Now, one of them is about to add a baseball championship after the L.A. Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays made spots in the World Series over the weekend. With L.A. and Tampa Bay having actually each already won a pandemic-time title in a sequestered environment, the winner of the World Series can call itself King of the Bubbles. For the moment, though, we'll provide Tampa Bay the minor edge in North American sports supremacy due to the fact that it's doing a little much better in football. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers knocked off unbeaten Green Bay the other day to improve to 4-2 and tighten their grip on first location in their department. The 74-year-old, who has called 22 Stanley Cup finals and also invested 21 seasons as the voice of the New Jersey Devils, started his profession in hockey media 50 years ago when he reported on a video game at Pittsburgh's old Civic Arena.
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Tampa Bay and Los Angeles are on a roll
As if we're not envious enough of their weather right now, those are also the 2 most popular locations in professional sports. The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup three weeks ago, and last Sunday the Los Angeles Lakers captured their 12th title because the franchise relocated to Southern California in 1960.
Now, among them will add a baseball championship after the L.A. Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays made areas in the World Series over the weekend. The Rays got away a potentially historic collapse in the American League Championship Series with Saturday's 4-2 win over Houston, which had rallied from a three-games-to-none deficit to require the deciding Game 7. Last night, the Dodgers finished their return from down 3-1 in the National League Championship Series with a 4-3 triumph in Game 7 vs. Atlanta.
The Dodgers and Rays will now square off in an unusual, neutral-site, limited-spectator Fall Classic beginning Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas. With L.A. and Tampa Bay having each currently won a pandemic-time title in a sequestered environment, the winner of the World Series can call itself King of the Bubbles. Hey, much better than Queen of the Ashes.
For the moment, however, we'll offer Tampa Bay the small edge in North American sports supremacy because it's doing a little better in football. Tom Brady and the Buccaneers knocked off unbeaten Green Bay yesterday to improve to 4-2 and tighten their grip on top place in their department. The 1-4 L.A. Chargers had a bye while the Rams took a humbling 24-16 primetime loss to NFC West rival San Francisco. The Rams are still 4-2, however all four of their wins have come versus groups from the NFC East -- a punchline of a division with a combined record of 5-17-1.
Famous hockey broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick retired.America's response to Bob Cole is best understood for his more-recent work as NBC's main NHL play-by-play person. The 74-year-old, who has actually called 22 Stanley Cup finals and also spent 21 seasons as the voice of the New Jersey Devils, began his career in hockey media 50 years earlier when he reported on a game at Pittsburgh's old Civic Arena. As Emrick kept in mind in a farewell video released today by NBC Sports, that was back when there were only 14 NHL groups, scoreboard clocks hadn't even gone digital and Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull and Bobby Orr still played. Hull and Howe now have kidsin the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Emrick was honoured by the organization in 2008 with its Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for impressive contributions to hockey broadcasting. Like Cole, who likewise shut it down after 50 years in 2019, Emrick brought an unique voice to his calls. Cole had the smoother-sounding pipes and simply the best touch of folksiness. Emrick's calling card was his descriptive language. To him, a player didn't just passthe puck. He lobbed it. Squibbed it. Whipped it. Ladled it. Pitchforked it. As this 2018 piece by NPR's Victoria Whitley-Berry keeps in mind, a fan once taped 153 ways in which Emrick explained how the puck was moved. In a single game. Learn more about his remarkable broadcasting career here.
Chase Claypool had another good game.A couple of days after we anointed him possibly Canada's biggest NFL playerfollowing a four-touchdown performance, the Steelers novice avoided the Buzzer curse by running in another TD and making four catches for a team-high 74 yards getting in the other day's 38-7 blowout of Cleveland. Pittsburgh (5-0) is among three unbeatens left in the NFL, and Claypool is the team's leader in getting yards (his 335 put him way ahead of veteran JuJu Smith-Schuster's 194). Mentioning Canadian receivers on good groups, Alabama sophomore John Metchie III made his 3rd TD catch of the season in the second-ranked Crimson Tide's 41-24 win over No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.
A (technically) Canadian golf player won a PGA Tour event.Yes, Jason Kokrak was born in North Bay, Ont., 35 years ago. Just because his Canadian mother was checking out at the time. The household returned home to the States shortly after that. Besides maybe a nod to our health-care/baby-delivery system, it's tough for Canadians to take any credit for Kokrak's winning the CJ Cup tournament yesterday. We did, however, almost get a legitimate win on the S̶e̶n̶i̶o̶r̶s Champions Tour as Mike Weir finished second to Phil Mickelson. Both guys just recently turned 50 and are obviously enjoying the weaker competition on the 50-and-over circuit.
And finally ...
On this date in 1957, Maurice Richard ended up being the first NHL gamer to score 500 regular-season objectives.
The Rocket did it in 863 video games, which is the ninth-fastest ever. Only Wayne Gretzky (575 video games, lol), Mario Lemieux (605 ), Mike Bossy (647 ), Brett Hull (693 ), Alex Ovechkin (801 ), Phil Esposito (803 ), Jari Kurri (833) and Bobby Hull (861) were quicker.
The 500-goal club currently has 45 members. Only 2 are still active in the NHL: Ovechkin (who's up to eighth all time with 706) and Patrick Marleau (25th at 562). The closest to joining next is Sidney Crosby, who's at 462.
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