Passing Yards: Atlanta 295.3 yards per game (3rd) vs. New England 269.3 per game (4th)
Rushing Yards: Atlanta 120.5 yards per game (5th) vs. New England 117.0 per game (7th)
Points Scored: Atlanta 33.8 per game (1st) vs. New England 27.4 per game (4th)
Points Allowed: Atlanta 25.4 per game (27th) vs. 15.6 per game (1st)
The takeaway? If you think this is going to be a repeat of the AFC Conference Championship think again. This is setting up to be a game that is decided in the 4th quarter, if not who holds the ball last.
Quote of the week comes from Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch, who tweeted “Russell Westbrook not starting in the NBA All Star Game is almost as crazy as not running the ball on the 1 w/ the Super Bowl on the line.
Quote of the week II comes from Andrew Perloff of the Dan Patrick Show and SI “If the Falcons win, it will be so awkward to see Goodell hand Lombardi Trophy to Arthur Blank after taking away their 5th-round pick for pumping in crowd noise”
Quiz of the week, there are the 3 teams from Indiana ranked in college basketball’s Top 25 and one of them is not the Hooisers. Who are they? Answer near the bottom of the column.
If you’re keeping track at home, the Celtics second leading scorer, Avery Bradly, is averaging 12 points less per game than Isaiah. A lack of a true second scoring threat will be one of several reasons the Celtics won’t advance past the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs unless something is done before the upcoming trade deadline.
Was Curt Schilling a great pitcher? Yes. A Hall of Fame pitcher? 216 in career wins (87th), 3116 career strikeouts (15th), 3.45 ERA (396th), never won a Cy Young (finished 2nd three times), and 6 All Star Games in 20 seasons. Gun to my head, I’m not voting him in and consider him in a tier below contemporaries like Pedro, Randy Johnson, Maddux, and even Tom Glavine. The closest HOFer I can compare him to? John Smoltz.
I think Tim Raines was an excellent baseball player, but if you have to debate for 9 years if someone was a Hall of Famer, they probably aren’t.
The Detroit Red Wings, currently 13th in the Eastern Conference playoff standings, are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in 27 years (1989-90 season)
If Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz goes #1 in the 2017 NBA draft, it will be the second year in a row that the first overall pick came from a non-tournament team.
Happy Trails to ESPN’s “Sports Reporters”, airing its finale on May 7th. Simply put, the Sports Reporters was “the face that launched a thousand ships”, the show that transformed sports media and reporting unlike any other.
Quiz Answer: Butler, Notre Dame, and Perdue