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Baseball playoffs begin

October 8, 2021

I think the World Series matchup is going to be the same as last year with the Los Angeles Dodgers versus the Tampa Bay Rays. That's OK. Rematches make for good sport. I am amazed that Tampa Bay has consistently been able to field a competitive team over the last 15 years. I say this because they have one of the smallest payrolls in the sport and their fan support is inconsistent at best. Somehow their scouts seem to be able to find players out of nowhere and the pitching staff has been very good this year. The National League representative, the Los Angeles Dodgers, will have to beat their division rival the San Francisco Giants because the Western division was the best in the National League this year by far!

I will definitely enjoy this postseason because there is a possibility of a delay for the 2022 baseball season due to a work stoppage. Baseball players and owners are infamous for waiting until the last minute to start talking to each other. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.

As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, but at least by a respectable score of 42-30. I don’t expect the Chiefs to make it to the Super Bowl again. It's too easy to score on their defense, but their offense is still unstoppable. If the Eagles hope to win more games, the defense definitely needs to get more pressure on the quarterback to let their secondary players do their job. They also need to stop committing dumb holding calls on the offense and offsides on the defense if they want to have any in-game momentum.

I am changing my prediction for the Eagles overall record this season to 6-11 or 7-10, and I think they will finish third place in the division. But next year, (yeah I am already thinking that far ahead) I think they will make significant progress. The Dallas Cowboys are currently the best team in the division and they are going to run away with the division championship if their quarterback Dak Prescott stays healthy for the entire season. The rest of the division is overrated this season. Just my thoughts ...

  • 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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