Saint pound Eagles, College and NBA Hoops News and Notes, The Redskins Rule, MLB Players Choice Awards + Free Play for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saints drill Eagles

The New Orlean’s playoff hopes remained alive while the Philadelphia’s playoff aspirations were put on life support after the Saints 28-13 rout of the Eagles. Drew Brees extended his NFL record to 51 consecutive games with a touchdown pass by throwing for 237 yards and two scores while the Whodat defense played what was unquestionably their best game of the year. Michael Vick was under pressure all night getting sacked seven times and throwing the game changing 99-yard pick six in the first quarter to Patrick Robinson. Philadelphia was never really in the game from that point on.

The Redskins Rule says that Romney will win

Here’s a 17-1 trend for you. It’s called the Redskins Rule and it’s 17-1 in US Presidential elections since 1940. Simple put, if the Redskins win their final home game before the election, the incumbent party gets re-elected. If the Redskins lose their final home game, the challenging party wins. Washington lost to Carolina at Fed Ex Stadium on Sunday.

Ball State vs Toledo in MAC football Tuesday nighter

College football returns to Tuesday nights as 6-3 Ball State meets 8-1 Toledo in a key MAC conference matchup. The Rockets are 6/6.5 point home favorites over the Cardinals with the total up a half tick 68 1/2. Toledo has won the last three in the series and the favorite has covered four of the last five. Ball State is 7-2 ATS this year and 3-1 as a dog. The Cards are 5-0 when they allow less than 35 points. Toledo has won eight straight since losing their opener at Arizona in OT. MAC conference home favorites are 13-7, Toledo 2-0 in that role. There is a 30% chance of showers at game time with the temperature expected to be about 45.

College and NBA Hoops News and Notes

Jim Durham, the voice of ESPN NBA, has died at 65 in Houston from undisclosed causes. Durham was a Hall of Fame announcer that did play-by-play for the Bulls, White Sox, and Mavericks. His last assignment was last Tuesday at the Celtics/Heat NBA opener where he called the games with long-time partner Dr. Jack Ramsey. RIP.

The NBA has issued its first “flop” warnings to the Wolves JJ Barea and the Cavs Donald Sloan. Barea threw his upper body backward after contact while defending Sacramento’s Jimmer Fredette in the fourth quarter on Friday. Sloan tumbled wildly to the court a few feet from contact after a pick set against him by Chicago’s Nazr Mohammed on Friday. The second offense comes with a $5,000 fine, followed by $10,000 for a third, $15,000 for a fourth and $30,000 for a fifth. Additional flops after that could lead to a suspension. The NBA announced the new “flopping” policy in the off-season in an attempt to get players to stop overselling contact in order to have referees call fouls. This is the first enforcement.

You’ve had a little taste of NBA for the past ten days. Now all you hardcore college basketball hoopsters can start coming out of the woodwork with action tipping off on Friday. Several ranked teams will get right at it with Michigan State taking on UConn at the Armed Forces Classic in Germany. Other feature matchups Friday include ….. Syracuse/San Diego State, Ohio State/Marquette, Georgetown/Florida, and Maryland/Kentucky. Duke also opens it’s season against Georgia State.

College basketball starts Friday, Michigan State camouflage unis

Players select Miguel Cabrera as Player of the Year

The MLB network announced its Players Choice Awards awards on Monday and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was voted Player of the Year by his peers.
The players voted for the awards in mid-September. Mike Trout won the American League’s Outstanding Rookie award. Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen won the Outstanding Player award for the National League.

The rest of the winners were:

American League

Outstanding Pitcher: David Price, Rays
Comeback Player: Adam Dunn, White Sox

National League

Outstanding Pitcher: R.A. Dickey, Mets
Outstanding Rookie: Todd Frazier, Reds
Comeback Player: Buster Posey, Giants

Chipper Jones was named the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award.

Free Play

(NBA) Toronto/Oklahoma City Over 199.5 (Tuesday, November 6, 8:00 PM EST)