Thursday’s World Series Game 6 was a fantastic baseball classic, with St. Louis eventually winning 10-9 in 11 innings. There was scoring in every inning except the third and the Rangers blew the lead five times. Many pundits have said it was one of the greatest games ever.
Despite the game concluding at about 12:40 AM ET, FOX garnered a very strong 13.8 national rating, with a peak rating of 16 during the midnight hour in the Eastern time zone. Even in the Central time zone, where the Cardinals and Rangers reside, many households stayed up late, in the minutes leading up to David Freese’s game-winning home run.
In the St. Louis market, Game 6 registered a 49.4 rating, with a 70 share. The game’s final 30 minutes generated a whopping 82 share.
Monday night, the Rangers won a wild Game 5 of the World Series by a score of 4-2. With that win, the Rangers are now just one victory away from a championship and the odds are certainly in their favor.
When teams win Game 5 of the World Series, with the series tied 2-2, that franchise goes on to capture the series 65 percent of the time.
If the Rangers win one of the next two games in St. Louis, this would be their first championship in team history.
The Cardinals facing a 3-2 deficit in the World Series is not uncommon. In fact, St. Louis has faced this scenario on five occasions. Four of these five times, the Cardinals have won Game 6 and Game 7 to win the World Series.
Those four times were in 1926 vs. the Yankees, 1934 vs. the Tigers, 1946 vs. the Red Sox and 1982 vs. the Brewers.
The Cardinals are hoping for the same luck in the 2011 Fall Classic.
The Oregon State Beavers travel to Salt Lake City to play Utah and are a five-point underdog. The Beavers generally finish the season strongly and are 15-4 against the spread in their last 19 road games. Utah has been a disappointment in their first Pac-12 season and are 2-7 against the spread in their last nine contests. The Utes also have problems at quarterback. Look for Oregon State to score the upset.
3-3 Dallas is surging, but is a 3 1/2-point dog on the road against 2-4 Philadelphia. Since the underdog is 10-4 against the spread in these teams’ last 14 meetings, the Cowboys could spring the upset in the City of Brotherly Love.
ESPN did a wonderful job of covering the last few World Cups. So, naturally, the soccer tournaments were awarded to FOX beginning in 2015, as the ESPN deal runs through the men's World Cup of 2014. Terms of the contract were not available. The FOX contract runs through 2022.
The 2010 World Cup on ESPN and ABC averaged more than 3 million viewers and the Spain versus Netherlands final drew a huge audience of 15.5 million watchers.
Can you stomach a World Cup filled with promotions for their upcoming television lineup or blowhards like Tim McCarver analyzing the action and strategy? I didn't think so.
As the 2011 World Series returns to St. Louis for a guaranteed Game 6 and a potential Game 7, Mike Shannon’s Steak & Seafood will once again become the center of baseball life in downtown St. Louis. Located one block north of Busch Stadium, this St. Louis dining institution, owned by former Cardinal player and longtime radio broadcaster Mike Shannon, has been hopping with baseball and media bigwigs during the entirety of the postseason.
Some of the big names spotted over the last few days have included FOX’s Joe Buck and Tim McCarver, ESPN’s Orel Hershiser, Rick Sutcliffe and Aaron Boone, as well as Sirius XM host Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo.
Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced that to the threat of rain. Game 6 will now be played Thursday night in St. Louis, with a possible Game 7 now set to take place on Friday night.
This is the first time a World Series game has been postponed since Game 4 of the 2006 Fall Classic, which coincidently was also played in St. Louis. That year, the Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games.
You might not have heard of Dominique Davis, but you will admire his big day last Saturday. The East Carolina University quarterback completed his first 26 passes to lead the Pirates to a 38-35 victory over Navy. Davis finished the game 40 of 45 for 372 yards and no interceptions. Since Davis completed his last ten throws on the prior Saturday, he compiled a total of 36 consecutive completions, breaking the previous NCAA record of 26 set by an "up and coming" former Cal QB named Aaron Rodgers and Tee Martin of Tennessee.
Davis, a senior, has passed for more than 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, with a 72 percent completion rate for the season.