Friday Morning Rambling

I’ve got nothing specifically to write about today. But here’s a few thoughts:

  • Nice to hear that legendary UCLA men’s basketball coach John Wooden is doing better today. It was reported Thursday that the 99-year-old Wooden had been hospitalized and was in "grave" condition. ESPN said there were reports he had died. But that is not the case. Wooden is resting today after being admitted May 26 for dehydration.
  • Great feedback on the perfect game post. I do understand where a lot of people are coming from. Life isn’t fair, and we’ve all experienced that in some capacity. I just like to see life be as fair as possible. And the way Armando Galarraga handled himself afterwards, it’s hard not to root for him. One other thing I came across this morning was that an eight-man committee chaired by then-commissioner Fay Vincent in 1991 threw about 50 or so no-hitters out of the record books, ruling that at least nine innings had to be pitched. Time passes, things change. Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, a commissioner will feel differently about what happened to Galarraga. But I’m ready to put the issue to rest. There are many things (contraction, interleague play, making the All-Star Game mean something) that I disagree with Selig on, and this is just another one.
  • A former colleague of mine asked me today how I would explain that three perfect games (counting Galarraga’s) have been pitched in a four-week span, and there’s been four just in the last year counting Mark Buehrle‘s. There was a 34-year span from 1922 to 1956 where not a single one was thrown. The MLB ERA this year is 4.16. Last year, it was 4.31. Ten years ago, in 2000, it was 4.76 (the best team ERA that year was Atlanta at 4.05). A more than half a run drop in league ERA is significant over a decade’s span. Some of it is cyclical, and some of it is the change from a game consumed by steroids to one where use isn’t believed to be as widespread.
  • It’s being reported that Texas is being pursued by the Big Ten Conference in its efforts to expand. The college sports landscape – most notably in football – is going to change significantly if the Big 12 breaks up. It’s worth keeping an eye on.

1 Response

  1. andy g

    PAC 10 is eyeballing Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Colorado. Add AZ ST and Arizona and they have the old PAC 8 and the new PAC 8….Baylor, Iowa St, Nebraska, Kansas St, Kansas, Missouri are left in cold though Big 10 wants Nebraska and Missouri..(Chances of getting Texas without the other two Texas state institutions are slim and none).
    SO add Mizzou and Nebraska to Big 10..Syracuse, Rutgers, and (Notre Dame or Pitt) and the Big 10 is now the New Big10/16….SEC will raid ACC for Fla St, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and probably Miami from Big East or Va Tech from Big easy…ACC & Big Easy will reform into an Easy football (Atlantic.East Coast system that will have up to 24 teams in basketball, or just have a football conference and lose Marquette, St Johns, Georgetown, and Connecticut & other marginal foothall schools as football will be the straw that stirs the drink…look for the WAC and Mountain West to continue their contentious relationship as Kansas and K St look for a home…the natural fit would be with the Mountain West as would Baylor..though a revival of the midmajor nightmare conference headed by Tulsa, Southern Miss, Houston, SMU could pull Baylor and possibly Rice and that would pull TCU maybe…and that conference could easily pull a team or two from the mortally wounded Big East. The Big East and WAC will probably be pulled apart as the football dollars drive realignment. Notre Dame will finally have to declare as the bloom is off the rose for their football TV contract and lack of a dominant backup sprt (except apparently Lacross) Personally I would like to see Iowa State rather than Rutgers, but that doesn’t get the Big 10 into the New York TV market…

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