The NFL regular season came to an end. The Cleveland Browns made the playoffs for the first time since 2002. The Indianapolis Colts earned the final AFC playoff berth, edging Miami.
The Chicago Bears lost to Green Bay but got into the postseason. The Packers and Kansas City Chiefs earned the top seeds in the conference playoffs.
Alabama and Ohio State earned spots in the college football national championship game.
Gonzaga and Baylor continued to shine as the top two college basketball teams. There were upsets as Tennessee, Kansas and Wisconsin were among the teams that fell.
The College Football Playoff is set. Congrats to Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Notre Dame advanced to the final four!
In college hoops, Gonzaga showed again why they are ranked #1 in the polls, dominating Luka Garza and Iowa. Xavier remained unbeaten with a win over Marquette.
In the NFL, the Buffalo Bills claimed their first AFC East title since 1995, beating the Denver Broncos. The Titans put up 46 points against the Lions.
College basketball has been hampered by Covid postponements. Gonzaga-Baylor would have been special. We did have a good one with Villanova edging Texas.
We have also seen some teams struggle. Kentucky fell to 1-3 with a loss to Georgia Tech. The upsets continued as Wisconsin lost to Marquette.
The NFL saw the Saints clinch a playoff berth with a ninth straight win. The Giants stunned the Seahawks. The Jets continued their losing ways and the Bears dropped a sixth straight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.