In case you missed it, in the World Cup of Hockey victory by Team Canada over Team Europe, the game tying and winning goals were scored by Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand respectively.
Quiz of the week…Through 5 weeks of College Football, the ACC and SEC each have 6 teams listed in the top 25. How many can you name? Answer near the bottom of the column.
If you listen to basketball people, the Ben Simmons injury is significantly longer than the 3 months the Sixers are projecting. If Simmons is lucky, he’ll be on the court by St. Patrick’s day with Mother’s Day looking more realistic if his agent lets him play at all.
For any Red Sox fan that isn’t afraid of Cleveland’s pitching, the Indians finished the season 2nd in team ERA (3.84), 3rd in complete games, 2nd in shutouts, 2nd in runs allowed, 1st in strikeouts, and 2nd in batting average against (.243).
For a deeper dive into how the Atlanta Falcons are 3-1 and sitting atop the AFC South, consider that their three wins come against team defenses that have given up the most points this season (New Orleans), 5th most (Carolina), and 11th most (Oakland).
Speaking of the Panthers, if you’re looking for a team with little bad luck to start the season, 2 out of 3 Carolina losses have come against two of the best defenses in the NFL (Minnesota and Denver). If Cam is healthy and can play next week, the Panthers should get a chance to get back to .500 with their two upcoming games against two of the worst defenses in the league, Tampa and New Orleans.
Speaking of Joe Maddon, the Chicago Cubs finished the 2016 regular season with their best record in 106 years.
The Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham’s year-long behind the scenes report on David Ortiz is perhaps the best piece I’ve read all year. It’s funny, touching, and reads more like a book than a typical article. EVERY Red Sox fans needs to read this feature.
Quiz Answer: SEC - #1 Alabama, #8 Texas A&M, #9 Tennessee, #14 Ole Miss, #16 Arkansas, and #18 Florida. ACC - #3 Clemson, #7 Louisville, #10 Miami, #17 North Carolina, #23 FSU, and #25 Virginia Tech