I know it’s a little late, but here are my 5 takeaways from the sports weekend.
My First Take away is from the Formula 1 US Grand Prix and the gap Max Verstappen has now put on Lewis Hamilton for the World Drivers title. After taking out the US GP this weekend he now sits 12 points ahead with only 5 races remaining it feels like a huge lead. As a Hamilton fan I am confident he will turn this around in Mexico, but it is quite a mountain to climb. My big take away from the race was Daniel Riccardo’s great weekend finishing in 5th while his teammate Lando Norris finished in 8th. A tough but good day for the McLaren team although Ferrari are chasing them down for that 3rd position in the Constructors championship.
The Second take away from the sports week is my beloved RedSox losing to the Astros 6-2 in the ALCS ending our season. It was a great an unexpectedly deep run in the post season. And despite a big win in game 2 in Houston and a dominant performance in our opening game of the series at Fenway, the Astros ran away with it in games 4 and 5 and sealed the deal at home 5-0 to progress to the World Series.
They’ll now take on the Atalanta Braves who knocked the highest payroll in baseball out in 6 games and in my mind are in form and destined to win the world series, or I just hope to god they do because I can’t stand the Cheatstros, and I think the Braves winning it would be great for the league.
My 3rd take away is yet again from the US Sports world and it’s the world of college football. The debate is raging in the College Football Universe as to whether the selection comity will ever put a non-power 5 conference team into the playoff under the 4-team system. But if there is ever going to be a year it would be this one. Cincinnati Bearcats are undefeated through 8 weeks sitting at 7-0 with impressive wins over Notre Dame and Indiana.
Those wins have been a little tarnished in recent times with those teams having tough seasons and the Bearcats win on the weekend against Navy last week 27-20, when they were a -27-point favourite has definitely hurt their chances in the face of the committee. They currently occupy the #2 rank on the AP Pole, and should they win out the rest of the way they will surely be the first non-power 5 team to make the play off.
The 4th Take away is Adam Federici retiring from Professional football effective immediately. I thought he was one of the best goalkeepers if not the best goalkeeper in the league last season and hes had a great career. Just as I was thinking the Bulls had finally developed a weakness with him retiring, the Macarthur Bulls go and sign another keeper I thought was fantastic in Filip Kurto formerly of Western United. The team I think are favourites for the A-League title this season have reaffirmed that favouritism with this signing. I liked him a lot until his concussion issues early last season, and if he can return to the form he had before those issues, the Bulls will have a top 3 keeper in the league.
My 5th and final take away from the week is from the Matildas game against Brazil on Saturday night. When it comes to international football there aren’t many teams I enjoy watching that don’t don the 3 lions on their chest, but the Matildas are on of the few exceptions. They are easily Australia’s brightest hope when it comes to Football, and they proved it yet again with a 3-1 win at CommBank Stadium. While Brazil might not be the powerhouse they are in the men’s game, they are still a very solid side in the womens game. But the Matildas are a great team with arguably the best footballer in the world right now Sam Kerr. They have some amazing young players coming through the system in Mary Fowler, Kyra Cooney-Cross and Remy Siemsen mixed in with some good veterans like Steph Catley, Clare Polkinghorne and Alanna Kennedy. While I’m not a big fan of the new gaffer, the girls more than have enough ability to overcome any tactical disadvantages he may send them out with. In the 2nd game last night, the Matildas jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Brazil clawed it back to end it 2-2.
And those are my take aways from the sports week. Again, sorry there late.