Winners and Losers

Winner: 

The U.S. beat Mexico 2-0 on Tuesday night to clinch a 7th straight World Cup soccer appearance.

Loser:

There has been a lot of talk about players faking injuries. The NBA has taken measures to prevent flopping and the NFL has told players that faking an injury can result in fines and/or suspensions. Can FIFA do the same for soccer?  Mexico defender Matt Besler has to sit out of the match against the U.S. on Tuesday due to a yellow card he received against Costa Rica. Costa Rica’s Joel Campbell pulled off one of the best/worst acting job since the cast of Sharknado.  Look it up on YouTube…..he faked an injury and Besler received the punishment.

Winner:

Speaking of soccer… you probably don’t follow the tiny country of San Marino’s soccer team. Actually, you may have never even heard of them…..they’re the fifth smallest country in the world.  They’re also ranked tied for last in the world at 207th with Bhutan and Turks and Caicos. In the team’s history they have recorded only one win and have not scored a goal in the last five years.  That all changed on Tuesday against Poland when they finally netted a goal and tied the game at 1. After the goal, the team celebrated like they won the world cup.  It was pretty cool.  They ended up losing the game 5-1.

Loser:

Sports Illustrated investigated the Oklahoma State football program for past10 months and started to report their findings this week. Surprise, surprise….it turns out athletes were illegally paid.  The investigation also revealed grade-fixing, drug use and sex scandals.  Is it really a shock?  I’m guessing that if they spent 10 months with any major football program they’d uncover similar misconduct.

Loser:

Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh is at it again.  The NFL’s dirtiest player was fined $100,000 for a low block on Sunday. It’s the largest on-field fine in NFL history.  Obviously this guy is a loose cannon. They should just kick him out of the league now before he really hurts someone.

Winner:

I don’t want to jinx it, but the Red Sox are looking pretty darn good going into October. They’re healthy, their bats have been hot and Koji has been unhittable. I’ll take an 8 ½ game division lead this late in the season.  It’s funny to me how many people mocked Boston’s signings of Victorino, Napoli, Uehara, Drew and Carp when the Red Sox failed to land Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke during the offseason. Looks like it all worked out pretty well….minus the Dempster signing. The playoffs will be exciting. Six teams are within two games for the American League Wild Card.  Spoiler Alert: The Yankees will find a way in (even without Jeter). The Rays are falling apart and Baltimore keeps finding new ways to lose.

Bring it on Yankees!

NFL Week 2 Picks

How did I do last week?

Overall: 7-9, Locks of the week: 2-0, Upset Special: 0-1

I admit, going 7-9 the first week of the season isn’t great….however, in my defense…many of the games I lost, were close.  Also, it’s the first week of the season.  Now that I’ve seen the teams play, I promise better results.

Locks of the Week:

Cleveland @ Baltimore | Winner: Baltimore

Tennessee @ Houston | Winner: Houston

Upset Special:

Denver @ New York Giants | Winner: New York Giants

The Rest: 

Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati | Winner:  Cincinnati

St. Louis @ Atlanta | Winner: Atlanta

Carolina @ Buffalo | Winner: Buffalo

Minnesota @ Chicago | Winner: Chicago

Washington @ Green Bay | Winner: Green Bay

Miami @ Indianapolis | Winner: Miami

Dallas @ Kansas City | Winner: Kansas City

San Diego @ Philadelphia | Winner: Philadelphia

Detroit @ Arizona | Winner: Arizona

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay | Winner: Tampa Bay

Jacksonville @ Oakland | Winner: Oakland

San Francisco @ Seattle | Winner: San Francisco

Early Week 3 Pick (Thursday Game):

Kansas City @ Philadelphia | Winner: Kansas City

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