Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings…….

— If you’re a D-I college basketball coach, do you recruit Bronny James?

Lebron’s son is a 6-3 guard who can shoot it; he is unselfish, a good passer, but he’s not his dad, and it appears likely that he’ll only be in college for one year, so it is worth the effort?

Bronny’s high school team was on ESPN2 Monday night against Christ the King; who pays the tab for a high school team from New York City to visit Los Angeles for a game?

So Bronny’s college team will get extra TV games next year, but the top college teams don’t need any more TV exposure. If they did, the kid would’ve already signed with Duke or Kentucky.

He could also go play in the G-League, but the family obviously doesn’t need $$$, so that would seem less likely. You wonder if Bronny’s college team will have reality show about them, which can be pretty good exposure.

— Kyler Murray tore his ACL Monday night, is out for the rest of the year and part of next year. Brutal loss for the Cardinals, who have now lost 12 of their last 13 home games SU.

Bad loss for HBO too; they’re doing a Hard Knocks in-season series on the Cardinals; has to be a lot harder to do when the team’s season is going in the ashcan, like Arizona’s is.

— Since Dan Campbell has coached the Detroit Lions, Lions are 7-2 ATS in games where the spread was 3 or fewer points.

— Creighton Bluejays started their basketball season 6-0, but now they’ve lost five games in a row, with four of the five losses by 5 or fewer points. Only one of the five losses was at home; they open Big East play Friday at Marquette.

— Iona 70, Princeton 64
This was a fun game to watch; Rick Pitino’s Gaels are 7-2 now. Iona visits 10-0 New Mexico Saturday in Albuquerque; Richard Pitino’s Lobos hosting his dad’s Gaels, with Iona on their way to Hawai’i for a tournament next week.

— Purdue named 36-year old Ryan Walters their new football coach; Walters is the 4th-youngest coach in I-A football. He comes from a defensive background (was DC at Illinois).

Purdue is 17-9 the last two years, so it isn’t a rebuilding situation.

— Dallas Cowboys didn’t sign Odell Beckham; they signed TY Hilton instead. The former Colts’ WR played 10 years in Indianapolis, but hasn’t played yet this year. He caught 53 TD passes in his decade with the Colts.

— RIP Mike Leach; the Mississippi State football coach passed away Monday night at age 61, after suffering a major heart attack.

Leach won coaching at Washington State, Texas Tech, Mississippi State, in smaller towns but in major conferences. He was unique; a total character who beat to his own drummer— his teams were so much fun to watch.

There was a TV interview where Leach went for five minutes about which Halloween candies he liked/disliked. He was a breath of fresh air in a business that often takes itself too seriously.

RIP coach. You will be missed.

— Joel Payamps is a pitcher who was traded to Milwaukee this week as part of the Sean Murphy 3-team trade. Since November 2020, Payamps has now changed teams seven times:

11/25/20—- Red Sox claimed him off waivers from Arizona
12/10/21— Toronto claimed him off waivers from Boston
12/22/21— Red Sox claimed him off waivers from Toronto
3/6/21— Toronto claimed him off waivers from Boston
7/21/21— Royals bought his contract from Toronto.
8/20/22— A’s claimed him off waivers from Kansas City.
12/12/22— A’s traded him to Milwaukee, in a 3-way deal.

He must be very good at packing.

— Baseball happenings:
San Francisco gave P Ross Stripling a 2-year, $25M deal.
Giants also gave SS Carlos Correa a 13-year, $350M deal
Pittsburgh gave P Vince Velasquez a 1-year, $3.15M deal.
Cleveland gave C Mike Zunino a 1-year, $6M deal.

— If the NFL playoffs started today (they don’t):
AFC: Bills, Chiefs, Ravens, Titans
Wild Cards: Bengals, Dolphins, Patriots

NFC: Eagles, Vikings, 49ers, Buccaneers
Wild Cards: Cowboys, Commanders, Giants

— Alabama 91, Memphis 88
Tigers were 1-12 on the arc; only make was with 0:00.6 left in game.
Alabama was 29-40 on foul line, Memphis 19-25. 

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.