Friday, October 3, 2014

The Raven Report 10.3.14

By @neveRWilliams

-UPSET CITY! Last night, the Arizona Wildcats went up to Eugene, Oregon and shocked the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, 31-24. The Wildcats were 24-point underdogs. Arizona freshman running back Nick Wilson had 2 touchdowns to go along with 92 yards, while quarterback Anu Solomon went 20/31 for 287 yards and 1 TD. Heisman hopeful and potential top-5 NFL draft pick Marcus Mariota threw for 276 yards and had 2 passing touchdowns. Personally, I don't think the loss will hurt Mariota's draft status at all. The win puts Arizona at 5-0 and 2-0 in the Pac-12. The Ducks are now 4-1 and possibly may have seen their hopes of a National Championship fade away. But there is plenty of games to go, and you never know what kind of craziness the college football season could bring.

-The Green Bay Packers just flat out bullied the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 last night in Green Bay. "Best quarterback in the NFL" Aaron Rodgers had an easy night, going 12 for 17, for 156 yards and 3 touchdowns. Eddie Lacy showed up big with a season high 105 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Christian Ponder got the start for the Vikings with Teddy Bridgewater being out with a sprained left ankle. Things didn't go well for him at all. Ponder had a 6-yard touchdown run and threw for 222 yards, but had 0 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions and took 6 sacks. The Packers Julius Peppers become the NFL's first player ever to record 100 sacks and 10 interceptions in the game. Next week, the Vikings will host the Detroit Lions while the Packers will head to Miami to play the Dolphins.

-The NFL has announced that the 2015 NFL Draft will be held in Chicago from April 30 to May 2. This will be the first time the draft has been in Chicago since 1964.

-Speaking of records, the Baltimore Orioles laid a beat down on the Detroit Tigers 12-3 in Game 1 of the ALDS. The 12 runs set a postseason team record for the O's. The game was quite close in the top of the 8th inning when Orioles led 4-3, before exploding for 8 runs in the bottom of the 8th. Max Scherzer took the loss for the Tigers after going 7.1 innings with 5 earned runs. Game 2 is this afternoon at 12:07 on TBS.

-The new "America's Team", Kansas City Royals, pulled out another late inning miracle in Game 1 of their ALDS series, besting the LA Angels 3-2 in the 11th. Mike Moustakas sent a high shot into right field in the top of the 11th before reliever Greg Holland came in to get the save. Danny Duffy picked up the win for the Royals after pitching the 10th. Jered Weaver went 7 innings for the Angels giving up 2 earned with 6 strikeouts. It should also be noted that Angels superstars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols both went 0-4 with 1 walk apiece. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 9:30.

-LeBron James will be bring TWO shows to TV this month. "Becoming" debuts on Disney XD October 26 and will chronicle athletes lives before they were the stars people know and love today. The other show "Survivor's Remorse" will debut on STARZ this Saturday. "Survivor's Remorse" focuses on fictional basketball star Cam Calloway and his life with friends and family while handling success and fame. James and his business partner and friend Maverick Carter are producers.

-Opening in theaters today are the horror movie "Annabelle" and Ben Affleck's thriller mystery, "Gone Girl". Will these movies push "The Equalizer", "The Maze Runner" and "The Boxtrolls' down to 3-5? I believe so. Go check out some movies this weekend.

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