Mariano says goodbye to Yankee Stadium, 49ers blow out Rams, VTech upsets GTech, MLB News and Notes, NFL around the horn, EA Sports settles lawsuit + Thursday Recap: Friday, September 27, 2013

Mariano Rivera make final Yankee Stadium appearance

The greatest reliever in MLB history said goodbye to Yankee Stadium and the fans last night as Mariano Rivera was perfect in getting four outs. Manager Joe Girardi sent long-time teammates Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte out to get Rivera in the ninth, a great gesture as the all-time saves leader winds down his career. Tampa Bay shut out the Bombers 4-0 but that did nothing to diminish a magical night at the House that Ruth built.

The greatest reliever in MLB history makes his final appearance at Yankee Stadium

49ers rock Rams after slow start

The San Francisco 49ers were staring down the barrel of three straight losses trailing the Rams 3-0 halfway through the second period. Someone flicked the switch as San Francisco scored the next 28 points in a 35-11 rout of St Louis. Frank Gore rushed 20 times for 153 yards and a score while Anquan Boldin chipped in with 90 yards and a score on five catches. The 49ers defense held the Rams to just 188 yards of total offense. San Francisco and Over players got the money.

Virginia Tech stops Jackets 17-10

Rumors of the demise of Frank Beamer and the Virginia Tech program might be a bit premature. After playing Alabama tough in their opener, the Gobblers traveled down to Atlanta and handed Georgia Tech it’s first loss of the year by a 17-10 count. The hero was the VTech defense which held the 4th ranked Yellow Jacket rushing offense to just 129 yards. VT cashed as a touchdown underdog despite having beaten Georgia Tech in their last three meetings. The game fell well UNDER the posted total of 43 1/2.

MLB News and Notes

Yankee second baseman Robinson Cano will be an unrestricted free agent this year and looking to break the bank. Cano wants a 10-year deal worth $305 million. I want to hit Powerball and marry Kate Upton and have a better chance than Cano. The Yankees would like to keep Cano but will likely be unable to keep him if they hope to get under the $179 million dollar payroll mandated by ownership for 2014. Figure on Cano getting more like a five-year deal worth $110-$125 million. Poor Robinson.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds play a three game set this weekend and the winner of the series will have hoe field in their one game playoff. The only way this scenario would change would be if the Pirates sweep the Reds and the Cardinals get swept over the weekend by the Cubs. In that case, the Pirates and the Cards would play one game to determine the NL Central champion. Not likely but possible.

Around the horn in the NFL

News from London …… The Minnesota Vikings will start veteran quarterback Matt Cassel over Christian Ponder who will sit with a rib injury.

The New York Giants 115 points allowed through the first three games is an NFL record. The Giants are at undefeated Kansas City on Sunday.

Jacksonville Jaguar marketers are doing everything they can to get fannies in the seats this week as the Jags host Oliver Luck and the Colts. People that buy tickets with a face value of $45 bucks will get two free beers. Ingenious.

EA Sports settles suit with former players

EA Sports, Electronic Arts, has announced that it will leave the college football gaming arena and that it has confidentially settled a lawsuit brought on by former players for using their likenesses in the games. Read about the case details and what brought on the settlement by clicking here.

Free Play

(NCAAF) Utah State/San Jose State Over 62 (Friday, September 27, 2013 9:00 PM EST)