t be on TV. 

12) Detroit Lions wanted to sign journeyman QB Josh Johnson to back up Jeff Driskel with Matthew Stafford injured, but the XFL blocked the deal, since Johnson is already under contract to play for the Los Angeles Wildcats when the new league starts in February. 

33-year old Johnson can’t be happy about this; he’s been under contract with 15 different NFL teams in his career. You have to figure the XFL is going to be a lot like the AAF was last winter, as in, light years from NFL quality. 

11) Pretty cool moment at a I-AA game in Youngstown over the weekend; senior QB Nathan Mays injured his leg, but he suited up and a couple of his teammates carried him on the field so he could take the last snap of his career in victory formation. Then they carried him off the field, because he couldn’t walk on his own. 

For teammates to think so much of a guy that they would do that, it was a good moment. 

10) Winnipeg 33, Hamilton 12— Congrats to the Blue Bombers, who won their first Grey Cup title since 1990. 

9) Kansas 93, Chaminade 63— This was Bill Walton’s first ESPN broadcast of the season, so I learned something that has nothing to do with basketball. 

Because whales are an endangered (and therefore protected) species, the whale population has been growing worldwide, at the rate of roughly 7% each year. 

8) NFL favorites are 77-94-5 ATS this season. 

7) Ravens 45, Rams 6:
— Ravens won their last seven games, covered last five.
— Baltimore scored a touchdown the first six times they had the ball. 

6) Cincinnati Bengals came to their senses and will start Andy Dalton at QB Sunday, after rookie Ryan Finley started the last three games. 

5) Cleveland Browns won their last three games after a 2-6 start, are only a game out of the 2nd Wild Card slot in the AFC. Only one team, the 1970 Bengals, made the playoffs after starting a season 2-6. 

4) UNLV upset San Jose State 38-35 Saturday, in the last college football game at Sam Boyd Stadium- the Rebels move into brand-new Allegiant Stadium next year. 

Hasn’t been a good year for UNLV; they fired coach Tony Sanchez Monday. Also in the Mountain West, New Mexico fired coach Bob Davie Monday. 

3) Raptors 101, 76ers 96— Joel Embiid went scoreless for first time in his NBA career, going 0-11 from the floor, 0-3 on foul line in 32:00. 

2) Baseball stuff:
— Atlanta Braves gave C Travis d’arnaud a 2-year, $16M contract.
— Tampa Bay Rays replaced d’arnaud with former Seattle catcher Mike Zunino. 

1) Oregon Ducks have played 11 football games this year; five of them have come against teams who started freshman quarterbacks. 

Monday’s Den; Wrapping up an NFL Sunday

Browns 41, Dolphins 24:
— Dolphins had 8 penalties for 94 yards; they had been the least penalized team in league.
— Fitzpatrick turned 37 Sunday; how does it help Miami for him to play?
— Dolphins are 7-14 ATS in last 21 road games, 3-2 TY.

— Former Dolphin Landry caught 10 balls for 148 yards, two TD’s.
— Cleveland’s first five drives: 34 plays, 264 yards, four TD’s.
— Browns won their last three games after a 2-6 start.

Bills 20, Broncos 3:
— Broncos’ first five drives: 30 plays, 127 yards, nine first downs, 3 points.
— Broncos’ last five drives: 15 plays, 2 yards, no first downs, no points.
— Denver lost four of its last five games; they’ve converted only 18 of last 88 3rd down plays..

— Buffalo is 8-0 TY when it scores 17+ points, 0-3 when it doesn’t.
— Bills outgained Denver 424-134; they ran ball for 244 yards.
— Under is 8-3 in Buffalo games TY.

Steelers 16, Bengals 10:
— Steelers benched QB Rudolph at halftime; 3rd-stringer Devlin played 2nd half.
— Pitt won five of its last six game, after a 1-4 start.
— Steelers are 3-9 ATS  in last 12 games as a road favorite (0-1 TY)

— Winless Bengals are 0-5 SU at home, with three losses by 10+ points.
— Cincy scored three TD’s on 33 drives in Finley’s three starts
— Under is 6-2-1 in their last nine games.

Bears 19, Giants 14:
— Giants lost their last seven games (2-5 ATS).
— Giants started three drives in row in 2nd quarter in Chicago territory, went TD/MFG/MFG, missing 42-43 yard field goals.
— Big Blue threw for 134 yards, averaging 3.6 yards/pass attempt. 

— Bears are 4-0 when they allow 15 or fewer points, 0-6 when they allow more.
— Five of Bears’ six home games, and last five games overall, stayed under total.
— Trubisky threw for 278 yards; the hip pointer he had last week healed pretty quickly.  

Jets 34, Raiders 3:
— Didn’t see this coming; Jets outgained Raiders, 401-208.
— Oakland has lost four of five true road games this year.
— Darnold averaged 10.4 yards/pass attempt against the Raider defense.

— Jets won their last three games, scoring 34-34-34 points.
— NYJ’s first six drives: 44 plays, 330 yards, 18 first downs, 3 TD’s, 2 FG’s, one missed FG.
— Jets are 13-8-2 ATS in last 23 games as a home underdog.

Saints 34, Panthers 31:
— Carolina missed a PAT, and a 28-yard FG with 1:56 left, with score tied.
— Panthers lost four of last five games after a 4-2 start.
— Carolina is 25-13 ATS in last 38 games as a road underdog, 3-2 TY.

— Saints won eight of their last nine games (7-2 ATS).
— New Orleans scored 31+ points in five of last seven games.
— Underdogs covered nine of last ten Panther-Saint games. 

Bucs 35, Falcons 16:
— Tampa Bay averaged 11.2 yards/pass attempt; Godwin caught 7 balls for 184 yards, two TD’s.
— Bucs are 3-3 when they’re even/positive in turnovers; 1-4 otherwise.
— Tampa Bay turned it over twice; thats 27 turnovers for season (-10). 

— Under Quinn, Atlanta is 11-20 ATS as a home favorite, 0-2 TY.
— Falcons lost their last four home games, giving up 30.8 ppg.
— Atlanta scored only one TD, kicked three FG’s in four red zone drives.

Redskins 19, Lions 16:
— Detroit outgained Redskins 364-230, but turned ball over four times (-2).
— Lions scored only 13 points on three trips to red zone.
— Detroit lost four games in row, seven of last eight.

— Washington’s only TD was a 91-yard kick return in second quarter.
— Redskins scored two TD’s on their last 46 drives.
— Six of Redskins’ last eight games stayed under the total.

Seahawks 17, Eagles 9:
— Seattle is 9-2 with one win by more than eight points.
— Seahawks covered seven of last ten post-bye games.
— Seahawks are 6-0 SU on road TY, giving up 19.5 ppg; they’re 5-3-1 ATS in last nine games as a road favorite, 2-1 TY.

— Eagles went 21 drives between touchdowns, scoring one here with 0:20 left.
— Hard to win when you turn ball over five times on 12 drives (-3). 
— Four of Philly’s last five games stayed under the total. 

Titans 42, Jaguars 20:
— Jacksonville was outscored 101-36 in losing its last three games.
— Jax is 11-21-1 ATS in last 33 games where spread was 3 or fewer points
— Jaguars allowed 13.3 yards/pass attempt vs Ryan Tannehill. 

— Tennessee scored 29.4 ppg in winning four of Tannehill’s first five starts.
— Titans’ first four drives of 2nd half: 9 plays, 225 yards, 8 first downs, 4 TD’s.
— Tennessee won last four home games; their last five games went over.

Patriots 13, Cowboys 9:
— Cowboys lost field position by 20 yards in this game.
— Dallas lost five of its last eight games after a 3-0 start.
— Dallas missed a FG off the upright, had punt blocked on next series. 

— New England scored one TD, on a 12-yard drive.
— Patriots are 24-9-2 ATS in last 35 games as a home favorite.
— New England won all five home games TY by average score of 27-11

49ers 37, Packers 8:
— Green Bay converted 1-15 on 3rd down, averaged 1.9 yards/pass attempt.
— Packers won five of last seven games, with both losses in California. 
— Green Bay/Minnesota are tied for first place in NFC North. 

— 49ers outscored last five opponents 91-33 n first half.
— Garoppolo averaged 9.9 yards/pass attempt.
— This was fourth time this season 49ers held an opponent under 200 yards. 

Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday…….

13) Ohio State 28, Penn State 17— Buckeye coach Ryan Day was complaining at halftime because his team (which was up 14-0) wasn’t up 34-0. Wonder how his mood was when Penn State closed the gap to 21-17. 

Buckeyes outgained Penn State 417-227; playing in a competitive game should help them down the road. Nittany Lions got a 3rd quarter boost from freshman backup QB Will Lewis, but they came up short. 

Penn State coach James Franklin is 54-23 in Happy Valley, 33-18 in conference games, 2-3 in bowls; before that, he was 24-15 in three years at Vanderbilt, 11-13 in SEC games, 2-1 in bowl games. Winning at Vanderbilt is no small feat. 

12) Florida International 30, Miami 24— Panthers become bowl eligible with this stunning upset, which happened at Marlins’ Park, which was built on the spot where the old Orange Bowl used to be. The Orange Bowl was Miami’s home stadium. 

Former Miami coach Butch Davis is FIU’s coach; all of FIU’s players probably grew up wanting to play for Miami. Hard to underestimate how much this win means for the FIU program. 

11) USC 52, UCLA 35— Trojans finish their regular season 8-4 after using three different QB’s due to injuries; the kid who emerges as the #1 QB is a true freshman who threw for 515 yards and four TD’s. The new USC athletic director has an interesting decision; do you bring in a new coach, or give Clay Helton another chance? 

To be clear here, lot of rich boosters aren’t all that excited by an 8-4 record. 

10) Arizona State 31, Oregon 28— Sun Devils become bowl eligible while they knock Oregon out of the national title picture. In his two years at ASU, Herm Edwards is 2-7 ATS when ASU is favored, 8-4 when they’re the underdog. 

9) SouthPoint Casino in Las Vegas has a fun prop bet every week; which team will score the first touchdown of the day? Lowly UConn (25-1) was this week’s winner.   

8) Washington State 54, Oregon State 53— Coogs scored two TD’s in last 2:10 to stave off the surging Beavers, who now have to upset Oregon next week to become bowl eligible. 

Wazzu started this season 3-0, then blew a 49-17 3rd quarter lead and lost 67-63 to UCLA- they fired their defensive coordinator and limp into the Apple Cup with a 6-5 record. 

Coogs’ QB Gordon threw for 606 yards, with three INTs. 

7) College football upsets:
— Florida International (+20.5) 30, Miami 24
— Colorado (+14) 20, Washington 14
— Arizona State (+14) 31, Oregon 28
— Nevada (+13.5) 35, Fresno State 28
— Charlotte (+7) 24, Marshall 13
— UNLV (+7) 38, San Jose State 35

6) Charlotte 24, Marshall 13— 49ers upset the Thundering Herd on a rainy night, becoming bowl eligible for the first time in their five years of I-A football. 

5) Tennessee 24, Missouri 20— Vols win their 4th game in a row, becoming bowl eligible for the first time in three years. Solid coaching job by Jeremy Pruitt. 

4) College basketball upsets:
— Penn (+13.5) 81, Providence 75
— Sacramento State (+12) 77, Pepperdine 72
— NC-Wilmingtonn (+10) 66, FIU 63
— Cleveland State (+7) 65, Eastern Kentucky 51
— George Washington (+7) 78, Evansville 70
— Utah Valley (+6) 68, North Dakota State 62

3) College basketball games of the day:
Boise State 82, Pacific 76, 3OT— Broncos won second consecutive OT game; they made 11-23 on arc, Pacific 3-12. 

Memphis 87, Ole Miss 86— Rebels were down 16 in 2nd half, but drained 12-27 on arc and made it a ballgame. Both teams took 30+ foul shots in what is a regional rivalry game. 

2) I enjoy SEC football, but this shouldn’t happen on November 23:
— Alabama 66, Western Carolina 3
— Auburn 52, Samford 0
— Kentucky 50, UT-Martin 7
— Vanderbilt 38, East Tennessee State 0
— Mississippi State 45, Abilene Christian 7

It is embarrassing to brag that you’re the best league in the country, then play I-AA teams the week before Thanksgiving. There are plenty of bad I-A teams (UMass, New Mexico State, MAC, Sun Belt teams) who could use a payday. Charging people to watch Alabama play a I-AA team is theft.

In the ACC, North Carolina/Virginia also played I-AA teams this week. Not good.

1) Arkansas State 38, Georgia Southern 33— Great coaching job this season by ASU coach Blake Anderson, whose wife passed away just before this season started. Red Wolves are 7-4 and will go to a bowl, putting a cap on what has had to be a very emotional season.

Saturday’s List of 13: Clearing out a cluttered mind……

13) Xavier 75, UConn 74 2OT— Best college hoop game of the young season; six guys fouled out, three for both teams, who will be Big East rivals starting next season. 

Xavier won despite going 16-26 on foul line; UConn was 25-27. 

Musketeers will play Florida in the finals of the Charleston Classic Sunday night. 

12) Duke 81, Georgetown 73— It is usually pretty fun to watch a coach go against Duke for the first time, how he handles getting screwed over in key situations. Patrick Ewing was a great player, but he is a young coach, and he didn’t enjoy this game very much. 

Duke was 21-29 on the foul line, Georgetown 11-18. Go figure. 

11) Temple 70, USC 61— Nice win for the AAC, and Temple’s rookie coach Aaron McKie. 

10) Clippers 122, Rockets 119— Wouldn’t mind if these teams hooked up for a best-of-7 playoff series next spring. Lou Williams scored 26 points in the 2nd half, after not scoring in the first. 

9) Myrtle Beach tournament:
— Villanova beat Mississippi State 83-76. High level game.
— Baylor beat Coastal Carolina 77-65; Coastal’s best guard hurt his knee in this game. 

Villanova-Baylor is an interesting game Sunday, in the tournament final. 

8) Utah State 80, LSU 78— Aggies were down 19 with 16:32 left; big win for the Mountain West Conference, which could use some quality wins. 

7) NFL stuff:
— Bears’ QB Mitchell Trubisky will start Sunday.
— Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford (back) will miss his 3rd straight game. 

6) Seattle Mariners agreed to a six-year, $24M contract with first baseman/prospect Evan White, who spent last season with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, where he hit 18 HRs with 55 RBI in 92 games last year. 

White is the first player ever at the AA level to get a long-term extension.

5) White Sox gave 1B/DH Jose Abreu a 3-year, $50M contract extension; somehow Abreu will make less money than C Yasmani Grandal, who signed with the Pale Hose this week, getting $73M for four years. 

4) Missouri State 71, St Joe’s 69— Nice win for the Bears, who’ve used transfers to elevate their talent level; Lamont West played 110 games for West Virginia. Missouri State figures to contend in the Missouri Valley Conference this winter. 

3) 76ers 115, Spurs 104— San Antonio has lost eight games in a row. 

2) Cleveland State 47, NC-Wilmington 46— Vikings were ravaged by transfers after their coaching change; this was their first D-I win this season, five tries. 

1) Nuggets 96, Celtics 92— Big week for Denver, beating the Rockets/Celtics at home. 

Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here….

13) Texans 20, Colts 17— Houston takes over first place in AFC South; they outgained the Colts by 100 yards (396-296). Indy threw ball for only 121 yards, even though Houston’s secondary is banged-up. Colts converted 9-15 3rd down plays, but fall to 6-5. 

12) Disappointing but hardly surprising that major league baseball may want to implement a plan to shrink minor league baseball, by as many as 100 teams. 

MLB enjoys an exemption from federal antitrust law that has lasted since the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1922 case Federal Baseball Club v. National League; that exemption could be used as leverage by Congress against shrinking the minor leagues. 

Minor league baseball is affordable fun in lot of smaller towns around the country, and also provides a decent amount of jobs; would be sad if the greed of major league owners eliminated those jobs, and eliminated fun for lot of people in smaller towns. 

11) Speaking of the minor leagues, the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes will be giving away a Cody Bellinger/Mike Trout “double MVP bobblehead” at a 2020 home game this summer; the Quakes are only team both Bellinger/Trout have played for. 

10) Chicago White Sox signed C Yasmani Grandal to a 4-year, $73M contract. 

9) Rough night for the Pac-12:
— Omaha 85, Washington State 77
— Coastal Carolina 79, Utah 57
— Duke 87, California 52
— Arizona 71, South Dakota State 64
— Stanford 80, William & Mary 50
— Hofstra 88, UCLA 78– Hofstra lost at home to San Jose State.

8) Bucks 137, Trailblazers 129— Portland is a disappointing 5-10. Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, had 19 rebounds, 15 assists for the Bucks. 

7) Notre Dame 64, Toledo 59 OT— Rockets were 7-point underdogs; they blew a 5-point lead in the last minute of regulation. Irish hit a 3-pointer at buzzer to force OT. 

Willie Jackson had 11 points, 20 rebounds for the Rockets. 

6) On November 21, 1976, the classic movie Rocky was released; it cost $1M to make, and grossed $225M worldwide. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards- for better or worse, they’ve made seven sequels. 

5) The football field in the new dome the Rams/Chargers will play in starting next year will be 100 feet below ground level, and is at the center of a construction site three times the size of Disneyland. It will wind up costing over $5B; thats billion, with a B. 

4) Charlotte Hornets’ Devonte Graham is the 4th player in NBA history to make 50+ 3’s and dish out 100+ assists in his team’s first 15 games of the season. 

3) Georgetown 82, Texas 66— Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas play Duke tonight on the court where Ewing called home during his stellar NBA career. Texas led this game by 5 at the half. 

2) Western Carolina 96, Jacksonville 94 2OT— Catamounts were down 15 at the half, get their first road win in three tries. Tough loss for Artis Gilmore’s alma mater. 

1) RIP Fred Cox, 80, the Vikings’ all-time leading scorer and the inventor of the Nerf football. Cox finished his career with 1,365 points and led the Vikings in scoring 11 years in a row.

Cox became a chiropractor after his kicking days were done. 

Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……

13) In 1941, Franklin Roosevelt and Congress established Thanksgiving as a United States federal holiday to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, which makes November 28th the latest it can be, which is when it is this year. 

12) For me, college basketball season starts when I watch the Maui Classic, which is always Monday-Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. With college ball starting November 5th this year, it has been a lackluster 16 nights of basketball so far, filled with buy games and not a lot of great matchups. 

That changes starting today, with holiday tournaments beginning, and that is a good thing. 

11) NFL underdogs are 89-68-6 ATS so far this season. 

10) Not sure how they came up with this decision, but Memphis Tigers’ freshman center James Wiseman is suspended for another 11 games; he will be eligible to play on January 12 against South Florida. Memphis is very young but very, very talented. 

9) Double digit underdogs are 22-8 ATS so far in the NBA this season, after splitting four games Wednesday.

8) Princeton Tigers’ basketball team has players from nine states and three countries. 

7) 76ers 109, Knicks 104— Ben Simmons made his first career 3-pointer in his 172nd NBA game; he had been 0-17 on the arc in his career. 

6) Mavericks 142, Warriors 94— ESPN/TNT should flex Golden State off its national games; when they don’t play well, they’re horrible. This game was 44-16 after the first quarter. 

5) Yale 100, Siena 89 3 OTs— Yale has played four D-I games; three of them went to overtime. 

4) An average of 6.2 goals/game are being scored in the NHL this season, the league’s 2nd-highest average in the last 23 years, behind the 2005-06 season. 

3) NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs fired coach Mike Babcock after a 9-10-4 start- they lost their last six games. Babcock won the Stanley Cup coaching the 2007-08 Red Wings; he’s won three conference titles, and has a career record of 67-56 in playoff games. 

2) Atlanta Braves signed reliever Chris Martin to a 2-year, $14M deal. 

1) Gerardo Parra signed to play baseball in Japan next year, marking the end of the Baby Shark era for the Washington Nationals. Parra has hit .276 in his 11-year major league career. 

Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings……

13) Cincinnati Bengals when Marvin Lewis was coach: 131-122-3 (2003-18)

Cincinnati Bengals without Marvin Lewis as coach: 42-147 (1991-2002, 2019)

Bengals went 0-7 in playoff games under Lewis, so the natives got restless and they fired him, which now seems like a mistake. 

12) Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but Tom Brady IS NOT the best quarterback ever; he’s won the most Super Bowls, but thats not the argument:

If we were drafting football teams, with every player ever in their prime eligible, which QB would you take to start your team?

11) New England Patriots have started 23 drives in opponent territory, a big reason why they’re 9-1- their offense isn’t so great this year, but their defense/special teams are. 

10) Rhode Island 70, Nicholls State 65— Colonels lost three of first four D-I games, losing in OT at Illinois, by 10 at LSU- they won at Pittsburgh. 

Nicholls starts three seniors and a junior; they should be a contender in the Southland Conference this winter.

9) Virginia 61, Vermont 55— Catamounts beat St John’a LW, are pretty heavy favorite to win America East this winter.

8) Kansas 75, East Tennessee State 63—Jayhawks won despite going 1-14 on the arc, a number we’ll keep an eye on as conference play gets closer. 

7) Very good commercial on the Memphis Grizzlies’ local telecast;, with NBA star Lou Williams, who has played for six teams in his 15-year NBA career, saying how whenever he has to move (they show a couple of his old houses) he uses 

Williams has earned over $74M in salary in his career, so he can afford nice houses. 

6) Radford 67, Northwestern 56— Going to be a long winter for the Wildcats; if you lose at home to Merrimack/Redford, playing in the Big 14 figures to be a big problem. 

5) Houston 97, Rice 89— Owls led their crosstown rivals 39-32 at the half, but lost to Houston for 6th time in a row. 

Cougars scored 65 points in the second half. 

4) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-8 ATS) are the worst NFL team against the pointspread so far this season. 

3) Montana Tech 74, Montana 72— Griz were in the NCAA’s the last two years, but lost their first two D-I games this month, then lose here to the Orediggers, who play in the Frontier League. This was Montana’s first loss to a non-D-I team since they lost to Alaska-Anchorage in 2002- their last losing season was in 2008. 

2) Boston U 78, South Carolina 70— Gamecocks were in Final Four three years ago, but are 36-33 since then, 18-18 in SEC games. SEC teams shouldn’t lose to Patriot League teams. 

1) A student manager for South Carolina’s football team got fired after he was arrested for public disorderly conduct when he got into a fight with a guy on Halloween night who dressed up as South Carolina football coach Will Muschamp. 

Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……

13) Quarterbacks taken in first round of 2017 NFL Draft:
pick #2— Mitch Trubisky, Bears
#10— Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
#12— Deshaun Watson, Texans

12) Not to beat a dead horse, but Chicago traded up to get from the 3rd pick to the 2nd pick; here is what they gave San Francisco to get the #2 pick:
— #3 pick in 1st round of 2017 draft.
— 3rd and 4th round picks in 2017 draft.
— 3rd round pick in 2018 draft. 

11) Chiefs 24, Chargers 17:
— Chargers outgained KC 312-109 in first half, but trailed 10-9 at halftime.
— Chargers scored only 13 points on four red zone trips.
— Rivers threw seven INT’s in last two games; maybe it wasn’t Ken Whisenhunt’s fault. 

10) In their last four games, New England has won field position by 13-11-15-14 yards; because they win the turnover battle and have better special teams, they play on a shorter field than their opponents do. 

In their last six games, Patriots outscored opponents 69-26 in the 2nd half, giving up 20 of those 26 points in their 37-20 loss at Baltimore. 

9) Kentucky 82, Utah Valley 74— Wildcats are struggling with their defense early on. Luckily in this game, they outscored Utah Valley 31-11 on foul line- they made only 1-12 on the arc.

8) SMU 59, Evansville 57— Last week the Purple Aces beat Kentucky as a 25-point underdog; they lost this game at home to SMU.

7) Dallas 117, San Antonio 110— Spurs are 5-9; they lost their last six games, and 8 of last 9. 

6) Houston 132, Portland 108— Rockets won/covered their last eight games. 

5) Clippers 90, Thunder 88— Kawhi Leonard missed his 3rd straight game, his fifth game this season; he played in 69 of 182 games the last two seasons, but led Toronto to an NBA title LY. 

Clippers owe Leonard $103,147,300 over the next three seasons. 

Paul George scored 18 points in 29:00 against his old team.

4) The Disney+ app had over 10 million signups in its first week; I’m not big on animated movies, so doubtful I’ll get it, but they’re making a lot of money with it. 

3) A Maryland high school teacher is facing assault charges following a fight with a 17-year-old student that was caught on camera; both combatants are females.

2) When Cleveland Cavaliers played the Knicks  last nite, they were the last team NBA this year to play on consecutive nights; Nashville Predators are only NHL team that hasn’t played games on back/back nights yet this season.

1) In case you were wondering, the last NFL team that didn’t punt in consecutive games were the 2004 Steelers, who did it in Weeks 15-16 that year, in wins the Giants/Ravens. ’04 Steelers went 15-1, but lost the AFC title game. 

Monday’s Den: Wrapping up an NFL Sunday……

Cowboys 35, Lions 27:
— Cowboys are 6-0 when they score 31+ points, 0-4 when they don’t.
— Dallas is 8-4-1 ATS in last 13 games as road favorites, 3-2 TY.
— Prescott threw for 444 yards and three TD’s, averaging 9.4 ypa. 

— Detroit lost six of its last seven games.
— WR Galladay didn’t catch a pass until there was 3:01 left in game.
— Six of Detroit’s last eight games went over.

Vikings 27, Broncos 23:
— Denver led this game 20-0 at halftime.
— Broncos had ball on Vikings’ 8-yard line when game ended, couldn’t score.
— Denver is 23-7 ATS in last 30 post-bye games, 8-2 in last ten.

— Vikings in 1st half: 6 series, 23 plays, 37 yards, zero points.
— Vikings in 2nd half: 4 series, 35 plays, 279 yards, 27 points.
— Minnesota won for 6th time in last seven games. 

Falcons 29, Panthers 3:
— Atlanta was 1-7 before its bye; they’re 2-0 since, not allowing an offensive TD.
— Falcons’ first TD came on a 78-yard punt return.
— This was Atlanta’s first game outdoors this season.

— Carolina lost three of last four games after a 4-2 start.
— In their first eight games, Panthers were +8 in turnovers; last two weeks, minus-6.
— Carolina lost to Atlanta for 7th time in last eight series games.

Saints 34, Buccaneers 17:
— Saints won seven of their last eight games.
— NO converted 8-15 on 3rd down, outgained Bucs 457-252- they gained 9.6 yards/pass attempt.
— Saints are 9-3 ATS in last dozen games as a road favorite.

— Buccaneers lost five of their last six games.
— In its last five games, Tampa Bay has a minus-14 turnover ratio.
— Seven of Tampa Bay’s last eight games went over the total.

Colts 33, Jaguars 13:
— Jaguars ran ball only 9 times, dropped back to pass 50 times.
— Jacksonville didn’t have a snap inside the Colts’ 20-yard line.
— Jags are 3-6-1 ATS in last ten games as a road underdog

— Colts ran ball for 264 yards, outgained Jaguars 389-310.
— Four of Indy’s six home games went over the total.
— Home side won eight of last nine series games. 

Jets 34, Redskins 17:
— Darnold threw for 293 yards, a career-high four TD’s.
— Jets outgained Washington 394-225 in this game.
— Jets’ last four games went over the total. 

— Redskins lost their last four games, outscored 52-18
— Washington scored two TD’s on its last 35 drives.
— Redskins are 2-10 ATS in last dozen post-bye games. 

Bills 37, Dolphins 20:
— Buffalo outrushed the Dolphins 168-23. outgained them 424-303
— Bills’ first four drives: 30 plays, 212 yards, one TD, three FG’s.
— Hauschka made a 51-yard fG, snapping an 0-5 skid on 50+-yard FG’s. 

— Dolphins have been outscored 159-37 in second half of games.
— This was first time in last five games that Miami trailed at halftime.
— Dolphins ran a kickoff back 101 yards for a TD just before halftime.

Ravens 41, Texans 7:
— Watson was sacked seven times, averaged only 3.7 ypa.
— Houston trailed at halftime in six of last eight games.
— Texans are now 0-6 all-time in Baltimore. 

— Baltimore won its last six games, covered last four.
— Ravens ran ball for 263 yards; only 9 of their 64 plays were on 3rd down.
— Baltimore in 2nd half: 5 series, 30 plays, 298 yards, three TD’s, two FG’s. 

49ers 36, Cardinals 26:
— Arizona led this game 16-0 in second quarter.
— Cardinals were outgained 442-266, but led 26-23 with 1:00 to play.
— Arizona covered five of its last six games as a road underdog. 

— Garoppolo was 34-45/424 passing with four TD’s.
— 49ers’ last four games went over the total.
— Under Shanahan, 49ers are 4-6 ATS as a home favorites, 2-3 TY

Patriots 17, Eagles 10:
— Both teams scored one touchdown, combined to convert 8-28 on 3rd down.
— Once Patriots got the lead, they had six drives: 26 plays, 83 yards, six punts.
— New England is 18-11 ATS in last 29 games as a road favorite. 

— Eagles’ 3rd drive was a 16-play, 95-yard TD drive; took 9:33.
— After that drive, on 9 drives, Philly ran 44 plays for 165 yards, zero points.
— New England had a 14-yard advantage in field position.

Raiders 17, Bengals 10:
— Cincy’s last nine drives: 44 plays, 158 yards, three points.
— Bengals are 10-3 ATS in last 13 games as a road underdog, 4-1 TY.
— Rookie QB Finley was 13-31/115 yards; not good. 

— Oakland (6-4) is tied atop AFC West with the Chiefs.
— None of Raiders’ six wins are by more than 8 points.
— Oakland had nine plays of 20+ yards, most in the league the week. 

Rams 17, Bears 7:
— The guy who drafted Trubisky over Mahomes/Jackson should be fired. Today.
— Chicago lost five of its last six games.
— Bears are 4-1 when they allow 15 or fewer points, 0-5 when they allow more.

— Rams were down three starters on OL and their two best WR’s. It showed.
— LA’s last five games stayed under the total.
— Rams’ OL coach and punter Hekker were great; the rookie OL played well enough.

Sunday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday……

13) Oklahoma 34, Baylor 31:
— Bears led 28-3 in first half, 31-10 at the half.
— Oklahoma ran 95 plays in this game, Baylor 52.
— Baylor ran only 16 plays in the whole 2nd half, were outgained 368-58 after halftime.
— Oklahoma QB Hurts ran for 114 yards, threw for 297 yards and four TD’s. 

12) Georgia 21, Auburn 14— Dawgs led 21-0 after 3rd quarter, hung on for the win that gives them their 3rd straight SEC East title. Auburn outgained Georgia, 321-259. 

11) TCU 33, Texas Tech 31— Red Raiders missed a PAT, then went for two points after two other times and didn’t convert either one; those three points were the difference in this game. 

TCU gained 549 yards, converting 15-24 third down plays. 

Horned Frogs are 5-5; this was their first win this year (1-4) in games decided by 7 or less points. They need to beat either Oklahoma or West Virginia to become bowl eligible. 

10) Alabama 38, Mississippi State 7— Bama QB Tagovailoa dislocated his hip when Tide led 35-7 near end of the first half; he was helicoptered out of Starkville and Alabama scored only three points in the 2nd half. Tagovailoa is obviously out for the year.

9) Central Michigan 45, Ball State 44— Chippewas trailed 41-24 with 2:00 left in 3rd quarter; they scored game-winning TD with 1:01 left. 

8) Penn State 34, Indiana 27— Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey threw 652 passes for the Hoosiers the last two years, but lost his starting job this year to redshirt freshman Michael Penix Jr; instead of pouting/transferring, like so many college QB’s do these days when they don’t start anymore, Ramsey stuck around and got the starting job back when Penix got hurt. 

Hard not to root for the kid; he played for his dad in HS, is named after Peyton Manning and said he loves the team too much to transfer somewhere else. He was 31-41/371 passing in this game, ran for two TD’s, threw for one in a losing cause. Indiana is 7-3 and headed to a bowl. 

7) Upsets:
— Rice (+14.5) 31, Middle Tennessee 28— Great day for the Owls.
— West Virginia (+14) 24, Kansas State 20
— Syracuse (+10.5) 49, Duke 6
— Temple (+6.5) 29, Tulane 21
— Kent State (+6) 30, Buffalo 27

6) Iowa 23, Minnesota 19— Golden Gophers outgained Iowa 431-290, but lost their 9th straight game in Iowa City. 

5) Michigan 44, Michigan State 10— From 2013-15, Michigan State went 36-5, thanks in large part to a +46 turnover ratio. Thats +46 in 41 games. 

Since then, MSU is 24-24, with a turnover ratio of minus-4. 

4) College basketball upsets:
— Montana State (+15) 67, NC-Greensboro 66- Kid drained 50-footer at buzzer.
— Rice (+9.5) 82, UCSB 81— Gauchos were up 20 at the half.
— Eastern Michigan (+9) 56, North Texas 51
— St Bonaventure (+8.5) 80, Rutgers 74
— Morgan State (+8.5) 68, George Washington 64
— Liberty (+7) 77, East Carolina 57
— Vermont (+2) 70, St John’s 68— Upset in name only. 

3) Wisconsin 37, Nebraska 21— Cornhuskers gave coach Scott Frost a 2-year contract extension, despite his 8-14 record in a year and a half with Nebraska. 

— Florida State fired Willie Taggart in his 2nd year, when he had a 9-12 record (0-5 vs Florida, Miami and Clemson)

— Arkansas fired coach Chad Morris in his 2nd year; he had a 4-18 record. 

2) Temple 29, Tulane 21— Since 2010, Owls are 71-53 overall, 43-33 in conference games, under FIVE different head coaches. Its quietly become a pretty good job, albeit a stepping stone job. 

1) LSU 58, Ole Miss 37— Burrow was 32-42 passing for 489 yards, five TD’s as he continues to make his case to the the first QB taken in next April’s NFL Draft. 

Saturday’s List of 13: Clearing out cluttered mind……

13) Browns’ DE Myles Garrett was suspended indefinitely (minimum of 6 games) by the NFL after the fracas at the end of the Browns’ game with Pittsburgh Thursday night. 

Cleveland DT Larry Ogunjobi was also suspended for a game; Pittsburgh’s center Maurkice Pouncey was suspended for three games. 

12) Shaky programming move by ESPN, putting the UNC-Pitt game on Thursday night, same time the Steelers were playing. Wednesday or Friday would’ve worked better.

11) Pittsburgh Pirates hired former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington as their new GM, then fired assistant GM Kyle Stark. Cherington was GM in Boston when they won the 2013 World Series, but got the boot two years later- they’re not real patient in Boston. 

Cherington’s first job is probably to hire a manager, seeing how the Pirates don’t have one yet after they fired Clint Hurdle. 

10) West Virginia 68, Pittsburgh 53— ESPNU’s analyst for this game was Chris Spatola, who is Mike Krzyzewski’s son-in-law. Pitt is coached by former Dukie Jeff Capel; they did couple of segments during the game where they showed Pitt’s new locker room, it was like a Pitt Panther infomercial, geared towards recruits. 

Meanwhile, West Virginia has a big kid named Oscar Tshiebwe who dominated the game inside, with 20 points, 17 rebounds in his second college game. Mountaineers have won four in a row over Pitt for first time since 1977. 

9) Rhode Island 93, Alabama 79— Solid win for the A-14, with URI forcing 22 turnovers (+10). 

8) Gonzaga 79, Texas A&M 49— Zags are this generation’s version of the Jerry Tarkanian UNLV teams; a national power that dominates a mid-major league in January-February, and uses pre-conference play to test itself in games like this. Aggies shot 30.4% from floor in this game. 

7) NFL stuff:
— Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford (back) is out again this week.
— Vikings’ WR Adam Thielen (hamstring) is out again this week.
— Eagles put RB Darren Sproles on IR, ending his season.

6) NBA stuff:
— Nets’ F Caris LeVert (thumb) will likely miss 4-6 weeks.
— Hawks’ F Kevin Huerter (shoulder) is out two weeks. 

5) A few over/under numbers for CONFERENCE wins in college hoop:
— Colorado 11.5
— Duke 15
— Gonzaga 14
— UNLV 9
— Utah State 14
— Villanova 11.5

4) California Golden Bears QB Chase Garbers has been cleared to return and will start in Saturday’s home game vs. USC.

3) James Holzhauer, who won $2.46M during a 32-game winning streak on Jeopardy! last spring, won the show’s Tournament of Champions during Friday’s episode, taking the $250,000 first prize.

2) Duquesne 58, Lipscomb 36— These teams combined to make 1 of 40 3-pointers. 

Let me repeat that; these teams took 40 3-pointers, and made ONE!!! No bueno. 

1) Celtics 105, Warriors 100— Golden State played its heart out, but lost their 6th game in a row and is now 2-11 in this lost season. 

Friday’s List 13: Random stuff with weekend here……

13) So far this  season, NBA road teams who played the night before are 17-9-1 ATS. 

NBA teams playing the first of back/back nights are 19-24 ATS, the second night 22-17-3. 

If the Clippers are playing back/back, find out which night Kawhi Leonard is playing, then go against them in the other game. 

12) Browns 21, Steelers 7— Pittsburgh has had two games this year with no takeaways; they lost those games 33-3/21-7. They forced 25 turnovers in their other eight games.

An actual brawl broke out in this game with 0:08 left; Cleveland’s DE Myles Garrett hit Mason Rudolph with his own helmet, after he ripped it off the Pitt QB’s head. Then Steeler C Pouncey was punching/kicking Garrett in retaliation. Suspensions will result. 

These teams play again in Week 13; that should be fun. 

11) Michigan State 76, Seton Hall 73— This seemed like a March game; Myles Powell scored 37 for the Pirates. Unusual game; only two players on each team scored in double figures. 

10) Penn State 81, Georgetown 66— Nittany Lions ran out to a 25-7 lead, made 13-29 on arc, and had an easy win here. Penn State shot better outside the arc than inside it. 

9) LA Chargers are practicing in Colorado Springs for a few days, to help get them ready for the high altitude they’re going to experience Monday night in Mexico City.

Charger players didn’t seem too excited about it; Rams did this LY, but then that game was pulled out of Mexico and moved to the LA Coliseum because the field in Mexico was deemed unsafe to play on. 

8) Baseball stuff:
— Atlanta Braves signed closer Will Smith to a 3-year deal worth $39M.
— Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8M qualifying offer from the Twins.
— Jose Abreu accepted a $17.8M qualifying offer from the White Sox. 

7) Memphis Tigers’ freshman C James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible, probably won’t be playing in college anymore. He is expected to go very high in next June’s NBA Draft.

6) Ohio U has an interesting basketball team; they played eight guys in wins at St Bonaventure, Iona; six freshmen, two seniors. That only happens when you have a new coach. 

Bobcats are the #335 experience team right now; their bench is playing minutes #347, but they’ve made 44.7% of their 3’s and they have two road wins. Good for them. 

5) Only 2 of 12 Pac-12 teams (Oregon State/Wazzu) have lost out of conference- Colorado beat Arizona State over in China; the league is 23-2 SU out of conference. Still too early to tell, but is the Pac-12 having a resurgence? 

4) Saint Mary’s gets a quality win on a neutral court over Wisconsin, then loses at home to Winthrop, negating the quality win. Not good. 

3) Few years down the road, when Pete Alonso strikes it rich with his first huge contract, hope the Mets remember how they’re using his name to squeeze every last dollar out of their fanbase. In 2020, Alonso’s 2nd season, they’re having two Alonso bobblehead days:

March 28th – Rookie of Year bobblehead
June 20th – Custom Marvel Superhero bobblehead

2) San Francisco Giants hired Gabe Kapler as manager, a sign that they’re becoming more analytics-based. Thank the Lord I don’t have any Giants on my fantasy team; I had five Phillies on my team when Kapler took over there. 

Lets just say it didn’t go well for those five guys, or me.

1) Golden State Warriors are 2-10 and headed towards the lottery; next year they’ll have Steph Curry and Klay Thompson back, plus a lottery pick, and they’ll be contenders again. Going to be a long winter for Steve Kerr, but it’ll pay off down the road. 

Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……

13) VCU 84, LSU 82— VCU’s coaches have it in their contracts that if they bolt for greener pa$ture$, their new team has to play a home/home series with VCU; this was Will Wade’s visit back home— he was not warmly received. Guys wearing fake FBI uniforms wee sitting by the LSU bench. 

VCU led this game by 15 late in first half, but LSU fought back- they were outscored 23-13 on the foul line. Quality game between two teams I expect to see in March.

12) Ohio State 76, Villanova 51— Buckeyes led this game 40-22 at halftime. 

It is very, very early in the season; some teams are way ahead of others. It is easy to overreact to unusual scores, once we get to Thanksgiving, we can begin to do some evaluating.

11) NFL finalized its Week 16 schedule by putting three games on Saturday, Dec 21; Texans-Bucs, Bills-Patriots and Rams-49ers.

10) Rams’ injury troubles on the offensive line have contributed to their offense being less explosive; hard to throw longer passes if you’re struggling to protect the QB. 

Last year, the Rams had 15 TD plays of 18+ yards; this year, they have three. 

9) 46-year old Adam Vinatieri has missed 11 PAT’s/FG’s this year; the Colts have brought in other kickers to try out. 

8) Field position is important in football; turnover margin and 3/outs go a long way towards determining field position, especially now that kickoff returns have been greatly reduced. 

These teams have forced the most 3/outs this season:

New England 44, San Francisco 41, Philadelphia 34

7) These teams have forced the fewest 3/outs this season:

Arizona, Atlanta, Baltimore, Oakland, all 17. 

6) These teams have gone 3/out on offense the most this year:

Bears 46, Jets 44, Redskins 36, Giants 33

5) These teams have gone 3/out on offense the least this year:

Texans 13, Cowboys 14, Ravens/Saints 17, Chiefs 18

4) When Arkansas fired football coach Chad Morris last week, they also lost out on a 4-star QB recruit who happens to be…….Chad Morris’ son. 

Chandler Morris is rated as the #13 dual-threat QB in the country, in the 2020 class.

3) Mike Piazza is going to coach the Italian team in the 2021 World Baseball Classic.

2) From ESPN Stats: Last week, the Browns had a drive where they ran six plays from the Buffalo 1 or 2-yard line but didn’t score on that drive; that is the first time that has happened in the NFL since December 18, 1993, when the Jets couldn’t score in that situation against Dallas. 

1) Jacob deGrom, Justin Verlander both won Cy Young awards Wednesday night; only two players homered off of both of them this season, Adam Eaton and Juan Soto, both of whom homered against Verlander in the World Series.