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

Browns 29, Steelers 17
— Cooper caught 7 passes for 101 yards and a TD.
— Browns ran for 217-184-171 yards in first three games.
— Cleveland has converted 22-46 third down plays this year.
— Browns scored a defensive TD on last play of game; this game was lot closer than final score makes it seem.

— Steelers in 2nd half: 27 plays, 105 yards, 6 first downs, 3 points.
— Pittsburgh converted only 1-9 3rd down plays.
— Steelers were outgained 1,184-818 in first three games.
— Pittsburgh has 4 TD’s on 31 drives, with 12 3/outs.

West Virginia 33, Virginia Tech 10
— WVU outscored Tech 17-0 in fourth quarter.
— Mountaineers outgained Tech, 421-228
— Hokies ran ball 18 times for only 35 yards.
— Tech had 15 penalties for 132 yards.

Coastal Carolina 41, Georgia State 24
— Coastal threw TD passes of 50-53 yards in first 2:53 of game.
— Chanticleers outgained Georgia State, 540-309
— Last 2+ years, Chanticleers are 26-3 SU.
— Georgia State’s only 2nd half score was a 77-yard pick-6. 

— Best SU records in college football since the start of 2020:

29-2— Alabama
26-3— Coastal Carolina
25-3— Georgia
25-3— Louisiana

— As far as the Steelers are concerned, the clock has to be ticking loudly on Kenny Pickett’s NFL debut. Pittsburgh is 1-2; they were +5 in turnovers in their win, and they still needed OT and a missed PAT to win that game. Time to get the young quarterback’s feet wet.

— Cleveland WR Amari Cooper had 100+ receiving yards for the second straight game, the first Browns’ WR to do that since Josh Gordon in 2013.

— The Amazon Prime NFL broadcasts are the normal high quality stuff, I’m just confused why they chose Kirk Herbstreit as their analyst. Herbstreit does a good enough job, but he is still doing college games on Saturday. Amazon couldn’t find a former NFL player to work games?

I mean, Al Michaels is the play-by-play guy; has to be a great gig for an analyst.

— Vikings-Lions play Sunday. Minnesota backup QB David Blough spent the last three years with the Lions, and also training camp this year. He knows the Detroit offense as well as anyone, that has to be an edge for the Vikings this week, right?

— NFL schedule makers have their fun; last week, Carson Wentz/Washington plays the Jaguars and Wentz’s old coach with the Eagles, Doug Pederson. This week, Wentz plays the Eagles for the first of two meetings this season. Lot of subplots early in the season.

— 49ers’ coach Kyle Shanahan was 15 years old when his dad Mike became head coach of the Broncos; Denver won the Super Bowl in his 3rd/4th seasons with Denver, when Kyle Shanahan was graduating high school. Had to be fun times.

This week, Kyle Shanahan brings his 49ers into Denver, another good subplot.

— Boston Celtics suspended head coach Ime Udoka for the 2022-23 season, citing violations of team policies. ESPN reported that that Udoka had an intimate relationship with a female member of the Celtics’ staff.

This is way above my pay grade, but Udoka can’t possibly be the first guy to screw around on the job; he gets suspended for a year for this? They say it was a consensual relationship, so there is no crime or anything— this will cost him a few million bucks— there isn’t any guarantee that Udoka will get his job back when the suspension is over.

Celtics made the NBA Finals last year, for the first time in 12 years- that was Udoka’s first year as Boston’s head coach. Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla is the interim head coach.

— Juan Soto’s stats this year:
with Washington: 101 games, 21 homers, 46 RBI, 62 runs, .894 OPS
with San Diego: 40 games, 4 homers, 13 RBI, 25 runs, .769 OPS

He’s leading the league in walks for the second year in a row; maybe he should bat leadoff.

— Seattle star Julio Rodriguez left Thursday’s game in the first inning with lower back issues; Mariners will need him healthy if they’re going to make noise in the playoffs. 

— Brewers 5, Reds 1— Kolten Wong hit three home runs; Milwaukee is 2.5 games out of the last playoff slot with 12 days left in the season.

— A’s play the Mets this weekend; as an A’s fan, this should be a thoroughly depressing weekend. Not only are the A’s awful, Mets have three of their guys from last year’s Oakland team.

How did I become an A’s fan?, you ask. OK, you probably didn’t ask, but way back in 1965, when I was five years old, my grandparents gave me a box filled with baseball cards. Spent that day opening packs of cards and sorting them by team.

Back then, rookie cards had four prospects on the same card, with their minor league stats on the back. One of the prospects on the A’s rookie card had no minor league stats; he had been shot in the foot in a hunting accident.

Not only that, but they misspelled his name on the back of the card. I noticed this, took the card and showed it to my dad, saying “This guy is my favorite player”

What are the odds that the player would wind up in the Hall of Fame?

Jim “Catfish” Hunter became an awesome pitcher, helping the A’s win three straight World Series. Was fun to be in Cooperstown in 1987, the day he got inducted into the Hall of Fame, all because of the baseball cards I was given in 1965. 

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.