Ruthie’s Weekly Sports Roundup–Sept. 29 – Oct. 3
Overall it has been a quiet week for the NFL, other than their continuing scandals. The latest is a domestic abuse/ sexual assault allegation, which is already testing the NFL’s new rules regarding misconduct by it’s players. C.J. Spillman from the Dallas Cowboys will remain on their roster unless he is either charged or arrested. Spillman is under investigation for an alleged incident that occurred on Sept. 20th at a Texas hotel.
And in 2015, the NFL Draft will have a new home. The Auditorium Theater of Roosevelt University in Chicago will be the new host moving it out of New York where it has been held for decades. Chicago has not hosted the draft since 1964. The event will take place from April 30th to May 2nd.
Get ready for basketball as the NBA preseason kicks off on Saturday. Although LeBron James and Kobe Bryant have grabbed the headlines leading up to the season, another big- name player is vowing to grab some of that attention too. In a recent ESPN interview, Carmelo Anthony made the claim that he was, “the most underrated superstar that’s out there.” Does Melo have a legitimate beef? He has reached the postseason 10 out of his last 11 seasons but has only reached a conference final once. On a side note, Anthony will receive $22.5 million this season from of his total contacted amount of $124 million (yes that is million) which in my opinion, could hardly be considered, underrated.
The MLB postseason has arrived and has brought with it some very exciting surprises. This is why we baseball fans welcome October baseball. Last week, I touched on the meltdown coming from the Oakland A’s as the regular season came to a close. As it turned out, the A’s managed to grab a wildcard berth and they were poised to play the KC Royals for the playoff spot. What a game! In case you missed it, this one was a nail biter for 12 innings straight. Reminiscent of the 1985 Royals in which the heavy underdog KC team, managed to go on to win the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals that year. The Royals have not been in the playoffs since marking 29 years. On Thursday, another exciting game in extra innings, put the Royals over the Angels, in L.A., when Mike Moustakas hit a home-run in the 11th inning giving KC a 3-2 win.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World happened on October 3, 1951 at 3:58 pm, when Bobby Thompson hit a home run off of Brooklyn Dodger’s pitcher, Ralph Banca, which handed the NL Pennant to the New York Giants. Thompson’s legendary homerun has often been hailed as baseball’s most memorable moment. In order to grasp what historians believe to be the most memorable moment in baseball’s history, you must first understand the rivalry that existed between the two teams. In modern day baseball, it is equivalent to a playoff series between the NY Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, minus the Bambino curse, of course. It seems that the Giants may have had a curse of their own. In a July series, the Brooklyn Dodgers swept the Giants and took their lead to 7 games. The Dodger manager at the time was Chuck Dressen. Dressen had been ejected from both games of a double header and got a little mouthy afterwards stating, “The Giants is dead. They’ll never bother us again.” And he appeared to be right about that as the Dodger’s lead grew to 13 games. But that didn’t stop the Giants as they were more determined than ever to prove Dressen wrong. After 16 straight wins, and some Dodger losses, the Giants and the Dodgers were tied for 1st place on the last day of the season. This forced a best of 3 series tie-breaker for the two teams. Tied at one game each, the Giants claimed victory in game 3 as Bobby Thompson’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World, homerun clenched the NL Pennant. And the rest is history. (VIDEO)
And now for a stroll down memory lane. In 1936, US Olympian, Jessie Owens versus Adolph Hitler. Owens dealt a huge blow to Hitler who believed that African Americans were inferior to the Germans. Hitler was somewhat of a show-off in the Berlin Games using them to flaunt his powerful regime. But to his dismay, Owens stole the limelight with his incredible feats taking 4 Gold medals from the Berlin Olympics. In the midst of the Great Depression, Owens did not receive congratulation from then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was not until 1955, when Dwight Eisenhower became President, that Owens was finally honored by the U.S. when Eisenhower appointed Owens as an “Ambassador of Sports.” It is also said that Hitler himself sent Owens a congratulatory by sending him a picture of .. himself, Adolph Hitler.