What a week, folks! There was great football on both the college and professional level. No NFL players beat anyone or were caught with weed, so that is always a plus. The baseball playoffs have been decided, and the world said goodbye to a legend. What more can you ask for in seven days?
I don’t care if it is week four, and I certainly don’t care that I have an affinity for Georgia running backs. Todd Gurley is good and has to be considered a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. This past week, he went off against the Volunteers, rushing for 208 yards and two scores, while adding 30 yards receiving on the day. It is time that Mark Richt considers fixing up his mediocre quarterback play by putting Gurley at QB. And then, maybe give him a try on defense as well since those guys can’t stop a lingerie football team. I’m also going to go out on a limb here and say that UCLA is pretty good as well. The # 11 Bruins went into Tempe, Arizona with a huge PAC-12 game against the # 15 ASU Sun Devils. The Bruins trailed 10-6 after the first quarter, but came back to put a 62-27 butt whoopin’ on ASU in their own backyard. I don’t know if ASU was over rated or if UCLA was under rated, but everyone knows about them now!
The Wolf Pack put a hell of a scare into the reigning champs and current number one team in the country (that’s the FSU Seminoles, folks) going blow for blow right up until the fourth quarter as the Seminoles were able to pull away 56-41. Jameis Winston rebounded nicely from his one game suspension, going off for 365 yard, four touchdowns and two turnovers. Arkansas gave # 6 Texas A & M everything they had, taking them to over time before losing 35-28. This is when college football gets good, people. I can’t wait for what’s next.
Welcome to the post season! The Kansas City Royals, for the first time in 29 years, are playing some October baseball! Jay Scott was a mere ten years old last time he saw his boys in the playoffs, then led by George Brett and Steve “Bye Bye” Balboni, which is most likely why he had tears of joy. While this surprised many a baseball pundit, it came as no shock to your Wayniac, as I predicted back in March that this team had the talent to make a deep run. In fact, to toot my own horn, I wound up being pretty on in my first preseason predictions, as I hit seven of the ten teams that made it to October. I swung and missed big on the Braves, who were the most disappointing team in baseball this year. Sure, they took some big injury hits, but on paper, they have all the talent to be a playoff baseball team. Frank Wren was the first to feel the wrath of the down season as he was fired, but now Braves fans hold their breathe to see who else may be on the chopping block. The Oakland A’s, after trading away a lot of offense to beef up on pitching, were able to lock down the last playoff spot on the last day of the season after blowing the best record in baseball. Playoffs start this Tuesday.
While he may not be in the playoffs, Yankees Captain Derek Jeter rode off into the sunset in a way that only Jeter himself could. Put aside your Yankee hate, ignore the monstrosity of the Jeter Farewell Tour and everything that went along with it, and you will realize that we all witnessed one of the greatest moments in sports history Thursday night. The man notoriously nicknamed Captain Clutch ended his illustrious 20-year career in the Bronx with the game-winning walk off single. Then, on Sunday, after long time foes David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia and the rest of Red Sox Nation gave Jeter the most chilling sendoff of any team, Jeter ended his career with an RBI hit. Where he stands in the history of the game is debatable, but you can’t argue that the man certainly deserves a lot of RE2PECT.
I don’t care if they are 2-2, right now Andrew Luck is the best player in the NFL (next to JJ Watt) and has to be the front runner for MVP (next to JJ Watt). Luck went off again, leading the Colts to their second straight blowout victory behind a 393-yard four touchdown performance. I can’t wait for the two times Luck has to square off against JJ Watt and my Houston Texans. Watt was up to it again this week, as he had a pick six a week after scoring a touchdown as a tight end. The way Ryan Fitzpatrick is playing, it may be time to see if Watt can throw touchdown passes against the Cowboys this coming weekend. It wouldn’t surprise me if he could and it would surprise me less if he could figure out a way to throw them to himself.
Here is a fact. The Saints are like LeSean McCoy: not good. One bad game is a fluke. Back-to-back bad games are a slump. Four games into the season and playing like crap is a digression in talent. Rob Ryan’s defense can stop less people than the UGA Bulldogs defense, and that can’t happen in today’s pass-friendly NFL. When you can’t stop the pass, it sets up the run, and when you can’t stop the run, you sit at 1-3 in a very weak division. LeSean McCoy has been horrendous. In his last two games he has rushed 29 times for 39 yards. What the hell is that? You were the first consensus pick in fantasy leagues this year, pal. You ever hear of karma? Maybe that infamous twenty cent tip is coming back to haunt you, Shady. It may also be that defenses have figured out Chip Kelly’s offense and that if you take away the run and force Nick Foles to beat you, you can beat the Eagles.
And how about Steve Smith? Don’t quote me on this, but I believe that what he did to his former team this past Sunday is grounds for a six game suspension under the NFL’s new rules. The 35-year old ageless speedster went off on the Panthers for 139 yards and 2 touchdowns. He made the Panthers look really bad, but no where near as bad as the Raiders are. Can we just move this team already? Like maybe to CFL?
That’s a wrap, folks. Get ready for some football as the Pats and the Chiefs are bound to be a good game. I’ll see you next week with all that is wacky!