Happy Columbus Day and welcome to Tuesday! We rang in our day off with New York Giants’ player Larry Donnell’s outstanding TD catch against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night:
QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK
In Sunday football news, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Seattle Seahawks, 27-24 after QB Andy Dalton led Cincinnati back from a 17-point deficit. The Bengals are now one win short of matching their best start in history. The undefeated Atlanta Falcons cleaned up 25-19 against the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles finished 39-17 against the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams lost 10-24 against the Green Bay Packers, and the Buffalo Bills won by one point against the Tennessee Titans, 14-13. The New England Patriots scored big against the Dallas Cowboys (30-6), who were missing Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have now lost 3 games in a row without those players. And, the San Francisco 49ers lost 27-30 to the New York Giants after Larry Donnell’s fantastic TD catch.
In Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers went head to head with the San Diego Chargers and came out with the win, 24-20 thanks to a last second touchdown run. Antonio Gates of the Chargers caught his hundredth career TD this game, and is now the ninth player in the history of the league to do so.
On Thursday, USC fell to the Washington Huskies, 12-17. On Sunday, Trojans’ head coach Steve Sarkisian was terminated.
This weekend, unbeaten #1 Ohio State used Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett as a dual-quarterback attack to batter Maryland 49-28. #2 TCU had a 52-45 win over Kansas State, #4 Michigan State took care of business with a 31-24 win against Rutgers, #5 Utah beat #23 Cal 30-24 to remain the one undefeated team in the Pac-12, #6 Clemson beat Georgia Tech 43-24, #11 Florida beat Missouri 21-3 and is now 6-0 for the season, and #18 Michigan clobbered #13 Northwestern 38-0. #3 Baylor won big (66-7) against Kansas and moved to #2 in the AP Top 25, right behind Ohio State and above TCU.
Games to watch this week include:
- #18 UCLA v. #15 Stanford – Thursday at 10:30pm EST on ESPN
- #10 Alabama v. #9 Texas A&M – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on CBS
- #7 Michigan State v. #12 Michigan – Saturday at 3:3opm on ESPN
- #6 LSU v. #8 Florida – Saturday at 7pm on ESPN
- Penn State v. #1 Ohio State – Saturday at 8pm on ABC
In Tuesday’s AL wild card game, the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 3-0. On Wednesday’s NL wild card game, the Chicago Cubs won their first post-season game in twelve years, 4-0 against the Pittsburgh Pirates after Jake Arrieta pitched a complete game shut-out.
In the American League, the division series between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals is tied 2-2 after the Royals won Monday’s game 9-6 after rallying from a four run deficit after 7 innings. The series between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays is also tied 2-2 after Toronto’s 8-4 win on Monday night. Check out the Rangers v. the Blue Jays on Wednesday at 4:07pm EST on FS1, and the Astros v. the Royals on Wednesday at 8:07pm EST on FS1.
The National League division series started a little later, as the Chicago Cubs v. St. Louis Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie when the Cubs scored 6 home runs yesterday night. The New York Mets broke a 1-1 tie as well last night with their 13-7 win against the LA Dodgers. The Mets had to play without shortstop Ruben Tejada, whose leg was broken in the seventh inning of Game 2, when Chase Utley of the Dodgers slid into him. The Cubs and the Cardinals play again tonight at 6:07pm on TBS, and the Mets v. Dodgers will play tonight at 8:07pm on TBS.
On Saturday, Mexico beat the United States Men’s National Team 3-2 in extra time to qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup.
In other soccer news, the European Qualifiers group stage matches come to a close this week. The top two teams from each group plus the best overall 3rd place team advance to next year’s 2016 European Championships in France. The eight remaining 3rd place countries duke it out for the final four spots in mid-November.
U.S. Golfers took home the Presidents Cup for the sixth straight time this weekend.
The WNBA Finals featuring the Indiana Fever and the Minnesota Lynx head to a winner-takes-all Game 5 on Wednesday at 8pm EST on ESPN2.
JUST FOR FUN
Two runners stopped at mile 8 of the Chicago Marathon to get hitched
STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE
Coming out as a Division I basketball coach
Burns talks about the juxtaposition between being uncomfortable in his own skin, and the confidence basketball gave him
What we don’t always hear about – NFL players doing good off the field
Through his charity, Warrick Dunn helps single mothers achieve the monumental accomplishment of home ownership
After the recent NFL game in the UK, where’s the league headed next?
The full International Series will be announced soon, but we’re thinking Mexico