Kicking the balls and the dreaded curse

 What a weekend in Dallas sports. In football….and in futbol….soccer that is. Your Richland men’s soccer team soared through Chicagoland to win the District C championship at Harper College. 

The 13-2 Thunderducks are well balanced on both offense and defense. Both were effective to win the District C title. Richland men’s soccer team has always been and still is a championship contender, with their last national championship in 2007. 

In his 21st season at Richland, head coach Sean Worley says its been a fun and challenging time. He is impressed at how the season went showing good team chemistry, working hard and representing Richland as one of the best junior college soccer programs in the country.

Now Richland heads to Herkimer, N.Y. as the top seed in the 2016 NJCAA Men’s Division III Soccer National Championship tournament. They’ll face Bergen College N.J. in the quarterfinals on Nov. 10. What’s interesting is that Richland is the only college representing the south while the other seven represents the northeast.

Meanwhile in Frisco, FC Dallas is back in the Major League Soccer playoffs as the top seed in the West. It also has won Supporters Shield for having the most points and the league’s best record. FC Dallas is facing Seattle Sounders FC in the Western semifinals.

One of the NFL’s greatest games of this season was brought to you by the Dallas Cowboys. They sent the Eagles back to Philadelphia with their feathers plucked to be used for Halloween costumes. Early in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were down, 23-13 but they came back with a Dan Bailey field goal and later a 22-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Dez Bryant for the touchdown sending it into overtime. Dallas won the toss. Prescott scrambled until he found future Hall of Fame tight end Jason Witten all by himself to win it in OT, 29-23.

Finally, I saved the best for last….World Series, Cubs vs. Indians. I did say in the last issue that it would go to seven games and it did. The Cubs who were red hot throughout the regular season absolutely weren’t going to disappoint the fans in Chicagoland. 

This may be the first time we have seen teams in two different sports come all the way back from a 3-1 deficit to win the world championship. The Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA did it earlier in the year and now the Cubs. Game 7 of the 2016 World Series could be the best World Series finale so far this century. 

The Cubs were riding high with longballs out the park including a 6th inning home run to center field by catcher David Ross, whom by the way was retiring after this season. They headed into bottom of the 8th when the gong went off in the Cleveland dugout. Indians centerfielder Rajai Davis smashed a liner towards left field for a game-tying two run homer. 

The game headed into extra innings followed by a brief rain delay. Cubs leftfielder Ben Zobrist became the Windy City hero hitting an RBI double to left followed by an RBI single by Miguel Montero. In the end, Cleveland’s Michael Martinez grounded out to first to seal the deal for the Cubs and break the 108-year curse as the Cubs are the World Series Champions. 

You can hear the late, legendary Cub announcers Jack Brickhouse say, “HEY HEY!!!!” and Harry Carey say, “HOLY COW!!!!” What a great moment for former Cubs such as Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ryan Sandberg and Andre Dawson. “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks died last year. He would’ve been so proud to see this. Zobrist who by the way won a World Series title last season with the Royals, has won another one this year with the Cubs and was named World Series MVP. That championship parade will be packed full of fans waving their famous “W” flag as they normally do after a Cubs home win and all singing GO CUBS GOOO!! 

For the third time within 20 years, the Indians came up short of a world championship. LeBron James and the Indian fans are in disarray and couldn’t be consoled. But I have to say that it was a much better game 7 of the World Series than any other game 7 in history. It was that dramatic.