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

— We talked a few days ago, about how starting next year, Amazon Prime will televise an NFL game the day after Thanksgiving. Putting an NFL game on at 3:00 in the afternoon on a Friday seems unusual, but there is this: if Amazon can keep people out of shopping malls for a few hours on one of the busiest shopping days of the year, those people are more likely to do their shopping online, where the #1 option is………Amazon.

Go figure.

— Under is 63-44-1 in NFL games this season; only three teams have played more overs than unders— Raiders, Browns, Saints.

Broncos, Colts, Bucs have gone under in six of seven games, Bills/Rams in five of six.

— Best teams against spread this season:
6-1— Falcons, Giants
4-1-1—- Bills
5-2— Bengals, Cowboys, Jets

— Watched one of my all-time favorite movies Wednesday; Fast Break, with Gabe Kaplan as the manager of a New York City deli who quits to become a college basketball coach in Nevada. The movie came out in 1979, when I was a college student who hoped to be a basketball coach one day. Hadn’t seen the movie in a very long time, so this was fun.

I mention this because in the movie, the players at Cadwallader University wear Nikes, when Nike wasn’t that big a deal in 1979— the company didn’t go public until 1980. Nike registered the “swoosh” with the patent/trademark people in 1974.

The basketball parts of this movie are excellent; Gabe Kaplan had being a coach down pat; one of his players was Bernard King, the great NBA player. Michael Warren played at UCLA- he has 87 acting credits on IMDB.com.

— The question of whether to pay Lamar Jackson as a top-flight QB is a quandary the Baltimore Ravens will soon face; Jackson is the #5 rusher in the NFL right now, with 510 yards— no one else on the Ravens has more than 189 rushing yards. Very unusual for a quarterback. 

Baltimore beat the Browns 23-20 last week, with Jackson throwing for only 120 yards; he ran for 59 more. Ravens won; Jackson is 42-18 as an NFL starter, impressive. It’ll be fascinating to see what they wind up doing, especially with Jackson acting as his own agent.

— Philadelphia Eagles acquired DE Robert Quinn from the Bears, for a 4th-round draft pick. Eagles are going all-in on a Super Bowl run this season. Eagles are 4th team for Quinn over the last five seasons— he was an All-Pro player for Chicago last year.

— Was watching Kansas State’s football game Saturday; Kurt Warner’s son Kade is a receiver for the Wildcats. Jake Rubley is a backup QB for K-State; his dad TJ Rubley started seven games for the Rams in 1993, but played in only one more NFL game after that, for Green Bay in 1995.

TJ Rubley was Jake’s high school coach, so the kid is well-schooled.

— St Louis Cardinals fired lot of their coaches this week, including pitching coach Mike Maddux. Veteran pitcher Adam Wainwright will be back next year, for his 18th big league season, all with the Redbirds.

— Phillies manager Rob Thomson took the team over this season, when Philly was 22-29; he is trying to join Jack McKeon/Bob Lemon as the only managers to win a World Series after taking the team over during a season.

— Winger Phil Kessel played in his 990th consecutive NHL game this week, setting a record; you have to be a tough SOB to not miss an NHL game for over 12 seasons.

—- Houston, Oklahoma City have the two youngest rosters in the NBA.

— Valparaiso University has switched its nickname from the Crusaders to the Beacons.

— Belmont/Murray State jumped from the OVC to the Missouri Valley Conference this season; Belmont went 94-14 in OVC games the last six years, but played in the NCAA’s only one time in those six years (there was no tourney in 2020).

— Since 2012, Missouri Valley squads are 12-1 in first round of the NCAA Tournament. Jumping from the OVC to the MVC is a large jump, for both programs.

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.