It was another magical weekend for sports fans as the Missouri Tigers remained undefeated with another huge victory, the Kirksville High School Tigers football team won their third game in a row. Truman State remained undefeated in GLVC conference play, the Kansas City Chiefs remained undefeated, and the St. Louis Cardinals are headed back to the World Series. Let’s break it down and look back at this incredible weekend.
The Kirksville High School Tigers football team came up with another huge victory as they trounced the Trenton Bulldogs on Friday night. The Tigers defense has improved in a major way since the start of the season and their offense performed very well on Friday night easily defeating a totally overmatched Trenton team. KHS evened their record at 4 and 4, won their third game in a row, and have an excellent opportunity to finish the regular season at 5 and 4 if they can defeat a not very good Fulton team on Friday night at Fulton. Fulton was soundly defeated by Mexico in their last game.
While KHS was trouncing Trenton the St. Louis Cardinals were doing some trouncing of their own as they and Michael Wacha defeated the Los Angeles Dodger 9 to 0 on Friday night winning the National League Championship Series and catapulting themselves into the World Series for the second time in three years. We’ll have much more on that in Wednesday’s blog but the Cardinals did everything right Friday night and Michael Wacha pitched another gem of a game in a pressure situation. This kid is just getting started folks.
While the Cardinals NLCS clinching victory was still fresh in our minds the Missouri Tigers took the field on Saturday morning to play the Florida Gators in a highly anticipated college football game. Both teams were playing with backup quarterbacks as Florida lost its QB several weeks ago and Maty Mauk was making his first start for Mizzou in place of the injured James Franklin. The Tigers didn’t miss a beat as Mauk and the Tigers offense was able to move the ball against a very good Gators defense and Mizzou was able to pull out a 28 to 21 victory to remain undefeated and take over the lead in the SEC East which is something I thought I would never see happen. Saturday’s victory also moved the Tigers up to the No. 5 ranking in both the AP poll and the BCS standings which were released for the first time this year on Sunday. The Tigers stay at home to entertain the South Carolina Gamecocks who were not only upset on Saturday by Tennessee but lost their starting quarterback in the process. We’ll have more on that game in Friday’s blog.
The Truman State Bulldogs hung on to be a very scrappy McKendrie team in Saturday to win their homecoming game and improve their record to 5 and 2 overall and 3 and 0 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. It is the first time Truman has gone 3 and 0 in conference play since the 1996 season. Truman played pretty well on both sides of the ball and McKendrie hung tough but the end result was what I expected it to be. Truman stays at home this week to play Missouri School of Science and Technology or whatever its called now, I still think of it as Rolla and probably always will but I don’t adapt to change very well. Anyway, the Miners are an old MIAA conference foe so it will be good to revive that rivalry once again. We’ll have more on that game in Friday’s blog.
Next up on Saturday it was time to find out who would lose to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series as the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox faced off in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Detroit appeared to have the upper hand in the early going but Shane Victorino of the Red Sox has other ideas as he crushed a game winning grand slam to propel the Red Sox into the World Series for the first time since 2007. This sets up a rematch of the 2004 World Series but with much different results this time. We’ll have a complete preview of the World Series in Wednesday’s blog.
Sunday saw the St. Louis Rams season possibly implode as they not only lost to the Carolina Panthers in a not very well played game but the big story is the loss of their starting quarterback Sam Bradford for the rest of the season with a knee injury. This is a major blow for the Rams who have been up and down this year but looked to have finally gotten things figured out. Yesterday’s loss to the Panthers and of Bradford leaves a lot of unanswered questions.
The Kansas City Chiefs won a nail biter yesterday over the Houston Texans to remain undefeated and are now the only undefeated team in the NFL. The Chiefs defense continues to play spectacularly and the offense continues to be what it is. The defense is only giving up 11.5 points a game so as long as the offense scores 11.6 the Chiefs should be OK. The Chiefs still need to get more people involved in their offense and take some of the pressure off Alex Smith and Jamaal Charles. The Chiefs entertain the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Joplin native Jamey McMurray captured his first NASCAR victory since 2010 on Sunday as he won the Sprint Cup race in Talladega. By virtue of finishing 13th Jimmie Johnson gained enough points to overtake Matt Kenseth for the points lead in the Chase for the Cup. McMurray is not actually in the Chase for the Cup but because NASCAR wants to take a simple process and complicate it he and the 31 other divers are sill allowed to race and obviously win. Therefore, nobody really knows what’s going on, how points are computed, or why Fred has his own race. No results were available for Fred’s race on Saturday night but Fred was said to be thrilled with the results.
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