The World Series is here after a long season has produced two teams ready to put their names at the top of the MLB. This year those two teams will be the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants. Both teams have come out of nowhere to get here and have had a very similar path to the final series of the season. The Royals and Giants found their way to the postseason through the wild card as neither could win their division battles. From the wild card both teams have been dominant with only one loss between them, that one loss was by the Giants in the NLCS.
The College Football season is always a strange one when at any point in the season a big game can occur. It never seems like the big games are left for the bowl season as great teams face each other on a regular basis in the NCAA. That happened this week when two of the undefeated teams left in the NCAA faced off in the biggest game of the year so far. It was built as the biggest game that either school may have this year when the #2 ranked Florida State Seminoles took on the #5 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
This past week the Florida Panthers set a record that nobody wants to set, especially not a struggling franchise. They had an all-time low in attendance when they faced-off against the Ottawa Senators this week. As the teams came out on the ice for warm-ups there was a significant amount of empty seats. As the game began there was not a lot of change to the numbers with a total attendance of 7,311.
The MLB postseason is winding down as the World Series teams have been determined and the final series of the season gets underway next week. As the end gets closer the MLB may have just been through one of the best postseasons in recent history. It may not be that way when someone just looks at the series on paper with no series going over 5 games yet. Looking at it from the records a one it seems as though the teams are running through the postseason.
Every year in the NFL there seems to be a new hot shot rookie that takes all of the headlines whether he deserves them or not. He is not necessarily the best or most talented player in the NFL or in the rookie class but he does command the most attention. Some turn out to be what was promised and others find unfortunate ends to the hype. Then there are the number of players who are surrounded by hype and never live up to it despite staying healthy and being given the opportunity.
It has been a strange few weeks in College football with teams continuing to change positions in the rankings. Last week was the beginning of everything when in one week the rankings took on a completely new look. It was the first time that four of the top five teams in the nation lost in the same week. That created plenty of opportunity for other teams to shift into the playoff picture while the top teams fell and were forced to create a comeback.
The NHL season is underway as teams have taken their first steps to the ultimate goal but that is still far away. Right now teams are just concentrating on getting off on the right foot and starting out the season with some wins. Getting off on the right foot is extremely important but that doesn’t mean wining every one of the first few games. Instead it is just making sure that your team competes in every game and that you take a few wins to start the season. Nothing is worse than starting the season with a losing streak and beginning with a panic.
It seems like only recently that the second round of the MLB postseason was beginning and teams were starting their march towards the World Series. Now the second round is over as the Division Series are done and only four teams remain in the hunt. Heading into the division series there was still a lot unknown about every team in the postseason. There was a lot of talk about who could make it and what they would do but in reality nobody ever knows.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs are widely considered some of the toughest in the sports world as it is a grind. The playoffs are designed to break teams and players down to the point where they can no longer go on. It is the second season after one that is grinding in itself. The regular season is a long set of games where players have to stay mentally tough as well as physically tough. The sport values physicality as the players have to fly down the ice as fast as they can while risking the chance that another player will take them out with a big hit.
The young quarterbacks continued to take over in Week 5 of the season but they were not the ones making the most noise this week. Instead it was a quarterback that is widely considered one of the two best quarterbacks in the league for the last decade. Tom Brady has been one of the best stories in the league after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL Draft.