This week in sports featured the New York Mets organization at odds with each other, the NFL preseason ending, the official start of NCAA college football, and the standings for the MLB postseason in limbo.
Owners vs. Players in New York
The New York Mets owners and players are currently at odds after star players Francisco Lindor and Javier Baez spoke their dismay with their own fans booing them. Following this, Mets owner Steve Cohen spoke in support of the fans.
“They hit the third rail by messing with the fans and it is unacceptable,” Cohen said.
A couple of weeks ago Cohen publicly outed the team’s best players for not playing well. Players within the organization have said they are unhappy with the lack of support of their owners. The relation between players and the front office for the Mets is divided as they continue an unsuccessful 2021 season.
Preseason out, regular season in
At last, the NFL preseason is over and regular season football begins on . Unfortunately, during the final week of preseason Baltimore Raven running back J.K. Dobbins tore his ACL and is out for the entire 2021-2022 season.
The end of preseason also brings tough roster and depth chart decisions for organizations around the league. A shocker came down this week as the New England Patriots cut former MVP quarterback Cam Newton, who started for the team just last year. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones has impressed the New England coaching staff enough to earn himself the starting role.
College football Saturday is back
NCAA college football began officially this past week with a slate of games highlighted by Nebraska vs. Illinois in a Big Ten Conference matchup. The game itself was a bit of a disappointment to many as Illinois beat Nebraska 30-22.
College football starts officially this weekend with its first full Saturday of games featuring powerhouses like Oklahoma, Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State.
MLB standings update
Continuing from last week, the standings in the MLB are changing by the day. For the first time all season the San Francisco Giants dropped out of first place in their division thanks to the Los Angeles Dodgers. One half game separates these two teams who are getting set to play a three game series this upcoming week.
The National League East has been taken over by the Atlanta Braves by two games on the second place Philadelphia Phillies. Another team that has not been in first place all season long playing good baseball to end the season.
Now under a month until playoffs, wild card spots in both the National and American League are unsettled and changing daily. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox currently hold the American League with the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics and Toronto Blue Jays hot on their heels. In the National League, the Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds hold the two spots but with three separate teams within three games of that coveted playoff berth.