Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

13) The ABA folded in 1976; four of its teams were absorbed into the NBA: Nets, Indiana, Denver and San Antonio. One of the teams that got left behind pulled off one of the greatest business deals ever.

Remember these dates:
— The ABA folded in 1976
— NBA didn’t become real popular until Magic/Bird’s rookie season, 1979-80.

Before 1979, the NBA was struggling financially.

Ozzie and Daniel Silna owned the Spirits of St Louis, who went went 67-101 in two seasons after moving to St Louis from North Carolina, where they were known as the Carolina Cougars.

Kentucky Colonels, Virginia Squires went out of business with the Spirits, but the Silna brothers cashed in big time.

The Silnas negotiated a deal where they got $5.5M up front to fold the Spirits, but also got this: they got 57.1% of an NBA team’s TV share, every season. As of 2014, the Silna brothers had received roughly $300M in revenue from the NBA, for literally doing nothing.

Then the NBA did this: they gave the Silnas another $500B to put this whole thing to bed, never to be heard from again. So they banked $800M for killing a franchise that wasn’t any good, anyway. Amazing. 

12) Memphis 111, Minnesota 109:
— Ja Morant scored the last 13 points for Memphis.
— Morant scored 30 points, had 13 rebounds, nine assists.
— Timberwolves led 99-88 with 6:58 left.
— Grizzlies lead series, 3-2. 

11) Monday night in Brooklyn, Nets’ big guy Nic Claxton went 1-11 on the foul line; he missed his first 10 free throws, in a game the Nets lost 116-112. Claxton was 6-6 from the floor, grabbed six rebounds, but a pro ballplayer needs to be better than 1-11 on the charity stripe. 

10) This past winter, 6-7 freshman Norchad Omier led Arkansas State to an 18-11 record, was the Sun Belt Player of the Year, so of course he transferred this spring.

Omier will be playing for Miami in the ACC next season.

9) NFL Draft starts Thursday in Las Vegas; 8 of the 32 teams don’t have a first round pick, including the hometown Raiders. 

8) 49ers’ star Deebo Samuel doesn’t want to play RB and WR anymore; says he takes too many big hits at RB, wants to play WR only, but part of his incredible production is because he plays both positions extremely well.

49ers apparently want two first round picks to move Samuel, but who would give up that much draft capital for a guy who only plays receiver, even one as good Samuel is? 

7) Cal State-Fullerton’s baseball program has had 79 of their alumni make the major leagues; that’s a lot of big leaguers. 

6) Twins 5, Tigers 4— One of the strangest endings ever.
— Miguel Sanó hit a line drive to right field, that Robbie Grossman just missed catching.
— The lead runner for Detroit, the tying run, stopped at third base.
— The runner behind him didn’t see him stop and also headed towards third.
— Detroit had a fairly easy chance to get the last out at third, but the catcher threw a wet baseball over the 3B’s head, and the tying/winning runs both scored.
— Ugly way to lose. 

5) Marlins 5, Nationals 2:
— In bottom of 4th, trailing 3-1, Washington had consecutive runners thrown out at home after hits to the outfield. You don’t see that often, Nationals have lost six games in a row. 

4) Arizona 5, Dodgers 3:
— David Peralta hit a 2-run homer in bottom of 8th.
— Diamondbacks won for just 5th time in last 29 games against LA.

3) New York 12, Baltimore 8:
— Anthony Rizzo hit three honers, knocked in six runs. 

2) Milwaukee 12, Pittsburgh 8:
— Willie Adames hit two homers, knocked in seven runs. 

1) Toronto 6, Boston 5 (10):
— Blue Jays tied game with three runs in bottom of 9th
— Springer tied game in 9th with a 2-out home run.
— Ramiel Tapia won game with 10th inning sac fly.

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.