Monday Night Football is the talk to the town this morning as the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in one of the most controversial endings in recent memory. With a 12-7 lead and eight second left on the clock, the Seahawks lined up on the Green Bay 24 yard line. After dodging a bullet on a wrong roughing the passer call that took away an interception from the Packers, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw up a Hail Mary pass with no time left. Packers safety M.D. Jennings went up and intercepted the pass and, while on the way down, Seattle WR Golden Tate got his arm in to touch the ball. The referees called in a touchdown that should have been ruled an interception. Seattle won the game and it is reported that between $150-250 million was shifted in bets last night due to the call. More here.
The St. Louis Cardinals are inching closer and closer to a playoff spot. Playing the Houston Astros last night at Minute Maid Park, the Cardinals got to work quickly as they scored three runs in the top of the third and that is all they would need. Behind seven strong innings from Lance Lynn, the Cardinals went on to top the Astros 6-1 and lengthen their Wild Card lead to 2.5 games. More here.
The Pittsburgh Pirates were in contention for most of the year but have faded quickly in September. Seeking their first winning season since 1992, the 75-77 Pirates opened a four game series with the New York Mets. The Mets took it to the Pirates going up 6-0 after four innings led by Ike Davis’ 30th home run of the year. They would go on to win 6-2 and drop the Pirates to 75-78 with nine games to play. More here.
The Miami Marlins were a popular pick to win the NL East at the beginning of the year but following a dismal first half and trade deadline selloff, the Marlins are in disarray. They are skidding wildly towards a last place finish and now there is turmoil in the clubhouse. Closer Heath Bell, who signed with the club in the offseason after becoming an All-Star in San Diego, has opened up about new manager Ozzie Guillen. Bell said of Guillen “it’s hard to respect a guy that doesn’t tell you the truth or doesn’t tell you face-to-face.” More here.