Fun Fact of the Day: At age 25, Vin Scully was the youngest broadcaster to announce a World Series game. That was in 1955.
New England Patriots beat Houston Texans (27-0). It’s hard to believe that before the game the Patriots were actually underdogs. That’s because they had lost Tom Brady to Deflategate and backup Jimmy Garoppolo to a sprained shoulder joint, so they were on their 3rd string QB, rookie Jacoby Brissett. But Brissett didn’t make any big mistakes and he managed to pull through with yet another Pats victory. He even had an impressive 27-yard rushing touchdown—the longest by a Pats QB since 1976. Now, everyone is wondering if Belichick could win with just about anyone playing QB…? In fact, all 5 QBs that have made their career debut under Belichick have won their first game. Time to watch out, Tom Brady.
As usual, this weekend is jam-packed with sports! Here’s your own personal Goalposte programming guide… you’re welcome!
Week 3 games to watch. Here is your preview of the biggest NFL games this Sunday:
Minnesota Vikings @ Carolina Panthers. The game must go on, despite violence and protests outside the arena and in the streets of Charlotte. Both teams will be without their starting running backs: the Vikings will be missing their best player and last year’s league rushing leader, Adrian Peterson for the next 3-4 months, while the Panthers are missing both Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart. Now, everyone will be watching to see if Vikings’ recently acquired QB Sam Bradford can repeat last week’s impressive performance. 1pm ET on FOX
Washington Redskins @ New York Giants. The Redskins are desperate for a win, because they are 0-2 to start the season. QB Kirk Cousins needs to get his swagger back after poor play and bad decision-making in the first 2 games. Also, be sure to watch out for the most highly anticipated matchup of the week: Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Norman will be defending Beckham all game long, and things could get testy. The last time these 2 met, they collected 5 personal fouls between them. 1pm ET on FOX
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Philadelphia Eagles. Both these teams are 2-0 to start the season, so this should be an exciting game. All eyes will be on the Eagles’ uber-hyped rookie QB Carson Wentz. In his first 2 games, he hasn’t thrown a single interception in 71 attempts. Needless to say, folks in Philly are climbing aboard the Wentz wagon. But will he be up for his first big test? The Steelers’ defense has only allowed 2 touchdowns in its first 2 games of the season. 4:25pm on CBS
Week 4 game to watch. There are a few big matchups this weekend, but the biggest game of the week is #11 Wisconsin @ #8 Michigan State. Michigan State will try and ride the wave of momentum of last week’s big win against Notre Dame. Meanwhile Wisconsin is on the up-and-up after beginning the season unranked. They will be starting redshirt freshman QB Alex Hornibrook, who won the spot from fifth-year senior Bart Houston. Awkward. A win would help boost Wisconsin’s confidence for the tough schedule ahead; 4 of their next 5 games are against ranked Big Ten teams. Saturday 12pm ET on BTN
Thank you, Vin. Tonight is “Vin Scully Appreciation Night” at the L.A. Dodgers stadium, and he will be sorely missed. The 88-year-old has been with the team for 67 years. Even though he’s “embarrassed” and “uncomfortable” with the attention, that hasn’t stopped the compliments from pouring in. For one great example, check out this moving anecdote from fellow broadcaster Bob Costas about how Ray Charles was dying to meet Scully. Even though, Scully’s last game will be Oct. 2 (the last day of the regular season), this weekend will be his last at Dodgers stadium. He could have continued broadcasting Dodgers games into the postseason (they are leading the NL West), but he said he didn’t want to draw out his farewell or detract from the playoffs. What a class act. His last home game, Dodgers v. Colorado Rockies will be broadcast Sunday, 4:10pm ET on MLBN
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