Monthly Archives: October 2015

World Series Game 3

The New York Mets had to win tonight’s game against the Kansas City Royals and they did 9-3 to cut the deficit to 2-1.   It didn’t start too good for the Mets in the first inning.  The Royals scored on a fielder’s choice to lead 1-0, but the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the inning on a David Wright two run homer.   Then the Royals got four hits in the top of the 2nd inning and took the lead 3-2.   Then in the bottom of the 3rd inning, Curtis Granderson hit a two run homer to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.  Then in the bottom of the fourth inning  Michael Conforto drove in another run with at single to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.  Then in the bottom of the sixth inning the Mets got 4 runs on a pinch hit single by Juan Uribe, a 2 run single by Wright and a Yoenis Cespedes sacrifice fly.  Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 solid innings and the Mets bullpen kept the Royals scoreless the rest the game.  Game 4 will have Steven Matz going for the Mets and Chris Young who won game one out of bullpen will go for the Royals.  First pitch at Citi Field will be at 8:00 P.M

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The Owls have It

For a long time Temple was the biggest joke in the college football, and they were so bad that the Big East kicked them out for being terrible.   Now they are 7-0 going into Saturday’s night game against  Notre Dame, and they are building a new 35,000 seat on-campus stadium.  Why the remarkable change in fortune there is a new coach in Matt Rhule and using a virtual reality training area to help them practice without taking the field.   However, with all of this new-found success there is a strong chance that Rhule may not be around to see it continue.   There have been reports of him become the new head coach at either Maryland, Virginia or Virginia Tech  No matter what happens Saturday night against the Fighting Irish this season for the Temple Owls will be an amazing year.  Not bad for a football program that was almost disbanded in 2005.

World Series Game 1 and 2

Game one of the 2015 World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals have a little bit of everything.  Alcides Escobar hit an inside the park home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead.    It was the first since Mule Haas of the Philadelphia A’s did in the 1929 World Series.  The Mets bounced back to take the lead 3-1 going into the sixth inning but the Royals tied  it.  Then Wilmer Flores got a hit that bounced off Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and the Mets took the lead 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth inning.   Jeurys Familia has been money in the bank for the Mets as their closer not blowing a save since July 30th.  However, Alex Gordon hit a home run to tied the game at 4 and it went into extra innings.    The Royals didn’t give up any more runs for the last six innings.   The game lasted 5 hours and 9 minutes a new Series record for a game length  Hosmer made up for his error by hitting a sacrifice fly to score Ben Zobrist with the winning run to give the Royals a 5-4 win and a 1-0 series lead.  Lost in the game was the pitching performance of Edinson Volquez who was pitching a great game, but with a heavy heart.  His dad passed away of  heart attack and was not told until he was relieved in the sixth inning.

Game two of the series was different because Johnny Cueto dominated the Mets lineup pitching a complete game in a Royals 7 to 1 win and a 2-0 lead in the series.    The Royals had a 4 run 5th inning and a 3 run 8th inning that put the game out of reach.  Eric Hosmer led the way with a 2 run single and Alcides Escobar had an RBI triple in the 8th inning.  The Mets are in deep trouble since they lost the first two games with their two main starters Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom on the hill.  It will be up to Noah Syndergaard in-game three on Friday night at Citi Field against the Royals Yordano Ventura with first pitch at 8:00 P.M.

NFL Week 8 Picks

Here are my NFL week 8 picks.   Buffalo, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, and Washington have byes.

New England beat Miami

Kansas City beat Detroit

Atlanta beat Tampa Bay

Baltimore beat San Diego

Minnesota beat Chicago

Arizona beat Cleveland

Houston beat Tennessee

New Orleans beat NY Giants

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati

St.Louis beat San Francisco

NY Jets beat Oakland

Seattle beat Dallas

Denver beat Green Bay

Carolina beat Indianapolis

Week 7 Vs Chiefs

The Pittsburgh Steelers  turned the ball over 3 times and that was one of the reasons they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 23 to 13.  Another reason is the defense not getting any turnovers and allowing a 100 yard rushing game to Charchandrick West.   The offensive line didn’t protect Landry Jones and they were anemic on 3rd downs.    Le’veon Bell did rush for 121 yards, but there was a couple of times that Mike Tomlin went for it and didn’t convert. They gave the ball to DeAngelo Williams on one-fourth down and didn’t convert it instead of kicking a 49 yard field goal by Chris Boswell. Hopefully, Ben Roethlisberger will be back next week against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field with the kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

Sports Syndrome

Sometimes social media goes too far in which college athletes get death threats and other awful messages.   It happened to Blake O’Neill the Michigan punter, who fumbled the snap and Michigan State recovered it scoring a touchdown on the game’s final play.  The Spartans defeated the Wolverines 27 to 23, and the trolls came out in full force wanted O’Neill to kill himself, plus threatening his life.  I am ashamed that people who cheered for their college football teams who want a college player to kill himself after costing the team they love a win.    The athletes and coaches feel worse for losing a game and that what it’s a game.   Too many times fans take the game so seriously, and they lose the perspective about the game.   This is a serious case of social media going too far and another example of the Sports Syndrome.

Foot Pains

FIFA is continuing to shoot itself in the foot with another scandal besides President Sepp Blatter being charged with bribery, and serving a 90 day suspension.  There is another scandal coming to the surface and that involves the UEFA President.  Michel Platini was charged with receiving a payment of 2 million Swiss francs as an adviser to Blatter from 1998 to 2002, and is severing a 90 day suspension as well.  Platini, whose chances of succeeding Blatter could be ruined because of this matter.  FIFA can’t get this right because they have talked about cleaning out the corruption and starting fresh.   The only thing that is fresh is a new scandal that once again put the beautiful game in a dark and not flattering light.

NFL Week 7

Here are my picks for NFL Week 7.  Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay have byes

Seattle beat San Francisco

Minnesota beat Detroit

Indianapolis beat New Orleans

Pittsburgh beat Kansas City

Houston beat Miami

New England beat NY Jets

St.Louis beat Cleveland

Atlanta beat Tennessee

Tampa Bay beat Washington

San Diego beat Oakland

NY Giants beat Dallas

Carolina beat Philadelphia

Arizona beat Baltimore

Week 6 Vs Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a sluggish first half against the Arizona Cardinals and Michael Vick went out with a strained hamstring.   Then Landry Jones came into game and the offense picked up from there.  Jones threw for 168 yards and two touchdowns to Martavis Bryant.  Bryant had an outstanding game with 6 catches for 137 yards.  Le’Veon Bell had a good game rushing for 88 yards.  The defense was outstanding from the first quarter on getting 3 turnovers and a sack.  Chris Boswell made 4 field goals and an extra point.   The Steelers won 25 to 13 and have a 4 and 2 record going into next Sunday’s game versus the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium with kickoff at 1:00 P.M.

On Thin Ice

Professional sports have dealt with drugs problem among its players and the NHL is no different.   There have been issues with the league with some players who have been arrested for drugs in the past few months.   Jarret Stoll who played with the Los Angeles Kings was arrested for possession of Ecstasy and cocaine in Las Vegas last April.  Stoll made a plea agreement and the charges were reduced to misdemeanors,plus doing community services.   His former King teammate Mike Richards had his contract terminated because he was arrested for smuggling Oxycontin from Canada on June 17.  Richards and the Kings agreed to a settlement in which Richards will get $10.5 million via a payout until 2031-32.  Richards may still be suspended by the NHL for drug use and it could be a long one.  Zack Kassian, who just was just traded to the Montreal Canadians in the off-season is suspended and placed in stage two of the NHL Substance Program after an auto accident in which he suffered a broken foot and nose.  Canadians general manager Marc Bergevin said that Kassian showed a “lack of character.”  I am hoping that the NHL is proactive in dealing with drug problems with the players and the NHLPA instead of reactive just like the other professional sports leagues.