Sunday, October 18, 2020

Red's RBI #2 (10/11-10/17)

Welcome back for round two. A reminder that Red's RBI isn't a general sports column as much as it is a look at the games and teams that I love and support. If you're not from the New York area or if you're a dirty Giants fan, your opinions will likely differ from my own. Once you finish reading #2, if you like to play online casinos you should check out OnlineCasinoSnoop.com.

BASEBALL

The offseason inches closer and for NYM, they need to finally start giving a damn about defense. Luis and Andres can't do it all, guys! In the FA field, they should look at adding McCann as catcher and Bradley Jr at center field. Those two moves alone will help get the team on a better track.

Over in Playoff news, the Rays have taken the AL by defeating Houston 4-3. Tonight, the Braves and Dodgers face off in game seven on the NL side. I actually have Atlanta falling to LA in that game setting up a Florida versus California World Series.

BASKETBALL

Dinamo Sassari needed to not just rebound after they lost to Trieste by 2, but they also simply needed to squash Virtus Roma to remind the LBA of who was who. Luckily, the Sardinia club was able to do just that, sending their opponents home as they won 92-72. Fortitudo Bologna is up next in another game heavily favored for Sassari so we'll have to see if they walk in properly motivated or complacent.

FOOTBALL

Oh boy, this week has been a rough one for the Jets. Now 0-5, falling to Arizona 30-10 in a game that was just ugly, the team also lost Le'Veon Bell thanks to Gase's inability to be anything resembling a leader. I appreciated Mark Sanchez sticking up for Darnold, a player that I still think could be our long term quarterback as long as we're willing to start making true efforts in pushing the team forward instead of the bandaid approach.

And remember, Gase has had issues with players far more than this one time. And when asked to comment on the latest example, he brushed it off like Trump brushing off basically anything and everything. Sure, Bell's woes in this specific case don't rest solely at the feet of Adam Gase, but he's failed once again as a head coach and deserves more blame than I've seen some of my fellow Gang Green willing to admit.

The time to admit that his ability not just to coach, but to lead, just isn't up to snuff. It's time to start looking for a new face.

Further adding to our soap opera ways, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is now insulting the offense.

Next up, the Jets take on Miami in division play in a game I honestly see moving the Jets to 0-6 in what might be the knockout punch for Gase.

Over on the college side of things, Texas A&M and Syracuse both played on the 17th.

The Aggies looked complete against Mississippi State, rocking the Bulldogs at every level in a 28-14 victory. And one of those MSU scores was thanks to one of the luckiest, but coolest plays of the week. Texas A&M will have the L to Alabama on their backs for the entire season but if they can keep winning games like these and step up against bigger teams like they did against Florida, they'll end the year with one of their best seasons ever. 

The Orange on the other hand are once again running rough coming into this week's game against independent Liberty. At 1-3, and their opponents 4-0, what should have been an easy win game to stack the standings was instead a giant question mark. Sure, Syracuse has shown some spirit this year, but they continue to fail to play the full dollar. If the NCAA system had a relegation ladder in place, I'd be worried for 'Cuse. My worries solidified as the time ticked down and, in the end, the boys from northern New York had lost the the Flames 38-21. Send help, people. Send help!

MOTOR

We're moving into the Round of 8 this week, and the biggest news heading out of Charlotte was the elimination of defending champion, Kyle Busch. The only thing he can hope for now is to win at least one race before the end of the season which is something I honestly don't see happening. 

The race itself was far from the same level of excitement that was Talladega and far less chaotic than the Xfinity race that played out in the rain.

The final eight are, in order: Harvick, Hamlin, Keselowski, Elliott, Logano, Truex Jr, Bowman, and Kurt Busch. If I were betting on Kansas, I'd put my money on either Hamlin or Havick to take the win this week.

SOCCER

Italia worked twice this week, with both Nations League games ending in ties.

The first saw them go 0-0 against Poland and the second 1-1 versus the Netherlands. The Azzurri really need to step up and finish if they want to truly compete with the elite again.

Toronto put up the first goal against the New York Red Bulls this week after a handball set up a penalty kick. Goalie, Meara, seemed to not even try though he did stop the scorer, Pozuelo, a few other tries and was largely good otherwise. The game ended 1-1 when 17 year old Caden Clark tied things up in the 77th to become the youngest person to ever score in MLS history. Seeing as Toronto are league leaders, even a tie seemed promising. Perhaps a win next time, though...

The group has Orlando City tomorrow and look to continue lean into the energy that Clark brings to the club.

Over in Germany, Red Bull Leipzig took down previously undefeated Augsburg to take the top spot in the Bundeslega 2-0. If we're being honest, RB could have easily had a much larger scoreboard spot had they been a spot more on target and a tad more lucky.

Manchester City faced Arsenal in a game I considered must win. The club has been struggling at an uncharacteristic level thus far and, while the season is still young, starting so cold out of the gate in this league haunt you as things progress forward. An extra effort goal early on put the Sky Blues up. Man City showed aggression throughout, earning them a series of yellow cards, but that aggression worked out in the form of a victory and their 10th straight victory against Arsenal in PL matches. Now, can they use this victory to restart their season and move forward better?


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