The Viral Roundup – Met Life Edition
Did You Hear?
The Mets are moving on. Los Angeles (a -160 moneyline home favourite) has been bounced from the postseason courtesy of a 3-2 Game 5 loss to New York. Jacob deGrom outdueled Zack Greinke to help push the Mets into their first NLCS since 2006 and Daniel Murphy’s solo homer in the sixth provided the winning run. New York will now start a best of seven versus the Chicago Cubs. As for the Dodgers, they tie an MLB record with their ninth straight postseason appearance without a World Series visit.
Did You See?
Surprised by Oklahoma getting dropped by lowly Texas on Saturday? If so, you’re in the same camp as the bulk of college football. Before their 24-17 upset of the Sooners, the Longhorns were psyched up courtesy of a motivational video featuring a surprising amount of Dark Knight clips and soundbites. Who knows? Maybe Texas will take in the entire Dark Knight trilogy before next weekend’s clash with Kansas State.
Did You Know?
– Alexander Ovechkin was back in the lineup for the Caps on Thursday, but it was Braden Holtby that was the star attraction. Washington’s netminder turned away 26 shots in a 4-1 thumping of the visiting Blackhawks. Ovechkin lit the lamp and Evgeny Kuznetsov tallied two helpers for the Caps in what was an underwhelming night for Hawks netminder Scott Darling.
– The Saints have sullied Atlanta’s previously undefeated 2015 record. New Orleans topped the Falcons 31-21 at the Superdome to go 14-1 in home primetime games in the 2010s. Drew Brees threw for 312 yards in the Saints victory with wideout Benjamin Watson racking up 127 yards receiving and a TD.
– The Steelers are facing the prospect of life without Maurkice Pouncey. An infection caused by the center’s ankle plate has resulted in his second surgery this year and that means he’ll be out of Pittsburgh’s offensive line for a lengthy stretch that could include the remainder of the regular season and beyond. The Steelers square off against 4-1 Arizona on Sunday with the visiting Cardinals favoured by four to win.
– Kentucky and North Carolina find themselves sharing the #1 spot in the USA Today preseason poll. The coaches that voted in the poll clearly aren’t overvaluing the mass exodus of UK players (all seven of last year’s top scoring Wildcats are gone) giving the school 11 first place votes. UNC had 12 first place votes in the poll, but wound up tied with Kentucky thanks to overall voting. Who do oddsmakers see as the favourite to win the national title this season? That would be Kentucky at 7/1 odds with Duke (8/1), North Carolina (10/1) and Maryland trailing on the Futures board.
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