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Are you a duck or a frog, LaMichael James? Make up your mind.
It went about as down to the wire as it could have gone, but the Major League Baseball season is now officially over. Don't worry though, there's so much more baseball fun to be had. Yup, October baseball is right around the corner, ladies and gents. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. Because there's plenty of college football, NFL and golf action from the weekend to recap. So let's get on with it:
Quack! Quack! Quack!
No, not Mighty Ducks 4: Charlie Blows Out His Knee In An Adult Rec League. The Oregon Ducks. After their big 52-31 win over Stanford Saturday night (their first-ever ranked vs. ranked meeting), the Ducks climbed to No. 3 in the polls behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State. Texas, meanwhile, dropped out of the poll for the first time since Oct. 15, 2000 after losing to Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game. The Longhorns’ streak (162 consecutive weeks) had been the longest active streak in the country. Who inherits those rights? Terrell Pryor and the Buckeyes, who now have the longest streak (well, the Buckeyes do, Pryor played a part at the end there) with 90 straight poll appearances.
In other news, Boise State got its 18th straight win, this one over New Mexico, coach Mike Dantonio wasn’t there, but he watched his Spartans beat Wisconsin, LSU geaut (get it?) lucky in a win over Tennessee, Ingram scored two TDs as ‘Bama handed Urban Meyer his second-worst loss at Florida and, in a Michigan win over Indiana, Denard Robinson passed for 277 yards and rushed for 217 yards to become the first player to pass for 200+ yards and rush for 200+ yards in a regular season game twice in his career. Good times.
Wet Weekend In Wales
Rain has forced the first-ever Monday finish in the Ryder Cup, but there was still some USA vs. Europe action to be had at Celtic Manor this weekend. None of it boded particularly well for the Americans, though, as Tiger woods suffered the biggest match-play loss of his career and Phil Mickelson became the losingest (that's a word, we swear) U.S. player in Ryder Cup history. And we thought lavender was supposed to be a calming color.
Padres, Giants and the MLB Playoff Landscape
For the seventh straight season, there was at least one playoff spot still up for grabs on the MLB’s final scheduled day of play. The Braves made things interesting by beating the Phillies, which meant, if San Diego beat San Francisco, we would have been treated to some sweet three-team playoff action. But the Giants went on to beat the Padres, meaning they took the division while the Braves took the wildcard. Back east, the Red Sox spoiled New York’s chance at winning its second straight AL East title. That went instead to the Rays, who play Texas at home in the ALCS while the Yanks will play at Minnesota on Wednesday. Want a full postseason schedule? Ask and you shall receive.
There’s No Place Like Home
Donovan McNabb got a standing ovation from fans at the Linc Sunday afternoon, but the boo birds came out soon enough. Because McNabb vs. Vick turned into McNabb vs. Kolb, which turned into a 17-12 Redskins victory. Elsewhere in the NFL, TO moved into second place on the NFL’s all-time career receiving yards list, Jaguar kicker Josh Scobee nailed a 59-yard field goal as time expired for a 31-28 win over Peyton and the Colts, Joe Flacco and the Ravens pulled out a last-second win over the Steelers, and LT ended his 100-yard drought in a Jets win over the Bills.