Welcome to the weekend. Every Friday, I'll post "The best tweets I saw this week!" There's so much good stuff on the Internet (and so much bad stuff) I will sift through the rubble and pick out the gems and put them here every Friday to send you off to the weekend. Let's get to the tweets.
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I am 100 percent behind this. A split would push Power 5 schools into its own group in all sports except for basketball. And a majority of Power 5 athletic leaders surveyed said they were "very or somewhat likely" to support that split to create a fourth division within the NCAA. The feeling was different at the Group of 5 level as nearly 60 percent of survey respondents from non-power conferences opposed a split. But who are they kidding? SEC schools get $43.1 million a year from its television deal alone. That's more than Nevada's entire athletic budget. Nevada football should not be at the same level as Power 5 schools. There's nothing wrong with letting the power conferences break off. You could still play one big-money football game against Powers 5 each year (like FCS schools currently do). Plus, the Group of 5 could play for its own football championship, which would increase fan interest for Group of 5 schools because you'd actually be playing for a realistic championship every year, which is not the case no matter how good you are as a Group of 5 school in the current scenario. Plus, you'd get to keep your basketball programs at the Division I level. It's a win-win. Group of 5 schools could refocus on the roots of college athletics, which is educating kids and not playing in an arms race you can't win. And Power 5 schools could start paying their athletes since the revenue they create is much higher than the Group of 5. I hope it happens.
I have no idea what the NCAA is doing by adding a year of eligibility for fall and winter sports athletes this year. I mean, we're already playing an almost full football schedule and the basketball season (a winter sport) is still scheduled for 27 games (instead of 30). Why is the NCAA adding a year of eligibility on top of this season? It makes no sense. A player like Nevada defensive back EJ Muhammad, for example, is going to have seven years at a school, playing games in six of those seasons, if he returns in 2021, which he is now eligible to do. College eligibility isn't that tough, especially in football. Just give every player five seasons from when they first step on campus. No redshirting. No medicals. Everybody gets one free transfer. Simple enough.
Josh Norman might as well be a Wright Brother because he flew on this play.
Mine was Thurman Thomas, aka the Thurmanator, who in 1992 (when I was 10) rushed for 1,487 yards and nine touchdowns and caught 58 passes for 626 yards and three more scores. And, yes, the Bills did lose the Super Bowl that season. That's why I like the Bills. They were always in the Super Bowl when I was a little. Never won it, of course. It was Thurman who kept the great Barry Sanders largely on the bench during their two seasons together at Oklahoma State from 1986-87 (Sanders ran for 2,628 yards and 37 touchdowns in 11 games in 1988 as the full-time starter).
The 1992-93 Denver Nuggets had the makings of a great team with Dikembe Mutombo, Robert Pack, LaPhonso Ellis, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf and Bryant Stith each in their first, second or third season in the league. Yet, that group amounted to almost nothing under Dan Issel and Bernie Bickerstaff. It's best season was 1993-94 when it went 42-40 and upset top-seeded Seattle in the first round of the playoffs (first eight over one in NBA history) before losing to the Malone-Stockton Jazz in seven games the following round. That was the core of a great team, but it fizzled quickly. But to answer the tweet's question, it is Robert Pack, an underrated 1990s point guard who I had on my eight-grade math class' fantasy basketball team.
Imagine the team you cover being so irrelevant you have to write stories about tweets on your rival's pitcher tossing a so-so game, as this media outlet did. That'd be like me writing a story based on tweets of the UNLV basketball team losing in the NCAA Tournament's round of 32 after a the Rebels' star player went 7-of-20 for 15 points. Pathetic. Also, the Dodgers are 15-13 in playoff games that Clayton Kershaw starts. If everybody on the Dodgers was as "bad" as Kershaw in the playoffs, they'd win the World Series every year based on that above-.500 record.
Journalism 101: After a pitcher loses a playoff game, do not ask him about his pants trending on Twitter because some fans thought they were extra tight. After a win? Yes, you can ask then.
Con: The Dodgers are not going to win the World Series again.
Pro: Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin is a big fan of cats.
If the Dodgers win the World Series in my lifetime, I will break this record with the scream I release after the final out.
That's the greatest picture of the 21st century.
I'll set the over/under on games played for New Mexico football this season at 6.5. The Lobos have had a load of issues during the pandemic.
A great moment, although I'd prefer if Dwyane Wade was wearing a mask. But I assume he's in Florida, a state that doesn't believe in COVID.
Florida went from "model of safety" to 20-plus players/coaches testing positive for COVID-19 really quickly (and right after coach Dan Mullen pushed for 90,000 people at Saturday's home game against LSU, which has since been postponed). Maybe we can't trust coaches when they tell us, "Everything is fine, let's pack the stadium."
I was going to have a snarky response to Jose Altuve committing four throwing errors in the playoffs, including three in the first three games of the ALCS, but the Astros have won back-to-back games and will probably come from 3-0 down to win that series because 2020 sucks, so I will hold off for now.
My favorite part about this catch is Manny Margot taking 25 baby steps before getting to the fence. And good thing there were two outs before the catch or that would have given the Astros two runs since they had guys on second and third base.
I'm looking forward to this comedy from Anchorman director Adam McKay. Hard to screw up a movie with a cast like that. For my money, the worst movie with a star-studded cast is 1991's "Nothing But Trouble," which included Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy and Demi Moore (all huge in the 1990s) and made only $8.4 million on a $40 million budget with a Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 5 percent.
I'll always laugh at a good Thom Brennaman joke.
For whatever reason, the cougar reminded me of an NBA player acting like he wants to fight during a game when you know damn well he isn't actually going to throw fists. Just a bunch of fake tough guy stuff. That being said, I'd be a lot more scared of a cougar acting tough than Marcus Morris, although I would not like to be in either situation.
That second tweet is an incredible stat. I had never heard of "defense prevented" before, but it's a stat I'm using going forward. And Ole Miss was horrible at it in a 63-48 loss to Alabama.
The great Stevie Wonder released his first new music in 15 years this week, so let's listen to my favorite song of his to close things out. Have a great weekend!
Columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ByChrisMurray.