Thursday’s Den: Happy Cinco de Mayo

13) Lights in my neighborhood went out for 40 minutes tonight, no power, nothing. Very weird to sit in the dark and stare at my phone. Got e-mail notification from the power company, lights came back on sooner than expected, so its all good now.

I think.

If you’re reading this, the power stayed on. 

12) NFL announced its five international games for the coming season:
October 2— Vikings-Saints in London
October 9— Giants-Packers in London
October 30— Broncos-Jaguars in London
November 13— Seahawks-Buccaneers in Munich
November 21— Cardinals-49ers in Mexico City

11) Arizona 8, Miami 7:
— Madison Bumgarner got ejected after the first inning of his start against Miami Wednesday after a confrontation with first-base umpire Dan Bellino. Bellino was checking Bumgarner’s hand for foreign substances; the check seemed to go longer than usual, then words were exchanged and Bumgarner flipped out. It was his second career ejection.
— Pavin Smith won the game with a 2-run tater in last inning. 

10) Players in NBA history with 55+ points, 10+ rebounds in a playoff game:
Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry, Elgin Baylor, Charles Barkley

9) Game 2 of the Boston-Milwaukee series was Tuesday; Game 3 isn’t until Saturday. NBA teams don’t practice that much during the season, so this will be unusual for them. 

8) Phoenix 129, Dallas 109:
— Suns are first team since the ’86 Lakers to shoot 50%+ in their first seven playoff games of a season; now they’ve shot 50%+ in eight straight games- they shot 64.5% in this game.
— Phoenix outscored Dallas 71-49 in second half.
— Phoenix leads series, 2-0

7) Brewers 18, Reds 4:
— Rowdy Tellez homered twice, knocked in eight runs; he has four homers in his last four games.
— Cincinnati is 3-21, losing 19 of their last 20 games. Not good. 

6) Was watching a ballgame the other day and Marwin Gonzalez was playing, which reminded me of a cruddy day in my fantasy baseball history.

August 2017 we’re in our fantasy baseball playoffs, and my game is very close. Week runs from Monday to Sunday, so 6:30 or so Sunday, we’re down to cases. Angels-Astros is the last relevant game for me; I’m ahead by a whisker, just need Marwin Gonzalez to make an out in his last at-bat of the week.

Guy on Houston had just hit a 3-run double to put the Astros up 7-5; now Gonzalez is up with a guy on third, two out, his team up 7-5.

Mike Scioscia was managing the Angels; he walked Gonzalez……..intentionally. I lose.

Can never remember a guy getting walked intentionally in that situation before. Or since. Not that I’m bitter about it or anything, but it has been five years and it still ticks me off.

5) Wednesday was the 47th anniversary of the day the 1,000,000th run in MLB history was scored. It was kind of a big deal back then; Tootsie Rolls actually ran a promotion where the player who scored the 1,000,000th run got 1,000,000 Tootsie Rolls and 1,000,000 pennies ($10,000).

Came down to a Sunday afternoon; guys on the Astros and Reds hit home runs at roughly the same time, and the baserunner on Houston is racing the batter for the Reds to see who would score first, to score that millionth run.

Houston’s Bob Watson scored the 1,000,000th run, Dave Concepcion scored the 1,000,001st run. Watson donated the Tootsie Rolls to the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. 

4) Angels 10, Red Sox 5 (10)
— Angels had been shut out in three of previous four games; they didn’t get a baserunner in this game until the fifth inning.
— Jared Walsh tied game with 9th inning single; he also hit a 3-run homer in a 6-run 10th.

3) Robert Griffin III didn’t play in the NFL last year, he was a college football TV analyst, but he recently ran a 4.48 40-yard dash, so now he has apparently gotten calls from a few NFL teams about making a comeback. 

Griffin is 32; he has a lifetime record of 18-27 as a starter, but he was 9-6 as a rookie in 2012, and it went downhill from there. Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta may be interested in his services. 

2) Speaking of QBs/TV analysts, before Tony Romo started his TV career, Jay Cutler was supposed to be the new FOX analyst, but got bounced in favor of Romo.

Cutler was on a reality show with his wife a few years ago; I think the show was Very Cavallari on the E! Channel. Cutler had kind of a sarcastic sense of humor; I’d still be curious about how he would be as a TV analyst. 

1) Miami 119, Philadelphia 103:
— Heat made 14-29 on shots on the arc.
— Miami was +1o on backboards.
— Heat leads series 2-0; it isn’t sounding promising for Joel Embiid to return in the next few days. Without Embiid, 76ers ain’t winning this series. 

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.