Welcome back to another installment of King’s Court here on My Mind on Sports. I delayed the publication of this a couple of days in order to talk about some of the things that occurred in this jam-packed sports weekend. As always if you are reading this, thank you. Court is now in session.
Saban, Alabama Get Revenge on Johnny Football
Going into the weekend, the hype in the college football world was centered on Alabama and Texas A&M squaring off. This game did not disappoint. Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide got revenge on Johnny Manziel and company after a loss last season. The Tide rolled to a 49-42 victory. After Manziel led the Aggies to the game’s first 14 points, AJ McCarron helped lead Alabama to the next 35 points. Both quarterbacks were highly impressive. Manziel, who led an Aggies comeback, went 28/39 for 464 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. McCarron was just as, if not even more impressive throwing for 334 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Saban improved to 7-1 in “revenge games.”
Stealing Baseball Signs
The game of baseball has a world of uniqueness with both on the field rules as well as unwritten rules. Something that occurs on a daily basis when a baseball game is being played is stealing signs. A couple weeks back New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi took offense when the third base coach of the Baltimore Orioles was relaying signs to his batters. This caused Orioles’ manager Buck Showalter to have words with Girardi. If you don’t want your signs stolen, do one of two things. First, hide them better so you don’t have your signs stolen. Second, if someone does steal one of your signs, change it up! I see no issue with stealing signs, as I feel it is a part of the game and will continue to be for as long as baseball is being played.
Floyd “Money” Mayweather put on a boxing clinic defeating Saul “Canelo” Alvarez by majority decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather improved his record to 45-0-0, while Alvarez suffered his first defeat, making him 42-1-1. Money Mayweather did what he wanted, when he wanted in the fight. Alvarez took many swings at him, but connected on just 22 percent. Mayweather landed 46 percent of his punches. The decision was a majority decision after judge CJ Ross scored the fight as a draw, which did not sit well with fans of boxing. If you watched the fight, you would have seen Mayweather in complete control throughout the entire 12-round bout. Many scorecards showed Mayweather beating Alvarez in every round, but Ross did not see it that way, which is nonsense. She is the same judge who said Timothy Bradley Jr. defeated Manny Pacquiao, which many thought was not the case. Ross should be investigated for her abilities to judge a fight. Regardless of that, Mayweather can continue to count his money with an unblemished record.
Manning Bowl III
The big brother is typically better than the little brother at most thins. This was certainly the case when the Manning Brothers went head-to-head for the third time. The elder Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos defeated the younger brother Eli Manning and his New York Giants 41-23. This marked the third time the two brothers have squared off against one another in the NFL and the third time that Peyton has beaten Eli. Peyton Manning threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns while Eli threw for 362 yards, a touchdown, but also four interceptions. The Broncos improved to 2-0 on the young season while the Giants fell to 0-2. The last time the Giants started the season 0-2 was in 2007; when they went on to win the Super Bowl. It is likely we saw the last Manning vs Manning game, unless these two teams can make it to the Super Bowl, which happens to be held in New York this year.
Booing at Games
I recently was reading a group message in which two of my colleagues were discussing the boos at various NFL games. One of them did not like the fact that an injured player was being booed while being attended to. The other was saying it happens in every stadium around the league. I believe that the paying customer who purchases a ticket for an NFL game should be able to cheer or boo for whoever they please. However, I do not condone fans booing because a player from the team you are rooting against gets hurt and is taking a while to get off the field. You can boo for a plethora of reasons at a game; poor performance, referees, coaching decisions, etc. If a player gets hurt and is being attended to by the team trainers, don’t boo, but hope the player isn’t seriously hurt. This unfortunately does happen way to often where the injured player is being booed. Booing is fine, but not when a player is down on the field and is clearly hurt.