Fun Fact of the Day: With the Cleveland Browns starting the season 0-6, they already have a 68% chance of getting the #1 pick in the NFL draft, which goes to the team with the worst record in the league.
ALCS: Cleveland Indians lead the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0. Last night, the Indians continued their win streak by beating the Blue Jays 4-2. But things got off to a rocky start. Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer was pulled from the game in the 1st inning because his finger was gushing blood. Last week, he sliced his pinky open when he was doing some routine maintenance on his drone. No joke. He got stitches and was pushed back in the rotation from Game 2 to Game 3. Apparently, that wasn’t long enough to heal. Once his finger started looking like a gross geyser, the Indians used 6 relievers to piece together the rest of game. Next up: The Indians will try and finish off the Blue Jays behind ace Corey Kluber, who will pitch in tonight’s game on only 3 days rest.
Arizona Cardinals beat the NY Jets 28-3. The Jets couldn’t stop the Cardinals’ star running back David Johnson, who rushed for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns. Actually, the Jets couldn’t do much of anything. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in the 3rd quarter after he threw an interception—his 11th of the season and the worst in the NFL. Backup QB Geno Smith came in and started marching up the field until he also threw an interception. Any other bright ideas? Despite the abysmal 1-5 record, Jets coach Todd Bowles says they’re going to stick with starting Fitzpatrick for the next game.
Seen and Heard
When 12 = 10. Despite the deceptive name, the Big 12 conference has been made up of 10 teams since 2011. All summer long, the conference talked about expanding back up to 12-14 teams to get more TV revenue. Yesterday, they finally gave up and decided stay at 10. Why the change of heart? Back in 2011, ESPN and FOX agreed to pay a lot of money for the Big 12’s TV rights, including another $25M per year for any additional expansion teams. Now, the TV stations are looking at their pocketbooks and begging the Big 12 not to expand. So far, the Big 12 has agreed to put expansion on hold and look into other sources of revenue.
Spotlight on Dak Prescott v. Tony Romo
During the preseason, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo took a big hit and broke his back. While he’s been resting up, rookie QB Dak Prescott led the team to a 5-1 record. With Tony expected to return in 2 weeks (after a bye week), everyone is wondering will the Cowboys stick with Dak or switch back to starting Tony?
The case for Dak. Dak has led the team to 5 straight wins and the best record in the NFC East. Most people think the Cowboys should ride that momentum and live the motto, “Once you go Dak, you don’t go back.” Despite being a rookie, Dak oozes poise and hasn’t made any big mistakes. In fact, he finally threw his first interception this past week after 176 perfect passes, beating Tom Brady’s record of 162 passes without an interception to start his NFL career. The other big pro? Dak doesn’t have a broken back. Tony is looking a bit fragile these days. In addition to his broken back, he missed 12 games last season for a broken collarbone and injured shoulder.
The case for Tony. Sure Dak’s record seems impressive, but Tony fans will have you take a closer look at those wins. First of all, Dak’s had help from the team’s fantastic offensive line and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. Then there’s the fact that 3 of the teams Dak beat (the Redskins, Bears, and 49ers) had a combined 1-8 record before playing the Cowboys. Couldn’t Tony have won those games too? Need another reason to start Tony? He’s 36 years old and the team owes him loads of cash. If he doesn’t play, the team’s admitting that his career’s basically over. But if he gets out onto the field, they might be able to drive up his value for a trade.
What are they leaning towards? Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks Tony is Grrrreeeat! He has said multiple times that Tony is still the team’s #1 quarterback. We’ll have to wait and see if he folds under the overwhelming pro-Dak pressure.
ALCS Game 4: Cleveland Indians @ Toronto Blue Jays. The Indians lead the series 3-0. 4pm ET on TBS
NLCS Game 3: Chicago Cubs @ Los Angeles Dodgers. The series is tied 1-1. 8pm ET on FS1