Box Score Browsing – Thursday Night

19 11 2009

Sorry for the late post tonight, we were traveling for most of the day. This will be a regular post when we’re burning the late evening oil. We’ll look at and give knee jerk reactions on most of the box scores of the action on that night. Essentially what we’d be doing anyway, only with pictures!

CBB: (21)Dayton 63, (19) Georgia Tech 59. We’re still transitioning into college hoops mode, but why is Tech ranked? Gani Lawal is good, Derrick Favors is supposed to be good, but who else is on this team? Good win for Dayton, particularly on an off night from Chris “Top Flight” Wright (8 points on 2-8 shooting).

CBB: (5) Kentucky 102, Sam Houston State 92. Kentucky’s got offense, 100 points proves that, but where is the defense. Sam Houston state should win the Southland conference, and make the tournament by virtue of the auto-bid, but giving up 92? Kentucky also got zero points from their bench. Games like this raise some red flags for us. Defense and depth win national championships. In other observations, huge night for DeMarcus Cousins – going off for 27 points and 18 boards in 27 minutes.

CBB: (24) Syracuse 95, (12) California 73. Wow from Syracuse. Didn’t expect anything like this. Nice to see the hyped Iowa State transfer Wesley Johnson play well (17 pts on 7/12 shooting, 11 boards). We would have liked to see more from the massive ‘Cuse frontline of Onuaku and Jackson (combined 20 points and 7 boards). Those guys should be able to push around a smaller team like Cal. Still, hard to find too many faults in a 22 point win.

CFB: Colorado vs. Oklahoma State (in progress). Looking over the numbers from this game, one question jumps to our minds…What happened to Kendall Hunter? One of the OSU “triplets” along with Zac Robinson and Dez Bryant, Hunter ran for 1,500+ yards and 16 TD’s last year. Going into tonight, ESPN project Hunter will finish with merely 264 yards. He missed 5 games with an injury in the middle of the year, but still. His average has dipped by nearly 3 YPC. We’re guessing he’s not fully healthy, or Dez Bryant being on the field really took commanded the focus of the defense. [UPDATE: Tonight’s game just went final. Ok. State prevails, 31-28. Kendall Hunter finished with 11 carries for 47 yards, 4.3 yards/carry]

– We were going to do a small write up on the NFL game tonight, but it’s not exactly riveting. With 3 minutes left, Miami is leading Carolina 24-14. It would appear that Ricky Williams will finish with over 120 rushing yards and two TD’s. Carolina has been running well with DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but Jake Delhomme is playing poorly (currently 16/33 with a pick). We didn’t even watch this game, because the NFL Network is on approx 9 televisions nationwide.

– Quickly, some thoughts on the NL Cy Young announcement today. We’ll throw up our reaction, and leave it for you to ponder. Any of the three candidates (Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, and Tim Lincecum) could have won and we wouldn’t have taken a major issue, but we think the voters got it right by giving it to Lincecum.


Odds and Ends – 11/18

18 11 2009

Mike Shanahan

Not a whole lot of time today, so let’s get right to it.

– Coaching Change in Buffalo. Dick Jauron was fired yesterday, after a decidedly mediocre run as the Bills’ head coach. The firing probably wasn’t really a surprise to anyone, while the timing might have been. Rumors now are that two time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan is being pursued as the possible successor.  That move makes little sense for the team, and even less sense for Shanahan himself. The man can pick any job he wants, and no offense to Buffalo fans, but that job is at the top of nobody’s list. For the team, why wouldn’t you go with a younger coach who will 1) require a lower salary (a concern for a team that has considered moving to Toronto) and 2) might stick around for a while. It seems to me like Shanahan would go for a win now team, and Buffalo is not that job.

Jim Tracy and Mike Scioscia

MLB Manager of the Year/AL Cy Young Awards. The votes actually got one right this time, with Zack Greinke winning his first Cy Young.  The guy was 16-8 for a 65 win team. He had 8 no decisions, 7 of which he allowed 3 runs or fewer (4 ER in his last start of the year, a ND) No question there that he should have won, and he did. Surprisingly I also agree with the manager of the year selections. Jim Tracy’s team went 74-42 under him, good for a 64% winning percentage. No competition here. The AL award was a little more open, but you simply cannot argue with the job that Mike Scioscia did this year. He faced the death of a talented young pitcher, Nick Adenhart, and numerous injuries to his pitching staff, including John Lackey and Ervin Santana. He also had to manage a bullpen that lost the record setting Francicso Rodriguez. While Ron Gardenhire will almost always be in contention given his teams consistent winning in spite of a low payroll, Scioscia was the obvious choice here.