13) MLB extended Trevor Bauer’s paid suspension until July 27; with Clayton Kershaw hurt, doesn’t that force the Dodgers to trade for at least one starting pitcher? Right now, all they have is Buehler/Urias, with Gonsolin/Price stretching out to throw 80-90 pitches.
12) Bradley Beal is out of the Olympics, due to health/safety protocols. Big blow for the American basketball team.
11) Thursday was Opening Day at Saratoga, first time in two years they’ve had fans at the Spa oval, which is 25 miles from my house. Took me a while to find the races on TV; they don’t show the races on TVG, which is weird— FS2 has the Saratoga card.
People that were interviewed were excited to have things mostly back to normal; there were lot of people there. Saratoga is a big part of summer in this area, so it was a good day.
10) Seven NFL teams have new head coaches this season.
13 teams have new offensive coordinators, 15 have new DC’s.
9) Last two seasons, Chargers were 7-16 in games decided by 8 or fewer points; they were only 9-7 in games they led at halftime, 9-5 in games they led after three quarters, which is why they now have a new coach.
8) Since 2012, Jacksonville Jaguars are 39-105, five fewer wins than any other team (Cleveland).
There is some hope for the Jaguars; of the last seven head coaches to jump from college to the NFL, three of them made the playoffs in their first season.
7) Las Vegas Raiders have had one winning season in last 18 years; never thought I’d see them become one of the NFL’s worst franchises. Over last four years, Raiders ranked 29-30-31-28 in defensive efficiency. Not good.
6) Will having fans back in their stadium help the Minnesota Vikings?
From 2016-19, Vikings were 21-9-3 ATS at home; last year, they were 2-6 ATS.
5) Over last three years, Eagles are 10-18 ATS as a favorite, 7-11 as an underdog. Under is 17-7 in their home games, over 14-7 in their road tilts.
4) Detroit Lions were 14-34 SU last three years; they haven’t won a playoff game since 1991. Last three years, over is 21-10 in their games. Lions are 8-15-1 ATS in last 24 home games.
3) Carolina Panthers have a +12 advantage in rest days between games this season, the most any NFL team has had since 2002.
2) Cowboys play Atlanta in Week 10; figures to be an interesting game, with former Falcons coach Dan Quinn now the defensive coordinator in Dallas. Quinn went 43-42 in 5+ years as Atlanta’s coach, winning the NFC title in 2016. Falcons lost that Super Bowl, blowing 28-3 lead.
1) Happy birthday to the great actor Harrison Ford, who turned 79 this week.