One more meaningless week of preseason football, and the NFL is back, folks! This week was a tease as many of the starters went well into the third quarters of their games. Elsewhere around the world of sports a 13-year old makes the Sports Illustrated cover, buckets of ice continue to douse our star athletes and baseball’s pennant races are prepping for an exciting home stretch. Sit back and get comfy, as Wayniac Nation takes you around the week of sports.
We kick things off with the Little League World Series this week since devoted Wayniac Nation follower Stephen Worrell was upset I omitted it last week. Mo’Ne Davis, the 70 mile-per-hour throwing, 13-year old Phenom Phrom Philly (can I trademark that?) became the youngest person to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. She earned the honor after becoming the first girl to hurl a complete game shutout in the Little League World Series behind an impressive two-hitter. Unfortunately for Mo’Ne Mo’Ne, the Sports Illustrated curse is alive and well as she went out and got shellacked in her very next outing. Poor kid. Hope her future goes down a better road than Jennifer Capriati.
Tiger Woods may have put himself on a self-imposed disabled list until late December, but it didn’t stop him from sharing the limelight with current golf great Rory McIlroy. The two appeared together on Jimmy Fallon and then rose up and accepted their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge together. Whereas most legends pass a torch to the new class of athletes, these two dumped the ice. You can watch the whole thing here on Rory’s Twitter page. While Tiger is resting and rehabbing until next season, Rory has a few more chances to show he may never lose again. Now, the entire golf world is anxiously awaiting a Rickie Fowler versus Rory matchup in the Ryder Cup. Well, either that or the next story about nose candy-loving Dustin Johnson and his trophy girlfriend Paulina Gretzky to come forth.
The NL Central and AL Wild, Wild West appear to be heading towards a three team crazy finish. The Milwaukee Brewers continue to lose their grasp on the NL Central, now with a mere half game lead on the surging St. Louis Cardinals. Since the return of reigning NL MVP, Andrew McCutchen, the Pirates have reeled off three straight wins and find themselves just four games out of first. The Cardinals amped up their rotation at the deadline, bringing in John Lackey and Justin Masterson to bolster the young staff, while the newest Cardinals all-time great closer, Trevor Rosenthal has been lights out in his debut season as full-time closer. The Al West have a tie atop the division with the red hot Anaheim Angels of Los Angeles in Anaheim, California and the Oakland As are all square at 76-52. Billy Beane finally goes out and brings in some big name pitchers in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel and the As have begun to fall apart after maintaining the lead on the division for nearly the whole season. Stick to what you know, Billy. Unsung heroes and farm players. Let Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill take those chances. The Robinson Cano-led Seattle Mariners refuse to go away, sitting at 70-58. That means they are four games better than the New York Yankees with a three and a half game lead on them for the last Wild Card spot. No, folks, that’s not the Space Needle you see protruding from Seattle, that’s Cano’s middle finger. Meanwhile, those pesky Kansas City Royals keep on rolling. They have gotten some big pitching performances from Jeremy Guthrie and Jason Vargas leaving the baseball world saying, Who?
WIIIIILSOOOON!!! I don’t care if it’s only preseason, Russell Wilson looks good. The reigning Super Bowl champ is coming off a 202 yard passing game, tossing two touchdowns and rushing for one more in a trouncing of the Chicago Bears. Again, it’s preseason, but I’m not entirely certain Johnny Football could complete 75 percent of his passes for over 200 yards in practice. And by the way, thanks for bringing back the No Fun League, Goodell. Get your priorities straight, for crying out loud. How is Jimmy Graham fined more for slam dunking a football through the goal posts than Johnny Football is for flicking off fans? I would love to see the NFL punishment book. Rule one: Beat your wife, don’t smoke pot. Rule two: Flick off the people paying everyone’s salaries, but don’t celebrate scoring a touchdown. Then you throw in these new rules for DBs and the absolutely outlandish amount of penalties in PRESEASON, and you begin to wonder if Goodell has lost his mind. I never understood the disdain for the Terrell Owens, Chad Johnsons and Richard Shermans of the sports world. They are simply entertainers. Saints fans live for the Jimmy Graham dunk because it is entertaining. How is it ruining the game? By implementing a fine, Goodell is saying it is. But then again, Le’Veon Bell didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high so maybe I am giving the NFL too much credit. And let’s not even get me started that he got caught SPLITTING a bag of weed with a guy named LeGarrette Blount. How has Phillies Blunts or Swisher Sweets not capitalized on this yet? It’s a layup! Anyway, Bell is an appropriate last name for this ding dong. Here’s some advice, pal, you don’t have to let the cops know you smoked weed in advance.
While the Kevin Love to LeBron James deal was finalized, the big news out of the NBA was that the Team USA roster was completed. James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose are the standout stars that highlight the roster. Despite not having LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant, having Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond and DeMarcus Cousins underneath should be imposing enough to hold off the likes of the Ukraine, Dominican Republic, New Zealand and the rest of the bevy of intimidating teams they have to face. Watching fourth string guys go at it in the NFL Preseason may turn out to be more competitive than this schedule.
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