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While You’re Sleeping
An early contender for Game of the Year
The defending champion Avalanche lost to the Rangers in a shootout last night, 3-2, in a game that had a playoff spot in October. The teams combined for 90 shots a night, with the baller returning to New York as the enemy. Good fun stuff.
Can we get this as the Stanley Cup playoffs come in the spring?
- Nazo: Klay got angry. Klay Thompson earned his first career ejection – strictly, in 796 career regular and postseason games (!) – after a row with Devin Booker in the Warriors’ 134-105 blowout loss in Phoenix. What a season to start the year at 2-2 for the defending NBA champions.
The most attractive thing
TV football wars are here
NFL football is the most popular show on TV. It doesn’t require any new displays or scripts. It wins almost every primetime slot it occupies. Audience-wise, there’s nothing like it.
Well, there’s one thing in common: College Football. My older brother and younger brother have kindly avoided each other for years, rarely meeting in their mutual interests. But football has never been more popular than it is today – and both teams want big pieces of the cake.
Chris Vannini has a great piece this morning detailing the upcoming fight. Some surprising statistics in this story:
- The NFL had 75 of the top 100 last year’s most-watched television broadcast. College football had six.
- The Olympics (11 in the top 100) were the only other sports that came close. The NBA, NHL and MLB did not place any events in the top 100.
You’ve no doubt noticed that the NFL is on the rise. We’ve had Thursday games for years now, and the league added 17 regular season games last season, along with a bigger field. Add in a Black Friday — usually reserved for college football — next season’s game, which can cause quite a bit of chaos.
And as we discussed yesterday, the money taxi in college football is pumping … because the TV money is flowing, from the interest of viewers. That’s how you get 100 million guaranteed training contracts.
Good news: We as viewers come out as winners in this one. More football and more options.
A quick Pulse poll: What are you watching on Black Friday 2023 – college or NFL football?
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Anfernee Simons, the humble sniper
The Portland Trail Blazers are 4-0 for the first time since 1999, a surprising start to what many saw as a renaissance year for the team that finally broke Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum last year.
No. Anfernee Simons, a fifth-year “awe-shucks” who showed interest last year, blows the story with every 3-pointer she makes. In Monday’s 135-110 rout of the Nuggets, Simons hit his first eight shots, including. six straight 3s.
I love this quote from Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic after the game:
- “At one point, I didn’t even try to worry about setting the screen, because I was just trying to see it,” Nurkic said. “Like, I wanted to be a part and watch. I was like,’This mother—– hot, I want to see it in.’”
Simons (23) is averaging 19.8 points in four games this year, and the Blazers have juice for him.
Griner’s judgment is affirmed
A Russian court rejected Brittney Griner’s appeal of her nine-year prison sentence on Tuesday, according to multiple reports, meaning the WNBA star could now be sent to a penal colony. The WNBA issued a strong statement of support Tuesday, saying Griner “did not intend to violate Russian laws” and was “clearly a hostage.” Earlier this month, the White House said it had made a “substantial offer” of a Russian prisoner exchange for Griner’s release, but he has not heard back.
Texas A&M freshmen suspended
Texas A&M suspended three starters after a “locker room incident” following the Aggies’ loss to South Carolina over the weekend, sending A&M to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. It hasn’t been a happy year for Jimbo Fisher & Co.
Marlins hire Schumaker
Miami is replacing departing manager Don Mattingly with rising star Skip Schumaker, who served as the Cardinals’ bench coach this season, a source confirmed. Athletic on tuesday. Schumaker, 42, played 11 seasons in the majors before retiring in 2016 and entering the coaching ranks. You will have a big task: actually succeeding in Miami.
Tweet of the Day
The Bay Area was rocked by a 5.1-magnitude earthquake yesterday afternoon, just a few miles from San Jose, California. Enter this tweet from the San Jose Earthquakes proper, who waved weakly after the earthquakes ended. It’s dark, but funny.
San Jose Earthquakes (@SJEarthquakes) October 25, 2022
・NONE Athletic‘s official World Series preview. Lots of nuggets, including why the Astros’ depth could be the difference in Houston. Pulse Choose to be late — stay tuned.
・Yes, it’s official handcuff time in football. Jake Ciely can tell you who to start on his new roster.
・Aaron Donald and Jaylen Brown have ended their relationship with Donda Sports after Kanye West’s recent antisemitic comments.
・Who made the USWNT World Cup roster? Meg Linehan and Steph Yang participated in it. There are new stars you should know.
・LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden and other stars are investing in Mitchell & Ness as the company expands under new Fanatics ownership.
・Who won Coach of the Year in women’s basketball? Which is the best transfer? AthleticThe women’s basketball staff makes a choice.
・Sam Amick is having a good time with John Wall, who was “angry as hell” when the Rockets told him he wouldn’t play last season.
・How great is this Bailey Zappe vs. Mac Jones situation in New England? Either way, blame the coach, writes Steve Buckley.
・Well, the Pulse is already out of order for the 2023 NFL draft.
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