Saturday’s Den: Clearing out a cluttered mind…….

Phillies 6, Astros 5 (10):
JT Realmuto homered in the 10th inning for the winning run.
Astros led 5-0 after two innings, but game was 5-5 after four innings.
Kyle Tucker homered twice for Houston.
In eight World Series starts, Justin Verlander is now 0-6, 6.07; in 25 other playoff starts, he is 15-5, 3.04.

— Phillies are sixth team all-time to overcome a five-run deficit to win a World Series game. Dusty Baker was on the wrong end of the last two, also losing Game 6 of the 2002 World Series against the Angels.

— The local FOX TV station and DirecTV are at war over $$$, so I couldn’t watch this game on my TV, which is pretty sad. Greedy bastards on both sides.

I started watching the game on my phone but got booted off that after an hour. Listened to rest of the game on the ESPN app on my phone. Baseball on the radio is still excellent.

Utah 21, Washington State 17:
Utah’s backup QB Barnes threw for 175 yards and a TD.
Utes were 7-15 on third down, Wazzu was 3-10.
Coogs ran ball 19 times for only 42 yards.

East Carolina 27, BYU 24:
Pirates kicked a 33-yard FG at the gun for the win.
ECU’s Mitchell ran ball for 176 yards (8.4 yards/carry)
East Carolina is 6-3 this year, 13-8 in their last 21 games.

Florida International 42, Louisiana Tech 34 OT:
Tech led 17-7 midway thru second quarter.
FIU forced overtime with a FG with 0:16 left in regulation.
Tech converted 10-18 on 3rd down, outgained Tech 429-378.
FIU’s QB James threw for 321 yards, three TD’s.

— Mentioned the other day that I watched the old (1979) movie Fast Break the other night, one of my favorites. Gabe Kaplan’s Cadwallader team plays Western U; he got a new contract if his team pulled the upset, which of course, they did, because its the movies.

Anyway, forgot to mention that the assistant coach for Western U (with no speaking part, and unlisted in credits) was none other than the great coach Jim Harrick, who at the time was an assistant coach at UCLA. He became the coach at Pepperdine later that year, and went on to win a national title at UCLA in 1995.

— College basketball teams are allowed to take a foreign trip once every four years; with the last two years screwed up by COVID, there weren’t any trips taken, so lot of teams took them this past summer. Those trips give teams an extra ten practices before the trip, plus, games/bonding experiences during the trip- they’re generally a big help.

Pacers 127, Wizards 117— Indiana Pacers’ Tyrese Haliburton is first Pacer with 10+ assists in five straight games since Mark Jackson, in 2000.

Cavaliers 132, Celtics 123 OT— LeVert/Mitchell both scored 41 points for Cleveland, which made 16-35 on the arc. Three Boston starters were minus-20 or worse, in a game they lost in overtime. Sub Sam Hauser was +23 in 12:00, which is hard to do.

Timberwolves 111, Lakers 102— Lakers turned ball over 22 times (minus-12); they’re now 0-5, the only NBA team that hasn’t covered the spread yet. Sacramento is the only other NBA team that hasn’t won a game SU.

— Liberty signed football coach Hugh Freeze to an 8-year contract extension worth just under $5M a year; Freeze is 33-12 coaching Liberty, 82-40 overall, with previous stops at Arkansas State and Ole Miss.

— With Election Day looming, a word of advice; if you’re running for public office, and it doesn’t matter which party you are, because both sides are doing it this year, do NOT send me a post card advertisement that does nothing but rip the other candidate. 

I’ve gotten three such post card-type ads; they don’t mention the candidate they’re backing, they just rip the other side, complete with pictures and all. Tell me why to vote FOR your candidate, do NOT tell me why to vote against the other person. 

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.