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 Week in TicketCity Search – Widespread Changes

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 21st
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 1 George Strait
2 3 Drake
3 - World Series
4 9 SF 49ers
5 - Baylor
6 - Jason Aldean
7 - Pearl Jam
8 - Justin Timberlake
9 - Widespread Panic
10 - Luke Bryan

No difference at the top, but the rest of the countdown experienced some big changes. George Strait holds down #1. It will be interesting to see if he can mount a One Direction-esque, months long stay at the top. Two weeks down, many more to go. Former number one Drake is knocking politely at that door as well, jumping one spot to second place.

The World Series drops in at #3. The Cardinals and the Red Sox are tied up at one game each, making game five a reality. Who will come out on top? I have no idea, fortunately we have others making far more educated guesses.

The 49ers, to use an inappropriate sports analogy, rebound to 4th place, where they are the final survivor of last week’s countdown. The shake-up, while major, didn’t deliver many completely new faces. This week’s college football entrant is Baylor, joined by the familiar faces of Jason Aldean, Peal Jam, JT, and Luke Bryan.

The one complete (I think) newcomer this week is Widespread Panic. They are playing ACL dates this weekend (the show, not the festival), so I’m pretty sure that’s what pushed them into the 9th spot. What can I say, the locals have a bit an affinity for jam bands.

Here they are doing a seven minute cover of a three-and-a-half minute song with a different song at the end. So, yeah, jam band…

2013 World Series – Red Sox vs. Cardinals

Last time they faced each other, Boston swept St. Louis to win its first title since 1918.

 

With the way Michael Wacha has been pitching, the St. Louis Cardinals may become a regular fixture in the postseason.

The young right-hander has been phenomenal in this year’s playoffs, posting a 3-0 record with a miniscule 0.43 ERA. This comes on the heels of a near no-hitter in his last regular season start. Wacha has been a pleasant surprise for a team that has relied on its pitching in the past.

During the 2011 playoffs St. Louis leaned heavily on ace Chris Carpenter. Carpenter won two of his three World Series starts as the Cardinals edged the Texas Rangers in seven games. In that postseason Carpenter went 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA.

This Cardinals team once again used dominating pitching to make a return trip to the Fall Classic. In addition to Wacha, Adam Wainwright has become the ace of the staff, posting a 1.57 ERA in his three starts. The rotation is set for both pitchers to make two appearances. And history has shown you can win a series with just two pitchers, especially when those two are in the kind of zone Wainwright and Wacha are in. But don’t hand over the World Series trophy just yet.

Boston pitchers might not have the same kind of gaudy numbers, but they are an experienced group familiar with postseason pressure. Jon Lester and John Lackey have been stalwarts in the rotation. Lester sports a 2.33 ERA while Lackey carries a respectable 3.00 ERA into the series. All you need to remember is this group out-pitched the Detroit Tigers duo of Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.

The Red Sox will count on Jacoby Ellsbury to keep setting the table for the big hitters. Ellsbury is hitting .400 this postseason and leads the team with 10 runs scored. Boston only had two players with home runs going into game six of the ALCS against the Tigers before Shane Victorino smashed a grand slam to win the series.

Boston manager John Farrell has a tough decision to make when the series shifts to St. Louis. What to do with David Ortiz?

Ortiz leads the team with three home runs and can play first base if necessary. But that means taking Mike Napoli’s bat out of the lineup. Napoli is second on the team with two home runs. How Farrell uses Ortiz and Napoli will be an interesting scenario to watch.

Prediction: Runs could be at a premium. Errors and smart base running could be the difference in a series that will feature dominate pitching. I think it will come down to a game 7 matchup that could have Lester facing Wainwright on short rest. I like Boston to win in seven games.

Notes of interest:

  • Cardinal 1B Allen Craig is expected to make his postseason debut. Craig, who led the Cardinals with 97 RBIs in the regular season, has not played since Sept. 4.
  • Carlos Beltran has 12 RBIs in 11 games to lead the Cardinals.
  • Ellsbury has six of the Red Sox’s 11 stolen bases.
  • Since 2004, Boston is 8-0 in the World Series. The Red Sox swept the Cardinals 4-0 in 2004 and the Colorado Rockies 4-0 in 2007.

Don’t miss what should be an exciting series. Whether you’re a die-hard Red Sox fan or loyal Cardinals supporter, TicketCity can help you experience the postseason in person.

The Week in TicketCity Search – Start Your Engines Up

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 22nd
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 3 Justin Bieber
2 - Jason Aldean
3 1 Mississippi State Football
4 4 One Direction
5 - US Grand Prix
6 - Maroon 5
7 - World Series
8 - Phish
9 - Rolling Stones
10 2 George Strait

Ah, now we’re getting some variety in the countdown. With ACL done and college football season heading into the “slow” month, we see some new (relatively) faces appearing. At the top, though, is the very familiar countenance of the esteemed Mr. Bieber, who retakes his crown after spending many a month in exile.

He’s followed by Jason Aldean, whose tour is moving through our backyard, so I’m pretty sure that’s how he pulled an “out-of-nowhere” landing a #2. Miss St. drops to #3 and 1D holds steady at #4.

Very new and in at #5 is the United States Grand Prix. New to Austin, the inaugural racing weekend gets underway November 16th, culminating in the USGP on the 18th. The brand new Circuit of the America hosts the event, and we will have more on the track soon.

Also new, and starting off the second half of the countdown, is Maroon 5, who just released the North American dates for their Overexposed Tour. Along for the ride are Neon Trees and Owl City. The tour begins next February and currently runs for around 32 dates, though that could be extended.

The World Series enters at #7, and Phish return at #8. George Strait suffers a big drop, 8 spots down to the very bottom this week.

While I’m pretty sure it’s the first time they’ve been on the countdown, it’s certainly not the first time the Rolling Stones have been on the road. Debuting at #9 this week, they’ve been at it for 50 years. Called the 50 and Counting Tour, these dates are celebrating that golden anniversary.

The Week in TicketCity Search – October 28th

TicketCity Week in Search

Week of
Oct. 24th
Previous
Week
Event
Searched
1 5 Taylor Swift
2 3 Texas Longhorns Football
3 9 Breeders Cup
4 4 Justin Bieber
5 1 Texas Rangers
6 2 World Series
7 6 Dallas Cowboys
8 - Georgia Tech Football
9 8 Mississippi State Football
10 7 WWE

Interesting week, as nearly everyone on the countdown is a holdover from last week. Rare to see such a low level of “churn.” While Taylor Swift’s return to the top spot may seem surprising, it’s mostly the result of the World Series moving back to St. Louis. Fewer fans in Texas are going to make that particular commute.

The Series’ drop let the Longhorns move back to the #2 spot, and let the Breeders’ Cup make a big jump to the #3 spot. The Breeders’ Cup is a week away, still time to get your tickets and make some travel plans for Louisville.

The bottom five is pretty similar this week. The Cowboys drop a spot, and the Yellow Jackets, who had been absent after a good run, return this week as the countdown’s only “new” face. Mississippi State has hung in there for a while now, and keeps going this week. Rounding things out is the WWE, who benefited from some last minute searches last Monday.