Saturday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here…….

— Mavericks 122, Celtics 84
Luka Doncic scored 25 in first half, when Dallas led 61-35.
Loss snaps the Celtics’ 10-game winning streak.
Game 5 is Monday in Boston.

— When Luka Doncic fouled out in Game 3 of that series, it was the first time in his 448 NBA games that he fouled out in regulation time; he has also fouled out of two overtime games.

— Jacksonville Jaguars paid QB Trevor Lawrence this week; he gets $275M for five years, making him (at least for now) the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Lawrence is 21-31 as an NFL starter, 1-1 in playoff games.

— Atlanta Falcons forfeited a 5th round pick in the 2025 Draft, were fined $250,000 because they tampered with three free agents, including QB Kirk Cousins.

— I’m guessing that these “mandatory mini-camps” that NFL teams have are kind of a big deal for teams, as they prepare for the upcoming season. When your starting QB has “an unexcused absence” from the mini-camp, that isn’t a good thing.

Aaron Rodgers signed a 4-year contract with the Jets last year, paying him $33,500,000 a year; he lasted four plays in the season opener before he tore his achilles tendon. Now he is an “unexcused absentee” from mini-camp. I’m sure that’s going over well.

— Since 2010, no Super Bowl has had a pointspread of more than 5 points.

— Kudos to pro golfer Sam Bairstow, who shot an 84 Thursday in the first round of the US Open, but then rallied on Friday to shoot a 67.

The 17-shot improvement matches the biggest turnaround in U.S. Open history over the last 40 years; Scott Gregory shot 92-75 six years ago.

Famous birthdays for June 15th:
Billy Williams, 86
Dusty Baker, 75
Jim Belushi, 70

Wade Boggs, 66
Helen Hunt, 61
Courteney Cox, 60

Tim Lincecum, 40
Cooper Kupp, 31
Dominic Smith, 29

Happy birthday to the Big Dawg, who also celebrates a birthday today!!!

— They change the bases during major league games, in some stadiums, the old bases go to a store in the stadium, where you can buy them, as well as game-used baseballs and broken bats.

— Houston Astros released 1B Jose Abreu halfway thru his 3-year contract; Astros are eating around $30M in salary. 37-year old Abreu is hitting .124 this season.

— Miami Marlins are 23-47, they’re a bad team, and they also have have the lowest walk rate of any major league team since the 1966 St Louis Cardinals.

— Phillies 5, Orioles 3 (11)
Alec Bohm had the game-winning double after a rain delay in extra innings.
Ranger Suarez lowered his ERA to 1.77.

— Astros 4, Tigers 0
Game was scoreless after five innings.
Mauricio Dubon homered in this third game this year playing first base.

— Reds 6, Brewers 5
Cincinnati wins despite making five errors, three by SS De La Cruz.
Milwaukee was 1-16 with runners in scoring position. 

— Cardinals 3, Cubs 0
Kyle Gibson allowed two hits in 7 IP.
Backup C Pages broke up a scoreless tie with an 8th inning home run. 

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.