By Kaylyn Thornal, Founder & Contributing Writer
1. Ouch! QB Turnovers prove costly. I’m guessing if you asked anyone who would be the three teams left undefeated after week 4 in the NFL, NO ONE would have said, Houston, Arizona and Atlanta. And yet that is where we stand. The Houston Texans are surging like a bulldozer over sand, while Atlanta and Arizona showed bumbling weaknesses yesterday. The Miami Dolphin’s Ryan Tannehill threw an interception in OT which lead to an Arizona Cardinal’s field goal and ultimate loss 24-21. The Carolina Panthers also looked strong against a dominant Atlanta Falcon’s team, leading for much of the game and then regaining the lead with under 2 minutes left in the fourth quarter. But then Cam Newton, after rushing for a first down to secure a the win, fumbled the ball backward past the first down marker thereby deleting the first down and forcing the Panthers into punt. Matt Ryan took the ball on the 1 yard line, and heaved a 59 yard completion to Roddy White. Four plays later lead to a 40 yard field goal to put Atlanta in the lead with 3 seconds left in the game.
2. Birds in the Playoffs! The Baltimore Orioles clinch their first playoffs since 1977. Oh my lord to wake up in B-More today! You have got a lot to be proud of Balti with your Ravens sitting 3-1 and across the street your Orioles are tied for first place with the Yankees with one series left in the season. Your birds have fought hard, could actually win the pennant, and control your own destiny. With the Yanks tied for first with the Orioles, they face their nemesis the last place Red Sox in the last series of the season. While the Orioles face Tampa Bay who are 3 games back and have won 9 of their last 10! Mercy! This is October baseball y’all! I have to admit, I’m pulling for the O’s. I love that Camden Yards – one of the best in the country. But the Rays are fighting for a playoff spot just 3 games back from the A’s. A loss or an A’s win will eliminate them. The Rays will be out for blood, and we all know what they are capable of, just look at what happened last year.
3. Flag! Unless you’re winning, you can’t do “The Superman”. Cam Newton is getting a lot of flack for his Superman braggadocios-ness. Dude, just be cool you’re embarrassing yourself and your team. Nobody likes a bragger unless you’ve got something to brag about. Your team is 1-3. You’re a really great player, but you’re making me not like you. (Original article from the Charlotte Observer www.charlotteobserver.com)