Smart Box Series: Apollo 17
By Marc Lawrence
When U.S. space shuttle Apollo 17 returned safely to earth December 19, 1972 after landing on the moon, it was the sixth and last Apollo mission in which humans walked on the lunar surface.
Safe to say that after over 300 hours of elapsed time, the performance of the spacecraft was excellent for all aspects of the mission.
The Apollo program totaled 17 missions in all and included the only 12 humans to have ever set foot on another solar system body. Total funding of the Apollo program was $20.4 billion dollars, which by today’s government bailout standards appears to be a bargain.
In the world of college football, teams returning home for a season ending conference affair with a crew of 17 or more returning starters have been especially adept in these games when seeking revenge as they have logged a 35-22-1 ATS record in these games since 1990 - provided they are not taking on angry foe off a SU favorite loss in its last game.
Closing out this year’s campaign we find Kent State, Memphis and Tennessee preparing for splashdown.
Better yet, if they own a .400 or greater record they improve to 26-10-1 ATS. With that you can eliminate the Tigers and the Vols from the list above to find this year’s qualifier.
And best of all, if these same .400 or greater teams average 130 or more rushing YPG on the season they rocket to 22-4 ATS in these games, winning 19 of the 26 games in straight-up fashion. Look for Kent State to put the final wraps on a successful journey when they return home for the final time this Saturday.
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Wednesday MLB Free Play from Doc’s Sports Take #919 Seattle Mariners over Texas Rangers (Wednesday, 8:05pm EST) Two aces do battle in Arlington where the Texas Rangers host the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. Felix Hernandez and Yu Darvish are two of the top pitchers in baseball, and if you were rating them it would normally be a tough task determining which is better. But nobody is pitching better than King Felix right now. The 28-year old right-hander is 3-0 with a 2.11 ERA and 0.75 WHIP to go along with an insane 30-2 K/BB ratio in 21.1 innings. It’s the best start to a season of his career and I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that he’s now throwing to one of the best defensive catchers in baseball – Mike Zunino. Seattle has had some really bad catchers over the last few years and it’s certainly cost the M’s, but Zunino is a rising star behind the plate. He helps out his pitchers a ton whether it’s framing pitches, blocking potential wild ones and calling a solid game. Personally, I think Zunino is going to help Felix Hernandez earn the Cy Young in the AL this season and he’s well on his way after the first three outings. Darvish is throwing the ball pretty well right now too, but he’s also dealing with a cut on his thumb that could be problematic in this game. The Rangers are without leader Adrian Beltre, which hurts just as much defensively as it does offensively. They’re also without starters Jurickson Profar and Geovony Soto to make matters even worse. It’s been a slow start to the season for Texas offense and King Felix isn’t the guy you want to face to turn things around. Take the Mariners to get the win here behind the hottest pitcher in baseball.