During the Bills’ preseason game against the Bengals, the Buffalo faithful reserved their loudest ovation for one of the visiting players. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton became a folks hero in northern New York last year when his week 17 touchdown pass against the Ravens helped the Bills into the playoffs.
Meanwhile, across the border in Canada, Toronto slugger Kendrys Morales is on an almost unprecedented run. With his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, the DH has now gone yard in seven straight games. If he can hit one more Monday night in Baltimore against the Orioles, he’ll tie the major league record currently held by Dale Long, Don Mattingly and Ken Griffey Jr for most consecutive games hitting a home run with eight.
Back in the states, Jay-Z and Beyonce played a concert at Gamecock Stadium in South Carolina last week. Afterwards, the field was so torn up that all the turf had to be replaced for the astronomical sum of $200,000. There’s no doubt Bey-Z can more than afford it, though next time it would perhaps be wise to play only in venues with artificial turf.
Finally, the Dodgers seem to take two steps back for every one step forward. They managed to win their Saturday game against the Padres but not before blowing a ninth inning lead then suffering through a blackout. The lights were turned back on in time to see the boys in blue walk off the Padres in the 12th. But for Dodger fans looking for an encouraging omen in what’s been an otherwise frustrating year…keep looking.