Feel free to ignore the “A” and the first “C” in ACC. Noted Atlantic Coast institutions Cal, Stanford and SMU were admitted to the league Friday, with N.C. State flipping to “yes” to provide the pivotal vote. That makes 18 schools in the ACC starting next year.
Now get this. SMU will receive no media revenue from the league for nine years. The Mustangs just shrugged. “Do you know how rich our alumni are, Lovie? Media money? We don’t need no stinkin’ media money!”
I don’t doubt Travis Kelce’s sincerity. But he broke The Code when he got on a podcast and begged his Chiefs defensive stud teammate, Chris Jones, to end his holdout. You can look it up. “Thou shalt not mess with another man’s money.” I’m serious. That’s the kind of thing that cleaves locker rooms. I betcha Andy didn’t like that.
It’s all downhill from here for rookie Jason Dominguez, who went yard on his first MLB swing to become the youngest Yankee to homer in his first at-bat. Young Jason is 20 years and now 207 days old. That would be a nice little story if he hadn’t done that to help beat my Astros and Justin V 6-2. Oh, and A. Judge also got to 250 dingers quicker than anyone else in MLB history. Pissed me off.
Now let’s hope Altuve’s OK.
Astros still in a virtual tie with the Mariners atop the AL West with The Hated Rangers just a game behind.
I don’t blame Mack Brown for being bent out of shape. He’ll be without ace receiver Tez Walker today when his Tar Heels meet South Carolina. The NCAA can’t make up its mind as to whether Walker is eligible to play immediately as a two-time transfer. This all shoulda been cleared up one way or the other weeks ago.
Did you notice I referenced college football and “today”? I’m all set for the first Big Saturday of the season. Or at least I thought I was. Imagine my panicky horror when I flipped to ESPN Thursday night and encountered a black screen with a message informing me that the Mouse is in a licensing war with my cable provider. So the Four Letter just pulled the plug in the middle of the Florida-Utah game.
Damn you. Damn you all to hell.
Nevertheless, I proceed with Paul’s Peerless Picks for Saturday. Home teams in caps.
TENNESSEE 37 Virginia 21
TCU 49 Colorado 17
SMU 45 La. Tech 24
OHIO STATE 41 Indiana 27
ALABAMA 38 Middle Tennessee 17
PENN STATE 41 West Virginia 21
TEXAS TECH 45 Wyoming 31
Cal 31 NORTH TEXAS 30
TEXAS 51 Rice 23
HOUSTON 34 UTSA 31
TEXAS A&M 28 New Mexico 20
BAYLOR (THEY NASTY!) 45 Texas State 27
UTEP 34 Incarnate Word 31