The dog days of summer are finally over. Even though fall officially started in late September, it certainly didn't feel like it. In Alabama, I crave October because the weather finally starts to cool down, the sky is a brilliant blue with no haze, and you can finally turn off the air conditioner. At least, you can turn it off on most days. In addition to the brilliant weather, I enjoy October because of all the sports on television. It's a great month to be a sports fan.
College and pro football are in full swing. The Kansas City Chiefs (5-0) are the only undefeated team while five other teams have only one loss. Alabama (6-0) is still ranked number one and the AP Top 25 has twelve other undefeated teams starting Week 7 of the season. The NBA has started its preseason with the regular season beginning on October 17th. Several player moves should make for an interesting regular season. Carmelo Anthony and Paul George have joined Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City. Isaiah Thomas, Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose have teamed up with LeBron James in Cleveland. Chris Paul left the Los Angeles Clippers to play alongside James Harden in Houston.
Major League Baseball has entered the postseason. In the National League Division Series, the Chicago Cubs face the Washington Nationals, while the Arizona Diamondbacks compete with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chicago and Washington have a game apiece but Los Angeles leads its series 2-0. In the American League, the New York Yankees take on the Cleveland Indians while the Houston Astros lock horns with the Boston Red Sox. Houston and Cleveland lead each series 2-1.
As we march through October, enjoy the nicer weather and all the great sports. The World Series is right around the corner and college basketball returns in November. Be sure to stop by the library to check out some of our interesting sports titles.
- Drive for Five: The Remarkable Run of the 2016 Patriots
- The NFL in the 1970s: Pro Football's Most Important Decade
- The Baseball Whisperer: A Small-Town Coach Who Shaped Big League Dreams
- Baseball Meat Market: The Stories Behind the Best and Worst Trades in History
- Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Steph Curry
- Chasing Perfection: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion