1. Quick Hits
- Monday Night Football: Kansas City crushes New England 41-14.
- The Oakland Raiders fire coach Dennis Allen.
- A neutral arbitrator, not the commissioner, will rule on Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension.
- Oakland is at Kansas City tonight in the American League Wild Card Game.
- The Minnesota Twins fired long time manager Ron Gardenhire.
2. Oh Lord
Last night the Patriots didn’t have a prayer. Actually, one of the Chiefs did and he got penalized for it. Husain Abdullah is a practicing Muslim, and after picking off Tom Brady and scoring a touchdown he got penalized for praying. That’s right. His “excessive celebration” was going to his knees and saying a prayer.
Get back to me when the NFL gets something right.
3. Power Outage
The final numbers are in and Major League players had their poorest combined batting average (.251) since 1972. When that happened they invented the designated hitter. So what’s the next gimmick to help the batters? 4 strikes? Designated hitters in both leagues? Mandatory pitch counts like little leaguers? Your turn.
Maybe the best part of the Derek Jeter heroics is the fact that we were talking about sports again instead of the police blotter. Add this video to the sports conversation. Sean Smith of the independent Atlantic League’s York Revolution hit a game tying playoff homer. Rounding first he tore his ACL. He declined help and hopped around the bases on one leg. Very cool.
5. Live From New York
You didn’t expect SNL in its season debut to tread lightly on the NFL did you? Here now, player introductions. Fact or fiction?
Happy Birthday: Tennis star Martina Hingis. 34.
Bonus Birthday: Fran Drescher. 57.
Today in Sports: The Babe hit his 60th. The record stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in ’61. 1927.
Bonus Event: The World Series is televised for the first time. (The Yankees vs. Brooklyn.) 1947.
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