- “The Kansas City Royals won in 14 innings, the longest game 1 in World Series history.”
- “Is an NFL team moving to Los Angeles next season? Are two?”
- “The difference between the Champions League, Premier League, and a breakdown of international soccer.”
The Fox coverage had technical difficulties and went dark for 23 internet-exploding minutes, an occurrence that writer Bill Simmons suggested was a conspiratorial ploy to get people talking about the World Series. There was still plenty of action in the five hour game, as Alex Gordon of the Royals hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 9th inning and KC went on to win on a sacrifice fly in the 14th.
QUICK HITS FROM AROUND SPORTS
- NBA hopes to cash in with ‘micro-payments’: For the first time, NBA fans can buy and stream individual out-of-market games. In just two clicks from social media, you can be in the NBA app and watch any game for 6.99. The price is steep to stream an entire game, but indicates micro-payment momentum. Future years could include the ability to pay a smaller fee for crunch time action (say, 50 cents to watch the final 3 minutes of a close game).
- Opening night omen: The last 11 NBA champions started the season with a win, a trend the defending-champion Golden State Warriors now hope continues. The Warriors got their rings, and MVP Steph Curry went right back to work with 24 first-quarter points (!) en route to scoring 40. Chef Curry cooking with hot grease:
NHL HOCKEY SEASON ALREADY UNDERWAY
- No longer a Canadian majority: For the first time in the NHL’s 98-year history, the majority of players are not Canadian citizens (it’s 49.7%, but still). Americans constitute 25% and have been on the rise since 2008, as have the Swedes with 9%.
- Phenom leads youth revitalization: This could be the best NHL rookie class ever, headlined by transcendent Edmonton Oilers talent Connor McDavid. 2nd-generation NHLer Max Domi is leading all rookies in points (goals + assists) — he’s got a mean backhand:
In a bizarre and troubling story, a missing horse was found dead in a remote part of an equestrian center in Florida. The horse had been filleted in a manner that appeared professional. There are no leads on the crime, which is being treated as burglary and grand theft.