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!:

Tips from TicketCity: The Big Game in Dallas

If you live in either Texas or Oklahoma, chances are you’re well aware that there’s a big game coming up in Dallas this weekend. The folks here at TicketCity have frequented this fine event many a time, and have learned some tricks of the trade along the way. Watch the video below to hear what the TicketCity team has to say about one of the year’s biggest rivalry games.

Have some more helpful hints or favorite attractions? Feel free to leave a comment–we’d love to hear ‘em!

Cowboys Stadium Sneak Peek

We’ve all waited and the time has come… That’s right, the new Cowboys Stadium officially opens this weekend with it’s first public event headlined by George Strait.  Additional star-studded performances include Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, and Julianne Hough. The public will now have the chance to take in everything about the new stadium – from the seats and views to concessions and restrooms.  There will surely be reviews of it all.  And for those of you attending, we hope you’ll give us your feedback and photos as well.

TicketCity took a tour of the new stadium a few weeks ago and at that point there was clearly still some work to be done.  But the ginormous video display was hoisted and secured, making the rest of the preparations for this opening weekend seem like a piece of cake.  Take a look at our Tour of the New Cowboys Stadium - and a special offer on football tickets for the upcoming season!

For those of you attending the George & Reba show , have fun knowing many of you will be the first to ever sit in that seat at the new stadium.  And if you haven’t gotten your tickets to see the new stadium yet, check out some of these upcoming events:

June 20 – Jonas Brothers

Aug thru Dec – Dallas Cowboys

Sept 5 – BYU vs. Oklahoma

Oct 3 – Arkansas vs. Texas A&M

Oct 12 – U2

Nov 28 – Texas Tech at Baylor

Dec 5 – Big 12 Championship

The Big 12 Just Got BCS’ed

Three weeks after a final-second upset in Lubbock, the Texas Longhorns put a stomping on Texas A&M.  The 49-9 win was not enough, however, to give the Longhorns the advantage in the computer polls used to calculate BCS standings following week 14.  After the Oklahoma Sooners defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 61-41 on Saturday night, the computer polls gave Oklahoma the resounding edge to put them in at #2 in the BCS standings.

Texas, kiss your National Championship hopes goodbye.  The computers have chosen your fate.

In fact, the human polls released this Sunday revealed that the Longhorns had actually gained human votes, and had surpassed Oklahoma in the human formula.  This can’t save the Horns though, as the BCS wreaks havoc again, despite the fact that Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 during the regular season.

The biggest complaint Big 12 fans have at this point is not directed at the BCS and its antediluvian system.  Rather, its at the Big 12 and its antediluvian system.  It’s about time that the Big 12 learned how to create a head-to-head tiebreaker when faced with three teams all vying for the Big 12 Championship Game.

Big 12, it’s time to get your act together.

End whine.

Top College Football Teams to Watch in 2008

Well, I’ve held out long enough.  It is time to look at my picks for the best college football teams to watch in 2008.  Each of the teams mentioned here is going to be one of the top competitors in the nation this season – you can take my word for it.  This is going to be a spectacular season, and I cannot stress enough the amount of talent that goes into these football programs.

1. Georgia Bulldogs
The Bulldogs are looking strong heading into the 2008 season, and are hoping to repeal a botched attempt at a national title in 2007.  The Bulldogs have a beefy, complete roster, a Heisman hopeful in Knowshon Moreno, and a knack for making big plays when it counts.  The Bulldogs are ranked #1 in the Coaches Poll heading into the season, and in my opinion, as long as the Bulldogs play some football and forget about the hype around the team, they are going to win it all this season.  Defensive tackle Jeff Owens said it in his own words: “I’d prefer to be ranked No. 25 and work our way up, than being No. 1 and everybody is gunning for you. Everybody wants Georgia. Who doesn’t want Georgia?”  That’s right, Jeff.  Watch out for these Georgia Bulldogs, because they are on their way to a national title – 21 years is a long time to be on the porch with the pups.

2. USC Trojans
This team is just swarmed with powerhouse starters.  Big playmakers including linebacker Rey Maualuga, running back Joe McKnight, and receiver Patrick Turner are going to be tearing up the field this season. Despite missing a returning starting quarterback from the lineup, Pete Carroll tends to mold the noobs with utmost care, producing big QB starters in just a year.  USC is going to take another stab at the Pac-10 title, and win it.  Period.

3. Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State has consistently produced a huge football program in the last five years, clearly dominating the Big Ten in the last two seasons.  This year is no exception, as the Ohio State Buckeyes are poised to win their third straight Big Ten Conference title – a feat that has never been accomplished by any Big Ten team in the 112-year history of the conference.  The Buckeyes are returning a whopping 20 starters – the same starters that led the team all the way to the BCS National Championship game in 2007-2008.  If they make it to the big game this year, they are going to have to deal with the Bulldogs (my pick), but it looks as if the assault is already prepared.  Yep, my crystal ball tells me the Buckeyes are going to dominate – possible repeat appearance at the BCS title game notwithstanding.

4. Florida Gators
With an outstanding offense and eight returning starters on defense, the Florida Gators are going to bring some quality football to the table in 2008-2009.  Urban Meyer promises to bring back the dual-quarterback system, drawing talent from both Cam Newton and Tim Tebow for a well-rounded offensive.  The defense also looks stronger than last season, and is poised to take on just about anything you can throw at it.  Georgia watch out: if Florida wants it, you could find yourself second in the SEC in 2008-2009.

5. Oklahoma Sooners
Last but not least, you have the boys from Oklahoma.  The Sooners are prepared to raise a ruckus this season as quarterback Sam Bradford leads an all-star offense on the ground and in the air.  Bradford destroyed the record for most touchdown passes thrown by a freshman in 2007.  Coupled with the fact that the team is returning 10 starters on offense – an offense that averaged 6.4 yards per play last season – this team is going to be hard to beat.  Although the team is replacing several defensive players, the starting defensive line is there, and is going to open up holes for anyone who wants a piece of the opposition.  Look for Oklahoma to win the Big 12 Championship yet again this year.

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