Thursday’s Den: Doing some thinking out loud…….

13) First of all, thanks to all the MLB/NBA players (NHL too, but I don’t want watch much hockey) for entertaining us for the last several months. 2020 has been a cruddy year, and while I know pro athletes make a boatload of money, they put up with unusual circumstances and put on a good show for us this season. Their efforts are appreciated.

12) NBA’s revenue dropped 10% to $8.3B for the 2019-20 season amid losses because of the coronavirus pandemic. Losses included $800M loss in gate receipts and a $400M loss in sponsorships and merchandise.

Losses also included $200M in deemed “net negative impact” from a months-long splintering of a partnership with China, after then-Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted something about Hong Kong that ticked off the Chinese government.

11) Speaking of Morey, he lands on his feet in Philadelphia, where he will be named president of basketball operations, with Elton Brand staying on as GM of the 76ers.

An educated person told me that he thinks the Sixers will play Ben Simmons inside at the 5 (center), where he will be a superior passer.

10) Utah Jazz are being sold for $1.6B, so while NBA revenues are down, owning an NBA team is still a good thing.

9) If travel between US and Canada still isn’t allowed by the time the NBA season starts, then Kansas City is pushing to be the temporary home of the Toronto Raptors.

There was a time when Kansas City had an NBA team; the Kings later moved to Sacramento.

8) Sunday night’s Seattle-Arizona game was the 14th NFL game since 1988 where both teams gained 500+ total yards.

7) Wisconsin Badgers have 12 COVID positives, their game with Nebraska this week has been cancelled. Badgers’ head coach and two of their QB’s tested positive over the weekend.

6) National League has now won seven of the last 11 World Series.

5 LA Rams changed kickers Tuesday; Sam Sloman was told to take a hike, and Kai Forbath is the new kicker.

4) There are rumors floating around that Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence may stay in college for his senior season, instead of going to the NFL, if the Jets wind up with the #1 pick.

Thing is, Jets have a bunch of high draft picks coming up, and figure to get more if they deal Sam Darnold; they may not be terrible for much longer.

3) I stumbled upon the movie Brian’s Song the other night, the 1971 original with James Caan and Billy Dee Williams. Great movie, sad movie, the true story of the friendship between two running backs on the Bears, Gale Sayers and Brian Piccolo.

I was 10 years old when it first aired on ABC’s Tuesday Night Movie; first movie that made me cry. If you see it on your TV listings, it is well worth watching.

2) Tuesday night, top of the 4th inning, and FOX does an interview with Kevin Cash while the game is going on; WHY?!?!?!? It is the bleeping World Series and you’re bothering a manager to do a nonsensical interview. Maybe if they asked him if he was going to stupidly remove his pitcher after 73 pitches, then maybe the interview would’ve made sense.

Speaking of Blake Snell, last time he finished the 6th inning was 20 starts ago, back in July 2019. But he was rolling Tuesday night; it was almost like they wanted to take him out.

1) Case Keenum is the backup QB in Cleveland this year; I’m hoping he writes a book someday, because he’s had an interesting career:

2007-11— Keenum was a 4-year starter for the Houston Cougars; he threw for 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns. They retired his number.
2012— Keenum wasn’t drafted, but made the Houston Texans’ practice squad.
2013— Went 0-8 as the Texans’ starter.

2014— Bounced between St Louis/Houston, going 2-0 as the Texans’ starter.
2015-16— Went 7-7 as starter for the Rams, as they moved from St Louis to Los Angeles; he was 4-5 as Rams’ starter in 2016, before he got benched in favor of rookie Jared Goff.
2017— Went 11-3 as the starter in Minnesota; they pulled off a late-game miracle and beat the Saints 29-24, then lost 38-7 to the Eagles.

2018— Went 6-10 as the starter in Denver- they lost their last four games.
2019— Went 1-7 as the starter in Washington; was benched for rookie Dwayne Haskins.
2020— Is now Baker Mayfield’s backup in Cleveland. 

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.