** The Syracuse Orange played a game last night and again, it was not televised here. It wasn't even listed in the paper. Why is that? As sporadic as their play is, it is a Division I basketball team within 80 miles of Rochester.This is twice this has happened.
** I read that the Nebraska Women's Volleyball team won the National Championship. That brought to mind one of my head-scratching questions: Why do they wear those brief uniforms? It's T-shirts and panties, for crying out loud. Female track athletes wear the same thing except the tops are skimpier. Beach volleyball women wear bikinis - and extremely skimpy ones at that. None of the male participants in these sports dress in a similar fashion. Okay, so TV execs feel that will draw more viewers and I sure like beautiful women, but this is over the top for me. Next thing you know, it will come down to shirts and skins. Let's see ABC put THAT on the Wide World of Sports.
** Just want to make sure nobody misses the Independence Bowl on Saturday at 5:45 p.m. Two teams - Va. Tech and Tulsa - with a total of 12 losses. Odds makers feel neither team can win the game. Not interested? There's the Foster Farms Bowl - Neb./UCLA 11 losses. The Pinstripe Bowl has Duke & Indiana with 11 losses. I think the Oswego High School varsity could give these guys a battle.
** Odell Beckham Jr. of the NY Giants has been suspended for one game for trying to decapitate an opposing player last Sunday. He was called for THREE Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalties during the game. THREE??
Is this Coach Tom Coughlin's new strategy? If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em up? There is no truth to the rumor that Giant players will be armed for the last two games. Maybe the opposing teams should be.
** Why do baseball forecasters love the Boston Red Sox so much? Last year the Red Sox were picked to finish first in the AL East, which I thought was pretty optimistic. The Sox finished last.
This year, FanGraphs again picked Boston to finish first in their division. Okay, this time they did pick up a couple of good players, but it's still the same core players, including two big busts from last year, Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. A better team yes, but first place?
Since I probably won't blog again till next week at the earliest, we here at Chad Picasner At Large would like to wish everyone a very safe and happy Christmas.
***THEY SAID IT***
" According to the N.Y. Daily News, November ended an NFL run of over six years with at least one arrest per month. I’ll say this for Roger Goodell, he really is a man of convictions." -- RJ Currie
"When diving for a loose ball, LeBron James crashed into Ellie Day, wife of golfer Jason Day, who’s OK after being taken away on a stretcher. To prove NBA superstars usually get the calls, she was whistled for blocking." -- Brad Dickson