Ruthie’s Weekly Sports Roundup: Oct. 19 – 24
This week in the NFL standings, the Dallas Cowboys continue their winning streak and lead the NFC with a 6-1 record. But the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1), the Detroit Lions (5-2), the Green Bay Packers (5-2) and the Arizona Cardinals (5-1) are not far behind as so far the NFC proves to be a tight one. The AFC puts the Denver Broncos on top with a 6-1 record as well. On their tail we find the New England Patriots (5-2), the Baltimore Ravens (5-2), the Indianapolis Colts (5-2) and the San Diego Chargers (5-3), as the Chargers fell to the Broncos in a 35-21 loss on Thursday night. Speaking of which, did you see Peyton Manning lash out to the fans, waiving his arms and shaking his head? Don’t get me wrong, I am sure that Manning loves the Bronco fans and loves the noise and excitement coming from the stands, but even at a 35-21 lead in the last 2 minutes of the game, Manning doesn’t take that lead for granted. He appeared to be quite annoyed that his team mates were denied their “Omaha.“ Between the fans and the scoreboard operator playing music and videos, Manning expressed his frustration. (Click HERE for the video, in case you missed it.)
In other news, Ray Rice has filed a grievance against the Raven’s franchise, claiming that their decision to release him from the team, violates league rules that forbid double jeopardy. Remember that Rice was released shortly after a video surfaced that showed Rice succor-punching his then fiancé, right in the face. No formal hearing has been set. And the first openly-gay NFL player, Michael Sam has been cut once again. On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys made the decision to cut Sam from the organization. Sam was released from the St. Louis Rams earlier this year.
So the World Series is headed to San Francisco as the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants meet in game 3 of the series. They are tied at 1-1. The Giants captured a victory in game 1 on Tuesday night winning the game 7-1. The stands were quiet in KC as Giant’s pitcher, Madison Bumgarner took the mound and pitched a heck-of a game. Bumgarner is now 3-0 in three career World Series starts. Royal’s catcher, Salvador Perez put a little ding on Bumgarner’s record of allowing only one run in 22 innings, when Perez hit a homer in the 7th inning. It is also worth mentioning that Bumgarner has a postseason ERA of 1.40. Game 2 was a different story as the Royals dominated Giant’s rookie pitcher, Hunter Strickland for a 7-2 win. Baseball fans nearly escaped a bench-clearing brawl when an apparent exchange occurred as Royal’s player, Perez and Giant’s Strickland, exchanged words during a play. Perez hit a double off Strickland and became a little heated when he felt that Strickland was staring him down as he remained on the base for the next batter. Omar Infante stepped up to the plate and then proceeded to crush a home-run, sending Perez home. However, Perez, still steaming from the alleged stare-down, took his time trotting around 3rd base and practically coming to a halt before stepping on home plate. Strickland didn’t take too kindly on that and started a dialogue that emptied the benches of both teams. However, they all quickly maintained composure and continued on with the game without further incident. Apparently, this isn’t the first time that Strickland has engaged in an incident like this. In game 1 of the NLDS against the Washington Nationals, National’s player Bryce Harper hit a couple of nice ones off Strickland and he also encountered a similar altercation. You can watch that little scuffle here:
But the best story this week in baseball is the story of six year-old Noah Wilson. Noah is battling Ewing sarcoma which is a rare bone cancer. His favorite team is the Kansas City Royals. His parents tried desperately to find a way to get their son to a game in the World series. Once Joe Torre and the MLB got wind of this, they stepped up to the plate and made sure that Noah and his family were special guests by providing them tickets to one of the games in the World Series.
In basketball news, it looks like the University of North Carolina has some trouble ahead. At least 9 UNC employees have either been fired or are under some sort of a disciplinary review in response to an investigation that alleges academic fraud. The allegations span over an 18 year period in which UNC is accused of “fake” classes and automatic grades favoring students enrolled in their athletic programs. What will the NCAA do about it? We have yet to see since this story just broke but the possibilities are endless. They could impose fines but what about the banners? Will they be stripped? We will wait and see.
On October 24, 1943, the Green Bay Packers intercepted the ball 9 times and defeated the Detroit Lions 27-6.
Also, on this day in 1970, Greece’s Christos Papanikolaou vaulted 18’ and ¼” to become the first pole vaulter to break the 18’ barrier.
And finally, on October 24, 1972, we said goodbye to baseball legend Jackie Robinson who passed away at the young age of 53.
Now I’d like to share this story about a little boy with Down Syndrome. Gabe White is 8 years-old and he loves to cheer his big brother who plays on the Rhinelander H.S. football team. His dream has always been to play on the football team. Well it looks like dreams really can come true. Grab a tissue and watch little Gabe score a game-winning touchdown in this heartwarming video. The opposing team showed true sportsmanship by playing along in their attempts to tackle Gabe as he ran down the field.