- Indians Win the Division: It wasn’t too long ago that the Cleveland Indians had been swept by the Minnesota Twins to lose grasp of the AL Central lead. Many wondered if the Indians would ever play up to the potential that many saw at the season’s beginning. The answer was a deafening yes, the Indians would play up to their potential, it would just come all at once in August and September. With 22 straight victories under their belts for a new AL record, the Indians had not only regained possession of first place, but don’t have to worry about it again until 2018. With the Twins loss to Toronto on Saturday, the Indians beat Kansas City for their second consecutive division crown. Now all they have left to play for until October is the the best record in the American League, or perhaps overtaking the Dodgers for best record in the game.
- Astros Win the West: For the first time in 16 years, the Houston Astros have secured a division title. That title was when the Astros still called the NL Central home, so this marks Houston’s first American League division crown. Beating the Seattle mariners 7-1, the Astros were able to clinch the division in front of their home crowd. Perhaps best of all, Justin Verlander was dominant again, going seven one-run innings. Verlander struck out 10 and walked only one in his seven innings of work, and has an ERA with Houston totalling 0.86. With Verlander throwing like this, the Astros should be a very scary team in October.
- Brady assuages fears with Resurgent Week 2: After the big defeat at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs to open the season, questions of age began to circle the 40 year old quarterback. However, he quickly laid these questions to rest in week two’s 36-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. Throwing for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns, Brady showed he is still an elite playmaker and quarterback. Brady and the Patriots struck quickly as he threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter and the Pats never looked back.
- Florida and Tennessee Play a Thriller: In a tightly contested game at Florida’s Ben Hill Griffith Stadium, Florida just managed to inch out a victory over the Tennessee Volunteers. In what was a tough game from the beginning, Florida made sure the ending was one to remember. Feleipe Franks found Tyree Cleveland down the field for a 63 yard touchdown pass. The Hail Mary gave the Gators the victory 26-20 as time ran out. What makes this game even tougher to swallow for the Volunteers is that their last game at Florida ended in similar fashion. The two teams met in 2015 and Florida edged out a 28-27 victory on a 63 yard touchdown pass. What a game.
- Kareem Hunt Plays Strong Again: After his dazzling debut against New England, in which he scorched the champs for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns, Kareem Hunt followed up that performance with a more understated, but still very good game. Hunt amassed 109 yards and another two touchdowns. Despite less gaudy numbers this week, Hunt still showed what could potentially make him a star, as he showed his ability at breaking tackles, and put his balance and quickness on display as the Chiefs won their second game, beating the Eagles 27-20.
- The Jets, and Their Defense, are plain awful: Much of the discussion surrounding the Jets’ 45-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders was regarding Marshawn Lynch’s sideline celebration. During Oakland’s blowout win, Lynch was seen dancing along the sidelines in celebration. Many, including many Jets, were unhappy with the display. What should really be drawing the Jets ire is their own play. New York’s offense was certainly better than last week against Buffalo, but not by much. The real culprit here was the Jets’ nonexistent defense. The Jets allowed 6 touchdowns, while forcing zero turnovers, zero QB hits, zero sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, and just 1 pass defended. It is going to be a very, very long season.
- USC’s Message for Texas: This week marked the first meeting between USC and Texas since the 2006 Rose Bowl, which saw USC lose to Texas, as Vince Young burned the Trojans and picked up the National Championship. That USC season was eventually vacated due to NCAA sanctions, thus according to USC’s media notes, the Trojans are 4-0 lifetime against the longhorns, because their Rose Bowl loss was vacated. Nevertheless, some USC fans are obviously still bitter over the loss, as fans hung a pinata from a tree, wearing a Vince Young jersey, and a spear through its side. Oh so very classy.
- Greg Olsen Goes Down: The Carolina Panthers were dealt a large blow to their already lacking offense as Tight End Greg Olsen broke his foot in Sunday’s win over the Bills. The Panthers don’t expect to have Olsen back for roughly 6 to 8 weeks. The upshot is that few see this as a season ending injury, however the injury still leaves a void. In a week that saw Carolina put up just 178 passing yards and another 77 on the ground, losing Olsen, even for a bit, is something this offense can ill afford.
- College Football Player Dies after feeling Ill: College of Wooster football player, Clayton Geib, died Sunday just one day after complaining of feeling ill. Just after Saturday’s victory over Ohio Wesleyan 38-20, Geib told school officials that he did not feel well. Geib was a two-time all-conference offensive lineman, and played at right guard the entire game Saturday. He was brought to the hospital after the game, but died Sunday, with no cause of death yet being established. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
- And the Winner is… No One, Thanks Boxing: This weekend’s fight between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin was an odd one as the tightly contested 12 round classic saw neither man raise his fists in triumph. In what many are viewing as a simply mind-boggling display of judging in a sport that could ill afford more bad publicity, the judges could not agree on a winner. Many observors of the fight had placed Golovkin as the winner after 12 rounds. Only one judge saw it as such, with another calling it a draw, and somehow the third judge ruling Alvarez the victor. On a night that should have seen triumph and loss, a winner and a loser, instead saw a draw, and how fun is that? Not. Not very fun. Boxing is on the wane and this is not something that will help people return to watching the sport.