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November 19th, 2018

It was a great weekend for Notre Dame football.

The Irish dominated the Syracuse Orange at Yankee Stadium. Ian Book, Dexter Williams and company were so impressive. The defense shut down a solid Syracuse offense.

Furman made noise in college hoops, winning at Villanova. The Palladins earlier beat another Final Four team of a year ago, Loyola-Chicago.

In the NFL, the Saints showed a lo in a blowout of the defending champion Eagles. The Texans won their seventh straight game. He Steelers rallied from a 16-0 deficit to make it six in a row.

The tennis world saw Alexander Zverev beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to capture the ATP Championship in London.

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November 5th, 2018

I’m so excited to start my 40th season calling games for ESPN. What an opener as #1 Kansas meets Michigan State in Indianapolis on Tuesday. I can’t wait to call the game with Dan Schulman.

Meanwhile college football’s playoff picture is clearing up. Alabama pitched a 29-0 shutout at LSU to move closer to the top seed. Notre Dame won at Northwestern to move closer to the postseason. Clemson put up 77 on Louisville. Michigan and Georgia had impressive wins to open some eyes.
In the NFL, the Rams fell from the unbeaten ranks. The Saints moved to 7-1 by knocking off the last remaining unbeaten.
Tennis saw a new star shine. Russian youngster Karen Khachanov had a great week winning the Paris Masters. He beat Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, Domenic Thiem and John Isner in an incredible week.
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October 29th, 2018

Congrats to the Boston Red Sox. The World Series champions lost just three playoff games against the trio of the Yankees, Astros and Dodgers.

There were many heroes. Steve Pearce hit three home runs over the last two games. David Price threw seven brilliant innings in the final game. Chris Sale wrapped up the finale. JD Martinez, Mookie Betts, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. Wow! 
Dave Dombrowski brought in additional pieces. Nathan Eovaldi had a great postseason.
 
The Rams and Notre Dame remained unbeaten.
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October 22, 2018

The state of Ohio had a rough weekend.

Ohio State lost to Purdue while Cincinnati fell to Temple. Both teams came in unbeaten.
The Browns lost to the Bucs.
In the NFL, the Saints moved to 5-1 as Jason Tucker missed an extra point for the first time in his career. The Rams remained the lone unbeaten, while the Patriots beat the Bears.
The Red Sox and Dodgers made it to the World Series. That is an attractive matchup.
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October 15th, 2018

 

There were plenty of surprises in college football last weekend. Georgia, Penn State, West Virginia, Washington and Auburn all lost.

The ALCS and NLCS were splits. The Dodgers and Red Sox evened their respective series.
 
The Rams remained unbeaten. The Chiefs fell to the Patriots for Kansas City’s first setback of the season.
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October 8th, 2018

The Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams remained unbeaten. Kansas City was impressive against an injury-plagued Jacksonville squad. 

The Rams got past Seattle in an exciting game.
 
Alabama continued to roll, putting up 65 points vs. Arkansas. Notre Dame got a big win at Virginia Tech, while Florida handed LSU its first defeat of the season.
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October 1st, 2018

This is turning into an exciting season at South Bend.

The Irish found a special running back in Dexter Williams. Ian Book has taken over as a solid quarterback. Brian Kelly has a legitimate contender for a playoff berth.

Also over the weekend, Europe dominated the Ryder Cup. Fraceseco Molinari went 5-0 in the win. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson failed to earn a point.

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September 24th, 2018

Tiger Woods won a PGA Tour event for the first time since 2013, winning The Tour Championship. It was his first victory in over 1800 days.

Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup title and $10 million.
It was an interesting weekend for upsets. Old Dominion, entering 0-3, put up 49 points in a stunner vs. Virginia Tech.
The Buffalo Bills, a 17-point underdog, won at Minnesota.
Drew Brees led the Sainys to an OT-win over Atlanta. Brees also set a record for career completions.
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September 10th, 2018

 

It was a great weekend in sports.

College football, the NFL, baseball…

Alabama rolled again. Notre Dame and Florida State struggled. The Patriots won. The Bucs stunned the Saints.

The one thing that stood out was the US Open women’s final. Fans booed at the end and it took away from a great championship performance.

It is so sad the US Open women’s championship will be remembered for the controversy involving Serena Williams. Naomi Osaka was brilliant in winning the title. She deserves a lot of credit. I thought that Serena should have been warned before a game penalty was given.

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin DelPotro in straight sets to win the men’s title. It was a great tournament.

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September 3rd, 2018

I love attending the US Open in New York. I love the atmosphere and the tennis is great! Seeing the likes of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Serena…wow!

I also had a great time in the Big Apple seeing Bruce Springsteen and Pretty Woman.
 
College football got under way. Notre Dame got a big win over Michigan as the Irish defense was impressive. Alabama rolled over Louisville, Auburn edged Washington. Penn State struggled but got past Appalachian State.
 
Baseball also made news as Andrew McCutchen, Josh Donaldson and Gio Gonzalez were dealt.
 
The big NFL news came with the Raiders trading Khalil Mack to the Bears.
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August 27th, 2018

Another great weekend in sports.

The Tampa Bay Rays pulled out the brooms and swept the Red Sox. Blake Snell moved to 16-5 as Kevin Cash’s team continues to impress.
College football got underway with Hawaii beating Colorado State behind Cole McDonald throwing for ver 400 yards. Rice beat Prairie View, Wyoming beat New Mexico State and Massachusetts took out Duquesne.
 
The US Open is gearing up and I am excited to bring my family to the Big Apple.
NFL preseason rolls on and teams keep making moves.
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August 20th 2018

The US Open is right around the corner and Novak Djokovic showed why he is a legitimate contender. He beat Roger Federer in the finals of the event in Cincinnati.

Simona Halep was upset in the women’s final.
 
The Red Sox actually lost a game on Sunday!
 
The Astros got past the Athletics to avoid disaster.
 
Duke completed its impressive trip to Canada with RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson dominating.
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August 13th, 2018

Tiger Woods made a run at the PGA Championship, but he finished second behind champion Brooks Koepka. That marked the third major win in his last seven appearances on the big stage.

Rafael Nadal added another championship trophy, winning at Toronto. The big story at Rogers Cup was Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who beat Novk Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson before losing to Nadal in the final. The Greek is just 20 years old and has a bright future.
Big Blue Nation got a glimpse of what to expect as Kentucky shined in an exhibition event in the Bahamas. John Calipari has a legitimate national title contender.
The Red Sox continued to roll as JD Martinez makes a good case for MVP.
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July 23rd, 2018

The British Open provided lots of drama. Tiger Woods was back in contention for a major championship. He actually led in the final round before fading a bit.

Francesco Molinari won the championship, becoming the first Italian to win a major. He beat out a star-studded group of contenders, including defending champion Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Kevin Kisner, to name a few.

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July 2nd, 2018

It was another great weekend in sports.

The big news broke on Sunday night. King James decided to sign with the Lakers. LeBron agreed to a four-year deal, and the Western Conference got even stronger. The Warriors-Lakers rivalry will intensify with four regular-season meetings between James and Kevin Durant.

The World Cup saw two Sunday games got to penalty kicks. Talk about drama, baby! Who would have thought Russia would make the quarterfinals and Germany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Italy would not.

Baseball has been heating up. The Rays did a great job vs. the defending World Series champion Astros. Tampa Bay even beat Justin Verlander. The Yankees and Red Sox renewed the best rivalry in sports.

There was more NBA news as free agency got under way. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul. And Paul George re-signed with their respective teams. Trevor Ariza went to Phoenix, DeAndre Jordan to Dallas. 

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April 23rd 2018

The NBA playoffs have provided a lot of 3exciting moments already.

Anthony Davis scored 47 points as the Pelicans swept the Blazers. San Antonio got a win over Golden State to avoid a sweep. Miami and Philadelphia have battled it out.

One surprise is the 1 vs. 8 matchup in the East. John Wall has beendoing it all. What looked like a blowout series is now 2-2. Big Blue Nation had to be proud of Wall on Sunday. Washington had a strong finish and now we have a tight series.

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April 16th, 2018

The NBA playoffs are under way. Stars are shining like Ben Simmons, Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo.

The Cavaliers were disappointing in putting up 80 points vs. the Pacers.

Golden State was impressive against the Spurs. The Pelicans beat Portland. The Celtics snuck past Milwaukee.

This is a great time of the year.

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April 9th 2018

College basketball season ended a week ago, but there has been plenty of news.

Players declaring for the NBA draft. Coaching changes. A lot going on.

There are players transferring, grad transfers landing at Division I schools. There is not much of an off-season with recruiting and so much news.

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April 2nd, 2018

What a memorable college basketball weekend.

Notre Dame edged Connecticut and Mississippi State to win the national title. Villanova and Michigan advanced to the men’s title game.

Excitement galore, baby!

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Quote of the Week

“Michigan hoops is heading for a big season as this team plays superb defense.”

 -Dick Vitale