11.24.14: Beckham’s insane catch

Happy Monday, Team SQ! Remember that time the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. made maybe one of the best catches ever on Sunday Night Football? Oh wait – that was last night. Seriously… wow, wow, we repeat, WOW.

 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

So, about that NFC East showdown of a Sunday night game. The Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants in a wild game 31-28 after a late Tony Romo touchdown to Dez Bryant. And while the Giants lost, as you saw in our video of the day, they’ll always have Odell Beckham’s unreal catch. So there’s that.

Talk about a wild weekend in the NFL. The New England Patriots dominated the Detroit Lions 34-9 to win their 7th straight. It was also the first game for the newest Patriot, LeGarrette Blount who was picked up by New England after being cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. The Cleveland Browns overcame offensive woes and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 26-24, the Philadelphia Eagles picked up the win against the Tennessee Titans 43-24, the San Francisco 49ers narrowly beat the Washington Redskins (in a game where RG3 started) 17-13, the Seattle Seahawks gave the Arizona Cardinals their second loss of the season with a 19-3 win, and the Denver Broncos rallied to beat the Miami Dolphins 39-36 at home. Also on Sunday, the Green Bay Packers defeated their rival the Minnesota Vikings 24-21 while the Indianapolis Colts took down the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-3 in a game that included T.Y. Hilton honoring the birth of his new baby girl with a touchdown. Oh and last Thursday, the Oakland Raiders got their first win of the season after defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20.

Early last week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the remainder of the season without pay. USA Today’s Tom Pelissero released this interview with Peterson later in the week and on Sunday night, ESPN reported that Coach Mike Zimmer believes that Peterson will remain a part of the Vikings once he is reinstated back into the league.

Monday Night Football features two games this week. First, the Buffalo Bills will play the New York Jets at 7pm in Detroit after severe weather forced the game to be moved from Buffalo. The second game is a match-up between the Baltimore Ravens and the New Orleans Saints Monday night at 8:30pm in NOLA.

Finally, Thanksgiving Thursday offers three great games including: the Chicago Bears at the Detroit Lions at 12:30pm, the Philadelphia Eagles at the Dallas Cowboys at 4:30pm, and the Seattle Seahawks at the San Francisco 49ers at 8:30pm.

College Football

Moving on to college football land where there was much to discuss after an exciting weekend. #3 Florida State picked up another close victory and beat Boston College on a late field goal to remain undefeated. There was a little bit of controversy after FSU QB Jameis Winston made contact with an official but the ACC ruled that it was “incidental and insignificant.” In other top 10 news, #1 Alabama looked strong in a big win over Western Carolina 48-14, #2 Oregon cruised past Colorado 44-10 and #4 Mississippi State brushed last week’s loss off their shoulders and crushed Vanderbilt 51-0. #6 Ohio State got the win against Indiana 42-27, #7 Baylor moved past Oklahoma State 49-28 and Arkansas upset #8 Ole Miss 30-0.

Let’s talk rivalries. On Saturday, #9 UCLA held nothing back against #19 USC winning 38-20 while UNC took down Duke 45-20 on the road. Oh, and Harvard topped Yale in a 31-24 thriller to win the Ivy League title and remain undefeated for the season.

In all things great performances, Oklahoma true freshman Samaje Perine set a college football record for the most yards run in a game where he had five touchdowns and 427 yards.

So what does this all mean? The new weekly AP rankings are out but the college football playoff committee rankings are what counts. Currently, the Top 4 (remember the top 4 make the playoff) consists of Alabama then Oregon then Florida State then Mississippi State. New rankings will be out this week, but it is expected that the Top 4 should hold steady… for now.

Stay tuned for more great match-ups coming up in Week 14 as many rival teams  (Alabama-Auburn, Mississippi State-Ole Miss, Florida State-Florida, etc…) get ready to face off next weekend!

NBA

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost their 4th straight game on Saturday night against the Toronto Raptors 110-93 and they’re now sitting with a 5-7 record in the East. LeBron James said that “We’re a very fragile team right now” after the game led many to question what’s going on with the Cavs. Our view? It’s way too early to worry — they’re young and still developing as a team. It will take time for LBJ, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Co. to learn how to play together… plus it’s only November. We think they’ll be just fine.

Speaking of the Toronto Raptors, the team from the 416 is standing out with the best record in the Eastern conference at 11-2. Out west, the the Memphis Grizzlies are in charge of the Western conference and have the league best record at 12-2. Yes, we know it’s early, but it’s still fun to see who’s on top of their game at the beginning of the season.

Commissioner Adam Silver announced a 24 game suspension for the Charlotte Hornets’ Jeff Taylor last Wednesday in response to a domestic violence case. The suspension will be without pay, and sources are reporting that Taylor will not appeal.

College Basketball

#4 Duke defeated Stanford on Saturday night in Brooklyn to win the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic 70-59. With senior leadership and strong play by a trio of impressive freshman (example: see Justise Winslow), Duke has looked good to start the season. Also impressive? #1 Kentucky, who looked particularly impressive on both the offensive and defensive end in a big win against #5 Kansas (72-40) last week and a win against Montana State 86-28 this weekend. Would they beat an NBA team? That might be going a little too far… but we wouldn’t complain if that game magically happened.

It wasn’t the best week/weekend for the reigning champ University of Connecticut basketball teams. The #1 women’s team ended their 47 game winning streak after falling to #6 Stanford last week (although they picked up a win against Creighton 96-60 this weekend) while the #17 UConn men’s team was upset by West Virginia 78-68 in Puerto Rico. It’s worth noting that UConn had banned 4 players before the game.

The College Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed the newest members on Sunday. The 2014 class features: Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal, Dale Brown, Darrell Griffith, Gary Williams, Glenn Wilkes Sr., Howard Garfinkel and Zelmo Beaty. Congrats guys!

There’s also plenty of hoops to watch during Thanksgiving week. Stay tuned for plenty of good match-ups including the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament which kicks off on Wednesday!

Hockey

Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers defeated the league’s best Montreal Canadiens 5-0 on Sunday night. It was a big win for the Rangers who will look to build on that momentum.

Team USA hero and St. Louis Blues’ forward TJ Oshie spoke to ESPN about his father’s diagnosis with early-onset Alzheimer’s and how his family has been getting through it together. Oshie opened up about his family’s struggle with the diagnosis and how they are coping by trying to remain as positive as they can.

Pascal Dupuis of the Pittsburgh Penguins will miss at least 6 months after being diagnosed with a blood clot in one of his lungs. He will undergo treatment and is in stable condition.

The NHL filed a motion to dismiss the class action lawsuit led by former players revolving around concussions.

Baseball

It may be the off-season but baseball has still given us plenty to talk about. The Miami Marlins signed Giancarlo Stanton to a 13 year, $325 million dollar deal — the biggest contract in league history last week. Out in Chicago, the White Sox are prepared to sign a 2 year deal with Adam LaRoche for $25 million. Other big free agency news within the MLB includes a rumored deal between the Boston Red Sox and Hanley Ramirez for $90 million over 5 years, and then wherever Pablo Sandoval chooses to go.

Baseball owners unanimously approved a 5 year term for new incoming commissioner Rob Manfred. Manfred will succeed Commissioner Bud Selig who is set to retire  sometime early next year.

UCLA retired the number 42 for all teams in honor of Jackie Robinson on Saturday as part of a the 75th anniversary of his arrival at the University.

Oh yeah in the world of sports, politics and pop culture, President Obama and newly retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter played a round of golf on Saturday.

Other

Lionel Messi is officially La Liga’s all-time leading goal scorer. Messi earned the record after a hat trick performance for his Barcelona squad and now owns 368 goals in his senior club career.

Manny Pacquiao claimed the World Boxing Organization welterweight championship belt after getting the unanimous win against Chris Algieri on Sunday night at the Venetian Macao.

Let’s talk tennis and how Switzerland is the new Davis Cup champ. The victory came after Roger Federer picked up a win against Richard Gasquet to help lead the Swiss to the title on Sunday.

In the world of F1 racing, Lewis Hamilton won the drivers’ World Championship in Abu Dhabi to pick up his second title since 2008.

JUST FOR FUN

Not your average College Game Day
The funniest signs from the Harvard/Yale game

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Jason Collins
Wishing him the best as he retires from the NBA
As the first active out gay player in men’s professional sports, he inspired other players to be comfortable in their own skins

Unnatural Phenomenon
The evolution of an MIT football team
How the engineers (finally) created a winning football team – they went undefeated this season, and are headed to the NCAA Division III playoffs

Center Stage
Return of the Big Man
Get to know some of the best up and coming big men in the game of basketball

By hook or by crook… or by snowmobile
Even though the game was held in Detroit, the Buffalo Bills were playing for the Buffalo community
After digging themselves out of a monster snowstorm, the Bills fight back in order to hang onto their post-season hopes

Hello Melo
What’s hoops got to do with it?
Talking basketball and business with the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony

Weirdness
The English Premier League chaos
What the heck is going on with this season?

The NFL Concussion Settlement
Any objections?
The settlement might be just as misleading as the information the NFL originally provided to players regarding concussions

 

Edition 11.17.14

Good Morning! It appears that the temperature is dropping and winter is coming. In honor of the impending cold weather, let’s celebrate (or commiserate?!) with Nike’s “Choose Your Winter” ad. Stay warm folks! 

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Sunday Night Football was worth the wait as the New England Patriots put on quite the show in their road win (42-20) against the Indianapolis Colts. The story in this game was scoring runs, but not from who you would expect. This week’s star was Jonas Gray who had a career day (and franchise record) with 4 touchdowns for the Patriots. It’s no surprise but New England is looking good — real good.

The Arizona Cardinals are now 9-1 after defeating the Detroit Lions 14-6. This was the first game for the Cardinals since losing quarterback Carson Palmer to a torn ACL, and quarterback Drew Stanton threw 2 touchdowns (and 2 interceptions) for the win. In other news, the Atlanta Falcons got a big win (and took the lead in the division) over the Carolina Panthers 19-17, the Houston Texans beat the Cleveland Browns 23-7 with the help of JJ Watt, the Denver Broncos lost a surprising game to the St. Louis Rams 22-7, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Seattle Seahawks 24-20,  and the Green Bay Packers put on an offensive show in their 53-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Whoa.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) paid a surprise visit to some NFL teams on Sunday and conducted inspections on visiting team’s medical and training personnel to conclude whether there were federal violations involving the distribution of pain medications. The story is still developing.

This week’s Monday Night Football game features the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans. 8:30pm – be there (or turn on your TVs)!

College Football

Big games and big results are the theme of Week 12 in college football. What stands out? For starters, # 1 Mississippi State (now #4) is undefeated no more after losing to # 4 Alabama (now #2) 25-20 on Saturday. The other team with no losses, #3 Florida State (now #1) overcame another close game to remain undefeated at 10-0 with their win over Miami 30-26 on the road. Other big results from the weekend include: #5 TCU (still #5) over Kansas 34-30, Oregon State shocking #6 Arizona State (now #13) 35-27, #8 Ohio State (still #8) defeating #25 Minnesota 21-24 and #15 Georgia (now #9) over #9 Auburn (now #16) 34-7. Why are these games significant? Well, results matter more than ever as the post-season playoff is getting closer and closer and teams are doing whatever it takes to get into the Top 4 ranks.

Another narrative that defined the weekend was injuries. In his first week back (after a 4 game suspension), Georgia’s star running back Todd Gurley tore his ACL during their game against Auburn on Saturday. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson also suffered a knee injury this weekend and will be day-to-day as he recovers from an LCL strain.

Florida’s Will Muschamp will step down as the head coach after this season. In a statement released by the school, Muschamp said: “I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn’t win enough games — that is the bottom line. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done.”

Okay, so let’s talk Week 13 rankings. The aftermath of this weekend has adjusted some things at the top. Florida State is now #1 while Alabama has risen to #2. After that we’ve got: Oregon, Mississippi State and TCU rounding out the AP Top 5.

NBA

Word on the interwebs is that the Sacramento Kings are going to sign Rudy Gay to a 3 year contract extension worth roughly $40 million. The Kings are having a solid start to their season, and it’s not surprising that the Kings would want to keep him on their young roster.

In all things interesting, Kevin Garnett of the Brooklyn Nets stated his desire to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves — well, someday that is. Garnett said: “I want to buy the Timberwolves. Put a group together and perhaps some day try to buy the team. That’s what I want.” Time will tell!

Derrick Rose continues to battle injuries in his comeback season in the NBA. The Chicago Bulls point guard sat out on Saturday night with a left hamstring injury as his team took on the Indiana Pacers. Here’s to wishing DRose a quick recovery — we love seeing him out on the court!

In other injury news, rookie Aaron Gordon will be out indefinitely for the Orlando Magic after suffering a broken foot. Get well!

The Royals are coming…to Barclays?!? That’s right, Prince William and Duchess Kate are coming to see LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, December 8th. They are in town as part of a larger project between the NBA, Royal Foundation, and United for Wildlife. Brilliant!

College Basketball

College hoops season is here, and while we know it’s only the beginning of the season, there are a few great games on deck this week. On Tuesday night, #4 Duke takes on #18 Michigan State followed by a great match-up between #1 Kentucky and #5 Kansas. Could this be a potential Final Four preview? Time will tell but it’s only fitting that the game is being played in Indianapolis — this year’s site for the Final Four. The games are part of the State Farm Champions Classic and will be played back-to-back in Indianapolis at 7pm and 9pm respectively.

The Final Four is one of the most exciting events in all of sports. Men’s college basketball’s prime time event will take place in Indianapolis this year, and on Friday, the game sites for 2017-2021 were announced as Phoenix, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Atlanta and then again Indianapolis.

Tyler Summitt’s first game as the Louisiana Tech coach ended in success as his squad defeated Stephen F. Austin 76-69 on Saturday evening.  Tyler Summitt is the son of the legendary Pat Summitt of Tennessee.

 

Other

Baseball named the LA Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw the NL MVP for his performance in the 2014 MLB season. He is the first pitcher to win the award in 46 years in the National League. The LA Angels’ Mike Trout took home the MVP honors in the American League.

Kevin Harvick is NASCAR’s newest Spring Cup Champion. After winning on Sunday in Miami, Harvick claimed the 2014 title.

The family of Gordie Howe released a statement that he “has taken a turn for the worse” and that he is not in good health after another stroke. Howe is a hockey legend and NHL Hall of Famer. Our thoughts are with his family.

WNBA player Elena Delle Donne was announced as the new national ambassador for Lyme disease. The Chicago Sky star has battled the disease since 2008 and seeks to raise awareness as an ambassador.

JUST FOR FUN

Oh you fancy, huh?
The most luxurious stadiums in America – they’re even better than watching the game from your couch!

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Paul Silas
The history of a man who spent six decades with the NBA
He’s worked hard and played hard with all of the greats

The myth of college sports
They’re not really about the school pride anymore
Is the college game a total sell out?

The first baseball contract worth over $300 million
Have you heard of the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton?
He won the Hank Aaron Award as the National League’s top offensive player this year, but it’s looking like that’s just the beginning…

What’s this year’s mountain?
Last year, the UConn Huskies were ignited by a cause
They’re no longer fighting back from their 2012 ban… so what’s driving their internal fire now?

A moment of silence
The University of Richmond mourns Natalie Lewis and Ginny Doyle
The Spiders will wear a patch on their jerseys this season to honor the two women

Catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world
The Triple Crown of surfing is on
Don’t you wish you could be on the beach in Hawaii right now?

Edition 11.10.14

Happy Monday! We may have to say goodbye to the great weather, but at least this girl gets to enjoy the water! We remember the first time we took a swim… she’ll put a smile on your face as she learns how to paddle, too!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

The Arizona Cardinals picked up another win, this time against the St. Louis Rams 31-14, but they may have suffered a bigger loss. Despite getting a dramatic rally of a win led by backup quarterback Drew Stanton and the Arizona defense, quarterback Carson Palmer left the game the in the fourth quarter with a knee injury and it’s feared to be another torn ACL. So even at 8-1, the Cardinals might be in trouble. Losing your quarterback is a big deal, so here’s to hoping he’s okay… and with that, get well soon Carson Palmer!

Let’s talk about the other games from Week 10. Tony Romo returned to the Dallas Cowboys who defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-10 in London, the Denver Broncos moved on from their disappointing loss to the New England Patriots and picked up a strong win over the Oakland Raiders 41-17 (Peyton Manning had 5 touchdowns) while the Seattle Seahawks got the victory over the New York Giants 38-17 in a game where Marshawn Lynch had 4 touchdowns (that’s a lot!). In other news, the San Francisco 49ers got past the New Orleans Saints 27-24 in overtime and the New York Jets got a surprising win over the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-13 where Michael Vick got 6,000 career rushing yards, making him the first quarterback to do so. Oh yeah and in Sunday Night Football, let’s just say the Green Bay Packers crushed the Chicago Bears. No really, 55-14 and Aaron Rodgers tied an NFL record with 6 first half touchdowns. Yikes.

Adrian Peterson is seeking reinstatement. The NFL Players Association requested that he be allowed to play immediately in a letter sent to the NFL this past Friday. Peterson is currently on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and even if he is reinstated, it will be interesting to see if the Minnesota Vikings want him back on their roster.

Monday Night Football kicks off at 8:30pm with a game between the Carolina Panthers and the Philadelphia Eagles. Let’s go!

College Football

This past weekend featured a number of big games in college football land. We saw #1 Mississippi State crush UT Martin 45-16, Texas A&M get a huge upset win over #3 Auburn (now #9) 41-38, #2 Florida State pick up a big win against Virginia 34-20, #4 Oregon (now #3) picked up a victory against #17 Utah (now #25) 51-27, #6 TCU (now #5) defeat #7 Kansas State (now #13) 41-40, #5 Alabama (now #4) get the win over #16 LSU (now #20 behind #19 Duke!) 20-13, #14 Ohio State (now #8) topped #8 Michigan State (now #12) and finally #9 Arizona State (now #7) knock off #10 Notre Dame (now #15) 55-31. Wowza. So why does this matter? See the college football rankings update in the next quip.

As we get closer to bowl season, the rankings are starting to matter more and more, especially because of the new playoff format in the post-season for the top 4. In this week’s AP poll, there was a quite a bit of a shake up in the Top 10. As expected, Mississippi State is still #1 and Florida State is still #2, but after that things got interesting as Oregon moved up to #3, Alabama is now #4, TCU is your new #5 and the best of the rest now goes: #6 Baylor, #7 Arizona State, #8 Ohio State, #9 Auburn, and #10 Ole Miss. What does this mean? The SEC remains dominant but it remains unclear how many teams they will get in the post-season playoff.

Todd Gurley of the #16 Georgia Bulldogs is back with the team after serving a four game suspension this season. Georgia has a huge game against Auburn Tigers this coming weekend, but it still remains unclear if Gurley will be back in the starting lineup.

NBA

Here’s the latest updates in the NBA injury report: Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics is expected to miss 2-3 weeks after injuring his ankle on Friday, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio will be out indefinitely after suffering a bad ankle sprain last Friday and San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard is playing but still dealing with blurred vision after a case of conjunctivitis in the preseason affected his right eye. It’s still early in the season, but it’s important to keep these injuries in mind.

Gillian Zucker is the newest member of the LA Clippers. Owner Steve Ballmer announced that she will join the team as the new President of Business Operations.

There are officially no more undefeated teams in the NBA. After looking really good and getting off to a 5-0 start, the Golden State Warriors suffered their first loss on Sunday night to the Phoenix Suns 107-95. They were playing without star guard Klay Thompson (who sat out with a sprained hand) and will look to bounce back when they face the San Antonio Spurs at home on Tuesday night.

College Basketball

The Associated Press has released their pre-season All-American picks for the college hoops season. This year’s team includes: Marcus Paige (PG – UNC), Montrezl Harrell (F – Louisville), Frank Kaminsky (F – Wisconsin), Fred VanVleet (PG – Wichita State) and Jahlil Okafor (C – Duke). Okafor is the only freshman on this year’s All American pre-season squad.

Indiana forward Devin Davis is expected to be released from the hospital in Bloomington and moved to a hospital closer to his hometown in Indianapolis. The sophomore suffered a head injury after a car accident but Coach Tom Crean stated to ESPN: “There’s not a timeline, though. In a nutshell, we were not given any reason that he won’t have a full recovery. The timing isn’t clear. But no one said he won’t be able to play again.” Here’s to wishing him a full recovery.

The college hoops regular season kicks off this Friday night. We couldn’t be more excited! Make sure you check out the TV schedule so you can catch all the action!

Other

WNBA star Brittney Griner was attacked in China this past Monday. The man followed Griner and teammates towards their team bus with a knife in hand. Thankfully, Griner is okay after being cut on the elbow (thanks to the winter coat she was wearing). So scary.

In all things NHL, Sidney Crosby had 5 assists for his Pittsburgh Penguins, who beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Saturday night. That’s the 7th straight win for the Penguins, and 5 assists in one game is a lot!

NASCAR’s Kevin Harvick is this week’s big winner. The driver put on a strong performance at the Phoenix International Raceway, which is important because he has now moved onto the Sprint Cup championship finale stage.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Post-game Fright
After the Knicks got their butts kicked in Brooklyn, ‘Melo showed up to the post-game show with this hat that served as a great distraction

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

“When I’m cold, I’m cold; when I’m hot, I’m hot”
Surely we can all agree with that statement… but surely most of us aren’t as hot as Rick Nash is right now
The New York Rangers’ player is on fire, and we can’t wait to see how the season turns out

No Show
LSU’s Mike the Tiger won’t join his team
He just doesn’t feel like attending game days this year

MVP Potential
Now that we’re hitting the middle of the NFL season, it’s time to start considering the contenders
Because the QB is usually the one bringing home the win, they usually get the MVP award — but that’s no reason to forget about the others!

Getting to Know You
Lance Stephenson talks about so many things
Check out his interview with Grantland’s very own hoops expert Zach Lowe

Landon Donovan
The Galaxy star wasn’t quite ready for his career to be over
He made three goals against Real Salt Lake to ensure a win for his team in the Western Conference Semifinals

Fan Nation
Where in America does college football matter the most?
The NY Times collaborated with Facebook to find out the proportion of the population in a location who are fans of any college football team

Diversity and Inclusion
The PGA is making an effort to “do good business”
They want the game of golf — both the players and the audience — to better reflect society

 

Edition 11.3.14

Welcome to November! What’s on deck this month? Football and basketball and hockey, Oh My! Seeing how the NBA kicked off their season last week, let’s start today with this cool (or shall we say, another cool) ad for LeBron James. This time Nike takes us through a pre-game speech called “Together.” Enjoy y’all!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

Baseball

As you likely already know, the San Francisco Giants are your World Series Champions. The Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in captivating fashion in Wednesday’s winner-takes-all Game 7 in Kansas City. So, how did they do it? It’s not that it wasn’t a full team effort, but it came down to the incredible heroics of pitcher Madison Bumgarner. MadBum (as they say) came into the game in the 5th inning and pitched as reliever through the 9th, and you couldn’t take your eyes off him. After he stepped on the mound, the Royals couldn’t get another point on the board. This is not to say the Royals didn’t give it their all, they just happen to come up against a pitcher who will go down as one of the best post-season pitchers of all time.

In other news, it’s not surprising that Madison Bumgarner was the World Series MVP. To put this in perspective, the left-handed 25-year-old from Hickory, NC has put on a show in more than one post-season, including the last two World Series victories for the Giants. Is the best yet come? Other teams better hope not!

Let’s talk history. With this win, the San Francisco Giants have now won their 3rd World Series title in 5 years. That’s dynasty level in baseball, and very very impressive even if it’s not perfect. Congrats to the Giants! Will they repeat next year? They don’t seem to favor the odd years, but time will tell. We miss you already, baseball!

Lastly, in off-season news, the Chicago Cubs have hired Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays to be their new manager. There has been some talk of alleged tampering, but Maddon’s agent denies these claims.

NFL

‘Tis the season for the annual Tom Brady-Peyton Manning match-up of the 2014 football season. This time, we saw Tom Brady lead his New England Patriots over the Denver Broncos 43-21 in the oh so snowy Northeast. Both teams now have 2 losses a piece.

What else happened in Week 9? The Arizona Cardinals (now a sneaky good 7-1) defeated the Dallas Cowboys, who were playing without Tony Romo (who sat out with a back injury) 28-17, the Minnesota Vikings got the victory over RG3 and the Washington Redskins 29-26 while the St. Louis Rams picked up the win 13-10 over the San Francisco 49ers after a last second (actually 2 seconds) fumble by Colin Kaepernick. The Philadelphia Eagles also picked up another win against the Houston Texans 31-21, this time with Mark Sanchez as their QB after Nick Foles left the game with a shoulder injury.  Finally in Sunday night football, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated rival the Baltimore Ravens 43-23 in a game where Ben Roethlisberger had 6 touchdowns.

In off the field news, sources tell ESPN that Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings is in talks to take a plea agreement for a case involving child abuse in Texas. The story is still developing.

Monday Night Football features an intriguing match-up between the New York Giants and the Indianapolis Colts. 8:30pm — Get ready!

College Football

Week 10 was full of big games in college football. In the biggest match-up of the weekend, #4 Auburn (now #3) defeated #7 Ole Miss (now #12) 35-21 in Oxford, MS after a fumble towards the end of the game. The other team in Mississippi, #1 Mississippi State, picked up the win 17-10 against Arkansas after picking off the Razorbacks’ quarterback late in the game. The rest of the teams in the Top 5 also got big wins in Week 10 as #2 Florida State beat #25 Louisville 42-31 on Thursday and #5 Oregon crushed Stanford 45-16 on Saturday.

Outside the Top 5, #24 Duke also got the victory 51-28 over Pittsburgh with a last minute touchdown in double OT.

What do these results mean for this week’s rankings? Auburn moved up and now the new Top 5 features: Mississippi State (still 8-0), Florida State (also still 8-0), Auburn, Alabama and Oregon.

What to watch next week? #4 Alabama at #19 LSU and #16 Ohio State at #8 Michigan State should be pretty great games next Saturday. Stay tuned!

NBA

Yay, the NBA is back! This makes some of us at the Team SQ headquarters very happy. And it’s been an interesting start to the season to say the least. What do we mean? See below:

Injuries: After an electrifying performance in their season opener, Russell Westbrook broke his hand in the second game of the year against the LA Clippers. This means the Oklahoma City Thunder will be without Westbrook and Kevin Durant for at least 4 weeks. Derrick Rose injured his ankle in last week’s overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers (who bounced back after losing their hyped home opener to the New York Knicks) and sat out against as his Chicago Bulls beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night 106-105. The injury is not serious, but he is taking precautions and will play again soon.

Signings: Ricky Rubio signed a 4 year $56 million extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves while the Golden State Warriors signed Klay Thompson to a contract extension rumored to be around $70 million over 4 years. Oh, and the Cleveland Cavaliers signed longtime vet Anderson Varejao to a new deal, too.

Standout performances: Do you like to dance? We prefer to boogie. Speaking of, Boogie Cousins put on a show with 34 points and 17 rebounds as the Sacramento Kings gave the LA Clippers their first loss of the year on Sunday night 98-92. Also, Carmelo Anthony scored his 20,000 point in a 96-93 New York Knicks win over the Charlotte Hornets. Oh and earlier last week, Anthony Davis had 26 points, 17 rebounds and 9 blocks for the New Orleans Pelicans (we like to call them the Pellies) in a win (101-84) over the Orlando Magic. He’s 21, y’all. Also this is not a game time performance, but this unreal shot by Steph Curry shows why he remains awesome.

College Basketball

Never fear, college basketball is almost here! Teams will be playing exhibition games this week and the season officially kicks off in mid-November. The first pre-season AP poll was released on Halloween with the following in the Top 10: Kentucky, Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Virginia, and Texas. Can the season start already???

The preseason women’s basketball rankings features: UConn (not surprising, last season’s champs are good again), South Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Texas A&M in the Top 5 AP rankings.

In off the court news, after a scary car accident involving Indiana sophomore Devin Davis and freshman Emmitt Holt, Indiana reports that Davis is doing much better and his condition was improving as of Sunday evening.

Other

Congrats to all of those who competed in the New York City Marathon! Including tennis player Caroline Wozniacki who celebrated finishing the race with her friend and fellow tennis star, Serena Williams.  And a special congrats to the amazing winners of the race, Wilson Kipsang and Mary Keitany, both of Kenya!

Jimmie Johnson got the win in Texas at the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship on Sunday. Oh yeah, and there was a brawl.

Finally, in all things EPL, Manchester City defeated Manchester United 1-0 after a goal by Sergio Aguero.

 

JUST FOR FUN

Are you afraid of dinosaurs?
The Phoenix Suns’ Halloween prank involved a baby T-Rex that was almost as tall as the players

 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

 

Lauren Hill
She scored four points playing for Mount St. Joseph in her first college basketball game
The most inspirational part of the story? She has inoperable brain cancer

One-and-done
Getting used to losing great players after one season
What will Duke’s freshman class of players bring to the court?

It hurts
Losing by one run… it’s heartbreaking
The outcome of the KC Royals’ run for the World Series

The Bumgarner half of the story
Madison Bumgarner, the best post-season pitcher
The star of the San Francisco Giants accepted the World Series MVP award, and his family is so proud

Moves like Jagger
The unique ways basketball players express themselves on the court
Check ‘em out – some of these moves are beautiful (and others are sort of silly)