13) This is from the “Whoops” file:
On June 4, 2016, the White Sox traded Erik Johnson and a 17-year old infielder to San Diego, for veteran pitcher James Shields, who went 16-35, 5.31 in 76 starts for Chicago.
The 17-year old infielder? Fernando Tatis Jr.
12) I like to keep track of how NFL teams do on their first drive of each half; thru three games, these teams are doing the best on their first drive of the game:
— Colts: 34 plays, 210 yards, 14 points
— Rams: 22 plays, 159 yards, 14 points
— Bucs: 15 plays, 101 yards, 14 points.
— Packers: 35 plays, 148 yards, 9 points (3 FG’s in red zone)
To me, teams that thrive on their first drive have coaches who prepare the best during the week.
11) These teams are doing the best on their first drive of the 2nd half:
— Seahawks: 18 plays, 155 yards, 21 points.
— Patriots: 28 plays, 212 yards, 17 points.
— Packers: 15 plays, 182 yards, 14 points.
Coaches who thrive in this category often make the best halftime adjustments.
10) Ole Miss football coach Lane Kiffin is only 45, but has a unique resume:
(remember, his dad Monte was Tony Dungy’s DC in Tampa Bay)
1997-98— assistant coach, Fresno State
1999— grad assistant, Colorado State
2000— quality control coach, Jacksonville Jaguars
2001-04— tight ends/WR’s coach, USC
2005-06— offensive coordinator, USC
2007-08— head coach, Oakland Raiders (went 5-15, got fired)
2009— head coach, Tennessee Vols (went 7-6, bolted back to USC)
2010-13— head coach, USC (went 28-15)
2014-16— offensive coordinator, Alabama
2017-19— head coach, Florida Atlantic (went 26-13)
2020— head coach, Ole Miss
9) Wednesday was a very fun day of baseball, eight playoff games over 13 hours, but I’d rather not see 16 teams make the playoffs every year— it cheapens the regular season.
8) By the way, seven AL/NL Central Division teams made the playoffs; those teams went 0-7 in their series, losing 11 of 13 games.
7) Remember actor Terry Kiser, who played Bernie Lomax in the classic movie Weekend at Bernie’s? Back in the day, he went to college at Kansas, on a partial football scholarship.
6) Clayton Kershaw/Mike Mussina hold the major league record for most times in the playoffs (9) without winning a World Series; this year is Kershaw’s 10th year in the postseason.
5) Padres 4, Cardinals 0 (San Diego wins, 2-1):
— 11-9 Thursday, 4-0 here; San Diego wins in different ways.
— Padres used nine different pitchers to post a shutout.
— San Diego-Los Angeles next week……..in Texas.
4) Marlins 2, Cubs 0 (Miami wins, 2-0)
— In their history, Marlins are 7-0 in playoff series.
— Garrett Cooper broke up a scoreless tie with a 7th-inning homer.
— Rookie P Sanchez tossed five scoreless innings.
— Marlins take on Atlanta next.
3) BYU 45, Louisiana Tech 14— Cougars are 3-0, outscoring their three victims by a combined total of 148-24, an average of 49-8. They still have to go to Houston, Boise State, which should be interesting games.
2) Lakers 124, Heat 114 (LA leads series 2-0)
— Miami’s two best players are hurt, so this could be a quick series.
— Anthony Davis had 32 points, 14 rebounds; would be nice if someone on Miami, anyone, would block him out.
— Davis/Lebron James combined to make 29-45 shots.
1) RIP to the great pitcher Bob Gibson, who passed away Friday at age 84; when I was a little kid, the best two pitchers were Gibson and Sandy Koufax— ironically they both went to college on basketball scholarships, Gibson to Creighton, Koufax to Cincinnati.
In 1968, Gibson 22-9 with a 1.12 (12 shutouts!!!); they lowered the mound that winter.
For his career, Bob Gibson won 251 games, threw 255 complete games, won two Cy Young awards, made eight All-Star Games- he led St Louis to World Series titles in 1964, 1967. A great athlete and competitor. RIP, sir.