This week’s Big Ten football schedule features two of the longest roads trips possible for conference teams — and the absolute shortest. No doubt some of these teams will be wishing they’d just stayed home. But who? And why? Well, that’s why I wrote the article, so go read it.
The Kansas City Royals tied the World Series 1-1 on Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. While the Royals proved that this year’s Fall Classic won’t be a walkover for the Giants, they are still a long way from knocking off the franchise that has won two of the last four World Series. If Kansas City can’t stop San Francisco, it is indisputable that the current crop of Giants would constitute a dynasty.
At first glance, this week’s collection of Big Ten football games looks uninspiring, without a true marquee matchup. At second and third glance it’s much the same. But burbling just below the surface like the spinach in a pot of minestrone, we find that just about every game is going to reveal something we’ll need to know on the way to Indianapolis. Click on and see what’s going to be sorted out this Saturday.
One of the biggest novelties in the sport of hockey is fighting. It’s the heart and soul of the “goon” mentality that has been immortalized in movie classics like “Slap Shot.” Fighting remains very popular with both fans and players, but, it’s use to sway the momentum of the game or to enact revenge, is declining. And that’s a good thing.
Week 7 of Big Ten football sees two prominent teams, Wisconsin and Iowa, finally admitting they don’t have a complete quarterback at the moment, but maybe they have the parts to assemble one. While turning to the Two-Headed Quarterbeast is usually seen as a desperation move, for both these schools, it just may be the fix they need. (Emphasis on “may be.”) Click on, as for the first time this season, we have nothing but conference games to look at.
I am generally a National League guy, as more interesting, strategic baseball is played on the Senior Circuit. But with the NL featuring franchises we’ll see in the World Series for a fourth consecutive October, I’m more excited for the Royals and Orioles to open the ALCS at Camden Yards Friday night.
The 2014 season is barely a quarter of the way through, but the NFL has already seen its first coaching casualty in Oakland.
Since speculating and wishing for coaches to be dumped is a passion of many fans and writers, this week’s Against The Spread speculates on those sitting on the hot seat, or with eyes wandering to their next destination.
The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire last week, leaving Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia as not just the longest-serving skipper in Major League Baseball, but by a landslide. After a first-round playoff debacle against the wild card Kansas City Royals — his team scored just eight runs in its last 52 innings — it’s long past time for the Angels to relieve Scioscia of his duties.