Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend……..

13) Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had an interesting week;
Sunday: ejected, Monday: ejected.
Tuesday-Thursday: suspended in connection with Sunday’s ejection
Friday/Saturday: He actually managed the whole game both days.
Sunday: ejected– good work if you can get it.

12) Washington Nationals played 13 of their first 44 games against Miami; now the teams will play only six more times the rest of this season. .

11) Albuquerque Isotopes are the Rockies’ AAA team; they’re having a bad year, losing six games in a row and 10 of last 12.

Things are so bad that the team employee who wears the “jar of salsa” costume during the Chile Race promotion pulled a leg muscle this weekend nad is now out of action.

10) From 2013-15, Hillary Clinton made 94 speaking engagements, earned $21.6M doing so. Thats million, with an M. Yikes.

9) Phil Mickelson agreed to forfeit nearly $1 million that the Securities/Exchange Commission said was unfairly earned on a tip from an insider trading scheme run by a former corporate director and a professional gambler.

Who plays Mickelson in the movie that will inevitably be made about this?

8) Thunder 133, Warriors 105— This makes Game 4 a very interesting game. if the Spurs/Warriors go a combined 140-24 in the regular season and neither makes the NBA Finals, teams will be resting players constantly next season. No bueno.

7) I’m sitting here watching the 1995 movie Jury Duty, a movie so stunningly bad that I can’t turn it off. For some reason, Dick Vitale was in this movie as a TV leegal analyst, basically playing his TV role, yelling and screaming. 21 years later, this movie is still on pay TV– is this a great country or what?

6) I was watching the 1991 movie Forget Paris the other night, where Billy Crystal is an NBA ref; in the opening scene, he makes a critical call in a playoff game against the Phoenix Suns, who had Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Dan Majerle.

25 years later, Barkley is the best studio analyst the NBA has; Majerle is the coach at Grand Canyon College an up-and-coming D-I team and Johnson somehow is mayor of Sacramento, where he has saved the NBA’s Kings from moving several times.

Real life is often stranger than fiction.

5) Then there is the 1973 movie “World’s Greatest Athlete”, where Seahawk coach Pete Carroll had an untitled role as a college football player. Also in this fine movie are the guy who played Mr Whipple in the old Charmin TV commercials, the guy who played General Burkhalter on Hogan’s Heroes and former Viking QB Joe Kapp.

4) Why do the Texas Rangers want a new stadium? The one they play in is only 22 years old- teams should have to stay at least 40 years in a new stadium.

3) Tim Lincecum signed with the Angels for $2.5M; Halos are in even worse shape than the A’s- their payroll is $164,673,333, compared to Oakland’s $86,806,234.

2) While I am on this subject, the A’s are 19-26 this year with a starting pitching rotation that is totally in shambles with Sonny Gray ineffective/hurt. After making the playoffs in 2012-14, the Ivy League genuses in the Oakland front office decided to trade Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester so they could win the 2014 World Series. The plan failed…..miserably.

109-154, thats the A’s record since July 31, 2014- they pay Billy Butler $10M a year, Jed Lowrie $7M, Coco Crisp $11M. People talk about Moneyball all the time, but the 2001-03 A’s were good for three reasons– Hudson, Mulder, Zito. Starting pitchers.

Without solid starting pitchers (6+ innings most every night) your team has absolutely zero chance to contend. None. Pitching is the most critical element in baseball.

1) Congratulations to my friend Gary DiNola for being inducted into the Upstate New York Basketball Hall of Fame last night. I spent four years (1994-98) as one of his assistants and it one was one of the most interesting/fun eperiences of my life.

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

13) Milwaukee Brewer TV announcers were telling a story about last July 31, when the Mets/Brewers almost made a trade at the deadline. Milwaukee brass told Carlos Gomez he had been traded to the Mets, he was shaking hands with teammates, saying his goodbyes but then the trade fell through.

12) Mets wound up trading for Yoenis Cespedes instead, which worked out really well for them, as they got to the World Series. Gomez wound up getting dealt to the Astros, where he has struggled greatly.

11) As far as baseball eliminating the four pitches for the intentional walk, last year in the major leagues there were 951 intentional walks in 2,430 games, so eliminating those four pitches isn’t going to be a huge time-saver.

10) Ichiro Suzuki had his 253rd game with 3+ hits last night, most amongst active players. Ichiro now has 2,954 hits in his 16 big league seasons.

9) I’ve got no idea why, but people in Chicago do not like ketchup on hot dogs. White Sox announcers were discussing this the other night and back in 2003, a friend of mine actually got mad at me for asking for ketchup at a Chicago hot dog stand.

I dislike mustard and relish but if I knew the ketchup was going to cause a problem, I would’ve eaten the weiner plain.

8) A batter who hits a sacrifice fly isn’t charged with an at-bat, but a batter who knocks in a run with a ground out is– why is this? Whats the difference?

7) Marlins 3, Nationals 2— Washington had bases loaded, no one out in ninth inning but couldn’t tie game. Miami is now 3.5 games behind Washington in NL East.

6) Jim Baron is retiring as basketball coach at Canisius at age 62; he has been a very good coach at a number of places: Canisius, St Bonaventure, URI, St Francis, PA.

Few years ago, I was sitting in front of coach Baron at an AAU tournament here in Albany- his son was playing. It was a close game against a local team, and at the end of the game, the hometown refs gave the local team a couple calls and they won.

Coach Baron had been pretty low-key during the game but when his son’s team got hosed at the end and lost, he was steamed and he went after the offending ref to give him a piece of his mind. He did quickly and fairly quietly but believe me, the guy who made the calls deserved to get ripped.

Anyway, good luck in retirement coach. Canisius will miss you. .

5) 164 undergraduates declared for this year’s NBA Draft; many have returned to college, but there are only 60 picks in the draft, so add in seniors and kids from other countries and a lot of kids are going to wind up very disappointed.

4) Toronto’s Bismack Biyombo is going to make a fortune as a free agent this summer and when he does, remember this: last night in Game 3 against Cleveland, Biyombo had 15 rebounds before he took his first shot of the game. Guys like that are worth their weight in gold, if you want to have a winning team.

3) Jack McDowell threw 10+ complete games three years in a row, the last pitcher to do that and that was back in 1991-93. Will probably never happen again.

2) Major league baseball wants more balls in play; approximately 30% of plate appearances are ending in walks/strikeouts. Baseball’s head honchos want more action, so they’re going to raise the strike zone some, hoping it’ll result in more balls put in play, which makes the game more interesting. We’ll see how that goes.

1) RIP Alan Young 96, the actor who played Wilbur Post on the classic TV show Mr Ed, passed away this week. It is not easy to be a straight man for a talking horse; that was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Yes, I said a talking horse, but he only talked to Wilbur, which caused problems with Wilbur’s wife Carol.

Just loved Mr Ed, whether he was driving a delivery truck or taking batting practice against Sandy Koufax (yes, Koufax tossed a meatball to a horse, with manager Leo Durocher watching). Spent many hours laughing with this show. RIP, sir.

Saturday’s List of 13: College football knowledge……….

13) LSU’s new defensive coordinator last worked at Wisconsin; Tigers, who have 18 starters back, open the season Sept 3 against the Badgers at Lambeau Field.

12) USC plays Alabama, Stanford, Utah in September, none of them at home.

11) Urban Meyer has a 154-27 record, 50-4 at Ohio State; his defensvie coordinator this year is former Rutgers/Bucs coach Greg Schiano.

10) Texas A&M recruited only two of the top 20 recruits from the Lone Star State this year- they’re on their fourth offensive coordinator in the last five years. Aggies are 16-10 overall the last two years, 17-15 in conference play the last four years.

9) Contrast that to Oklahoma State, which is 27-12 the last three years; their OC is in his fourth season in Stillwater, their DC is in his sixth season. Continuity helps.

8) UCLA’s freshman kicker JJ Molson is the grandson of Montreal Canadiens’ owner, beer magnate Geoff Molson; wonder if they’ll be selling Molson beer at the Rose Bowl this year. Having a freshman kicker can drive you to drink.

7) Michigan State is 36-5 the last three years, but lost top two WRs and their QB who started for three years. Spartans play Notre Dame/Wisconsin on back/back early on in season. Mark D’Antonio is 7-2 against rival Michigan.

6) Tennessee hasn’t won SEC East since 2007; they haven’t won the SEC since ’98, the year after Peyton Manning left. Vols’ over/under win total in Las Vegas this year is 10, so with 18 starters back, Butch Davis’ team has high expectations.

5) Mack Brown was 25-14 his last three years at Texas; Charlie Strong is 11-14 his first two years in Austin. Longhorns gave up 30.3 ppg last year.

4) Florida State is 49-6 the last four years; only one of their four September games is at home. RB Dalvin Cook won SEC rushing title by 164 yards LY.

3) Oregon went 9-4 LY, after going 48-5 the four years before that; they lost their bowl game after leading 31-0 at the half. Once again, the Ducks’ QB will be a transfer from a I-AA school, this time Dakota Prukop from Montana State.

2) Ole Miss has its first-ever two-game winning streak over Alabama, which is hard to believe. Rebels play Florida State, Alabama and Georgia, all in September. Oy.

1) Michigan is 2-14 against Ohio State/Michigan State the last eight years.

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

13) I’m tired of hearing people whine about baseball games lasting too long, as if an extra 8-10 minutes is going to ruin someone’s day. Want to eliminate 8-10 minutes a game? Eliminate coaches/managers visiting the mound, that will do it. Whether a game is 2:52 or 3:05, baseball is great. Nothing wrong with spending more time having fun.

12) Saw couple of amazing catches in 9th inning of games last night; Minnesota CF Danny Santana made a fantastic catch, keeping the game 2-2 with the go-ahead run on second base and Rafael Ortega of the Angels made a sliding catch down left field line to help the Halos hold off the Dodgers 7-4.

11) Nationals 9, Mets 1— Matt Harvey is 3-6, 5.77 and terribly overrated. Last year, New York media had him getting inducted in Cooperstown before he turned 27. Last night, Harvey went over the 500 innings mark in his career- he is 30-24.

10) Austin Russell, better known as Chumlee on Pawn Stars, somehow avoided jail time after at one time having 19 felony drug charges against him. Hope he realizes how lucky he is; when I was in Las Vegas in April, it seemed apparent that he was going to jail and maybe for a very long time.

9) Pro Bowl is moving from Honolulu to Orlando this comng year; for some reason, it was mentioned that Sydney, Australia was interested in hosting it. Why?

8) Orlando Magic gave Frank Vogel $22M for four years– first Magic-Pacer game next fall should be interesting.

7) Buck Showalter once managed a team in the NY-Penn League, a short-season farm team. He went 114-41 in Oneonta, hometown of ESPN’s Mark May, and also the place where John Elway played his minor league baseball.

6) In case you are wondering, Elway hit .318 with a .432 OB% that year, for a 43-33 Oneonta team that was managed by former White Sox CF Ken Berry.

5) Drew Pomeranz has pitched well for San Diego but they haven’t hit much for him; in Pomeranz’ last four starts, a total of seven runs have scored.

4) Stan Musial hit three homers in a game at age 42, the oldest player to do so.

3) Angels are 22-1 in Mike Trout’s career when he scores 3+ runs in a game.

2) Not only did Texas A&M’s basketball team lose four senior starters this year, three of their assistant coaches also bolted for other jobs, so Billy Kennedy is totally rebuilding his program- he hired Don Maestri, who coached Troy State for 30 years and will now be someone Kennedy can lean on for advice. .

1) Chargers signed Zach Mettenberger as a backup QB; Giants/Bengals also had interest n the former LSU signal-caller. Backing up Philip Rivers seems like good duty; Rivers has started every San Diego game for the last decade.

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


13) Warriors 118, Thunder 91— No one on Oklahoma City had more than 9 points, other than Durant/Westbrook. They need a third double figure scorer to compete.

12) Knicks are apparently going to name Jeff Hornacek head coach; good coach, good basketball guy, but kind of feel about him the same way I felt when the Mets hired Art Howe as manager– not very New York-ish. Sometimes that matters.

11) Chicago White Sox turned their second triple play of the season last night; they are first team since ’07 Phillies to turn two triple plays in same season.

10) A’s 8, Rangers 1— Khris Davis has nine HRs, 20 RBI in first 18 days of May.

9) NBA playoff favorites of 8+ points are 19-6 vs spread this season.

8) Why is the price of gasoline 45 cents a gallon cheaper in New Jersey than here in New York? Is Crhis Christie that good a governor that his constituents don’t get ripped off like we do? By the way, in New Jersey they put the gas in your car for you.

7) NBA Summer League will be July 8-18 at UNLV and on TV every day on NBA TV. Solid entertainment; I’ll be out there for the AAU tournaments later in the month.

6) Illinois got good news: big man Mike Thorne got a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA, very important for John Groce’s team.

5) More transfers, as number approaches 600 this year (there are 351 D-I teams):
— Anthony Livingston goes from Arkansas State to Texas Tech.
— Kendall Stephens goes from Purdue to Nevada

4) This will be the sixth NFL season for 49er QB Blaine Gabbert, who will have his sxith different head coach, sixth offensive coordinator, sixth QB coach. Oy.

3) Why would the Ravens intentionally break the NFL rule about not using full pads during rookie minicamps? Sounds like they did just that.

2) Minnesota Twins are 4-2 against the Cleveland Indians, 0-15 against the rest of the AL Central. No bueno. Minnesota is 5-12 in games where the winning run scores from the 7th inning on.

1) Werid story about Robert Griffin III and his relationship with his coaches in Washington; if that story is remotely true, Daniel Snyder is the worst owner in the NFL and the Browns may have made a colossal mistake acquiring RGIII, who appears to be a complete jerk if you believe the article, which is excerpted up above.

Wednesday’s List of 13: Good to be home after vacation……

13) 76ers won the NBA Draft Lottery, will probably take Ben Simmons, seeing as how coach Brett Brown coached Simmons’ dad in Australia a long time ago.

12) Cavaliers 115, Raptors 84— Cleveland is now 9-0 this postseason. Looks like the drama in this round will be in the series out west.

11) Warriors’ Klay Thompson scored 25 points in first three quarters of Game 1 with the Thunder, but was scoreless in the fateful 4th quarter.

10) MLB suspended Rougned Odor eight games after Sunday’s fight with Toronto, but because of a ridiculous appeal system MLB has, Odor is playing this week. Once the suspension is announced, the player should be suspended immediately. The way it is now, the player basically gets to choose when he is suspended.

9) Rays 12, Jays 2— Toronto lost its last four games, was outscored 25-4 in the last two; they’ve also lost four in a row at home.

8) Indians 13, Reds 1— Cincinnati reliever Stever Delabar issued four consecutive bases-loaded walks, first time a pitcher has done that.

7) Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez, then lost 12-9 to the Pirates, with one of its top pitching prospects giving up nine runs in less than two innings. No bueno.

6) Pirates gave catcher Dominic Cervelli $31M for three years, a sign of the ballclub’s commitment to winning. Good for them.

5) Had great seats for the Marlins-Phillies game in Philly Monday night. Sat right next to ballgirl in right field. They don’t have an easy job.

When the Phillies change pitchers, the ballgirl sprints out to the bullpen in centerfield to get the pitcher’s jacket from the clubhouse attendant- they’re not allowed to interact with the players directly. When the visiting team changes pitchers, the ballgirl down the leftfield line gets the jacket.

There are 22 ballgirls in Philly; they rotate between field duty and running the team’s 50-50 raffle for charity and working in the team’s recycling drive.

4) Restaurant recommendations: Crab Trap in Ocean City, NJ and the Anchorage Tavern in Somers Point, where I got a piece of chicken parm that looked like it could tip over Fred Flintstone’s car.

3) A’s 8, Rangers 5— Khris Davis homered three times, the last one a walk-off grand slam to send everyone home happy. Oakland has won four of last five games since the epic pounding their pitching staff took in Boston last week.

2) Good to see Mets fans give Daniel Murphy an ovation on his return to Citi Field last night; he was my dad’s favorite player and is hitting .399 this year.

1) My dad passed away a year ago today; I miss him a lot. Would be great to sit and watch a game with him one more time- he really loved baseball, especially the Mets.

Wednesday’s 6-pack, Quote of Day, quiz….

Wednesday’s six-pack
— NFL awarded Super Bowls to Atlanta-Miami-LA; two of those three cities are getting new stadiums, which is not a coincidence.
— Nationals 7, Mets 4– Matt Harvey wouldn’t asnwer questions after game. Uh-oh.
— Bengals’ TE Tyler Eifert hurt his ankle in the Pro Bowl, had it operated on this week, may miss Cincinnati’s season opener. What took so long?
— BYU’s football team has a tough September: Arizona, @ Utah, then UCLA, West Virginia at home. They also visit Michigan State, Boise State, Cincinnati later on.
— 28 college football teams changed head coaches this year, 22% of all I-A teams.
— Oklahoma City 118, Golden State 94–
Thunder go up 3-1; defending champs are in real trouble- they gave up 70+ points in first half of this game.

Tweet of the Day
“We’re still amateurs though. Gotta love non-profit #NCAA.”
UCLA QB Josh Rosen, after the Under Armour/UCLA deal was announced

Daily quiz
Who holds the Boston Red Sox’ record for the longest hitting streak?

Tuesday’s quiz
Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford was a high school teammate of Clayton Kershaw.

Monday’s quiz
Topeka is the capital of Kansas.

Quote of the Day

“He said, ‘Listen son, you’re never going to play in the National Football League. You’re too small. There’s no chance. You’ve got no shot. Give it up.’ Of course, I’m on this side of the phone saying, ‘So you’re telling me I’m not coming back to NC State? I won’t see the field?’ He said, ‘No son, you won’t see the field.'”
Russell Wilson, explaining why he transferred from NC State to Wisconsin

I’ll be curious to hear former NC State coach Tom O’Brien’s side of this story.

DAILY QUIZ!

Today’s Question…
In which Canadian province is Niagara Falls located?

Sunday’s quiz answer…
Sam Perkins, Charles Barkley were two players taken right after Michael Jordan in 1984 NBA Draft.

Saturday’s quiz answer…
Harrisburg is the state capital of Pennsylvania.

Super Bowl Records…

Super Bowl records- most passing yards in a Super Bowl:
keep in mind there have now been 50 Super Bowls (100 QBs).
3) 365 yards, Kurt Warner, Rams vs NE– Super Bowl XXXVI
2) 377 yards, Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs Pitt– Super Bowl XLI

1) 414 yards, Kurt Warner, Rams vs Tenn– Super Bowl XXXIV

Like donuts? Try Cider Belle donuts on North Pearl Street in Albany……

Monday’s list of 13

Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend……
13) Raptors 116, Heat 89— Toronto is in NBA’s Final Four for first time.

12) I’ve always wondered what the story was behind Russell Wilson transferring from NC State to Wisconsin, before his senior year, and the Wolfpack seemingly not caring if he left or not. Now Russell Wilson says coach Tom O’Brien basically fired him and told him he had no future in football. Curious to see what O’Brin has to say.

11) A’s 7, Rays 6— Danny Valencia homered three times, including the game-winner in the 9th inning, as Oakland salvaged a lousy road trip by going 2-1 in St Pete.

10) 15 baseball games Sunday; game-winning run scored in 7th inning or later in 11 of the 15 games. Pretty good day at the ballpark.

9) Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6— Big-league brawl in this game, an offshoot of the tensions between these clubs in last year’s playoffs. This was an actual fight, not the normal pushing/pulling baseball scuffle. Umps worked hard to keep the peace.

Matt Bush drilled Jose Bautista right before the brawl started; Bautista was smart enough not to go after Bush, who recently spent 3.5 years in jail. Don’t want to be picking fights with guys who have done hard time.

8) Tom Dolan came up with a great stat Sunday: Lenny Dykstra had 81 HRs in 4,552 regular season career ABs. 10 HRs in 112 postseason ABs. That is a HR every 56.2 ABs in regular season games, one every 11.2 in postseason games.

7) Red Sox have scored in first inning in 12 of their 22 home games.

6) Rockies 4, Mets 3— New Yorkers get swept in Denver.

5) Odd timing by MLB announcing Jose Reyes’ suspension with New York media is in Denver for the weekend; then the Bronx Bombers brought up catching prospect Gary Sanchez the same day. There aren’t many coincidences in this world……..could the Bombers be interested in acquiring Reyes?

4) Why run differential is an overrated stat: Phillies are 22-16, but 14-3 in one-run games; they’ve got a -30 run differential but would be in the playoffs if they started today (they don’t). They’re maxing out on the talent they have, but wins are the only stat that truly matters and Philly has a lot of them.

3) Red Sox have scored 229 runs, 50 more than any other AL team.

2) If the baseball playoffs started today:
AL: Orioles-White Sox-Rangers. Wild Card: Boston-Seattle
NL: Nationals-Cubs-Giants. Wild Card: Phillies-Mets

1) Heading back from vacation this weekend on the Jersey shore; a tremendous place, lot of good places to eat, lot of good people, made some new friends. Walking on the beach is highly underrated.

College basketball referees work a lot from November-March…

College basketball referees work a lot from November-March; here is what referee John Higgins has been doing for the last 7-10 days………
Dec 29– Texas Southern @ Baylor
Dec 30– Nevada @ New Mexico
Dec 31– BYU @ St Mary’s
Jan 1– Utah @ Stanford
Jan 2– Michigan State @ Minnesota
Jan 3– Arizona @ Arizona State– Higgins tossed Bobby Hurley at end.
Jan 4– Oklahoma @ Kansas– Game went triple overtime.
Jan 5– Kansas State @ Texas
Jan 6– Evansville @ Wichita State

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Basketball Selections

Today’s tips
No selections tonight. Exhibition baseball starts Tuesday; make sure you log in every day during baseball season for lot of information on pitchers, umpires and team trends. Plus its free!!!!

2015-16 record: 11-7, plus 99 calders

thru Feb 24
HF
HU
F
American
22-28
15-16
38-43
ACC
39-32
19-18
57-51
Atlantic 14
36-32
13-23
59-45
Big 14
40-25
17-21
61-42
Big X
26-24
10-13
39-34
Big East
24-26
11-14
38-37
Big Sky
24-26
13-14
38-39
Big West
16-25
5-10
26-30
CAA
23-35
9-18
41-44
C-USA
33-35
17-17
50-52
Horizon
25-23
14-18
43-37
Ivy
12-11
5-8
20-16
MAAC
25-33
17-22
47-50
MAC
38-25
9-11
49-34
Missouri Valley
25-25
15-18
43-40
Mountain West
27-26
18-11
38-44
Ohio Valley
28-33
15-14
39-46
Pac-12
35-25
17-13
48-42
SEC
38-29
19-16
54-48
Southern
32-22
10-16
48-32
Summit
21-31
7-7
28-38
Sun Belt
30-29
19-11
41-48
WCC
24-31
15-13
37-46
Skidmore beat Southern Vermont 128-123 November 23 in 7 OTs, the longest game in D-III history. Here is some knowledge about that historic game:
— Southern Vermont led by 7 at half; regulation ended 59-all, meaning there were 118 points scored in regulation, 133 points scored in OTs.
— With seven OTs. It was a 75-minute game. SV captain Lance Spratling played all 75 minutes and was an epic 10-40 from the floor; 0-13 from the arc, 10-27 inside the arc, 11-14 from foul line. He had 18 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 turnovers and the game’s only technical foul.
— In regulation, Skidmore was 4-25 behind the arc, SV 1-11; in the OTs, the Thoroughbreds were 9-24 behind the arc, Southern Vermont was 5-14.
— Eight guys fouled out, four on each side.
— Skidmore’s Quenten Howard, SV’s Greg Holt each played one minute; do you know how buried on the bench you have to be to play only one minute in a 7-overtime game?
— Four Southern Vermont starters played 64+ minutes, one Skidmore starter played more than 40. Kid named Melvis Langyintuo had 18 points, 21 rebounds in 36 minutes for Skidmore and he didn’t start. Wonder if he’ll start their next game.

2015-16 college football bowl results

Arizona Wildcats 10, 63 45-37
Albuquerque 12/19
New Mexico Lobos
Utah Utes 35-28
Las Vegas 12/19
BYU Cougars 2.5, 54
Appalachian State Mountaineers 8, 55 31-29
Montgomery, AL 12/19
Ohio Bobcats
Arkansas State Redwolves
New Orleans 12/19
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 1.5, 67 47-28
Georgia State Panthers
Orlando 12/19
San Jose State Spartans
3, 57 27-16
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 3, 66 45-35
Miami 12/21
South Florida Bulls
Akron Zips 23-21
Boise 12/22
Utah State Aggies 6.5, 48.5
Toledo Rockets 32-17
Boca Raton 12/22
Temple Owls 1, 53
Northern Illinois Huskies
San Diego 12/23
Boise State Broncos 8, 55 55-7
Georgia Southern Eagles 58-27
Mobile 12/23

Bowling Green Falcons 7, 66
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
Bahamas 12/24
Western Michigan Broncos 3, 60.5 45-31
San Diego State Aztecs 42-7
Honolulu 12/24
Cincinnati Bearcats 1.5, 58
UConn Huskies
St Petersburg 12/26
Marshall Thundering Herd 4, 43 16-10
Miami Hurricanes
El Paso 12/26
Washington State Cougars 2.5, 63 20-14
Indiana Hoosiers
Bronx 12/26
Duke Blue Devils 1.5, 66 44-41 OT
Virginia Tech Hokies 13.5, 60.6 55-52
Shreveport 12/26
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Nebraska Cornhuskers 37-29
Santa Clara 12/26
UCLA Bruins 6.5, 60
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Dallas 12/26
Washington Huskies 8, 51.5 44-31
Pittsburgh Panthers
Annapolis 12/28
Navy Midshipmen 4, 56 44-28
Central Michigan Chippewas
Detroit 12/28
Minnesota Golden Gophers 6, 49 21-14
Air Force Falcons
Fort Worth 12/29
Cal Golden Bears 7, 63 55-36
North Carolina Tar Heels 3, 74
Orlando 12/29
Baylor Bears 49-38
LSU Tigers 7, 73 56-27
Houston 12/29
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Nevada Wolf Pack 28-23
Tucson 12/29
Colorado State Rams 3, 54
Memphis Tigers
Birmingham 12/30
Auburn Tigers 2.5, 63.5 31-10
NC State Wolfpack
Charlotte 12/30
Mississippi State Bulldogs 5.5, 59 51-28
Wisconsin Badgers 23-21
San Diego 12/30
USC Trojans 3, 51.5
Louisville Cardinals 27-21
Nashville 12/30
Texas A&M Aggies 2.5, 48
Houston Cougars 38-24
Atlanta 12/31
Florida State Seminoles 7, 53
Michigan State Spartans
Arlington TX 12/31
Alabama Crimson Tide 9.5, 47 38-0
Clemson Tigers 37-17
Miami 12/31
Oklahoma Sooners 3.5, 65.5
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Glendale, AZ 1/1
Ohio State Buckeyes 3.5, 58 44-28
Iowa Hawkeyes
Pasadena 1/1
Stanford Cardinal 6.5, 55.5 45-16
Ole Miss Rebels 7, 68.5
New Orleans 1/1
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Florida Gators
Orlando 1/1
Michigan Wolverines 4, 41 41-7
Northwestern Wildcats
Tampa 1/1
 
Tennessee Volunteers 9, 45 45-6
TCU Horned Frogs 47-41 OT
San Antonio 1/2
Oregon Ducks
7.5, 75
Kansas State Wildcats
Memphis 1/2
Arkansas Razorbacks
11, 62.5 45-23
Georgia Bulldogs 6.5, 43 24-17
Jacksonville 1/2
Penn State Nittany Lions
Arizona State Sun Devils
Phoenix 1/2
West Virginia Mountaineers 3, 65 43-42
Alabama Crimson Tide 6.5 45-40
Glendale, AZ 1/11 Favorites 22-18; over 26-14
Clemson Tigers

Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend…….

13) Seton Hall 62, St John’s 61— There was almost a fracas in the handshake line after this game, which was an awful game that Seton Hall survived because St John’s committed two non-shooting fouls in last 0:40, both while they were tied/ahead.

Are handshake lines still a good idea, or do they invite trouble? Fair question– there was also a problem after the first Iona-Monmouth game last month.

12) Pelicans 111, Pistons 106— Anthony Davis had 59 points, 20 rebounds and four assists, quite a night- thats a good week for a lot of guys.

11) Wake Forest 74, Boston College 48— Deacons suspended their best player for two games, then pounded BC here, running out to a 37-4 lead.

10) Virginia Tech is 7-0 vs spread at home in ACC games; Harvard is 0-10 against the spread in Ivy League games, and they won the league the last four years.

9) There are 11 Division I head coaches who are former Rick Pitino assistants.

8) Oklahoma has a nucleus of Hield-Cousins-Spangler-Woodard- those four kids have started Oklahoma’s last 94 games together.

7) West Virginia is averaging 52.4 deflections in their wins, 34.5 in losses, so when you watch them play, if they’re disrupting other team’s offense with deflected passes, it greatly improves their chances of winning. Once they get out of the Big X and move on to the NCAAs, they’ll face teams that aren’t used to facing that kind of pressure.

6) Yovani Gallardo gets $35M for three years from the Orioles, just before the start of spring training. Baltimore has spent a lot of money this winter.

5) Watching people at games now, fewer people applaud now because they always have a phone in their hand and you can’t applaud with one hand– you need an app for applause– just push the button on the phone– it cheers wildly so you don’t have to.

4) Brett Favre does this commercial thats on TV all the time late at night for some company that sells razor blades– bet they were thrilled when Favre showed up at the Super Bowl with a full beard- actions speak louder than words.

3) A study concluded last week that if one of your neighbors hits the lottery, you’re more likely to go broke, since you’re going to spend more to try and keep up with him or her. What the study doesn’t realize that if one of my neighbors hits the lottery, they’re going to buy a place in a way nicer neighborhood and I’ll never see them again.

2) I’m actually glad Jeb Bush dropped out of the Presidential race- was beginning to feel bad for the guy. Rumors have him and his people spending around $150M to get him elected to an office very few other people wanted him to have.

1) Today would’ve been my dad’s 90th birthday; I wish he was still here, so we could watch the Knicks tonight. How he loved watching the Knicks, Mets and Giants.