November 19, 2012
College football’s top two teams fall: On Saturday night, No. 1 Kansas State was rolled up by Baylor, 52-24. Not to be outdone, the nation’s second-ranked team, Oregon, lost to Stanford in overtime, 17-14. But other than Baylor and Stanford, the real winner in this is the only undefeated team capable of playing for the national championship – Notre Dame. A few weeks ago, with several unbeaten squads, the Irish were left out of the conversation in many talks about the title game. But now, Notre Dame is sitting pretty and if they can win their final game against USC, they should find their way into the BCS championship.
Baseball award winners announced: Major League Baseball dished out their awards for the 2012 season and Miguel Cabrera and Buster Posey were named the American and National League Most Valuable Players. Mike Trout garnered some consideration for the AL award due to his insane WAR of 10.7, the highest since Barry Bonds’ 11.6 a decade ago in 2002. But in the end, he couldn’t compete with Cabrera’s triple crown and the voters got this one right. Trout put up some impressive numbers, but Cabrera did something that hasn’t happened in 45 years – ‘Nuff said.
Royce White facing strange predicament: The career of Houston Rockets’ rookie Royce White could be over before it even begins. White, reportedly dealing with a fear of flying, has yet to play a game for the Rockets and he and the team are at odds. White is so adamant about his health concerns that he even broached the idea of retiring last week. The strange thing about all of this is that the Rockets drafted White even knowing about his condition, so it’s hard to understand their plight. Even though Houston hasn’t expressed an interest in trading him, dealing White to another team that might be more willing to work with him is probably the best for all involved.
Rutgers and Maryland Big Ten bound: NCAA expansion is far from over and the latest splash is that Rutgers and Maryland are headed to the Big Ten. The ACC is well-positioned in college football, but losing Rutgers is yet another blow to the Big East. The conference tried to continue its relevance by adding several more schools in the past year, but while that may work for the short term, Big East teams are still open to being poached. The bottom line is that despite more teams, the Big East is still fairly unstable.
Rory McIlroy misses cut; vows changes in ’13: The top-ranked golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, missed the cut in the Hong Kong Open. It’s the second time this year that he failed to make the weekend’s play in a tournament he won the previous year. McIlroy thinks he may have had too much going this season and says he’ll play in fewer events in 2013. That’s bad news for TV networks, golf tournaments, and fans, but is probably the right way to go. Less tournaments will hopefully result in less physical wear, but more importantly, mentally, McIlroy should be fresher as well if he’s doing less.
Andrew Bynum the bowler: All-Star center Andrew Bynum still has yet to play a game for his new team, the Philadelphia 76ers, after he was included in a multi-team swap that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Bynum is a younger center with loads of potential, but his knee issues have kept him off the court all season so far. And this weekend, it was reported that Bynum suffered a setback from … bowling. No, seriously. If this is true, you can bet Philly fans won’t give him an easy time about it.
Hockey’s 2012 Hall of Fame class inducted: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure, and Adam Oates were all inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Predictably, the ceremony was overshadowed a bit by the NHL lockout. It’s a shame, too, because those were four of the most exciting players in hockey over the past few decades.
Baylor’s 42-game winning streak snapped: When the Baylor women’s basketball team lost to Stanford last week, it snapped the longest active winning streak in the sport. Lost in all of the hysteria, though, is that the Bears lost by only two points. Even with the loss, there’s no reason to write Baylor off as a title contender. And Brittney Griner set the women’s record for dunks in a career in the following game, so there’s that.