The 2014 World Series began last night with Game 1 in Kansas City. After just five batters, the Giants already had a 3-0 lead and never looked back, taking a one game to none lead in the series. For the Royals, losing the first game of the World Series hurt, but would losing Game 2 be the death-blow to their chances of being crowned champions?
Yes - Game 2 is a must-win for the Royals
No one wants to lose the first two games of a postseason series, but losing them on your home field hurts even more. The Royals have the home-field advantage in the series thanks to the American League's win in this season's All-Star Game (a ridiculous reason, but that's a discussion for a different day), and if they lose Game 2, that will completely blow a great opportunity. San Francisco's AT&T Stadium is one of the toughest stadiums to play in for a road team in Major League Baseball, and winning at least two games there would be a tough task.
Since the league went to the 2-3-2 format for the World Series, there have been 13 teams that lost the first two games of the series at home. Of those teams, eight of them ended up getting swept and only three ended up going on to win the series.
If you hadn't noticed, the NHL dropped the puck on its 2014 preseason schedule this week with games beginning last Sunday. It's the time of year that hockey fans have been waiting for since the Los Angeles Kings lifted the Stanley Cup last June. In celebration of the start of the preseason, I thought it would be nice to watch the Top 10 plays of last season with the help of the good folks at "SportsCentre." Yes, "SportCentre" - the Canadian version of ESPN's "SportsCenter." With them being a show from Canada, I'm going to trust their judgement on these.
Any plays they missed?
Rejoice football fans! Real, actual games that count towards something are finally starting. Tonight, the college football season will begin with a full slate of games, including a big game between No. 21 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina. This season will be full of great games with fans everywhere heading through the turnstiles to check the game out in person. I decided to take a look at which games have been the top selling at TicketNetwork.com, and needless to say, our Top 10 games are full of incredible matchups:
1. Advocare Texas Kickoff: LSU Tigers vs. Wisconsin Badgers
The top-selling game on our list pits two of the top 25 teams against each other at NRG Stadium this Saturday, August 30. Not a huge surprise to see this game at the top of the heap, LSU fans are known as one of the best traveling fan bases in college football, and Houston is only a four hour drive from the LSU campus.
2. Cowboys Classic: Florida State Seminoles vs. Oklahoma State Cowboys
Wherever Florida State goes this season will be a big deal, and their season opener at AT&T Stadium in Dallas against the Oklahoma State Sooners is the biggest. Just like LSU in our top-ranked game, OSU has a rabid fan base and will be out in full-force to see if their Cowboys can take down the top-ranked Seminoles.
3. Chick-fil-A College Kickoff: Alabama Crimson Tide vs. West Virginia Mountaineers
Once again, the Alabama Crimson Tide are among the favorites to win the National Championship come January. Their journey starts at the Georgia Dome this Saturday against the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Thanks to the addition of hometown hero LeBron James, as well as the soon-to-be addition of Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers fans have been eagerly awaiting the release of the 2014-15 NBA Schedule. After weeks of anticipation, the schedule was finally released last night which revealed the full 82 game schedule for the Cavs. If you are a fan of LeBron, the Cavs or just the NBA in general, here are the top five games you should be watching:
vs. New York Knicks
Date/Time: October 30, 2014 at 8 p.m.
The home opener. The game all of Cleveland (and probably the entire state of Ohio) has been dreaming about since LeBron announced he was coming home. It will be the first real game for the new-look Cavaliers which feature not only James, but also Kevin Love, who will be playing his first real minutes for the home team.
The NFL Preseason officially kicks-off its full schedule tonight (if you don't count the Hall of Fame Game from last Sunday) and I could not be any more excited. Sure, preseason games don't really count, but there are still plenty of great reasons to be invested in the preseason this year. Here are my top five reasons why you should be watching:
Cures Your NFL Football Withdrawal
When the clock hit zero in the Super Bowl on February 2nd, football fans everywhere immediately went into football withdrawal. Sundays were not the same. Monday nights were not the same. Food stopped having flavor. Colors were not as bright. The last two may be a stretch, but not by much. While the preseason is just exhibition games, getting to see your favorite players suit up and hit the field still gives you that dose of football that you were longing for.