Red, White & Blue Jackets
Chalk this one up to the good guys.
The Columbus Blue Jackets shocked the world… okay, probably just parts of North America — Friday night when they defeated the Montreal Canadiens 10-0.
That’s a Big Ten football score, not a hockey score, especially one for the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have struggled since joining the NHL in 2000.
It was an unexpected loss for the Canadiens, who came into Nationwide Arena on a 10-game undefeated streak.
Was this victory a fluke, a sign of things to come for the Blue Jackets or just another example of American exceptionalism? Time will tell, but in this one it’s American hockey team named after the Civil War 1, French Canadians 0.
(How do you say loser in French? Perdant.)
Bama in the Bayou
College football’s No. 1 team, Alabama, travels to Louisiana tonight to do battle with No. 13 LSU.
Things didn’t look so hot for the Tigers early in the season after firing longtime (and national championship winning) coach Les Miles. The tide may have turned (no pun intended) under interim coach Ed Orgeron, but Alabama has shown dominance throughout the slate. The Crimson Tide are single-digit favorites for the first time all year in this SEC showdown. 8:00 PM ET CBS
N0. 10 Nebraska at No. 6 Ohio State
Perhaps Ohio State isn’t as good as most experts thought they were. After all, the Buckeyes struggled against Wisconsin, lost to Penn State and took a little too long to get out of the gate against Northwestern a week ago. Tonight they’ll welcome another tough test in No. 10 Nebraska.
Both teams still have an outside shot at making the college football playoff this year, but will need a victory tonight to make those dreams continue. 8:00 PM ET ABC
No. 5 Washington at California
Don’t think Washington will be motivated tonight? Guess again. Less than a week after finding themselves on the outside looking in in the initial College Football Playoff rankings, the Huskies will look to pad their resume in Pac-12 action against California. If Chris Petersen’s squad is looking to impress the powers that be, it could be a long night for the Golden Bears. 10:30 PM ET ESPN
Odds and Ends Around The World of Sports
• Austin Dillon has claimed the pole for tomorrow’ NASCAR race in Texas.
• Following one of the greatest World Series games in recent memory, the Cleveland Indians have picked up the extension on manager Terry Francona’s contract. Tito will remain with the Indians through the 2020 season.
• In an odd twist, the Pro Football Hall of Fame did not give the family of late Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler a Hall of Fame jacket or ring. It turns out the hall of fame doesn’t do that for posthumous enshrinements.
• HBO has apparently canceled Bill Simmons’ show, Any Given Wednesday after four months on the air. Fans hoping to hear how much The Sports Guy loves pop culture references, basketball and Boston will now have to resort to listening to his popular podcast, visiting his website or following him on Twitter. Darn.
• Oh, it looks like The Undertaker is coming back to WWE.
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