Playoff baseball is off and running! The games are long but when there are home runs, grand slams and close games no one is really complaining. With the divisonal round wrapping up this week we will soon see who is joining Houston in the race to the World Series. #3 ranked Oklahoma and #7 ranked Michigan both were upset in college football. Michigan’s loss to Michigan State was the 8th time in 10 years they have failed to beat their rival and brought the ire of many fans on coach Jim Harbaugh. This all combined with a dull week in the NFL leads us right into the past week in sports:
The Good: The 17,048 people who saw the best college football game of our lifetime
Western Michigan. Buffalo. History. How did we not see this one coming? Two juggernauts in the perennial powerhouse that is the Mid-American Conference (MAC) met under the bright lights of UB Stadium in Buffalo, New York in what was nothing short of spectacular. Three lead changes in the fourth quarter highlighted a back and forth game that was sent into overtime when Buffalo drilled a field goal to tie it up with 34 seconds left. Now this – is where it gets good. The game proceeded to go through a record tying 7 overtimes concluding in a record 139 combined points. The over/under line for this game was 51 and both teams individually passed it. This game even had a signature moment when the sister of a Western Michigan wide retriever rushed the field after a touchdown thinking her brother had just won the game when instead she was asked to leave the stadium and miss the next five overtimes. Western Michigan still won in the end though, 71 to 68.
The Bad: The NBA
I wrote before about the upcoming games the NBA had scheduled with the National Basketball League (NBL) of Australia and this week the first of these games came to fruition. Unfortunately for the NBA this game was much much closer than they would have liked. The Oklahoma City Thunder just escaped Melbourne United 86-85 thanks to two huge blocks as time expired. The Thunder played their starters longer than anyone expected and the game was actually competitive as opposed to the warm-up preseason blowout it was supposed to be. The game was close enough for both Melbourne and the NBL to deem it a win for their side announcing via Twitter that “They have arrived.”
The Ugly: The New York Giants
Being 0-5 is punishment within itself. Being winless and watching your entire team physically fall apart in front of your eyes is a punishment unfit for any sports fan. Unfortunately the latter is the current state of affairs for Giants fans as they watched four wide receivers carted off the field during their game Sunday. The most notable exit came when the cornerstone of their offense, Odell Beckham Jr., exited with a fractured left ankle that will leave him out for the rest of the season. The good news is that it can only go up from here…right? Maybe not with Eli Manning among a group of older quarterbacks who appear to be on their last leg. There’s still time to jump on the Jets bandwagon Giants fans.