Fun Fact of the Day: The NFL aka “No Fun League” instituted a new policy, which forbids teams from posting video clips or GIFs from games to social media. That didn’t stop a couple of teams from tweeting out their own remakes of key plays using tiny football player figurines.
ALCS: Cleveland Indians lead the Toronto Blue Jays in the series 2-0. It’s official: the Indians are the hottest team of the playoffs. The Indians’ breakout star is setup reliever Andrew Miller. Right before the playoffs, the team traded away 4 top prospects to get him and now they look like freaking geniuses. The Indians have been using him unconventionally—right smack dab in the middle of games, and it's been working.
NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs are tied 1-1. The Dodgers won 1-0 last night, thanks again to their ace Clayton Kershaw. Despite pitching 3 times in the past 6 days, Kershaw still had plenty of arm left. In past postseasons, he has pitched some disappointing 7th innings, but he put those demons behind him with last night’s dazzling performance.
Week 6 highlights. A lot happened yesterday, here’s your cheatsheet on the biggest stories of the weekend:
- Dak is off to the best start ever. In last night’s 30-16 win over the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott finally threw his first interception after 176 perfect passes, beating Tom Brady’s record of 162 passes without an interception to start his NFL career. Oh and that might be his last game for a while… Despite Dak’s incredible performance, the Cowboys are inexplicably planning to go back to starting Tony Romo in 2 weeks (after a bye week), when he returns from his back injury.
- Winning’s a Brees. QB Drew Brees led the New Orleans Saints to a 41-38 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Along the way, he set a new NFL record with his 16th career 400-yard passing game, passing Peyton Manning. I don’t want to talk about it… This loss brought the Panthers’ record to a pathetic 1-5. Their QB and notorious sore loser Cam Newton wasn’t pleased. He walked out of the post-game press conference within 90 seconds.
- Protesting the protest. Colin Kaepernick made his debut as the San Francisco 49ers starting QB this week against the Buffalo Bills. But it didn’t make too much of a difference; the 49ers still lost 45-16. Because of Kaepernick’s controversial national anthem protest, Bills fans were extra nasty during the game, including selling T-shirts that read: “Wanted: Notorious Disgrace to America” and “Shut Up and Stand, Kaepernick.”
- A knee in need. Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger left yesterday’s game with a knee injury and is expected to get surgery on his torn meniscus today. Stay tuned for updates on his return.
- A new celebrity power couple. NY Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. made headlines earlier this month for his bad attitude. During a couple games, he threw massive hissy fits on the sidelines, including once getting into a fight with a kicking net. Now, it looks like he’s back to playing well and having fun. Yesterday, he had the best game of his career, catching for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Giants’ win over the Baltimore Ravens. Afterwards, Beckham celebrated by cuddling with and later proposing to the kicking net. Yes, it was as weird as it sounds.
Week 7 highlights. There were a couple of close calls at the top of the rankings to know about:
- #2 Ohio State came back from behind to narrowly beat #8 Wisconsin (30-23) in overtime.
- #3 Clemson almost lost to unranked NC State. At the end of the 4th quarter, NC State’s kicker missed a 33-yard field goal that would have given them the win. Instead, the game went to overtime, where Clemson was able to squeak out a 24-17 victory. The AP football pollsters thought game was too close for comfort. Yesterday, they dropped Clemson in the rankings to #4 behind Michigan.
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A family tragedy. Trinity Gay, a promising young sprinter and the 15-year-old daughter of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay, died after being shot at a restaurant in Kentucky. The stray bullet came from 2 nearby cars that exchanged gunfire.
ALCS Game 3. Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays. Can the Indians make take a 3-0 lead in the series? 8pm ET on TBS
New York Jets (1-4) @ Arizona Cardinals (2-3). Neither of these teams is off to a great start, but this should be a fun and friendly rivalry game between coaches. Jets coach Todd Bowles used to play safety for Cardinals coach Bruce Arians back at Temple University. 8:30pm ET on ESPN
Q&A with Liz Panucci
Read our feature on Liz Panucci, the founder and editor of NFLFemale.com, which has grown into a broad social network that features female fans representing all 32 NFL teams. Read on to find out how Panucci fell in love with the NFL as a Canadian teenager and how she got the inspiration for NFLFemale.com.