SALT LAKE CITY - Last weekend was yet another sports packed couple of days with Major League Baseball crowning the St. Louis Cardinals World Series Champs, some local football, Joe Paterno adding another record and some more local soccer (the round ball kind of football).
The NBA lockout still has no end in the foreseeable future so there is no need to dive into that.
The Cards come from behind to win it all
Before the start of game six the St. Louis Cardinals where down three games to two to the Texas Rangers and need to win the next two at home to pull out the series victory. Headed into the bottom of the ninth inning the Cards were down by 2 runs and with two on two outs and down to his last strike David Freese comes through with a triple sending it to extra innings. In the 11th inning Freese comes up to the plate and hits a walk-off home run which forces game seven. Game seven was more of a methodical win for the Cardinals beating the Rangers 6-2 with dominant pitching from starter Chris Carpenter who pitched six strong innings.
After the Cardinals had their victory parade Tony LaRussa called a team meeting and dropped the bomb, LaRussa is retiring from baseball. LaRussa has won 3 World Series titles; 1989 with the Oakland Athletics, in 2006 with the Cardinals and this years Cardinals.
Joe Pa wins number 409
That is right Joe Paterno is still coaching and his Penn State team just won number 409 which puts Joe Pa in first place with the most wins in Division I College Football. It came down to Illinois' kicker Derek Dimke clanking a field goal attempt off of the left up-right allowing the Nittany Lions to win the game. Penn State is 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten cofference and the leader of the Leaders division of the Big Ten ahead of Wisconsin who lost their second straight game to Ohio St.
Cougars lose yet again to the Horned Frogs
This loss makes it four straight to TCU, and it was the best chance for the Cougars to actually knock-off the Horned Frogs in the past four years. TCU's defense has not been as dominant this year as it has in years past but mistakes and miscues costs BYU yet another win. One big stat that Greg Wruebell announced on the radio broadcast was that TCU could not score when starting in their own territory, or having a long field to drive down to score. Turn overs by BYU (three) and botched punts set up the Frogs with good field position. TCU's TD scoring drives were: 61, 4, 37, 45, and 38 yards and the lone field goal started on their own 29 yard line but they only moved to BYU's 17 yard line. BYU forced TCU to punt seven times, but it has been the turnovers that have cost BYU the games against TCU in the past four years.
The Utes get a Pac-12 victory
John White IV carried the Utes on his back, rushing the ball 35 times for 205 yards and scoring a TD. As for John Hays, Utes' QB, he "managed the game" according to coach Kyle Whittingham. His numbers were not Heisman numbers but he did get the job done, 6/14 for 62 yards and two TDs and most importantly no interceptions. On the other side of the ball the Defense took the ball away four times from the Oregon St. Beavers causing one fumble and intercepting the ball three times. The Utes Defense, and John White IV are what are keeping the Utes in their games. The Utes need two more wins to be bowl eligible and next week against Arizona will not be easy.
RSL silences the Sounders 3 nil
Real Salt Lake took a commanding lead in their two game, aggregate score, series against the Seattle Sounders. Behind the great play of Costa Rican forward Alavaro Sabarío, who had two goals and was two feet away from a hat trick. Nick Grabavoy added an insurance goal in the 88th minute to give RSL the three goal lead in the series. Even though goal keeper Kasey Keller let three goals in he also had eight spectacular saves to keep the score respectable, and it is easy to see why he was the US National Team's keeper for so many years. The second game of the series is on Wednesday night Nov 2 at 8 pm.