BRANDON: Things I want to see
Things I want to see:
Oregon State in a bowl game
The Beavers deserve to play another game.
And I'd like to see how they Sean Mannion, Brandin Cooks, the running game, the defense would do against a unique, non-Pac-12 opponent.
I also want the Beavers to have all the practice and prep time together that a bowl game affords. Even in high school sports, teams work in the offseason to get better, and the more the merrier these days.
There is no shame in the Beavers' five-game losing streak, either, by the way. They've lost to three of the top 12 teams in the nation, plus a USC team that was peaking and was as motivated and confident than it has been in quite awhile. Only the Washington game was a poor effort by OSU. Most teams, the Ducks and Stanford included, have at least one stinker during the conference season.
The 2014 Oregon-Washington football game
The Huskies got the better coach out of recent developments in which Steve Sarkisian went from UW to USC, and Chris Petersen finally left Boise State for Seattle's Pac-12 team.
The Ducks are going to have stiffer competition from up north.
The tentative Sept. 13, 2014 home game against Michigan State will be worth seeing, as well.
Robinson Cano at Safeco Field
Good luck, Robinson. Good luck, Seattle Mariners. You'll all need it.
Just wondering, also, what this means for the price of my ballpark food and experience.
How Jacoby Ellsbury handles the pressure
Playing in Boston is one thing. Playing for the New York Yankees, in that media market, is something else.
What are the Yankees going to do for pitching, too?
But in any case, how amazing is it that a kid from Madras will be paroling the outfield, historically, that over the years has belonged to Ruth, DiMaggio and Mantle?
These guys in the broadcast booth
-- Brandel Chamblee, who is worth tuning into on the Golf Channel, no matter what Tiger Woods says.
-- Tim Tebow, who could be working for ESPN, or elsewhere, as a college football analyst by next season.
- Dirk Hayhurst, the former Portland Beavers pitcher who brings a different slant and energy to baseball commentary
More stadium naming rights
The Cal Bears just got $18 million over 15 years and will say they play football at Kabam Field at California Memorial Stadium, after making a deal with the San Francisco-based mobile video game producer.
More schools will continue to follow form, I would think. Every million helps in the arms race that is major college football.
MLS caving in even more to television
It's the "major" league that almost nobody watches, and MLS Commissioner Don Garber has to do something about it.
Whatever kind of crazy, flexible scheduling has to be done, whatever kind of deal has to be made with a TV partner or partners that will prop up the league MLS and its players have to do it.
ESPN's average audience dropped 29 percent this year to 220,000 viewers a small city per game. NBC fell off 8 percent to 112,000 viewers a large town per game.
All the expansion fees in North America will only go so far if MLS cannot get more from television.
P.J. Carlesimo back as an NBA head coach
The collapse of the Brooklyn Nets, who dumped Carlesimo for rookie coach Jason Kidd, has been the league's feel-bad story of the year.
The Nets are an old mess, an organization that screwed up its chance to be competitive in the Eastern Conference.
I'm not saying that P.J. is a savior or the greatest coach in NBA history, but it would be nice for him to get another shot in a stable location with some talent to work with.
Chip Kelly telling us what he really thinks
Here's a part of a typical interview session with the Philadelphia Eagles coach, from this week:
Q. Where would you say the O-line is compared to when this group first got together at the start?
Kelly: 13 weeks older.
Q. Riley Cooper and Brent Celek did a low-five on the crossing route, what was the reason for that?
Kelly: They like each other.
Q. The reason for it, though.
Kelly: Ask Brent.
Q. When the game starts and you start taking a look at what the other defense is doing in terms of either matching or playing man or whatever, is it common for teams not to show you what their real intention is early and then have you adjust to what they are doing and then they flip to what they really want to do?
Kelly: That's way too smart for me.
A new contract for SMU football coach June Jones
Jones reportedly is going to get an extension, even though the former Grant High and Portland State/NFL quarterback's Mustangs have struggled this season. They are 5-6 looking at 5-7 because Saturday's opponent is Central Florida (10-1, No. 16 in the BC standings). It would take a huge upset for SMU to get into a bowl game for the fifth year in a row. And SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert has a gimpy knee.
But Jones has made SMU football relevant again, and he has been able to beat the teams the Mustangs should be able to beat, going 34-22 in the last five years against unranked teams.
A 2024 Summer Olympics in the U.S. and maybe on the West Coast
The U.S. Olympic Committee is looking at potential host cities that include San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
International IndyCar races
First NASCAR, and now IndyCar is talking about running in various foreign countries. The Middle East, South Africa, India and South America are on the radar for IndyCar, which flirted with a possible race in China in 2012.