Close Calls

By October 9, 2018College Football, Golf, MMA, NFL

The NFL and MLB provided a few close calls this week.  Let’s take a look and see what else is going on the in the sports world…

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Here are three things you need to know:

1) NFL Week 4 delivered several nail biters, and the emergence of two elite teams

2) Europe ruled the golf world handling the US in the 2018 Ryder Cup

3) The MLB playoffs start Tuesday after a couple tie-breaker games Monday

National Football League (NFL)

Football is back in the Windy City…at least that’s what Chicago Bears fans hope as their second-year QB Mitch Trubisky threw for an insane six touchdowns in Sunday’s win.

Source: Sports Illustrated

Too close for comfort.  The Dallas Cowboys edged the Detroit Lions on a last second field goal to even their record at 2-2.  The Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans both had overtime drama en route to victories Sunday.

Giving them the finger.  Seattle Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas was not given a contract extension in the offseason.  His protest was sitting out practices and only playing regular season games.  That came to an end Sunday as Thomas broke his leg in the Seahawks’ victory over the lowly Arizona Cardinals.  Then it got strange.  While being carted off, Thomas gave the middle finger – to his sideline.

Source: NY Daily News

The week ended with the new NFL darlings, the Kansas City Chiefs, defeating their rival Denver Broncos Monday night.

The Chiefs join the Los Angeles Rams as the only undefeated teams in the NFL.  Mark your calendar…As fate would have it the league’s top two teams play each other November 19.

College Football

Tale of two campuses…A pair of elite college football matchups this past weekend had very different outcomes.  #8 Notre Dame easily handled #7 Stanford 38-17 while #4 Ohio State squeaked by #9 Penn State 27-26, keeping alive OSU’s bid for the College Football postseason playoff.

Another team whose playoff dreams barely survived is #3 Clemson who edged Syracuse, 27-23.  Starting freshman QB Trevor Lawrence was injured during the game but another freshman, Chase Brice, led Clemson to the comeback win.  #YoungAndTalented

The new AP-Top 5 is:

1) Alabama

2) Georgia

3) Ohio State

4) Clemson

5) LSU


European disaster.  The US lost the biennial Ryder Cup tournament between the best European and American golfers over the weekend.

Source: Sports illustrated

The European team rolled to a 17.5-10.5 victory and reclaimed the trophy after losing it two years ago on US soil.  The win prevented the U.S. from winning on European turf for the first time since 1993.

Viva Italia!  The European star was Italian Francesco Molinari who became just the fourth golfer to go 5-0-0 in a Ryder Cup.  The US goats were living legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson who combined to go 0-6-0.  US revenge will have to wait until 2020 at Whistling Straights Golf Course in Wisconsin.

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)

The latest MMA feature fight, UFC 229, pits undefeated lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0) in a title defense against Conor McGregor (21-3), the sport’s biggest draw, Saturday in Las Vegas.

 Major League Baseball (MLB)

Need even more games?  Yes.  After 162 contests over a grueling six-month season, four MLB teams had to play tie-breakers Monday to determine their playoff position.

National League

In the tie-breaker games, the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies.  The Cubs and Rockies are not done yet as they play a wildcard game Tuesday.  The winner advances to play the Brewers.

The other NL series has the Atlanta Braves taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers starting Thursday.

American League

The New York Yankees and Oakland A’s play a one-game play-in Wednesday night.  The winner takes on the Boston Red Sox, the team with the best record in baseball.  The other matchup features the Cleveland Indians versus the 2017 champion Houston Astros starting Friday.


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