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November 23rd, 2020

The NBA has made a lot of news Anthony Edwards was the #1 pick in the draft. Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum got max contracts. Free agency saw a ton of moves, including Gordon Haywood going to Charlotte, Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers and on and on.
The Pittsburgh Steelers moved to 10-0 with a win over Jacksonville. 
Northwestern knocked off Wisconsin in the Big Ten.
Danil Medvedev won the ATP Finals in London. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic missed out on the title match.
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November 16th, 2020

Who would have thoughts Michigan and Penn State would ever combine to post a 1-7 football record. Nebraska beat the Nittany Lions, while Wisconsin blew out the Wolverines, so that is where we are.

Notre Dame remained unbeaten in in the hunt for a CFB playoff berth. Ian Book has been the star of stars for the Irish.

The Steelers remained unbeaten. The Ravens were stunned by the Patriots. Kyler Murray hit DeAndre Hopkins on a Hail Mary as the Cardinals beat the Bills.

Congrats to Kevin Cash as AL Manager of the Year. Don Mattingly won in the NL. Jose Abreu was AL MVP while Freddie Freeman won in the NL.

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November 9th, 2020

Notre Dame got a big win over Clemson in double OT. I know the Tigers were missing Trevor Lawrence, but credit the Irish for putting up 47 points against the Tiger defense.

The Big Ten continued to show surprising results. Penn State, now 0-3, fell to Maryland. Michigan slipped to 1-2, falling to Indiana.

The Pac-12 opened its season as USC rallied with two late TDs to beat Arizona State.

In the NFL, the Steelers remained unbeaten. Patrick Mahomes threw for 372 yards and four TD’s as Kansas City edged Carolina. The Bills beat the Seahawks while the Titans beat the Bears.

Authentic won the Breeders Cup Classic. Chase Elliott won the NASCAR title.

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November 2, 2020

A busy week in sports.

Michigan was upset by Michigan State. Maryland scored a big upset over Minnesota. Texas knocked off previously unbeaten Oklahoma State. Ohio State won at Ohio State.Auburn was very impressive over Auburn.

In the NFL, the Steelers remained unbeaten, the Jets remained winless. The Packers were stunned by the Vikings, the Titans were upset by the Bengals.

Managerial news as the White Sox hired Tony LaRussa and the Tigers named AJ Hinch.

Novak Djokovic suffered one of his most lopsided losses as a pro. He fell to Lorenzo Sonego in Austria.

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October 26th 2020

The World Series has had plenty of drama. Game four was the wildest, dramatic game I’ve ever seen. Los Angeles now leads 3-2.

It was also good to see the Big Tenfootball season begin. Michigan had an impressive win at Minnesota. Ohio State and Justin Fields took care of Nebraska. Rutgers snapped a 21-game Big Ten losing streak by stunning Michigan State. Purdue scored an upset of Iowa while Indiana shocked Penn State.

The Steelers remained unbeaten with a big win over Tennessee. Tampa Bay had an Impressive victory over the Raiders. The Seahawks fell from the unbeaten ranks, losing to Arizona. The Jets fell to 0-7.

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October 19th, 2020

What a great time to be a fan in the Tampa area. The Lightning won the Stanley Cup, the Rays are going to the World Series, and Tom Brady has the Bucs in the hunt. The win over Green Bay said a lot.

The Rays and Dodgers will be an exciting World Series.

Alabama had Nick Saban on the sidelines and scored a big win over Georgia.

Teofilo Lopez scored an upset with over Vasily Lomachenko to become a four-belt lightweight champion. His future is so bright, baby.

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October 12th, 2020

Congrats to the NBA champion Lakers! LeBron James and Anthony Davis would not be denied. Jimmy Butler and the Heat pushed the series to six games.

I was thrilled as the Tampa Bay Rays knocked off the Yankees!

The Las Vegas Raiders made some noise, pushing the Chiefs from the unbeaten ranks. The Steelers moved to 4-0 for the first time since 1979.

The tennis world saw a great matchup in the French Open men’s championship, 1 vs. 2. Rafa Nadal tied Roger Federer with his 20th Grand Slam, winning the French over Novak Djokovic..

The women’s title was shock city as unseeded 19-year old Iga Swiatek earned her first Slam title. She is the first Polish player, male or female, to accomplish that feat.

College football saw the top two team win again. Trevor Lawrence led Clemson to a win over Miami. Alabama got five TDs from Najee Harris in a win over Mississippi. There were upsets as Florida and LSU went down.

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October 5th, 2020

College football has had so many upsets.

Oklahoma lost back-to-back regular season games for the first time since 1999, falling to Iowa State.

Texas lost to TCU. Central Florida fell to Tulsa. Mississippi State was stunned by Arkansas. Pittsburgh lost to NC State and Memphis was upset by SMU. Not easy to figure out.

Tom Brady had five TD passes vs. the Chargers. The Seahawks remained unbeaten. The Cowboys fell to 1-3.

Jimmy Butler had a monster game as the Heat pulled back to down 2-1 against the Lakers in the finals.

The French Open saw shockers on the women’s side as seeds 1, 2 and 5 missed out of the quarterfinals.

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September 28th, 2020

College football saw a couple of major upsets as a pair of top 10 teams fell at home. Oklahoma lost to Kansas State while Mississippi State, led by KJ Costello’s SEC record 623 passing yards, stunned LSU.

The wildest game of the weekend had Texas rallying to beat Texas Tech, 63-56.

Seattle moved to 3-0 as Russell Wilson had another five TD passes. The Bills beat the Rams to move to 3-0. The Bears are a surprising 3-0.

The Jets, Giants and Falcons are among 0-3 teams.

The Lakers eliminated Denver to advance to the NBA Finals. Miami got past Boston to set up a good final.

The Tampa Bay Lightning had a shot to win the Stanley Cup but were forced to game six by Dallas.

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September 21st, 2020

Another busy sports week.

Bryson DeChambeau won the US Open, his first golf major.

The NFL had some great games. The Chiefs rallied to beat the Chargers in OT. The Cowboys came from way back to stun the Falcons. Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette led the Bucs to the winner’s circle.

College football saw Central Florida win impressively at Georgia Tech. Notre Dame won by 52 over South Florida.

The Lakers took a 2-0 series lead over the Nuggets.

Tennis saw a shock when Rafael Nadal lost at Italy.

The Padres earned their first playoff berth in 14 years.

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September 14th, 2020

The NFL season started with Patrick Mahomes leading Kansas City past Houston. Then the Tom Brady-Drew Brees matchup was the headline on Sunday, with the Saints getting the win. DeAndre Hopkins had 14 caches for 151 yards in Arizona’s upset of San Francisco.

Miami dominated top-seeded Milwaukee in its Eastern Conference series.

Naomi Osaka impressed on and off the court in winning the US Open. Domenic Thiem won the men’s singles in a five-set final.

College football had a few surprises. Louisiana won at Iowa State. Kansas State lost to Arkansas State. Coastal Carolina won at Kansas.

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September 7th, 2020

A busy sports week with NBA, NHL, MLB, NFL news, US Open tennis and PGA.

The Bucks stayed alive with a win over the Heat Sunday. Boston won two of three from Toronto. The West is tight early. The NY Islanders, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Las Vegas made the NHL’s final four.

The Yankees have really struggled lately, losing again Sunday vs. Baltimore. The AL Central remains an incredible race.

Novak Djokovic was disqualified in a stunning turn at the US Open. American women have been a pleasant surprise as Jen Brady and Shelby Rogers have moved on. 

Mike Trout hit his 300th HR. The Rays moved further ahead in the Al East. 

Adrian Peterson landed in Detroit. Leonard Fournette became a Buc.

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August 31st, 2020

Protests for social justice dominated sports during the week. Games were postponed/cancelled in the NBA, NHL, MLB, WNBA, MLS, ATP and WTA.

When play resumed, the Lakers and Bucks moved onto the next round of the playoffs. King James and Anthony Davis combined for 79 points as the Lakers dispatched Portland (minus Damian Lillard) in five games. The Clippers also eliminated the Mavericks and Luka Doncic.

Tough week for NBA coaches. The Sixers fired Brett Brown while the Pacers fired coach Nate McMillan.

I’m sorry to learn of the passing of Hall of Famer Lute Olson, an icon at Iowa and Arizona.I loved doing his games at ESPN through the years. I called Lute the Frank Lloyd Wright of coaching for building a first class program .Please God May Lute RIP. 

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August 24th, 2020

Luka Doncic had a special game, 43-17-13 and the winning shot against the Clippers.

The San Diego Padres extended their win streak to seven games.

Dustin Johnson was so impressive at the Northern Trust event.

The Celtics swept the Sixers.

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August 17, 2020

It was great sports week.

The Portland Trail Blazers earned the last playoff spot, beating Memphis in a play-in. Next up, the Lakers and it will not be easy for LeBron and company. Damian Lillard scored 61 vs. Dallas,

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets took a NHL playoff game into the fifth overtime. 

It was also a tough sports week. The Big Ten and Pac-12 cancelled football for the 2020 season. The Pac-12 also cut the first two months of college basketball.

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August 10th, 2020

It was great seeing the NBA, MLB and NHL taking over most of the sports headlines. 

Luka Doncic put on a special performance vs. the Bucks. He went for 36 points, 19 assists and 14 rebounds in an OT win over Milwaukee. Mark Cuban had to be thrilled with that effort!

TJ Warren keeps on putting up special numbers. He keyed a win over the Lakers on Saturday.

The Philadelphia Flyers and Las Vegas Golden Knights secured the top seeds in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks, Coyotes and Canadiens scored early series upsets.

The Florida Marlins have been a big early surprise in baseball.

College football saw the MAC cancel its season.

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August 3rd, 2020

It was a busy week for sports. The NBA came back and there were several great games. TJ Warren of the Pacers had 53 points in a win over the Sixers. The Rockets beat the Mavericks in a wild game. The Celtic edged the Blazers. The Raptors beat the Lakers.

The NHL postseason started and there were early upsets. The Blackhawks beat the Oilers. The Coyotes turned the Predators.

Justin Thomas won the Fed Ex St. Jude Invitational. 

Oklahoma gave Lincoln Riley a six-year contract extension. The Chargers gave Joey Bosa a five-year contract extension.

The Pac-10 went to a conference-only football schedule for this season.

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July 27th, 2020

Baseball is back. NBA preseason also returned. The WNBA season began at IMG Academy. NHL is coming soon. We have boxing, golf, UFC, some tennis.

Will NFL and college football happen in September?

The highlight was Gerrit Cole vs. Max Scherzer. The Yankees pitcher was outstanding in his first start with the Bronx Bombers. Then there was Nelson Cruz of the Twins with 10 RBI in the last two games. 

Michael Thompson won the PGA’s 3M Classic.

Sports is coming back.

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July 20th 2020

It was great to see baseball back on the field even if it was preseason. No fans, social distancing, masks. 

Clint Frazier and Didi Gregorius homered wearing masks!

We also enjoyed The Memorial golf tournament. Several big names missed the cut, including Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler. It was nice to see Tiger Woods made the cut. In the end, the winner was Jon Rahm, who moved to #1 in the world rankings.

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July 13th, 2020

Big news out of college football as the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancelled all non-conference games. Matchups like Michigan-Washington, Ohio State-Oregon and Notre Dame-Wisconsin, Notre Dame-USC and Alabama-USC disappeared. The Atlantic Coast Conference announced that each of its fall Olympic Sports will delay the start of competition until at least September 1.

The Ryder Cup for 2020 was also postponed until 2021.

It was certainly a good week for Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. He received a lucrative, 10-year contract extension.

Collin Morikawa rallied from three shots back with three holes to play, beating Justin Thomas in a playoff to win the PGA event.

Sideline Cancer and Golden Eagles made the final of TBT.

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Quote of the Week

“We need to take this Coronavirus seriously. Listen to the experts."

-Dick Vitale