Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SPORTS ROUNDUP (WEEK OF SEPT. 20)

By: Connor Glowacki

In our new series 'Sports Roundup', we take a very quick look at a few of the biggest events in the sports world from the past week. These are quick little notes if you missed any of these moments or wanted to hear about them again.

For the week of September 20:

NFL Week 3

Michael Vick will fill in as the Steelers
starting quarterback in Roethlisberger's absence.
Photo Courtesy of sportsnaut.com
     The third week of the NFL season was full or surprise performances and surprise injuries. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to be carted off the field during the Steelers 12-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams and was diagnosed with a sprained MCL.
     That's very lucky news for Pittsburgh, as Roethlisberger is expected back into the lineup in 4 to 6 weeks.
     The Arizona Cardinals, New England Patriots, Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers all stand at perfect 3-0 records to start the season.
     The Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, and Detroit Lions, on the other hand, are the only winless teams left in the league.
     It's even more surprising for Baltimore and Detroit, since both teams made the playoffs just a season ago.

Mets Clinch NL East

     The New York Mets clinched the NL East title on Sept. 26 after they defeated the Cincinatti Reds 10-2. It's both the Mets first division title and postseason appearance since 2006.
Photo courtesy of NYPost.com
     The Mets had great pitching all season coming from the likes of a young trio that includes Matt Harvey, Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard, but it wasn't until their acquisitions at the trade deadline of outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, and to a lesser extent  infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, that the Mets offense caught on fire and the team was able to separate itself from the rest of the pack.
     With the Mets' win, the Washington Nationals were officially eliminated from playoff contention. And with the dugout brawl between Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon on Sept. 27, Washington has just about finished one of the most disappointing seasons in recent baseball memory.

Yogi Berra

Photo courtesy of neilleifer.com
     New York Yankees Catcher and Hall of Famer Yogi Berra died on Sept.22 at his home in New Jersey. He was 90.
     To this day, Berra is regarded as one of baseball's greatest catchers, having a career that spanned over 19 years and winning 10 World Series as a player. In addition, Berra appeared in 14 World Series, won three MVP awards, and made 15 straight All Star Games.
     Berra had a .285 batting average and hit 358 home runs during his career. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
     However, a lot of people will still remember the number of famous quotes that Berra said off the field, which are now described as 'Yogi-isms'. Some of those quotes include "it ain't over till it's over" and "baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical."


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