Archive for October 8th, 2018

Rookie QB’s 4-0, Crosby’s Bad Day, Gano Ties Dempsey’s 63 Yards, Braves Force Game 4, Acuna Jr’s Feat

FOOTBALL

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2018 NFL rookie quarterbacks set a record for going 4-0 on Sunday.  The first round pics include Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield and Arizona’s Josh Rosen (with their first wins of the season) and the Jets’ Sam Darnold and Josh Allen.

As great as it was for the 4 rookie quarterbacks, it was equally as bad for 12-year veteran kicker Mason Crosby. Crosby missed four field goals and one extra point in a Green Bay loss to the Detroit Lions. After the game, Crosby’s teammates showed their continued support for their longtime kicker. Tramon Williams said, “This league finds a way to humble you at some point, even when you don’t need it. It’s really tough. But I have no doubt in my mind that Mason’s going to come back and kicks as well as he always has. I know it’s a mental burden on him right now, but that’s what his teammates are here for, and we’re going to be behind him the whole time.”Lions 31, Packers 23.

Carolina Panther’s kicker Graham Gano had a much more satisfying day on the field making history by tying the NFL record for the longest game-winning kick. Gano tied Tom Dempsey’s 63-yard kick in 1970. With Gano’s kick, the Panthers beat the NY Giants in a back and forth game that could have gone either way. After the game, Panther’s quarterback Cam Newton gave Gano credit by saying, “A wise man once told me, a great quarterback is only as good as his kicker. . . Graham put the whole team on his back today, well toe.” Panthers 33, Giants 31.

BASEBALL

In the National League Division Series, the Atlanta Braves fought hard to beat the Dodgers 6-5 in game 3 and force a game 4 on Monday. Dodgers lead the series 2-1. The most exciting part of the game came in the second inning when 20-year-old Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a grand slam. He became the youngest player in baseball history to accomplish this feat in a postseason game. Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle previously held this distinction for hitting a grand slam in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series when he was 21 years old.

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