Now it’s down to business for the Pats and Giants
Media Day is over and everybody and both teams pretty much said the right thing. No new bulletin board material to report as the Pats and Giants get down to business for Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants practice in Indy for the first time today. Gronk is out of his walking boot. Peyton Manning has no intentions of retiring. London could be in the running for a future Super Bowl and all the personal feel good individual stories. Four days and counting …
In other NFL related news. Assistants are on the move. Former Colts HC Jim Caldwell is now the QB coach for the Ravens. Joe Danna has left the Dolphins for the Falcons as the defensive backs coach. Texan QB coach Greg Knapp has moved on to the Raiders as the offensive coordinator. Raider HC Dennis Allen says he will instill discipline. The Black and Silver perennially lead the league in penalties. This year the Raiders took that to a new level getting flagged a league record 163 times for a whopping 1358 yards.
Today is national signing day as the best high school players in the country decide where they will go to school. Sportsbetting3 will have a recap of major signings and analysis of the top recruiting classes Thursday and Friday.
Sidney Crosby apparently has a soft tissue injury to the neck area that mimicks concussion type symptoms. Doctors have found no fractures to the vertebrae. This is the statement from the Penguins:
Dr. Alexander Vaccaro is a spinal trauma expert at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and co-director of the Spinal Cord Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He is past president of the American Spinal Injury Association.
Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, along with Penguins owner Mario Lemieux and CEO David Morehouse traveled Monday morning to Philadelphia, where Vaccaro reviewed a CAT Scan and MRI taken last week by Dr. Robert S. Bray in Los Angeles. Bray diagnosed a neck injury.Bray has treated Crosby with an injection to alleviate swelling in the C1-2 joint of the neck and will be overseeing his progression with therapists. Doctors say the symptoms of a soft-tissue neck injury are similar to concussion symptoms. Vaccaro, Bray and UPMC doctors all agree that Crosby is safe, the injury is treatable, and he will return to action when he is symptom-free.
(CBB) Indiana at Michigan under 137.5
Not at all interested on the side here. The Hoosiers are 1-4 on the Big Ten road with three losses by seven points or more. The home team has won five straight in the series but the dog is 8-1 in the Wolverines nine conference games. Michigan’s last three home wins are by 1-2 points. These two met in Bloomington on January 5th, a Hoosier 73-71 win, Indiana shooting a lights out 55% from the field. Can’t imagine that happening here as Michigan does its best work at home in games that end in the 60s. Thinking the first to 60 wins here and the under gets a solid nod.
(CBB) Georgetown -3 over UConn
Both teams are deperate for a win here. The Huskies have lost three straight by a combined eight points and have lost their last three visits to this building. The Hoyas are 0-4 as a Big East home fave and just 1-7 vs the points in their L8 games overall. Not willing to give up on the Hoyas yet as they are quality and are 10-1 at home. GTown has had the misfortune of running into hot teams in bad sports (Cinn, WV, Pitt). Hoyas in double-revenge off sweep (Storrs, and Big East tourney) and catch Huskies on downer. Georgetown 68-60.
(CBB) VCU -14 over William and Mary
Shaka Smart has the Rams gearing up for another big run in March. VCU has won seven straight and 15 of 17 and just terrorizing the Colonial. VCU is just 7-4 vs the points in conference laying rediculous numbers much like this one. That said, Bill and Mary is brutal at 4-19 including a 5-11 badge as a dog, and a 1-4 ATS mark in five lined home games. The Tribe almost escaped with an away win in the first meeting but closer examination reveals a terrible Ram shooting night, 34% from the floor that included 2-22 from downtown. W&M has lost their L3 by 24-18-11 and figure to get taken behind the woodshed here. Lay it.
(CBB) Wyoming -3 over TCU
The Cowboys are very quietly 17-4 and rebounded from loss in their showdown with San Diego State with a nice DD win at tough venue in Boise State. The Horned Frogs looked to be much improved with early non-conference wins against Virginia, Houston, Evansville, and Texas Tech but have sputtered to a 50-50 season. TCU is just 1-5 against-the-spread on their home floor this year and a horrific 7-25 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum over the last three years. Strangely enough, Wyoming is unbeaten on the Mountain West road, 10-2 as a fave, and need to look sharp with UNLV on deck. Wyoming by 10.