13) Falcons 20, Saints 17— Strange game; both QB’s threw an INT in the end zone, with Brees’ critical turnover coming in the game’s last 2:00. Falcons were -2 in turnovers but won and are now 8-5, a game out of first place in NFC South. These teams meet again in Week 16.
12) Tuesday night, St John’s beat Grand Canyon 68-60 in a sloppily-played game in Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix. Kid named Keonta Vernon played 30:00 for the Antelopes, who are eligible for the NCAA tournament for the first time this season.
Vernon played his ass off; he had 15 rebounds; granted, the shooting in this game was awful so there were a lot of rebounds to be had, but Vernon looks like an NFL tight end. and goes after rebounds like he is one. Problem is, he shoots the basketball like a pro wrestler; he was 0-3 from the floor, 0-6 on the foul line.
Not often a guy grabs 15 rebounds in a game and doesn’t score a point.
11) Cleveland Browns fired GM Sashi Brown Thursday and announced that coach Hue Jackson will be back to coach the team next season.
Browns have four extra draft picks in the 2018 draft, so the next GM has a shot to add a lot of talent. My advice: Draft a bleepin’ quarterback!!!!
10) Washington State opened some eyes when they won the Wooden Legacy tournament over Thanksgiving weekend, but now the bubble has burst.
Coogs were 6-0 after upsetting St Mary’s and San Diego State in Fullerton, but since then, they lost to Cal-Davis at home and by 27 at Idaho. No bueno.
9) Tennessee hired Jeremy Pruitt as its new football coach; the 43-year old Pruitt has been a defensive coordinator the last five years, at Florida State-Georgia-Alabama.
8) There are 14 football teams in the SEC; Nick Saban obviously coaches Alabama. Of the other 13 teams, four of them are now coached by former Saban assistants.
7) Movie trivia: Did you ever see the 1976 movie Network, about a TV network trying for better ratings, starring Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall and William Holden?
A woman named Beatrice Straight played a character named Louise Schumaker in the movie. She was on camera for a total of five minutes, two seconds, but she earned the Academy Award for the best performance by a supporting actress.
Hers was the briefest performance ever to win an Oscar.
6) Senator Luther Strange, the man who has held a Senate seat in Alabama for the last ten months (his spot is being filled in next week’s special election), is 6-foot-9, making him the tallest US Senator ever.
5) Angels/Mariners are both maneuvering to sign free agent Shohei Ohtani; they both sent a prospect from the 2017 Draft to Minnesota, each receiving money from the Twins’ international slot money. Both teams are in a bidding war to entice Ohtani to play for them- that international slot money is the key in that bidding war.
4) Seattle Mariners traded for Dee Gordon and are going to move him to centerfield. Gordon is owed $40M+ over the next three years. Mariners also got international slot money from Miami, but they gave the Marlins three of their top 10 minor league prospects.
3) Cubs signed P Tyler Chatwood to a 3-year contract; Chatwood has to be really happy, going to a better team and getting the hell away from hitter-happy Coors Field.
2) I’ve got nothing against Roger Goodell, but $40M a year seems a little excessive.
1) Baseball’s Winter Meetings start Sunday in Orlando. In reality, next week is the start of the 2018 baseball season, when lot of moves will be made that will shape next season’s rosters.
Baseball season starts March 29, little earlier than usual, to create a few more days off during the season. March 31 figures to be a fun day, with the Final Four and a full day of baseball.