Made For October: SF Giants Clinch Last NL Wild Card Spot

Made For October: SF Giants Clinch Last NL Wild Card Spot

Don't stop BeliEVEN.
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They did it, baby! Sunday, October 2, the San Francisco Giants successfully clinched the last National League wild card spot with a 7-1 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

While the second half of their season wasn’t exactly ideal, the Giants did what they do best and rallied when it mattered. Closing the regular season with a clean, three-game sweep of the Dodgers. The 2010, 2012, and 2014 World Series champions are back in the postseason—and in an even year nonetheless.

Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy made some interesting changes to the team leading up to the last three games. Arguably the most important one was his decision to let Madison Bumgarner pitch Friday’s game against the Dodgers, instead of on Sunday (or even Saturday against Clayton Kershaw).

Tell me I wasn’t the only one who thought this could’ve been a terrible idea. Anyone?-Bueller?-Bueller?? Regardless, by doing that and starting two other left-handed pitchers, Bochy was able to screw over LA and expose a huge weakness. Starting Bum on Friday also means that the 2014 World Series MVP can pitch in the wild-card game in New York against the Mets this Wednesday, October 5.

While another title would surely be the icing on the cake to a somewhat frustrating season from my perspective (*cough, Santiago Casilla, cough*), regardless of how the postseason plays out, I’m impressed with what the Giants were able to accomplish in their final three games. Are they the most solid team heading into the postseason? No. Are they better than the Dodgers? Duh, always. But it’s an even year, baby. Don’t count them out just yet. The Giants were a wild-card back in 2014, and look how that turned out. They’ll rally and crush the postseason; they usually do.

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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

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A Preview Of The Chicago Bears' Upcoming Season

New year, new team, but how will they perform in this upcoming season?

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I've been a Chicago Bears fan all my life, and I won't be the first to say that these past few years have been very frustrating. Watching the team was very hard considering we had coaches like Marc Trestman and John Fox along with Jay Cutler under center, and they put up some god awful records. But this year, things will be different. Fox is gone, Glennon is gone and Ryan Pace made some off-season moves to finally help the Bears on both sides of the ball. Starting with John Fox's replacement, Matt Nagy, who was the former Offensive coordinator for Kansas City under head coach Andy Reid.

Many fans had a lot of doubts about Nagy when the Bears first signed him on as the new head coach, and he still has yet to truly be proven but I still have a lot of faith Nagy will help turn slowly turn this team around.

The fact that he changed our offensive scheme to a West Coast offense and that we will be more aggressive on offense is promising, and this was evident as the Bears' offense helped them power through the Chiefs in their most recent pre-season game, but we will all truly see if we made the right decision with him when the regular season begins.

In my opinion, the Bears had a very successful offseason to help bolster the team on both sides of the ball. By signing receivers, Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. Trubisky will now have some solid deep threats to help benefit the offense, along with new acquisitions Tre Burton, and rookie receivers Anthony Miller, and Javon Wims. Looking at it on paper the offense will no doubt be a threat as they now have depth in the receiving including Kevin White, who is fully healthy and ready to prove himself this year. Plus their running back duo is definitely an underrated one as they have power back Jordan Howard and "the human Joystick" Tarik Cohen who can be a threat with both running the ball and receiving. On the defensive side, first-round pick Roquan Smith has finally signed with the Bears and will no doubt make a difference at linebacker along with fellow Georgia alumni Leonard Floyd.

The Bears also made the big decision to match Kyle Fuller's offer to prevent him from signing with the Packers. There have been many doubts about this because fuller has been very inconsistent up until this past season, but I still believe he will be able to have another lockdown season. Along with the topic of defensive backs, one of the players no one saw coming was safety Eddie Jackson. A 4th round pick in last year's draft that everyone slept on made a huge impact on defense and he will be back for another big season.

Looking at the Bears now with Trubisky at the helm, now with a whole arsenal of weapons on offense and a young defense with potential, I think this will be a pretty solid overall season. Now, I'm not gonna say the Bears will win out the NFC North or make the playoffs, but I do think we will get at least 6 or 7 wins. We have a team full of players with a lot of potentials and I have no doubt this year will be a step in the right direction for this team.

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