Two very big things happened this past weekend in the NFL. On Saturday, we got word that the Cleveland Browns were looking to release Josh Gordon. He had burnt his final bridge, and it was time to go. Of course, that was always a ploy to try and get teams to trade with them. And while it didn’t land them much, it did give them something. Meanwhile, the New England Patriots were beaten in convincing fashion by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Add those things two things up, and you got a story. The Pats have decided to make a big call by bringing in Gordon to their team in an effort to make sure this isn’t the start of a poor period. This isn’t the first time they have had a big-talent wide receiver. Randy Moss played for them some years back. But it is the first time they have had a player that could be this sort of trouble. It will be fascinating to watch this, and if it doesn’t work out they will have only gave up a fifth round pick to see off “eight to ten” other teams.
Monday Night Football’s game of the week last night was the Chicago Bears taking on the Seattle Seahawks, and for the second straight week, the Bears’ defense looked every bit the part of former teams. Led by Khalil Mack’s sack and forced fumble, the Bears would sack Seahawks QB Russell Wilson five times alone in the first half. While their performance did drop off slightly in the second half for the second consecutive week, the Bears still won 24-17 at home against a team that is always tough to beat thanks to that terrific defense.
In Major League Baseball, history was made on Monday night by Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. He became the very first player ever to hit for the cycle twice against the same time in one season. And the events took place just three weeks apart, as he continues to torment the Cincinnati Reds with splendid hitting. Only four other hitters before Yelich had even hit two cycles in a season, so he is in very rare air in that regard. He is among the NL MVP candidates due to the hot streak he’s been on since the All-Star break. His tear includes a .355 batting average since the Mid Summer Classic. As a result, he and Scooter Gennett are tied at .318 in the NL Batting Title race. He’s also scored the second most runs in the NL and has 31 home runs and 93 RBIs to his name, putting him in the top ten in each category. He’s been as solid as anyone for a long while, and hopefully this cycle will only help people realize that very fact.