Thursday’s Den: USFL notes, and other stuff…….

After this week, USFL regular season will be half over.

Birmingham Stallions (4-0)
— Trailed at halftime in three of four games
— Outscored opponents 62-27 in second half.
— 4-0 against spread

Houston Gamblers (1-3)
— Lost last three games.
— Led all four games at halftime
— Last three games went over total
— Outscored 58-16 in second half.

Michigan Panthers (1-3)
— Last two weeks, threw for 65-51 yards.
— Last two weeks, ran for 244-250 yards.
— Three of four games stayed under total
— Losses are by 1-4-5 points.

New Jersey Generals (3-1)
— Won last three games, giving up 6-16-13 points.
— Have only one takeaway, none in last three games.
— Allowed only 268 RY in four games (67/game)

New Orleans Breakers (3-1)
— Last two games, were minus-6 in turnovers (1-7)
— Three of four games stayed under total
— Outgained Houston last week, 523-155, won only 23-16

Philadelphia Stars (2-2)
— Last two weeks, gave up 269-250 rushing yards.
— Gave up 23+ points in all four games.
— Have been outgained in every game.

Pittsburgh Maulers (0-4)
— Only winless team; they’re 1-2-1 ATS.
— Outscored 34-13 in second half of games.
— Gained 256 or less yards in three of four games.
— All four losses are by 7+ points.

Tampa Bay Bandits (2-2)
— Have been outscored 28-13 in second half of games.
— Were held scoreless in 2nd half in three of four games.
— Three of four games stayed under total.
— Minus-6 in turnovers (1-7)

Elsewhere in the world………
— In my next life, I want to sell hockey jerseys in Canada; watching the Dallas-Calgary game last night, had to be 80-90% of the fans were wearing Flames jerseys, the real ones.

— Seven of first eight 1st-round playoff series are going to a sixth game, good news for the NHL’s accountants. Colorado Avalanche are only team that has advanced to the second round.

— When the Angels beat Tampa Bay 12-0 Tuesday, Rays used a position player to pitch the bottom of the 8th, so Angels’ 3B Anthony Rendon batted lefty, for the first time in his ten major league seasons. 4,528 plate appearances, all right-handed.

He hit a home run to right-center, a fairly long one. Batting lefty.

— Wednesday’s Cleveland-Chicago game was postponed; Guardians have COVID issues.

— Christian Yelich hit for the cycle Wednesday for the third time in his career; all three came against Cincinnati. Yelich is the 6th major league to hit for the cycle three times- the others:

Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, John Reilly, Adrian Beltre, Trea Turner

— I’m getting whacked in fantasy baseball this week; other team has Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani— good team.

Trout has been traded twice in our league; who trades Mike Trout?

— Since 2000, Clemson has had 11 WR’s drafted by the NFL, more than any other school; Alabama, LSU, Ohio State are next on that list, with 10 each.

— RIP Bob Lanier, 73 who passed away this week.

Lanier played 14 years in the NBA, making eight All Star Games; he led St Bonaventure to the 1970 Final Four, but he got hurt at the end of the East Region final and never played in the Final Four. He got hurt in a collision with Villanova G Chris Ford, who would later be his teammate with the Detroit Pistons.

Lanier scored 20,492 points in his career; the Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks and St Bonaventure all retired his number. He was a great ballplayer. RIP, sir.

— Braves 5, Red Sox 3— Orlando Arcia hit a walk-off homer, giving Atlanta its first walk-off win this season. Red Sox are 11-20 and in last place in AL East.

— Reds 14, Brewers 11— Cincinnati is 4-2 in its last six games, after a 3-22 start.

— Marlins 11, Arizona 3— Miami blew 3-1 lead in 8th inning, then scored eight runs in top of the ninth. Alcantara allowed only one run in seven IP for Miami, but didn’t get the win.

— Rays 4, Angels 2 (10)— Taylor Ward tied game with 8th inning homer, but Tampa scored twice in 10th inning to salvage a game in this 3-game series.

— Houston-Minnesota game was suspended in 4th inning because of cruddy weather; game will resume this afternoon, followed by the regularly scheduled game.

Bucks 110, Celtics 107:
— Milwaukee ended game on a 31-17 run.
— Giannis scored 40 points, grabbed 11 rebounds.
— Celtics bench shot 11-13 from floor, was a combined +18.
— Bucks lead series, 3-2

Grizzlies 134, Warriors 95:
— Spineless effort by Golden State; they were down 52 after three quarters.
— Memphis made 18 of 41 3-pointers.
— Golden State still leads series, 3-2

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.