Grudge Match

By September 17, 2018Boxing, College Football, MLB, NFL

Grudge matches were on display across the sports world this week.  Let’s take a look…

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Here are three things you need to know:

1) The NFL had a wacky week two that included a tie and a player quitting at halftime

2) In boxing the Canelo vs. Triple G rematch lived up to the hype and resulted in Mexico rejoicing

3) The MLB season is coming to an end and the playoffs races are red hot

National Football League (NFL)

Dude, who stole my clothes?  After a 2-0 start and two outstanding games, Tampa Bay QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is in a good mood.  The journeyman QB and Harvard graduate put on his teammate DeSean Jackson’s clothes Sunday for the post-game press conference.

Source: Business Insider

No losers here…Bitter rivals the Green Bay Packers, led by hobbled star QB Aaron Rodgers, and the Minnesota Vikings met Sunday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Both teams missed game winning field goals and settled for a tie.

Another grudge match played out Sunday night when the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys squared off in Dallas.  Neither team is expected to be very good this year but that didn’t stop them from going at it.  The Cowboys dominated the game and won 20-13.

Kansas City residents brag about having the best BBQ in the country, and now they think their football team is #1 too.  They might be right.  The Kansas City Chiefs bave looked unstoppable, especially on offense.  The Chiefs are led by second-year QB Ryan Mahomes who has thrown an NFL record 10 touchdowns in the season’s first two games.

Source: NBC Sports

I Quit!  That’s what Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis said on Sunday.  Doesn’t that happen all the time?  Yes, but the 10-year veteran dropped the mic and retired at HALFTIME of the season’s second game. #Huh?

Week 2 ended with Chicago Bears dominating the Seattle Seahawks 24-17 on Monday night.

College Football

The top-5 teams in college football came out of Week 3 unscathed, though #4 Ohio State got a scare from #19 TCU but pulled away in the second half.

A tale of two field goals.  #6 Wisconsin and #7 Auburn both lost via field goal.  BYU made a kick as time expired to beat Wisconsin, while Auburn missed a field goal that would have tied LSU with 36 seconds remaining.

Here is the latest AP Top-5:

1) Alabama

2) Georgia

3) Clemson

4) Ohio State

5) Oklahoma

Boxing

Missed your friends for a few hours on Saturday night?  Maybe they were watching the much-anticipated grudge match between Canelo Alvarez, the pride of Mexico, and Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin (aka “Triple G”), hailing from Kazakhstan.

Source: Washington Post

Flashback: The two boxers squared off last September.  Despite the majority of onlookers giving the match easily to Triple G, the official result was a draw.  Yes, that dreaded tie.

Saturday night’s fight brought out the stars in Las Vegas, including Lady Gaga, LeBron James, Will Smith and Denzel Washington.  The second time was a charm for Canelo who won a close decision sending Mexican fans to the bar.  #Tecate #DosEquis.  Look for a third fight in the next 12-18 months.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

With two weeks left in the MLB regular season there is a scramble for the five playoff spots in the American and National League.  The only teams to officially punch their ticket thus far are the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, both in the AL.

Over the coming days look for the Houston Astros, Oakland A’s and New York Yankees to clinch berths and finalize the AL playoff picture.

The National League is still wide open.  The only near certainty is that the Atlanta Braves will win the East.  After that its up for grabs.  The Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals are battling in the NL Central, while the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers are in a heated NL West race that will likely go down to the final week.

 

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