As a simple man, there are a few things in October I absolutely adore.
I love watching New York baseball as the air begins to get a little colder. I love taking walks in the autumnal bluster and watching the falling scarlet and gold leaves surround me. And of course, with Halloween this weekend, I can’t wait to watch films like“The Nightmare before Christmas” and “Coraline” to get into the spirit of the season.
As we are five days from November, with all the candy and pumpkin in the air, I just wanted to take a look back at all that happened this month.
1. Belichick and Brady continue to age like fine wine
Even with all the criticism I have heard from a number of my friends who are football fans, I will still assert that Peyton Manning is the best quarterback I have ever seen. However, he is no longer in his prime, and as an admirer of the skill of passing and quarterbacking, Tom Brady truly amazes me. Now in his 16th season, the 38-year-old quarterback is on an angry and vengeful warpath for a fifth Super Bowl.
With reputations somewhat smeared due to this offseason Deflategate scandal, Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots organization are seeking retribution against the NFL for an offseason campaign which they believe was created to tarnish their achievements and where they were punished unjustly. And to achieve this retaliation, the team is doing what they do best: winning.
With an early season campaign, which has included decisive victories over their opponents, the Patriots are the best team in the NFL right now.
2. Louisville scandal set to clip Cardinals
With five former members of the Louisville Men’s Basketball team backing-up an allegation that an assistant coach funded strippers and “sex parties” for players made by former escort Katina Powell, the promising Cardinal season has a chance to end before they play the first game.
The school and the NCAA are both investigating the possibility that strippers performed for players, recruits and even guardians for those recruits from 2010 to 2014.
In an age where the most prominent college coaches are in complete control of their program, Head Coach Rick Pitino will have much to explain if the investigation is able to prove and state that he was aware of allegations. Pitino has currently denied the allegations and refuted any knowledge of them occurring.
3. Draftkings/Fanduel take step backs in public relations
My dad once told me that sports programming is the greatest reality TV show, and that is one of the reasons why sports are so great.
Unlike typical shows which fit into the genre of “reality tv” and are actually are scripted, sports are not. And that is one of the reasons why when a betting or gambling scandal hits, it will be a big deal. While this is not an on-field problem, with the lucrative industry of fantasy sports, the recent issue can be a game-changing complication for the two sites.
In a Bloomberg report, both DraftKings and Fanduel had their slowest weekends on Oct. 18. This can possibly be a sign that fans are venting their frustration with the allegations surrounding the two fantasy-sport companies.
4. MLB’s National League should dominate next decade
Hopefully by the end of next week, we can party like it’s 1986! Yes, the New York Mets are back in the World Series and will be facing the reigning American League Champion Kansas City Royals.
I am rooting for the Mets, and I hope they can achieve their first championship in 29 years. In their leap for October, New York has hurdled opponents like the Nationals, Dodgers and Cubs. With these four teams, all with relatively young cores, plus the Pirates, Giants and always dominant Cardinals, the National League may again be in a golden era for fans to enjoy.
5. Men’s Soccer late season run could spark postseason run
As of Monday morning, the UNC-Greensboro Men’s Soccer team has won four of their last five matches. With a dominant showing over Southern Conference rival Wofford Saturday evening, the program is currently in first place in the conference with a week left in the regular season.
Jumping over rival Furman in the standings with their win on Saturday, the soccer team has come on strong within the last month of the season. Though the beginning of the season might have looked shaky due to the lack of wins, Coach Maulin’s squad has competed in each game this season and is pushing the right buttons at this time as we prepare for the postseason.