Football got off to an early start for week 13 with three games on a Thursday. The Lions beat Chicago, the Seahawks on a Super Bowl rematch took control over the 49’ers and Mark Sanchez and the Eagles took care of business at Jerry World when they defeated the Cowboys. Both teams came into the annual Thanksgiving Day game with an 8-3 record and tied for the top spot of the NFC East. That same offensive line that provided great protection for Romo on the game against the Giants was no where to be seen in Week 13. Romo did not have a single TD pass, he struggled finding his targets and did not even reach the 200 yard passing mark. The difference was mostly made in the running game where DeMarco Murray just ran 73 yards while the Eagles running back LeSean McCoy got up to 159. The final score was 33-10 and there will be a rematch on week 15.
CENTRAL AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN GAMES
It was pretty much a complete domination by Mexico, the country which hosted the 2014 games in Veracruz, up until the last 70 hours of the competition. After being behind by over 20 gold medals in the medal count, the domination of Cuba in the Track and Field events including a win in the male marathon by Richer Pérez. The cubans got a total of 23 gold medals in these type of events while Mexico only managed to get eight. Two more in beach volleyball really sealed the deal for this delegation. While some may consider this result a failure for the host nation they can be proud of as it (Mexico) was awarded the most medals out of all the competition with 332. That way Cuba finished in first with 123 gold medals, Mexico second with 115 and Colombia was far back in third with 70.
The playoffs in the “Liga Bancomer MX”, got off to a weak start. Most of the games were decided by mistakes of the opponent than by good calls by the team that would end up winning. To make the story short between Pumas and America, the latter one advanced because of having finished at a higher spot during the regular season. Then Tigres and Pachuca was decided with the same argument benefiting Tigres. Toluca was no longer the team distinguished by its great playoff games and was lucky enough to eliminate Chiapas due to the same reasoning the last two games were decided with. Finally Monterrey was the only team to advance due to a positive goal differential after two games after losing the first by one but winning the second one by two. Now they will play America and Toluca will face Tigres.
In MLS action the final is set. Landon Donovan could not have a bigger stage to say farewell to his team and to the league that has seen him develop for many years. After a 2-2 tie in the aggregate with the Seattle Sounders, Galaxy advanced to the final due to the goal that L.A. scored as a visitor. They will play New England Revolution which eliminated the New York Red Bulls. Take into consideration that this was the last season New York only has one team, next year the New York Football Club will start competing and they have already signed international star David Villa to play for them. But the show must go on for now and both finalists will face each other on December 7th at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
It is hard to recap what happened in a league that has over 50 games every weekend but here are some of the highlights. Texas Christian University took care of business on the road and defeated Texas at Austin on Thanksgiving Day 48-10. The Oregon Ducks defeated Oregon State by 47-19. Baylor and Texas Tech battled it out at AT&T Stadium in what turned out to be a great game. At the end even though the Red Raiders outscored the Bears by 19-3 in the fourth quarter, the team from Waco, Texas got the win by 48-46. Number one ranked Alabama also played a high-scoring game against number 15 Auburn. This time a second half comeback by Alabama was good enough to take the “W” 55 to 44.
Last week in a game of cricket in Australia fans and players witnessed a horrific scene. A hit to the bottom of the neck of the 25 year old player left him unconscious. James Sutherland “CEO of Cricket Australia”, considered him a hero for kids around the nation and a role-model player. Two days after suffering the hit, Hughes lost his battle and died. His number 64 shirt is now retired and a match he was supposed to play with his national team against India has now been postponed.