Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1/18: The Ramblings...

Greetings everyone... all over the map today, and a bit short due to time... let's go...
  • Detroit Tigers C/1B/DH Victor Martinez is out for the year with a torn ACL. This is an especially brutal injury, not only because he's their 3rd-best player and an all-star caliber guy, but because of the timing (really? January?) and the length of injury time. I'd expect Detroit to be in the market for guys like Carlos Pena as short term fill-ins.
  • More baseball: The Braves locked in Michael Bourn, Jair Jurrjens, and Eric O'Flaherty to 1-year deals before arbitration, and it seems to be pretty good value, especially with Bourn and Jurrjens. Bourn received less than $7 million on his deal, while Jurrjens garnered a respectable $5.5 million with incentives. Done and done. Tim Lincecum is going to arbitration today after he asked for a record $21.5 million while the Giants countered with $17 million (also would be the record), and I have a feeling he may win that one with his resume, but the current record? That would go to Cole Hamels who got $15 million from the Phillies as the highest paid non-free-agent-eligible pitcher in history.
  • The Indianapolis Colts fired Jim Caldwell. Excuse me while I yawn again, as this was the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth after that tank job, and all of the front-office changes. Moving right along.
  • NBA Check - Miami put up 39 points in the 3rd quarter to overcome a 17-point deficit and eventually win by a staggering 22 points over the Spurs. Lebron finished with 33/5/10. Ho-hum. David Lee had his best game of the young season finishing with 29 points (13 in the 4th) to finish off the Cavs in Cleveland 105-95. Dwight Howard was Dwight Howard last night with a pencil-it-in 25 points and 17 boards in Orlando's serve-holding win over Charlotte in O-Town. The Bobcats really stink. Chicago got a dominant home win even without the services of one Derrick Rose thanks to a season-high 31 points from Carlos Boozer, who, for one night, earned that massive salary. Corey Brewer led the Nuggets in scoring last night with 22 points in a road win over Milwaukee. What are the odds? And finally, Lob City smashed head-first into a wall in Utah as they lost by 29 without Chris Paul and Mo Williams. Not a single Clipper of note in this one, and Utah was led by Paul Millsap's 20 in limited minutes.
  • Hail to the Victors, valiant! A Stu Douglass lay-up with 36 seconds left, and a wild defensive sequence on the other end led to the Wolverines 3rd straight win over Sparty (after MSU had won 18 of 21 in the series). I was really impressed by the work of freshman PG Trey Burke who notched 20 points on 8 of 11 shooting against one of the better defensive guards in the country in Keith Appling. Any time you can win a game while notching just FIFTEEN rebounds (in the entire game!!), that's semi-impressive and staggering. Go Blue.
  • Anthony Davis is a monster. The Kentucky freshman had the best game of his college career with 27 points and 14 rebounds last night, but the most impressive aspect of his game is defensively. His basket protection ability is staggering with his ridiculous length, and you can almost see NBA guys salivating.

What to watch for on Wednesday...

  • NBA - Blazers @ Hawks - ESPN 8:00 - I'd love to be in the building tonight, but I'm en route out of town as this one tips off at Philips. Interested to see what the lineup construction looks like, as the Hawks have been going small a lot but that may be difficult against the size of guys like Aldridge, Wallace, and Batum. I think Portland was the better team with Horford, so you can imagine how I feel now.
  • NBA - Mavs @ Clippers - ESPN 10:30 - I don't know if Chris Paul is back, but if he isn't, cover your nose.
  • NCAAB - Cincy @ UConn - ESPN2 7:00 - A nice conference matchup, and UConn has the talent to keep your eyes on the screen as a tune-up for Hawks/Blazers.


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