Remember the seven-game win streak that brought the Yankees to within one game of a wildcard spot? It was only two weeks ago. Well, the Yankees are now 3-11 in the 14 games since, including 1-9 against teams other than the Rays. The latest loss, New York’s 4th straight, was a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday. Didi Gregorius ended the team’s pathetic 33-inning scoreless streak with a leadoff home run in the seventh inning, which tied the game 1-1. With a 3-1 lead the Bullpen failed them again. Delin Betances pitched parts of 2 innings. Again he walked a lead off batter (Josh Donaldson), and again he was a victim of a stolen base. Then, after failing to get a call on a check swing on a 2-2 pitch by Jose Bautista, Betances hung a curve that Bautista lashed into center field for an RBI single. It took Betances, who was making his 70th appearance, 26 pitches to escape that eighth inning, but Girardi sent him out in the 9th to nail down what promised to be a 3-2 Yankees win. But after Betances walked Melvin Upton Jr. to start the ninth -- after again failing to get a call, both he and Girardi believed, from home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi -- the manager replaced Betances with Tyler Clippard. Clippard allowed two ninth-inning runs, one on a squeeze bunt and the other on an infield hit. The result: another loss to the Blue Jays.
The Yankees, who had temporarily regained their footing in late August and early September, had simply forgotten how to win again. They will fail to make the postseason for the third time in the past four seasons. And with one game left against the Blue Jays and three each against the Orioles and Boston Red Sox, it is possible they won't even finish at .500, a fate that hasn't befallen them since 1992. They still need 3 more wins to avoid that indignity, and as we have seen, wins are no longer easy to come by for this team.
No doubt about it the Giants should have beaten the Redskins yesterday. They could’ve put themselves in prime position in the NFC East, with a 3-0 record after three weeks while keeping the Redskins winless. But NO, once again they found a way to lose. 11 penalties for 128 yards, three turnovers (two interceptions and one fumble), an ejection, missed tackles, struggles on third down, blown coverage’s, missed assignments, drops and poor clock management. The result was an embarrassing 29-27 loss.
It may be a moot point following a loss, but the matchup within the matchup everyone waited for was won by Beckham Jr. with ease. Beckham had seven receptions for 121 yards. He dropped an eighth and Eli Manning missed him on two or three others — including one that would have been a 60-plus yard touchdown. Odell would trade the win over Norman for a win over the Redskins. But this debate should now be put to bed. One is great and the other is elite. Now Big Blue needs to avoid another debate: Are they the same old Giants or the better playoff bound New York Giants.
I’m not really an avid golf fan, but I know that Arnold Palmer was responsible for making golf the popular sport that it is today. Palmer died yesterday at age 87 in Pittsburg. Before Palmer burst on the scene, golf was a sport only enjoyed by the wealthy country club crowd. Palmer ranked among the most important figures in golf history, and it went well beyond his 7 major championships and 62 PGA Tour wins. His good looks, devilish grin and hard-charging style of play made the elite sport appealing to one and all. And it helped that he arrived about the same time as television moved into most households, a perfect fit that sent golf to unprecedented popularity. Palmer, was part of the alluring "Big Three," with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
Palmer was a rather ubiquitous presence in advertising over the course of his career. I've seen him in many TV commercials. My favorites were the Hertz Rental ones with O.J. Simpson. Palmer went on to live a good life. OJ went on to jail.
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