Thursday, October 8
Swing into the weekend and the most anticipated baseball playoffs in recent memory. Three stories:
- “Great Scott!” – Chicago Cubs look to fulfill Back to the Future destiny
- No Bad Blood: Houston Astros get last laugh about Taylor Swift concert
- DraftKings and FanDuel are getting all the wrong kinds of public attention
CUBS BATTLING VARIOUS FORMS OF PLAYOFF FATE
PRIMER, LIKE EVERYONE, UNDERESTIMATED THE ASTROS
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POLL: HOW MUCH SHOULD WE COVER HOCKEY?
The first puck of the NHL season dropped last night, and the Chicago Blackhawks are the odds-on favorites to repeat as champions. Please tell us how much hockey you want from Primer. We want to be great for you!
ESPN writer Jayson Stark polled 20 league executives about their playoff predictions. Among other findings: over 75% expect the Toronto Blue Jays to win their first World Series since 1993. It’s hard to blame them after the powerful Toronto offense scored nearly 30% more runs than the league average.
The Blue Jays’ star acquisition at the trade deadline, pitcher David Price, takes the mound this afternoon in game one. Here’s the full playoff matchups and TV schedule.
It’s a relatively low-key weekend in College Football, so let’s have some fun. Yahoo writer Pat Forde made (intentionally) provocative predictions for how and when each unbeaten team will go down. Notable teams on the hook this weekend:
- #11 Florida Gators are flying high after smashing Ole Miss, but need to avoid a letdown when they go to Missouri for the Tigers’ homecoming.
- #13 Northwestern Wildcats have been a pleasant surprise but may be overmatched on the road at #18 Michigan.
- #23 California Bears have a rising superstar QB Jared Goff (reminds people of former Cal QB Aaron Rodgers), but the potent defense of fellow unbeaten #5 Utah awaits.
It’s a relatively unremarkable weekend of football ahead, so let’s focus on what matters: your Fantasy squad.
Football undoubtedly needs reform to address player safety, but things have come along way in the last century. 19 College Football players died in 1905, the year the Chicago Tribune called the sport a ‘death harvest.’ Enter President Teddy Roosevelt.
Roosevelt issued an ultimatum to change or abolish football, and colleges convened to make the sport safer. They increased the distance to gain a first down from 5 yards to 10, added a ‘neutral zone’ in between the offense and defense, and, most notably, introduced the forward pass. That initial intercollegiate conference became the forerunner of the modern NCAA.
No word on how Teddy felt about athletes earning money from their jersey sales.
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