This past sport’s weekend certainly ended in dramatic style, with David Ortiz’s game-tying grand slam and the Boston Red Sox eventual walk-off win in the second game of the American League Championship Series. While this dramatic moment was certainly the highlight of the weekend for me, it was not the only great sports’ moment to come from the past three days. So, why no just jump right in.
Much like the Red Sox’ bats for the first 15 innings of their series with the Tigers, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bats have gone missing in their series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Through two games, the Dodgers have scored just two runs and were shut out in the second game by St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha. Wacha not only beat the Dodgers, but he beat Clayton Kershaw (who combined with two other Dodger pitchers on a two-hitter) and clearly put the Cardinals in the driver’s seat to reach the World Series. The one thing the Dodgers do have going for them is they’re going home for three games and it will certainly be easier to turn things around in the friendly confines of Dodger Stadium. However, with Hanley Ramirez possibly injured, the Dodgers are looking like a very long shot to reach the World Series now.
Things were equally as exciting in the NFL where Tom Brady engineered a last-second comeback to beat the New Orleans Saints in what was probably the league’s marquee matchup of the week (no matter what NBC might have been trying to sell with their Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday night). In the process, New England won their fifth game, as did Seattle, but neither team can claim to be the best team in the league. That honor has to go to either Denver or Kansas City, both of who are a sparking 6-0 thus far. The Chiefs stayed perfect by thrashing Oakland while Peyton Manning led the Broncos to a fairly easy win over Jacksonville. The interesting thing about Denver and K.C. being undefeated is they are in the same division, which means they will eventually play each other – twice. What’s even more unusual is those two meeting take place over a three-week period stretching from Nov. 17 to Dec. 1. Of course there’s no guarantee either team will be undefeated by the time their first meeting rolls around, but, should it happen, it will make for a very interesting three weeks of football.
Finally, there is NCAA football. If we’re being honest here, then I will say this is my least favorite of our three leagues discussed this week, but that does not mean there wasn’t plenty of great drama played out on the college gridiron over the weekend. The University of Texas finally won a Red River rivalry game, shocking Oklahoma, a team that entered the game ranked No. 12 in the nation. It just goes to show that even in college football, upsets are possible. Texas’ win, in fact, was not the only upset in the Top 25. Unranked Wisconsin beat No. 19 Northwestern, unranked Utah beat No. 5 Stanford and No. 25 Missouri shocked No. 7 Georgia. You see what I mean? Upsets for everyone! Well, not quite, but you get the drift. On any given Sunday even applies in college football, where most games take place on Saturday.