Fresh off their opening night loss in OKC, the Blunder achieved another milestone: their first official losing streak, compliments of the Rockets Saturday night, 89-77. The team that owner Clay Bennett punished fans in Seattle with, to enable the move to the 45th largest market, are off on their quest to lose at every NBA city this season. You can scratch Houston off that list.
Chris Wilcox let the lowlights with two points on one-for six shooting and two rebounds. He also tied Blunder project-center Johan Petro with four fouls to lead the defeat. Soon to be ex-Blunder Kevin Durant had 26 points to go along with his look of shame at having to play, and lose, in the Blunder’s New York Knicks tribute uniforms for the first official time.
Tracey McGrady led Houston with 22 points as six Rockets scored in double figures against the Mighty Blunder. Newly acquired Ron Artest had 10 points. Carl Landry had 14 points and tied a career best with 11 rebounds for Houston. The Rockets made 27 of 31 free throws to the Blunders’ 9 for 12 performance.
Next loss: Sunday vs. Minnesota
College Football Roundup –
Graham Harrell threw for 474 yards and All-American Michael Crabtree grabbed a td pass with one second remaining as Texas Tech knocked off #1 Texas to remain unbeaten and firmly under the glare of the BCS spotlight. Now the speculation begins on what schools with open head coach positions will be courting Tech's innovative coach Mike Leach. You can start with Washington.
Overrated Tulsa proved they are not for real by losing to a tepid Arkansas team. Michigan’s 33 year bowl game streak ends with a 48-42 loss to Purdue. How long until the grumblings begin around Ann Arbor calling for Rich Rodriguez to be replaced by a Michigan man? Expect Stanford to be scouted closely as UM keeps an eye on alum Jim Harbaugh there.
In the battle of top quarterbacks Florida mauled Georgia 49-10 as the Bulldogs simply bumbled away the game with mistakes, missed field goals and turnovers. Matthew Stafford, possibly the #1 QB prospect in the country threw for 265 yards in the loss. Georgia outgained Florida 398 yards to 373. With the win Florida moves into sole possession of first place in the SEC East.
Washington and Washington State lost by a combined 114-0. Their annual rivalry game, The Apple Cup, will likely lull even the most die-hard fans to sleep.