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!:

How Much Does One Player Affect Your Ticket Buying?

When Blake Griffin was drafted last year by the Los Angeles Clippers (and subsequently missed the season due to an injury), not many people imagined he would be this awesome a force so quickly. Sure he was the number one pick in the draft, but the Clippers have had a lot of those and none ever turned out as well as he has. The amazing dunks like this group from this weekend’s game against Toronto…

… and consistent double-doubles have made the Clippers a must-see team both on the road and at home, something they never were before. On the flip-side to that is the St. Louis Cardinals’ situation with their All-Word player, Albert Pujols. He has given the team a finite date to end contract talks so it won’t interfere with his season. With that is a looming gloom and doom scenario amongst Cardinal fans who are saying they won’t buy season seats (or as many) until the Pujols situation resolves itself.

Sure these are extreme examples, but when buying tickets, how much does an individual player factor into your decision?