9.28.15: Wake me up when September ends

So, it’s almost October…how did that happen? We don’t know but what we do know is that it’s about to be prime sports season (think: post-season baseball, all the action in college and pro football… and the start of basketball)! So, get yourself pumped up with this video where Emmanuel Sanders saved an almost-interception and turned it into a touchdown, which ultimately helped the Denver Broncos defeat the Detroit Lions during Sunday night football.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s talk about week 3 and what you need to know. The Indianapolis Colts finally won a game, this time against the Tennessee Titans. Tom Brady threw for his 400th touchdown pass in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Ben Roethlisberger got hurt (he’ll be out for at least a month with a knee injury), but the Pittsburgh Steelers still beat the St. Louis Rams.  Oh, and the Seattle Seahawks shut out the Chicago Bears and the  Carolina Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints.

In other news, the New York Giants defeated Washington Redskins last Thursday night while the Dallas Cowboys lost to the Atlanta Falcons and the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New York Jets on Sunday. This leaves us wondering… who in the NFC East will step up and shine this season?

Monday Night Football features the Kansas City Chiefs versus the Green Bay Packers at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

In college football, we’ve also got a few things to talk about in week 4. For starters, for the first time since 2009, Oregon is out of the Top 25 after losing big to Utah.

Elsewhere, Duke picked up a big win over Georgia Tech, Ohio State defeated Western Michigan, TCU got a big win over Texas Tech in a very close game and Ole Miss got the win over Vanderbilt in the SEC.

Other things to know: Utah, UCLA, and TCU are all still undefeated going into week 5.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • MSU vs. Purdue – Saturday at 12:00pm
  • Alabama vs. Georgia  – Saturday at 3:30pm on CBS
  • Ole Miss vs. Florida – Saturday at 8pm on ABC

MLB

October is just around the corner… which means the playoffs are, too!

But first things first, let’s talk about this past weekend. Jake Arrieta continued his excellent season by getting his 21st win as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates (and put a stop to their 8 game winning streak) on Sunday night.

And, the Washington Nationals had a bit of a fight in their dugout over the weekend.

Now, back to the playoffs. This past week/end both the Kansas City Royals (who won the AL Central)  and the San Francisco Giants clinched wins and will be headed to October’s post-season play.

Soccer

This weekend, we saw lots of excitement in the Premier League. Beginning on Saturday, Tottenham Hotspur clinched a 4-1 win against Manchester City with a great performance by Hugo Lloris in the first half, Liverpool scored a 3-2 win against Aston VillaArsenal finished 5-2 against Leicester CityManchester United beat Sunderland 3-0 and the Chelsea/Newcastle United match ended in a 2-2 draw.

In La Liga, Barcelona won 2-1 against Las Palmas, and the Real Madrid/Malaga match ended in a 0-0 draw. Barca’s win was not without its drawbacks, though, as Lionel Messi was injured early in the match.

Other

The 8th Rugby World Cup hosted by England is taking place right now! For those of us who are less familiar with rugby, the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup qualified in the following ways: (1) 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their respective pools during the last World Cup in 2011, and (2) 8 of them qualified through regional competition. Keep an eye out for the matches, which will be played through the end of October.

In golf, Jordan Spieth won the FedEx Cup, which means he gets a $10 million bonus. Whoa.

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