Trick or Treat? Some interesting doings in sports this week.
World Series, Trick or Treat? TREAT!!! Kansas City took a 2-1 lead in the World Series with a hell of a game one, followed by two blow outs. Advantage still to KC because even IF New York wins all three at home, they MUST still win one of two remaining games at Kansas City, and that’s not easy. And by the way, Kansas City can run at will against New York, who hasn’t nailed a steal attempt in the playoffs.
Don Mattingly, Trick or Treat? Trick. Donny Baseball, you really couldn’t find a better job out there? I thought better of you than to take a job working for that loser of an owner.
Sports media. Trick. ESPN gave Grantland the boot, and that tells me a few things – particularly that the sports media/blogging industry is in major transition. But also that ESPN is in transition, or is it?
The one thing we have to pay attention to is that Grantland was an out of the box type thing done by no-names. It would seem that it was successful, despite my misgivings about its creator. So why would ESPN dump something that appeared to be popular?
We’ll just have to wait to see how this all shakes out.
NBA. BIG TIME MF-ING TRICK!!! The NBA started this week, and for an opening week, it was the same ole stuff: players whining, officials sucking, and certain teams and players getting more of the benefit of the doubt than others.
NFL Week 9 – Trick or Treat??? Mostly trick, but a few treats out there – though you have to look hard for them:
- Cincinnati at Pittsburgh with Big Ben’s return could be a very good matchup.
- New York Props at Oakland may be a decent one.
- Seattle @ Dallas – the two prima donna teams battling. Who do you hate less?
- Green Bay @ Denver – Not a bad matchup. We need an exciting game.
Pierre Garcon vs. Fan Duel Lawsuit. Trick. At first I thought this would be a good story, but apparently Garcon is filing a class-action lawsuit against Fan Duel accusing them of profiting off his name and likeness without permission?
What’s not to like, two greedy entities going after each other for more money…
College Football this week – Trick or Treat??? Trick. Not many compelling matchups.
- North Carolina (7-1) already beat Pitt (6-2) and it may come down to UNC/Duke for a spot in the ACC Championship Game.
- #5 and 8-0 TCU throttled West Virginia 40-10.
- Georgia and #11 Florida hooking up in the worlds largest cocktail party doesn’t suck.
- Michigan at Minnesota. Michigan looking for big things, Minnesota playing on emotion with their coach retiring for health reasons. Could be a good one in the Twin Cities.
- Miami at Duke. Duke better not take this one lightly. Once again, an emotion game.
- #9 Notre Dame @ #21 Temple. On paper you expect Notre Dame to go off, but there’s something to this Temple team.
- Texas at Iowa State. I’m calling for a close game here. Texas has struggled up there lately.
Miami at New England – Trick or Treat??? Treat for New England, trick for Miami. It went about as expected, but Miami had a HUGE loss when Cameron Wake went out with a torn Achilles.
I didn’t stick around for halftime, but this apparently Robert Kraft busted out this gem when honoring Willie McGinest with entry into the Patriots ring of honor: “There’s nothing more satisfying than saddling the Indianapolis Colts with a loss, something the Patriots did 16 times in Willie McGinest’s career.”
Tiger Woods – Trick or Treat. TRICK. This dude is going back under the knife. The question has to be asked: What does he have left at this point? Can he come back after injuries and be competitive while approaching 40? My guess is no – between the injuries and the fact that he’s just different now than he was. Golf isn’t the priority in his life it once was.
Halloween. Last night was an adult party at a local winery here, today is Oktoberfest at Casa de B.O.B. with beer brats, beer, a firepit, and a smores buffet. Gonna be a good time here. Hope you all enjoy your Halloween just as much as I will mine.