Weekend Roundup: Cubs Make World Series, Wild College Football Saturday, Patriots Earn Tough Road Win, Thomas Defends in Malaysia
By Peter Santo
What a wild weekend of sports, instead of writing multiple pieces let’s just combine it all into one.
Cubs Make First World Series Appearance Since 1945
Well Chicago, it finally might be your year. The Cubs have a stacked roster, a manager willing to do whatever it takes to win, and possible destiny on their side.
The only team standing between the Cubs and their first title in 108 years is the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland comes into the series as the underdogs for the third series in a row, but that hasn’t stopped them so far and it won’t stop them now. They’ve gotten hot at the right time, have an otherworldly bullpen, one of the best managers in the game, and LeBron James on their side. Don’t count the Indians out, they definitely have a chance.
For the third series in a row, I’m going to pick against the Cleveland Indians, we’ll see how this goes. Cubs in 6.
Auburn Crushes Arkansas, Puts SEC and the Nation on Notice
I told everyone to bet the house on Auburn this week, playing at home against an Arkansas team that everyone knew was mediocre.
This game was over even before the opening kickoff. The Razorbacks decided to hold their pregame pump-up huddle on the AU logo at midfield, and everyone knows you don’t step on the logo.
I thought Auburn would beat Arkansas, but I didn’t think they would win by 53 points. The Tigers racked up an SEC record 543 rushing yards on Saturday. Both the offense and defense are firing on all cylinders, as Auburn has made its way into the top 15 in the polls.
Alabama better start worrying, the Iron Bowl should be one hell of a game. WDE.
Alabama Wins Another Statement Game
Unfortunately, there’s no questioning who the best team in the country is right now, its the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Tide faced a top ten ranked SEC opponent for the second straight week, and both weeks came away with statement victories.
After going on the road and laying a shellacking on the Tennessee Vols last week in Knoxville, the Tide returned home to face the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Aggies were in it for three quarters, but Bama dominated the fourth quarter to pull away.
Don’t look now, but the Tide found themselves a QB, Jalen Hurts is looking pretty damn good so far.
Penn State Upsets Ohio State, Causes Potential CFP Chaos
I don’t care how good you are, going into Happy Valley and beating the Penn State Nittany Lions is always a difficult task, and Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes found this out first hand Saturday night.
The Nittany Lions played an excellent game top to bottom, returned a fourth quarter blocked field goal for a touchdown that was the difference in the game, and held on at the end.
The season certainly isn’t over for the Buckeyes, but things just got a lot more interesting, this loss definitely makes the Michigan game now a must win.
Thomas Defends CIMB Classic Title
Well I picked Justin Thomas to win the CIMB Classic for the second straight year after he took the 36 hole lead.
After shooting a mediocre 71 on Saturday to fall three shots behind, Thomas came out firing on all cylinders Sunday.
Motivated by his Alabama Crimson Tide after waking up at 4 AM Malaysia time to watch the Tide beat the Aggies, Thomas fired an 8 under par 64 to secure his second PGA Tour title.
The victory makes Thomas the first player since Matt Every at the 2015 Arnold Palmer Invitational to defend a title on TOUR, and vaults him to a career high in the OWGR at 21.
Patriots Find a Way to Win
Despite the Steelers being decimated with injuries, going into Heinz Field and winning is always a tough task for opposing teams.
The Patriots relied heavily on their run game to help them earn a road victory, and LeGarrette Blount more than did the job, turning in a career day to lead his team to a much needed road win.
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but for the second straight week the Patriots struggled, and still found a way to not just win, but win by double digits.
Watch out NFL, because this team isn’t playing anywhere close to their best, and they’re still dominating.
It’s on to Buffalo, who no matter how good we think they are, somehow find a way to be mediocre. It looked like the Bills could contend for a playoff spot this year, then they somehow found a way to give up over 200 yards to Jay Ajayi and lose to the lowly Miami Dolphins. Do they still think Rex Ryan can lead them?
The Patriots should bring in a new kicker for a workout this week, show Gostkowski he’s replaceable. He’s not doing his job well enough.
Bills Mafia better watch out this week, TB12 is coming out for revenge.