From the NFL to CFB and MLB, we had been blessed with a implausible weekend

Published:Mar 8, 202423:10
From the NFL to CFB and MLB, we had been blessed with a implausible weekend

By Martin Rogers
FOX Sports activities Columnist

Exhausting. Superior, with none query, however nonetheless exhausting.

The weekend that simply handed in sports activities was uplifting, inspiring and wildly, frenetically entertaining. But when it did not additionally go away you worn out and spent and dizzy and in want of recuperation this morning — fairly than the beginning of a contemporary week of labor — then it did not transfer you prefer it's speculated to.

If, by way of all of the deliciously traumatic mess of 18-inning video games and 12-second subject objective drives and 15-year drought-busters and two-point conversions and three-run walk-off revivals, you'll be able to bear in mind a greater and extra nerve-jangling two-day burst of multi-sport motion, then congratulations are so as.

This Monday column usually focuses on the story of the weekend, besides that, this weekend, the prevailing story was … that there have been so many tales. Do folks nonetheless chat across the water cooler nowadays? If that's the case, they may spend half the morning there and develop into phenomenally hydrated, as a result of there's a lot to speak about.

It's going to go down, to a point, because the weekend when Josh Allen narrowly outbattled Patrick Mahomes in an epic duel, gaining a measure of revenge in a showdown that almost cloned final season's divisional-round blockbuster —however this time gave the Buffalo Payments the sting to appease some lingering wounds.

Mahomes' Kansas Metropolis Chiefs redefined footballing horology as soon as once more, needing simply 12 ticks to get into subject objective vary on the finish of the primary half, however after scores had been tied at every of the quarter breaks it was Allen, incensed by an earlier missed tripping penalty, who launched yet another downfield march to provide the Payments pole place by way of the AFC No. 1 seed.

"We did not panic," Allen mentioned. "Or blink. Nothing that we did final yr interprets to this yr. Every part that occurred previously is the place it's."

By the point Allen spoke, on Sunday night, the drama had been coming so thick and quick we had been hopelessly spoiled and anticipating nothing much less.

For Saturday was a wondrous head-shaker, particularly in case you love sports activities however much more in case you like seeing issues that you simply often do not.

There was the weird deal with of an ALDS sport between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners, the place they performed for greater than six hours with no run, emptying the bullpens, and when a number of the best hitters in baseball had stat traces that had been 0-for-29, or one thing like that.

Quickly after it ended — Jeremy Peña's 18th inning homer for Houston breaking the deadlock to ultimately close the series — the Cleveland Guardians came storming back in the bottom of the ninth to take a 2-1 lead over the New York Yankees, a series that will now see its decider today at 7:07 p.m. ET.

Oscar González walks it off

Oscar González walks it off

Cleveland Guardians outfielder Oscar González hits a two-run single to walk off the New York Yankees 6-5.

By then, it was one of those weekends when you knew you had other tasks to do rather than watch sports nonstop, but, well, there was just never a convenient window to do them — and in any case, you were debilitated with a sore thumb from changing channels so frequently.

While baseball's postseason was ebb-and-flowing in real time, college football was simultaneously toying with the public's emotions, most notably in Knoxville, where Tennessee had suffered nonstop pain against Alabama for the past decade and a half, but burst into an early lead.

Behind electrifying quarterback Hendon Hooker, the Volunteers showed enough dynamic offense to win the game, committed enough ill-timed mistakes to throw it away, then somehow got over the line in a fashion that showed how outrageously hard it is to beat ‘Bama.

Even with Jalin Hyatt snaring five receiving TDs, even with Nick Saban uncharacteristically messing up his clock strategy, a wonky old knuckleball of a last-second kick was needed to clinch the famous victory — one that meant so much that locals stole the goalposts and found a way to haul them into the center of Knoxville to continue the party.

There was so much going on that other happenings of redoubtable worth had to take a backseat. On any other Monday, Utah's outrageously bold two-point try to sink USC's unbeaten record would have gotten more play. As would TCU's incredible comeback and overtime win over Oklahoma State, to stay perfect.

There was too much to keep up with. In Pittsburgh, Tom Brady tried to motivate his offensive line with irate intensity and it got lost in the shuffle of incoming sports information. In New York, Saquon Barkley took flight for a game-winning TD and it scarcely created a stir outside the Big Apple. In Indianapolis, Matt Ryan conjured a dream of a last-minute touchdown drive.

In Philadelphia, well, it's definitely sunny right now, with a football team that's on top of the NFL pile and a baseball counterpart doing a fine job of keeping pace. The Phillies knocked off the reigning World Series champion Atlanta Braves to start the weekend. The Eagles took down the Dallas Cowboys to close it out on Sunday night.

Needless to say, a lot happened in between. If you saw most, or all of it, take a breath. For it was everything. It was too much.

Personally speaking, there's not much left to say except — phew. I need a rest. The weekend is over, but I'm exhausted. I feel like I need a couple of days off. I need to do some yoga and light some scented candles. I need to find some balance.

And maybe, just for a while, I need to stop watching so much spor… nah, that's not going to happen. Not a chance, not when it can be as exciting as this.

Martin Rogers is a columnist for FOX Sports and the author of the FOX Sports Insider newsletter. Follow him on Twitter @MRogersFOX and subscribe to the each day e-newsletter.

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