Need to catch up on the sports scene from last night because you had something sooooooo much more important to do instead? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m going to walk you through it right now. Read below, and drink in the knowledge you so rashly avoided obtaining until now.
The Giants shut out the Tigers, go up 2-0.
Well, Tigers fans, I’d start getting nervous if I were you. First, Justin Verlander had an off game in Game 1 that allowed the Giants to jump out to a series lead, and last night, even Doug Fister producing a terrific (and awfully tough) outing wasn’t enough, as Madison Bumgarner totally shut the Tigers down and led the Giants to a 2-0 win… and 2-0 Series lead. Bumgarner allowed just two hits over seven innings, while Hunter Pence both drove in and scored a run for the Giants. And Pablo Sandoval stayed reasonably hot, going 1-for-3 with an intentional walk and remaining the clubhouse leader for series MVP honors.
Again, though, this isn’t over. As good as the Giants look, we’ve seen all postseason long (thanks in large part to the Giants) that no series lead is safe. Now the series shifts back to Detroit, where for all anyone knows the Tigers will win three in a row and retake control of the series. Obviously I’d pick the Giants to win the series at this point, but honestly, I still have no idea what to expect. Will the Tigers’ bats really continue to be as quiet as the Yankees’ were against them? I have my doubts. We’ll all start finding out over the weekend.
Game 3 TV info: Saturday, 8 p.m., Fox.
The Bucs might actually be kind of good.
Going into last night’s game, I didn’t see much reason for Buc fans to have hope for a win. They were 2-4, and the Vikings were 5-2. The Bucs were winless on the road, the Vikes were undefeated at home. So of course the Bucs went out and produced the most impressive performance of the Greg Schiano era, rolling to a 36-17 win.
The Bucs’ defense bent, allowing 369 total yards and 123 to Adrian Peterson on just 15 carries, but didn’t break, forcing three turnovers. And the offense had its way all game, with Josh Freeman throwing for 262 yards and three touchdowns and rookie Doug Martin shredding the Vikings’ defense for 135 yards and another score. So did this game happen because nothing makes sense in the NFL? As best I can tell… not exactly. The Bucs have something of a hex on the Vikings, for one – this was their sixth win in a row over Minnesota. For another, Tampa Bay’s losses have all been close, with none coming by more than a touchdown. They were due for a breakthrough game.
And for another… Schiano’s had some major successes on Thursday nights before. Speaking of Schiano, if I know anything about Schiano-coached teams – and oh, do I – start preparing for the crushing loss next week right now, Bucs fans. But hey, things are different in the NFL. Less predictable, for sure.
Makin’ Dabo happy.
I wrote yesterday about how Clemson couldn’t afford to take Wake Forest lightly, since the Demon Deacons are among the kings of the “sneakily not bad and will pick you of if you look past them” class of college football teams. Well, uh, safe to say that didn’t happen: Clemson won 42-13. Tajh Boyd threw for over 400 yards. Sammy Watkins accounted for nearly half of them. This was a beatdown. Maybe Clemson’s just gotten their big choke of the season out of the way already.
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