Happy Halloween, sports fans! The scariest thing is happening in sports right now in the World Series. The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have yet to win a game in their home ball park. The Washington Nationals can win the World Series, but will have to win two games in Houston. I cannot remember a World Series where the first five games were won by the road team. Let’s also factor in that Washington defeated Cole and Verlander to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the World Series.
I tip my fork to Houston battling back and winning three straight in Washington. The Houston bats came alive and the Nationals’ bats went silent. Runners in scoring position is what tipped the 3-2 lead for Houston.
Max Scherzer skipping game five because of neck and back spasms hurt Washington’s chances of grabbing a win in game of five. It’s been a strange World Series, to say the least, but very entertaining to watch. The prediction of Houston in six games could make me look smart (which I am not) if Verlander can finally win a World Series game on Tuesday night. This column was filed before that game took place. It will not be easy, as Washington is sending Stephen Strasburg to the hill to try to force game seven. I think J.V. will get the job done on Tuesday night and the Houston team will win its second World Series in the last three years.
Harbaugh gets rid of monkey
The Michigan Wolverines finally win an important football game against a ranked football team in Notre Dame. Of course I predicted a Notre Dame win! The Jimmy Harbaugh “Monkey Off His Back” win was much needed for the program and its fan base.
The Wolverines dominated the Irish on a rainy and wet Saturday night in Ann Arbor. The play by Notre Dame was awful and pretty shocking, to be honest, coming off a bye week. I don’t think anyone in college football saw this rout coming. The Wolverines will have bragging rights for 14 years, as the next game between the two will be in 2033. Michigan will hit the road for a noon tilt with the “Turtles” from Maryland. I look for Michigan to win this game by 21 points or more.
Anemic play by Sparty
The Spartans lost at home to Penn State 28-7 in a lopsided affair. The Penn State defense was too tough and the Sparty offense was anemic again. I give Penn State partial credit for the anemic offensive performance. The Spartan offense has stunk all season long. I sit here and wonder if Coach Mark Dantonio has job security after this season? I think so, but I don’t think it’s a lock, however. The Michigan State Spartans will have a week off to regroup before a November 9 game at home against Illinois.
Weak Eastern Conference in NBA
The Detroit Pistons have opened up the NBA season and are 2-2 to start the season. I have not yet watched the Pistons play, so no opinions formed on them yet.
I know Blake Griffin has been injured with a hamstring and knee issues. Blake has fought injuries his whole career and he will be sidelined until early November. The other injury is Reggie Jackson out day-to-day with a bad back. I believe the Pistons will fight for a 6, 7, or 8 seed all season long, only because the Eastern Conference is weak.
Longing for playoff hockey
The Detroit Red Wings have suffered tough times, losers of eight-straight hockey games. It didn’t take long for the excellent start to regress for the Red Wings. The sorry state the last three years is depressing and I want to see playoffstyle hockey in Detroit again. The 2019-20 season will be another long one, I am afraid. Hockeytown has become HorribleHockeyTown!
Speaking of horrible, my best bets in the NFL are right there; horrible.
San Francisco – 9.5 over ARIZONA
JACKSONVILLE + 1 over Houston
BUFFALO – 9.5 over Washington
CAROLINA – 4 over Tennessee
PHILADELPHIA – 4.5 over Chicago
New York Jets – 3 over MIAMI
Indianapolis – pk over PITTSBURGH
OAKLAND – 2 over Detroit
SEATTLE – 6 over Tampa Bay
DENVER + 3 over Cleveland
L.A.CHARGERS + 3 over Green Bay
BALTIMORE + 4 over New England
N.Y. Giants + 7 over Dallas
LAST WEEK: 8-5-1; SEASON: 57-60-2
BEST BET: 2-6 (BRUTAL); BEST BET:CAROLINA