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October 27, 2017

The middle of October is always the busiest time of year on the professional sports calendar. All four major sports are going on with some winding down and some winding up. Major League Baseball is on a roll with a great World Series matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros. The NFL season is about half way and with all the injuries it's hard to say who will be the last 2 teams standing for the Super Bowl. The basketball and hockey seasons are so long that it's kind of who cares at this point.

As of right now, the World Series is tied at one game a piece. Friday's game will be great fun to watch. The Dodgers were up 3 to 1 in the 7th inning, looking like it was a sealed deal and then Houston pulled a rabbit out of the hat to end up winning 7 to 6 in 11 innings! This is great for Houston for game 3 because they now have home field advantage. The teams seem to be very well matched, so I expect, and hope, the series goes to six or seven games.

The Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 34 to 24 last week in Monday night's game. This victory gives them a three game lead in their division. The bad news is that the Eagles suffered some significant injuries in that game which will make it hard for them to keep this winning streak going. Pro Bowl, left tackle, Jason Peters is out for the season with another knee injury. This could possibly be an early end to his career. Let's hope not! Middle linebacker, Jordan Hicks is also out for the season from blowing out his Achilles. The Eagle's next game is against the winless San Francisco 49ers. I hope they take this game seriously and have a solid win and with NO MORE injuries!

The professional basketball and hockey season just started and the Flyers are doing pretty well. I will be very surprised if they don't have at least a chance to make the playoffs this year. There has been a lot of hype about the 76ers being able to make it to the playoffs. This is a bit far fetched considering how young their starting lineup is. They are 1 and 4 to start, so they better get their act together soon if they want to have a chance to live up to that hype.

  • A 2002 Cape grad and 2007 UD grad, Lewes resident Sumner Spence is one of the Cape area's biggest sports fans. Wheelchair-bound his entire life, he has lived vicariously through his sports-playing father, brother, and friends, who gave him his love of sports. He hopes to provide new and interesting perspectives on the sports stories and issues of the day. Email Sumner at sumspence@gmail.com.

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