Yet again I am writing this damn blog laaaaate on Thursday night. This time not even due to a lack of planning, but due to how seriously awesome the MLB playoffs are. With that, we’ll see how long I make it until I fall asleep mid-typing after a long day of work followed by three quarters of Thursday Night Football and a few innings of an excellent Dodgers vs. Nationals game. So let’s do this.
Victory by 222 points?
If you haven’t caught onto this yet, I’m a big fan of random sports knowledge. Needless to say I was pretty intrigued to learn that last Friday was the 100th anniversary of one of the most lopsided victories in sports history. A century ago, on October 7, 1916, the Georgia Tech football team delivered a whopping 222-0 loss to Cumberland College. Yes. TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY-TWO POINTS.
The story behind this game is pretty neat. Not only was the score outrageous, but the coach at Georgia Tech at the time was none other than John Heisman—yes, that Heisman. Obviously, Heisman’s name did not yet adorn the highly coveted Heisman trophy (currently awarded to college football’s best individual performer), but it’s safe to say this story quickly became one of many surrounding John Heisman.
Also interesting is how the game between GA Tech and Cumberland came to be. Cumberland College was a small school in Lebanon, Tennessee. In the Spring of 1916 Cumberland shut down its football program, but prior to ending the program, Cumberland had committed to playing GA Tech later that fall. As the story goes, canceling the game would have cost Cumberland around $3,000, about $65,000 in 2016 dollars. Instead of paying this money to GA Tech, Cumberland pulled together a team of misfits just for this particular game.
As is evident by the final score, the game was anything but close. Georgia Tech scored on every single possession of the game. Georgia Tech scored 63 in each of the first two quarters, and out of the kindness of their hearts decided to cut Cumberland some slack by limiting the third and fourth quarters to only twelve minutes. Tech would go on to score another 54 and 42 points in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Cumberland College did not have one single first down in the entire game. A game like this would never happen in today’s college football atmosphere, so it’s no surprise that this remains the worst defeat in college football history.
And now you know some reaaaaaally random trivia to drop at your next get together.
OBJ and the net makeup!
Not only did the Giants lose to the Redskins in Week 3, but their star wide receiver also made quite the scene on the sidelines. Odell Beckham Jr. lost his cool (per usual) after an Eli Manning interception and took his frustration out on the kicking net. Unfortunately for Beckham, when he smashed his helmet into the net, the net bounced back and hit him right in the face. This was internet trolling GOLD!
But, alas, OBJ and the net made amends during the Giants Week 5 game against the Packers. After scoring a touchdown this past Sunday, he went over and gave the net a big hug. “Last week I hit him, he hit me back.” OBJ said. “[Today] I told him ‘good hit.’ Now we can be friends.”
So long Big Papi . . .
In what seems like a year of goodbyes, we have to say goodbye to another sports great.
David Ortiz, much better known as Big Papi, played his final game on Monday when the Red Sox were eliminated from the MLB playoffs by the Cleveland Indians. Ortiz played in the league for twenty years, fourteen of which were in Boston. He was a ten-time All-Star, he holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs (54), and he helped lead the Red Sox to three World Series Championships. Only sixteen players in MLB history have hit more home runs than Ortiz, and only six players in MLB history have hit more playoff home runs than Ortiz.
To be honest, I could go on about Big Papi’s ridiculous career statistics, but he’s just one of those guys that doesn’t need an introduction, and I’m not sure he really needs a farewell either. Red Sox president Sam Kennedy said it all pretty well: "David Ortiz transcends numbers, home runs, and wins. He is one of the game's greatest players—and greatest champions—and he has been there for the city of Boston through thick and thin every step of the way. He has been a pillar of our team and a pillar of our city.”
I’ve never known the Red Sox without Big Papi (I mean technically I have since he joined Boston in 2003, but the Red Sox team as it stands now is in a totally different league than the pre-Papi Red Sox), and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure what the post-Papi Red Sox will look like—but they will definitely never be the same.
If you don’t normally watch baseball, now is the time to start!
What a postseason it has already been! Not surprisingly, the National League Division Series matchups have been much more entertaining than the American League Division Series matchups. Both AL pairings ended in a three-game sweep. The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Texas Rangers in three games ending last Sunday, and the Cleveland Indians did the same to the Boston Red Sox on Monday. On Tuesday, one NL pairing ended when the Cubs defeated the Giants in the fourth game of the series, and just last night in the final NL pairing the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals in the longest 9-inning postseason game in MLB history, coming in at a whopping 4 hours and 32 minutes.
With the Division Series all wrapped up, it’s the Blue Jays vs. the Indians for the ALCS and the Dodgers vs. the Cubs for the NLCS. ALCS play kicks off tonight with Toronto at Cleveland. The Dodgers take on the Cubs in Chicago on Saturday for game 1 of the NLCS.
I said it last week, and I’ll say it again today—the Cubs are still the postseason favorite. The Dodger fan in me is optimistic that this won’t be the case, but I will say this: the World Series champion will no doubt be a National League team! I hope with all of my being that that team has L.A. on their chest, but a Chicago Cub World Series victory would make for a pretty great story too!
Martellus Bennett isn’t looking to make friends
So, Martellus Bennett, an NFL tight end, currently playing for the New England Patriots isn’t much for subtlety. Martellus, and his older brother, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett were both interviewed for an ESPN E:60 film that aired earlier this week. In these interviews, dubbed the “Brofile,” the brothers didn’t hold anything back, especially when it came to Martellus’ former team the Chicago Bears.
When asked about the Bears, Martellus said: “we just had a bunch of bitches on the roster. That’s why we didn’t win games. The coaches liked the bitches.” When asked about his former quarterback, Jay Cutler (who seriously does suck you guys. Oh my gosh.), Martellus took a couple more jabs: “some people that you want to be a leader are not the guy that’s the leader. Everyone in the locker room knows that this is not the leader, but this is what the face of the team looks like.” While these comments seem a bit harsh, they’re pretty restrained compared to the brothers' previous comments on Cutler which could be summarized by Michael’s “worst quarterback in the NFL” opinion.
It wasn’t just the Bears on the brothers' shit list this week. Martellus also spoke about former teammate in Dallas, Jason Witten. Without much reason for his opinion, Martellus said that he rarely talked to Jason when the two were together in Dallas, and that “I hated him. I hated Witten.” I mean, it seems fair to have a bit of distaste for the guy who holds your same position, but just so happens to do it much better. After all, Witten is still in Dallas, and Martellus is on his fourth roster in the last six years.
When asked if he had watched the E:60 program, Jason Witten snarkily said that he has a “busy schedule” and that’d he’d make sure to get around to watching it “real quick.” So yeah . . . probably don’t put Jason down for watching that.
I get that I haven’t exactly painted the greatest picture of Martellus for you all here and I think that’s generally a pretty accurate depiction of his character, evident in his reputation with other NFL players and his frequent team changes. However, Martellus has won me over a little bit because he has seriously the cutest daughter EVER.
Really. It’s escalated to a bit of a creepy stalker type behavior on my part. Her name is Jett (cuuuuute name!), and she has got to be one of the most photogenic little kids ever. So—go you, Martellus!
One piece of advice from Morgan:
Before I leave you this week, I need you to know this. If you aren’t following Chris Kluwe, former Minnesota Vikings punter, on Twitter, you are seriously missing out. Kluwe is notable for his article on Deadspin after being released from the Vikings titled “I Was an NFL Player Until I was Fired by Two Cowards and a Bigot.” He has recently stolen my heart again with his hilarious live-tweets during the presidential elections, and his recent letter to Donald Trump titled “Dear Donald Trump: I played in the NFL. Here’s what we really talk about in the locker room.” Kluwe is anything but shy with his opinions and is also surprisingly witty. If you’re looking for a good chuckle and the occasional a-ha moment, then he’s your guy.