McVay’s photographic football memory was on display again after beating Kansas City. Sean McVay has always been something of a football prodigy. The Rams made him the youngest head coach in modern NFL history when they tabbed him to replace Jeff Fisher, a jovial corpse who’d puppeteered the franchise Weekend at Bernie’s style to football purgatory from 2012 to 2016.
Now more than ever before, entertaining football is entertaining football. The Chiefs and Rams played the best game of pretty much any NFL season on Monday. Los Angeles’ 54-51 win was a dramatic exhibition of offenses, packed with amazing moments in primetime.
This was a game for the ages. The Chiefs and Rams put on a dang show on Monday Night Football, combining for 105 points and 14 touchdowns in an instant classic. The game set records as being the highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football history, while football fans around the country got to see why these teams are being hyped as having Super Bowl potential.
The Jayhawks have a long road back to bowl eligibility, but at least they’re worth paying attention to now. The Jayhawks made a splash when they hired a coach with a national championship ring to take over their moribund program. The Mad Hatter is coming to Lawrence to sample the field turf and try to awaken a program that’s gone 6-41 (2-33 in the Big 12) under David Beaty.
Will we lose two of the league’s longest-tenured coaches in 2019? Marvin Lewis has been the Bengals’ head coach longer than any other sideline general in the NFL except for Bill Belichick. Mike McCarthy is the league’s third-longest tenured active head coach in the NFL, tied with Sean Payton after nearly 13 years on the job.
Advanced stats show we’re witnessing at least the second worst performance since the Division I split of the late-1970s. Sometimes you don’t need advanced stats to understand that a given unit is really good or really bad. Sometimes raw stats do just fine.
We have that and more in Tuesday’s NBA newsletter. The dirt’s finally flying in D.C. where multiple reports about internal dissent among the Wizards came out on Monday. Good. Finally. The Wizards have been maddening and terrible all season -- 5-11 with a roster that should be top-5 in the East -- but at least now they are interesting. Now we have names and incidents to explain the evident malaise.
Tuesday morning’s Say Hey, Baseball includes this year’s Hall of Fame ballot, all angles of the James Paxton trade and a hot new minor-league team name. Monday was a big day in the start of a weeks-long process that will threaten to kill us all. Okay, not really, but if you’ve been around the ol’ interwebs for any past Hall of Fame seasons you know the hyperbole isn’t that large. The in-fighting between baseball fans of all ages gets warmed up during award season, but the real battles are fought...
The Oklahoma Sooners look to earn a statement win on the road against the West Virginia Mountaineers, with the sportsbooks making them slim betting favorites. The No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners are 6-0 straight up and 4-2 against the spread in six games against the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers since the Mountaineers joined the Big 12 in 2012. The Sooners will try to keep their College Football Playoff hopes alive with another win over the Mountaineers this Friday.
The Bears can no longer be ignored, the Ravens are back in the top 10, and the Eagles are falling into the bottom half of the league. Oh, and did you see the Chiefs vs. Rams game?! Week 11 in the NFL featured rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson making his first NFL start, veteran quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Andrew Luck continuing to play at a ridiculous level, and an incredibly fun Monday Night Football gamebetween the Chiefs and Rams that lived up to the hype, and then some.
The Match in Vegas may look like the future of televised golf, and that future is going to involve a whole lot of wagering. Golf’s loving embrace of gambling will power into a new era Thanksgiving week with “The Match.” The Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson battle is a made-for-TV event and made-for-wagering game.
The Yankees and Mariners made the blockbuster of the offseason so far. Here’s how to evaluate it. The Seattle Mariners traded James Paxton to the New York Yankees for pitchers Justus Sheffield and Erik Swanson, and outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams. This is a big trade, and we need to dig into it. Paxton was one of the most coveted players available in trade this offseason. Sheffield was one of the best prospects likely to be traded this offseason. It’s a fascinating trade, so let’s dig in....