HOT: BRUCE ALMIGHTY
This is an article from the Sept. 17, 2012 issue
His .267 average be damned, Jay Bruce's 33 home runs and .901 OPS have helped the Reds to baseball's second-best record. Bruce, 25, went deep in four straight games last week and is the first player to hit 20 or more HRs as a rookie, then improve on that total in each of the next four years.
NOT: INTO THIN AIR
They're calling Colorado's 30--28 loss to Sacramento State of the FCS among the most embarrassing in Buffs history. Meanwhile, Colorado State fell to FCS North Dakota State 22--7 at home; and the Rockies (56--83) are, well, the Rockies. Hey, Peyton, no pressure or anything.
HOT: BIG MAC ATTACK
Rory McIlroy fired a final-round 67 to win the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick by two strokes. Ranked No. 1 in the world, McIlroy became the first back-to-back winner on the PGA Tour since 2009. The Irishman joined Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers with six PGA Tour titles by age 23.
It has now been almost 41 years since Duke football beat a ranked team on the road after its 50--13 thud at No. 25 Stanford last Saturday. Plus, Duke hoops is looking into reports that former forward Lance Thomas (above) is being sued over a $97,800 jewelry purchase he made during the 2009--10 title season.