Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here………

— Verdict is finally in; Deshaun Watson gets suspended for the first 11 games this season; he is also fined $5M. 

There are no coincidences; Watson can return in Week 13, when the Browns visit Houston, Watson’s old team.

Go figure.

— Watson will play only two regular season games in Cleveland this season; other four are on the road.

— How Cleveland’s odds changed with this news:
Super Bowl odds slip from 25-1 to 45-1.
Odds to win AFC go from 11-1 to 20-1
Odds to win AFC North go from +275 to +475.

Will Cleveland playoffs? No -175, yes +135

— Salary cap hits for QB’s in the AFC West:
$35.8M— Patrick Mahomes
$24M— Russell Wilson
$19.4M— Derek Carr
$7.2M— Justin Herbert

Teams can do more with their roster when the QB is on his rookie contract.

— Speaking of which, LA Chargers paid S Derwin James $19.1M a year for four years, the biggest contract for any safety, ever.

— Sunday-Tuesday, Bronx Bombers were favored in three straight games, but scored only one run total in losing all three games.

Since 2004, in 44,558 major league games, that is only the 11th time a team scored one run in losing three games in a row as a favorite. 

— Arizona 5, Giants 0— Zac Gallen tossed 7.1 scoreless IP, struck out 12, two of which were guys trying to bunt for a hit with a 1-2 count. Don’t see that a lot in the majors.

— St Louis Cardinals acquired lefty starters Jose Quintana, Jordan Montgomery at the trade deadline; people were not excited by that, but the Cardinals are 6-0 in their starts so far:

Montgomery 3-0, allowed one run in 16.2 IP
Quintana 1-0 in three starts, allowed five runs in 17 IP

— Utah Utes opened at #7 in the AP’s first college football Top 25, their highest preseason ranking ever.

— Thursday night was Jim Kaat’s last game in the broadcast booth; the 83-year old Hall of Fame pitcher announced this week that he is stepping away from the mike to give a younger guy a chance. Too bad; always enjoyed listening to him.

— Braves 3, Mets 2— Atlanta wins three of four in this series, move within 3.5 games of first place in the NL East. Teams play each other only three more times this season.

— Six actors who appeared in both Batman and Magnum PI:
Elisha Cook (Icepick in Magnum)
Howard Duff (played Magnum’s grandfather)
Alan Hale (best known as the skipper on Gilligan’s Island)
Cesar Romero (the Joker on Batman)
Barbara Rush (Nora Clavicle on Batman)
Jill St John (Jan Kona in Magnum)

— If the World Series goes seven games this fall, Game 7 will be on November 5, only a couple days before the college basketball season starts.

— Good segment on Hard Knocks this week with Detroit Lions’ backup QB David Blough and his wife, who ran track in the last Olympics for Colombia. They showed him watching her race in the Olympics in the Lions’ meeting room, with teammates/coaches rooting for her.

— Texas Rangers fired manager Chris Woodward Monday; they fired team president Jon Daniels Wednesday. Daniels was with the Rangers for 17 years; they had some good teams. From 2010-16, Texas made the playoffs five times in seven seasons, but they haven’t had a winning season since then.

— Baseball injuries:
Reds 1B Joey Votto (shoulder) is out for the year
Mets 3B Eduardo Escobar (leg) is on the IL
Bronx reliever Clay Holmes is on the IL
White Sox 2B Leury Garcia is on the IL
Tampa Bay 3B Yandy Diaz Thursday’s game with a sore knee

— Big 14 signed a 7-year media deal where schools will make a boatload of $$$; their games will be televised everywhere but ESPN. League is expected to bank $1B a year with the deal, but the deal doesn’t start until next summer.

— Cal Bears’ football announcer Joe Starkey is retiring after this season; I remember him from listening to Pittsburgh Penguin hockey games on KDKA radio in the early 70’s, when I was a kid.

— Happy 86th birthday to the great actor Robert Redford.

— Bears 27, Seahawks 11
Chicago led 17-0 at halftime.
You try not to overreact to exhibition games, but Seattle was bad in this game.
Seahawks had 13 penalties for 92 yards, Chicago 3 for 38. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.