Two long-suffering fanbases square off in the World Series, which starts tomorrow night in Cleveland. The Indians have not won it all since 1948, but that’s relatively recent compared to the Cubs, who hadn’t even made it this far since 1945 and haven’t hoisted the trophy since 1908.
How’d these teams get here? What will it take to win? I explore those questions, as well as the ticket prices and weather forecasts, in my MLB column for CBS Local.
This week, Steve and I talk about the important games from Saturday and look ahead to this weekend. I recount my special breakfast and Steve gives an update on his deodorant usage. About 24 minutes in, we are joined by Jay Kornegay from the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, to talk about national championship and Heisman odds as well as ways you can beat the book. Subscribe and rate on iTunes!
No matter who gets to the World Series this year, a long drought will come to an end. The Dodgers last made it to the World Series in 1988; the Cubs haven’t been there since 1945. In the American League, the Indians have been since ’97 and the Jays since ’93. Has there ever been an LCS field with a longer combined pennant drought? The Jays and Dodgers won it all the last time they made it, but the Indians and Cubs have the longest title droughts in their leagues, dating back to 1948 and 1908, respectively.
Can Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers win the Heisman Trophy, which will be awarded on December 10th? Yes, but history shows that just getting an invite to New York won’t be easy. As Michigan enters its bye week, midway through its regular season schedule, here are the elements working for and against Peppers as he makes his Heisman case:
Bashing the Wolverines wasn’t enough. This week, Steve takes shots at Ann Arbor’s citizens, too. We discuss Michigan’s dismantling of Big Ten opponent Rutgers, a game that defies basic football math, as well as Texas A&M’s wild overtime win over Tennessee’s wild overtime loss. Will ND make a bowl? Plus, the best way to spend this coming Saturday. Rate and subscribe!
It’s a fun time to be a Blue Jays fan. For already the second time this postseason, Toronto advanced via an extra-inning, walk-off win. This time they eliminated the Texas Rangers, the team with the best record in the American League. Read about how they did it, as well as what’s happening in the rest of the series’, in my CBS Local recap.
As Uncle Jesse says on Full House and I’ve said on the Scoop and Score podcast, “Have mercy.” There is no reason college football shouldn’t have a mercy rule –that is, beyond two teams agreeing, mid-game, to use a running clock. Wikipedia says the biggest comeback in FCS history is 35 points, when Michigan State turned a 38-3 deficit into a 41-38 win in 2006. What would be wrong with a 50-point mercy rule? The exact number and how it’s handled can be discussed in the comments section.
The latest example of the sport’s need for reform came on Saturday night, when Michigan beat Rutgers 78-0. First, the numbers (warning: content not suitable for minors):