Today is one of those days we were waiting for at the height of the pandemic. Back in 2020, when commissioners canceled leagues, and we told ourselves, “this is just temporary, sports will be back, and they will be fantastic.” That is the case today – we are BACK!

For starters, it is the last day of the MLB regular season, and things are hectic. For those not following, the National League playoff field is set, but there can still be movement in the NL West. All of the MLB games are slated to start between 3:05-3:20 PM EST. If the San Francisco Giants win or the Los Angeles Dodgers lose, the Giants win the NL West.

However, the Dodgers force a Game 163 tiebreaker with a win and a Giants loss. These have been the best teams in baseball record-wise, with San Fran at 106-55 and LA at 105-56. These teams are hungry for a division title and will want to be the top seed for playoffs. 

In the American League, things are a little messier. The easiest to explain the record situation is with a picture of the standings. Four teams are all vying for two wild-card spots.

You can see all of the possible outcomes here, thanks to Stephen Pianovich of CBSSports.com. It is a little complicated, but the bottom line is all four of these teams need to win today, especially those who want to control their destiny.

Additionally, we still have an entire NFL slate! Personally, I’ll be enjoying seven hours of commercial-free football on the RedZone, but we’ve got great individual matchups if you’re looking to watch specific games. The one o’clock slot doesn’t have any crazy matchups, but the Chiefs, Bills, Titans, and Cowboys all play, so there should be no shortage of offense. At 4:00-4:25, we have fantastic matchups, including Cardinals at Rams, Seahawks at 49ers, and Steelers at Packers.

And we wrap up the evening being blessed with the most anticipated regular season of all time. If you aren’t living under a rock, you know Tom Brady is back in town for a battle with his former team. (Side note: anyone that thinks Brady will be booed tonight is crazy, he should and will be showered with praise). So tune in at 8:20 PM to see the GOAT return to Foxboro and fend off the Sunday Scaries.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s have a day.

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