Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

13) Watching Winning Time on HBO the last couple months, the story of the 1980’s Lakers, got me to thinking about how the franchise is run— it isn’t a normal pro sports franchise, which you can see from how Dr Jerry Buss ran things. His daughter Jeannie is now in charge, and she does things pretty much the same way.

Lakers won the NBA title two years ago, but they were 33-49 this year, with the league’s 4th-highest payroll. This was the Lakers’ 7th losing season the last nine years, and now there are rumblings that Phil Jackson/Earvin Johnson are back involved with the team as consultants.

Curious to see where they turn for a new head coach. 

12) When Pittsburgh beat the Dodgers Monday night, they ended a 16-game losing streak against Los Angeles, a streak that went back four years.

It was also the first win by a Pirate starting pitcher (Jose Quintana) this season, in their 28th game, the longest-such drought to begin a season in big league history (previous record was 21).

It was also Quintana’s first win in his last 21 starts.

11) Sounds like Broncos at Rams is the 4:30 game on Christmas Day; this will be the first time the NFL goes with three games on Christmas. Schedule comes out Thursday night.

10) RB Sony Michel, who helped the Rams win a Super Bowl three short months ago, signed with the Miami Dolphins this week.

9) Heat 120, 76ers 85:
— Miami led by 12 at half, outscored 76ers 39-19 in 4th quarter.
— Sixers’ bench shot 10-32 from floor.
— Seven Miami players scored in double figures.
— Heat leads series, 3-2

8) Suns 110, Mavericks 80:
— Phoenix outscored Dallas 33-14 in 4th quarter.
— Mavericks had two starters who didn’t score a point.
— Suns had eight different guys who were +10 or better. 

7) This was posted on Twitter by James Smyth; active players with the most career home runs, who don’t have a walk-off homer:
269— JD Martinez
199— Eugenio Suarez
172— Yadier Molina
171— Brendan Belt

6) Angels 12, Rays 0:
— Reid Detmers throws a no-hitter in his 11th big league start.
— Detmers walked one guy, struck out two, threw 108 pitches.
— Last two nights, Angels outscored Tampa Bay 23-3. 

5) December 11 in Brooklyn, there will be a college basketball twinbill at Barclays Center; St Bonaventure-Iona, UMass-Hofstra. Not a bad card.

4) 44 prospects were invited to the NBA’s G-League camp; I’m not sure if people know how really difficult it to make to an NBA roster. You have to be GREAT at something (shooting is always marketable); going to NBA Summer League a few times, you see guys who were really good college players who have trouble getting significant minutes at the next level.

3) Former Ohio State QB Cardale Jones signed with the Edmonton Elks of the CFL; Jones played one game in the NFL, for Buffalo against the Jets, the last week in 2016.

2) Chris Flexen has started six games on the mound for the Mariners this season; Seattle was shut out in four of the six games, scored only one run in a fifth game. Not good.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
NL: Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. Wild Cards: San Diego, San Francisco, St Louis
AL: Bronx, Twins, Angels. Wild Cards: Houston, Tampa Bay, Toronto 

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.