13) Giants 12, Rockies 0— Rough day for the Colorado franchise; their GM jumped/got pushed, then they went out and trailed 9-0 in the 2nd inning in San Francisco.
Will the next GM decide whether or not to trade Trevor Story, or is the owner deciding that? Right now, the franchise appears to be a mess.
12) Texas Longhorns have already poached four basketball players from other schools:
— Creighton, Kentucky, Utah, Vanderbilt.
Or, as Jerry Tarkanian famously said, “I prefer transfers; their cars are already paid for”
Thats the new thing in college basketball; don’t recruit freshmen, steal other team’s players.
11) Sometimes great things happen by accident.
Week 8 of the 1984 NFL season, 49ers are in Houston to play the Oilers; coach Bill Walsh is bored the night before the game, is watching the local Houston news in his hotel room, when he sees the highlights of a small college football game played that day.
Thats where Walsh discovered Jerry Rice, watching the local news in his hotel room.
10) One of the best ongoing arguments is debating which quarterback was better than all the others, because everyone uses different criteria to decide.
I’ve had this debate with several different people; it is always fun.
9) Atlanta Braves won the last 60 times they’ve led after 8 innings, the longest active streak in the major leagues.
8) Back in 1985, Michael Jordan’s contract with Nike said that if Nike didn’t sell $4M in Air Jordans by Michael’s third year in the NBA, Nike could end the deal.
In the first month Air Jordans were on sale, in six test markets, Nike sold $29M worth of Air Jordans.
7) So far this young season, teams have stolen 28 bases against the Dodgers; no other team has given up more than 15 stolen bases.
6) This week in 1904, Jack Chesbro won his first game of the season; he went on to go 41-12 that year, starting 51 of the 55 games he appeared in. 41 wins is definitely a record that will never, ever be broken.
5) Bill Fralic was an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons in the 80’s; he was the second pick in the 1985 draft. As part of his contract, Fralic was paid $150,000 a year for the rest of his life, which was a good deal.
4) Ryan Griffin has been the Tampa Bay Bucs’ backup QB the last six years, winning a Super Bowl ring last year, making into Hard Knocks a few years ago. This fall, Griffin will be the first QB ever to be on the Buccaneers’ roster seven years in a row.
Here’s the thing; in these last six years, Griffin threw a total of four passes.
3) Happy birthday this week to a couple of legends; Al Pacino turned 81 years old, Carol Burnett turned 88.
2) Shohei Ohtani is hitting .300 in his first 80 at-bats this season; he is also 1-0, 3.29 in three starts pitching, making him a very unique two-way player.
Monday night in Arlington, Ohtani went 2-3, scored three runs, knocked in two, and pitched five innings as the Angels beat Texas 9-4. When Ohtani pitches and bats, the Angels can’t have a DH, so when Ohtani gave up four runs in the first inning, Joe Maddon had to be a little queasy.
But Ohtani blanked Texas out in innings 2-5; he is an interesting player.
1) NFL Network has run some half-hour shows this week, dealing with each year’s draft; I hadn’t seen all of them before, but they’re very well done and worth watching, a history of the league, lot of good nuggets, some of which will undoubtedly make it into this space.