Bedford TV Sports Report: October 19, 2015

On most Mondays at 6 pm the Bedford TV News runs on Comcast Channel 8 and Verizon Channel 38. The broadcast features news from The Bedford Citizen, event announcements, guest interviews, weather forecasts, and musical performances. The broadcast also has a weekly sports report about Bedford high school and youth sports and commentary on the broader sports world. The Citizen has asked to publish the script of the Sports Report, so enjoy reading it… but better yet, tune in on Mondays to watch the show live.

By Dan Brosgol

Bedford TV LogoOn the gridiron, in all all-alliterative showdown last Friday night, the Bedford Bucs traveled to the banks of the scenic Mystic River and came home a few hours later with a 34-14 victory over the still-winless Medford Mustangs. The Bucs improved to 4-2 on the year and host DCL rival Wayland this Friday at Sabourin Field.

Girls’ volleyball also continued their scorching run of play, ripping off three straight wins and qualifying for the state tournament. The girls improved to 10-6 on the year with their 3-1 win at Wayland last Thursday, and will look to improve on that record this week against Concord-Carlisle and Waltham.

The cross-country teams both wrapped up their seasons last week with losses to Westford and Waltham, ending their calendar with identical 3-3 records.After an 0-5 week 2 weeksago, the golf team split their matches last week, defeating Waltham but losing to Wayland, and now sit at 5-10 on the year. Field hockey has been stuck in a rough patch, losing five in a row, but look to change that momentum this week at home against Hudson and Wayland, and away at Waltham.

After back-to-back 0:0 draws the week before, boys’ soccer went 1-1 last week, beating Weston 3:2 at home but losing 4:1 at Wayland. The Bucs are a palindromic 4-4-4 on the season with 4 matches to go in the regular season.

And, finally, a Chipotle alert! On October 20 at the Chipotle in Bedford the girls soccer team will be running a fundraiser. If you mention that your purchase is to support the team, or show the ad on your smartphone, 50% of the proceeds will go to the Lady Bucs.Hopefully some Chipotle fundraising can inspire a few more wins as they finish up the season with four games in the next 7 days.

BAYS soccer resumed play last the weekend, and three Bedford teams continued their undefeated starts to the year. The girls U12 Wanderers improved to 5-0-1 with a 7-0 win over Newton, the girls U9 Renegades actually did not play but are still 4-0-0, and the boys U14 XPlosion not only moved up two divisions, but defeated the previously-undefeated 1st place team from Needham, 2:0 on the turf field, to improve to 5-0-0.

And in the wide world of sports

It was bizarre week all over the place, as three games took place in a span of just a few days that sent twitter into a frenzy and left sports fans scratching their heads in utter amazement.

Last week in game 5 of the ALDS, the Rangers took a 3-2 lead over the Blue Jays in the top of the 7th inning when a throw back to the mound from the Blue Jays’ catcher actually hit the bat of the batter and rolled into foul territory- a play that I’m sure 99.9% of baseball fans and umpires have never seen before. When the play was reviewed and the run scored, Toronto fans littered the field with trash, and infamously a baby was hit by a flying beer can.

But in a stunning turn of events, the Rangers made three consecutive errors in the field in the bottom of the inning, setting the table for the most dramatic postseason home run for the Blue Jays since Joe Carter’s 1992 World Series-winning dinger. With two men on base, Jose Bautista hit a ball halfway to Mississauga for a three-run homer, and then did the most attitude-infused bat flip in history afterwards. The Rangers hated it, but I loved it.

Flip the bat, dude. You earned it.

Saturday gave us another taste of the absurd and dramatic, as all Michigan had to do was successfully punt the ball with 10 seconds to go, up 23-21 and facing a fourth down from their own 40-yard line, to finish the game and defeat their archrivals from Michigan State. With 100,000 Michigan fans looking on in horror, the snap was low, the punter couldn’t handle it, the punt was blocked, and a caravan of Spartans escorted the ball 38 yards into the Michigan endzone as time expired for a 27-23 Spartan victory and a whole lot of maize-and-blue clad fans went home with their souls destroyed. It was madness.

Or, in the words of Leonidis form the movie “300”…

“Madness? THIS IS SPARTA.”

And, finally, Sunday night in Lucas Oil Stadium, with the Patriots clinging to a somewhat-tenuous second half lead, the Colts unleashed the most absurdly awful, terribly-designed, and mind-numbingly-bad fake punt play call in the history of football.

And I might not be exaggerating.

After what looked like an attempt to do the old swinging-gate play, they not only lined up illegally, but actually snapped the ball with one blocker attempting to fend off a crowd rabid Patriots defenders. The resulting loss of yardage and turnover on downs were as inevitable as the following Patriots touchdown. The announcers were speechless, the crowd shots of Colts fans were priceless, and my laughter was probably heard all the way up in Billerica.

If Twitter had only one purpose, it would be for moments like those. It was perfect, kind of like the Pats’ perfect 5-0 record after finishing up the 34-27 victory.

Next up, the 4-1 Jets come to the Razor with first place on the line. Should be a great game. Hopefully I’ll be talking about another Pats victory a week from now.
And there you have it. A wild, wild, world of sports. Just how we like it.

See you next week.

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