October 21, 2013
World Series – The World Series is set as the St. Louis Cardinals will face the Boston Red Sox for the right to the hoist the championship trophy. Each team won their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers, respectively, in six games. The name of the game in the playoffs is pitching and both teams have gotten plenty of it. Three of Boston’s four wins against Detroit came with the Tigers scoring three runs or less. The Cardinals have been just as stingy on the mound, giving up a total of 13 runs in six games against the Dodgers, tossing two shutouts in the process. The same mantra is repeated every postseason, but the team that pitches the best usually wins.
Florida State topples Clemson in top five matchup – Florida State-Clemson was supposed to be one of the best games of the season. A matchup of two top five teams, however, turned into a rout early on. The No. 5 Seminoles walloped the No. 3 Tigers 51-14 and proved they are worthy of the national championship talk that’s starting to surround them. Unbeaten Florida State enters this week’s poll as the new No. 3 team in the nation behind only undefeated Alabama and Oregon. For Florida State, it was again the Jameis Winston show. The freshman quarterback threw for 444 yards and had three touchdowns in the game and as the season continues, it will be harder to ignore the Heisman attention he’s beginning to garner across the country.
Lebron wants the NFL – In a Q&A session with fans via Twitter, Miami Heat forward Lebron James declared he wants to play in at least one NFL game. James played football in high school and there’s always been talk about his ability to play in the league due to his freakish size. Playing one game, though, won’t cut it and you can bet that if he did get the shot, the opposing team would do whatever they could to make his life miserable. No athlete wants someone making a mockery of their sport and by playing in only one game, that’s exactly what Lebron would be doing. If he wants to take a Michael Jordan-sized cut and try to make a full-time move to the NFL, more power to him. To try to suit up once just to prove to the world that he can play the sport, though, would be another bad PR move.
Bum Phillips dies – Former NFL head coach Bum Phillips passed away this week at the age of 90. Phillips coached the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints in his career, leading the Oilers to two AFC Championship games. Phillips’ legacy lives on in the NFL with his son Wade, a former head coach, and the current Houston Texans’ defensive coordinator.
Kentucky tops first preseason college hoops poll – The USA Today Coaches Poll was released last week and the Kentucky Wildcats will begin the season ranked No. 1. A year after winning the national championship, the Wildcats struggled mightily last season, missing the NCAAs and winding up in the NIT. This is the first time in the history of the poll that a team that finished the prior season unranked catapulted up to the top spot. But Kentucky reloaded with one of the best recruiting classes … of all time. The Wildcats brought in five players in ESPN’s list of top ten recruits so it should come as little surprise that much is expected of the team this year. John Calipari has a young team on his hands, but has already proved he can win with teams dominated by youth as he did two years ago.
Michael Crabtree preparing for return – San Francisco 49ers wideout Michael Crabtree is hoping to play as soon as November after his ACL surgery in May. For the Niners, the move can’t possibly come any sooner. San Francisco’s passing attack ranks as one of the worst in the NFL (31st heading into this weekend) with fewer than 200 yards per game. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has had some up and down games from free agent receiver Anquan Boldin, but has largely suffered without his favorite target last season. The 49ers will also get back Mario Manningham soon as well after his ACL tear, but Crabtree is the player San Francisco misses most from last season’s Super Bowl team.
Martin Biron retires – Goaltender Martin Biron has decided to call it quits after 16 seasons in the NHL. Waived by the New York Rangers last week, Biron did not report to his AHL assignment and didn’t draw much interest from around the league. He largely has been a quality goalie over his career, but struggled wildly this season, giving up a whopping nine goals on only 38 shots for a disastrous 76% save percentage.
Grambling football protests conditions – Players from Grambling’s football program sat out this week as the university was forced to cancel its game against Jackson State. Players complained of not only long bus rides, but mold and mildew on equipment and in facilities, as well as having to pay for their own Gatorade at practices out of their own pockets. Players released a letter as well as photos of some of the conditions and, well, the players have a pretty good point, it would appear. The players also weren’t happy with the dismissal of former coach Doug Williams. Losing a coach is one thing, but unsanitary conditions are quite another. Where this ends up is anybody’s guess.