Saturday’s List of 13: Random stuff with weekend here…….

13) Average salary in the NBA was $6,388,007 last season, yet Portland star CJ McCollum estimated this week that a third of NBA players live paycheck-to-paycheck. Yikes.

12) Apparently, NBA players get paid on the 1st and 15th of all 12 months, unlike NFL players, whose pay is based on their 17-week schedule.

11) ESPNU did a cool thing Thursday night; showed college games of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning.

Keith Jackson called the Cal-Oregon game that Rodgers played in; if ESPNU just re-broadcast all of Jackson’s TV games, I’d be glad to tune in.

10) I’ve talked about the movie Heat before, and the great scene with Al Pacino/Robert DeNiro when they meet in a diner; DeNiro playing a bank robber, Pacino a cop trying to catch him and his partners.

Turns out that was the first time DeNiro/Pacino had appeared on the screen together. If you get a chance to see this movie, watch it. Very good..

9) At some point this summer, I’ll run a list of best-ever announcers, and I’m guessing that Al Michaels will be on top of the list; what a career he is having. He was the Reds’ radio guy in the early 70’s, in the Big Red Machine days. Then he did the 1980 Olympic hockey games, and now he does NFL games, and he is really good at all of it.

8) Ralph Northam is the governor of Virginia; he is the only current governor in this country who is also a medical doctor.

7) The last two NFL MVPs were first round draft picks acquired with a draft day trade-up; Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes.

6) Rams traded WR Brandin Cooks and a 4th-round pick next year to Houston for a 2nd-round pick in this year’s draft; Cooks is very fast, but had concussion issues last year and missed a few games— he helps the Texans replace the departed DeAndre Hopkins.

5) When Bo Jackson got an artificial hip in 1992, he hit a home run on the first pitch he saw when he returned, which is pretty amazing. He hit the homer off of Neal Heaton.

4) Watching lot of old ballgames being re-broadcast these days, I had forgotten there used to be AL and NL umpires, and they called balls/strikes differently. Umps also had lot more power than they do now; for long time, replays of close calls weren’t allowed to be shown on video screens in the ballpark. Now they’re talking about robot umps; no bueno.

3) Doug Williams is famous for winning the Super Bowl with the Redskins, but fact of the matter is that Williams’ career record with Washington was only 8-9, but 3-0 in the playoffs.

Williams was largely responsible for Tampa Bay becoming a good team; he was 38-42-1 as a starter for the Buccaneers; now remember, he joined the Bucs in their third year of existence- they were 2-26 in their first two seasons, so Williams is more of a Tampa Bay icon, but you become a legend for winning titles, so Williams is a Redskin legend.

2) Fernando Valenzuela won 175 games in 17 years in the majors, the first 11 of which came with the Dodgers. Since he left LA in 1990, no Dodger has worn number 34- they haven’t retired his number, but maybe they have, unofficially.

1) Wednesday would’ve been Jim (Catfish) Hunter’s 74th birthday; my boyhood idol, Hunter was a Hall of Famer who helped the A’s win three consecutive World Series. Also:
— He never threw a pitch in the minor leagues.
— He threw a perfect game on May 8, 1968, and drove in three of the four runs the A’s scored in their 4-0 win over Minnesota.
— He won 224 games, throwing 181 complete games in his career.
— He was named to eight All-Star games; if he didn’t get in the game, chances are I was in a bad mood the next day. LOL
— He was 9-6, 3.26 in 19 postseason starts.
— He also was a career .226 hitter, damn good for a pitcher.

Catfish became my favorite player because Topps spelled his name wrong on his rookie baseball card, and I, as a weird 5-year old, noticed it. Funny how things work out. 

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.