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Pivotal World Series Plays 2002 - Spiezio Sparks Angels
Saints vs Brady Chapter 3 #6 Rams upset #3 Seattle
Tigers in NFL 2020 46 - one short of the record high
Football Short Story Fire Parcells!
Baseball Short Story Rusty Staub
LSU Short Story Hatchet Man - 2
Ultimate Game 1931: Athletics @ Cardinals
Golden NFL Rankings FINAL - Saints finish #5
From the Archives Blanda's Incredible String
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 Pivotal World Series Plays

2002: San Francisco Giants @ Anaheim Angels - Game 6

The Giants led 5-0 in the 7th with only nine outs to go to the title.
 Saints vs Brady Chapter 3
A week ago, I raised the possibility that the Saints might have to defeat the Bucs a third time in the playoffs. Well, that possibility is here if the Saints beat the Bears today. Since the top seed, Green Bay, plays the lowest seed remaining after round one, the Packers play the #6 Rams, who upset #3 Seattle Saturday. That means the Saints-Bears winner takes on #5 Tampa Bay, which defeated #4 Washington Saturday night as expected.
The Bucs are much improved from the team the Saints beat in Weeks 1 and 9. Brady now has Antonio Brown as his primary receiver, and the offense is much better, as you'd expect as Brady has gotten acclimated to his supporting cast and vice-versa. Furthermore, the Bucs will be bent on revenge for the 38-3 shellacking the Saints handed them on Sunday Night Football. The game would be in the Superdome, although home field advantage is minimal this year because of COVID restrictions.
I'm not overlooking the Bears. Remember that the Saints had to go to overtime to beat them in Chicago in Week 8. We were without Michael Thomas in that game and today's game is at home. So the Saints should win, but it won't be easy.
 Tigers in NFL 2020

46 former LSU players participated in at least one game in the NFL this past season. That's one short of the record 47 in 2018.

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 Football Short Story

Fire Parcells!

The New York Giants were ready to fire Bill Parcells after his first year as head coach.

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 Baseball Short Story
  Rusty Staub

Debuting at age 19 for the Astros, the New Orleans phenom became one of the greatest pinch hitters of all time.

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LSU Short Story: Hatchet Man - 2

Even before the 1982 season ended, AD Bob Brodhead began to have doubts about Jerry Stovall as head coach.

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 Ultimate Game - 1931

Philadelphia Athletics @ St. Louis Cardinals

I somehow overlooked this seventh game when I did my Ultimate Games series. So here it is.
FINAL Golden NFL Rankings after 17 Weeks
# Team Avg. Total Win Loss Opp.
Wins
Opp.
Losses
Margin
Value
Last
Week
1 Kansas City 19.03 304.50 14 2 104 17 6.43 1
2 Pittsburgh 18.92 302.75 12 4 86 28 6.35 2
3 Buffalo 18.75 300.00 13 3 98 15 10.49 3
4 Green Bay 18.43 294.89 13 3 81 19 9.69 5
5 New Orleans 18.42 294.73 12 4 78 24 10.23 4
6 Tampa Bay 18.10 289.52 11 5 69 24 10.52 6
7 Seattle 17.89 286.25 12 4 77.5 27 4.50 7
8 Baltimore 17.58 281.25 11 5 71 24 10.66 8
9 Indianapolis 17.42 278.72 11 5 82 41 4.83 9
10 Tennessee 17.41 278.50 11 5 70 28 5.25 10
Each team starts with 16 points for each game. If a team wins, it gains points based on the wins of the defeated opponent and the margin of victory. If a team loses, it loses points based on the losses of the victorious opponent and the margin of victory.
"Opp. wins" means the total number of wins by the teams the ranked team defeated.
"Opp. losses" means the total number of losses by the teams that defeated the ranked team.

Team that jumped highest amount from last week: Giants (4).
Teams that dropped the furthest: Denver, Philadelphia, Dallas (-3)

Final Golden NFL rankings

Division Rankings
Rank Division Average
1 AFC North 17.024
2 NFC West 16.537
3 AFC West 16.395
4 NFC South 16.248
5 AFC East 16.129
6 NFC North 15.733
7 AFC South 15.371
8 NFC East 14.517

Overall: AFC 16.230, NFC 15.759
From the Golden Archives

Blanda's Incredible String

In 1970, 43-year-old George Blanda had an incredible string of games in which he came off the bench to kick or pass the Oakland Raiders to victories.
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