Weekend sports

Watching baseballl playoff games is intense, especially if you have a horse in the race. I was following every pitch and, due to time zones and having to record games, staying up until 1:00 a.m. But what games they were! The Milwaukee Brewers, whose games I used to attend faithfully when we lived in Wisconsin, beat the Arizona Diamondbacks to get into the championship series and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals–who themselves heroically defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, ostensibly the best team in baseball.

And the Sooners, from one of my alma maters, just demolished our arch-rivals the Texas Longhorns, beating up on the #11 team in the country as easily as they beat Ball State the previous week.

The Sooners were rated #1 in the AP pre-season poll, as they still are in the Coaches’ poll. But now they have slipped to #3, getting based by LSU (#1) and Alabama (#2). Why? Oklahoma defeated two nationally-ranked teams. What did LSU and Alabama do that is more impressive than what Oklahoma has done?

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Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • trotk

    Be better teams. Ultimately, beating Arkansas and Florida means more than beating Texas this year.

  • trotk

    Be better teams. Ultimately, beating Arkansas and Florida means more than beating Texas this year.

  • Dave

    Can’t explain Alabama, but LSU has defeated 4 ranked teams already.

  • Dave

    Can’t explain Alabama, but LSU has defeated 4 ranked teams already.

  • SKPeterson

    Florida is lousy this year. Texas is too. Oklahoma looked more impressive this weekend than LSU or Alabama and a nice win over Vandy is not enough to outweigh the value of the OU win.

  • SKPeterson

    Florida is lousy this year. Texas is too. Oklahoma looked more impressive this weekend than LSU or Alabama and a nice win over Vandy is not enough to outweigh the value of the OU win.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Not to take away from OU just taking t.u. to the wood shed, but t.u. is over rated. I really do not think they should be ranked at all much less be #11.

  • Dr. Luther in the 21st Century

    Not to take away from OU just taking t.u. to the wood shed, but t.u. is over rated. I really do not think they should be ranked at all much less be #11.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    LSU is a fun team to watch, but BSU should really be higher up in the polls.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    LSU is a fun team to watch, but BSU should really be higher up in the polls.

  • trotk

    Dave, what can’t you explain about Alabama? Impressive wins over two solid, ranked teams aren’t enough?
    SK, the reason why Florida is lousy this year is because Alabama shattered their confidence and their quarterback.

  • trotk

    Dave, what can’t you explain about Alabama? Impressive wins over two solid, ranked teams aren’t enough?
    SK, the reason why Florida is lousy this year is because Alabama shattered their confidence and their quarterback.

  • Lori B

    Alabama and LSU are in the best conference in the country, so says this SEC fan :)

  • Lori B

    Alabama and LSU are in the best conference in the country, so says this SEC fan :)


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