Speaking of the Red Sox, since September 1st, Hanley Ramirez is hitting .308 with 6 HR and 16 RBI’s in 12 games. Here’s to hoping Hanley’s hot bat continues into post season baseball.
On the other side of the coin, Xander Bogaerts finished August with a .219 batting average in 124 plate appearances and is hitting .196 halfway through September.
While I’m certainly more optimistic on Jimmy Garoppolo than I was a week ago, I am still hesitant to buy into the hype. Personally, I’d like to see how defenses adjust to him after seeing actual game tape and then how the young QB responds in return. The Miami Dolphins, who gave up the 3rd fewest week 1 points should be a good test.
Quiz of the week…which college program has the most active NFL players? Answer near the bottom of the column.
Just to give you an idea of the economic impact of the North Carolina Transgender Bathroom Law, the ACC Football Title game was expected to bring just over $32 million to the city of Charlotte while the 2017 NBA All Star game could have brought up to $100 mill.
Believe it or not, it’s been 20 years since Drew Bledsoe and Bill Parcells led the 1996 Patriots to Super Bowl 31 against the Green Bay Packers. If you’re of a certain age, you have the image of Desmond Howard’s 99 yard 3rd quarter TD kickoff return burned into your memory as proverbial nail in the coffin.
And Bryce Harper, the 2015 NL MVP, is hitting .246 compared to .330 last season when he finished second for the NL batting title.
Raise your hand if you had the Diamondbacks 25-year old 3rd baseman Jake Lamb recording more Home Runs (28) and RBI’s (88) at this point in the season than All Star Paul Goldschmidt, who has only 5 HR and 26 RBI’s post All Star break?
If you are looking to make a wager on the NFL this weekend, the Seahawks giving 3.5 points to a woeful St. Louis Rams team looks to be a solid bet.
Don’t look now, but old friend Jon Lester is currently tied with teammate Jake Arrieta for the NL lead in wins with 17 and is 2nd in ERA with a 2.40. As the old saying goes, “why can’t we get players like that?”
At least one of the biggest shocks of the 2016 NFL Kickoff Weekend has to go former Ohio State standout QB Terrell Pryor recording 3 receptions for 68 yards as a Wide Receiver for the Cleveland Browns including a 44-yard catch over Eagles CQ Nolan Carroll.
Quiz Answer: LSU – 44 active NFL players including most notably Odell, Jeremy Hill, Jarvis Landry, Tyrann Mathieu, and Patrick Peterson.