The newspaper has early deadlines this week due to Gobbler Day on Thursday! I am actually writing this on Friday night, so no college games have been played!
The one NFL game is final, though, as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 27-24 Thursday night. It was a tremendous game and the Seahawks received the benefit of a couple controversial calls. The fact the two calls lead to 10 Seattle points was the difference in the game. Oh well, NFL officiating leaves a lot to be desired. What is a catch, or no catch, still has no clarity if you ask me. While on the word catch, I will be catching two Lions games this week, as Carolina is in Detroit on Sunday and the Bears on Thanksgiving Day. I believe Detroit will lose on Sunday and defeat the Chicago Bears on Turkey Day. I just don’t see them losing back-to-back home games, honestly. Although if anyone can lose back-to-back, it’s the Motor City Kitty’s for sure.
I do enjoy the Lions game on Thanksgiving, as it has become such a large part of my Thanksgiving Day tradition. I have witnessed great Lions wins and some ugly, horrendous losses on Turkey Day. I will go to the game and hopefully see a Lions win and enjoy my turkey on Friday with family members. If you are going to the game, enjoy, and if not, gobble up the bird and watch it on television! Go Lions Roooaaaarrrrr!!!
MLB writers got it right
The MLB awards came out this week and I agree that the sports writers got them right. The Managers of the Year were Brian Snitker of the Atlanta Braves of the National League and Bob Melvin of the Oakland A’s from the American League.
Brian took a young team and improved them by 18 games. He also is a man who has spent 40 years in the Atlanta Braves’ organization, which I think is a loyal and deserving person. He waited a long time for this job and made the most of it.
Bob Melvin is a three-time winner, winning in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2012 with the Oakland A’s. Bob had the lowest Opening-Day payroll in baseball and improved the A’s by 22 games. What a job in the dugout by Bob Melvin.
The Rookie of the Year in the National League was Atlanta’s Ronald Acuna, Jr. The American League winner was Los Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani. The Cy Young winners were Jacob deGrom and Blake Snell. The Mets pitcher, deGrom, only won 10 ballgames, but featured an ERA of 1.70 and one heck of a year on the mound. He received no hitting support from his Mets teammates. The closest to him was Washington’s Max Scherzer.
The American League winner was a close one between winner Blake Snell of Tampa Bay and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astro’s. Blake received 17 first-place votes to Verlanders 13. Blake had an ERA of 1.89 and won a MLB high of 21games. He did, however, only toss 180-2/3 innings, which is low for a Cy Young winner. The bar is usually set at 200 innings-plus for Cy Young winners. The winner here is the most debatable of the all the postseason awards, if you ask me. I could go either way here, to be honest.
The MVP’s went to Mookie Betts of the World Champion Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers. Mookie won the batting title, Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove in 2018. He won in a landslide over Mike Trout receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. Christian Yelich won the award in September batting .370 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI. He took home 29 of the 30 first-place votes. The Brewers also passed the Cubs in September to win the division. The runner up was Javier Baez of the Chicago Cubs.
Can’t write about what hasn’t happened.
Because of my early copy deadline, there will be no NFL picks this week. Enjoy the games and we’ll catch up next week. Happy Thanksgiving to all! firstname.lastname@example.org