The Other Lead – Your Sports Weekend in GIFs, Pics and Video

This week we’ll start with the most talked-about play of the weekend. Game 3 of the World Series ended on an obstruction call at third base. Was third baseman Will Middlebrooks even in the base path to home plate? Did he lift his leg on purpose? According to the rule as it stands, none of those questions matter. Sounds like Major League Baseball will be revisiting the rule in the offseason. The Cardinals won the game on the play to go up 2-1, but lose the next two games and now face elimination on Wednesday in Boston. Here it is:

It was a fun night in Norman if you are a Sooner fan, as Oklahoma took down #10 Texas Tech 38-30, thanks in part to this amazing double reverse for a TD:

 

#7 Miami escaped a wild one against 4-4 Wake Forest, but the win has given us more questions than answers about the Canes. Here’s the play of game… call it luck, call it skill or something in between, i’ll just call it ridiculous.

 

The Lions came back to win the game against the Cowboys on a last-second QB sneak by Matt Stafford, but its Calvin Johnson that was the star once again. Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 YARDS and a touchdown in, which was good enough for 2nd in NFL history for receiving yards in a single game. Whether it’s a slant or Stafford just throwing it up there, Megatron is just that good:

The biggest hit of the World Series this far, and likely to remain as such if the Red Sox clinch, is Johnny Gomes’ home run in Game 4 at Busch Stadium. He was hitless for the series up to them, and it was exactly what the Sox needed to get out of the rut they were in after the crazy end to Game 3. Here’s Johnny!:

The Other Lead – Your Sports Weekend in GIFs, Pics and Video

We’ll start this week with the fastest goal in MLS history, a Tim Cahill strike only 8 seconds into the NY Red Bulls’ game against Houston. An incredible goal no doubt, but the fault has to be place on the Dynamo defense. Houston lost and is now in position to miss the playoffs completely. Here it is:

Also on Saturday we had Game 6 of the ALCS, with the Red Sox one win away from facing St. Louis in the World Series. With the bases juiced and two strikes on him, Shane Victorino had the biggest home run of his career:

One of the best catches you’ll ever see happened in the Stanford-UCLA game. Stanford receiver Kodi Whitfield backhanded an bomb in the end zone for a touchdown:

Now for the NFL, how many people do you think it takes to cover Calvin Johnson? More than three, apparently. Megatron keeps amazing us with his otherworldly receiving skills, and he showcased them on Sunday against the Bengals:

Things didn’t go well for Nick Foles in his start in Philly against the Cowboys. The Eagles, who have been scoring 30 points a game this season, mustered only a single field goal in a 17-3 loss. This sums up the game:

Last but not least is the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. They’re in sole possession of first place after the Broncos lost to the Colts and KC was able to hold off a Houston team that was desperate for a win. Here’s Alex Smith running a successful fake hand-off to no one when Jamaal Charles went the wrong way, then taking it in for a TD himself:

You keep keepin’ on, Alex Smith — though i’m not sure the ’72 Dolphins are shaking in their boots quite yet. The Chiefs face the Browns in week 8, so the streak is likely to at least continue for another week.

One For The Roadie: Detroit Lions Fans Don’t Want Their Nickleback

Brrr, it’s so cold in the D! Well it is for Canadian rockers Nickelback, anyway, who are preparing to play Detroit’s Ford Field during halftime of the Lions-Packers’ Thanksgiving Day game. That’s riling up some Motor City Lions fans like Dennis Guttman, who’d rather not have his favorite team widely associated with the group (ironically, since before this year, few would want to be associated with the bungling Lions). Guttman took to the internet—as most do when faced with a crisis—and started an online petition to try to get the NFL and the Lions organization to change its mind and have a more locally sourced band—anyone from Eminem to the White Stripes, Aretha Franklin to Iggy Pop—play the halftime gig. So far, the petition has not only garnered attention to Guttman’s plight, but also 50,000 online signatures.

“This game is nationally televised, do we really want the rest of the US to associate Detroit with Nickelback? Detroit is home to so many great musicians and they chose Nickelback?!?!?! Does anyone even like Nickelback? Is this some sort of ploy to get people to leave their seats during halftime to spend money on alcoholic beverages and concessions? This is completely unfair to those of us who purchased tickets to the game. At least the people watching at home can mute their TVs. The Lions ought to think about their fans before choosing such an awful band to play at halftime.”

Now, while we won’t weigh in on the appropriateness of having Nickelback at the Lions game or the effect of putting several punctuation marks after your sentences, we will give Guttman an A for the effort. It won’t do anything to change it situation, but at least he knows he’s not alone. Apparently being bludgeoned over the head with the sounds of Nickelback no matter where you go isn’t our Dennis Guttman and a lot of people’s cup of tea. But who knows? While he’s hiding out in the bathroom of the upper, upper mezzanine, waiting for them to finish, he might hear the words every person longs to hear from a Grammy winning band: “This song is dedicated to Dennis Guttman.” That might be enough fire to melt the Nickelback ice around his heart.

2008 Thanksgiving Day Football TV Schedule

Thanksgiving Day football is more than tradition – for most fans it’s an absolute necessity.  Anytime the family congregates on a holiday, there is usually television involved – whether it’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square in New York, re-runs of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Story around Christmas, or local fireworks on July 4th.

On Thanksgiving, there are two staples of television:  The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and football.  Both are equally important to watch for some families, as both capture the sense of participation, sharing and merriment during the Thanksgiving holiday season.

The tradition of Thanksgiving Day (NFL) football goes as far back as 1920, and the Detroit Lions have been playing on Thanksgiving Day since 1925.  Up until 2008, only six NFL teams have not competed on Thanksgiving Day.

Here is your Thanksgiving Day football TV guide (all times are Eastern):

NFL:
Titans at Lions @ 12:30 p.m. (CBS)
Seahawks at Cowboys @ 4:15 p.m. (FOX)
Cardinals at Eagles @ 8:15 p.m. (NFL Network HD)

College:
Texas A&M at Texas @ 8:10 p.m. (ESPN)