13) Once in a while it is good to talk about nice things that people do; when the Houston Rockets got eliminated from the NBA playoffs and left the Orlando bubble, Russell Westbrook left an $8,000 tip for the staff at the Grand Floridian Hotel where the Rockets stayed for two months.
12) Green Bay Packers have been very impressive in their 4-0 start:
— They’re scoring 38 ppg (17 TDs on 35 drives)
— Green Bay has gone 3/out once on those 35 drives. Once.
— Packers haven’t turned the ball over yet.
— Green Bay has converted 23-45 third down plays.
11) We’ll talk more later in the season about 3-and-outs and their importance in determining good field position, but so far this season, NFL teams that won field position by 10+ yards are 23-1 SU in those games, the only loss Atlanta’s 40-39 debacle in Dallas.
10) Dak Prescott is the first NFL player ever to throw 200+ passes in the first four games of a season- he’s thrown 201. Previous record holder was Drew Brees in 2012 (191).
9) There is a very funny TV commercial that Dr Pepper runs during college football games; people are watching a game on TV outdoors on a patio, kicker comes in to kick the winning field goal, and a guy says how the kicker is doing great and “can’t miss” so of course, he misses.
Next thing, you see the guy in the back of a police car, arrested for jinxing the home team, with Brian Bosworth the arresting officer. Good stuff.
8) Kansas City Chiefs are rolling at 4-0, but they’ve missed a PAT in three straight games; when the weather gets colder and the playoffs get closer, that needs to be cleaned up.
7) Get well soon to Bobby Bowden, 90; the great football coach at Florida State tested positive for COVID after he had an infection in his leg. Get well soon, coach.
6) Lakers’ guard Alex Caruso skipped his sister’s wedding so he could stay in the NBA bubble and keep playing for the Lakers. Hopefully he upgraded the gift he gave to her.
5) Lakers 102, Miami 96 (LA leads 3-1):
— Heat’s bench shot a combined 4-18 from the floor.
— Miami was +11 in the 6:00 Anthony Davis didn’t play.
4) Atlanta 9, Miami 5: (Braves lead 1-0)
— Braves scored six times in the bottom of the 7th.
— d’Arnaud went 3-3, knocked in four runs.
— Marlins made 174 roster moves during this chaotic, 60-game season.
3) Los Angeles 5, San Diego 1 (LA leads 1-0)
— Dodgers didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning.
— San Diego manager Tingler was tossed in 6th inning for voicing his complaints about the umpire’s strike zone.
2) Houston 5, A’s 2 (Astros lead 2-0)
— Springer hit two homers, knocked in three runs.
— Oakland hit two homers, didn’t get anyone else in scoring position.
1) Tampa Bay 7, New York 5 (series 1-1)
— Rays hit four home runs, evened the series.
— Glasnow struck out 10 guys in five innings, got the win.
— Stanton hit two homers for New York.