Cigar Guy Identified, Brett Favre, MLB Playoffs, and Sunday's Top News
From the identification of Tiger Woods' "Cigar Guy" to updated news regarding Brett Favre's textual times to MLB Playoff news and more, this Sunday has been full of surprises.
What surprises, exactly?
Let's begin breaking down today's top non-football sports stories, beginning with the ever-entertaining news surrounding Woods' "Cigar Guy" being identified...
According to KGW staff writer Michael Rollins, the 2010 Portland Marathon results have officially been released.
Kami Semick took home the women's title while Eric Griffiths won the men's title in Sunday's race, according to the report.
Semick had a time of 2:52:02 and Griffiths finished in 2:28:42.
In addition, Craig Blanchette took home the wheelchair winner honors, finishing the race in 1:36:24.
Half marathon winners were Hiroshi Igarashi (1:21:40) and Varinka Barbini (1:26:22).
Game 3 of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and the San Francisco Giants is now officially in the books.
And the Giants have come out victorious after Sunday evening's showdown in Atlanta, with San Francisco rallying late and holding on for a wild 3-2 win over the Braves.
With the victory, the Giants take a 2-1 series lead after Brian Wilson notched a postseason save after preserving the team's one-run lead.
Game 4 is slated for 8:30 p.m. EST at Atlanta.
Samuel Wanjiru won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, and the Portland Marathon results are expected to be released soon.
The Portland Marathon, highly regarded as one of the top racing events in the nation, began this morning with roughly 9,000 participants on the 21-turns course.
The first Portland Marathon began in 1971; stay tuned for the 2010 results from Portland...
Mike Fontenot's triple, resulting in the lone run this far in the NLDS Game 3 between Atlanta and San Francisco, with the Giants holding onto a slim 1-0 lead over the Braves.
The game is currently in the middle of the seventh inning, with San Francisco starter Jonathan Sanchez pitching a one-hitter through six innings.
Derrek Lee, Brian McCann, and Matt Diaz are due up for the Braves in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Shane Hmiel remains in critical condition following a terrifying crash at the Terre Haute Action Track on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old race car driver was airlifted to Indianapolis after his crash in qualifying, according to numerous reports.
According to the reports, Hmiel suffered numerous head, neck, and back injuries—being placed in a medically induced coma to reduce brain swelling.
The driver has had a controversial past in NASCAR, as Hmiel was banned in 2006 for failing three drug tests.
Stay tuned for the latest news and updates on Hmiel and his road to recovery.
Jermichael Finley had to be taken off the gridiron on a cart on Sunday afternoon with an apparent knee injury.
The Green Bay tight end injured his knee on the second play of the game while attempting to make a tackle.
Finley was taken off the field for further evaluation, and further results will be posted when the news becomes available.
The Women's Chicago Marathon official results have been released, with Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova winning her second straight victory on Sunday afternoon.
Shobukhova won the event by dominating her opponents, finishing the race in 2 hours, 20 minutes, and 25 seconds.
Ethopian Astede Baysa took home second place, finishing 3:15 behind Shobukhova, while fellow Russian Maria Konovalova won third place.
Unfortunately, things are not looking too golden for NFL legend Brett Favre.
From Minnesota's poor start to injury issues to controversial text message and more with sideline sports reporter Jenn Sterger, Favre's life has literally been flipped upside down.
Sadly, it appears as though Favre and Tiger Woods may be sharing a common thread in terms of morals, values, honesty, and integrity.
For Favre, Woods, and many more around the globe, those four ideals have been completely tossed out the window.
In terms of on the field issues and Favre, the Vikings QB has an elbow injury that may limit or prevent him from playing in the Monday Night Football matchup against the New York Jets.
As far as the textual conversations between Favre and Sterger, this latest controversy is everywhere—on the radio, TV, internet, and cell phones.
And Favre's 41st birthday is surrounded by inappropriate behavior rather than how Minnesota can bounce back from an awful start to the season.
In addition, the NFL is speeding up it's process on investigating the matter—although numerous news services are saying there is no timetable for when it might conclude.
It has also been recently revealed that Favre may have exchanged inappropriate messages with two other female massage therapists that worked for the Jets while he was New York's play-caller in 2008.
When will it end?
Heading into week 7 of the college football season, the Big 12 Conference is well represented in this week's Coaches Poll top 10.
No. 4 Nebraska and No. 6 Oklahoma are both battling for BCS position, with the much-anticipated polls set to be released on Oct. 17.
Glancing at the latest Coaches Poll, the Cornhuskers have 1,272 points while the Sooners have 1,193 points.
Both schools are on the verge of those coveted top two spots—and with plenty of football remaining in the 2010 season, Nebraska and Oklahoma are both within striking distance of the BCS Championship Game.
Honestly, how in the world is Alabama still ranked ahead of LSU?
Granted, Bama was No. 1 in the nation until they lost to Steve Spurrier and the South Carlina Gamecocks this past weekend, but a loss is a loss.
And with LSU sitting pretty and undefeated, it's baffling that the Crimson Tide are still ranked above the Tigers.
In the Coaches Poll, Alabama is currently No. 8 (1,029 points) while LSU is No. 9 (1,021 points).
After Alabama's stunning loss this past weekend, things have definitely been shuffled up in college football.
And with the BCS Rankings just a week away from being released, let's take a closer look at on-the-brink teams such as Boise State and TCU.
Both the Broncos and Horned Frogs remain undefeated, and when looking at the Coaches Poll (the only way to really judge things prior to next week's BCS Rankings release), both teams could easily find themselves in the fight for a top 2 spot.
Currently, Boise State is No. 3 in the Coaches Poll (1,335 points) and TCU is No. 5 (1,213 points).
Although the official BCS Rankings are still a week away from being released, teams such as Ohio State and Oregon are looking solid heading into week 7.
Looking at the Coaches Poll, the Buckeyes (1,455), Ducks (1,388), and Boise State Broncos (1,335) are leading the rankings with over 1,300 points.
No. 5 TCU (1,213) and No. 4 Nebraska (1,272) are right on the trio's heels, and in just seven days the official results will be released.
Thus far, though, count on teams like Ohio State and Oregon to be leaders of the pack on Oct. 17.
The San Francisco Giants are aiming to rebound from a crushing Game 2 loss, and thus far they are looking to take a series lead.
At the midway mark of the second inning, San Francisco has taken a 1-0 lead.
The Giants, coming off a heart-breaking 5-4 extra inning loss to the Braves on Saturday in San Francisco, are trying to rebound this afternoon in Atlanta.
Saturday's loss still stings for San Francisco.
From the inning ending double play in the 10th inning to the crushing home run by Braves outfielder Rick Ankiel in the 11th inning—a solo shot that landed in the cover, the first since Barry Bonds blasted a splash hit in 2002—the Giants are aiming for a major victory today.
“Let it go,” San Francisco's Aubrey Huff told Bay Area Baseball Examiner reporter Claire Reclosado following Saturday's loss. “It’s 1-1. We’re not 0-2. They got some good pitching over there, we’re going definitely have to do a better job hitting.”
The Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays will be playing a winner-take-all Game 5.
Evan Longoria and his Rays teammates blasted their way to another wild road win, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon to force a fifth and deciding game.
The Rays, on the brink of elimination heading to Texas this weekend, have picked up back-to-back victories over the stunned Rangers as Tampa Bay aims to come back and win the series after falling behind 2-0.
Longoria led the way in Game 4 with a home run and two doubles, helping to propel Tampa Bay to a remarkable victory over Texas.
Game 5 is slated for Tuesday in Tampa Bay, with Rangers ace southpaw Cliff Lee battling Rays righty David Price.
According to Yahoo Sports, Tiger Woods' Cigar Guy identity has been revealed.
The report claims that the London Daily Mail did the investigative work, discovering that the Cigar Guy is Ruprsh Shingadia—a 30-year-old investment analyst whole lives at home with his parents in London.
"I wanted to do something to show my support for the European team, and I thought of Miguel [Angel Jimenez]," Shingadia told the Daily Mail. "These days sportsmen have become devoid of character. But Miguel does his own thing and I love the way he walks around the course with a cigar clamped between his teeth."
So no, Shingadia wasn't doing this for media attention—regardless of the TV cameras now following him intently.
"My friends were keen to get me together with Miguel," Shingadia said. "I was quite close to him at the 13th. I like to think there was a flicker of a smile when he looked in my direction. His caddie was certainly laughing."