Go ahead and check out these “19 points to ponder”….and respond if you wish.
1. I realize it’s a holiday and all, which might explain their absence, but where are my two resident slapdicks, “Tim in Timonium” and “JWS in Dundalk”? After all, I did say throughout last week that the Giants would win in Green Bay and I even picked the score EXACTLY right (including the OT…just check out last Monday’s “19 points” to verify it). I figured Timmy and Johnny would have sent me an e-mail by now congratulating me on my fine work. I’ll go check the inbox again, BRB. (Edit: Nope, still nothing from either of them. I guess the circus left town over the weekend?)
2. New England 27 – N.Y. Giants 19
3. Tiger will most likely win the PGA Tour event at Torrey Pines this week…he wins just about anything he wants…but if he doesn’t win, I’ll take Boo Weekley (and I’ll pick him in the WNST Fantasy Golf League just to have a stake in the whole thing.)
4. My Federer and Henin picks to win the Australian Open are still looking good, but Federer hasn’t looked like the dominating-razor-sharp-Roger that we all expected to see.
5. If you watched the Harbaugh Press Conference and didn’t realize that Steve Bisciotti chose Ray over Billick, you need to watch it again and listen to the last 10 minutes where the Owner lets you in on his little secret.
6. Mike Scroggins won the PBA Bowling event over the weekend. How do I know? I watched it. Yep, I watched the whole thing and, as far as bowling goes, it was pretty daggone exciting. I’m thinking about becoming a professional bowler in my spare time. I already have Charlie from Perry Hall Lanes offering me free lessons. Can’t be THAT hard, can it?
7. If the Caps keeping playing well, I might have to trek down to the Verizon Center and break out my old Bernie Wolfe jersey from days gone by. Sure would be nice to have playoff hockey in the spring in Washington D.C.
8. Nice win for D.J. Trahan on the PGA Tour over the weekend. One more of those and he’ll just about be a lock for the Ryder Cup team this Fall.
9. I expected more from Towson University basketball this season. I guess I didn’t realize how undersized they really are. Tough to win at a high-level like the CAA when you don’t have some presence under the basket. Losing Tommy Breaux to that football-season injury has really hurt them.
10. Who’s going to close for the Orioles? We’re a month from pitchers and catchers reporting and they don’t have a bonafide set-up guy – or a closer. Here’s an idea that I floated out there last year and I still think it has merit. Give the ball to Daniel Cabrera in the last inning. I know, I know…he can’t get the ball over the plate when he starts, what makes you think he can get it over the plate in the pressure situations that a closer faces? I don’t have the answer, but I know he stinks as a starter, so why not see if closing suits him better? Did I mention that they don’t have a closer yet, anyway?
11. Two wins for the Blast over the weekend. I need to get down to the Arena and check out a game. I was just asked to vote for two players in the team’s “Hall of Fame” balloting. I voted for one “old school” guy who deserves to get in…I really hope he makes it.
12. Is there a better broadcasting duo in all of sports than Jim Nantz and Phil Simms on CBS Football? I don’t think so.
13. I realize the schedule strength changes from year to year, so you never really know who’s going to be good and who’s going to be bad (look at the Ravens this past season…coming off of 13-3…I’m sure teams thought Baltimore would be a tough foe in ’07 and look what happened). But at first glimpse, the Ravens have a monster schedule next season – Dallas, Giants, Skins, Indy, J’Ville, Tennessee – and Pittsburgh, twice (all playoff teams in ’07).
14. National League Cy Young winner (and this is even if Bedard gets traded to a N.L. team) in ’08 — Dan Haren, Arizona Diamondbacks.
15. Kansas is STILL the best team in college basketball. Been saying it for a month and I don’t think anything except injuries is going to change my mind – they’re gonna win the NCAA title in April.
16. Scott Garceau of Channel 2 sports fame braved the elements and sat in the stands at Lambeau Field yesterday to watch his beloved Packers. Now THAT guy is a fan!
17. Gotta feel good for Tom Coughlin. Last year, some of his players tried to run him out of town but management stuck with him and look how it turned out.
18. American League Cy Young winner in ’08 – Roy Halladay, Toronto.
19. Just checked my e-mail again…still nothing from the two clowns.