Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, Washington Capitals winger Daniel Winnik lost a piece of his ear when the puck hit him in the head. After getting it checked out, he went back into the game.
NLCS: Chicago Cubs are 1 win away from the World Series. The Cubs bounced back from their funk, after stressing out their fans by getting shut out of 2 straight games earlier this week. They won their 2nd straight game, beating the LA Dodgers 8-4 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. Next up, they head back home to Chicago, where they have 2 chances to seal the deal on another trip to the World Series.
Not everything’s rosy for Chicago… During last night’s 26-10 loss to the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears QB Brian Hoyer went out of the game with a broken arm. Hoyer was already the Bears’ 2nd QB of the season, after starting QB Jay Cutler injured his thumb in Week 2. The team was forced to put in 3rd stringer Matt Barkley, who hadn’t attempted a pass since 2013. He finished the game 6 of 15 for 81 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Ouch.
The Sparks win the ‘ship. The Los Angeles Sparks beat the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76 thanks to a clutch shot by league MVP Nneka Ogwumike in the final seconds of the tie-breaking 5th game of the series. After getting cut from the Olympic team this summer, Sparks star Candace Parker won the Finals MVP for her standout 28-point performance. She emotionally dedicated the win to her former Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, who passed away earlier this year. Not so fast… Of course, the end of the game was not without controversy. Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve pointed out that officials allowed an earlier shot by Ogwumike after the shot clock expired.
Seen and Heard
Kicked to the curb. Police released new documents, in the domestic abuse investigation of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown. In journal entries, he admitted to abusing his then-wife and viewing her as his slave. Earlier this year, the NFL conducted their own independent investigation but were denied access to these documents. They suspended Brown for just 1 game, despite his ex-wife’s claims that she had been abused on 20+ occasions. The Giants also turned a blind eye, signing Brown to a 2-year $4M deal. Now, the NFL and Giants are reopening their investigation. In the meantime, Brown won’t be traveling with the Giants to their game in London this weekend.
Next time keep an eye out for strippers. Louisville’s Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has been charged with failing to monitor a staff member in his basketball program. Somehow he didn’t notice when one of his staffers paid over 2 dozen strippers to strip for and sleep with college recruits from 2010-2014. Pitino could still face some serious penalties, but fortunately Louisville’s basketball program escaped unscathed. Last season, the team preemptively banned themselves from March Madness, despite finishing the season ranked #14.
Have a Halloween costume yet? You should probably brainstorm while watching sports. Here’s your schedule for the weekend:
NLCS: Los Angeles Dodgers @ Chicago Cubs. The Cubs lead the series 3-2. Tune into Game 6 on Saturday and Game 7 (if necessary) on Sunday, both games at 8pm ET on FS1.
Week 7 games to watch:
- New England Patriots (5-1) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2). Steelers QB “Big Ben” Roethlisberger had to get surgery on his meniscus and will be out the next 4-6 weeks. In the meantime, backup QB Landry Jones will hit the field and you can bet he’ll be leaning on the team’s star running back duo of Le’Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams. 4:25pm ET on CBS
- Seattle Seahawks (4-1) @ Arizona Cardinals (3-3). The Cards got off to a slow start, but now they’ve won their past 2 games and things seem to be back on track. The Seahawks may look like they have an impressive record, but last week’s hard-fought victory against the Falcons was their only win against a team with a winning record. 8:30pm ET on NBC
Week 8 games to watch:
- #6 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama. Alabama is the favorite to win the national championship, but Texas A&M will be the team’s biggest challenge to-date. Be sure to watch out for Alabama’s freshman QB, Jalen Hurts who has been knocking off ranked SEC teams week-after-week. 3:30pm ET on CBS
- #17 Arkansas @ #21 Auburn. Auburn’s coming into this game on a hot streak, having won their last 3 games. But they had the same 4-2 record last year, when Arkansas beat them in quadruple overtime. Afterwards, Auburn went into a tailspin, losing 4 of their last 7 games of the season. Now, they’re hoping history doesn’t repeat itself. 6pm ET on ESPN