The NBA season tips off Tuesday which means that for the next couple weeks all four major US professional sports leagues (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB) will be in action. Excuse your sports-loving friends if they are distracted.
Let’s take a look at what’s happening in the world of sports…
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Here are three things you need to know:
1) The NFL is down to one undefeated team, the Los Angeles Rams
2) The NBA season starts Tuesday and all eyes are on LeBron James and the LA Lakers as well as the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors
3) The World Series is around the corners and fans in Boston, Houston, Milwaukee and LA are on edge
National Football League (NFL)
NFL Week 6 ended with the Green Bay Packers superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers proving why he is the best player in the game. Despite a bloody elbow and an injured knee, Rodgers threw for 425 yards leading his Packers to a last-second 33-30 comeback win versus the San Francisco 49ers Monday night.
Source: Bleacher Report
As good as the Packers-49ers matchup was, the game of the week took place Sunday night when the New England Patriots survived a shootout with the Kansas City Chiefs 43-40, handing the Chiefs their first loss of the season.
The Los Angeles Rams continued their league dominance as they traveled to the Mile High city and dropped the Denver Broncos. The Rams, led by all-world running back Todd Gurley III who ran for an insane 208 yards, became the NFL’s only undefeated team at 6-0.
Source: Mile High Sports
Bitter rivals Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals locked horns Sunday in another close battle. With 10 seconds remaining Steelers star receiver Antonio Brown caught a touchdown and was dancing for pizza after the game.
On a somber note, Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died Monday at age 65.
It was a tough weekend on several campuses (and not because of excessive beer pong). #2 Georgia, #6 West Virginia, #7 Washington, and #8 Penn State all lost Saturday and are likely out of the running for the National Championship playoff.
Hail to the Victor…#12 Michigan blew out Big Ten rival #15 Wisconsin 38-13 and has hopes of re-entering the playoff picture. The victory propelled Michigan to the #6 ranking this week.
Here is the new AP-Top 5:
2) Ohio State
4) Notre Dame
National Basketball Association (NBA)
The NBA regular season starts Tuesday night with the champ to be crowned in June. What you need to know is that the game’s best player, LeBron James, took his talents from the Cleveland Cavs to the Los Angeles Lakers for four years and $151 million.
Source: Clutch Sports
Three-peat? The two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors are the overwhelming favorites to win a third straight title (which would be four in the last five years). Other teams in the discussion for the NBA crown according to Vegas oddsmakers are the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. #Playball
National Hockey League (NHL)
The NHL season began a couple weeks ago and the defending champion Washington Capitals are off to a slow start. Maybe it was too much drinking from the Stanley Cup in the offseason. Every player gets to take home the three-feet-tall, 36-pound trophy for a day. #AnythingGoes
The Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes are atop the league standings so far.
Major League Baseball (MLB)
One week from the World Series and the two league championship series are both intriguing battles.
The Boston Red Sox, the team with the best regular season record, and the Houston Astros, the defending champs and owners of the second-best record, split two games in Boston over the weekend. The best of seven series continues Tuesday in Houston.
Beer over champagne? The surprising Milwaukee Brewers split a couple home games with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The series shifted to LA where the Brew Crew took game three Monday night.
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