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DODGERS FIRST TO CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are the National League West Champions and the first team to clinch a MLB division after just 146 games have been played of the 162 game season.  Loyal Dodgers fans will well remember that LA had to play a tie-breaker game 163 last season to even get into the playoffs before ending up in the World Series against the Red Sox.

The Major League Baseball Playoffs are the gilded royalty of sports in America to many fans.  Only the best of the best stands a chance to even get invited to play in the post season and determine the divisional champions. Then only the top teams from the American League and the National League get to participate in what many consider to be the greatest annual event in sports, the Major League Baseball World Series.

The National and American Leagues are each divided, more or less geographically into three divisions, East, Central and West.  The winners of each of these divisional races, based on the team’s overall record, get to go to the post season and compete for the League Pennant, which in itself in a coveted honor to win and hold.

There are also two wild card teams selected from each league based on their highest win-loss percentage at the end of the regular season.  Those 4 teams play 2 one game, winner-take-all, contests on October 1st and 2nd to determine which club will face the team with their leagues’ top win-loss percentage.

Then begins the real race for each leagues’ pennant.  The final four teams will battle it out in two best-of-five game series’ to determine who wins the league pennant and goes on to the World Series.  The second and third highest win percentage teams will play each other while the winner of the wild card game will take on the top team in the league.  These divisional games will take place between October 4th and October 10th.

On or before October 20th the winners of the National and American League pennants will be determined and the 2019 World Series agenda will be set to begin on October 22 in the home park of the pennant winning team with the best regular season record.

The Dodgers were 18.5 games in front of second place Arizona in the National League West with a .644 win percentage when they clinched.  Elsewhere in the NL East, the Atlanta Braves boast the second highest win percentage in the NL at .616 with a comfortable 9.5 game lead over the Washington Nationals. The St. Louis Cardinals hold a tenuous 4 game lead over the Chicago Cubs with the Milwaukee Braves close behind.  At this point the Nationals are looking like the best bet for the #1 wild card selection with the #2 pick up for grabs.

Over in the American League the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees at are neck and neck at .651 for the best record and in control of the East and West divisions while the AL central will be between the Twins of Minnesota and the Cleveland Indians.  The American League wild card contest looks to be between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Oakland A’s.

This was the 7th consecutive National League West title won by the Dodgers. Only the Atlanta Braves with 14 NL East titles won between 1991 and 2005 and the New York Yankees with 9 AL East titles won between 1998 and 2006 have won more consecutive MLB divisional championships than the Dodgers.

Dodgers fans are hoping that ‘the third time around’ holds the charm after making it to the last two MLB World Series only to lose to the Boston Red Sox last year and to the Houston Astros the year before. Doc Roberts’ loaded lineup certainly looks capable of going all the way ‘this third time around’.

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?

FINALLY A FULL NFL AGENDA

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Thursday night football for 2019 premiered at last and what more could a die -hard football fan ask for that the Packers and the Bears going at it at Soldier Field in Chicago on a Thursday night.

What was expected to be an offensive contest between veteran Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Chicago’s Mitchell Trubisky turned out to be anything but with only 13 points being scored all evening and Green Bay grabbing the victory 10-3.

Then finally on Sunday we got the whole enchilada.  A full seven hours of NFL action on NFL Red Zone, not counting the night game, and it was fast and furious for awhile there with young Patrick Mahomes providing the most spectacular action in the early going.

The Chiefs’ quarterback had an astounding first half leading broadcasters to predict his breaking some all time records.  He did slow down in the second half but still ended up with 378 yards and 3 touchdowns, all to the speedy Sammy Watkins who finished with 9 catches for 198 total yards. Kansas City put up 40 points to the Jags 26.

In that same game, after scoring an early touchdown, the new Jacksonville quarterback Nick Foles suffered a broken collar bone when he was sandwiched between two beefy defenders while being sacked.  Foles just signed an 88 million dollar 4 year contract with the Jags!

The Panthers hosted the Rams in Charlotte in a close contest where the most outstanding player was clearly Carolina’s Christian McCaffrey who finished with 2 rushing touchdowns and 128 yards on the ground plus 10 receptions amounting to another 81 yards in the air.  Los Angeles still edged Carolina by a final score of 30-27.

While the Vikings pretty much dominated the Atlanta Falcons at home in Minnesota, the Redskins took off to an early lead against the Eagles only to have Philadelphia chip away until finally coming away with the win 32-27 at home.

There were some other good close games as well on Sunday.  The Seahawks hosted the Cincinnati Bengals as Andy Dalton led all quarterbacks this Sunday by passing for 418 yards and 2 touchdowns in a losing effort to the Seahawks 21-20.

Out in Los Angeles the Chargers had the Colts in for a visit and managed a 30-24 victory behind Phillip Rivers’ 333 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes.

Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott threw for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead Dallas to a 35-17 win over Eli Manning and his New York Giants.

After such great expectations, Baker Mayfield’s opening performance at home in Cleveland fell far short of what his Twitter fans were expecting.  Perhaps a bit too much hype and trash talk has distracted the talented new Browns quarterback from his real job.  His 285 yards passing was not bad but Mayfield threw 3 interceptions while scoring only one touchdown. The Browns were embarrassed at home by the Titans 43-13.

Down in Tampa Bay Jamis Winston also managed to throw 3 interceptions while scoring only one touchdown. Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t a whole lot better throwing for only 166 yards, but the 49ers did come away with a 31-17 win over the Buccaneers.

The most impressive showing by any quarterback on Sunday has to have been Lamar Jackson playing for the Baltimore Ravens against the hapless Dolphins.  Granted that Miami did not put up much of a defense to overcome, but Jackson went 17 for 20, threw 5 touchdown passes and racked up 324 yards in the air.

While it does not happen very often, ties are still possible in the NFL.  The Arizona Cardinals hosted the Detroit Lions in Glendale and the two teams played to a 24-24 tie at the end of regulation play and then each team could only manage a 3 point field goal in overtime resulting in a 27-27 tie.

For the night game the Pittsburg Steelers would have been better on getting lost on route to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough the way the game turned out.  Ben Roethlisberger and company only scored one meaningless field goal in the third quarter while Tom Brady and the finely tuned Patriots put up 33 points behind Brady’s 341 yards passing and 3 touchdowns.

And we still have two NFL games on Monday night!

HOST PROVIDES A SEAMLESS TRANSITION INTO FOOTBALL SEASON

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