In respect to my partner Ross: Congratulations to the Giants for winning the NL West Title.
In respect to all my Dodgers fans out there: The Padres almost took it away from the Giants, they are lucky to have that crowd behind them and to be playing the last 3 games in San Francisco. The Giants better hope that they can hit when they get to the NLDS, otherwise they will be one and done. I am hoping for one and done.
Interesting fact of the Day: The Cleveland Browns have led in the 4th Quarter of EVERY game this year. Regular Season Record: 1-3
Monday Musing by The Heckler
San Francisco 49ers
So where do I began with the 49ers. They led in Sunday's game for 59:58 of the game. Of course that means they lost in the last seconds. Final score: 16-14. Season record: 0-4. Next week's opponent: Philadelphia Eagles.
The die hard fan in me wants the Niners to rally and finish 8-8 or 9-7; make the playoffs as the NFC West winner and make some noise as the first home team to be a underdog in the playoffs. The realistic, long-term minded fan in me wants the Niners to finish 3-13, 2-14 or 4-12 and get the number 1 overall pick. Then the Niners can draft Andrew Luck of Standford and go from there.
Sigh. It is going to be a LONG season folks.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams are 2-2 and on a 2 game winning streak. Sam Bradford is making the Rams feel as smart as smart can be. No more David Carr comparisons. I personally assumed that the Rams would be 0-4 right now. So all I can say is: I was wrong.
The Texans are 3-1 for the first time in the History of their franchise. They have a running attack that is valuing the ball. The defense is gelling at the right time and they will get back Brian Cushing next week, which should make their defense that much better. The Texans have finally arrived and the rest of the NFL had better take notice.
The United States Ryder Cup Team
The rest of the world is going to go on and on about how historic the almost victory was. 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 was the margin of victory by the Europeans. The Cup came down to the 17th hole of the last pairing of the day. It NEVER comes to that, but it did this year. The United States over came a 4 point deficit to almost pull off the repeat.
Great. So What?
Stewart Cink lost a 1 shot lead down the stretch to halve his match. The United States only got a half point during the 3rd Session. A HALF POINT! The United States won 3 out of the 4 Sessions. The Europeans are the first team to EVER lose the singles matches and still win the Ryder Cup.
We choked. On their turf. We had the top 2 players in the World and we lost because the other guys couldn't hold their end up. Tiger got 3 points in 4 Sessions, a career high. Phil did the best he could, even mustering up some intestinal fortitude during single's play. Even the no name young guns made a mark at the Cup. But it was Cink who choked, like he was overwhelmed by the moment. If Cink holds on and gets the full point the United States would have retained the Cup and won on European soil for the first time in the last 4 Ryder Cups held there.
United States Woman's Basketball National Team
The United States just won both the Men's and Women's World Championship in basketball. The men were young and had really no expectations on their shoulders. Sure they hadn't won a FIBA World Title in a couple of tries, but they had won the Olympics with another squad, so the "B" squad didn't have any pressures associated with them. Just had to make a good showing. The women on the other hand went into the World Championships as one of the favorites. They had the best squad going in and anything less than a Title would have been failure.
The Women blew out all their competition on their way to the Gold Medal. They actually made up for the last time they were favored in the Worlds. That year they won the Silver. The bitterness was still in their mouths when they went through this years tournament. They played like they had something to prove. It is a good day for United States basketball.
What to look forward to in the up coming week:
1. MLB playoffs start: Giants, Phillies, Braves, and Reds in the National League; Yankess, Rays, Twins, and Rangers in the American League. (Sigh. Go Twins I guess.)
2. Monday Night Football: Miami Dolphins v. New England Patriots (look for the Dolphins to give the Pats a run for their money, but I think that the Pats are just too much in the end of the Dolphins. Patriots win: 24-23
3. Start of the NBA preseason (It started on Sunday but it truly starts this week).
4. Week 5 of the NFL.
See you guys on Wednesday for: Middle of the Week Grumblings with the Heckler