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

— Army-Navy game is Saturday afternoon. The last 16 Army-Navy games stayed under the total, an impressive streak of low-scoring games.

Total on this year’s game is 32.5; neither team throws the ball much.

— As of Friday afternoon, there were 69 quarterbacks in the college football transfer portal; there are only 130 I-A teams. Everyone who isn’t starting is looking for a school where he can start. Very little patience in the world these days; strange world we live in.

— There is a Division III college basketball team, Grinnell College in Iowa. The other night, Grinnell won a game 124-67; they took 111 shots, all of them 3-pointers!!!

40-111 on the arc, 4-6 on the foul line, no 2-point shots the whole game. Unique way to play the game; Grinnell is 4-6 so it doesn’t always work, but ESPN should toss one of their games on TV sometime, so we can see what it is like. 

— Minnesota Vikings are 10-2, but they’ve been outgained by 63 yards/game. Opponents are averaging 6.2 yards/play, Minnesota 5.2, but Vikings have won all the close games so far.

— Atlanta Falcons are giving rookie QB Desmond Ridder his first NFL start next week against New Orleans. Falcons are 5-8 and going nowhere this year; makes sense to give their rookie QB his first NFL playing time. 

— Before Thursday night’s comeback by the Rams, NFL teams were 70-2 this season when leading by 13+ points in the last 5:00 of a game. Now they’re 70-3. 

Raiders have led four games this season by 10+ points at halftime; they lost all four. Before this season, the Raiders’ all-time record when they led by 10+ points at the half:

156-15-1. Yikes. 

This is Derek Carr’s ninth year in the NFL; he’s thrown 14 red zone interceptions, tied for most in the league during that time.

— San Diego Padres gave SS Xander Bogaerts $280M for 11 years; the Red Sox last known offer to Bogaerts was six years, $162M. Big difference.

I mentioned during baseball season but it bears repeating; the owner of the Padres is Peter Seidler, whose grandfather was Walter O’Malley., the guy who moved the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles.

— Baylor Bears won/covered four of their last five bowl games; they were the underdog in all five of those games.

— Since 2018, SEC football teams are 30-15 ATS when playing an ACC team.

— I did a double-take when it came across the screen that the Mets gave Brandon Nimmo $162M for eight years. His on-base numbers are impressive for sure, but he’s only played in 100+ games twice in his career.

— Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm bolted the Boilermakers to go back to his alma mater, Louisville. Brohm is 66-44 as a college coach; he also coached in Arena Football and also played some minor league baseball.

Purdue was 12-6 in conference games the last two years; Louisville is getting a good coach. 

— If you don’t have Amazon Prime (it is worth the $$$) NFL Network replays the Thursday night NFL games at midnight and again at 3am.

— You look at all the $$$$ that’s been thrown at baseball’s free agents the last few weeks, then you realize that Shohei Ohtani is going to be a free agent at this time next year. He is going to break the freakin’ bank. All the big $$$ teams are going to be in on him.  

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.

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