Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but…….

Commanders 32, Eagles 21
— Washington converted 12-21 third down plays.
— Robinson ran for 86 yards and a TD.
— McLaurin caught eight passes for 128 yards.
— Joey Slye kicked four FG’s, three of them from 44, 58, 55 yards out.
— Only 2nd win for Washington in their last 11 games against the Eagles. 

— This was first time all season Eagles trailed in the second half.
— Eagles had 4 turnovers; they had total of 3 in first eight games.
— Commanders ran 81 plays, Eagles 47.
— Philly scored TD’s on first two drives, only one on last eight.
— Philly has converted 55-107 3rd down plays this year.

— Washington ran 51 plays in the first half Monday night; by contrast, Saints ran 45 plays the whole game in Pittsburgh Sunday. Seattle ran only 50 plays the whole game against Tampa Bay.

— In their three post-bye games, Buffalo Bills have been outscored 33-12 in the second half, scoring no TD’s on 15 drives, with six turnovers.

— Baker Mayfield will start at QB for Carolina this week; PJ Walker has a sprained ankle. Sam Darnold will be the backup. 

— Player of the Week in Mountain West football this week is San Diego State QB Jalen Mayden, who was 17-22/268 passing, with 2 TD’s vs San Jose State. He also ran the ball 13 times for 78 yards.

What makes this more interesting is that this summer, Mayden wasn’t listed in the top 5 of QB’s on the Aztecs’ roster, but he’s the man now for a team that has won four of its last five games. He threw six passes for San Diego State last year; good for him for hanging in there, instead of just transferring somewhere else.

— Ohio State WR Kamryn Babb caught a TD pass at the end of their game with Indiana last week; normally wouldn’t be a big deal, since it made the score 56-14, but this kid has endured four ACL operations, is a senior and has overcome a lot just to be out on the field.

His teammates elected him a captain; they went nuts when he scored the TD. A good moment.

— Texas Longhorns are 6-4 this year, 11-11 in two years under Steve Sarkisian. Longhorns fired the previous coach, Tom Herman, after he went 32-18 as head coach. Awkward.

— West Virginia fired their athletic director, which could be bad news for their football coach. Mountaineers are 4-6 this year, 21-24 in four years under Neal Brown, The natives are restless.

— Football fans at Mississippi State ring cowbells during home games, for whatever reason; the school bookstore sells cowbells- they sell an average of 200 a day on football weekends.

— Houston Astros just won the World Series, with the #9 payroll in baseball; they manage their payroll by signing lot of international players, whose bonuses are generally lower than players taken in the amateur draft in this country.

Framber Valdez made $3M this year.
Luis Garcia made $1,251,500
Cristian Javier made $749,100

Curious to see if they re-sign Justin Verlander this winter. They did give reliever Rafael Montero a 3-year deal for $34.5M this week.

— There is another Matt Ryan (not the Colts’ QB) in pro sports; Lakers have a Matt Ryan, who is averaging 4.7 points/game in 10 games, playing 12.2 minutes/game.

He played ball at three colleges- Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Chattanooga, shooting 36.3% on the arc over four seasons.

Ryan gets his first NBA paycheck today; he is making $1.64M this year, but has to stick on the roster until January 10 to have the contract fully guaranteed. Not bad for a guy who recently worked as a delivery driver for DoorDash and worked at his grandfather’s business run out of a graveyard in White Plains, NY.

Shooting is marketable in the NBA; Ryan is 13-31 on the arc (41.9%) this year. He keeps that up, and he won’t be driving DoorDash anymore.

— Joel Embiid had a HUGE game Sunday; he scored 57 points, had 11 rebounds, 8 assists, 7 blocked shots as the 76ers beat Utah 105-98. He scored over half their points. 76ers were +25 while Embiid was on the court.

— Big East is playing Big 14 this week, in series of games:
DePaul 69, Minnesota 53— Blue Demons had 20 offensive rebounds. 

Penn State 68, Butler 62— Nittany Lions made 11-24 on the arc, took only five foul shots the whole game (4-5). Jalen Pickett scored 15 points, had 9 rebounds, 11 assists.

— Northwestern State 64, TCU 63— Pretty big upset here; Horned Frogs led by 12 with 12:54 left in the game. TCU was a preseason top 25 team, but they beat Ark-Pine Bluff 73-72, are off to a slow start.

— Stetson 68, South Florida 67— Hatters have wins over Florida State, USF; solid start to the season for the Hatters, who play in the Atlantic Sun, which has 14 teams in it this year.

— Florida Atlantic 76, Florida 74— Another upset in the Sunshine State. Owls shot 21-45 on the arc in splitting a pair of games against SEC opponents Ole Miss/Florida.

— Big-time recruit DJ Wagner signed on to play basketball at Kentucky next year; his father Dujuan Wagner played for John Calipari at Memphis; his grandfather Milt Wagner was just hired as an assistant coach by Louisville.

— RIP to Leo Anthony Gallagher, 74, a comedian who passed away last week. His stage name was simply Gallagher; back in the 80’s, he was a regular on talk shows, with an act that usually included smashing a watermelon with a sledgehammer. People in the first couple rows at this shows would often wear ponchos, so the spray from the ill-fated watermelon wouldn’t get on their clothes.

Oddly, he graduated from college with a chemical engineering degree; you wouldn’t think that would lead to a career in comedy.

Back in my high school/college days, I was a big fan of stand-up comedy; Gallagher was one of the better ones. He was freakin’ funny. RIP, sir. 

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.