Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……

13) If I ran a TV network and could choose who our NFL game analysts were, I’d prefer guys who have coached. They’ve studied the game thoroughly, know it inside and out and are critical, which is essential. You never know if a former player wants to criticize guys he knows.

This season, I’d be interested in Sean Payton/Mike Zimmer, just to see what they had to offer. Jason Garrett has gotten better on USFL games this spring.

12) Dodgers swept a scheduled doubleheader at home over Arizona Tuesday; it was the first scheduled twinbill at Chavez Ravine since 1987, when a visit by the Pope necessitated s game to be postponed/rescheduled.

11) Diamondbacks are 12-7 in games decided by 1-2 runs, but they’re 6-13 in games decided by three or more runs.

10) Miami 118, Boston 107:
— Heat outscored Boston 39-14 in third quarter.
— Butler scored 17 points in that decisive quarter, had 41 for game.
— Celtics shot only 11 for 34 on the arc.
— Heat leads series, 1-0 

9) Astros 13, Red Sox 4:
— Eovaldi is third pitcher ever to allow five homers in one inning- Astros hit five taters in a 9-run second inning.
— Other two pitchers who allowed five homers in an inning: Chase Anderson in 2020 and Michael Blazek in 2017. 

8) Pittsburgh Pirates’ last three games:
Sunday, they won 1-0, but didn’t get any hits.
Monday, they lost 9-0 at Wrigley, giving up eight runs in first inning
Tuesday, they lost 7-0 at Wrigley; rough week for them. 

7) First five picks in next month’s NBA Draft:
Orlando, Oklahoma City, Houston, Sacramento, Detroit. 

6) Quote of the Day, part 2, from Aaron Judge, about the Orioles’ ballpark:
“It’s a travesty, man. I’m pretty upset. It just looks like a Create-A-Park now.”

Judge is used to pop-ups to right field being home runs; now in Baltimore they’ve moved the fences back and raised them. Harder to hit home runs there; oh well. 

5) NFL players with most running plays of 15+ yards last year:
23— Jonathan Taylor
19— Dalvin Cook
17— Nick Chubb
15— Josh Allen
13— Devin Singletary/Rashaad Penny

4) College football teams with fewest returning starters this fall:
5— Arizona State, Hawai’i, Nevada
6— FIU, Coastal Carolina
7— California, UCLA
8— Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Wyoming

3) XFL games will be on ESPN and Disney channels when they start up next spring. Going to be lot of football to choose from, between them and the USFL. 

2) If you like watching the NFL, they have a one-hour special on NFL Network called “Miked Up 2021” with highlights from all over the league from last season. As usual, NFL Films does a great job with the program— they cover just about all the teams, I think.

1) If the baseball playoffs started today (they do not):
NL— Mets, Brewers, Dodgers. Wild Cards: Padres, Giants, Cardinals. 
AL— New York, Twins, Astros. Wild Cards: Angels, Rays, Blue Jays

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.