Clark’s Corner 9/24

Joe Clark, Sports Editor

I’m a day late on this one, so that means they’ll be three Clark’s Corners this week: Today (Sunday), Wednesday, and Friday. With that, let’s get started.


-Penn State RB Saquon Barkley (358 All-Purpose yards in a last-second win over Iowa) will be better than Ezekiel Elliott upon entering the NFL. Any team selecting in the top 5 that needs a RB should be all over him.

Aaron Hernandez having Stage 3 CTE after playing his last NFL game at age 23 and after just three NFL seasons is not a good look for the NFL and raises serious questions about the future of the sport.

Some takeaways from the early NFL games:

-The Steelers loss to the Bears is one that we all should of saw coming. Against sub-.500 teams on the road in the Mike Tomlin era, the Steelers have been horrifically bad, going 5-13 in said games over their last 18. The Steelers will still make the playoffs and probably at least make the AFC Championship game again, but these losses matter when it comes time for playoff seeding-this loss could be the difference between playing on Wild Card weekend or sitting at home.

-The Patriots were able to pull one off against the Texans despite horrible play defensively. Once they get Donta’ Hightower back, the Patriots will go back to consistently beating teams. Still, they aren’t the 19-0 super team everyone thought they would be heading into the season, although they’re as strong a Super Bowl choice as anyone at this point.

-The Ravens looked absolutely atrocious in a 44-7 blowout loss to the Jaguars. When a team that starts Blake Bortles at QB puts up 44 points on you, it’s not a good sign, although not as bad as when your starting QB throws for a whopping 28 yards and two picks. Needless to say, Joe Flacco is not an elite QB.

-The Buccaneers looked bad against the Case Keenum-led Vikings. A trendy pick coming into this season, the Bucs performance does not bode well for their playoff hopes playing in a crowded NFC South. Meanwhile, if Sam Bradford comes back soon the Vikings could sneak up on the Packers and potentially win the NFC North.

-Back to baseball now: The Arizona Diamondbacks (89-66) have clinched a Wild Card berth in the NL. Manager Torey Lovullo and GM Mike Hazen both came over from the Red Sox this offseason (along with a lot of other front office personnel). If the D’Backs ($118,648,775 payroll) go further this postseason than the Red Sox ($222,102,008 payroll), there will be questions on whether or not the BoSox made the right decision to keep John Farrell and let Lovullo leave.


We’ll be back on Wednesday with more.