Homer Bailey of the Cincinnati Reds has thrown a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Homer Bailey struck out ten batters and walked one batter, as the Reds won 1-0. It is Bailey’s first career no-hitter. Bailey also won his 13th game of the season. A.J Burnett of the Pirates received the loss. Bailey has never lost at PNC Park. Homer threw 113 pitches in his first shutout of the year.
The NFL officials returned Thursday night as the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns 23-16. The Browns fall to 0-4 and have lost 10 straight games, dating back to last season. The Ravens improve to 3-1, and many analysts predict them as super bowl favorites (along with the Texans). Both quarterbacks, Joe Flacco (Ravens) and Brandon Weeden (Browns) threw for over 300 yards.
ESPN has reported that a deal has finally been made between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association. The NFL officials have been on strike since June, regarding mainly retirement benefits. This has caused the past three weeks of the season to have been officiated by replacement referees. The quality and experience of these referees has been criticized.There are no Division 1 college referees. Many have been high school or junior college refs. The result has been missed call after missed call, and further embarrassment. One official told another player to play well, because he was on his fantasy football team. Another official was publicly promoting a team, he was assigned to officiate, but later removed of that duty. After a wild weekend of chaos, the tipping point came on Monday night in which a highly controversial catch gave the Seattle Seahawks the victory. Now it appears the genuine officials will begin as soon as tomorrow.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers 14-12 Monday night, on one of the most chaotic plays ever. The Seahawks led 7-0 at Halftime. Then, Green Bay put 12 consecutive points up on the board. On the final play, Seahwaks QB Russell Wilson heaved a 24-yard touchdown pass, caught by Seahawks WR Golden Tate. But the ruling was extremely controversial. The ending has left people wanting the replacement officials gone.
3 things to watch: Golden Tate pushes off, two officials give two different signs, and it appears Jennings catches the ball.
The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Washington Redskins 38-31. Bengals WR Mohammed Sanu had a 73 yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green. This resulted in the first touchdown pass thrown from a Rutgers player in the NFL. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton had three touchdown passes and 328 passing yards. A.J. Green had 183 yards receiving. Bengals WR Andrew Hawkins also caught a touchdown pass. Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was sacked six times.
The New York Giants defeated the Carolina Panthers 36-7. Giants QB Eli Manning threw for 288 yards, making it his 22 consecutive game in which he has thrown for over 200 yards (2nd most). Giants RB Andre Brown ran for 113 yards and a touchdown. Panthers QB Cam Newton struggled throwing the ball, as Carolina lost its seventh straight game when playing the defending champion.
The Washington Nationals and the Cincinnati Reds became the first teams to reach 90 wins this season. For the Nats’, it was the first time they were able to achieve the honor first. For the Reds, the last time they won 90 games before anybody else was in 1976, when they became the only team to sweep the New York Yankees in the World Series.