Random thoughts: McKay dominates conversion after debut

by Gary Shelton on June 30, 2019 · 0 comments

in general

Sunday, 2 a.m.

If you're like me, you have the same reaction to the Rays' losing streak, or their romotion of Brendan McKay or the slump of Blake Snell. It's "I wonder how this is playing in Montreal."

-- The average reaction of Rays fans can be summed up like this: "Pardon my French, but ... "

-- For the sake of comparison, Rolando Arrojo won his first Rays' start, too. But he allowed eight hits and six runs in four innings. Edge: McKay.

-- To sum it up, Tom Brady thinks Max Kellerman is an idiot. I kind of agree,

-- Evidently, both Army and BYU are interested in joining the AAC. I guess word of USF's defense has gtten around, huh?

-- For the sake of comparison, David Price pitched 5.1 innings of relief in his first game for the Rays. He allowed three hits and gave up two runs. Edge: McKay.

-- Just asking, but shouldn't the Rays ask Branden McKay if he has any taltened teammates in Durham?

-- According to Fanduel Sportsbook, the college teams of Florida will have winning season. The betting site says UCF will win 9.5 games, Florida 9.0, UM 8.5, FAU 8, FIU and USF 7.5 and FSU 7.

-- For the sake of comparison, James Shields pitched five innings in his Rays' debut and lost. He gave up nine hits and five runs. Edge: McKay.

-- Former Bucs' quarterback Chris Simms must have a vision problem e ranekd the top 40 quarterbacks of the NFL, and some of his ratings were DeShaun Watson over Drew Brees, Cam Newton over Tom BradyDerek Carr over Jimmy Garoppolo and Kyler Murray (who just got here) over Eli Manning. For the record, he had Jameis Winston (27) over Ryan Fitzpatrick (35).

-- I wonder where Simms would rank Simms?

-- For the sake of comparison, Jeremy Hellickson had a nice start in his first game as a Ray. He went seven innings and gave up three hits. Still: Edge: McKay.

-- Brandon McKay had 15 players come to watch him. Did that triple the attendance?

-- A study says the Bucs' fans are the 23rd best in the NFL. Which outranks the defense, of course.

-- For the sake of comparison, Matt Garza had a rough first step for the Rays. In his debut, he gave up eight hits and seven runs in 2.2 innings. He took the loss. Edge: McKay.

-- NFL.com ranked the NFL running backs. Ronald Jones ranked No.32 out of 32.Peyton Barber didn't make the list.

-- Speaking of Bucs' running backs, Fansided.com made a feeble attempt to evaluate Mike Alstott and whiffed on the point. It says that Alstott's average per carry was the same as Peyton Barbers, but with his yardage, he'd be the No. 1 fullback of all tie. Both are bogus. One) Alstott was rarely the Bucs' primary running back. He's impossible to evaluate as a running back. He was a man of surpeme effort and clutch moments. As far as the fullback stats, very fullbacks in the league had any stats at all. He was a runner in a position designed to block by most teams. No, Mike wasn't a Hall of Fame player. But he was a damn fine weapon, and anyone who saw him won't drag out his numbers to try to prove it.

-- For the sake of comparison, Chris Archer was part of a loss in his first game (and a lot afterward). He allowed three hits and one earned run.

-- The Wall Street Journal says the Bucs should move to London instead of Montreal. At least over there, no one would know that three hits a game isn't very many.

-- I love Charles Barkley, who leads the NBA in truth. "Wherever LaVar Ball is, there's a village missing an idiot," Barkley said.

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