13) Texans 20, Colts 17— Houston takes over first place in AFC South; they outgained the Colts by 100 yards (396-296). Indy threw ball for only 121 yards, even though Houston’s secondary is banged-up. Colts converted 9-15 3rd down plays, but fall to 6-5.
12) Disappointing but hardly surprising that major league baseball may want to implement a plan to shrink minor league baseball, by as many as 100 teams.
MLB enjoys an exemption from federal antitrust law that has lasted since the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1922 case Federal Baseball Club v. National League; that exemption could be used as leverage by Congress against shrinking the minor leagues.
Minor league baseball is affordable fun in lot of smaller towns around the country, and also provides a decent amount of jobs; would be sad if the greed of major league owners eliminated those jobs, and eliminated fun for lot of people in smaller towns.
11) Speaking of the minor leagues, the Class A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes will be giving away a Cody Bellinger/Mike Trout “double MVP bobblehead” at a 2020 home game this summer; the Quakes are only team both Bellinger/Trout have played for.
10) Chicago White Sox signed C Yasmani Grandal to a 4-year, $73M contract.
9) Rough night for the Pac-12:
— Omaha 85, Washington State 77
— Coastal Carolina 79, Utah 57
— Duke 87, California 52
— Arizona 71, South Dakota State 64
— Stanford 80, William & Mary 50
— Hofstra 88, UCLA 78– Hofstra lost at home to San Jose State.
8) Bucks 137, Trailblazers 129— Portland is a disappointing 5-10. Antetokounmpo scored 24 points, had 19 rebounds, 15 assists for the Bucks.
7) Notre Dame 64, Toledo 59 OT— Rockets were 7-point underdogs; they blew a 5-point lead in the last minute of regulation. Irish hit a 3-pointer at buzzer to force OT.
Willie Jackson had 11 points, 20 rebounds for the Rockets.
6) On November 21, 1976, the classic movie Rocky was released; it cost $1M to make, and grossed $225M worldwide. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards- for better or worse, they’ve made seven sequels.
5) The football field in the new dome the Rams/Chargers will play in starting next year will be 100 feet below ground level, and is at the center of a construction site three times the size of Disneyland. It will wind up costing over $5B; thats billion, with a B.
4) Charlotte Hornets’ Devonte Graham is the 4th player in NBA history to make 50+ 3’s and dish out 100+ assists in his team’s first 15 games of the season.
3) Georgetown 82, Texas 66— Patrick Ewing’s Hoyas play Duke tonight on the court where Ewing called home during his stellar NBA career. Texas led this game by 5 at the half.
2) Western Carolina 96, Jacksonville 94 2OT— Catamounts were down 15 at the half, get their first road win in three tries. Tough loss for Artis Gilmore’s alma mater.
1) RIP Fred Cox, 80, the Vikings’ all-time leading scorer and the inventor of the Nerf football. Cox finished his career with 1,365 points and led the Vikings in scoring 11 years in a row.
Cox became a chiropractor after his kicking days were done.