Longtime Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim on conference commissioners, “If conference commissioners were the founding fathers of this country, we would have Guatemala, Uruguay and Argentina in the United States.”
Washington Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian has revved up the offense this season and QB Keith Price has proved to be a good replacement for the departed Jake Locker. Washington, an eight-point underdog, will cover at Utah and could outscore the Utes for the upset.
3-0 Detroit rolls into Dallas as a 1.5-point dog and should achieve the upset over the beat up Cowboys, who could not score a touchdown against the Redskins Monday night.
This is only our second post about cricket, so you know it will be bizarre. Andy Newman and his girlfriend Kerri Cooper were arrested recently on a cricket field in Crawley, West Sussex, England. The couple was caught having intercourse in a public park by two patrolling wardens. The drunken pair refused to stop when ordered to do so causing the wardens to call the police.
Earlier this week, the lovebirds were fined 50 pounds (about $80) each for their sordid behavior on charges of "outraging public decency." The incident took place at the Three Bridges Country Club, which happens to be overlooked by houses.
"They were drunk your honor,” explained the couple’s attorney to the presiding judge.
Brian Matusz had a terrible season for the Baltimore Orioles, starting 12 games and going 1-9 with an ERA of 10.69. In his final start of the year, Matusz was rocked for six earned runs in five innings, as his Orioles went down to the Tigers in Detroit.
The 10.69 earned run average in 49 2/3 innings tops the 10.64 ERA compiled by none other than Roy Halladay back in 2000 with the Blue Jays. Matusz now holds the MLB record for highest ERA for pitchers with at least 40 innings pitched, while "Doc" Halladay still holds the dubious record for a pitcher with more than 50 innings pitched in a season.
Halladay hurled 67 2/3 innings in 2000, going 4-7 for the Blue Jays.
Last week, this column predicted an upset win by the 49ers on the road at the Bengals. San Francisco (a three-point underdog) came through with a 13-8 victory over Cincinnati in an utterly unwatchable game. The two teams combined for 454 total net yards and Cincy was 1-10 in third down inefficiency.
We missed on San Diego State, as the Aztecs marched into Michigan territory on 11 possessions and ineptly came away with only seven points. A ten-point underdog, SDSU lost to Michigan 28-7.
The mega-hyped movie "Moneyball" had a disappointing opening last weekend, grossing a three-day total of $20.6 million. The new version of "The Lion King" showed Brad Pitt who the real king of the jungle is, grossing $22.1 million. "Moneyball" barely topped "Dolphin Tale," which was third with $20.3 million.
Despite all the attention the Oakland A’s of a few years ago are receiving, it should be noted that many teams have reached the postseason with low payrolls and most of them did not employ the “Moneyball” ideology.
This season, the NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks possess only the 25th highest payroll.
Two South Florida football fans have been accused of stealing Dolphins' jerseys and stuffing them down their pants. Nelson Walker, 40, appeared in court on Monday, wearing a Miami jersey.
Reading the back of Walker's garb, the judge asked, "Bess, is he new this year?”
"This ain't the one, your honor," replied Walker.
Walker and his friend James Hanna, 49, are charged with third degree theft after grabbing two jerseys and a hat from a souvenir stand before running off during the Houston Texans vs. Miami Dolphins game at Sun Life Stadium.
The suspects’ bond was placed at $5,000 and they have been banned from attending Miami games for the rest of the season.
As the NBA lockout approaches three months, Shaquille O'Neal claims the league’s severe financial problems are in part the fault of Atlanta Hawks high-scoring guard Joe Johnson.
O'Neal told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that Johnson’s contract (6-year/$120 million) is the best example of a team overpaying for a star it could not afford. The fact that Johnson often plays poorly in the playoffs was also not forgotten by the Big Aristotle.
We eagerly await O'Neal's comments on the Middle East peace process.
The Florida Marlins are changing their name to the Miami Marlins, prior to the start of next season, but they are still far behind their closer.
Leo Nunez and his 36 saves have been suspended by the Marlins for the remainder of the season. He since has returned to his native Dominican Republic for what Florida called "undisclosed reasons".
It turns out that Nunez is actually 29, not the 28 listed in the media guide. Even better, his real name turns out to be Juan Carlos Oviedo. Ironically, Oviedo’s career with the Marlins is probably over as he is due about $6 million in arbitration this offseason.
Regarding his dealings with Dominican authorities, it sounds like the "Leocoaster" has some explaining to do.