13) I voted today, a week early; good move. Was on line for only 45 minutes; well organized polling place, though the parking lot had tight quarters.
Side benefit of voting early; I felt young again and I’m 60; got there right after the bus from the Senior Citizen Center. Several people with walkers, oxygen tanks, one guy had a motorized scooter. Admire their spunk for getting out to vote on a chilly day.
Go out and vote; it is our responsibility for being lucky enough to live in a democracy.
12) Strange story from the Chargers; when rookie QB Justin Herbert made his first NFL start in Week 2 against the Chiefs, he was told he was starting……while the opening kickoff was in the air, like 40 seconds before the Chargers’ offense took the field.
Starting QB Tyrod Taylor couldn’t play when a pain-killing injection punctured his lung; official word of his being unavailable didn’t come until that soon before the game started. Herbert handled that game well and has been a terrific QB for the Chargers ever since.
11) NFC West standings:
5-2- Rams, Arizona
4-3- San Francisco
I’ve been a Ram fan since 1966, so I know the NFC West pretty well— every one of these four teams is capable of winning the Super Bowl, but chances are, one of them won’t make playoffs, seeing how each conference will only have three Wild Card teams. Too bad.
10) 1966 was the first year of the Super Bowl; had I chosen to become a Lions’ fan when I was six years old instead of the Rams, my favorite team would be 1-12 in playoff games since then. ONE PLAYOFF WIN in 54 years; yikes. This is a franchise that won three NFL titles in the 50’s.
Detroit is 3-3 this year, so they have a legit shot at making this year’s playoffs.
9) In the 55 years of the Super Bowl era, Chicago Bears started 51 different QB’s, more than any other team. Compare that to division rival Green Bay, which since 1992, has basically started only two QB’s (Favre/Rodgers) except for the year Rodgers broke his collarbone.
Continuity is a good thing, especially with coaches/quarterbacks.
8) ESPN scrapped a plan to host eight of its college basketball tournaments at the Disney bubble in Orlando; lot of teams are scrambling, only a month before the season starts, to schedule games. Not sure yet if those tournaments will move elsewhere or just be cancelled for this year.
7) Punter Johnny Hekker was awesome in the Rams’ 24-10 win over Chicago Monday; the Rams downed FIVE of Hekker’s punts inside the Chicago 10-yard line. Bears’ average starting position was their own 16-yard line; Rams won field positions by a whopping 18 yards.
6) Chicago Bears have three wins this year where they’ve trailed by 13+ points during the game; they’re only one game behind the all-time record, set by the 2011 Lions, who won four times after trailing by 13+ points. Detroit finished 10-6 that season.
5) Southern Mississippi fired its football coach (they said he resigned, but come on…..) after they lost their season opener; now the interim coach has bolted to become the new head coach at I-AA Austin Peay. Brett Favre’s alma mater is 1-4 this season.
4) New Orleans Pelicans introduced Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach Tuesday; I’ll miss the guy on TV- he talked all ball, and it was like listening to a Masters’ class on basketball, with simple descriptive language that was easy to understand. I’ll be rooting for the Pelicans.
3) From the great researcher Chris Kamka: Dodgers led the major leagues this year with 118 home runs, but didn’t hit a grand slam, second year in a row the team that led MLB in homers had the fewest with the bases loaded. Last year, Minnesota hit 307 taters, with only two grand slams.
Dodgers were one of 10 teams this season with no grand slams.
2) Bad beat of the week: unfortunately, my cousin was on the wrong side of this one. Browns (-3.5) scored with 0:11 left to grab a 37-34 lead over the Bengals, but they missed the PAT and Cincinnati covered by half a point. They say breaks like this even out over time, but guaranteed you remember the brutal losses way more than the fortunate wins.
1) Dodgers 3, Rays 1 (LA wins World Series, 4-2)
— Rays took Snell out after 73 pitches, 5.1 brilliant innings; at some point, common sense has to come before your damn analytics. Betts/Seager/Turner were 0-6 with six K’s vs Snell in this game, but they take him out, and the roof falls in.
— Mookie Betts added insurance with an 8th inning homer.
— People will be talking about the bottom of the 6th inning all winter.