Leading the way
Former Montreal Alouettes head coach Marc Trestman made the jump to the NFL this year and things could not have gotten off to a better start. His Chicago Bears are 3-0 after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-21 in week one, the Minnesota Vikings 31-30 in week two and the Pittsburgh Steelers 40-23 in week three. The Bears are first in their division, the NFC North.
Trestman, who spent five years in the CFL from 2008-2012, led the Alouettes to two Grey Cup championships in three appearances. He was also named CFL coach of the year in 2009. Known as a quarterback guru, this is Trestman’s first head coaching job in the NFL.
Race to the postseason
The MLB regular season may be winding down but the postseason races are heating up. In the National League, the Braves have a stranglehold on the NL East while the LA Dodgers have clinched the NL West. Things get interesting in the NL Central. Although the St. Louis Cardinals are in first, the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates are both two games back, heading into this past weekend. The Reds and Pirates have a five game lead in the wildcard, with the Washington Nationals on the outside looking in.
In the American League, the Boston Red Sox have clinched the AL East while the Detroit Tigers sit atop of the AL Central and the Oakland Athletics have the AL West under control. When it comes to the AL wildcard race, it’s anyone’s game. As of Saturday, the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays cling to the final two spots. However, the Texas Rangers are only a half game back, while the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals are just two and a half games behind. Lurking in the background, the New York Yankees have an outside shot with three games back.
Hail to the Chiefs
Andy Reid and his Kansas City Chiefs made a statement Thursday night when they beat the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16. Reid, who coached the Eagles for 14 seasons, has his new Chiefs sitting at 3-0 on the season and are surprising everyone. The Chiefs went 2-14 last season and ended dead last in the NFL. This offseason, Chiefs front office signed Reid, after he was let go by the Eagles. They also traded for starting quarterback Alex Smith. Smith was previously the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers until being replaced late last year by the highly-talented and younger quarterback, Colin Kaepernick.
As reported last week on Sportsnet, Montreal is going to officially have professional baseball back in Quebec. For two games next March with the Toronto Blue Jays hosting the New York Mets at the Big-O in exhibition game action. This will be the first professional baseball game in Montreal since 2004 when the Montreal Expos played their last game before relocating to Washington. The goal of this event is to help bring a major league team back to Montreal within the next 10 years. Tickets are now on sale for both games on evenko.ca