While we had huge moments on the gridiron and golf course, Sunday was the final day of the MLB season.
And for every Dodger fan. That meant only one thing. The final time we’ll hear Vin Scully call a Dodgers game.
The year-long tributes and special moments honoring the legend have all led to the rather surreal moment that it’s finally over. Arguably the greatest sports broadcasting career ever. And what better game for him to call than the Dodgers taking on their top rivals, the San Francisco Giants.
In his farewell game at Dodger Stadium last Sunday, Scully called the game in which the Dodgers clinched the National League West. Sunday, he called the Giants’ clinching of a wild-card spot. 80 years, to the day, after he says he first became a baseball fan as a small boy in New York City.
Scully is 88-years old, he’ll turn 89 next month. His retirement as the voice of the Dodgers closes an era in the broadcasting of baseball and broadcasting greatness in general.
Onto the NFL. Close games have been the mark of this early season and Sunday. The Raiders and Chargers ended on opposite sides of single-point margins.
Oakland, has one of the NFL’s most demanding travel schedules and usually the team does not do well on the east coast. Before winning in Cleveland last year, the team hadn’t won on the east coast in 6 seasons. But things are different now.
Derek Carr and Michael Crabtree connected for 3 touchdowns and the Raiders are 3-1 after their defense stopped the Baltimore Ravens, and notched a 28-27 win.
In San Diego, former Chargers signal caller, Drew Brees was in town and he is really good at football. And good news, Philip Rivers is really good at football.
The bad news: These teams’ defenses? Not so much.
Specifically, the Chargers run defense yet again proved porous in the waning minutes. And while, yes the Bolts’ Travis Benjamin coughed up the ball and fumbled, that hurt, but a one point loss to the Saints. At home. Hurts a lot more when San Diego squanders a double-digit lead with less than 5 minutes left in the game. 35-34 the demoralizing final.
The LA Rams are 3-1 and a top their division, despite the fact they’re one of the NFL’s lowest scoring teams. But that defense keeps them in games and they took the 17-13 win over the Cardinals in Phoenix.
The one loss the Rams have on the season: an opening week shutout by the 49ers.
And that remains San Francisco’s lone win of the year. They watched a 14-0 lead collapse into a 24-17 loss to rival Dallas. And the Niners may have lost All-Pro linebacker Navarro Bowman to an Achilles tear.
An interesting trend we’re watching, teams are lighting up the scoreboard, but its not necessarily translating to wins.
Half of the league’s top-8 scoring teams, the Saints, Chargers, Colts and Panthers have only one win.
It was one big win for Team USA!! Winning the Ryder Cup by the largest margin in 35 years! USA came into the final day with a three point lead and extended it, winning 17-11.
It’s only the 3rd win since 1993 and the first since 2008, halting Europe’s 3 straight wins.
MVP award has to go to Patrick Reed. He took down Rory McIlroy, and his leadership and passion were on fully display through the day and week. Incredible entertainment through the whole week.
Of course Reed won the Humana, now CareerBuilder Challenge in record fashion in 2014. It was an impressive win for the USA.