It’s hard to believe that we are a third of the way through the NFL season. It’s hard to believe we are halfway through October! It’s even harder to comprehend what’s going on in the ALCS! That being said, we sports fans certainly had another eventful week in sports. College football was a bit tamer, walk-offs, and late inning heroics continue to shine in baseball and Peyton Manning keeps throwing touchdowns. He’s no Joe Flacco, however (Go BLUE HENS!)
The Gurley Watch seems to be on hiatus. The Heisman frontrunner was suspended indefinitely this past week while under investigation for taking some money for memorabilia. The shady business that the NCAA is has to get this under control and they need to do it quickly and across the board. How a 19-year old basketball player is allowed to leave college and make millions, while a 20-year old football player is suspended for a few hundred dollars is absolutely ludicrous.
The #13 Georgia Bulldogs didn’t seem to care less, however. While many thought their season was over, they went out, Gurley-less, and put a 34-0 butt-whooping down on #23 Missouri. Dawgs fans got a big Chubb watching the game – Nick Chubb that is. The freshman ran for 143 yards and a touchdown while adding another 31 through the air in Gurley’s stead. Not to shabby at all. The SEC East isn’t the strongest division so don’t could dem Dawgs out just yet.
Speaking of the SEC, the state of Mississippi is for real, huh? #3 Ole Miss stomped #14 Texas A & M 35-20 while #3 Mississippi State stunned #2 Auburn 38-23. Could you imagine an all Mississippi BCS Championship game? Dak Prescott is certainly starting to believe it could happen. The Bulldogs junior quarterback had another monster game, throwing for 246 yards and a touchdown while adding 121 yards and another two touchdowns on the ground. And how about unranked Arkansas giving #7 Alabama a run for their money. You can bet Nick Saban had to check his Crimson britches after that 14-13 thriller.
The Kansas City Royals are redefining the phrase Refuse to Lose. These kids are a high-octane bunch that are really fun to watch. They are seemingly unafraid. As a Yankees fan, I had this feeling in the late 90s championship run. It never really mattered what the score was, you knew somehow, someway, they were going to win. The Royals are doing just that. Alex Gordon is having an MVP performance in this ALCS, and his lead-off home run in the tenth inning started the game winning rally in Game One. Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar played the heroes in Game Two, driving in runs in the top of the ninth to walk away with a late 6-4 victory. And Mike Moustakas homers every night. This team is good and is on one of the most historic playoff runs to date.
The NLCS is all tied up at one game a piece and it has been equally exciting. Madison Bumgarner pitched a doozy, hurling 7.2 shutout innings for a 3-0 Giants victory. Last night, the Giants rallied to tie it in the ninth, only to watch the Cardinals walk off in the bottom half with the win. I’m torn on who I want to win. I like the Giants. Dave Righetti is their pitching coach and he is one of my favorite Yankees ever, and Buster Posey is good. A rematch of a very controversial World Series 29 years in the making, however, makes a hell of a story. Then again, there was a lot of bad things that happened in the 80s. Remember Teen Wolf Too?
Peyton Manning isn’t the only one setting passing records in the NFL this season. Former Delaware Blue Hen great Joe Flacco came out Sunday and made history himself. Flacco decimated the Tampa Bay Suck-a-neers throwing for 306 yards and five touchdowns. He tossed four touchdowns alone in the first quarter and by the time he threw his fifth one minute and three seconds into the second quarter, he was the fastest ever to do so. Yup, all you naysayers are totally right, Flacco is still complete bum.
The Panthers and the Bengals deserve a kidney punch from NFL fans everywhere. Nothing is worse in football than a tie. It is even worse when the final score is 37-37. You’re telling me that these two teams can score 74 combined points in the game, but neither one of them could muster up a measly three more to win it? How do you feel leaving the stadium? I’d demand my money back.
Turns out the Cleveland Browns are good. That’s a funny sentence, isn’t it? The best part about their hot start is that the Browns are now talking contract extension with Brian Hoyer. That means Johnny Manziel‘s time on the field may never come, and that make this Johnny Football hater happy. The Browns running game is silly good. They have three guys in their backfield in Ben Tate, Isaiah Crowell and Terrence West who can run for 100 yards at any time, which is good, since Ben Tate will get injured every other week.
Even though they lost, my Texans made me proud in their loss against Indy this week. That bum Gary Kubiak would have given up when down 24-0 after the first quarter, but Bill O’Brien has clearly instilled a new mentality in this team. Arian Foster looks like the Foster of old again and there is nothing you can tell me that would convince me that J.J. Watt is not the best all-around player in football. He scored yet again, for a total of three touchdowns on the year. I’m sure you have all seen the list of people that he has more touchdowns than, so I will spare you. Nah, let’s recap the fact that Watt has scored more times than the likes of Megatron, LeSean “20-Cent” McCoy, Reggie Bush, Larry Fitzgerald and Le’Veon Bell. That’s pretty good company.
Well, folks, the Royals Game Three has been rained out, so you’ll have to deal with this dismal San Francisco 49ers versus St. Louis Rams game. If you want to have a fun drinking game, take a shot every time the refer to the fact that today is the anniversary of The Trade. You know, the one that sent Herschel Walker to the Vikings and made the Cowboys the largest team of drug dealers and users in the NFL? I mean, made them three-time world champs, my bad. Now, they look like they may be one of the best teams in the NFL again. How painful.
See you next week for more wackiness!