Thursday Night Sports

There were 3 football games on TV tonight, one in each of the major North American leagues (NFL, CFL, NCAA)

There were 3 football games on TV tonight, one in each of the major North American leagues (NFL, CFL, NCAA)

BY:Jeff Schneberk

There were about 6 games on TV tonight and I only have 2 TVs so that was a problem. What is more fun than trying to keep pace with your favourite team in one sport? Trying to keep up with a handful of teams in a handful of sports with each of them beginning at roughly the same time.

What was on the schedy tonight? Let us count all of the games. In the NFL, Carolina traveled down to Florida to take on the winless (and still winless) Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The Buccaneers have come under fire lately for several reasons (the QB situation, the coach is considered by many to be a complete idiot, the pending investigation by the NFL to look at how the team handled the Josh Freeman situation and who revealed that he entered into the League’s substance abuse program, and, if all of that just was not enough, the fact that the team is STILL winless.

Josh Freeman himself probably had a good night tonight, but damn sure that his former team did not. All they could manage through 31/2 quarters of football tonight at home at Raymond James Stadium, then finally put up a touchdown inside the final three minutes.

They then proceeded to recover their onside kick which is something that does not happen much in pro football. They ended up losing to Carolina 31-13, and as a result, drop to 0-7 on the season, the exact reverse record of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It was interesting to finally get to see the Buccaneers play. It will be even more interesting to see what happens with Head Coach Greg Schiano in the coming days/weeks.

The best part of this game was seeing a bunch of fans holding a sign that read ‘And, With The 1st overall Pick in the 2014 Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select…”

In off-the-field news tonight, anyone who actually cares what the St. Louis Rams do with their QB situation may like to know that Tim Tebow will not be part of their plans, and neither will Brett Favre, after Sam Bradford suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The Rams reportedly made a call to Favre, according to ESPN however Favre had/had no interest in returning to the NFL – again.

For the record, Favre has not played since December 2010.

The Tampa Bay/Carolina game was ‘game 1’ tonight.

The next game on the list for me was a CFL East tilt between the Toronto Argonauts and the 3-13 Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Argos are currently looking to close out top spot in the division. Their 36-21 win tonight should allow them to do that. Saturday’s Hamilton game will help decide it for sure. Given the absolutely dismal season this year put forth by the Blue Bombers, this game had the makings of an annihilation.

It was not. It was actually good to watch. Asides from a couple nasty-looking injuries to a couple of Argos players, this game was within one score for the vast majority. Toronto QB Ricky Ray helped nail down the win with an 81-yard TD pass with 3:03 remaining. It will soon be ‘back to the drawing board’ for those Bombers.
That was Game 2 for me.

Game 3 on the list was an NCAA Div I matchup between Mississippi State and the Kentucky Wildcats. Mississippi St scored two TDs in the first quarter and Kentucky (1-6) scored one. Miss. St., added two more to coast to a 28-22 win.

And the game of the night, number 4 on the list for most people tonight, particularly those out in Beantown was Game 2 of the 2013 World Series. I watched Fever Pitch earlier this afternoon, completely forgetful about this game tonight.

The movie takes place for the most part, in the summer time. Everyone was wearing shorts and t-shirts for most of it. In tonight’s game, which co-incidentally also took place at Fenway Park, looked more like what the Series has become known for over the years, “The Fall Classic”. This game also came down to the final inning, as the St.Louis Cardinals squeaked out a 4-2 win (compared to Game 1 which saw the Bosox destroy the birds to a tune of 9-1.

Like every good team, Boston fought back late. David (Papi) Ortiz also did what he normally does and cranked a round-tripper in the 6th inning which put the Sox out in front 2-1, but St. Louis responded with 3 runs in the seventh inning.

The 109th World Series is now poised to be an absolute classic, once again referring to the term ‘Fall Classic.

Anyone who thought someone would have the upper hand early on, they do not.
St. Louis demonstrated that they could weather the thunderclap of yet another big-time Papi home run and they rallied to a 4-2 win. The birds may have been bloodied by the Bosox but have emerged very much alive, tying the Series at 1-1 and now get to go home to Busch Stadium for the next 3 games.

In NHL news tonight, Corey Schneider was less than solid tonight at home against his former team. Schneider and his New Jersey Devils went into a shootout before losing to Luongo and the Canucks by a 3-2 final.

Carolina Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward was injured tonight in the ‘Canes game against the Minnesota Wild. Ward is expected to be out 3-4 weeks.

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will also miss a period of time no less than 4 weeks to undergo hip surgery. The team did not say when the surgery would be. Rinne had a surgery on his left hip back on May 9 and recovered in time to start the season.

The expectations are high and the anticipation is even higher in LeafsNation for tomorrow night’s game in Columbus when the Maple Leafs take on the Blue Jackets. Suspended forward David Clarkson will be making his debut in a Leafs jersey in a regular season. Clarkson had been handed a 10-game suspension for his actions during a pre-season game against Buffalo when he left the bench to try and beat the shit out of Sabre John Scott, who by the way, is currently waiting for a hearing to determine a suspension he will likely face for a hit to the head of Boston Bruin Loui Eriksson. The NHL has suspended Scott indefinitely and teammate (and fellow idiot) Patrick Kaleta’s appeal to have his 10-game suspension reduced, has been denied.

Back to LeafLand, where it was announced that 19-year-old defenseman Morgan Reilly will be staying on with the big boys longer than his nine-game tryout period, rather than return to his WHL club, the Moose Jaw Warriors.




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