This past week, we saw the Dallas Cowboys travel to the home of Super Bowl XLVlll Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. First of all, the Cowboys, deemed “America’s Team” is a team that everyone loves to hate. In the past, they have been a powerhouse in the NFL but have seen their struggles in recent years. Well they showed up to play on that day, defeating the Seahawks 30-23. The Cowboys are moving up in the NFL rankings, proving once again to be contenders by winning 5 games in a row. This puts their record at 5-1 for the season. Can they continue the streak? It doesn’t help to have one of your players snag the headlines from you by shoplifting underwear and cologne from a Dallas department store. Cowboy’s running back, Joseph Randle, was arrested for stealing $123 worth of items and coincidentally he is in his 2nd year of a 4-year rookie contract that pays him $2.3 million with a base salary of $495,000 this season. But at least no one was abused in this incident.
In basketball news, the 2014 College Basketball Coaches Poll: preseason rankings have been released and Coach Cal and his Kentucky Wildcats are in the number 1 spot. The Wildcats fell short last season in a tough loss for the National Championship when the Connecticut Huskies defeated them 60-54. So why the number 1 ranking? According to KY coach, John Calipari, his roster is so deep that he plans on using two five-man units to start the new season. “Now we’re trying to do something never done in college basketball. — If we can finish the season doing this, then we will win,” Calipari said earlier this month.
In NBA news, did you catch what Kobe Bryant said regarding ESPN’s decision to rank him number 40 in their annual player rankings? “I’ve known for a long time that they’re a bunch of idiots,” Bryant responded after a preseason game on Thursday night against the Utah Jazz. Bryant, who is 36, missed all but 6 games a year ago because of injuries and the Laker’s have said that they will monitor his minutes this season.
And so it has been decided. The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants are headed to the World Series. What about those KC Royals anyway? It has been 29 long and grueling years for KC fans and they are partying like it’s 1985. They have won 8 straight postseason games sweeping both the Angels and the Orioles in both of those series. Coming in off a wildcard win, ousting the Oakland A’s, the KC Royals are living up to the old adage of why we fans LOVE our October baseball. They are young, they are fast, their bullpen is lethal and they are fun. Here is how the KC Royal’s win sounded from the parking lot.
But don’t count out the SF Giants who have won the NL Pennant for the third time in just five seasons. The SF Giants and the St Louis Cardinals were tied at 3-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. That is when Giant’s player, Travis Ishikawa stepped up to the plate. Ishikawa is 6’3 and weighs 220 lbs. He also throws and bats left handed. In fact, just a few weeks ago, Ishikawa thought that his career may be over. He called a buddy crying rethinking his career in the major leagues. But in Bobby Thompson-style fashion, SF and their Giants experienced another “shot, heard around the world,” as Ishikawa belted a walk-off home run that lifted the Giants into the World Series. That’s right, Travis Ishikawa and Bobby Thompson are the only 2 men in the past 75 years to have sent the Giants (one as NY and one as SF) to the World Series with a walk-off home run.
On this day in Sport’s history, according to The Sports Network, a statistical numeric system was put into place for the scoring of football games. At that time, a field goal was to be worth five points, a touchdown two points, a safety one point and four points for making a goal following a touchdown.
And now for a stroll down memory lane. Remember Mean Joe Greene and this famous Coca Cola Classic commercial? This commercial is from 1979 and was premiered during the Major League Baseball playoffs only to be aired again in 1980 during Super Bowl XIV. The ad almost cost Greene his knick-name as it softened his image. Greene reflected on that ad saying that it actually changed his life. “I was suddenly approachable. Little kids were no longer afraid of me, and older people,both women and men, would come up and offer me a coke. — It transformed my personal life in terms of how people looked at me. People would come up to me on the street having no idea I played football … their association with me was from the commercial.” The commercial, with it’s heartwarming message, has been consistently voted as one of the greatest Super Bowl ads of all time.