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Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SUNDAY PUNCH -

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.

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