By Joe Burns
Cold One will be a weekly sports recap and run down of the week’s biggest sports news, topics, and debates. Straight to the point, cut to the chase information that keeps you updated after a long work week, helps you decide what to watch this weekend, and arms you for the next sports debate you inevitably have with your buddies. It may not be 5 at your office, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a Cold One.
George Springer earns MVP and wins Houston Astro’s first World Series over the LA Dodgers in Game 7.
The Astros put away the Dodgers 5-1 Wednesday night to wrap up one of the undeniably best World Series of all time. George Springer won the World Series MVP after being the first player to hit a home run in four consecutive World Series’ games and tieing the series record with five homers (Reggie Jackson 1977, Chase Utley 2009). Although it looked like a joke when Sports Illustrated featured Springer on their 2015 cover and prematurely declared the Astros would win the 2017 World Series, the unlikely prediction for ended up coming true.
Springer undoubtedly deserved Most Valuable Player after the breaking World Series records for extra-base hits (8, three doubles and five home runs) and total bases (29). The previous record for total bases was 25!! After hitting 3 for his last 30 with four strikeouts in Game 1 against the Dodgers, he finished the series hitting .379 with three doubles, five home runs, seven RBI and eight runs scored! GET THIS GUY ON THE WHEATIES BOX!
The biggest talking point this weekend at the bar will be Deshaun Watson’s ACL tear. The non-contact injury crushed the hearts of Houston once again, destructing fans’ hope for the season not even 24 hours after the Astros win the World Series. If you somehow haven’t heard, the rookie came in the second half of the Texans opener to replace Tom Savage and has been lighting it up since.
Sources: #Texans QB fear Deshaun Watson suffered a torn ACL in practice today. A non-contact injury. MRI coming to confirm. Awful, awful.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 2, 2017
Watson racked up 21 touchdowns (2 rushing), 1,699 passing yards and a 62% completion rating in the seven games he has played and was on track to finish the season with 4,128 yards, 46 TDs, 19 interceptions, and a 103 passer rating. As if a hurricane wasn’t bad enough, the Texans are now being swept away with a wave of injuries to JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Watson and a maelstrom of drama surrounding their owners controversial “prisoners running the prison” comment.
The trade deadline has officially passed with some big trades and a few surprises. Jay Ajayi, the feature back for the Dolphins was traded to the Eagles; he won’t play this Sunday against the Broncos so his first game will likely be Cowboys after a Week 10 bye (sucks). Even though Martavis Bryant cried like a baby for a trade and got beat out by 20-year old JuJu Smith-Schuster, the Steelers did not trade him and will probably just harass him on the practice field now.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Patriots backup quarterback, was traded to the 49ers in exchange for a second round pick and Brian Hoyer. Although tons of Tom Brady fanboys think Garoppolo will be a weapon in the West, they say that about every damn backup who gets his shot on a crappy team like the Jets or Browns and inevitably gets laughed out of the league. The funniest damn thing about this trade is that the Browns coaching staff were actually interested in Garoppolo but missed the opportunity because their front office staff left work early!!
Major QB shakeup: 49ers trading 2018 2nd-round draft pick to New England for Patriots’ QB Jimmy Garoppolo, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 31, 2017
Speaking of the Jets, they defeated the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night 34-21. That score shows McCown put the WWE Smackdown on Buffalo’s defense, but not just how much. Two of the Bills’ three touchdowns came in the last 4 minutes of the game and although the madman Tony Romo hyped everyone into thinking they could come back from a 34-7 deficit it just wasn’t happening. The win was huge for the Jets who came into the matchup 3-5, sitting last in their division. If they couldn’t pull out a win their season was pretty much sacked.
Games 2 Watch
Falcons @ Panthers (Fox, 1 p.m.)
Ravens @ Titans (CBS, 1 p.m.)
Chiefs @ Cowboys (CBS, 4:25pm)
Matt Ryan and Cam Newton are both fighting to keep up with the Saints to lead the NFC South in a game that has shootout potential if the Panthers can figure out their abysmal run game. It is a similar story for the Titans and Ravens as both teams are still fighting for the playoffs but look like they could collapse if injuries and losses start piling up.
Chiefs are arguably the best team in the AFC with not only a wicked fast rookie in Kareem Hunt but also a cool, collected Alex Smith having one of the best seasons of his career. Ezekiel Elliott just had his suspension reinstated but a federal appeals court ruled he can play Sunday; it will be interesting to see if they ride Zek into the ground or if they start to split carries between Alfred Morris or Darren McFadden.
The season is still fresh so we haven’t seen exactly how things will shape up yet. The Celtics (minus Gordon Hayward) and Magic lead the East 6-2, while the Pacers, Pistons, and Hornets are all 5-3. The Clippers (5-2) sit on top of the West for now but the Rockets and Warriors are 6-3 and the Timberwolves, Grizzlies and Jazz are all 5-3.
Surprisingly, the Cavaliers have only been able to start their campaign 3-5, but I doubt their losing streak will continue. King James looks good as ever and will only heat up as he gets in better shape throughout the season. Russell Westbrook’s Thunder are 4-3 and will have a hard time keeping up with all the hot teams in the West.
The NCAA basketball season begins a week from today, November 10th! Be sure to read our ongoing 10 Teams in 10 Days Countdown, I am really excited about it. We’ll be ranking and outlining key departures, arrivals, and overall predictions for each team leading up to the first day of the season. We’ll be posting updates on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so stay connected to find out where your favorite team ends up and how your list stacks up.
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The MLS Cup Playoffs are underway, and the second legs of the quarterfinals will be decided Sunday. Seattle Sounders already punched their ticket onward with a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps Thursday night. Clint Dempsey scored both goals for Seattle, first scoring in the 56th minute with a ripper to the top right corner as the result of quick passing in the box. His second came secured his side victory at the end of a beautiful cross from Victor Rodriguez which he jumped in the air and volleyed into the net.
3 pm EST: Toronto FC (20-5-9) @ New York Red Bulls (14-12-8) Toronto won first leg 2-1 home.
5 pm: New York City FC (16-9-9) @ Columbis Crew (16-12-6) Crew won first leg 4-1 away.
7:30 pm: Portland Timbers (15-11-8) @ Houston Dynamo (13-10-11) Tied 0-0.