Bowling Green 26-14, RIP Darrell Royal, Colts/Jags tonight, Hoops News and Notes, MLB, NHL Lockout Update, + Free Play for Thursday, November 8, 2012

Bowling Green dumps Ohio, Florida State at Virginia Tech tonight

The Bowling Green Falcons took advantage of four Ohio University special teams miscues to defeat the Bobcats 24-16 in Athens. Anthon Samuel rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns as the Falcons cruised to their sixth straight win. It was a tough loss on senior night for the 8-2 Bobcats who were unable to overcome two blocked punts and two punts that never got airborne thanks to bad snaps. The BGs have now seen all nine of their games under the total.

Tonight, Florida State travels to disappointing Virginia Tech in the ESPN feature. The Seminoles are 14-point road favorites at Blacksburg with the total down a full point to 51 1/2 in perfect football weather. UL Monroe visits the Red Wolves of Arkansas State in a Sunbelt game. ASU is favored by -7 with the high/low rocking 59. Monroe will be without the services of Kolton Browning. Weather is also expected to be perfect in Jonesboro with the temperature at kickoff 54.

Longhorn’s coaching icon Darrell Royal dead at 88

Iconic former Texas head football coach Darrell Royal died Wednesday in Austin. He was 88. In recent years, Royal has been battling Alzheimer’s disease and living in an assisted care facility. Royal took a down-and-out UT program and transformed it into the college power it is today. He’ll be remembered for two national championships, virtually creating the wishbone offense, commissioning the famous Longhorn helmet logo, and changing the Texas uniforms from bright orange to the current burnt orange.

The Longhorn network tribute to Darrell Royal

RIP Hall of Fame Boxer Carmen Basilio

Hall of Fame boxer Carmen Basilio has passed away at the age of 85 from complications of pneumonia. Basilio was the middleweight and lightweight champion of the world but will most likely be remembered as one of the few that beat Sugar Ray Robinson.

ESPN remembers former middleweight and welterweight champion Carmen Basilio

Colts/Jags kick off Week 10 in the NFL

The Colts are playing inspired football right now, going 4-1 since HC Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia. All four of those wins have come by three points or less or in overtime and Indy would actually be 6-2 if not for a 22-17 Week 3 loss to these same Jags on an improbable 88-yard TD pass in the final minute. The teams have split the season series in five of the last six years. Last year was the first time ever that the Jags swept the Colts. Jacksonville has lost five straight since the win in Indy and is 0-4 SU and ATS in their four games losing by an average score of 32-6. The Colts are -3.5 point favorites with the total locked in at 42 1/2. Weather will be clear with a projected game time temperature of 55 degrees.

Hoops News and Notes

It was a mixed bag of results for Wed’s 13-game NBA card. The highlight might have been the Heat going to 4-0 at home for the first time in franchise history, blowing out the Nets 103-73. The lowlight was definitely the 139 total points (77-62) scored in the 76ers/Hornets game. Favorites went 7-6, the Under 7-5-1 (push Wolves/Bucks), and home teams went 9-4 straight up but just 5-8 ATS. Just two games in The Association tonight as the Thunder meet the Bulls and the Clippers take on the Trailblazers in a TNT early/late double-header.

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Odds to win the 2012-2013 Men’s NCAA Basketball Championship (Bovada)

* Teams that are currently 100/1 or less

Kentucky 6/1
Indiana 13/2
Louisville 17/2
North Carolina State 12/1
UCLA 12/1
North Carolina 14/1
Arizona 15/1
Duke 20/1
Florida 20/1
Kansas 20/1
Michigan 20/1
Michigan State 20/1
Ohio State 20/1
Syracuse 20/1
Missouri 28/1
UNLV 30/1
Florida State 35/1
Memphis 35/1
Georgetown 40/1
Texas 40/1
Baylor 50/1
Cincinnati 50/1
Pittsburgh 50/1
San Diego State 50/1
Stanford 50/1
Creighton 60/1
Gonzaga 60/1
Wisconsin 60/1
St. John’s 65/1
Tennessee 65/1
Alabama 75/1
Kansas State 75/1
Marquette 75/1
Miami FL 75/1
Minnesota 75/1
Notre Dame 75/1
Texas A&M 75/1
Butler 100/1
California 100/1
Illinois 100/1
Oklahoma 100/1
Seton Hall 100/1
St. Joe’s 100/1
St. Louis 100/1
UMass 100/1
Vanderbilt 100/1
VCU 100/1
Villanova 100/1
Virginia 100/1
Washington 100/1
West Virginia 100/1
Wichita State 100/1

NHL and NHLPA resume talks Thursday, no deal imminent

The league and the union met for a second straight day and will resume talks again on Thursday. The meetings held on Tuesday and Wednesday went for a combined 13 hours so there is dialogue going on between the two parties. While the meetings have been held in an undisclosed New York location with neither party commenting on the discussions, it appears that revenue sharing and the league’s “Make-Whole” provision to honor players’ existing contracts are the two sticking points needed to be resolved and end the lockout.

If you are a hockey fan, you won’t like the current prop offered by Bovada. Just two weeks ago Bovada offered the season starting before November 1st at 2/1 and before the first of the year at even money. It seems that the boys offshore are pessimistic about any hockey being played this season.

Will the NHL cancel the 2012-2013 season

Yes -200 (1-2)
No +150 (3-2)

It’s been 53 years since Jacques Plante first wore a goalie mask in a game

Cabrera and Trout lead AL MVP finalists

Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and rookie phenom Mike Trout were among the five finalists that will vy for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year in each league. The awards are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

AL MVP: Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Miguel Cabrera, Tigers; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Mike Trout, Angels

NL MVP: Ryan Braun, Brewers; Chase Headley, Padres; Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Buster Posey, Giants

AL Cy Young: David Price, Rays; Justin Verlander, Tigers; Jered Weaver, Angels

NL Cy Young: R.A. Dickey, Mets; Gio Gonzalez, Nationals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers

AL Rookie of the Year: Yoenis Cespedes, A’s; Yu Darvish, Rangers; Mike Trout, Angels

NL Rookie of the Year: Todd Frazier, Reds; Bryce Harper, Nationals; Wade Miley, Diamondbacks

AL Manager of the Year: Bob Melvin, A’s; Buck Showalter, Orioles; Robin Ventura, White Sox

NL Manager of the Year: Dusty Baker, Reds; Bruce Bochy, Giants; Davey Johnson, Nationals

FWIW, SP3’s choices are pretty much in line with the media consensus with Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Dave Price, RA Dickey, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Buck Showalter, and Davy Johnson taking home the hardware.

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