From baseball to college football to the NBA and NASCAR, this Halloween will go down as one of the craziest days in sports history. All day there were calls, plays, and even visitors that made us all do a double take. Here's a recap of a wild and crazy day in the wide world of sports, and we'll start with hockey.
First, something that you would NEVER expect to see, Sidney Crosby engaged in a fight
with Minnesota's Marek Zidlicky, even more surprising, he actually won this fight! The Pens outshot Minnesota 35-15, yet they still lost their 3rd game of the year 2-1 thanks to Nicklas Backstrom standing on his head once again. It's the 5th straight time the Wild have won at Mellon Arena, and that was just the beginning.
On Long Island, Buffalo was in town, but the Isles would not be denied. They obliterated a hot Sabres team who came in at 8-1-1. The Isles shut them out 5-0
and have now won 3 in a row, you heard me right, 3 in a row for the team who got this year's #1 draft pick, complete with a 38-save shutout by Martin Biron.
Earlier in the afternoon, Atlanta traveled north of the border to play Ottawa. In a complete role reversal, much like the Pens/Wild game, the Senators outshot the Thrashers 51-21, but still lost 3-1
But wait, there's more! St. Louis has been iffy, but the Panthers are struggling. However, the Panthers traveled to play the Blues, and shut them out 4-0
on their home ice.
Now let's head down to Talladega where we catch up with NASCAR. For starters, qualifying got rained out
, so Jimmie Johnson and Mark Martin will start together on the front row for tomorrow's race since the field has been set by points. This probably wouldn't mean much, but what makes this even more interesting is the same scenario happened back in 2002, and the same 2 drivers started on the front row. They banged into each other DURING THE PACE LAPS!
In the Camping World Truck Series race, the wreck known simply as "the big one
" didn't happen until 4 laps to go. On the final lap
of the race, Kyle Busch got a push from Aric Almirola with less than 1/4 lap to go to beat Todd Bodine to the checkered flag. It's Halloween, the crazy finishes should be expected, but oh does it get better!
Now let's get to baseball, where once again, rain delayed the start of a World Series game in Phladelphia for the second year in a row. The Phillies jumped out to an early lead, but back came the Bronx Bombers. Alex Rodgriguez hit a ball to right field which hit a camera
and bounced back onto the field. The umpires, being the geniuses they are, decided before the game that if a ball hits that camera in right field, it's a home run...only problem is they never told Charlie Manuel and Joe Girardi. This led to a conference and a review. The call was orignally a double, overturned and called a home run, and Alex Rodriguez got his first career World Series hit. It all fell apart for the Phillies who lost this game 8-5 despite more power from Jayson Werth.