Is there a better month for North American sports than October? Baseball’s final two teams compete in the World Series this week, NFL football is in full swing, NHL ice hockey just got underway, and the NBA basketball season starts next week! Let’s take a look at some of the biggest storylines and matchups this week…
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball is down to its final two teams. The National League is represented by the San Francisco Giants (88-74). They will be battling against the American League’s Kansas City Royals (89-73). Game 1 is Tuesday night, followed by games on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (if necessary). This matchup is remarkable in that both of these teams entered the playoffs as the Wild Card team. Not since 2002 have two Wild Card teams met in the World Series. Both the Giants and Royals are playing some of their best baseball of the year so it should make for an interesting Series.
Kansas City hasn’t been to a World Series in decades and this team is playing with a lot of energy. However, will it be enough to counter the experience San Francisco brings to this series, as the Giants have played in the World Series three of the last four years?
Only two words for this last week: Peyton Manning. The Broncos quarterback broke the NFL career touchdown record by throwing his 509th touchdown and surpassing Brett Favre in the process. The most remarkable part of that record is that Favre threw 508 touchdowns in 309 games. Peyton broke his record last night in his 246th game. With Peyton looking like he could easily play a couple more years, could we witness the first ever 600-TD passer? It’s not a stretch when some call Peyton Manning the greatest NFL player ever. Manning, the league’s only 5-time MVP, continues to play at an unbelievably high level.
Week 8 in the NFL features some interesting matchups. The Seahawks (3-3) travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers (3-3-1) this Sunday. Both teams were disappointing last week and this game is hugely important for both teams. Neither team wants to go under .500 so expect a physical, hard-fought affair.
Also on Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals (5-1) will host the Philadelphia Eagles (5-1). These teams’ records speak for themselves. The Cardinals and Eagles match up fairly well against each other and that should make for an interesting game. Will Arizona’s top-notch defense be enough to contain the Eagles explosiveness? The pressure is going to be on as Arizona is trying to distance themselves from the other teams in their division, the NFC West, and the Eagles are attempting to keep pace within the NFL East as the surprising Dallas Cowboys sit in 1st place.