The Viral Roundup – On The Hunt Ediiton
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The Carolina Panthers are 8-0 and the record suits them. Considered a three point home underdog by oddsmakers, Cam Newton and the Panthers handed Green Bay their second consecutive loss in a wild 37-29 afternoon affair. Newton tossed three TDs and Rodgers countered four paydirt strikes but a costly interception from #12 on a late drive effectively killed the Packers comeback hopes. Carolina, currently holding a comfortable lead in the NFC South, smacked around Rodgers a lot on Sunday getting five sacks. The Panthers will aim for 9-0 next week in Tennessee.
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The Buffalo Sabres are quickly morphing back into a very exciting hockey team to watch, but could they compete with an 80s Sabres squad? We don’t mean on the ice, we mean on the microphone. An amazing video has bubbled up from that decade of Sabres players doing an ultra-cheesy lip sync anti-drug number for a local telethon. It’s mandatory viewing, really. By the way, oddsmakers peg this current edition of the Sabres as a 150/1 longshot to win the Stanley Cup this summer.
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- Fear the Vikes! Minnesota, a slight one-and-a-half point home favourite, pulled out a tight 21-18 OT victory over the Rams on Sunday thanks to a 40 yard Blair Walsh field goal. Teddy Bridgewater went 13-21 racking up 144 yards and a pick on the day and wound up leaving with a concussion in the 4th quarter. That’s not good news for Minnesota. What is? Well, the team’s 6-2 for the first time since 2009. Meanwhile, St. Louis drops to 4-4 with a weak 1-3 road record. Minor consolation prize: Greg Zuerlein kicked a 61 yard FG in a losing cause.
- The Steelers outlasted Oakland 38-35 in their Week 9 barnburner, a contest that featured franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger leaving early due to a foot injury. An 18 yard field goal from Chris Boswell closed out the game and improved Pittsburgh’s 2015 record to 5-4. Before his medically required exit, Roethlisberger surged past Johnny Unitas on the career passing yardage list. (He’s expected to be out for a few weeks.) By the way, Pittsburgh was favoured by six going in.
- The Dallas Stars have been everything they’ve been advertised to be and more his this season. NHL scoring leader Tyler Seguin notched a goal and an assist while Kari Lehtonen turned away 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 matinee thumping of the Red Wings. The Central Division leading Stars were locked in a close 2-1 battle from the first intermission onwards but built on their goal support with a pair of late empty netters. Dallas have won three straight and will push for W number four tomorrow night in Toronto.
- A pesky Pacers squad gave Cleveland fits all afternoon on Sunday but it was the Cavs that emerged with a 101-97 victory. (Cleveland were favoured by six before tip-off.) Kevin Love had a monster 22 point/19 rebound outing and LeBron James put in 29 points to give Cleveland their fifth straight win since losing their season opener to Chicago. Paul George provided Indiana with 32 points and 11 boards in a losing cause.
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