Random Thoughts: Rays certainly were rank in ’17

by Gary Shelton on November 5, 2017 · 2 comments

in general

Sunday, 4 a.m.

Bleacher Report has ranked its top 300 baseball players of the season. Leading the Rays was pitcher Chris Archer … who was 53rd. Can you buy a foam hand with 53 fingers?

– For the record: Kevin Kiermaier was 67, Steven Souza was 69, Logan Morrison was 71, Evan Longoria 82, Corey Dickerson 131, Alex Cobb was 137, Steve Cishek was 253 and Lucas Duda was 288.

– If you were paying attention, and the rankers must not have been, you might have found room for Alex Colome, who led the league in saves, and Adeiny Hechavarria. Leaving those guys out just shows how lame these kinds of lists are.

– Ohio State should look on the bright side. They held Iowa to under 56 points.

– I wonder what Herschel Walker thinks now that Georgia is the No. 1 team in the college football playoff rankings, ahead of Alabama. The thing is: It makes no difference as long as a program is in the top four.

– Only the Browns. Cleveland was so thrilled with trading for Bengals' backup quarterback A.J. McCarron that they forgot to let the league office know. Is there any way we can demote the Browns to the Arena League?

– Or maybe swap them for the Toronto Argonauts?

– Charles Barkley says that Lonzo Ball is “only half a player.” I assume that's mom's half.

– Good to see Dave Martinez get his shot – finally – with the Washington Nationals. It was always hard to figure out why someone wouldn't give him a chance.

– The Bucs have the third-worst defense in the NFL. They can't run the ball. They can't rush the passer. And CBSsports.com says “Winston has to play better for the Bucs to win.” Well, sure he does. But doesn't Gerald McCoy have to play better? Doug Martin? Vernon Hargreaves? Robert Ayers? Donovan Smith? Demar Dotson? And about a dozen others? That wouldn't be a bold attempt at getting clicks, would it?

– Nick Saban is making $11 million a year. I guess he can afford that expensive new dress in the commercial.

– Robert Griffin III was speaking on being out of the NFL, like Colin Kaepernick. “We should definitely be in the league,” Griffin said. No work for Kaepernick, but I would assume he would say “we?”

– In five NFL games this year, Adrian Peterson has 102 yards. In one game against the Bucs, he had 134. Something to think about.

– This is too rich. O.J. Simpson and Caitlyn Jenner have a feud going. Said Simpson: “If he wants to choose to live his life out as an old lady instead of an old man—hey, women live longer, he might be on to something.” Of course, it should be mentioned that women don't always live that long around Simpson.

– Kyrie Irving says “there is not one real photo of Earth.” Now do you understand why winning wasn't enough for Irving?

– Dan Marino's legacy gets better and better. Why? The Dolphins have had 18 quarterbacks in the 18 years since Danny Boy, and they've won one playoff game.

– Three reasons I don't thihnk Colin Kaepernick is blackballed: 1) Richie Incognito; 2) Josh Gordon; 3) PacMan Jones. If they can still play, can't everyone?

– In six NFL games this year, Case Keenum has four touchdown passes. Against the Bucs in the seventh, he had three. Something to think about.

– Watching Florida and FSU early Saturday afternoon, I felt as I had moved to Mississippi. Yay. A first down!

– Randy Shannon's debut left you wondering one thing. Has there ever been an interim coach for an interim coach? Maybe there could be a head Gator of the week?

– He's rested. He's ready. Skip Holtz to Florida anyone?

I don't know if you've noticed, but the Gators have been very bad for a very long time. It's been so long ago, I think Tim Tebow threw a spiral.

– I don't know why Incognito objects to playing on Thursday night. Isn't that the normal night for Scandal?

 

 

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Larry Beller November 5, 2017 at 7:03 am

Florida and my team Michigan, are 2 programs with a lot in common. They are nowhere near as good or as important as their fan base thinks they are. The live on their reputations from past glories.

Also how good is the Big Ten this year that Ohio State can get trounced in a conference game against a team like Iowa? Big Ten haters will say OSU is just overrated but that would never happen in years past because OSU could always count on winning conference games no matter what. The problem is the overall strength of the conference is going to cost the Big Ten a spot in the playoffs since there is no dominant team.

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Gary Shelton November 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

I agree. But, aside from the ACC, which conference is good? The SEC has two teams, but the rest are a mess. The Pac 10? The Big 12? I know it’s cyclicle, but someone crashed the cycle.

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