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20th Century Baseball Tidbits 1909-10
Did You Notice? NCAA Interesting Tidbits from Week 7 action
Coach O Settlement Congrats to AD Scott Woodward
Golden College Rankings After Week 7: Iowa Drops
Did You Notice? NFL Week 5
Golden NFL Rankings After Week 5: Saints #7
Pivotal LSU Football Moments 1934: Jones sends in Sullivan
Clash of Titans 1924: Stanford @ California
Pivotal Saints Moments 1973 Redskins: Beleaguered D rises up
Pivotal Pro Football Moments 1960 NFL Championship Game
Pivotal World Series Moments 1910: Cubs Stave Off Elimination

20th Century Baseball Tidbits

  • 1909
    The first all-concrete-and-steel stadiums opened: Forbes Field in Pittsburgh and Shibe Park in Philadelphia.
    The Chicago Cubs won 104 games, more than they had in several pennant-winning years. But they finished 6 1/2 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates, who went 110-42.
    The Pirates, led by SS Honus Wagner, scored a league-high 699 runs. Honus led the league in BA (.339), SA (.489), total bases (242), and RBI (100).
    The third-place New York Giants won 92 games, 15 more than the fourth-place Cincinnati Reds.
    In the American League, Detroit won their third-straight pennant as Ty Cobb won the Triple Crown, batting .377 with nine HRs and 107 RBIs.
    The World Series went the full seven games for the first time. Anyone expecting a great Wagner-Cobb match-up were disappointed. Honus had a decent Series, hitting .333, but Ty flopped, batting only .231. The teams alternated victories with the Pirates winning Game 7 behind rookie Babe Adams, a spot starter during the season who won all three games he pitched.
    Oddities:
    The Cubs beat the Boston Doves an NL record 21 times during the season.
    The Philadelphia Phillies were rained out a record ten straight days.
    Detroit and Washington played an 18-inning scoreless tie with Ed Killian going the route for the Tigers. That was one of 29 times during the season that the Senators were shutout - an AL record. Phillies C Red Dooin set a 20th-century NL record for catchers with 40 errors.
  • 1910
    A record 46 minor leagues brought baseball entertainment across the nation.
    Comiskey Park opened in Chicago with a colossal capacity of 48,600. It would be the home of the White Sox until 1991. Cleveland inaugurated League Park as its new stadium.
    The Philadelphia Athletics ended Detroit's three-year reign as AL champions while the Cubs returned to the top of the NL with their fourth pennant in five seasons.
    Connie Mack's powerhouse team won the World Series in five games and would win the AL pennant another three times in the next four years.
    Jack Coombs led the A's with a 31-9 record and 1.30 ERA and won two games in the World Series, which Philly captured in five games.
    Oddities:
    President William H. Taft began the tradition of throwing out the first ball of the season in the nation's capital.
    Ed Walsh topped the AL in ERA at 1.26 but still lost 20 games as his White Sox hit a record-low .211 as a team.
    Steve Evans of the St. Louis Cardinals was hit by 31 pitches.
    The Chalmers Motor Company offered a car to the winner of the AL batting title. The race between Ty Cobb and Cleveland's Nap Lajoie went down to the last day. Since Cobb was hated throughout the league, the St. Louis Browns infield allegedly played deep to allow Nap to beat out seven bunts in a doubleheader on the last day to rob Cobb of the batting title .383 to .382.

Source: 20th Century Baseball Chronicle: A Year-by-Year History of Major League Baseball

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Did You Notice? NCAA Week 7
  • Remaining Undefeated Teams
    Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, San Diego State, SMU, Texas San Antonio, Wake Forest
    Still Winless: Arizona, UNLV
  • #2 Iowa Goes Down
    The only undefeated team to lose last weekend was Iowa. A double-digit favorite at home against Purdue, the Hawkeyes played without starting corner Riley Moss, who had teamed with fellow corner Matt Hankins to form one of the top CB duos in college football. Purdue took advantage and won easily 24-7.
  • Bulldogs Corral Wildcats
    Fresh off a thumping of LSU in which they scalded the Tigers with 330y on the ground, undefeated Kentucky ranked first among Power Five schools with a 54.8% successful run rate entering their game Between the Hedges. But Georgia limited the Cats to just a 17.6% successful run rate to hold UK to just 51y rushing on 27 carries. The visitors did manage to score two touchdowns to equal the number the Dogs had surrendered in their first six games. The second score came with only four seconds left.
  • Aranda Rising Too Quickly?
    Baylor moved to 6-1 overall with a 38-24 victory over future Big 12 member Brigham Young. The buzz in Big 12 country is that Aranda is building a resume that will take him back to LSU to replace Ed Orgeron next season. Baylor lost Matt Rhule to the NFL just two years ago and has shown itself willing to pay what it takes to at least try to keep a successful coach.
  • LSU Rushing Game Explodes
    The Tigers had rushed for a total of 375y in their first five games. Then they gashed Florida for 321y led by by Tyrion Davis-Price's 287y on 36 carries. That broke the previous record against the Gators held by none other than Heisman Trophy-winner Herschel Walker of Georgia in 1980. It was also the fourth-most rushing yards by an SEC player against a ranked oppoonent.
  • Texas Offense Implodes
    After scoring a touchdown on its first drive of the second half to take a 24-13 lead over Oklahoma State, Texas gained only 6y and did not pick up a first down the rest of the game. The Cowboys scored 19 unanswered points to take the 32-24 victory. The Longhorns had blown an 18-point second-half lead against Oklahoma the week before.
Intriguing Numbers - Week Seven
17 Seasons since Iowa State beat Kansas State in Manhattan before the 33-20 victory Saturday night
5 Times that LSU has scored and allowed 40 points in a game under Ed Orgeron
2
Times LSU scored and allowed 40 points in a game before Orgeron.
13 Wins by Purdue against #2 teams while unranked, five more than the next highest team
33 Points by which Louisiana-Monroe was an underdog before upsetting Liberty 31-28. The Warhawks were also a 23.5-point underdog when they beat Troy earlier this season.
5-17 Scott Frost's record in one-possession games at Nebraska, including 0-5 this year
4 Consecutive games in which TCU has allowed 200y rushing, as many times as the past three seasons combined
363 Consecutive extra points by Georgia before missing one against Kentucky - their first miss since 2014
3 Times Colorado State K Cayden Camper has made five field goals in a game this season. That's one more than all the other college kickers combined this year.
-1 Rushing yards by Mississippi State against Alabama, thanks to seven sacks
101 Plays run by Ole Miss in their 31-26 win at Tennessee - a school record.
1998 Last time Boise State lost three home games in a season before this year
Coach O Settlement

I like what LSU AD Scott Woodward has done to remove the uncer­tainty from the LSU football season.
There's no point in firing Ed Orgeron and having an interim coach the rest of the season. But if you've decided he's not coming back, end the uncertainty and say so.
Now the Tigers can concentrate on winning as many games as possible the rest of the season and going to a bowl game.

Golden College Rankings - Week 7
Team Avg. Points Win Loss Opp
Wins
Opp
Losses
Score
Value
Opp
Opps
Road
Win
Home
Loss
Last
Week
1 Georgia 15.21 106.5 7 0 30 0 4.59 72 0.0 0.0 1
2 Michigan 14.57 87.4 6 0 21 0 2.90 50 0.0 0.0 3
3 Oklahoma State 14.08 84.5 6 0 19 0 0.95 50 0.0 0.0 6
4 Iowa 13.96 97.7 6 1 22 2 2.17 22 0.0 0.0 2
5 Cincinnati 13.96 83.8 6 0 16 0 2.35 35 0.0 0.0 4
6 Ohio State 13.87 83.2 6 1 16 1 2.55 29 0.0 0.0 7
7 Kentucky 13.77 96.4 6 1 18 0 1.65 44 0.0 0.0 5
8 Notre Dame 13.71 82.2 5 1 15 0 1.09 41 0.0 0.0 9
9 Wake Forest 13.56 81.4 6 0 14 0 1.27 28 0.0 0.0 8
10 Penn State 13.56 81.4 5 1 14 1 1.49 35 0.0 0.0 13
  • "Opps. wins" is the number of victories by the teams the ranked team defeated.
  • "Opps. losses" is the number of losses by the teams that defeated the ranked team.
  • "Opp. opps". is the number of victories by the teams the defeated teams beat.
  • "Score value" is a measure of the margin of victory in relation to the defeated team's number of wins coupled with the margin of defeat in relation to the victorious team's number of losses.
  • "Road win" and "Home Loss" haven't kicked in yet because opponents have to win at least six games to earn a bonus for beating them on the road and opponents have to have six losses before you lose points when they defeat you at home.
Conference Rankings
  Conference Avg. Last
Week
1 SEC 12.874 1
2 Big 10 12.854 2
3 Big 12 12.649 3
4 ACC 12.378 4
5 Mountain West 12.249 5
6 PAC 12 12.049 6
7 America Ath. Conf. 11.970 7
8 MAC 11.605 8
9 Sun Belt 11.613 9
10 CUSA 11.435 10

Avg. means the average score of the teams in the conference (with 12 being the starting point for each game and going up/down depending on whether the team wins/loses).

Pivotal LSU Football Moments

  1934: Jones Sends in Sullivan

    Just in time to participate in one of the most spectacular plays in LSU history.

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Clash of Titans

 1924: Stanford @ California

Pop Warner vs Andy Smith

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 Pivotal Saints Moments
  1973 Redskins: Beleaguered Defense Rises Up

   After giving up 102 points in the first two games, the Saint D stuffs Washington    in Week 7.

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 Pivotal Pro Football Moments
  1960 NFL Championship: Packers @ Eagles
Old Pros Van and Charlie lead victory.

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 Pivotal World Series Moments

1910: Cubs Stave Off Elimination

 Cubs rally in 9th and 10th to avoid being swept by the Athletics.

  Read the story ...

Did You Notice? NFL Week 5
  • Changing of the Guard in the AFC?
    The Bills beat the Chiefs soundly 38-20 at Arrowhead Stadium in a rematch of last year's AFC title game. Buffalo QB Josh Allen outplayed KC's Patrick Mahomes.
    Allen: 15/26, 315y, 3 TD, 0 INT, QBR 91.6
    Mahomes: 33/54, 272y, 2 TD, 2 INT, QBR 48.4
    The Bills lead the AFC in Points Allowed (64) while Kansas City is dead last (163).
  • Should He Be the New Coach in Las Vegas?
    Chargers coach Brandon Staley insists he's not a gambling man but one who bets on percentages. Three times in the second half against the Browns, he went for it on fourth down and made it, including at his own 24 when the Chargers trailed 27-13 in the third quarter. That made him 7-of-8 for the season. LA came back to win 47-42.
  • Cardinals Still Perfect
    After a big win against the Rams in Week 4, Arizona had to face another tough division foe, the 49ers. Despite not having their two starting CBs and losing their center and tight end during the game, the Cards prevailed 17-10 to go to 5-0. Those who've been expecting them to lose will have to wait another week.
  • Fourth Time's the Charm
    The Packers-Bengals game brought the biggest kicking frustration of the young season. With the score tied at 22, Green Bay K Mason Crosby missed a 36y try with 2:14 left in the game.
    Cincinnati drove close enough for Evan McPherson to miss a 57yarder with 0:26 on the clock. That gave the Packers the ball at their 47. Aaron Rodgers hit a 20y pass to the Cincy 33, then ran up and downed the ball with 0:04 left. Crosby tried a 51y FG that sailed wide left.
    On the first play of overtime, Joe Burrow's pass was intercepted to set up the Packers at the Bengal 17. Already in easy field goal range, the Pack ran the ball to the right to put it in the middle of the field. But that didn't help as Crosby missed again wide left.
    Burrow marched the Bengals down the field until they faced 4th & 1 at the GB 32. So McPherson got a second chance to win the game but failed to connect on the 49y try.
    After getting one first down, GB suffered a setback when Rodgers was sacked for a 5y loss at the Cincy 47. Then he hit Randall Cobb for 15y to the 32, 1y short of a first down. After the two-minute warning, Crosby finally nailed one to end the teams' excruciating streak of five straight missed field goals.
  • What Did I Do to Deserve This?
    Matt Rhule
    moved from Baylor to become the Panthers coach last year. The undisputed star of the team is Christian McCaffrey, who ranks with the Saints' Alvin Kamara as the league's most versatile backs. Unfortunately for Rhule, McCaffrey has played in only six of the 21 games Matt has coached. Carolina looked like this season's surprise team when they won their first three games albeit against underwhelming opposition (Jets, Saints without seven offensive coaches, and Texans). But without McCafferty the last two weeks, Carolina has lost to the Cowboys 36-28 and the Eagles 21-18. Panthers QB Sam Darnold has gone from a QBR of 102 in the opener against the Jets to just 44.5 in the loss to Philly.
Intriguing Numbers - NFL Week 5
20 Years since a QB led his team back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, finish with 400y passing, and throw four TD passes before Lamar Jackson did it for Baltimore.
120-0 Colts' record when leading by 16 or more points in the fourth quarter before blowing a 19-point lead against the Ravens
5 Consecutive games in which Cowboys DB Trevon Diggs has an INT.
7 Offensive starters down because of injuries for the Giants by the time their game against Dallas ended, including QB Daniel Jones and RB Saquon Barkley.
27 Consecutive made field goals in the regular season for Packers' K Mason Crosby before he missed a 36y attempt with 2:12 left in regulation against Cincinnati.
1 Teams in NFL history, the 2021 Browns, who lost a game in which they scored 40 points, gained 500y, and had no turnovers
1 400y, 5 TD games in Tom Brady's career after achieving the feat against the Dolphins last Sunday
20 Consecutive losses by the Jaguars, making them the third team in NFL history to "accomplish" that feat
2 Rookie QBs who've thrown three TD passes against Bill Belichick's Patriots after Houston's Davis Mills joined Russell Wilson in that category.
0 Points scored and passing yards by the Jets in the first quarter this season
75-13 Amount by which the Jets have been outscored in the first half
149 Consecutive starts by Seattle's Russell Wilson, a streak that will end this weekend after he suffered a finger injury last week
Golden NFL Rankings after 5 Weeks
# Team Avg. Total Win Loss Opp.
Wins
Opp.
Losses
Margin
Value
Last
Week
1 Arizona 17.42 87.09 5 0 11 0 1.59 1
2 LA Rams 17.24 86.21 4 1 10 0 1.21 2
3 Dallas 17.10 85.48 4 1 10 1 0.98 3
4 Tampa Bay 16.95 84.76 4 1 9 1 0.76 5
5 LA Chargers 16.90 84.50 4 1 10 1 0.74 4
6 Cleveland 16.50 82.50 3 2 6 4 0.67 8
7 New Orleans 16.48 82.42 3 2 8 6 1.42 11
8 Green Bay 16.43 82.13 4 1 7 2 -0.37 18
9 Las Vegas 16.40 82.00 3 2 7 3 0.09 7
10 Baltimore 16.40 82.00 4 1 6 2 0.44 9
"Opp. wins" means the total number of wins by the teams that 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: Green Bay (+10)
Teams that dropped the furthest: Carolina and Houston (-7)

Complete Golden NFL rankings


Division Rankings
Rank Division Average Last Week
2 AFC West 16.325 1
1 NFC West 16.521 2
4 AFC North 16.200 3
3 NFC South 16.238 4
5 NFC East 15.996 5
6 NFC North 15.919 6
7 AFC East 15.625 7
8 AFC South 15.375 8

Overall: NFC 16.168, AFC 15.881

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