Fun Fact of the Day: World Series Game 7 had more than 40 million viewers, making it the most viewed baseball game in 25 years. It had better ratings than this year’s Game 7 of the NBA Finals, but it didn’t beat the ratings for this year’s Super Bowl or the presidential debates.
Save the drama for your mama. Kevin Durant and his new team, the Golden State Warriors destroyed his old team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (122-96). The game started off pretty even, until Thunder player Jerami Grant dunked over KD. Bad idea. KD caught fire, scoring 39 points, and matching a career high seven 3-pointers. What happened between KD and Russ? Absolutely nothing. Disappointing, I know. The two ignored each other before the game, but that’s not too surprising; Russell Westbrook never shakes hands with opponents before games—not even his “brother.”
Buc up. The Atlanta Falcons easily beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43-28, behind QB Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan and star wide receiver Julio Jones.
Seen and Heard
The party continues… If you’re still rewatching Chicago Cubs highlights from Game 7 of the World Series you’re not alone. Yesterday, everyone was reliving the magic: kids showed up late to school, Budweiser released a Harry Caray tribute video, and one fan cracked a 32-year-old beer that he put in the fridge to be opened only in case of a Cubs World Series victory. There were also a bunch of touching stories that will melt your cold, hard heart—like this man who kept his promise to listen to the game with his late father and this tale about a 94-year-old Cubs fan that passed away between Games 2 and 3.
Spotlight on Theo Epstein
With last night’s long awaited Cubs win, everyone is talking about the Chicago Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein. The 42 year-old baseball genius is already being touted as a future Hall of Famer. Here are your cliff notes on Epstein. (WARNING: Prepare to feel like a major underachiever.)
Baseball beginnings. Epstein went to Yale undergrad and was obsessed with baseball, working at internships with the Baltimore Orioles every summer. When he graduated he got a job with the San Diego Padres and simultaneously got his J.D. from San Diego School of Law. Within 5 years, he had worked his way up to the Padres’ Director of Baseball Operations.
Ending that first curse. When Epstein’s boss at the Padres became the Red Sox new president and CEO, he named Epstein the youngest GM in baseball history at just 28 years old. Epstein was known for making risky trades, attracting top talent with big deals, and scouting underrated prospects. Within 2 years they had ended the Red Sox 86-year World Series drought and then won another championship 3 years later.
Turning around the Lovable Losers. When Epstein went to the Cubs in 2011, it was a much bigger challenge. They were in pretty dire straits, having lost 91 games that season. Epstein replicated his winning strategy and tanked in the early seasons to get top draft picks. After finishing in last place in the NL Central division for his first 3 seasons, things turned around the next season. And the rest is history…
A dynasty? The future of this Cubs team is bright. They have a young talented core in Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Javier Baez, and Addison Russell, and all of them have contracts through 2021.
Baseball season is over, but not all is lost… There’s still plenty of football for you to watch this weekend:
Week 9 games to watch. This Sunday be sure to tune into these top games:
- Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (3-4). This is one of the best rivalries in the NFL. The Ravens have lost their last 4 consecutive games, but this week they are hoping to bounce back with a healthy roster. Meanwhile Steelers QB “Big Ben” Roethlisberger is expected to make another superhuman, early return from injury, after getting knee surgery just 2 weeks ago. 1pm ET on CBS
- Denver Broncos (6-2) @ Oakland Raiders (6-2). These two teams are tied on top of the AFC West. The Raiders are coming in hot behind QB Derek Carr, who leads their dynamic offense. The Broncos, on the other hand, are still trying to regroup after losing running back C.J. Anderson to a season-ending knee injury. 8pm ET on NBC
Week 10 games to watch. We’re just 4 weeks away from the end of the season. Here are the top games to tune into this College Game Day Saturday:
- #1 Alabama @ #13 LSU. Alabama is still sitting pretty at the top of the College Football rankings, behind their phenomenal freshman QB Jalen Hurts. Now, they’ll go head-to-head against a Les Miles-less LSU, which has won its last 3 games. 8pm ET on CBS
- #10 Nebraska @ #6 Ohio State. The loser of this game can kiss their College Football Playoff hopes goodbye! Both these teams have 7-1 records, and they are anxious to nail down another quality win to get a boost in the rankings. 8pm ET on ABC