Monday’s List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend……

13) Interesting stat; 32.5% of NFL players who played in Week 17 games weren’t drafted by an NFL team, which is part of what makes the new AAF so interesting. The best guys in the AAF will probably get invites to NFL training camps next summer. 

12) 338 NFL prospects are going to Indianapolis for the NFL Combine at the end of this month. Thats a lot of wind sprints, measurements and interviews.

11) Don’t Knicks’ fans deserve a rebate for their season tickets? New York lost its last 16 games and doesn’t even seem to be trying to win. They’re 10-45 this season. 

I see these commercials for the Big East tournament that tout Madison Square Garden as “the mecca of basketball” and its all such BS. 

Last five years, Knicks are 119-264; they haven’t been in the playoffs since 2013, haven’t been in the NBA Finals since 1999, haven’t won an NBA title since 1973. 

They can’t do better for a head coach than David Fizdale? Really? Why? 

10) Providence coach Ed Cooley must agree that MSG is the mecca of basketball; he is 14-5 in games at Madison Square Garden; 5-1 against St John’s, 9-4 against everyone else in the Big East tournament. His Friars beat St John’s again Saturday. 

9) When the 76ers acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers at the trade deadline, they dropped from 16-1 to 10-1 to win the NBA title.

8) When an NFL team hires a head coach, the first big thing the coach has to do is to put together a coaching staff; new Jets’ coach Adam Gase assembled an interesting crew. 

Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams were members of the Saints’ coaching staff implicated in the 2012 BountyGate scandal; in the bounty hearings, Vitt accused Williams of lying in his testimony, so their working together again shouldn’t be awkward at all. 

Vitt is also Adam Gase’s father-in-law. 

Gregg Williams’ son Blake was also hired by the Jets; he has never been on an NFL staff that his father wasn’t also on. Rams fired Blake Williams after one year because pretty much no one could stand him.

Former Lions’ OC Jim Bob Cooter is the Jets’ new RB coach; he was Peyton Manning’s backup at Tennessee. 

7) Turner Sports has a deal with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to have a Bleacher Report-branded studio inside its sports book that will be its hub for gambling content.

Caesars will also be a presenting sponsor of some Turner-produced events

6) Ohio State 55, Indiana 52— Hoosiers lost nine of their last ten games, but there will be people on TV stumping for their being in the NCAA’s. If a team is 4-9 in a conference, any conference, then they don’t belong in the field of 68. I’d rather see a second team from the SoCon or WCC. 

5) Houston 65, Cincinnati 58— Bearcats led 58-57 with 6:11 left, then never scored another point, snapping their 8-game win streak. 

4) Random opinion; of the eight AAF teams, Arizona’s green/gold uniforms are by far the best; excellent helmets. Not fond of having the uniform number on one side of the helmet, like all the teams do, would rather have the team’s logo on both sides of the helmet. 

3) I’m scrambling for information on the AAF; apparently the players signed 3-year deals, for $70K this year, $80K next year and $100K in 2021, with the stipulation that they can’t jump to the XFL next year, when that spring league starts. 

Matt Linehan plays QB for the Salt Lake Stallions; he played college ball at Idaho, and is the son of Scott Linehan, who was recently fired as offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. 

2) Missouri State 66, Illinois State 65— Homestanding Bears had ball out of bounds under the basket with 0:07.8 left; the ball wound up in a wild scramble at mid-court, with all ten players involved, before a kid on Missouri State grabbed the ball and drained a half-court shot at the buzzer to win the game. Very bitter loss for the Redbirds. 

1) Happy birthday to the great actor Joe Pesci, who celebrated his 76th birthday over the weekend. Out of all his movies, My Cousin Vinny is my favorite. 

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.