A quick rant through the week in sports:
• The loss by the Missouri Southern football team to Southwest Baptist on Saturday was strange to say the least.
• The Lions’ defense recorded three interceptions and five sacks but still allowed 38 points and 527 yards of total offense.
• Missouri Southern rushed for 238 yards in the first half and jumped out to a 20-0 lead.
• But something changed toward the end of the first half. Maybe it was the damp, cool night. Maybe it was the lack of excitement created by the 700-some fans in Bolivar. Whatever it was, the Lion offense that appeared unstoppable in the first half became out of sync.
• Still, give Southwest Baptist credit. Trailing 27-7 midway through the second quarter, the Bearcats never gave up.
• SBU quarterback Willie Tindal is one of the more elusive quarterbacks in the conference, using his legs to extend plays and wait until a receiver got open.
• Pittsburg State improved to 4-0 by winning a 59-38 shootout on the road against Lincoln.
• The Gorillas tallied 777 yards of total offense, led by nine receptions for 237 yards and four touchdowns from senior wide receiver John Brown.
• Brown’s effort helped him eclipse the PSU school record in receiving yards. He now has 2,722 yards receiving in his third season with the Gorillas.
• The great thing about setting records is that it not only allows you to appreciate the new achievement but also gives you time to remember the greatness of the previous record holder. Ronnie West, the former Harlon Hill Award winner who helped Pittsburg State to an NCAA Division II championship in 1991, totaled 2,521 receiving yards in just two seasons. And West’s numbers were recorded in Pittsburg State’s option offense that included a pair of All-American running backs in Ronald Moore and Darren Dawson.
• Congratulations to former Missouri Southern All-American Brandon Williams for making a fumble recovery in his first NFL game. Returning from an injury, Williams recorded his first regular seasons stats of his NFL career. The first of many, I’m sure.
• The Kansas City Chiefs continue to make me look foolish, not that it’s all that difficult to do. Entering this season, I questioned whether a new coach and quarterback would be enough to turn a team that won only two games in 2012 into a playoff contender. Four games in, the Chiefs have already doubled their win total from a year ago.
• An exciting year in Major League Baseball enjoyed an exciting final day of the regular season Sunday. Miami’s Henderson Alvarez tossed a no-hitter against the Tigers, and wins by the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday forced a one-game tie breaker between the two teams.
• So Texas and Tampa Bay will play Monday a one-game playoff to see who earns the right to play Cleveland in a one-game playoff.
• A bit odd, sure. But it means more October baseball, so just go with it.
• The St. Louis Cardinals don’t have to worry about any one-game playoffs as they clinched home-field advantage in the National League after beating the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Sunday.
• Early prediction: St. Louis will face Detroit in the World Series.
• The Kansas City Royals will have to wait a year for another chance at the playoffs, but Royals fans should enter the 2014 season with more optimism than they have since the early 1990s. Sunday’s win over the White Sox helped Kansas City finish the season with a 86-76 record. It was the Royals’ best mark since going 92-70 in 1989.
• Can the Royals use this season as momentum to better that record in 2014? This will no doubt be a fun offseason for the Royals. One big free agent acquisition along with continued improvement from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas could help Kansas City’s bats match the success of its pitching staff.
A quick rant through the week in sports:
- High School Sports
- Missouri Southern Sports
- Pittsburg State Sports
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