Red Sox Make Franchise History, FitzMagic Gone, LeBron Speaks Honestly

Jonathan Grant | September 25th, 2018

In a season full of historic firsts for the Boston Red Sox, Monday was perhaps the biggest. After their 6-2 win over the lowly Baltimore Orioles, the Red Sox have now won 106 games this season. That sets a franchise record high watermark for victories in a season, eclipsing the 105 games they had won all the way back in 1912. To put that into context, that was the year that fabled Fenway Park opened. They also went on to win the World Series that year, something that is expected of them next month after such a dominant display. One thing that will help them on the way will be home-field advantage, which they also clinched with the win over the Orioles. The Red Sox will now have the opportunity to ‘simply’ win all of their home games come October and then raise the World Series trophy. Back to the most wins record. It bodes well for the Sox. In every season in which they have finished the regular season with the best record, they have gone to at least the seventh game in the World Series. Only once in those six years did they lose out. Things are looking very, very good for them to say the least, but there is still work to do.

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One of the biggest surprises in the NFL in the first two weeks of the season was the play of Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He had lit up the scoreboard and the stat sheet in wins over the New Orleans Saints in week one and then the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. And he did so in a fill-in role due to the suspension of Jameis Winston. The young QB is still the ‘future’ there for many, but Fitzpatrick is the man of the hour. Or was, at least, until he threw three interceptions on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers. That saw his Bucs fall behind early on. But the magic nearly got them back in the game, with the veteran throwing for 411 yards by the end of the fourth quarter! It was not enough, though, with them losing 30-27 in a game the Steelers absolutely had to win to remain alive. Is his time over or will Winston be back? We’ll find out soon…

And last but not least is the news that LeBron James is taking a patient approach with his new Los Angeles Lakers teammates. The King took to his first official news conference as a Laker and promptly spoke as if he were a diplomat, declaring that his team are well behind Golden State. He conceded that they had been together for years, and that it would take a whole lot of doing to unseat them from their throne. It’s going to be an interesting season in La-La Land for sure. Will it go well, or will the pieces put together need to be blown up within a year? It really could go either way.

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