Friday’s 6-pack

Odds on SEC QB to pass for the most yards this season:

2-1- Drew Lock, Missouri

3-1- Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss

6-1- Jake Bentley, South Carolina

8-1- Jake Fromm, Georgia and Jarrett Stidham, Auburn

12-1- Nick Fitzgerald, Miss State, Tua Tagovailia, Alabama

20-1- Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt, Nick Starkel, Texas A&M

Quote of the Day
“You’ve lost three games, he’s hit three home runs. You’ve got to hit him.”
Keith Hernandez, applying old-school baseball logic to Ronald Acuna’s battering the Marlins this week- they drilled him with the first pitch Wednesday, and all hell broke loose.

Friday’s quiz
Besides Bill Belichick (18 years), which NFL head coach has been in his job the longest?

Thursday’s quiz
Eldrick Woods won the 1997 Masters and his first PGA Tour money title; Tom Lehman won the money title the year before, in 1996.

Wednesday’s quiz
Mets’ OF Austin Jackson is the only current major leaguer whose first name and last name are both state capitals.

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Friday’s List of 13: Random stuff with the weekend here……

13) 14 of 32 NFL teams have a new offensive coordinator this season; 10 teams have new defensive coordinators.

Two offensive coordinators are coming in from the college ranks, and that should be interesting; former Oregon coach Mark Helfrich is the Bears’ new OC and Brian Daboll comes in from Alabama to run the Buffalo Bills’ offense.

12) When the AAF debuts next spring, the 8-team football league will have well-known head coaches: Steve Spurrier, Mike Martz, Dennis Erickson, but the most interesting coach might be Michael Vick, who will be an offensive coordinator in the new league next spring.

11) There are eight special teams coaches in the NFL who have been with their current team longer than the head coach of that team. Thats 25% of the league.

10) Tampa Bay 3, New York 1— Spunky Rays are 62-59, and 8-7 against their divisional rivals from the Bronx.

Hitters 6-9 in the New York lineup Thursday are hitting: .218, .211, .170, .129

9) Last I checked, the Westgate NFL handicapping SuperContest had 911 entries. Contest had around 2,800 entries last year- they think it will wind up with around 3,300-3,500 entrants at $1,500 a pop— first prize will over $1M, all for picking five NFL games a week and doing it better than anyone else.

8) Duke and Kentucky had the best basketball recruiting classes this year, because they always do— who else gets their summer tour games shown on ESPN? Sports Illustrated was suggesting this week that Oregon may have the third-best recruiting class in the country this season, so that will be interesting to follow.

7) One of the better scenes in Hard Knocks so far was QB Tyrod Taylor telling coach Hue Jackson to call out players who aren’t hustling in practice, while showing film of them not hustling. Easy to visualize Taylor being a coach someday.

6) When the Mets went from Baltimore to Philadelphia after Wednesday night’s game, they flew the 90-mile trip instead of taking a bus or the train. The flight took 19 minutes.

5) Dodgers 2B Brian Dozier blamed some allergy medicine for making him dizzy; pitcher Ross Stripling blamed a soft hotel bed at the Ritz-Carlton for his sore back. No wonder football players get annoyed that they don’t have guaranteed contracts but baseball players do.

4) Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase started a program this offseason to bring high school and youth teams to see the Dolphins practice. More than 1,800 kids have taken advantage of this and have seen Miami practice/work out. Good for the Dolphins. Good for the kids.

3) WHIP is a baseball stat that measures baserunners a pitcher allowed (Walks + Hits divided by Innings Pitched). Whats weird about the stat is that hit batters are not included, and they should be, moreso than an intentional walk, which isn’t the pitcher’s fault.

2) Cardinals’ 1B Matt Carpenter hurt his hand Wednesday; x-rays were negative. Carpenter proved to the Cardinals’ trainer that his hand was OK by opening a jar of salsa in the clubhouse.

1) Colorado State football coach Mike Bobo, 44, is being treated for peripheral neuropathy.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, peripheral neuropathy is “a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. … Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins.”

We wish Coach Bobo well in his recovery.