13) Why the Redskins have a big problem; Alex Smith’s strength as a QB is “not losing” games; the last three years, Kansas City had a +45 turnover ratio (in 48 regular season games). This season, Washington’s turnover ratio was +12 in Smith’s ten starts.
A +57 turnover ratio in 58 NFL games is pretty damn strong.
But now Smith has a broken leg and Colt McCoy is Washington’s QB; a team that is built on good defense and protecting the ball on offense threw three INTs in Dallas Thursday, and now they’re not in first place anymore, though they’re still close.
What happens if all four teams in the NFC East wind up 8-8?
12) Oklahoma 59, West Virginia 56:
— Total on this game closed at 88, the highest total ever.
— How much do the defensive coordinators for these teams get paid?
— Seems like neither defense is very well-coordinated. Halftime score was 35-28.
— West Virginia gained 704 yards on 90 plays, but lost.
— Oklahoma gained 668 yards on only 65 plays.
— Sooners also scored two defensive TD’s.
11) Virginia 53, Wisconsin 46— Cavaliers win the Battle for Atlantis; the last four years, team that won this tournament made the Final Four three times- the 4th team lost in the Sweet 16.
10) Lamar Jackson will start at QB again for the Ravens this week; it will be his 2nd NFL start.
Josh McCown will start again for the Jets; it will be his 75th career start, the first of which happened when Lamar Jackson was five years old.
9) Central Florida 38, South Florida 10— Knights remain unbeaten but they lost their QB McKenzie Milton with what appeared to be a severe leg injury.
8) Chicago Bears’ Eddie Jackson was a 4th round draft pick in 2017, out of Alabama; he’s scored five TD’s in his first 27 NFL games, and he’s a damn safety!!!
7) Baseball writers who plan on voting for David Ortiz for the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible better be voting for Edgar Martinez this year, too.
Career OPS of .933, 309 homers, seven All-Star Games. Martinez shouldn’t be penalized for playing his whole career in Seattle, out of the national spotlight.
6) Harold and Tina Ehrenberg, a couple from Mandeville, LA, were cleaning their house to get ready for hosting Thanksgiving dinner, when they found a lottery ticket they’d bought months earlier. The ticket turned out to be worth $1.8M; Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
5) Stanford’s basketball team scored 46-49 points in losing their first two games at the Battle for Atlantis; it was the first time since 1961 that Stanford scored less than 50 points in consecutive games. Cardinal rallied to beat Middle Tennessee 67-54 in the 7th place game Friday.
4) Marquette has a 6-8 freshman named Brendan Bailey who is the son of Thurl Bailey, the former NC State star who played 13 years in the NBA, scoring over 11,000 points.
3) Marquette 77, Louisville 74 OT— Every November I’m reminded of how much I dislike Jay Bilas as an ESPN analyst; its like the swallows returning to Capistrano. Bilas should be a referee supervisor, because thats about half of all his analysis- ripping the officials.
To me, listening to really good announcers is like listening to a couple of friends talk about a game; we’re not going to agree on everything, but you enjoy the debate. When Bilas is on a game, half the time I feel like I’m being scolded.
This was an interesting game, but not sure how good these teams are. Marquette is 77-61 in Wolciechowski’s 4+ years as coach (31-41 in Big East games), Louisville is rebuilding with Chris Mack taking over as they start the post-Pitino era.
2) North Carolina 94, UCLA 78— Bruins led by 5 at halftime, so not only did UCLA lose both its game in Las Vegas, they were outscored by 20+ points in a half in both games. Safe to say that the natives in Westwood are getting a little annoyed with the Steve Alford era.
1) Kent State 77, Vanderbilt 75— Commodores were a 12-point favorite and lost, but thats not the worst news; star freshman Darius Garland hurt his knee- the exact extent of the injury is not yet known, but the loss of the 6-2 NBA prospect would be a huge blow to Vandy’s hopes.