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    Friday’s 6-pack
    Major league leaders in hits:

    103— Nick Castellanos, Cin
    101— Adam Frazier, Pitt
    100—Trea Turner Wash
    99— Cedric Mullins, Balt
    96— Vladimir Guerrero, Tor
    95— Xander Bogaerts, Bos

    Quote of the Day
    “People forget my birthday, but no one forgets July 1. I get more texts and calls that day than any other during the year.”
    Bobby Bonilla

    Friday’s quiz
    Bobby Bonilla hit 287 major league homers, playing for 8 teams. What did team did he hit the most home runs for?

    Thursday’s quiz
    Back in July 1979, Chicago White Sox hosted “Disco Demolition Night”, where they blew up a vat of disco records in between games of a doubleheader, but right field caught on fire and they had to forfeit the second game of the twinbill.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Bruce Bochy managed the San Diego Padres last time they played in a World Series; he later won three World Series managing the Giants.

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    Friday’s Den: Random stuff with weekend here……..

    13) Hopefully every had a good day Thursday. It was:
    a) Canada Day— Our neighbors to the north celebrated the anniversary of Canadian Confederation which occurred on July 1, 1867. Unfortunately the Blue Jays are still playing home games in Buffalo, but hopefully soon they’ll be back in Toronto.

    b) Bobby Bonilla Day— Every July 1, Bobby Bonilla gets a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets, as he will every July 1 until 2035.

    Back in 2011, instead of paying Bonilla a $5.9M buyout right there and then, the Mets agreed to make annual payments of nearly $1.2M for 25 years starting July 1, 2011, including a negotiated 8% interest. Hopefully Bonilla buys his agent a nice gift every year.

    12) Orioles-Astros game Wednesday night, CB Bucknor behind the plate and Brent Strom, the Astros’ pitching coach, gets tossed after the second batter of the game. Not good.

    Bucknor is widely known to be one of the worst umpires, but you don’t see a guy get tossed after two batters very often.

    11) Reds’ 1B Joey Votto got his 1,000th career RBI Wednesday, and he did it the right way, by hitting a home run against San Diego. Votto should get his 2,000th career hit later this summer.

    10) Seattle Mariners won 12 of their last 16 games; their 9-1 in extra innings this year.

    9) In their last 21 games, Baltimore Orioles have zero wins from starting pitchers, as in, none.

    Orioles are 5-16 in those 21 games, but relievers got all five of the wins.

    8) Miami’s Adam Duvall has homered in consecutive games six times this season, more than any other player in the big leagues.

    7) Congrats to Mississippi State on winning the College World Series, their first national title in any team sport. Bulldogs lost Game 1 of the finals to Vanderbilt, but then swept the last two.

    6) White Sox’ rookie Gavin Sheets hit his first big league homer Wednesday night; can’t imagine how great a feeling that must be. Young man couldn’t stop grinning.

    5) Hallmark Channel is running Christmas movies 24/7 this week and next; people must watch this stuff or else they wouldn’t do it, but why watch a Christmas movie in July?

    4) Chris Paul has played in the NBA for 16 years, played in 123 playoff games, but this is the year he finally made it to the NBA Finals for the first time, scoring 41 points in the decisive Game 6 win over the Clippers. Congrats to him.

    3) Fernando Tatis Jr will be the first position player from the Padres to start an All-Star Game since Tony Gwynn, in 1998.

    2) Wednesday, Cubs scored 7 runs in the first inning, but lost 15-7 in Milwaukee; they were the first team since 1976 to score 7+ runs in the first inning, then lose by 7+ runs- the Giants also did that April 26, 1976. Those are the only two times that has happened in the last 100 years.

    1) Thursday was also the first day rules allowing college athletes to benefit from their name, image and likeness went into effect. We’ll see how this works out; there are usually unintended consequences that pop up when stuff like this happens, but I’m guessing lot of college QB’s are going to be driving really nice cars this fall.
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    Chicago @ Dallas
    Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Chicago's last 9 games when playing on the road against Dallas
    Chicago is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
    Dallas
    The total has gone OVER in 8 of Dallas's last 9 games when playing at home against Chicago
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing Chicago

    Las Vegas @ Los Angeles
    Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 5 games
    Las Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Los Angeles
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Las Vegas
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 10 games when playing at home against Las Vegas

    Atlanta @ Seattle
    Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Atlanta's last 5 games
    Seattle
    Seattle is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Atlanta
    Seattle is 20-4 SU in its last 24 games at home


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    LV at LA 10:00 PM
    LA +15.0
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    Date w-l-t % units record


    07/02/2021 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    07/01/2021 0-2-0 00.00% -11.00


    totals.............1-5-0.......16.66%......-22.50
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    Saturday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the Big X in football this fall:

    7-5— Oklahoma
    5-2— Iowa State
    6-1— Texas
    10-1— Oklahoma State
    12-1— TCU
    15-1— West Virginia
    50-1— Baylor
    60-1— Kansas State
    75-1— Texas Tech
    500-1— Kansas

    Quote of the Day
    “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”
    Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own

    Saturday’s quiz
    Which team did Trevor Bauer break into the majors with?

    Friday’s quiz
    Bobby Bonilla hit 287 major league homers, playing for 8 teams; he hit the most home runs (114) playing for Pittsburgh.

    Thursday’s quiz
    Back in July 1979, Chicago White Sox hosted “Disco Demolition Night”, where they blew up a vat of disco records in between games of a doubleheader, but right field caught on fire and they had to forfeit the second game of the twinbill.

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    Saturday’s Den: ACC football knowledge

    Boston College:
    — BC is 24-9-1 ATS in last 34 games as an underdog.
    — Last four years, Eagles are 9-2-1 ATS as home underdogs.
    — Last four years, BC is 24-9-1 ATS in ACC games.
    — Eagles lost three of last four bowls (beat Maryland 36-30 in ’16).

    Clemson
    — Since 2012, Clemson is 111-14 SU.
    — Offensive coordinator is in 6th year there; DC is in his 9th year.
    — Tigers lost last two bowl games, 42-25/49-28.
    — Clemson is 27-17-1 ATS in last 45 games as a favorite.

    Duke
    — Last 2 years, Blue Devils are 7-16 SU, with minus-30 turnover ratio.
    — Under Cutcliffe, Duke is 8-3-1 ATS as a road favorite.
    — Blue Devils scored 43 ppg in last five bowls, winning last three.
    — Last three years, Duke is 4-9 ATS coming off a win.

    Florida State
    — Last three years, Seminoles are 14-20 SU.
    — This is first time in five years they’ve had same OC two years in row.
    — FSU covered once in its last ten non-conference games.
    — Since 2016, Seminoles are 10-15 ATS as home favorites.

    Georgia Tech
    — Last 2 years, Tech was 6-16 SU, transitioning from option to spread attack.
    — HC Collins is 3-8-1 ATS as a home favorite, 4-1-1 as road favorite.
    — Last three years, Yellow Jackets are 5-12-1 ATS at home.
    — Last three years, Tech is 4-9 ATS coming off a win.

    Louisville
    — Last three years, Louisville is 14-22 SU, with minus-25 turnover ratio
    — Last three years, Cardinals are 2-9-1 ATS as road underdogs.
    — Last four years, Louisville is 6-14 ATS coming off a win.
    — As head coach, Satterfield is 31-24-1 ATS when favored, 9-14-3 as a dog.

    Miami
    — As head coach, Diaz is 6-9 ATS when favored, 4-1 as an underdog.
    — Last four years, Miami is 12-17 ATS coming off a win.
    — Miami lost its last four bowls, scoring only 15.3 ppg.
    — From 2015-17, Hurricanes were +34 in turnovers; last three years, +6.

    North Carolina
    — Tar Heels are 15-10 last two years, after going 5-18 in 2017-18.
    — Last three years, Carolina is 5-2 ATS as a home underdog.
    — UNC lost four of last five bowl games, giving up 33.6 ppg.
    — QB has 25 career starts, offensive line has 116 career starts.

    NC State
    — Under Doeren, State is 14-23-2 ATS as an underdog.
    — Last three years, Wolfpack is 8-13 ATS coming off a win.
    — Last three years, State is 9-6 ATS as a home favorite.
    — Favorites covered four of their last five bowls.

    Pittsburgh
    — Last six years, Pitt is 8-15-2 ATS as home favorite, 22-11 ATS on road.
    — Last four years, Panthers are 14-9 ATS off a loss.
    — Pitt lost four of last five bowls (underdogs 4-1 ATS)
    — Pitt has a senior QB with 36 career starts.

    Syracuse
    — Syracuse was outgained by 199 yards/game last year.
    — Orange OL has 120 career starts returning.
    — Syracuse won its last four bowls; last loss was in 2004.
    — Syracuse has played in only one bowl since 2013.

    Virginia
    — Last years, Cavaliers are 13-6 ATS at home.
    — Virginia is 8-3 ATS in last 11 non-conference games.
    — Cavaliers lost four of last five bowls, were underdog in all five.
    — Virginia’s OL has 132 returning starts this season.

    Virginia Tech
    — Last year was first time in 28 years Hokies didn’t go to a bowl.
    — Last three years, Virginia Tech is only 19-18 SU.
    — Last five years, Hokies are 5-12 ATS as home favorites.
    — Tech lost its last three bowls, giving up 34 ppg.

    Wake Forest
    — Last 5 years, Wake is 3-2 in bowls; first time ever they played in 5 straight bowls.
    — Since 2015, Deacons are 2-6 ATS as road favorites, 15-7 as road dogs.
    — Over their last 22 games, Wake Forest is +18 in turnovers.
    — Wake has 11 starters back on offense, 9 on defense; their QB has 19 career starts.
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    Connecticut @ Indiana
    Connecticut
    Connecticut is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Indiana
    Connecticut is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Indiana
    Indiana
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana's last 6 games when playing at home against Connecticut

    Washington @ New York
    Washington
    Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against New York
    Washington is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing New York
    New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of New York's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of New York's last 8 games when playing at home against Washington

    Minnesota @ Phoenix
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Phoenix
    Phoenix
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Phoenix's last 10 games when playing Minnesota
    The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Phoenix's last 13 games when playing at home against Minnesota


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    CONN at IND 01:00 PM
    IND +15.0
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    WAS at NY 01:00 PM
    NY -2.0
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    MIN at PHO 10:00 PM
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    07/03/2021 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    07/02/2021 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    07/01/2021 0-2-0 00.00% -11.00


    totals.............6-6-0.......50.00%......-3.00
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    Odds to win the Pac-12 in football this fall:

    5-2— Oregon
    3-1— USC
    9-2— Arizona State, Washington
    6-1— Utah
    12-1— UCLA
    18-1— Stanford
    20-1— California
    40-1— Colorado, Washington State
    50-1— Oregon State
    200-1— Arizona

    Quote of the Day
    “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
    Ferris Bueller

    Sunday’s quiz
    Where did NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner play his college football?

    Saturday’s quiz
    Trevor Bauer broke into the majors with the Diamondbacks, in 2012.

    Friday’s quiz
    Bobby Bonilla hit 287 major league homers, playing for 8 teams; he hit the most home runs (114) playing for Pittsburgh.

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    Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday

    13) Last night in Atlanta, Milwaukee beat the Hawks, advancing to the NBA Finals for first time since 1974, when they lost to the Celtics in 7 games. Bucks had a pretty good center back then, guy named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

    Last night was also Marv Albert’s last TV broadcast, ending a tremendous 55-year career that saw him do NBA, NHL, NFL, college basketball. One of the greatest announcers ever.

    I’m from upstate New York, so I heard Marv Albert a lot as a kid; his calls of Knick games in the 70’s still resonate in my memory. He created a great word picture.

    12) Friday night in Atlanta, Marlins’ pitcher Pablo Lopez hit Ronald Acuna with the first pitch of the game; the umpires ruled it was intentional, and ejected Lopez. After one pitch.

    This enraged Marlins’ manager Don Mattingly and set up what has to be a unique game in MLB history. Acuna scored later that inning and it was the only run of the game, charged against the record of a pitcher who threw only one pitch, the first pitch for his team.

    11) I’ve been trying to find ways to get smarter, gain knowledge; listening to podcasts seems to be popular these days, so I’ve been looking for podcasts associated with things I like.

    Have to be careful which ones you choose; podcasts are kind of like reading, except you can do something else while you listen. Not all podcasts are great, you can waste time listening to some imbecile rattle on, but I’ve found a couple that I try to listen to every week, and that is good.

    One podcast I listen to deals with fantasy baseball; all the guys on it are half my age, and they talk a lot about stuff like pitchers’ spin rates, which doesn’t interest me, but they do give out interesting opinions on various players, which gives me stuff to think about.

    10) Mets have drawn 12 walks with the bases loaded this year; 11 different players have drawn them, with Francisco Lindor the only guy to draw two.

    9) Cincinnati Reds’ TV guys were saying the other night that stars should get preferential treatment from umpires on marginal calls. I don’t think anyone should get preferential treatment from umpires, though I’m not naive enough to think that stars don’t get some calls.

    8) Tampa Bay Rays’ radio crew started traveling with the ballclub this week, another good sign that things are slowly getting back to normal.

    7) Dodgers’ pitcher Trevor Bauer is on “administrative leave” for 7 days; he has some off-field issues with a female accuser, which may/may not be serious.

    6) Dallas Cowboys will be on Hard Knocks this summer, third time they’ve been on. Things are always interesting with the Cowboys, from Dak Prescott to Jerry Jones to the coaches.

    5) Washington Nationals’ OF Kyle Schwarber has been hotter than hell, but he strained his hamstring this week, and will be out for a while, longer than just ten days.

    4) Was listening to the Cubs the other night; one of their TV guys is ex-big leaguer Jim Deshaies, who is from Massena, NY, up by the Canadian border.

    Apparently, an actor named Hal Smith was also from Massena; he played Otis the Drunk on the old Andy Griffith Show that was pretty famous back in the 60’s. Mr Smith also did a lot of voice over work on animated TV shows.

    3) A’s 7, Red Sox 6 (12):
    — Oakland has been struggling; they’re 4-8 in their last dozen games.
    — A’s were 5-21 in this game, with runners in scoring position; when you’re 3-8 in your last 11 games, then go 5-21 with RISP in the 12th game, the frustration level raises quickly. They were all very happy when Tony Kemp knocked in the winning run.

    2) 80-year old Larry Brown has signed on as an assistant coach to Penny Hardaway at Memphis; Brown has had a storied coaching career, but he’s also moved around a lot. Will be interesting to see any features they’ll run on TV about coach Brown’s role in Memphis.

    1) One of the cool things about the old TV show Law and Order is that it was a springboard for a lot of acting careers. Law and Order went off the air in 2010, but there are 32 actors who have appeared in 12+ episodes of the Showtime series Billions. 14 of those 32 actors also appeared in at least one episode of Law and Order. Billions didn’t come on the air until 2016, six years after Law and Order went off the air (its re-runs never will).
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    Atlanta @ Las Vegas
    Atlanta
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 6 games
    Las Vegas
    Las Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Las Vegas is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games

    Seattle @ Los Angeles
    Seattle
    Seattle is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 6 games on the road
    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Seattle
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing Seattle


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    ATL at LV 06:00 PM
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    SEA at LA 09:00 PM
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    07/04/2021 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    07/03/2021 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    07/02/2021 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    07/01/2021 0-2-0 00.00% -11.00


    totals.............9-7-0.......56.25%......+6.50
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    Odds to win the MAC in football this fall:

    5-2— Toledo
    7-2— Ball State, Buffalo
    5-1— Western Michigan
    6-1— Ohio U
    10-1— Central Michigan
    12-1— Kent State, Miami
    25-1— Eastern Michigan
    75-1— Northern Illinois
    200-1— Akron, Bowling Green

    Quote of the Day
    “I’m supposed to throw Sunday. For me, I don’t think it’s smart to go pitch in the All-Star Game. I’ve been a little beat up this first half and obviously missed a few starts that I wish I wouldn’t have missed, so I don’t think it makes sense for me to throw in it.”
    Jacob deGrom

    Monday’s quiz
    Who was the manager of the Bronx Bombers before Aaron Boone?

    Sunday’s quiz
    NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner played his college football at Northern Iowa.

    Saturday’s quiz
    Trevor Bauer broke into the majors with the Diamondbacks, in 2012.

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    Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend

    13) What are the best/worst days to have birthdays?

    I’m thinking July 5th is on the worst list, along with December 24 and 26, maybe January 2.

    July 4th would be on the good list, along with December 31st.

    What do you think? Let me know………ffib13@gmail.com

    12) These are facts; do with them what you will:

    — Madison Bumgarner threw a no-hitter April 25; Arizona then lost its next 24 road games.
    — John Means threw a no-hitter May 5; Orioles lost their next 20 road games.
    — Cubs threw a combined no-hitter June 24; Cubs are 0-9 since that game.

    Bumgarner/Means are both hurt now, by the way.

    11) Cubs had 11 hits in their 3-2 loss to Cincinnati Sunday, ending a streak of 20 games in a row with 8 or fewer hits. Cubs are just third team in last 100 years to go 20 consecutive games with 8 or fewer hits (’72 Mets, ’68 Bronx).

    10) Nevada sportsbooks banked a profit of $27.1M in May, their all-time record for May.

    9) I cannot imagine eating 76 hot dogs (and buns) in 10:00, but Joey Chestnut did that Sunday and won the Nathan’s contest for the 14th time. I can’t watch those guys eat anymore; it makes me want to puke, seriously. No way is it healthy.

    I do remember the movie Meatballs, when Larry Fink beats “The Stomach” in a hot dog eating contest, or as Bill Murray put it, “weenie war.” The actor who played “The Stomach” wound up being a high school football coach about 30 miles from here.

    8) Has to be a little awkward when umpires are constantly checking pitchers’ hats for foreign substances right after an inning.

    Miami’s Sandy Alcantara was getting squeezed by the home plate ump Saturday, then after the inning the guy was checking his hat/belt. Alcantara had to be biting his tongue.

    7) Sunday night was 22nd time this season the Diamondbacks had 2 or fewer hits thru six innings; they’re 1-21 in those games. Arizona has lost 45 games in a row when they score 4 or fewer runs, an ignominious record.

    6) Braves 8, Marlins 7 (10):
    — Atlanta tied game with four runs in 9th inning.
    — Pitcher Max Fried got the walk-off hit as a pinch-hitter in 10th inning.

    5) Colorado Rockies have nine walk-off hits, most in the majors this season.

    4) NFL Network had the 1999 Rams’ highlight film on Sunday night; damn right I watched it. Was pretty cool that Martin Sheen narrates it; I watch a lot of West Wing re-runs on my laptop as I write this space (am listening to one right now) so it is excellent that President Bartlet narrated the Greatest Show on Turf’s highlight film.

    3) Speaking of my Rams’ fandom, 40 years ago this week, Vince Ferragamo made his debut playing QB for Montreal in the CFL. It didn’t go well in Canada for Ferragamo, who had led the Rams to the Super Bowl in 1979- he was 15-5 as QB of the Rams before going to Canada, 11-13 when he came back. He later played for Buffalo and the Packers.

    Ferragamo got a raw deal from the Rams, who were very dysfunctional back then; they should’ve made sure he never freakin’ went to Canada, but that’s water under the bridge now.

    2) If you care about such things, over is 606-597-42 in baseball totals this season. Under was 11-5 Sunday; teams play more of their bench players on Sunday. May have to check that angle out as we go along.

    1) RIP to football coach Terry Donahue, who passed away this weekend at age 77. Coach Donahue coached UCLA from 1976-95, going 151-74-8, 98-51-5 in Pac-12 games, 8-4-1 in bowl games. Coach Donahue replaced the great Dick Vermeil at UCLA; he later worked as an analyst for CBS, then worked in the 49ers’ front office.

    Coach Donahue was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000. RIP, sir.
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    Dallas @ New York
    Dallas
    Dallas is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Dallas's last 6 games on the road
    New York
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of New York's last 6 games
    New York is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Dallas


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    july wnba best bets record:




    Date w-l-t % units record


    07/05/2021 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    07/04/2021 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    07/03/2021 5-1-0 83.33% +19.50
    07/02/2021 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    07/01/2021 0-2-0 00.00% -11.00




    totals.........11-7-0...61.11%...+16.50
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    Wednesday’s 6-pack
    Odds to win the Quad Cities Open golf tourney this week:

    9-1— Daniel Berger
    14-1— Brian Harman
    16-1— Russell Henley, Sungjae Im
    18-1— Kevin Streelman
    27-1— Cameron Davis, Si Woo Kim
    29-1— Alex Noren

    Quote of the Day
    “Hey, the other team gives scholarships too!!!”
    Football coach Lou Holtz, asked by a reporter at halftime why his heavily favored team was only ahead by a couple points.

    Wednesday’s quiz
    Who was manager of the Seattle Mariners, last time they made the playoffs?
    (Hint: He won a World Series managing a different team)

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Matthew Stonie (62 hot dogs) was the last male other than Joey Chestnut to win the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, in 2015.

    Monday’s quiz
    Joe Girardi was the manager of the Bronx Bombers before Aaron Boone.

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    Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

    13) Suns 118, Bucks 105:
    — Chris Paul scored 32 points for Phoenix.
    — He has 73 points the last two games, most points he’s ever scored in consecutive games.
    — Giannis Antetokounmpo played 35:00, scoring 20 points, with 17 rebounds.

    Before the 1969 NBA Draft, a coin was flipped in New York City to determine who got the first pick in the draft. Milwaukee won the coin flip, got Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then won 332 games over the next six years, winning the 1971 NBA title, losing the Finals in ‘74.

    Phoenix lost that coin flip in ‘69; they drafted Neal Walk, a center from Florida. Not ideal.

    Later that summer, the Suns had a coin flip with Seattle for rights to ABA star Connie Hawkins. The second flip was more better for Phoenix; the won that coin flip and the rights to Hawkins, who became one of the greatest players in Suns’ history.

    Suns went 136-110 the next three years, with Hawkins lasting 4.5 years in the desert.

    12) With all the talk about Shohei Ohtani, I decided to look into Babe Ruth’s career, since he also was a great hitter who did some pitching. Here is what I found:

    Babe Ruth played five years for Boston, but played in 100+ games only in the last two seasons. He went 89-46 as a pitcher for Boston, winning 47 games in 1916-17. He threw 35 complete games in 1917. His last year in Boston was the only time he batted 400+ times for them.

    When he was traded to New York, he became a full-time hitter, and pitched only five games. Ruth hit 659 home runs for New York, and had a candy bar named after him.

    (A person who is smarter than me informed me that the candy bar was probably named after President Grover Cleveland’s daughter Ruth)

    Obviously there was no DH back then, or he probably would’ve hit more for Boston.

    11) In 1975, there was a TV show called When Things Were Rotten, a comedy set in Sherwood Forest, where Robin Hood, Maid Marian, and Robin’s band of Merry Men. Pretty good cast: Dick Van Patten, Bernie Kopell, Dick Gautier, Ron Rifkin.

    I was reminded of that this week, thinking about the catchers on my fantasy baseball team; over the last 23 days, the catchers on my fantasy team have been a combined 2 for 44.

    2 hits. 44 at-bats. 2 more hits than a dead person.

    In the big picture of life, this isn’t important, but it is driving me nuts; there are very few big league catchers who can hit. I’ve had six different catchers on my team in only 14 weeks. Next step is to leave the spot blank, then at least they won’t kill me in on-base %age.

    As I was typing all this, one of my team’s pitchers, Luis Castillo, left a game in Kansas City with a 6-1 lead after 7 innings; of course the Cincinnati bullpen blew the lead for him.

    Thats what happens when things are rotten.

    10) Braves, Marlins, Rangers are only three major league teams who haven’t been over .500 at any time this season.

    9) Angels’ 3B David Fletcher has a 20-game hitting streak, longest in the AL this season.

    8) Top under teams in the majors:
    — Washington under 52-29-1
    — Cubs 50-33-2
    — Marlins 45-31-6
    — Bronx 46-36

    Top over teams in the majors:
    — Twins 53-28-2
    — Angels 51-33
    — Astros 48-35-3
    — Rays 46-36-3

    7) Jacob deGrom was supposed to pitch for the Mets on Tuesday, then again on Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break, but the weather didn’t cooperate and last night’s game got rained out, so deGrom won’t pitch on Sunday.

    The Mets really, really wanted him to pitch last night night, then on Sunday; last night’s game wasn’t postponed until 9:40 or so. It was a scheduled 7:10 start.

    6) Baseball players signed by big league clubs at age 18 or younger have to be added to the team’s 40-man roster within five years, or that player becomes subject to the Rule 5 Draft, where other teams can draft them away from the original team.

    Players signed by big league clubs at age 19 or older have to be put on the 40-man roster within four seasons, or else they risk losing that player for nothing.

    5) Cities where the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest got the best TV ratings:
    Cincinnati, New York, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Columbus.

    4) In 440 games played in empty arenas during the NBA regular season, the home team won by an average of 0.39 points.

    In 507 games played with fans, the home team won by an average of 2.13 points.

    3) Jaguars’ rookie QB Trevor Lawrence signed his first pro contract, for $36.8M, with $24.1M of that guaranteed. By way of contrast, when Sam Bradford signed his rookie contract in 2010, it was worth $78M. NFL has done a good job of toning down the rookie deals since then.

    2) Phillies 15, Cubs 10
    — Cubs lose their 11th straight game
    — Chicago’s last 67 home runs have all come with either the bases empty or only one man on base, the longest stretch in franchise history.

    1) When umpire Joe West first umped in the major leagues in the mid-70’s, there were five current major league managers who weren’t even born yet.
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    Wednesday, July 7


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    Trend Report
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    Dallas @ Minnesota
    Dallas
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Dallas's last 5 games when playing on the road against Minnesota
    Minnesota
    Minnesota is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Dallas
    Minnesota is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing Dallas

    Phoenix @ Las Vegas
    Phoenix
    Phoenix is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Phoenix's last 5 games when playing on the road against Las Vegas
    Las Vegas
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Las Vegas's last 5 games when playing at home against Phoenix
    Las Vegas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

    Los Angeles @ Seattle
    Los Angeles
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Los Angeles's last 5 games when playing on the road against Seattle
    Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Seattle
    Seattle
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Seattle's last 5 games when playing at home against Los Angeles
    Seattle is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Los Angeles


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