13) Chicago White Sox hired 76-year old Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa as their new manager; his first managerial job was with the White Sox, from 1979-86, back when I had full head of hair.
LaRussa won World Series with the A’s/Cardinals; he last managed in 2011, in St Louis. He is already in the Hall of Fame as a manager.
In his playing days, LaRussa was an infield prospect until he hurt his arm; he pinch-hit for the A’s in their first-ever home game in Oakland, in 1968.
12) Falcons 25, Carolina 17:
— Atlanta covered three of its four road games.
—Atlanta is 7-4 ATS in its last 11 games as a road underdog.
— Carolina lost its last three games, 23-16/27-24/25-17.
— Panthers lost three of its four home games this year.
— Carolina is 10-15 ATS in its last 25 games as a home favorite.
11) Georgia Southern 24, South Alabama 17:
— Eagles outscored South Alabama 14-0 in 4th quarter.
— Georgia Southern ran ball for 250 yards, threw only 9 passes.
— South Alabama scored 30+ points in its wins, 24-10-17 in losses.
10) When the Saints play in Chicago Sunday (November 1), it’ll be their first game outdoors this season- they’ve played road games in Detroit, Las Vegas, both domed stadiums.
9) Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has COVID, will miss Saturday’s game vs Boston College. He is expected to be the #1 pick in next spring’s NFL Draft.
8) Jaguars’ QB Gardner Minshew has multiple fractures and a strained ligament in his right thumb, so he may not play next week— Jacksonville has their bye this week.
Patriots’ WR Julian Edelman underwent a precautionary standard knee procedure Thursday morning and is out for this week’s game in Buffalo.
7) Cowboys’ QB Andy Dalton hasn’t practiced this week, so looks like rookie Ben DiNucci gets his first NFL start Sunday night in Philly. DiMucci was a 7th-round draft pick; he went 2-3 for 39 yards passing last week, in relief of the injured Dalton.
6) Indiana Hoosiers are an 11-point favorite at Rutgers Saturday; in handicapping circles, this is what is known as a trap game, a team that just pulled a big upset going out on the road to play a team they figure to beat easily. Doesn’t always work that way.
5) This year’s Army-Navy game has been moved from Philadelphia to West Point, because attendance limits in Pennsylvania during the pandemic would prevent the Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets from attending the game.
4) The 2020 Gavitt Tipoff basketball games between the Big East/Big 14 have been cancelled for this year; the games were supposed to be played in mid-November, and the logistics of re-scheduling were just too cumbersome, so the games were ditched for this year.
3) Highest netting casino games in Nevada, in September:
$269.7M— penny slots
2) RIP to Mr Henry Berben, an optometrist here in Albany who passed away this week at age 98. Mr Berban was a childhood friend of my mother’s, and we always got our glasses there as kids. He was a very nice man who served our country in the Navy and was on a ship that was awarded two Presidential Citations. He also made us laugh a lot.
I remember that when we went there, we always left with a smile on our face, and we could see better. Henry Berben was a good guy. RIP, sir.
1) If you’re at home during the day, TNT is showing a bunch of The West Wing TV shows starting at 11am Friday. One of the better TV shows ever made, Martin Sheen plays the President and the show has a great supporting cast. It is going to be a snowy Friday here in beautiful upstate New York, so I could be watching TV all day.