Steve Sabol of NFL Films dead at 69, Kent/Buffalo tonight, Miggs 6 RBIs, Allmendinger reinstated, Real Madrid/Man City + Free Plays for Wednesday September 19, 2012

Steve Sabol dies of brain cancer at 69

The creative genius of NFL films, Steve Sabol, is dead after a year long battle with brain cancer. He was 69. Sabol started as a cameraman for his father Ed who started NFL films and landed exclusive rights to chronicle the NFL in 1962. Ed Sabol, now 95, was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last year. Among Steve Sabol’s many accomplishments were 35 Emmys for writing, cinematography, editing, directing and producing. If you are in your 40s and 50s, you grew up watching the one-hour weekly NFL recap show narrated by “The Voice of God”, John Facenda. RIP Steve Sabol.

Technically, it wasn’t dirty but was it right ??? When a team is taking a knee, do you still go 100% to take out somebodies legs ??? Here is the final play of Sunday’s Bucs/Giants game and the post-game comments. SP3 says, “You make the call”.

Coughlin vs Schiano …. you make the call

College Football News and Notes

The first Wednesday night ESPN special edition takes place tonight at Kent travels to Buffalo to take on the Bulls in MAC action. Both teams have split two games with Kent a loser at Kentucky and then beating Towson State in their follow up. Buffalo gave Georgia a tussle before falling 45-23 and then walloping Morgan State 56-34. Kent State is just 4-9 ATS in their L13 road games, the Flashes are 7-3 over in their L10 with extra time. Buff is 5-11 ATS in their L16 MAC Conference tilts and the Under is 8-3 in the Bulls last 11 home games. Homestanding Buffalo opened up as a three-point favorite with the total 52. The Bulls have been bet up to -4 and the high/low has dropped a half tick to 51 1/2. Weather is expected to be mostly fair with winds from 8-15 miles-per-hour. Game time temp is expected to be around 59.

MLB Diamond Dust

Miguel Cabrera went three-for-four including two homers and 6 RBIs in leading the Detroit to a 12-2 win over Oakland and keeping the Tigers just three games back of the White Sox in the battle for the AL Central. Cabrera is alive and well in the Triple Crown race with 15 games to play leading the American League with a .333 average and 129 RBI. He also has a career-high 40 homers, two behind Josh Hamilton for the top spot. The last Triple Crown winner was Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

NASCAR reinstates AJ Allmendinger

AJ Allmendinger has successfully completed NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program and has been reinstated to drive. Allmendinger had been suspended indefinitely on July 24 for violating NASCAR’s substance abuse policy after testing positive for the stimulant Adderall. The driver claims to have taken a pill from a friend at a party the night before the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway on June 30 being told that it was a workout supplement that would give him energy.

Allmendinger released this statement after being reinstated

“I want to thank everyone for their support through this entire process,” Allmendinger said. “I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition. The Road to Recovery program was really helpful to me in getting my priorities reset away from the race track ….. and, honestly, that helped find my love of racing again and why I began racing in the first place. I’m looking forward to taking this experience and be better for it moving forward.”

Real Madrid beats Manchester City 3-2 in Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo was the last player to hit the onion bag as the Portuguese striker connected in the 90th minute to give Real Madrid a 3-2 win over Manchester City in Champions League group play. Ronaldo’s goal capped a wild flurry of five goals in the final 32 minutes including three in the final seven minutes. Real trailed 2-1 with five minute plus injury time left to play.

Free Plays

(MLB) Milwaukee (Estrada) -140) over Pittsburg (McPherson) 7:05 PM EST

(MLB) Atlanta (Medlen) -145 over Miami (Johnson) 7:10 PM EST

(MLB) San Diego (Volquez) +135 over Arizona (Cahill) 9:40 PM EST

(MLB) Baltimore (Sunders) +135 over Seattle (Hernandez) 10:10 PM EST