Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

A SIX PACK OF KNOWLEDGE

        *ASU 66, UA 65: ASU overcame a 24-1 UA first-half run and rallied from 22 points behind with Alonzo Verge scoring the game-winning drive at the rim with 10 seconds remaining … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Remy Martin finished with a game-high 24 points and has scored 20+ points in seven straight games … The UA had 18 turnovers and 11 assists. Nino Mannion scored 16 points, but had zero assists and three turnovers … THE BOTTOM LINE – The Sun Devils were the deserving winner while the Wildcats dropped to 0-4 in true road games, including 0-3 in the Pac 12 … Las Vegas Super Book – UA 5 (147) … Prediction – ASU 76, UA 70
        *KEYNOTES: The Cardinals should go after free agent linebacker Cory Littleton, who, among other things, is great in coverage, something Cardinals linebackers were awful at 2019. And, taking him from a division rival would be also be a bonus.  
        Bad news for the Cardinals on the draft front – there are very few legitimate left tackles in the 2020 draft class, maybe as few as two.
         The NBA should be embarrassed that Trae Young is a starter for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game. He is among the most selfish players in the league, plays close to zero defense and, not surprisingly, his team is among the worst in the league.
         *LOCAL ROUNDUP: The Diamondbacks need to find a position for highly regarded hitting prospect Daulton Varsho who doesn’t have major league catching skills. He is expected to mostly play left field in the minor leagues.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Cowboys might franchise tag Dak Prescott and use the transition tag on Amari Cooper. Teams can use both the franchise and transition tags this off-season because it’s the final year of the current collective bargaining agreement.
        *BY THE NUMBERS – 6: The Cubs have many decisions over the next two years with Javy Baez, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber, all eligible for free agency after the 2021 season. 
        *RANDOM STUFF: `Jose Altuve’s contact rate has declined the last six seasons which seems to go against the garbage can and/or buzzer stuff … The Astros farm system, already declining, will be further damaged with no first and second round picks in 2020 and 2021.
NEXT UPDATE ON MONDAY
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IN THE FRIDAY SPORTS ZONE

(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT  TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE     
        *AT 10:15, THE LOCAL ROUNDUP: starting with Bobby Hurley and Sean Miller preview Saturday’s ASU-UA game
        *AT 10:30, AN ASU-UA PREVIEW: the latest on ASU with Doug Haller of The Athletic
       *IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER ONE – THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP: topped by The Latest Line (including would Bob be running to a window today if he were in a legal wagering state), plus From The Scoreboard and Personal Updates
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 11:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE 
        *AT 11:15, AN ASU-UA PREVIEW: the latest on the UA with Steve Rivera of All Sports Tucson.com
        *AT 11:30, INTERACTIVE ACTION AND THE DAILY EDITION OF CAUGHT MY EYE
        *AT 11:45, TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY
        *AND, FROM NOON-1:00 (MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY AND FRIDAY): The EXTRA POINT, HOSTED BY KAYLA 

2020 CACTUS LEAGUE PREVIEWS

        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3: Angels
        TUESDAY, FEBUARY 4: Athletics
        WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5: Mariners
        THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6: Rangers
        FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7: Royals
        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10: White Sox
        TUESDAY, FEBUARY 11: Indians
        WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12: Brewers
        THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13: Reds
        FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Cubs
        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17: Rockies
        TUESDAY, FEBUARY 18: Padres
        WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: Giants
        THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20: Dodgers
        FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21: Diamondbacks

2020 OURLADS SCOUTING SERVICES/NFL DRAFT PREVIEW

        WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29: All-Star Games and Post Bowl Games Update
        WEDNESDAY, FEBUARY 26: Combine+Draft Preview
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4: Defensive Back Seven (Inside Linebackers and Corners)
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11: Edge + Defensive Linemen
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18: Offensive Linemen
        WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25: Bob on Vacation
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8: Running Backs
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15: Quarterbacks
        WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22: Overall Draft Preview
        MONDAY, APRIL 27: Post Draft Analysis
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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020

A SIX PACK OF RANDOM STUFF

        *THE LEAD: Eli Manning will retire on Friday during a press conference at the Giants facility > IN FRIDAY’S SPORTS ZONE – Should Eli Manning be in the NFL Hall of Fame?
        * LOCAL ROUNDUP: The Diamondbacks still have only four outfielders on their 40-man roster, so how about adding free agent Kevin Pillar who has the instincts to cover the difficult to navigate center field at Chase Field? … ASU alum Kalen Ballage rarely made defenders miss in college should not be surprising that he broke the fewest tackles of any NFL running back with more than 100 carries. 
        *HEADLINES ACROSS AMERICA: The Dolphins retaining Highland High School product Ryan Fitzpatrick might mean three teams in three seasons for Josh Rosen if the Dolphins can find another sucker who believe the former Cardinals first round pick can actually be an NFL starting quarterback. 
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The still unsigned Yasiel Puig might return to the Indians. 
        *RANDOM STUFF: The Lakers allowing Dwight Howard to compete in the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest is an injury waiting to happen … The Clippers and Lakers are trying to coax ooint guard Darren Collison to come out of retirement.
        *SUPER SUNDAY UPDATE LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK LINE: Chiefs 1 49ers (54 1/2) 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2020

A SIX PACK OF RANDOM STUFF

        *PACERS 112, SUNS 87: The Suns delivered a rare no-show this season and never led against the league’s most underrated team … STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – Former Sun T.j Warren (25 points on 11 of 18 shooting) dominated his replacement Kelly Oubre (17 points on a Suns most 18 field goal attempts) … Las Vegas Super Book – Pacers 1 (221½) … Prediction – Pacers 113, Suns 107
        *SPURS 121, PELICANS 117: Zion Williamson, in his NBA debut, finished with 22 points in 18 minutes, including an electric 17 points over a 3:08 stretch during the fourth quarter … Las Vegas Super Book – Pelicans 4 (236½) … Prediction – Pelicans 120, Spurs 115  
        *LOCAL ROUNDUP: ASU’s Brandon Aiyuk is not participating at the Senior Bowl after he failed the physical and was red-flagged for medical reasons.  
        *MORE FROM THE SENIOR BOWL: Some of the standouts after two days of practice have been Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson, Ohio State wide receiver K.J. Hill, Auburn defensive end Marlon Davidson, South Carolina defensive lineman Jason Kinlaw and and corner Darnay Holmes who was oft-injured at UCLA.
        *HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE: The Bengals are prepared to franchise tag A.J. Green which should end speculation that Patriots would be after him via free agency. 
        *LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK SUPER BOWL LINE: Chiefs 1 49ers (54)