Major sports benchmarks are made for breaking. Not the least of which is the 2 hour marathon. After millions of tries, it has now been broken. Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge shattered the milestone by 40s, a mere 0.3% below but the best ever. Kipchoge ran the record in the Ineos Marathon in Vienna. He's been winning major marathons for 5 plus years, in Chicago, London, and Berlin. Also won Olympics and attempted to break the 2 hour mark in a controlled event but fell short. But now the record has fallen, and Kipchoge is the one that will be remembered with the Roger Banisters, Usain Bolts, and Michael Johnsons for redefining the event. The 34 year old may even top that mark, time will tell. But he is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
Baseball postseason is in full swing and it doesn't take long for stars to emerge. The National League Wild Card Washington Nationals surged from May to the end of the season to overtake the league competition and secure a spot in the postseason. And they took advantage. Stephen Strasburg proved pivotal in the Wild Card game as the Nats came back on the Milwaukee Brewers to win 4-3 Strasburg notched 3 critical innings of relief and got the win (3IP, 2H, 4K). He then followed up with 6 innings of dominant ball (6IP, 3H, 1ER, 10K) to secure NLDS Game 2 for the Nationals to head home with the series even. He's tapped to start Game 5 in LA and may propel his team to their first NLCS. But Strasburg has emerged as a co-ace to Max Scherzer nad is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
The NFL season is young, and too many times a team is counted out before it has a chance to hit its stride. Such is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Given up for dead after an 1-2 start against suspect competition and double digit underdogs heading to NFC Champion undefeated Los Angeles Rams, the Bucs delivered. Especially Chris Godwin. In racking up 55 points, the Pirates in Pewter Pants went to Goodwin 14 times. He caught 12. All 12 were a first down, two were TDs. And he racked up 172 yards, one of the top performances this year. The Swashbucklers aren't on a lot of radars for the playoffs. But with the Saints QB injury, slow start by the Falcons and Panthers, they may be a team to watch. Thanks to Chris Godwin, the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!