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

Patriots 27, Cardinals 13
— Tied 13-all in third quarter, NE ran Hopkins fumble back for game-winning TD.
— Five of last six New England games stayed under the total.
— Patriots are 5-1 ATS this season coming off a loss.
— Patriots are 1-4 SU when game goes over the total, 6-2 if it stays under.
— New England is 7-0 giving up 17 or less points, 0-6 giving up 20+.

— QB Murray got hurt on 3rd play of game; torn ACL is the fear.
— Cardinals led this game 13-10 at halftime.
— Arizona was outscored in 2nd half in each of its last 8 games.
— Arizona in second half: 34 plays, 113 yards, zero points.
— Arizona is 1-9 SU when it scores less than 29 points.

— David Matranga is Aaron Judge’s agent; he had a very brief major league career himself, playing in six games for the 2003 Astros, one game for the ’05 Angels.

Matranga had one major league hit, a 5th inning home run off Joaquin Benoit on July 27, 2003.

Only 22 major league players ever had one MLB hit, with that hit being a home run; only 4 of those 22 guys did it in their first major league at-bat, like Matranga did. 

Agents generally get 3% commission, which makes Aaron Judge’s $360M deal worth $1.08M to Mr Matranga. He’s a better agent than he was a ballplayer.

— Texas Longhorns suspended basketball coach Chris Beard after he was arrested on a felony assault charge late Sunday night. The person that Beard allegedly assaulted is a family member.

— There’s a pretty good chance that the payroll tax the Mets will pay next season will be bigger than the entire payrolls in Oakland/Pittsburgh.

Not a good thing for competitive balance. 

— A’s were involved in a 3-team trade Monday:
Milwaukee got C William Contreras and two pitching prospects.
Oakland got five players, best of whom is P Kyle Muller.
Atlanta got C Sean Murphy

— Louisville has a great basketball tradition, but the Cardinals are a mess this year, an 0-9 mess, with three one-point losses. They’re turning ball over 24.4% if time (#356)

Cal Bears are doing even worse; they’re 0-11, with four losses to teams outside the top 200. Golden Bears are shooting 25.4% on arc (#356), 45.4% inside arc (#299).

— Northwestern State Demons are 8-2, with an upset win at TCU; the Demons got national press this weekend when one of their players scored his first college points. 

Hansel Emmanuel is a 6-6 guard; he scored 5 points in 8:00 vs UL-Monroe. What makes this newsworthy is that Hansel Emmanuel has only one arm— he lost an arm in a childhood accident, when he was six years old.

— Miami Dolphins are in midst of an odd schedule; they stayed in California last week, in between road games against the 49ers/Chargers. Warm weather games.

This week, Miami plays its third straight road game, Saturday night in Buffalo; December 17 night game in western New York should be a lot of fun.

— Navy fired football coach Ken Niumatalolo over the weekend; Niumatalolo was 109-83 at Navy, 10-5 against Army, but the Middies are 11-23 the last three years. Even at a service academy, you go 11-23 and they tell you to take a hike.

— Baseball happenings:
Giants signed P Sean Manaea to a 2-year, $25M deal.
Blue Jays signed P Chris Bassitt to a 3-year, $63M deal.
Twins signed C Christian Vazquez to a 3-year, $30M deal.

Profitable weekend for a couple of former Oakland A’s.

— These former big leaguers will play pro baseball in Japan next year:
Matt Davidson (Hiroshima Carp)
Sheldon Neuse (Hanshin Tigers)
Frank Schwindel (Orix Buffaloes)
JB Wendelken (Yokohama Baystars)

— Browns’ WR Amari Cooper’s splits in home/road games:
Home games: 91.2 receiving yards/game, 5 TD’s.
True road games: 46.7 receiving yards/game, no TD’s.

Left out the neutral field game against the Bills in Detroit.

— Underdogs are 113-91-4 ATS in the NFL this season; if you wagered $100 on every underdog this season, you’d be $1,237 ahead.

— Detroit Pistons’ star Cade Cunningham is out for the year with a shin injury; Cunningham in scoring 19.9 ppg this season, after scoring 17.4 ppg as a rookie.

— Atlanta Falcons’ QB Marcus Mariota is on IR/out for the year with a knee injury. Falcons signed Logan Woodside to be their backup QB, behind rookie Desmond Ridder, who will make his first NFL start Sunday in New Orleans.

— Coastal Carolina football coach Jamey Chadwell just bolted to Liberty; Chanticleers’ QB Grayson McCall has now entered the transfer portal. Coastal is 9-3 this year; McCall started for the Chanticleers the last three years, and still has two years of eligibility left.

— Lebron James Jr, better known as Bronny James, has 6,000,000 followers on Instagram; he also has a Nike deal and a Beats By Dre contract that includes a commercial.

The kid is a senior in high school; he is 6-3, a top 100 college recruit, will almost definitely be in the 2024 NBA Draft, where he will likely play on the same team as his dad in 2024-25. Where his career goes from there remains to be seen.

“The expectation doesn’t match the talent level, or at least not yet, and that’s where it gets messy.’’ That is the evaluation of one unnamed college coach.

It’ll be interesting to follow; watching the docuseries on the Sierra Canyon team that Bronny plays for, it is clear that he is a good kid, an unselfish player. Sometimes having a famous dad creates unrealistic expectations; we’ll see how this plays out. 

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.