Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11/13: Monday Night Football, MLB Rookies, etc.

Greetings! Let's take a look at a busy Monday in the sports world...
  • Steelers 16, Chiefs 13 - What an awful football game. All you need to know is that no QB in this game had thrown for 100 yards until the final drive of regulation by Matt Cassel. Oh, and Ben Roethlisberger is hurt. There's that. Done. 
  • Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are your MLB rookies of the year. The AL award was the biggest no-brainer in the history of Earth, as Trout had the award locked up in July, but the NL award wasn't as clear-cut as the name would suggest. I actually thought Todd Frazier and Wade Miley had deserving cases, but in the end, Harper's huge name coupled with the fact that Washington had the NL's best record led him to the victory. No issue with it either way.
  • Phil Jackson is spinning like he's never spun before. Word from Phil's camp on Monday suggested that he actually was "contemplating" a Lakers offer into Sunday when they hired Mike D'Antoni. I can't fathom that this would actually be true, but if it is, it's another strike against the Lakers regime. If it isn't, it's a desperate attempt to look "wanted" by Phil. Either way, this is absurdity.
  • Hawks 95, Blazers 87 - The story of this game, for me, isn't the result. Portland is an undermanned team with a dreadful bench, so a win there is nice, but not particularly noteworthy. The craziest stat of the day? Josh Smith took eleven 13+ foot two-point jump shots. He converted one of them. I don't even have a joke here. The Portland bright spot was JJ Hickson who put up a 19-point, 18-rebound game. He's been a bright spot.
  • NBA Round-up - Utah and Toronto played a 3-OT thriller last night in Canada, and the Jazz got a crazy 140-133 win. There were the typical stat lines you see in a game this long (Jose Calderon's 17 dimes, DeRozan's 37 points, Mo Williams' 14 assists), but a score like that even in an extended game stands out. Milwaukee got 33 points from Brandon Jennings to steal a road win in Philadelphia. Andrew Bynum was reported as out "until January" earlier in the day too to add insult to injury. Detroit falls to 0-8 as the hits keep on coming with a home loss to Oklahoma City by a score of 92-90. OKC got 33 points and 10 rebounds from Russ Westbrook in the win. Rajon Rondo put up a 20/9/10 in leading Boston to a 101-95 win in Chicago. And finally, Lebron James is still the best player on earth. 38 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists as he led Miami to a comeback win over Houston on the road. What else do you say?
  • One College Hoops note: Gonzaga looked fantastic in dismantling West Virginia in Spokane. The final was 84-50 and I'm not sure it was even that close after the Zags raced to a 45-18 halftime lead. Elias Harris had 11 points and 7 rebounds, Gary Bell Jr. finished with 3 triples and 15 points, and the Zags held WV to just 27% from the field on the night. 
What to watch for on Tuesday...
  • NCAAB - #7 Kansas vs. #14 Michigan State - 7:00 ESPN - This is the opener of the "Champions Classic" at the Georgia Dome. I'm high on Kansas this year as Bill Self always has them in the hunt, and I trust Tom Izzo with my life. Really nice game.
  • NCAAB - #8 Duke vs. #3 Kentucky - 9:30 ESPN - This is the headliner. Two of the most storied programs in college hoops, and the talent level is big. Duke has returning starters in Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee, and Seth Curry while Kentucky is totally revamped with talented freshman. Visions of Laettner and company? Maybe not, but a helluva game.
  • NBA - Spurs @ Lakers - 10:30 NBATV - Our first look at Mike D'Antoni? Not sure if he'll actually be on the sideline for this one as of press time, but San Antonio vs. LA is worthy of a watch regardless. Tune in.

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