Saturday, October 18, 2008

Saturday A.M. (Very) Quickie

Boise State is still undefeated -- and, aside from Oregon, still rocking a terrible strength of schedule that shouldn't surprise you when they aren't ranked anywhere near the BCS-eligible Top 12.

GMs get job security that managers do not: For the Brewers, Doug Melvin will be back; Dale Sveum will not. "Interim" was just that, even after leading the team to the playoffs.

Will Tony Romo play tomorrow? Honestly: THIS is what passes for drama in the NFL these days?

Joey Porter fined for ripping refs: And, as with virtually every fine in every pro sports league, there is absolutely nothing to keep him or anyone else from ripping refs again. I'm glad he was willing to say it -- and pay it. Sometimes refs need to be called out.

Midnight Madness: There's AP coverage from the big names (UNC, Kansas, Memphis, O.G. Midnight Madness Maryland). But did any readers go to the Indiana practice? Did you recognize ANYONE on the court?

Kirk Ferentz suspends own son from Iowa football team: Seriously, this guy still has a job? His own SON joins the long list of trouble-makers.

I checked out my Wizards yesterday, playing in Barcelona and my first real look at the 08-09 teams. And wow: Without Arenas and Jamison and even Haywood, they are not going to be good. But if you took 2 of the Top 3 stars plus the starting center from ANY NBA team, they wouldn't be good.

Brad Pitt as Billy Beane in the movie adaptation of "Moneyball?" I love that. I'm still not sure how they pull off the movie in a way that won't appeal exclusively to wonky baseball fans -- there's a natural movie-plot-required "conflict," but it's between SABR guys and scouts. This isn't exactly cops vs. crooks (although "good guys vs. bad guys" isn't a stretch).

Usually, I watch nothing but college football on Saturdays, but I'm going to have Rays-Red Sox Game 6 on in some form or another.

Usual CFB "what I'm watching" list and live-blog coming later this morning.

-- D.S.


Politics Blogger said...

Re: Moneyball...It's pretty obvious--Beane is taking on the establishment. It's not exactly Jeff Smith in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," but they could build a subtle story that way. Because the public knows about baseball and how rich it is in tradition, it easily could see a new approach taking on the status quo.

The Mark Show said...

You honestly don't think BSU can move up 3 positions in the polls by staying undefeated? BYU should drop below them this week, that's 1. If BYU beats Utah, which would have to happen for BSU to get the BCS-bid, that's 2. All they need is one other team to falter a little bit. It's very possible.