13) One of the most underestimated facts in sports; over the last five years, Tom Brady has earned $74,784,964, “only” $14,956,993 a year. That allows New England more flexibility in paying other players. Not many quarterbacks or any athlete would willingly take less money to help the ballclub win— you think a member of the Manning family would do that?
Since 2013, Eli Manning has earned $97,660,004, 3rd-most in NFL.
Lot of people think Brady is the best quarterback ever; for him to be in the middle of the pack salary-wise is ludicrous and absurd.
12) Since 2013, Baltimore Ravens have spent $119,584,094 on the QB position, most in the NFL; Tennessee Titans have spent $38,280,713, the least.
11) Matthew Stafford has earned $111,008,969 over the last five years; he has an 0-3 career record in playoff games, which is part of why the Lions changed coaches this winter.
10) St Mary’s lost in the WCC tourney and their non-conference strength of schedule is #290; I don’t know if they’re getting in NCAA’s or not, but I do know this will be the longest week of their lives, as they wait for 6:00 Sunday night, to see if their season is a success or a failure.
9) Maine fired its basketball Monday and hired the former women’s coach, who sat out last year on medical leave. Then Maine’s best player announced he would transfer; Aaron Calixte scored 17 points a game this season. New coach’s job just got a little tougher.
8) Random baseball fact: last year, Joey Votto had a streak of 20 games in a row where he reached base 2+ times. That is the longest such streak since 1981. Barry Bonds had a 19-game streak in 2004.
7) Ed Hochuli retired as an NFL referee; he gave the best explanations for penalties. Long time ago, Hochuli was a linebacker at Texas-El Paso. Hochuli’s son Shawn is one of two new NFL refs, replacing his dad and Jeff Triplette, who also retired.
6) Charleston 83, Northeastern 76 OT— CAA final was one of best games of Champ Week so far. Huskies led by as many as 17 points in second half. This tournament is usually played in Richmond, but has been in Charleston last couple years- that sure helped the Cougars in this game. Charleston is in NCAA’s for first time since 1999.
Northeastern +2.5 is a very tough beat.
5) Wow. University of Memphis is seriously considering firing Tubby Smith and replacing him with Memphis legend Anfernee Hardaway, who is currently a high school coach in Memphis.
Rumors are that Hardaway would bring Larry Brown in as an assistant coach. Brown will be 78 in September; he is the only coach ever to win an NBA title and an NCAA national title.
4) Arizona Diamondbacks are bringing the bullpen cart back for this year; not sure if it’ll help pace of play at all, but bullpen carts are very cool. Now that just about all the bullpens are off the field and behind the OF fence, you might see more teams do this.
3) Gonzaga 74, BYU 54— Orleans Arena in Las Vegas has a great coffee shop; am guessing it is filled with happy Gonzaga fans after this rout of a BYU team that emptied its bucket when they upset St Mary’s Monday nite.
There is talk of Gonzaga moving to a better basketball league; that would be a really interesting decision. Gonzaga is kind of like UNLV was in the late 80’s when they ruled the Big West, but once they moved to the Mountain West, things haven’t been as good for the Rebels. Sometimes it is better to be the big fish in a smaller pond.
2) South Dakota 97, South Dakota 87— Jackrabbits are headed to NCAA’s for 3rd year in row and fifth time overall. They have a 6-8 kid named Daum who is an NBA player- he can shoot the 3-ball (42.8%) but when he got in foul trouble in this game, they still stretched out their lead- their freshman Jenkins is also a really good player.
1— In 1985, Mike Schmidt was the highest paid baseball player, at $3,125,000 a year.
This year, even a cheapskate team like my Oakland A’s have six guys who make that much. Trust me, none of those six guys could touch Mike Schmidt’s shoelaces. If Schmidt was playing today, you’d have to add on a zero to the end of that $3,125,000 to pay his tab.