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NFL Week 1 freak out fans

NFL fans will overreact to Week 1. Matt Starkey Chiefs website

Another opening week of NFL football is in the books. Joy and hope abounds, but so does misery and despair. There are a wide variety of emotions across league fan bases. As loyal readers of this column, you guys are aware of my affinity for writing about fan bases and their crazy ways. NFL week one freak out fans is perhaps the funniest bunch. So here for your reading pleasure are a few examples of week one freak out fans:

“We’re going to win the Super Bowl!”

This fan sees the result of the first game of the year and believes his/her team is going to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end. The most extreme positive overreaction a fan can possibly have is thinking it’s possible. Typically, this fan is the one whose team had reasonably low expectations, but came out guns blazing and most likely beat a team everyone thought they should lose to. Or perhaps they blew out a similar team in spectacular fashion. Either way, there’s no need for this type of sentiment this early given meager expectations. Their conviction is only matched by the stupidity of their takes.

“I think we’ve got a shot.”

Very non-committal optimism describes this base. They tend to waffle on their good fortune after one game, even though they find it hard to hide. This one game is enough to confuse their true feelings for the rest of the season. I can almost guarantee these fans have long-term relationship problems due to commitment issues, but I can’t 100% confirm…well, kind of.

“I don’t think we’re going to the playoffs.”

Pessimism tends to settle in when teams underperform. If this fan’s team barely beats or losses to a team deemed inferior, despite reasonably good expectations to start the season, they will nose dive quicker than the first ducks during hunting season’s opening day. They’ll go all negative on you. From “we’re going to win our division”, to “I don’t think we have what it takes to make playoffs or go far if we do.” These fans tend to blow in the winds of change and up & down like the stock market.

“Who are the top prospects in the 2019 draft?”

Some fan’s expectations are so fragile and weak that one loss has them looking forward to the upcoming draft. Their team didn’t have high hopes to start with. It usually begins the season before. They miss the playoffs, pick in the top third of the draft, and have little to no hope of improving their chances due to roster deficiencies that require more than one good offseason to correct. Best way to describe them: if Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh was an NFL fan base, this would be the category he’d fall in.

If you fall into one of these four categories, I suggest you seek help. Call the hotline for ridiculous sports fans ASAP. If you do not fall into one of these categories, congratulations, but you’re lying to yourselves. Most fans fall into one of these categories after the first game of the NFL season. Remember, “fan” is short for “fanatic.” We all have a little crazy in us. Don’t be ashamed…unless you’re Super Bowl fan after one game. You guys can all swim in the Galveston waters with raw meat bathing suits.

 

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Houston loses to end the road trip

Dodgers get best of Odorizzi to split series with Astros

Jake Odorizzi allowed four home runs over three innings against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images.

After spoiling the night of many Dodgers fans in the opener of this two-game series in Los Angeles the night prior, the Astros returned to the stadium to a fresh set of hostile fans, looking to get the mini-sweep. This one went much more in favor of the home team, though, as the Dodgers would ride three big innings to start the game to the win for the series split.

Final Score: Dodgers 7, Astros 5

Astros' Record: 65-43, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Max Scherzer (9-4)

Losing Pitcher: Jake Odorizzi (4-6)

Odorizzi gets shelled

After a Michael Brantley solo home in the top of the first run against Max Scherzer, making his Dodger debut, it looked like the Astros may continue their momentum from the night before to grab hold of this game as well. However, that all changed in the bottom of the inning, as the Dodgers would tee off against Jake Odorizzi.

In that inning, he allowed four runs, a leadoff solo shot by Mookie Betts, then later a three-run blast by Will Smith. Betts made it 2-for-2 with solo homers in the bottom of the second, extending the lead to 5-1. Things went from bad to worse in the third, with Los Angeles getting their fourth home run, this one for two runs to make it a 7-1 game. Odorizzi would finish the third but go no further.

Scherzer K's 10 over seven innings in his Dodger debut

Houston tried to start clawing back into it in the top of the fourth, getting a second run against Scherzer with a two-out RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, trimming the lead to five runs at 5-2. First out of Houston's bullpen was Yimi Garcia in the bottom of the fourth, and he tossed the first 1-2-3 inning for Houston. Rafael Montero was next in the bottom of the fifth, working around a leadoff double followed by a walk for a scoreless inning.

Montero remained in the game in the bottom of the sixth, still 7-2, and would get another scoreless inning, this time sitting down the Dodgers in order. Scherzer finished his quality debut for his new team in the top of the seventh, erasing a leadoff walk to complete seven innings while allowing two runs.

Astros lose to split the series with Dodgers

Brooks Raley was Houston's next reliever, and he, too, would get through a scoreless inning by erasing a two-out single. In the game-within-the-game, the Dodgers brought in Joe Kelly for the top of the eighth, who notched two strikeouts to bring none other than Carlos Correa to the plate, setting up a rematch of the well-known incident that led to the "pouty face" clip from 2020. Carlos Correa won this round, launching a 405-foot homer off of Kelly to make it a four-run game at 7-3.

Phil Maton kept the score there, stranding two runners in the bottom of the eighth to send the 7-3 game to the top of the ninth, where the Dodgers would bring in Kenley Jansen. After a leadoff single, Kyle Tucker would get the Astros within two runs on a two-run homer, making it 7-5. That's as close as they would get, as Jansen would regroup to get the next three batters out to wrap up the loss for Houston.

Up Next: With this road trip completed, the Astros will have a quick turnaround as they catch a late flight back to Houston then turn around with a game Thursday at 7:10 PM Central to open a four-game series with the Twins. Framber Valdez (7-2, 3.01 ERA) will take the mound for Houston in the opener, while Minnesota will counter with Griffin Jax (1-1, 6.41 ERA).

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