It wasn't a bad weekend on the sports front.
Notre Dame won 20-17 over UCLA at South Bend on Saturday, with a thrilling comeback in the final seconds, as Brady Quinn hit Jeff Samardzija with a 54-yard TD pass. ND had been down since the second quarter, as UCLA was poised for the upset win. The Irish were a 13-point favorite, and a BCS bowl berth was in serious jeopardy.
But once again, Notre Dame finds a way to win. Many times the victories haven't been pretty this year, but now they are 6-1. They have a relatively easy schedule before their late November showdown with USC in LA.
The Vikings pulled off a shocker yesterday, beating the home Seattle Seahawks, 31-13. Chester Taylor rushed for 167 yeards, including a 95-yard TD run, which set a new Vikings record for longest run from scrimmage. Brad Johnson did just enough for the Vikings to win, and Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck hurt his knee in the second half and did not return. The defense of the Vikings continues to look strong, allowing Seattle just one TD, in the first quarter. The Vikings are now 4-2 and in second in the NFC North.
The Jets beat the Detroit Lions, 31-24 at the Meadowlands, while the Giants play Dallas tonight. The Jets are now 4-3, and have surpassed their win total for 2005. The Patriots beat Buffalo, 28-6 yesterday, to go to 5-1, and that sets up a showdown with the Vikings at the Metrodome next Monday night. It will be a festive night at Professor Thom's then, as it will be "Clamapolooza." And all of my Red Sox friends, who are also Patriots fans, will be on the other side of the fence that night. Me and my "Dirty Vikings" are looking forward to a good one next Monday night! (More on the "Clamapolooza" later this week.)
The World Series is now tied 1-1, as the series shifts to St. Louis tomorrow night. The Tigers evened it last night, 3-1, behind eight shutout innings by Kenny (There's Nothing On My Left Hand) Rogers.
I still like the boys from Motown, in six games.
And on the other side of The Pond, Liverpool was beaten yesterday at Old Trafford By Manchester United, who is on top of the Premiership at the moment. Liverpool continues to struggle, as they are now in 11th place. But, in my fantasy EPL league, I am still in second place, in a nine-person league. God bless Gareth Barry of Aston Villa for scoring in a second straight match...