Thursday Quick Hits

An interesting stat I saw today – the three teams that fired their offensive coordinators right before the season (Bucs, Bills, and Chiefs), have combined to go just 1-11 so far, and that one win only came when two of them met (the Bills beat the Chiefs). That’s not exactly a ringing endorsement for making a change. Of course, it’s not likely that they would have been significantly better with the original OCs still in charge. We’ll have to wait longer to properly analyze this one.

Eli Manning missed practice this morning – the second straight time he has done so. It’s getting harder and harder to believe that he will get the start on Sunday, or that he will be at his best if he does. Tread very carefully before playing the Giants’ game against Oakland on Sunday.

I am mystified by the Pittsburgh Penguins right now. Yesterday they somehow managed to get shutout 3-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes at home. That shouldn’t be possible for about a hundred different reasons. I watch most of the game, and was stunned by how badly the Penguins played – the worst I have seen them play in three years. It is obviously way too early to panic about this team right now – they were terrible for the first half of the season last year, and still won the Cup. Still, I won’t be touching them again until they display that they have their act together. As for the Coyotes – well, I can’t get my head around them right now, either.

What a letdown yesterday’s baseball action was after the play-in game. All three games yesterday were decided by the sixth inning, and none of them were even remotely interesting overall. Hopefully things are brighter today.

Shock of shocks, New England running back Fred Taylor is injured. He needs ankle surgery, and could be out for several weeks. Has there ever been a guy who is simultaneously so talented and so laughably fragile? Too bad, too – he was playing well and fitting in well in Boston.

Ouch. Oklahoma State could have to play the deceptively tough Texas A&M Aggies this weekend without their biggest weapon. WR Dez Bryant, perhaps the best receiver in the country right now, has been ruled ineligible because of failure to properly disclose contact with Deion Sanders. It’s not a major issue, and there is a chance that he will be reinstated in time for the game, but he could also be forced to miss several weeks. This is another headache for a team that doesn’t need them right now. You’ll want to be sure to follow this situation closely if you intend to bet on this game.

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