Fun Fact of the Day: Yesterday, Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer won AL Rookie of the Year and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously named NL Rookie of the Year. Seager became the 17th Dodger to win the award; no other team has more than 8.
The Giants are back. Last night, the NY Giants squeaked out a close 21-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. That brought them to 6 wins so far this season, matching their total win count in each of the past 2 seasons under their old coach Tom Coughlin. The Giants’ superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. also celebrated an impressive milestone: he became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 3,500 receiving yards in just 36 career games.
Seen and Heard
Is the party over for Gronk? *FANTASY FOOTBALL ALERT* New England Patriots tight end and notorious party boy Rob Gronkowski may have punctured his lung during this weekend’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Apparently, it’s less serious than it sounds, but TBD on how long he’ll be out.
Bad news bears. Good thing Chicago has the Cubs, because the Bears’ season is going from bad to worse. Their top wide receiver Alshon Jeffery was suspended for 4 games because he tested positive for PEDs. This suspension spells trouble for Jeffery, because he’s currently playing under the franchise tag and will be a free agent at the end of this season. He won’t have many virtues to extoll to potential suitors because his on-field performance has been slowing down, too; he’s only caught 1 touchdown all season. Who else is can we blame? Rumor has it that the Bears are fed up with QB Jay Cutler. He sat out half the season with a thumb injury and came back last week with a surprise win over the Minnesota Vikings. This week, he was back to being the terrible Jay Cutler we all know and hate with an embarrassing 36-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs.
Singing the maize and blues. Michigan’s quarterback, Wilton Speight broke his collarbone in this weekend’s loss to Iowa. Coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t telling when Speight’s expected to return, but sources say he might be out for the rest of the season. This is extra bad timing for the Wolverines because they must win their last 2 games of the season, if they want to make it to the College Football Playoffs. One of those remaining games is against archenemy and current AP Poll #2-ranked Ohio State.
World Cup Qualifier. The USMNT has made it to the final round of the qualifiers, called the Hexagonal or “Hex” because there are 6 teams competing. Now, the teams will play each other over the course of the next year and the top 3 teams will automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup. So far, team USA has already lost to Mexico. Tonight they will face Costa Rica and they will have their work cut out for them, because Costa Rica boasts one of the best goalies in the game, Keylor Navas of the Real Madrid FC. Meanwhile our own goalie and the American hero of the last World Cup, Tim Howard will be out the next several months with a groin injury. 9pm ET, streaming on beIN Sports (i.e., probably head over to a bar)