14) RIP to former President George H. W. Bush, who passed away late Friday night at age 94. RIP, sir.
13) One thing to monitor that is a little tricky to do in next couple weeks; some college hoop transfers become eligible when the first semester at their school ends.
Butler gets Duke transfer Jordan Tucker eligible when the fall semester ends in a couple weeks- he is expected to improve the Bulldogs a lot, so have to follow guys like that and see who provides a boost to their team.
12) Big 14 is going with 20 conference games this season for first time, so everyone is playing two league games this weekend, which in my opinion is too early for conference games.
— Michigan State 78, Rutgers 67— Spartans were down 8 early, but held Rutgers to 30 points in second half and won going away before a hostile sellout crowd.
— Wisconsin 72, Iowa 66— Quality road win for the Badgers.
11) Thursday night’s Saint-Cowboy game got the best TV rating for any NFL Thursday night game ever; NFL TV ratings are up 5% this year, by the way.
10) The Jumbotron at the new Cowboys’ Stadium cost more money by itself than the entire Texas Stadium in Irving, where the Cowboys played before Jerry World was built.
9) Houston Cougars’ DT Ed Oliver will skip the Cougars’ bowl game to prepare for the NFL Draft. Oliver hadn’t been playing that much recently anyway, and was seen as having some issues with Houston coach Major Applewhite.
8) TMZ published a video of Kansas City Chiefs’ RB Kareem Hunt involved in an incident in a hotel last February, and Friday night the Chiefs released Hunt, which has to be at least a little bit shocking to the team.
Hunt has run ball for 824 yards this year and scored 14 TD’s, via run or pass this season.
7) One thing I don’t need for Christmas is an article in a national publication about a 14-year old kid who “might” be the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Nothing like putting a ridiculous amount of pressure on a kid; find something more current to write about.
6) If you weren’t keeping score at home, the ACC-Big 14 challenge this week wound up in a 7-7 tie, while also providing 28 hours of mostly quality TV.
Right this second, I think Michigan is the best team in the country.
5) Mets non-tendered utility guy Wilmer Flores, which means he is a free agent, after being a popular Met for the last six years.
Big part of the Robinson Cano/Jay Bruce that is supposed to happen soon, is that it opens up a spot for prospect Peter Alonso to play 1B for the Mets. Will Jeff McNeil move to 3B now?
4) White Sox non-tendered DH Matt Davidson Friday; he hit .462 with 7 homers in seven games in Kansas City LY; in 116 games everywhere else, Davidson his .213 with 13 homers. Chicago also got rid of OF Avisail Garcia.
Maybe the Royals should sign Davidson?
3) The new ACC Network will start up on August 22, 2019. On August 29, the first conference football game will kick off on the new all-ACC platform when Georgia Tech visits Clemson for a Thursday night game. Hopefully, DirecTV will carry this channel; they do not carry the Pac-12 Network.
2) Kentucky Wildcats have 2nd-least experience of any college basketball team in the country, and they’ve won six games in a row since getting waxed by Duke in their opener, but Wildcats’ opponents are shooting 40.3% from the arc (#328).
Considering that their schedule to this point is rated #316, their defense better improve or SEC opponents will be raining 3’s in the Wildcats all winter.
1) I’m doing a survey about Christmas music; you’ll see the results in a couple weeks, but so far, I’ve gotten way more diverse opinions than I thought I would. No one song is dominating the “What is your favorite Christmas song?” question that I’m asking people.
One surprising thing: several people have said that they totally dislike Christmas music. One young lady replied, “Christmas music makes me want to slam my head into a door”