Game 8: @Baylor

Inconceivable.

Mind-boggling.

Embarassing.

Humiliating.

Pick any of the above. Hell, pick as many of the above as you’d like, as all of them describe Texas A&M’s stunning upset loss to Baylor in overtime, 35-34. Baylor—who the Aggies beat, 73-10, in the midst of last year’s season from hell for A&M. Baylor—who hadn’t beat A&M since 1985. Baylor—who had a 5-63 record in conference coming into the game since the start of Big XII play in 1996. Baylor.

A&M’s defense had one of their better games of late, holding Baylor to less than 350 yards of total offense. But the Aggies’ pass defense once again made a star out of an unknown, as second-string Baylor QB Shawn Bell completed 64% of his passes (32-of-50) for four (!) TDs and the game-winning two-point conversion in OT.

Aggie QB Reggie McNeal had yet another day with over 300 yards of total offense (311 yards—268 passing, 43 rushing). But his interception-free streak ended at 205 straight passes when the Bears picked him off in the 3rd quarter.

And the Aggies forced yet another turnover—but, for the first time this season, lost the turnover battle, courtesy of giving up two fumbles and McNeal’s INT.

Inconceivable. Mind-boggling. Embarassing. Humiliating. And then some.

A&M is now 6-2 on the season (4-1 in Big XII play). Next game: Saturday, November 6th vs Oklahoma on ABC for the Big XII South lead.

What will Sox fans do…

…now that they’ve lost their lifelong vehicle of self-flagellation?

Seriously, though, congrats to all my friends and former colleagues in Boston. Not they any of you will actually be reading this congratulatory note right now, as I’m assuming the whole lot of you are either still partying or are suffering massive hangovers right about now.

Of course, as a Yankees fan, I’m going to have to find something new, as the time-honored “19-18!” chant is now worthless. Or ESPN.com’s Jim Caple put it:

The Boston Red Sox haven’t won the World Series since 11:40 p.m. EDT last night.

However, my favorite comment comes from Mike Davidson:

Coming into the Series, one would have thought Boston’s toughest task would be getting by the Cardinals. Instead, it turned out to be getting through the 7th inning of tonight’s game when someone inexplicably let the lead singer of Creed on the field to sing “God Bless America”.

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I smell another curse…

Indeed.

Game 7: Colorado

This game turned out to be far more interesting than I had originally thought.

Texas A&M beat a scrappy Colorado squad on Saturday but needed overtime to pull it off, winning 29-26. After suffering through a poor first half, A&M QB Reggie McNeal finished with an impressive 382 yards of total offense (243 passing, a career-high 139 rushing).

For the seventh game this season—that is, all of them to date—McNeal did not throw an interception. And for the sixth game this season, the Aggies as a team did not turn the ball over. The Aggies forced two turnovers by the Buffaloes, including a game-ending fumble in overtime. (Note to CU fans: Stop your whining. Replays and photos show conclusively that Purify fumbled the ball before going down. End of story.)

A&M is now 6-1 on the season (4-0 in Big XII play) and is now bowl eligible. Next game: Saturday, October 30th at Baylor. Next real game: Saturday, November 6th vs Oklahoma for the Big XII South lead.

Un-freakin’-believable.

The Red Sox made history last night, becoming the first team in major league baseball history to force a Game 7 after being down 3-0 in a best-of-seven series. Final score: Red Sox – 4, Yankees – 2 (in only nine innings—what a pleasant change of pace from the past two nights).

And if I was a betting man (and I am), I’d bet the Sox are going to make history again tonight, becoming the first team to win a best-of-seven series after being down 3-0. I know, I know, it’s the Boston Red Sox, so something will intervene to prevent this—fire, brimstone, meteor shower, something—but in the absence of such divine intervention, I think the Yankees are toast.

You have no idea how much it pained me to say that.