From a sports point of view, this time of year is one of my favorites. Not only are the college and professional football seasons in full swing, but the Major League Baseball playoffs are also in high gear.
As of Monday morning, there were still eight teams left in contention for this year’s World Series title – four in the National League and four in the American League. In the American League, you’ve got the Kansas City Royals, the Houston Astros, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers. In the National League, you’ve got the St. Louis Cardinals, the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets.
Many of you will remember that the National League’s San Francisco Giants won the World Series last year, but they didn’t make the postseason cut this year. With that said, I’m pulling for the Cubs in the National League, and for the Astros in the American League. If the Cubs happen to make the World Series, it would be hard not to pull for them to win it all, especially since they haven’t won a World Series since 1908.
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The sixth weekend of the college football season has come and gone, and three SEC teams remain undefeated. Florida, LSU and Texas A&M are all 5-0, but that’s sure to change this coming Saturday when Florida visits Baton Rouge. That game and Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game are shaping up to be the best two games of the coming weekend.
In addition to those two games, there are three other games featuring head-to-head SEC opponents this week. Auburn will play Kentucky tonight (Thursday) in Lexington while on Saturday Missouri will play Georgia in Athens and Vanderbilt will play South Carolina in Columbia. In non-conference action, Louisiana Tech will play Mississippi State in Starkville, and Ole Miss will go on the road to face Memphis. Tennessee and Arkansas have the weekend off.
With that said, here are my predictions for this week’s slate of games. I like Alabama over Texas A&M, Auburn over Kentucky, LSU over Florida, Georgia over Missouri, South Carolina over Vanderbilt, Mississippi State over Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss over Memphis.
Last week: 5-1. So far this season: 47-11.
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This past weekend also marked the sixth weekend of our local ESPN College Football Pick ‘Em Contest. Sharon Peacock remained in first place for the third week in a row, and Deagan Dailey moved into second place from third place. Ricky Taylor dropped from the No. 2 spot down to third place.
Ricky Powell remained in fourth place, and Mike Dailey was in the No. 5 spot. Hunter Norris climbed into the No. 6 spot in the standings, up from seventh place. Sam Rowell dropped from sixth place into seventh place.
Casey Grant jumped into eighth place from the tenth place spot. Jonathan Tuberville went from eight place down to ninth place. I dropped from ninth place into tenth place.
If you’re one of the contestants in the contest and didn’t do well over the weekend, don’t sweat it. We’ve got seven weeks to go before the end of the season, and the Top 10 will change a lot over the course of the next two months.