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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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July 9th, 2018

It was another great week in sports.

Wimbledon saw a ton of upsets as nine of the top 10 seeded women made it through the first week. Serena Williams moved on as she is alive in the hunt for a 24th Grand Slam title. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are still going strong on the men’s side.

The World Cup Final Four is set. France, Belgium, England and Croatia are still in the hunt.

The NBA summer league got underway as DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young and a solid rookie class got under way. Don’t get carried away with all the stats from NBA summer league action.

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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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June 25th, 2018

A lot of things from last week.


The NBA draft had few surprises. Michael Porter fell to Denver at 14. Robert Williams dropped to Boston at 27.

Roger Federer saw his 20-match grass court streak end when he was upset at a Wimbledon warmup by Borna Coric.

The Tampa Bay Reds swept the Yankees. The Cincinnati Reds swept a for-game series against the Cubs.

The World Cup rolled on. Germany rallied to beat Sweden. Argentina fell to Croatia and was in trouble.

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Quote of the Week

“Rutgers had no choice but to close the deal for Greg Schiano. He’s the right choice to bring the Scarlet Knights from the depths of despair."

 -Dick Vitale