Matt Cain pitches first-ever perfect game for the Giants:
"Cain struck out 14 Astros, tied for the most strikeouts ever in a perfect game." It was the 22nd perfect game in major league history and the first perfect game against the Astros.
The Giants won 10-0, with 15 hits.
Where Are the Champions?: "An interactive map of every championship in the history of MLB, the NBA, the NHL, and the NFL."
Down by two in the ninth, David Freese ties it with a triple. Down by two in the 10th, Lance Berkman ties it again. And in the 11th, a lead-off homer by Freese wins it.
Game 7 is Friday at Busch at 7:05.
Fifty summers ago, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle were chasing Babe Ruth's record of 60 home runs in a single season, and the country was enthralled...And perhaps because of the intense interest in the season, numerous misconceptions have grown up around the race to 61.
I consider the following my outstanding experience at Yankee Stadium:
"I got a blow-job under the right field Bleachers, by the Yankee Bull pen." -- Mickey Mantle
New Orleans Saints Defeat the Minnesota Vikings to Advance to the Super Bowl: The Saints kick a 40-yard field goal in overtime to win 31-28.
America Bowl: U.S. Presidents vs. Super Bowls: "44 Presidents. 44 Super Bowls. Finally they battle head-to-head." For example, Abraham Lincoln vs. Super Bowl XVI: "Super Bowl XVI was pretty good. President 16 was pretty great. With malice toward none -- and in this we include the Bengals -- it's Abraham Lincoln in a walkover."
Harvard Beats Yale 29-29.: At Harvard Stadium on November 23, 1968, the Yale and Harvard football teams met in their annual The Game, with both teams going into the game undefeated for the first time since 1909. Heavily-favored Yale was ranked #16 and was on a 16-game winning streak. Yale was leading 29-13 with 3:34 to play and had the ball. What could possibly go wrong?
Bombed, boomed and doomed.: On November 27, 1966, the Washington Redskins beat the New York Giants 72-41, in the highest-scoring game in NFL history. The Redskins' 72 points is the highest winning score in a regular-season game; the combined 16 touchdowns is also a record. [more inside]
TVTV Goes to the Super Bowl.: Bill Murray and Christopher Guest cover a touch football game featuring Phyllis George, Johnny Unitas, and Pat Summerall in a TVTV behind-the-scenes documentary (full version) about Super Bowl X (1976).
Patriots are perfect 16-0: with a comeback win against the New York Giants, overcoming a 12 point third-quarter deficit. Tom Brady's 50 touchdown passes in a season breaks Peyton Manning's record; Randy Moss' 23 touchdown catches in a season breaks Jerry Rice's record.
Most Valuable Position: Slate's Robert Weintraub ranks the most important positions in the NFL.
Tuesday Morning Quarterback returns!: Our long national nightmare is nearly over.
Barry Bonds by the Numbers.: A SportsFilter column looking at how Barry Bonds' home runs compare to his National League contemporaries over the course of his career.
Barry Bonds by the Numbers: Looking at how Barry Bonds home runs compare to his National League contemporaries over the course of his career.
Crazy 8s: The White Sox and Yankees each score eight runs in the second inning, the second time in the history of baseball that both teams scored at least eight runs in an inning. Clemens gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 2/3 innings. Garland gave up eight runs and nine hits in 1 1/3 innings. Jermaine Dye had a good day (2 homers, 2 doubles).
The Agony of Victory.: "For the country's most successful high school girls' lacrosse team, nothing was scarier than losing -- except maybe the relentless demand for perfection." The Mount Hebron High School Vikings hadn't lost a game in five years, had won 10 consecutive Maryland state titles, and had a 103-game winning streak. Then they lost. [more inside]
"We might be first to 10,000, but we're first in something.": The Philadelphia Phillies have lost more games than any other team in the Big Leagues, and they're coming up on 10,000 losses. Chart of the Top Five (Pittsburgh's #4). "In the 27 seasons from 1919 through 1945, Philadelphia finished last in the National League 16 times and second to last 7 times." Philadelphia's also the city with teams in one of the four major professional sports that's gone the longest without a championship. Some fans are choosing to Celebrate 10,000.