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Random Saturday Morning Thoughts

Yesterday I was reading an article by ESPN’s Rick O’Reilly about Penn State coach Bill O’Brien and how he should be college football’s coach of the year. O’Reilly mentioned Silas Redd’s transfer to USC in it and I realized, I didn’t hear a whole lot about Redd this season. I was curious so I looked up his stats. Then I decided to compare them to Penn State’s top rusher this season, Zach Zwinak:
Silas Redd – 150 attempts for 817 yards and 9 TDs
Zach Zwinak – 203 attempts for 1,000 yards and 6 TDs
Wonder if the transfer will really help Redd with getting drafted as much as he hoped ///


David Stern wants to penalize the San Antonio Spurs because Spurs coach Gregg Popovich made a good decision that will benefit his team in the long run. Popovich’s team was ending a long road trip Thursday night by playing in Miami against the Heat. Pop decided to send Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli and Danny Green back to San Antonio. By having them skip the Heat game, he was giving up a chance for a win. Why do this? The Spurs host the Western conference leading Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday. That game is much more important to the Spurs over the long haul than the game against LeBron & Co. By the way, the short-handed Spurs only lost by 5 points to Bron-Bron and crew. Stern needs to butt out and let Popovich handle his team ///


Let Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens into the Hall of Fame. Include the steroid allegations on their plaque, but put them in. They were arguably the best position player and pitcher of the modern era. They need to be in ///


Apparently owner Tom Benson doesn’t want to keep the Hornets nickname on the team he bought which resides in New Orleans. He’d like something more associated with Louisiana and would also like to change the team colors to red, gold and navy blue. I like this. Hornets just doesn’t fit with New Orleans. Hey, what about the New Orleans Jazz?! ///


It’s too bad that Rajon Rondo’s consecutive streak of games with double digit assists had to end with an ejection. Rondo was tied with John Stockton at 37 straight games with 10 or more assists, trailing only Magic Johnson (46). Then he was ejected from Wednesday night’s game with the Nets for fighting pushing with Brooklyn’s Kris Humphries. I would’ve liked to see him keep going. For the record, I think Rondo is the best pure point guard in the game today. Oh, and Kris, you might want to hit the weight room. Little Rondo got the best of you. He’s only eight inches shorter than you and fifty pounds lighter ///

By Kevin York
Follow Kevin on Twitter at @kevin_york

Random Saturday Morning Thoughts

Detroit Lions fans, I don’t want to hear about the bad call against you during the Thanksgiving day game. You had numerous chances to win. If you want to see a real screw job, go back to Green Bay vs. Seattle… ///


What’s going on in the state of Indiana? It’s like it’s the late 70s there. Indiana ranked number one in the nation in basketball. Notre Dame sits alone at the top of college football’s rankings and remains the only undefeated tem left in the nation ///


The New York Jets may not have the worst record in the NFL, but they just might be the worst team. Mark Sanchez, how do you run directly into your own player and fumble the ball? He was right in front of you. Big offensive lineman, can’t miss him. The Patriots are a good team, yes, but the Jets had some pretty embarrassing turnovers in the game ///


I’m over Oregon. Good recruits, TONS of money coming into the school (they probably should call themselves the University of Oregon, paid for by Nike), yet they can’t get over the hump. I think we’re looking at a school that plays in a slightly sub-par conference (we’re seeing over the year that it’s not as good as a number of the other big conferences) and beats up on those opponents (most, anyway…), yet when they run into good, well coached teams, fall flat. It goes to show that substance still matters more than flash ///


Too bad Ohio State isn’t eligible this year (and as a Penn State fan, I never thought I’d say that). I’d much rather see Notre Dame play Ohio State in the national championship this year than see a one loss SEC team sneak in. I’m tired of seeing the SEC and I’m not even sure they’re the best conference in the nation. Rankings released every pre-season have about five SEC teams ranked, so each season starts with the notion that the SEC reigns supreme. Then they spend the season playing each other and small directional colleges, some of whom aren’t even division one ///


Seems that every year in the NFL, teams that start out hot tend to lose steam by the end of the year. Look at the Falcons and Texans as proof. Each only has one loss, but they’re struggling to beat sub-par teams now. In contrast, look at teams like the Broncos, Packers and Patriots. They struggled some at the beginning of the year, but now they’re on hot streaks. Did those three get hot too early though? Or will we see others end the year on hot streaks to enter the playoffs? ///


By Kevin York
Follow Kevin on Twitter at @kevin_york

Random Saturday Morning Thoughts

Since the San Francisco Giants rode Sergio Romo to the World Series title, do they need Brian Wilson anymore? Should they think of trading the pirate-bearded former closer coming off his second Tommy John surgery? ///


If we look at history for a hint at the future, I think Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, likely starting for the first time this Sunday for an injured Michael Vick, is in for a big payday eventually, either in Philadelphia or elsewhere. Want proof? The other quarterbacks that have followed Michael Vick – Matt Schaub, Matt Ryan and Kevin Kolb ///


If both Alex Smith and Jay Cutler don’t play in Sunday’s Bears-Niners game due to the concussions they suffered last week, could the game be decided by which defense scores the most points? ///


Where would “The” Ohio State University fall in the BCS standings right now if they were bowl eligible? ///


Was Mitt Romney never asked about his favorite sports teams during election campaigning? I never heard anything about it and usually that comes out at some point in campaigning. My guess? When campaigning in Ohio, his team is the Browns; in Florida, the Dolphins; in Colorado, the Broncos ///


Hopefully Johnny Manziel gets the proper consideration from Heisman voters this winter and the word ‘freshman’ following redshirt in his eligibility status doesn’t cloud judgement. Remember, Johnny Football is the same age Tim Tebow was when he won the Heisman ///


John Farrell leaves Toronto to become manager of the Red Sox. Toronto then brings in a serious haul of players (Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, , Mark Buehrle, Melky Cabrera) that should put them in real contention next year for the AL East. Think Farrell is still happy with his decision to leave the Blue Jays? The first time Boston heads to Toronto next year will be interesting ///