Wednesday, January 16, 2013

1/16: Ramblings!

Greetings! No "lead" story on this Wednesday, so a bunch of ramblings!
  • The Chicago Bears have hired the top coach in the CFL (Marc Trestman) to be their head coach. He does have NFL experience, but the concept of the top job on the market (for me, anyway) being filled by a CFL guy is startling. I won't say he'll fail, because I know nothing of the man, but it's bold.
  • Elsewhere, the San Diego Chargers have hired current Broncos OC Mike McCoy as their head coach. He was one of the "hot names" in the industry after teaming up with Peyton Manning this year in Denver, and this isn't a surprise. His challenge? Resurrecting Philip Rivers' career without the benefit of a single above-average skill player (yes, that includes Ryan Mathews). Eesh.
  • On the college hardwood, unranked Wisconsin went into Bloomington and stunned the #2 Indiana Hoosiers 64-59. I should've known better than to publicly denounce Bo Ryan's team and their chances to win this game, so I get what I deserve. The Big 10 is crazy deep, and the best league in America this year.
  • NBA Round-up! Indiana blasted Charlotte on the road by a final score of 103-76. It was Charlotte's inconceivable 13th straight home loss, and Indy was led by an insane 60-31 rebounding advantage. That's not a misprint. Brooklyn has won 7 straight following a 113-106 win over Toronto. Brook Lopez had 22 and 9 for the Nets, who are scorching hot under PJ Carlesimo. The Clippers won again without Chris Paul, this time in impressive fashion on the road in Houston. Jamal Crawford led all scorers with 30 for LA. Portland and Denver played a crazy game in the Pepsi Center that saw Denver hold off the Blazers 115-111 in OT. It was the 6th straight for Denver, and now that the schedule is balancing out, they are playing insanely well. Finally, the Lakers may be turning things around. They beat Milwaukee behind 31 each from Kobe and Dwight (who also had 16 boards), and have looked different the past two games. It's admittedly a small sample, and they need Pau at full-strength for depth reasons, but things are looking up a touch. 
  • Rafael Soriano is a Washington National. In a move that every Braves hated, the Nats inked the former Yankee/Brave/everything else to a 2-year, $28 million deal to anchor the Washington bullpen. The Nats may be the best team in the entire league on paper, and if he's as good as he's been lately, they are now set at the closer position to go along with their absurd rotation and impressive lineup. Sigh.
  • I don't care about Lance Armstrong. At. All.
What to watch for on Wednesday (in chronological order)...
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - #14 NC State @ Maryland (ESPN2) - Really nice game here. Maryland has a lot of talent, and NC State is coming off of the Duke upset. 
  • 7:30 - NBA - Nets @ Hawks (SportSouth) - Welcome back, Joe! Former Hawks star Joe Johnson returns to Philips Arena for the first time. Standing ovation, please.
  • 8:00 - NBA - Rockets @ Mavs (ESPN) - Dallas is playing better, but can they stop the gauntlet that is the Houston offense? Nice match-up between Mayo and Harden.
  • 10:30 - NBA - Heat @ Warriors (ESPN) - From a purely visual standpoint, this could be one of the more entertaining match-ups in the entire league, and the Oakland crowd will be alive with Lebron in town.
  • 11:00 - NCAAB - St. Mary's @ BYU (ESPNU) - Say hello to the WCC, again. Outside of Gonzaga, this is the best pairing that the conference has to offer, so if you're anti-NBA, this is for you.

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