It was a big week in sports, as every week seems to be. Here we go.
John Gibbons career as the Toronto Blue Jays manager is officially over. After finishing off his second stint as the skipper for the Jays, it’s safe to assume that he won’t be getting a third try. Gibbons brought way more than a few really successful seasons. Gibby was a person who was there for the people — for his players, their families, media and the people of Toronto. A baseball guy who was an all-around good person. I loved watching post-game pressers with John Gibbons, they were real, to the point, and rarely if ever did Gibby let himself treat another human being like crap simply because he didn’t like a question he was asked. He exemplified a lot of great qualities in a world where that can be lost on people. Hats off to the skipper. The next one coming in has big shoes to fill.
College football was interesting as always. Ohio State escaped an extremely rough game against Penn State that saw them gain less than 100 yards of offense in the first quarter. Dwayne Haskins struggled mightily, but ultimately prevailed with the help of Benjamin Victor. Penn State head coach James Franklin made an extremely questionable call on a pivotal fourth down with under two minutes to go in the game. A first down would have guaranteed Penn State a chance to kick a winning field goal before the clock ran out. Ohio State’s defense had no answer for Nittany Lion quarterback Trace McSorley — he just couldn’t be stopped. To see the play Franklin called that put their playoff hopes on the line, should be concerning for a lot of Penn State fans.
Jimbo Fisher grabbed the facemask of one of his players and shook his helmet side to side during their game this past weekend against Arkansas. I don’t care how bad that player messed up a play or how dumb a penalty they took was, it’s like that old saying that hitting someone back doesn’t make it right. What Fisher did to his player was embarrassing for a coach working with young men, and he should be suspended for the childlike actions he displayed. It’s completely out of line for any coach to treat a player that way. Do better, Jimbo.
Clemson narrowly escaped Syracuse 27-23 behind quarterback Chase Brice after Trevor Lawrence left the game with an apparent head injury. While Clemson’s CFP hopes are still very much alive, they will be up for a tall task if Brice is pegged to lead them for more than another week.
Kentucky remains undefeated after taking down South Carolina and are currently sitting second in the SEC East. The Wildcats head to Kyle Field in College Station next weekend to take on Texas A&M. If this team is as good as we think they are, they may go into a matchup with Georgia on November 3rd as one of the few undefeated teams left in the country.
Dan Mullen’s Florida Gators won the Dan Mullen Bowl against his former team, Mississippi State, moving them to 4-1 on the season as they will host LSU this coming weekend in a top 25 matchup.
The Texas Longhorns topped Kansas State, and will also go into a battle of top 25’s this coming weekend when they travel to play Oklahoma.