Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend……..

Jets 31, Giants 27:
— Giants’ backup QB Tyrod Taylor got hurt early; 3rd-stringer Davis Webb went 30-38/202. 38 passes in a preseason game is an awful lot of passes.
— 14 different Giants caught a pass in this game.
— 15 different Jets caught a pass; they scored winning TD with 0:22 left, on drive led by former Cardinal/CFL quarterback Chris Streveler.

Steelers 19, Lions 9:
— Pittsburgh led 16-0 at halftime.
— Trubisky was 15-19/160 passing, is Steelers’ likely Week 1 starting QB.
— Detroit’s backup QB’s completed only 22 of 47 passes. No bueno.
— Penalties: Steelers 11-95, Lions 10-89.

— NFL preseason is over; the next 48-72 hours will be very, very busy for NFL front offices, teams cutting players, signing others, trying to fortify their rosters.

Rosters go from 80 to 53 players Tuesday; 864 players hit the streets, but then starting the next day, teams can sign 16 players to their practice squads, so 512 guys getting a different job. 

— Buffalo Bills still need a punter, after rookie Matt Araiza was released for off-field issues.

— Michigan Wolverines haven’t decided on their starting QB yet; senior Cade McNamara will start at QB against Colorado State this week, sophomore J.J. McCarthy will start the next game, against Hawai’i September 10, 

Harbaugh will then make a final decision on his starter/backup going into their third game, against UConn. The way college sports are these days, the backup will probably hit the transfer portal around September 20.

— Since 2005, Cleveland Browns are 0-16-1 SU in Week 1 games.

— It seems weird that the last 4+ seasons, Florida State is 20-27 SU; they haven’t played in a bowl game since 2019. Seminoles’ game with LSU Sunday night is a big one for FSU.

— In his last ten tournaments, golfer Tony Finau has averaged 66.8 in his final round, with all ten rounds under 70.

— Rory McIlroy won the TOUR Championship, raked in $18M, pretty good week. He may have shunned the LIV Golf thing, but the LIV is forcing purses up on the PGA Tour.

— C Christian Vazquez has played in only 14 of 26 games since the Astros acquired him from the Red Sox. There aren’t a lot of catchers who are quality hitters with fantasy baseball credentials; the people who have Vazquez on their teams can’t be very happy, though he is hitting .333 in those 14 games.

— I watch way too much baseball on TV; one thing I firmly believe but can’t prove, is that older umpires call more strikes on Getaway Days. Seems to me that lot of borderline pitches are called strikes on Sunday; Phil Cuzzi had Orioles/Astros batters mumbling to themselves in Sunday’s 3-1 game.

— Speaking of the Astros, Justin Verlander left Sunday’s game after three innings with a strained calf muscle.

— Seattle Mariners’ star Julio Rodriguez has 21 home runs, 23 stolen bases, he is Seattle’s first 20-20 guy since Mike Cameron back in 2002.

— Washington 3, Cincinnati 2— Patrick Corbin got the win here, ending a streak of 43 games where the Nationals didn’t get any wins from their starting pitchers. That, unfortunately for them, is a major league record.

— New York put reliever Aroldis Chapman on the injured list with “a pretty bad infection” on Chapman’s leg, arising from a new tattoo.

I know someone who works in the tattoo industry; she told me Sunday night that the injury could very well be an allergic reaction to the ink, as opposed to an actual infection.

— TJ Finley won Auburn’s QB job, beating out guys who transferred into Auburn from Oregon and Texas A&M. Finley started the final three games for Auburn last season; he transferred to Auburn from LSU after the 2020 season.

— 20 years ago this week, the Oakland A’s were on their 20-game winning streak that we saw chronicled in the movie Moneyball; that team won honored in Oakland Sunday, including the manager Art Howe, which was great to see.

As an A’s fan, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, but the worst part of the film was how Howe was portrayed; they made him out to be kind of a hack, when in reality he went 296-189 in his last three years with the A’s. He is a good baseball man, was a good manager. He deserved better. 

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.