Fun Fact of the Day: The Arizona Cardinals have not scored in the 1st quarter this season. They are the only team that has yet to do so.
Arizona Cardinals beat San Francisco 49ers (33-21). The Cards were able to pull through with a win, despite losing starting QB Carson Palmer to a concussion last week. Instead, they relied on running back David Johnson, veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and their defense to hold off the 49ers. Now, the 49ers are in a wee bit of trouble. They are 1-4 to start the season and have the worst record in the NFC West. After fans chanted, “We want Kap!” during the game, Coach Chip Kelly said he will take a look the QB position and consider making the switch from starter Blaine Gabbert to the ever-controversial Colin Kaepernick.
ALDS Game 1 Recap. It’s the playoffs, folks! In the ALDS, the best of 5 games wins it. So far advantage: Toronto and Cleveland.
- Toronto Blue Jays beat Texas Rangers (10-1). The Jays started things off by annihilating the Rangers and silencing the local Texas fans. Jays RF Jose Bautista had a big 3-run homer in the 9th inning but alas, no bat flip this time. Remind me about this bat flip situation? These two teams have bad blood from last year’s ALDS. Last October, Bautista hit a series clinching 3-run homer and capped it off with an epic and some thought disrespectful bat flip. The Rangers have given him the stink eye ever since.
- Cleveland Indians beat Boston Red Sox (5-4). Cleveland sports fans are having a great year! (Minus the Browns of course… sorry, Browns.) In the 3rd inning, Francisco Lindor, Jason Kipnis, and Robert Perez all homered and the Indians held onto the lead for the win against Boston. Next up, in Game 2, the Indians will be starting their ace Corey Kluber against Boston’s David Price.
Seen and Heard
A young Buck. Fox Sports’ MLB and NFL play-by-play announcer, Joe Buck revealed that he had a serious hair-plug addiction. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, he talked about how he had his first hair plug treatment at age 24 in 1993. As a complication of his eighth (!!) hair plug surgery in 2011, one of his vocal cords was temporarily paralyzed and almost cost him his broadcasting career. At the time, he was ashamed and said he lost his voice because of a virus.
Hurricane Matthew keeping you indoors? Don’t worry we’ve got your weekend TV schedule right here:
Week 6 game of the week. There are a bunch of great top-25 team games this weekend, but everyone will be tuning in to watch #9 Tennessee @ #8 Texas A&M. Both teams are undefeated, but Texas A&M has been winning against more difficult opponents. That said, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. Last week, Tennessee managed to come back from behind and beat Georgia with this incredible Hail Mary. That wasn’t their only lucky win. Through the first 5 games, they have been outscored by 41 points in the first quarter, but they’ve managed to climb out of the hole each week and take home victory.
Week 5 games to watch:
- New England Patriots (3-1) v. Cleveland Browns (0-4). Our long national nightmare is over! Tom Brady is back at QB for the Pats after his 4-game Deflategate suspension. As a welcome home present, Brady’s first game should be a softball (Last Deflategate joke, I promise). The Browns are the only team in the NFL that hasn’t won a game. Sunday, 1pm ET on CBS
- Houston Texans (3-1) v. Minnesota Vikings (4-0). Both the Texans and Vikings look impressive, despite losing key players. The Texans lost 3x defensive player of the year J.J. Watt to a back injury, and the Vikings lost both starting QB Teddy Bridgewater and star running back Adrian Peterson. Sunday, 1pm ET on CBS
- Atlanta Falcons (3-1) v. Denver Broncos (4-0). This is the marquis matchup of the week! The Falcons just came off a ridiculous offensive performance against the Carolina Panthers with QB Matt Ryan throwing for 503 yards and wide receiver Julio Jones receiving for 300 yards. Now, they’re going to face the Broncos’ scary defense. Sunday, 4:05pm ET on FOX
MLB Playoff Schedule. The postseason continues this weekend with both the AL and NL division series. With nearly 12 hours of baseball on Friday alone, there’s simply too much for us to preview! Here are links to the complete schedule of all 4 series, a preview of each, and your reminder of the current playoff picture. We’ll recap the results for you on Monday!