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The Eagles are back in first place and the Dodgers are out

October 11, 2019

On Sunday, the Philadelphia Eagles dominated the struggling New York Jets by the score of 31-6. Carson Wentz did not have a huge statistical game, but that didn't matter much because the defense stepped up and scored two touchdowns. Now the Eagles have three straight, tough games on the road, starting with the Minnesota Vikings, then the Dallas Cowboys, and finishing with the Buffalo Bills before coming home.

The Vikings are quite a confusing team to watch because for one game they can look terrible and then the next week they are great. You never know what is going to happen, so it will be a good game to watch. Once again, those Cowboys are our chief rival for the division title, so we need to really show up for that game. The Bills are looking pretty good this season, so there's a lot of work to be done.

In baseball, there was a significant upset in the middle of baseball playoffs on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers, who won 106 games this season, were eliminated in five games by the Washington Nationals. The Dodgers were a big favorite to represent the National League in the World Series for the third straight year. I don't think anyone could have predicted this outcome.

In other surprising news, the Phillies decided to part ways with their manager Gabe Kapler after two years. The surprising part for me was how long it took them to make that decision. I think I say this every year, but to me, their biggest priority this off-season is to get some good starting pitching to back up Aaron Nola. I think they have a pretty good offense already with Bryce Harper, JT Realmuto, Rhys Hoskins, and Andrew McCutchen coming back from injury.

I am usually not a big fan of NBA basketball, but this year I will be. The 76ers could actually be a contender for the championship. I say this because Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have more experience to bring to the court, and the addition of Al Horford from the Boston Celtics should be a big help for the defense and for rebounding. The fact that Kevin Durant has left the Golden State Warriors and is injured has made the entire league more competitive. I hope I am correct!

See you on the sidelines!

 

  • 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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