13) A word of caution:
Friday afternoon, I got a text from my credit card company; someone tried to charge $458 on my credit card, and they were checking to see if it was me, which it wasn’t, so they shut down my credit card and will send me another one. No harm done, but no bueno.
Be careful with your personal information; lot of scam artists out there.
12) The Urban Meyer era in Jacksonville is off to a rocky start; the strength coach they hired a few days ago quit already, after complaints about how he left his job at Iowa, with former players at Iowa accusing him of racist behavior. Not the best way for this era of Jaguar football to start.
11) Baseball stuff:
— Seattle gave lefty P James Paxton $8.5M for one year.
— Royals signed IF Asdrubel Cabrera to a 1-year deal.
— Bronx signed OF Jay Bruce to a minor league deal
10) Florida State 92, Wake Forest 85 OT:
— Seminoles won their 11th straight overtime game.
— Florida State tied game with 0:00.5 left on a transition layup.
— Wake was 13-27 on the arc, Seminoles 12-25.
— This was FSU’s first game in 14 days; guys on TV who watched this game said the Seminoles looked exhausted near the end of regulation. They have a few weeks to get their legs.
9) Creighton 86, Villanova 70:
— When Bluejays make 12-26 on the arc, they can beat anyone.
— The thing is, no goes 12-26 all that often; can they make a run to the Final 4?
— Creighton starts three seniors, two juniors; they’re experience team #39.
8) Arkansas 86, Missouri 81 OT— They were telling Eric Musselman stories on this telecast; the son of former NBA coach Bill Musselman, Eric was a coach/GM in the Continental League when he was in his mid-20’s, highly unusual.
The first day he was GM of the Rapid City Thrillers, Musselman made four trades, which sounds like a guy I’d like to have in our fantasy baseball league.
Musselman’s Razorbacks are 16-5, 8-4 in the SEC; they’ve won six of last seven games.
7) Upsets of the Day:
— California (+10) 71, Colorado 62
— Vanderbilt (+7.5) 72, Mississippi State 51
— Valparaiso (+7) 70, Northern Iowa 57
— North Dakota (+6.5) 85, South Dakota 76
— Arkansas State (+6) 67, Little Rock 65
— Illinois State (+5.5) 80, Southern Illinois 55
— Oral Roberts (+4) 103, South Dakota State 86
6) Oklahoma 91, West Virginia 90, 2OT:
— Sooners have won six of their last severn games.
— Lon Kruger is a really underrated coach; he’s led five different schools to the NCAA Tournament, getting two of them to a Final Four.
— He also coached the Atlanta Hawks for a couple years.
— 671 college wins is a lot of wins.
5) Cal-Santa Barbara 81, Hawai’i 74:
— Gauchos win despite blowing a 12-point halftime lead.
— Santa Barbara has a slim lead atop the Big West; two of their last three wins were in OT.
4) Northeastern 76, Towson 67:
— Tyson Walker made 7-12 3-pointers, scored 36 points.
— Walker is a sophomore; Huskies’ coaches better make sure he doesn’t get poached by Duke, or some other big money program.
3) Pundits on the Big 14 Network rattle on and on about how great their league is, but fact of the matter is this: Last time a Big 14 team won the basketball national title was when Michigan State won it all, in 2000. A 21-year drought seems lengthy for such a great league.
2) Candidates for the NFL’s Name Hall of Fame:
— Eagles used to have a kicker named Happy Feller— he kicked in college at Texas.
— Browns used to have a receiver named Fair Hooker— insert your own joke here.
1) Lot of times when I’m writing this site late at night, I put old episodes of The West Wing on my laptop and listen while I write. The other night, I finished up, turned the laptop off and started watching an old episode of Columbo on TV.
1973, back when I was a kid, Columbo was a popular show; Peter Falk is a quirky cop who always gets his man, but there was a familiar face in this episode, a much, much younger Martin Sheen, who I had just watched play President Bartlett on my laptop while I was writing.
What a great career he’s had; that was 48 years ago, and he still does commercials on TV.