RIZZO & TROUT OUT FOR THE SEASON

trout and rizzoRIZZO & TROUT OUT FOR THE SEASON

Various wagering propositions and futures went through some major changes early this week as serious injuries to some very significant players has taken them out of action for the foreseeable future thus affecting their teams’ chances of winning a certain number of games or going to the Super Bowl, etc.

It was a bad weekend for some of American Sports’ most popular figures as Mike Trout and Anthony Rizzo joined Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees on the IL, or ‘Injured List’, for what very well could be the remainder of their respective seasons.

For the football guys, whose season is just getting underway, it could mean missing yet another chance for a Super Bowl appearance, for the baseball guys it means missing the playoffs and perhaps the World Series.

Back on September 5th Mike Trout hit his 45th homer and was in the running, as usual, for the American League MVP Award for 2019.  Then he exited the game a bit later limping visibly, and did not return.  Nor did Trout show up in the lineup for the next two games citing ‘right toe discomfort’ as the reason.

Obviously Trout’s toe issue was much more serious than he had initially let on to the public, and perhaps to his coaches and trainers as well.  Whatever, he was kept out of the lineup and underwent what is called a ‘cryoablation procedure’ for a neuroma, which is a tumor formed of nerve tissue, in his right foot and pronounced out for the season.  No wonder he had discomfort in his right toe.

So, one of the best living baseball players in the big leagues is out for the season and the Angels will surely miss him, although they have already been eliminated from postseason play for this year.

The Chicago Cubs, on the other hand, are very much in contention with the Washington Nationals for one of the two Wild Card spots available in the National League.  It could well come down to a one game, winner-take-all, contest with the Nationals to see which team will advance in the playoffs to take on the formidable Los Angeles Dodgers who have their sights set on nothing less than winning the 2019 World Series after falling short for the past two years to the Astros and the Red Sox.

However, one of the central players on the Cubs roster is everyday first baseman Anthony Rizzo who has just sprained his right ankle when he rolled on it trying to field a bunt.  Rizzo was obviously in some intense pain writhing around on the ground and observers noted that he could not put any weight on his right leg while being helped back to the dugout.

Subsequent X-Rays revealed that there were no significant breaks and the ankle injury was diagnosed as a mild sprain, although it surely didn’t look like that at the time. The Cubs All Star shortstop Javier Baez is already out with a hairline fracture on his left thumb and could be out well into the postseason.

Now with Rizzo in a walking boot and out at first base, the Cubs infield must rely on minor league call ups and otherwise bench players to fill those very big shoes as the Cubbies, who are still in contention for the NL Central as well, still have to face the red hot St. Louis Cardinals 7 times before the end of the regular season in what is ranking up to be one of the most meaningful MLB series of the whole year.

So, just like with the Steelers and the Saints before them, odds to win divisions, leagues and championships have all taken a nose dive for the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels as well.  It was a tuff weekend.

BIG BEN AND BREES BANGED UP BADLY

drew & benBIG BEN AND BREES BANGED UP BADLY

The odds on a number of NFL propositions and futures have changed dramatically after the serious injuries to two veteran All Pro quarterbacks last Sunday as both Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger have gone down to significant injuries taking them out of action for the foreseeable future.

The Pittsburg Steelers announced today that their veteran Pro Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is now out for the season after suffering an elbow injury in the Steelers game against the Seattle Seahawks. During the first half Roethlisberger suddenly grabbed his elbow after throwing a short pass and signaled to the sidelines immediately that he needed help.

He was obviously in a lot of pain and was escorted at once to the locker rooms for evaluation.  After contemplating various options, including a rehab program, Ben and the Steelers have announced that he will have season ending surgery to repair what seems to be very similar to what baseball pitchers go through with Tommy John Surgery, but his injury is to the UCL in the elbow.

If there is one thing that Ben Roethlisberger has proven to football fans over the years is that he is one tuff dude.  Big Ben will be back, probably stronger than ever.  You can bet on that.  In the meantime the Steelers will be in the hands of young second year quarterback Mason Rudolph out of Oklahoma State.

Rudolph took over after Big Ben went down and completed 12 of 19 passes for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns.  He did throw one pick, but it was on a deflection and not really his fault. He will be put to the test next week with the Steelers travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers.

But without Roethlisberger the Pittsburg Steelers’ odds to win much of anything this season have taken a nose dive and any futures wagers will have to be reconsidered.  They are now projected to win only 6 games all season long.

To add insult to the injury, former Steeler Wide Receiver and favorite Roethlisberger target, Antonio Brown was catching his first touchdown pass from Tom Brady just about the same time that Big Ben was hurt.

What looked like a freak accident in the backfield as Drew Brees was releasing a pass has resulted in an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand that may keep the future Hall of Fame quarterback out for 6 weeks or longer.  This is grim news for the Saints who count on Drew to be the heart and soul of the organization, which of course he still is, even from the sidelines.

But now he is hurt and out of the lineup and Coach Sean Payton and staff will now have to rally the troops to hold it together and win games until their famed quarterback is back in action. Teddy Bridgewater, who knows firsthand about coming back from catastrophic injury is like, will take over for Brees at quarterback for the Saints.

The injury to Brees will not only change the odds out of total number of victories and who will win the Super Bowl, but also the individual achievement awards and records that Drew Brees was set to break this season, including the total number of touchdown passes in NFL history.

Peyton Manning still holds the record at 539 but both Brees and Brady are closing in rapidly with 522.   Drew Brees already holds the NFL record for the most passing yards ever with 74,845 with only Tom Brady still left with any hope of catching him.  Saints fans hope that Brees will be back in time to foil Brady’s quest.

Just as it went down for the Steelers in Three Rivers Stadium after Big Ben went down for the count, the Saints team never seemed to regain their composure after Drew Brees went trotting back to the locker room.  Both teams eventually lost their respective games in undistinguished styles.

Of course Fantasy Football players will have to reassess their picks after these two great quarterbacks have gone down for the season. There are plenty of new ones to choose from these days but, for now anyway, two of the best NFL quarterbacks in the business are sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Get well soon to both.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL OPENS WITH A SOFT BANG

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We finally got a full weekend agenda of college football and while the big marquee games were great, there were just too many of the typical early season ‘Bambi vs. Godzilla’ games that the powers that be still seem to think are viable.  However, real football fans are getting pretty tired on them.

Even if you are from one of the small colleges playing a major powerhouse, and receiving lots of money in addition to the national television exposure, the games themselves are lackluster and often downright embarrassing for the little guys.

It couldn’t be a whole lot of fun either for the players on the winning team to defeat a team that quite obviously can offer them no real competition.  Even nationally ranked teams like to start off the season with what are known as ‘cupcake’ games, but it’s getting a bit out of hand when they start with 3 ‘cupcakes’ in a row.

When the point spread gets to be over 25 points or so, one begins to wonder ‘what is the point?’.  Point spreads of 45 & 55 points are ridiculous and wagering on them amounts to pure speculation, like throwing the dice.

The two big college games were hard fought and good games. Texas A&M put up a valiant show against the defending FBS champion Clemson Tigers.  The Aggies, coached by ‘Jimbo’ Fisher, are a good football team and should rank high in the SEC standings this season, even though they will close with LSU.

A late touchdown by Texas A&M closed the winning gap to 14 points, sadly for the bettors who backed Clemson, the spread at kickoff was 16.5.  They almost had it, but, such is the nature of wagering on college football.

In 2018 the Aggies played the Clemson Tigers to a nerve racking 28-26 final score.  Clemson didn’t cover that one either.  But Clemson in the ACC has a much easier go for the rest of the season than do their SEC counterparts and they will no doubt be double digit favorites most of the way.

Clemson gets to play previously ranked #21 Syracuse, a team which was trounced by Maryland last week, in the ACC next week while the Aggies will be taking on Auburn, Arkansas and Alabama in coming weeks. It’s just not the same.

The great state of Texas once again took center stage as the Bayou Bengals from LSU came into Austin to take on the University of Texas under highly touted head coach Tom Herman.  Both teams ranked in the AP Top 10 with LSU at number 6 and the Longhorns at number 9. I figured to be a great contest, and it was.

The entire first quarter went by with only one 3 point field goal from LSU, but, before it was all over, the two teams would put up 83 points with the Tigers coming out on top by a final score of 45-38. LSU won by 7 points covering, barely, the 6.5 point spread.  What a game!

The biggest upset of the day came with North Carolina, which came in at +6 managed to defeat the University of Miami.

Out on the West Coast, Cal beat #14 Washington 20-19 while #23 ranked Stanford was soundly beaten by an inspired USC team 45-20. Number 16 Oregon, which lost last week to Auburn, defeated Nevada 77-6 and number 22 Washington State beat North Colorado 59-17 in two more ‘Bambi vs. Godzilla’ games.

Outrageously one sided games in the SEC included #3 Georgia 63 and Murray State 17, #2 Alabama 62 and New Mexico State 10 & #11 Florida Gators 45 and UT Martin 0.

Really now, how much longer will these silly lopsided games be allowed to go on?

We finally got a full weekend agenda of college football and while the big marquee games were great, there were just too many of the typical early season ‘Bambi vs. Godzilla’ games that the powers that be still seem to think are viable.  However, real football fans are getting pretty tired on them.

Even if you are from one of the small colleges playing a major powerhouse, and receiving lots of money in addition to the national television exposure, the games themselves are lackluster and often downright embarrassing for the little guys.

It couldn’t be a whole lot of fun either for the players on the winning team to defeat a team that quite obviously can offer them no real competition.  Even nationally ranked teams like to start off the season with what are known as ‘cupcake’ games, but it’s getting a bit out of hand when they start with 3 ‘cupcakes’ in a row.

When the point spread gets to be over 25 points or so, one begins to wonder ‘what is the point?’.  Point spreads of 45 & 55 points are ridiculous and wagering on them amounts to pure speculation, like throwing the dice.

The two big college games were hard fought and good games. Texas A&M put up a valiant show against the defending FBS champion Clemson Tigers.  The Aggies, coached by ‘Jimbo’ Fisher, are a good football team and should rank high in the SEC standings this season, even though they will close with LSU.

A late touchdown by Texas A&M closed the winning gap to 14 points, sadly for the bettors who backed Clemson, the spread at kickoff was 16.5.  They almost had it, but, such is the nature of wagering on college football.

In 2018 the Aggies played the Clemson Tigers to a nerve racking 28-26 final score.  Clemson didn’t cover that one either.  But Clemson in the ACC has a much easier go for the rest of the season than do their SEC counterparts and they will no doubt be double digit favorites most of the way.

Clemson gets to play previously ranked #21 Syracuse, a team which was trounced by Maryland last week, in the ACC next week while the Aggies will be taking on Auburn, Arkansas and Alabama in coming weeks. It’s just not the same.

The great state of Texas once again took center stage as the Bayou Bengals from LSU came into Austin to take on the University of Texas under highly touted head coach Tom Herman.  Both teams ranked in the AP Top 10 with LSU at number 6 and the Longhorns at number 9. I figured to be a great contest, and it was.

The entire first quarter went by with only one 3 point field goal from LSU, but, before it was all over, the two teams would put up 83 points with the Tigers coming out on top by a final score of 45-38. LSU won by 7 points covering, barely, the 6.5 point spread.  What a game!

The biggest upset of the day came with North Carolina, which came in at +6 managed to defeat the University of Miami.

Out on the West Coast, Cal beat #14 Washington 20-19 while #23 ranked Stanford was soundly beaten by an inspired USC team 45-20. Number 16 Oregon, which lost last week to Auburn, defeated Nevada 77-6 and number 22 Washington State beat North Colorado 59-17 in two more ‘Bambi vs. Godzilla’ games.

Outrageously one sided games in the SEC included #3 Georgia 63 and Murray State 17, #2 Alabama 62 and New Mexico State 10 & #11 Florida Gators 45 and UT Martin 0.

Really now, how much longer will these silly lopsided games be allowed to go on?

HOST PROVIDES A SEAMLESS TRANSITION INTO FOOTBALL SEASON

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