10.19.15: Football, baby

Good Morning! Have you heard about the Michigan v. Michigan State game?

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Let’s talk football. Sunday night featured a rematch of the game that started the deflategate scandal as the Indianapolis Colts faced off against the New England Patriots. The Pats won 34-27, and now have five straight wins under their belt this season.

In other notable Sunday football news, the Detroit Lions beat the Chicago Bears 37-34 in overtime for their first win of the season, and Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos held onto their winning record with an OT win over the Cleveland Browns 26-23. Oh, and the Carolina Panthers stayed perfect and beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-23 while the San Diego Chargers lost to the Green Bay Packers 20-27 despite 503 passing yards from Philip Rivers (a feat only accomplished 17 times in league history).

Monday Night Football features an NFC East showdown between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly at 8:30pm EST on ESPN.

College Football

The game of the weekend was #12 Michigan versus  #7 Michigan State. As you can tell from our intro video, the game came down to the wire, with Michigan State winning 27-23 on a last second play.

In other football news, we saw #15 Stanford beat #18 UCLA on Thursday followed by a weekend of games that included #1 Ohio State dominating Penn State, #2 Baylor defeating West Virginia, #3 TCU scoring a victory over Iowa State, and #4 Utah getting the win over Arizona State. Oh, and #5 Clemson beat Boston College, #6 LSU topped #8 Florida, and #10 Alabama defeated #9 Texas A&M.

Games to watch this week include:

  • #2 Baylor vs. Iowa State – Saturday at 12pm EST on ABC
  • #7 Michigan State vs. Indiana – Saturday at 3:30pm EST on ABC
  • #5 LSU vs. Western Kentucky – Saturday at 7:00pm EST on ESPNU
  • #1 Ohio State vs. Rutgers – Saturday at 8:00pm EST on ABC

MLB

Happy post-season everybody! We hope you’re enjoying what have turned out to be awesome Division Championship match-ups.

In the American League, the Kansas City Royals lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 after rallying for Saturday’s 6-3 win. Game 3 takes place tonight at 8:07pm EST on FS1 — the Royals will try to keep the momentum going and get closer to that elusive World Series dream.

In the National League, it’s all about the New York Mets, who are leading the series against the Chicago Cubs 2-0 after their 4-1 win at home last night. Watch Game 3 on Tuesday at 8:07pm EST on TBS.

Soccer

In MLS news, Mike Grella of the New York Red Bulls scored the fastest goal in the league’s history after seven seconds. They would go on to beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Sunday, and earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. D.C. United beat the Chicago Fire on Sunday as well, and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference. On Friday, the San Jose Earthquakes won 1-0 against Sporting KC. On Saturday, Columbus Crew scored a 2-0 victory against Toronto FC to qualify for the playoffs, and the Montreal Impact also qualified this weekend with a 1-0 win against the New England RevolutionFC Dallas clinched the Western Conference title after a win against Real Salt Lake. On Sunday night, the Seattle Sounders finished their match against the Houston Dynamo as a 1-1 draw and the LA Galaxy lost 2-5 to the Portland Timbers. Wondering who’s making it to the playoffs? You can take a look at the table here. Plus, mark your calendars – Conference Semifinals are on Sunday, November 1st and Sunday, November 8th, Conference Championships are on Sunday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 29th, and the 2015 MLS Cup is set for Sunday, December 6th at 4pm EST on ESPN.

In the Premier League, we saw Chelsea win 2-0 against Aston Villa and Everton lose 0-3 to Manchester United. This was Everton’s first loss since August, and after this game, Wayne Rooney of Man U is now tied with former striker Andy Cole as the second-highest scorer in league history. Additionally, Manchester City beat AFC Bournemouth 5-1Watford lost 0-3 to Arsenal after a strong second half, and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad ended with a 0-0 draw against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. On Sunday, Newcastle United celebrated a 6-2 victory over Norwich City, after Georginio Wijnaldum scored four goals for the team. The top 3 teams in the Premier League table are Manchester City, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

On Saturday in La Liga, Real Madrid laid down another win 3-0 against Levante, and Barcelona won 5-2 against Rayo Vallecano without Lionel Messi, who is still recovering from an injury. Neymar played one of his best games for Barca, and scored four times for their win.

NHL

Hockey is back! The Montreal Canadiens are now 6 and 0 for the first time in franchise history after a 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Chicago Blackhawks, won 4-1 against the Columbus Blue Jackets and gave Columbus their sixth straight loss. Additionally, The Tampa Bay Lightning (who lost last year’s Stanley Cup to the Chicago Blackhawks), beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-1. Goalie Ben Bishop of the Lightning made 31 saves and set a team record with 84 career wins.

On Sunday, the New Jersey Devils beat the New York Rangers 2-1 after Lee Stempniak scored an OT goal for the Devils. This was the Devils’ first win under new coach John Hynes, and the third straight loss for the Rangers.

Other

Congratulations to the Minnesota Lynx, who won the WNBA Finals this year against the Indiana Fever, 69-52. This is their third title in five seasons, but their first at-home finals win (the last two championship wins were on the road in Atlanta). Sylvia Fowles of the Lynx had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and was named the series MVP.

The Rugby World Cup quarter finals finished up, and the semi finals begin on Saturday, October 24th. The semi finals will feature South Africa v. New Zealand (10/24) and Argentina v. Australia (10/25).

Oh, and the NBA comes back in less than 10 days. Some of us are excited, very very excited.

JUST FOR FUN

GOAL
Giovinco Golazo of Toronto FC scored an outstanding left-footed goal against the New York Red Bulls to help TFC qualify for their first MLS playoffs. It’s unreal…

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Bartolo Colon
42 years old, 283 pounds, and not that fast
The veteran of the Mets has taught many a player (including closer Jeurys Familia) about life and success in the Majors

First Lady
Dottie Pepper will be covering the 2016 Masters for CBS
The LPGA tour star and ESPN sportscaster will be the first woman to do so

Unhappy Ending
Why Michigan is still back
This year, everyone wanted to watch the rivalry

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