Here it is Monday and the home of Monday morning quarterbacking. Feel free to do some of that as we take a quick look back at some the weekend's sports happenings.
Atlanta Braves - On the last day of the regular season and faced with a must win situation to even have a chance of post-season play, the Braves held on to beat the Phillies, 8-7. That score was inronically the same score as retiring manager Bobby Cox's first regular season win. Radio announcers Jim Powell and Don Sutton commented during the broadcast that Turner Field was the loudest it has ever been in their memory. I guess that Turner Field magic worked. The Braves will travel to San Francisco to play the Giants Thursday for game one in the best three out of five series. The Braves projected starting pitchers will be Derk Lowe, Tommy Hanson, and Tim Hudson. It would be something special to see them advance in Bobby Cox's final season as the Braves skipper.
Nascar - Greg Biffle won the battle of the race at Kansas but Jimmie Johnson is winning the war for the championship...again. Johnson's second place finish has propelled him to eight points ahead of Denny Hamlin for the Sprint Cup Championship. If we were racing by the old standard, Kevin Harvick would be 228 points ahead of Jeff Gordon for the title. Nascar isn't happy with poor tv ratings during the chase so they're looking at revamping that. One possible scenario is opening the chase up to 15 drivers, going to some different tracks and looking at a different kind of point system that would only be for the chase drivers. I guess going back to the old system is out of the question. I guess Nascar is only listening to their newer fans and not the ones that helped them get to where they are.
Last Plays - How can Tennessee have 13 players on the field for the controversial goal line stand? LSU's players showed some bad sportsmanship as some of their players threw their helmets all over the field after the presumed last play that was flagged for the illegal participation on the Vols. The next play, LSU was able to pound the ball in for the TD and eventual win. Also, how about the Indiana Hoosiers coming oh so close to upsetting Michigan on Saturday? The Hoosiers just didn't have an answer for the Wolverine talented QB, Denard Robinson. Robinson has become the Big 10 Player Of The Week for the third time in five weeks. Those kind of accolades could spell Heisman Trophey when the calender turns to December. The Colts lose to the Jaguars on a 59 yard field goal by the Jags Josh Scobee. That boot dropped Indy to 2-2 on the year and 0-2 in their division. The surprising Houstan Texans lead the AFC South. Baltimore's Joe Flacco and T. J. Houshmandzadeh teamed up for the game winning TD pass. That score propelled the Raves to 3-1, while dropping the Steelers to the same mark in the AFC North.
Lugoff-Elgin Football - The Demons have dropped to 1-5 in their first year of moving up to 4A South Carolina high school football. The latest game featured a strong running attack of the Lexington Wildcats and featured running back, Shaq Roland. While Roland garnered the media's attention, it was fellow running back, Kevin Miller, who racked up big numbers for the visitors. Miller ran the ball 28 times for 203 yards. Roland got his share of the offensive load as he had 90 receiving yards from nine catches and had 113 yards on just five carries. Darrius Custard led the Demons in rushing with 147 yards on 15 touches. One of the highlights of the game was a halftime ceremony honoring Willie Mickle and Creig Tyler. Both men started out at LE as football coaches and eventually moving into the principal's office to lead the school. The Demons open up regin play this Friday with a Homecoming game versus Myrtle Beach's Carolina Forest Panthers. The Panthers boast the best overall record in the region with a 5-1 mark.
North Putnam Football - I have to give some kudos to my alma mater. Head football coach Greg Barrett was honored by the Indianapolis Colts last week as their coach of the week. Never mind the fact that the Cougars are 7-0 on the year and are ranked in the top five of 2A Hoosier football. He got the award for what he does off the field. Barrett ensures character development with service projects for his players. Doing the right thing all the time is something Barrett has hammered home in his three years as head coach.
That will do it for this week. Remember sports fans to keep your lugnuts tight, your laces tied and your chin strap buckled.