Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud…….

13) Read somewhere that while William Shakespeare was quarantined during the plague, he wrote King Lear. Don’t get your hopes up; that ain’t happening here, but I’m trying……

College basketball teams that will be in new leagues next year:
— Bellarmine to Atlantic Sun (new to D-I)
— UConn moves from AAC to Big East
— UC-San Diego to Big West (new to D-I)
— Fort Wayne moves from Summit to Horizon
— UMKC moves from the WAC to Summit League.
— Dixie State to WAC (new to D-I)
— Tarleton State to WAC (new to D-I)

12) Over last two years, Mets are 28-36 in Jacob deGrom starts; how is that possible? The guy had ERA’s of 1.70, 2.43, and they go 28-36?

11) Tip of the hat to SNY for showing reruns of Mets’ games during afternoon/evening; gives us some quality viewing to get me thru these slow days.

10) Bill Belichick’s head coaching record without Tom Brady: 54-63

9) I’m glad they didn’t reveal brackets for the NCAA Tournament that didn’t happen; you just know some coach would’ve been fired for not making the Field of 68, even though there wasn’t an actual tournament. Let everyone think they were a #1 seed.

8) Grand Canyon hired former Valpo/Vandy coach Bryce Drew as its new basketball coach; he’s made the NCAA Tournament three times in eight years as a head coach.

7) College basketball tidbits from this past season:
— Cincinnati played four consecutive overtime games, splitting them.
— Fordham was 3-16 in the A-14; 3-0 vs George Washington, 0-16 vs everyone else.
— Saint Peter’s was 3-0 vs Iona this year, with the wins by total of six points.

6) Astros’ P Justin Verlander had groin surgery, is out for six weeks, just like everyone else.

5) When Maikel Franco played 3B for the Phillies, he had a thick head of dreadlocks- his hat size was 8, which is a very big hat.

With the Royals this spring, Franco lopped off the dreadlocks; his hat size is now 7 1/8.

4) NHL’s Boston Bruins play in TD Garden Arena; there is a dentist’s office in there, in case a player gets his teeth knocked out during a game.

3) Michigan recently became the 16th state with legalized sports betting.

2) Jaguars traded QB Nick Foles to Chicago for a 4th-round draft pick.

1) My early nominee for 2020 Man of the Year: Dr Anthony Fauci, who is educating all of us about the right stuff to do during this Coronavirus crisis. Smart man.

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.

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