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Weekend Wrap

Posted by yankeesin2008 on October 27, 2008

MLB:

The Phillies took a commanding 3-1 lead in the Series last night behind that bats of Ryan Howard and… Joe Blanton?

Howard hit two bombs and drove in five runs, and Blanton became the first pitcher in 35 years to homer in the fall classic. He picked up the win with six solid innings of work.

But the Phils look to close it out tonight, and they have the right guy on the mound in Cole Hamels. Guy’s been lights out. He’s trying to become the first pitcher to win five postseason starts in one year.

Don’t be surprised if Tampa pulls it out though, they didn’t get this far just to roll over and die, as the Red Sox can surely attest too. Scott Kazmir is just as likely to throw a complete game shutout as he is to not make it out of the first inning.

It’s going to be interesting to see if the Rays can get it back to St. Pete, or if the Philly bats will pound their way to the cities first championship in 25 years.

NHL:

Crazy night in the NHL on Saturday. For only the second time ever – the other being opening night in 2005 after the lockout – all 30 teams were on the schedule.

The Devils and Flyers carried over some bad blood from Friday night into a Saturday matinee. Four fights broke out in the second period, including two at once when Pierre-Luc Letourneau battled Riley Cote while Mike Rupp fought Aaron Asham.

Philly took four points over the weekend, just in time to save its season from totally going down the drain.

Saturday night also saw a great comeback in New York City. Trailing 2-0 going into the third period, the Rangers rallied to beat the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout

Nikolai Zherdev tied the game with 8.1 seconds left, and Fred Sjostrom scored his second shootout winner in eight days for the Rangers.

Henrik Lundqvist stoned Sidney Crosby on the Pen’s final attempt to wrap up the win.

NFL:

The New York football Giants showed the world just why they are the team to beat this year. It certainly wasn’t the prettiest game you’ll ever see, but on the road against a very good Pittsburgh Steelers team it was the perfect game.

Good speical teams play, and limiting the number of mistakes were key for the G-Men. Roethlisberger (spelled that right the first time) tossing four interceptions and a long snap through the back of the end zone sure helped as well.

But all the other NFC East teams picked up victories as well. The Cowboys squeaked by the Bucs, again without Tony Romo – and who knows exactly when he’ll be back – and the Eagles and Redskins took out the Falcons and Lions respectively.

With the difficulty of the Giants schedule the rest of the season, this division race is going to come right down to the wire.

NBA:

The big New York NBA story of the weekend involved Isiah Thomas. Just when you thought this guy was out of the spotlight he finds his way back in.

So Police were called to Isiah’s house in Rye because he overdosed on sleeping pills.

But Isiah told the New York Post that it was his daughter who had the medical issue.

David Hall, police chief for the town of Harrison, disputed Thomas’ claim about his daughter.

“I understand that this person claims it was his daughter; he is lying,” Hall told The New York Times. “It was definitely not his daughter, it was a male. We know the difference between a 47-year-old black male and a young black female.”

Isiah, Isiah. No matter what is going on there, something is very wrong. He was a terrible coach and made millions ruining a once proud basketball organization, but one can’t wish harm on him or his family.

UFC:

In the bizzare main event of UFC 90, reigning middle weight champion and the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter defeated challenger Patrick Cote in the third round via TKO.

But it was not the usual stoppage for Silva, who remains undefeated in his UFC career. At no point did he unleash his trademark explosive Muay Thai offense consisting of knees, elbows, kicks, punches flying every which direction. Once nicknamed “A ballet of violence” by UFC commentator Joe Rogan, Silva’s game plan was just strange.

When Cote tore up knee apart midway through the third round and could no longer compete, Silva was declared the winner.

The real losers were the fans, who relish every chance they get to see the best in the world do what he does. And he didn’t bring it on Saturday night.

The big winner of the night was Junior dos Santos, a Brazilian heavyweight who came in as an big underdog against title contender Fabricio Werdum.

As was written in a post on MMA Junkie earlier in the week, dos Santos was no joke and a great bet as the huge under dog. I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more of this guy in the future.

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