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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 12th, 2018

College basketball got underway. Duke was impressive against Kentucky. Florida State dominated Florida. Auburn blew out Washington.

There were also upsets. Stony Brook beat South Carolina. Buffalo stunned West Virginia. Texas Southern knocked off Baylor. Furman stunned Loyola-Chicago.

College football saw most of the big boys win again. Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia moved closer to the college football playoff.

The NFL saw the Saints win their eighth in a row. The Rams and Chiefs also won to remain impressive.

The NBA saw the Toronto Raptors move to 12-1. This has been an impressive start for Kawhi Leonard and company.

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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 17th, 2018

It was another wild weekend in college football.

LSU got a big win at Auburn. Ohio State fought hard and beat TCU. Wisconsin was stunned at home by BYU. Florida State was humiliated by Syracuse. Nebraska lost to Troy.

Maryland fell at home to Temple. Arkansas got blitzed at home by North Texas.Northwestern lost to Akron.

Notre Dame got a win over Vanderbilt. I predicted that the Commodores would not be cupcake city.

In the NFL, Tampa Bay moved to 2-0 for the first time since 2010 as Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for over 400 yards. Patrick Mahomes had six TD passes vs. the Steelers.

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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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August 6th, 2018

It was another good weekend in sports.

The Red Sox continued to dominate, winning a series over the Yankees. One of the best stories in baseball stayed hot as the Athletics won six in a row. Oakland would be in the wild card if the season ended today.

There was great emotion in the Pro Football Hall of Fame speeches. It was a very talented class enshrined in Canton.

There was great golf as Justin Thomas won the WGC-Bridgestone event.

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July 30th, 2018

Lots of news with the baseball trade deadline.

Cole Hamels, JA Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, Asrubal Cabrera, Mike Moustakas, Zach Britton and Brad Brach were among the players moving.

We will see if there are other blockbusters ahead.

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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 16th, 2018

Another great sports week...

France won the World Cup, a sporting event embraced by millions worldwide. The French beat Croatia in the finals, 4-2.

Wimbledon concluded with Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber winning the title. It was a great event and the men's semifinals were memorable for very long matches.

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Quote of the Week

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

 -Dick Vitale