Sunday Quick Hits

I’m deeply impressed by the Giants. They needed to come through in a big way this weekend to avoid letting the Rockies run away and hide in the wild card race, and they did that in a big way. They were three games back in the wild card race heading into this series, and now thanks to a sweep of Colorado at home they are tied. The Giants showed what kind of grit they have as well – they were down 4-1 to the Rockies on Sunday, but they fought back to win 9-5. There are still 31 games to play so anything could happen, but this race starts from scratch today, and I would certainly bet on the Giants to be the ones to go to the playoffs in the end. The Rockies have been flying higher than they should be lately, so I fully expect them to fall back to earth – they peaked too soon.

I was very surprised today to see the Patriots cut backup QB Kevin O’Connell today. He’s far from a superstar, but he’s the only backup on the roster who has any experience with the team, so he’s the only one who knows the system well, and therefore probably the one who could be best trusted to step in for Brady in the short term if need be. I thought for sure that they would keep him around – especially because of the uncertainty now caused by Brady’s shoulder after theHaynesworth hit. Reading between the lines, I guess we can assume that the injury from that hit is nothing serious.

Interesting and very good moves by Kurt Rambis this weekend as he builds an assistant coaching staff to help him turn around a struggling franchise. He added two assistants this week, and I’m a big fan of both. First was Bad Boy BillLaimbeer. He’s new to NBA coaching, but had all sorts of success as a coach and GM in the WNBA so he knows his stuff. Rambis also added former Sacramento and New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus. Theus was a disaster with the Kings, but that was a bad situation and he was given little support or time. He knows his stuff, and he’ll be hungry to prove it to NBA executives again. Based on the staff and all the young talent that this team has on the roster (and especially if the can land RickyRubio) this is definitely a team to watch. They obviously aren’t contenders, but they are certainly going to be improved.

Nice putt, Tiger.

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