13) Eagles 28, Redskins 13— Washington lost another QB; McCoy broke his leg, leaving Mark Sanchez as the #1 guy. Now they have to sign another QB to back Sanchez up. Adrian Peterson had a 90-yard TD run in this game, but ran for only 98 yards on nine carries.
With this result, Minnesota moves up to the #6 spot in NFC playoff race.
Eagles are 6-6, and can tie for first place in NFC East with win at Dallas Sunday.
12) With 14:10 left, Eagles led 14-13, scored a TD, then WENT FOR TWO, a genius move; if you make it, you’re two scores ahead. If you don’t make it, it you’re still up seven points and the other team will probably kick the PAT if they score a TD.
This was first time I can remember an NFL team doing this; Minnesota Gophers tried it 4-5 years ago, but didn’t score the two points.
11) Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder retired over the weekend; 79-year old Snyder coached K-State for 27 years, orchestrating one of the greatest rebuilding jobs in college football history— the Wildcats were TERRIBLE when he took over, but under Snyder, Kansas State had a 215-117-1 record, playing in 19 bowls in Snyder’s 27 seasons.
Administrators at K-State were considering dropping football down to I-AA before hiring Snyder, thats how pathetic their program was, but Father Time is unbeaten- Snyder was diagnosed with throat cancer three years ago, and now at age 79, has decided to step down, or it was decided for him. What a great career he had.
10) In the USA Today coaches’ poll for the top 25 college football teams, only two coaches didn’t vote for Alabama #1; Pitt’s Pat Narduzzi and Alabama’s Nick Saban.
With the playoff in place, Saban can now use that a motivational tool with his team. Poll itself doesn’t mean a damn thing.
9) 76ers are 9-2 since acquiring Jimmy Butler from Minnesota; Timberwolves are 8-3 since they made the trade, the rare case of a trade helping both teams.
8) Georgia didn’t make the college football playoff, but according to Las Vegas oddsmakers, they would be favored on a neutral field over Oklahoma, Ohio State and Notre Dame.
7) In 1983-84, Wayne Gretzky scored 13 unassisted goals; in the 35 years since then, no one else has scored more than 10 (Teemu Selanne, Rick Nash) in one season.
6) Lot of changes in the coaching profession:
— Chicago Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg, who figures to resurface in college ball.
— Louisville hired Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield.
— UMass hired Florida State’s OC Walt Bell as its new coach.
— Auburn fired OC Chip Lindsey, who will probably join Les Miles at Kansas.
— Carolina Panthers fired two defensive assistants Monday; Panthers lost their last four games, are 6-6 and still have to play the Saints twice.
5) Wichita State has a basketball player named Ricky Torres who is a fascinating story; the kid dropped out of high school, got his GED later on and wound up going to a junior college at a school called Missouri State-West Plains- he scored 17.2 ppg for a 25-9 team, and caught the attention of Wichita coaches, with Shockers graduating lot of players last spring.
4) Seattle Mariners are taking their team apart; they traded Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz to the Mets for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three prospects, then traded Juan Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Phillies for Carlos Santana and JP Crawford.
Most analysts think the Mariners will trade Santana somewhere else, seeing how he is over 30 and makes $20M a year.
3) Couple of Big 14 conference games last night:
— Michigan State 90, Iowa 68— Hawkeyes are already 0-2 in conference.
— Wisconsin 69, Rutgers 64— Both home teams won, only Spartans covered.
2) Couple of big-name schools lost to low D-I teams in college basketball last night:
— Niagara 71, Pittsburgh 70
— Vermont 72, George Mason 67— Catamounts were a road favorite
1) In 1993, Dennis Rodman played in an NBA game where he grabbed 28 rebounds but didn’t score any points. That doesn’t seem possible, but it happened.