The National League Division Series starts tonight and the Chicago Cubs, who haven’t won a World Series since 1908, are one of the favorites to win it all.
Since the final out last year when they lost to the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series, almost everyone has expected the Cubs to be the team to beat this year.
Unlike most teams, which too often play down expectations, the Cubs have embraced them. Under manager Joe Maddon, one of the best in the game, the Cubs have aimed high this season despite the 108-year World Series drought.
College football fans saw a major upset on Saturday in Texas thanks in part to a coach who is more focused on his current job than bigger opportunities down to road.
The Oklahoma University Sooners, a perennial powerhouse ranked number four in the nation, came down to Texas to play the University of Houston Cougars who are outside the Power Five conferences that dominate college football. But, on Saturday, Houston, which had not been in the top five since 1990, pulled off the upset, winning 33-23 with a strong outing from quarterback Greg Ward Jr. and the continued successful leadership of Coach Tom Herman.
Under Herman, one of the hottest names in college football, Houston is on a roll. Last year, Herman’s first season in charge of the Cougars, Houston impressed. The Cougars went 13-1 and won their first American Athletic Conference title. Capping off the season, Houston upset Florida State University, one of the top programs in the game, in the Peach Bowl to finish in the AP Top 10 for the first time since 1979. Houston has loftier ambitions this year and the Cougars are off to a great start with their win over Oklahoma.
After two weeks of exciting competition, the Summer Olympics in Rio have ended. But while the flame might be out, the stories from Rio–and the lessons they offer–should stay with us for some time to come.
There were many powerful moments in Rio. Distance runners Abbey D’Agostino from the U.S. and Nikki Hamblin from New Zealand offered a memorable reminder of what the Olympics are all about as they helped each other after a tumble. Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain won the men’s triathlon and collapsed on the ground after winning the gold and was quickly joined by the man who chased him the entire race and won the silver: his brother Jonny.
Of course one of the major stories of the Rio Games was the continued dominance of one of the greatest Olympic athletes ever. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt might be just as well known for his post race victory pose as for his blazing speed but he continued to produce astounding results on the track. For the third time in as many Olympics, Bolt won gold medals in the 100 meter and 200 meter races and was part of the gold medal winning Jamaican team in the 4×100 relay. No one else has come close to record three triple-triples on the track.