Wow, what a weekend it was in sports! Dazzling plays, miraculous endings and skepticism of rules that change from week to week in the NFL. All of these plays have been gathered into one place for your enjoyment in Salute Magazine’s shocks of the weekend.
10. Rochester Rhinos comeback victory for USL Championship
It’s time for us to show the United Soccer League (USL) some love in our shocks of the weekend, and Rochester deserves it. The Rhinos scored a second-half stoppage time goal and then won the championship in extra time. The win followed a regular season title for Rochester, and was accomplished without striker Steevan dos Santos, who was serving a suspension following his send off in the Eastern Conference Finals. Here are the highlights for those of you that didn’t see the match or don’t follow the USL.
9. Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers collect first wins of NHL season
The Bruins had a fire sale in the offseason, but they blew out Colorado the other night and are now on a two-game winning streak. Connor McDavid, who might be the best Oiler since Gretzky, scored his second and third goals of the season and the Oilers are enjoying their own winning streak after victories over Calgary and Vancouver. In the Calgary win, all four of the Oilers’ first overall picks scored a goal, which is an impressive feat in itself.
8. Cubs down 2-0 in NLCS
Everyone knew that the Mets had the pitching to silence the Chicago Cubs, but the fact that they are up 2-0 in the NLCS is a bit surprising for many fans. By far the biggest surprise is that Mets’ utility man, Daniel Murphy has now homered in four consecutive postseason games for New York. The Cubs bats will need to come alive to keep their postseason hopes — and “Back to the Future” writer’s prediction — alive as well. If any team in the postseason has that ability, it is the Cubs.
7. Newcastle surges to 6-2 victory in EPL victory
How is this shocking, you ask? Because Newcastle has done nothing in the last 22 matches, and suddenly they pop for six goals against Norwich City. The victory was only the second in the Magpies’ last 22 Premier League matches! Let that sink in for a little while and you will understand why this result was so shocking this weekend, and especially with them scoring six goals in one match.
6. Royals come back in Game 2 versus Toronto to take 2-0 lead in ALCS
The Royals looked dead to rights against the Toronto Blue Jays and starting pitcher David Price in Game 2 at Kauffman Stadium. That is until a bloop single opened up the opportunity for the Royals to score five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and grab a 5-3 lead before winning the game 6-3 for Kansas City. Toronto looks to win Game 3 at home today or face the reality that they might not pull a Red Sox comeback in 2015.
5. Florida Gators lose to LSU on fake field goal
It might not be a surprise that LSU beat the Gators, but how they did it is. Les Miles always seems to slay the Gators on a fake special teams play of some sort, and Saturday was no different. Florida entered the game after a week full of skepticism and suspensions (QB Will Grier and CB Deiondre Porter), and they faced a 21-7 hole before fighting their way back to tie the game 28-28 in the third quarter thanks to an amazing punt return by Antonio Calloway.
But again, Miles went into his bag of tricks to steal a victory from Florida.
4. Worst fake punt in NFL history obtained by Colts versus Patriots
The Colts had the funkiest way of faking a punt against the New England Patriots and it didn’t work. Not only did they get flagged for illegal formation, but they were stuffed by the Patriots who looked perplexed by the lineup for the Colts. If you would like to see the play, go over to Salute Magazine and see what Rohtas has to say about it.
3. When a catch is a TD, then an interception, then a TD catch
The Lions and Bears were playing for a much-needed NFC North victory for both teams on Sunday, and then the NFL happened. Fans, players and NFL officials still can’t figure out when a catch is a catch or an incomplete pass, and it seems to all be based on which officials are calling the game. Dez Bryant’s was not a catch and Golden Tate’s shouldn’t have been either — based on logic and the NFL rule — but Tate was given a touchdown catch even though the play resulted in an interception for the Bears. Add the onside recovery by the Colts in last night’s game that was given to the Patriots, and the NFL has some questions that need to be answered.
2. Memphis upsets Ole Miss
Memphis spotted Ole Miss a 14-0 lead before trouncing the Land Sharks and mauling them to death 37-24. With the victory, Memphis remains undefeated at 6-0, and the Rebels drop in the rankings for the second consecutive week. The Tigers have been impressive in 2015 and have shocked the college football world. The only reason that they weren’t No. 1 on the list is because of the Miracle at the Big House, but here are some highlights from the Memphis win.
1. Miracle at the Big House
Michigan State was getting outplayed for most of the game Saturday in Ann Arbor, but the Spartans saved their best play for last. On fourth down and with five seconds on the clock, Michigan’s punter fumbled the snap and Sparty pulled off one of the most amazing plays to ever end a game — in any sport. If you missed the play, we have you covered. Let’s just say the announcer had a hard time getting his words out due to the sheer excitement of the play that left the Michigan crowd in shock.