The Sports Section

by Tony on October 30, 2012

 

Michigan vs MinnesotaCongratulations to the San Francisco Giants on being the new World Series Champions! This makes the second time in 3 years that they have won it all.

Back to college football, we had a wild week, some upsets and some potentially haywire BCS situations shaping up! Michigan and Minnesota will be duking it out this weekend for the Little Brown Jug. 3 Oregon travels to Los Angeles to take on 20 USC.

Big SEC matchup this weekend when number 1 Alabama heads to Baton Rouge to match up against number 5 LSU. This game could be the key to the BCS. If LSU wins, it knocks Alabama out of the top 3. Then, if number 2 Kansas State, number 4 Oregon and number 3 Notre Dame win out, this will leave the SEC with 5 of the top 8 teams, but no SEC team in the National Title Game. I think that’s something that a lot of non-SEC are ready for. While it is definitely the dominant conference in college football, it would be refreshing to see another conference take home the Waterford Crystal this season.

Florida dropped to number 7 after a beating from now number 6 Georgia, ending their hopes of getting a title ring this year, unless Alabama wins out, Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame all lose, then Alabama beats Georgia for the SEC Championship game, which would put Florida back at number 2 to play Alabama for the National Championship. Interesting how college football rankings can go nuts like that, isn’t it?

How about LSU beating the Crimson Tide, then Kansas State, Oregon and The Irish all losing, then LSU beating whoever wins the Eastern Division for the SEC Title, and then we’d have a rematch yet again of LSU and Alabama in the title game. It’s anybody’s guess at this point. Congratulations to Louisiana Tech for showing up in the polls for the first time ever, and Nebraska, Arizona and Oklahoma showing up for the first time this year. Also, I would like to extend wishes that Marcus Lattimore, the running back from South Carolina gets well soon. Keep up with us next week as we start to talk about the Heisman and the BCS picture getting clearer!

Record-Breaking GameNow for the NFL. In London this week, New England poured it all over St. Louis, 45-7, but does that mean Brady and the boys are back? Hard to tell if they are getting back on track or if they just had a good week against a mediocre-at-best team. Time will tell.

Speaking of, since he can’t fire Juan Castillo again, I am hearing reports that Andy Reid has benched Michael Vick in favor of Nick Foles. I am not sure this is the right move. Vick has been hit hard 130 times so far this season, and whether or not it’s true that refs tend to overlook being a little hard on him, that’s a lot for any quarterback to take. He does leave himself open when he runs, but he takes some hits. I think a good place to start would be the O-Line, and then start looking at Reid himself. He’s got you almost there, but he has failed to put it over the top, and it looks like his team is in a downward spiral.

I know a lot of teams would love to have Vick, the Cardinals being one of them. They even worked out Vince Young last week, so you know they’re hurting for a quarterback.

Speaking of Arizona, they got a hard lesson on Monday Night Football when they narrowly avoided being shut-out at home by the San Francisco 49ers. It’s not all their fault, though – you can place some of the blame on the amazing quarterback performance of Alex Smith. He went 18 of 19 for 232 yards, 3 touchdowns and no interceptions. If he can keep that up, we’ll be seeing a lot more of the 49ers.

Speaking of amazing performances, even though the team lost, Jason Witten had a career game Sunday, where he had 18 receptions for 167 yards. He broke a 28-year-old record that was previously held by Kellen Winslow Sr. of the San Diego Chargers. He now has 747 career catches, which puts him 3 away from a Cowboys franchise record of 750 held by Michael Irvin. He’s got to feel good about that, but the Cowboys have got to find a way to turn some of these games into wins, or they’ll be home early watching the playoffs with the rest of us. We’ll see who can turn it around and who can keep it rolling next week. See you then!

-Tony

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