1. 59 homers
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton finished the season with 59 home runs. Had he gotten 61 or 62, there would have been a headache-inducing debate over the real home run king and the merits of Barry Bonds’ controversial 72-home run season. We feel for Stanton, just short of a milestone. That said, we’re also quite thankful.
2. N.C. State
N.C. State’s football program is known for putting quarterbacks in the NFL. It’s also known for never quite being elite. But State improved to 5-1 on Thursday after beating Louisville. Here’s the rub: N.C. State likely has to beat Clemson, the No. 2 team in the country, to reach the ACC championship game. Sometimes in life, there are no breaks.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs are the NFL’s last unbeaten team, thanks to a 29-20 victory over Washington on Monday night. Yet ESPN’s Adam Schefter reminded us this week that this is the fifth time the Chiefs are the NFL’s last unbeaten team. And in the previous four instances, they failed to win a playoff game.
4. The Freeze
The Freeze, the man who became a viral sensation for dressing in a blue suit and racing against fans at Atlanta Braves baseball games, is moving up in the world. He was invited to train with the U.S. Olympic bobsled and skeleton team. He’ll be a natural, for sure. His name is The Freeze, after all.