The 2014 Major League Baseball postseason begins tonight in Kansas City. The Royals host the Oakland A’s in the American League Wild Card Game, with the winner earning a ticket to Los Angeles to face the Angels in the AL Divisional Series. The San Francisco Giants travel to Pittsburgh to face the Pirates in the National League Wild Card Game tomorrow night for the right to meet the Washington Nationals in the NLDS.
We rundown the match ups and predict who will be moving on and who will be watching the rest of the playoffs from home.
Can you imagine what it would be like for the greatest Yankees of all time to magically appear and encourage you when you needed them the most? That’s exactly what happens in the new animated film Henry & Me, which debuts on DVD and digital download today.
The movie tells the story of a sick young boy named Jack, a big-time Yankees fan who travels through time to meet legendary players like Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Thurman Munson. Jack’s guide on this journey is a man named Henry, who magically transports Jack from his hospital bed to a farm where the Babe is barnstorming, old Yankee Stadium, and the team’s current home in the Brox.
Hopefully all fantasy owners listened to Aaron Rodgers when he said everyone just needs to relax. The real Packers offense showed up on Sunday, and Rodgers, as he usually does, directed all of the action. He threw for 302 yards, 10.8 yards per attempt and four touchdowns in Green Bay’s 38-17 win over Chicago. The Packers got off to a quick start, scoring touchdowns on all three of their first-half drives. Eddie Lacy got on the scoresheet first, but after that it was all Rodgers and the passing game. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb each went north of 100 yards and evenly split Rodgers’ four touchdown passes. The Packers struggled to start the year with tough matchups against the Seahawks, Jets and Lions. With that slate behind them, expect them to keep the offensive fireworks going when they take on the Vikings on Thursday night.
After 160-odd games, you’d think Major League Baseball would be all out of regular season excitement. But you’d be wrong. The final weekend of games before the start of the playoffs was marked by big celebrations, big performances, and big goodbyes. Here are some of the highlights, beginning with… the Kansas City Royals?
Week 4 has arrived, ushering in the beginning of bye weeks from now until Week 13. For the next nine weeks, fantasy owners must contend with depleted rosters, challenging their depth and management on a regular basis.
Some weeks, like Week 5 (only the Raiders and Dolphins are off after their Week 4 game in London) aren’t so bad. Others are much worse, and this week is one of the worst of the season. Denver, Cincinnati, Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis and Cleveland all sit this week. By my count, those six teams give the fantasy community two every-week starting quarterbacks, five running backs, six wide receivers and two tight ends. Throw in flex possibilities and fringe starting or matchup options like Andy Dalton, Wes Welker, Jeremy Hill, Carson Palmer, Brian Quick, Ben Tate and Terrance West, and you’re looking at 22 players who are candidates to start every single week in typical leagues. This is a week that will truly test your mettle as a fantasy owner.
On bye this week: Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks
Sports loves a good storybook ending — to a season, a series, a career — and there was instant classic storybook ending last night in the Bronx.
The defending champion Seahawks held off a much more competitive Broncos team in the Super Bowl rematch last week, but heading into Week Four neither team is undefeated. The teams without a loss? Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Arizona. And though it’s still early in the year, injuries are already hitting teams hard and providing some rookies, like Minnesota’s Teddy Bridgewater and Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, a chance to shine.