As I write this piece, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won 43 out of their last 50 games. Let me put this in perspective for you. It’s the first time a team has accomplished the feat since the New York Giants in 1912. The Dodgers are on pace for 115 regular season wins, one off the all-time record set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners. The Dodgers need to go 38-13 down the stretch to reach unknown territory.
If Los Angeles continues its torrid play and reaches 117 wins, I would have to say it would go down as one of the best regular season records in the history of the four professional sporting leagues.
What do you think? Does it measure up to the 73-9 mark of the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16? What about the 16-0 New England Patriots? Or the Montreal Canadians that went 60-8-12 in 1976-77?
Personally, I think the Dodgers going 117-45 ranks right up there with the other three. And man, would argue that it tops them all.
Baseball does not have as powerful a homefield advantage as the other sports. It is also a sport where you don’t have the luxury of putting the ball in their best players’ hands every game. A starting pitching rotation consists of five pitchers. And there are several relief pitchers that impact each and every game.
Back to the Dodgers. I also like that they are doing what they are doing while playing in the best division in all baseball. The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, currently the second- and third-place teams in the NL West, have a combined record of 127-96.
Keep your eyes on the Dodgers as the season winds down. There is still a ways to go yet but we could be seeing history.
Jay Cutler has come out of a brief retirement and has signed a one-year, $10 million contract to play quarterback for the Miami Dolphins after Ryan Tannehill was diagnosed with a partially torn ACL.
Cutler will be reunited with Miami head coach Adam Gase who was his offensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears in 2015.
I just do not see this working out well for the Dolphins. Cutler has always been just an average quarterback. And there are times when he looks awful. This is a guy who lost his job to the likes of Brian Hoyer and Jimmy Clauson while with the Bears.
I think the Dolphins would have been better off going with veteran backup Matt Moore. In four games last year in Gase’s system, Moore threw for 721 yards and eight touchdowns with just three interceptions. In 2016, Cutler played in five games, completed 59.1 percent of his passes and threw for 1,059 yards, with four touchdowns, five interceptions and five fumbles.
Aaron Rodgers, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, was asked on the Dan Le Batard show last week about his trust level with the media. Rodgers surprised many with his answer. He disclosed that he has been recording his conversations with reporters whenever he is interviewed one-on-one.
And you thought it was only in politics where the media is not trusted.
Photos: Jay Cutler; Aaron Rodgers