Monday, September 21, 2020

Sports this 'n' that

Folks on message boards were raising a fuss over NBC-Universal-Comcast choosing to move coverage of Premier League soccer to the Peacock streaming service to make room for the Tour de France, which ended yesterday. Until this year, the alternate plan for Premier League coverage was to move it over to CNBC, but that was declared a non-option. My guess is that NBC suits thought it a better idea to promote the new service, which already repurposes some PL-centric news programs, by having the matches air there. With the Tour over, Premier League, which was shown in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, will move back into its customary berths on NBC & NBC Sports Network, perhaps as early as next week.

Roughly translated, the complaining posters didn't completely check their listings.
The Buffalo Bills sit alone atop the AFC East after disposing of Miami Sunday afternoon. New England dropped a 35-30 decision on the road to Seattle, leaving the Dolphins & Jests, both 0-2, sharing basement space.

Speaking of the Jests, they lost their home opener to San Francisco, despite the NFC champs losing starting QB Jimmy Garoppolo to an injury in the first half, as well as three more key players. The 49ers will look for a NY-NJ daily double next week when they play the Giants, who lost to Chicago to fall to 0-2, and lost running back Saquon Barkley (knee) and receiver Sterling Shepard (ankle) to injuries.

The game of the day, however, saw the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs go to overtime before dispatching the Los Angeles Chargers, 23-20. Rookie Justin Herbert (Oregon) took over at QB for the Chargers after starter Tyrod Taylor went down with a chest injury.

That could be a sign that in Miami, second year coach Brian Flores may need to insert rookie Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) if Ryan Fitzpatrick can't deliver a win within the next week or two. Just sayin'.
Fans aren't supposed to be attending Major League Baseball games. That's what the cutouts are there for, plus Fox using CGI technology to create virtual fans for their national telecasts, such as Saturday's Mets-Braves game.

However, one Boston idiot decided he'd had enough of being kept away from Fenway, and threw away any hope of future attendance by sneaking into the hallowed ballpark during Sunday's Red Sox romp over the Yankees. The goof, likely on a dare, got onto the catwalk, and threatened to jump onto the tarp covering the bleachers. Did some exercising before security finally caught him. For now, John Doe, we must assume, spent the night in the drunk tank. We'll leave you with a shot of this clown and his 15 minutes of stupidity:


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