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Steve Spurrier loves the taste of his headset. Oh, and he likes winning too.
After a trip to South Carolina this weekend, Nick Saban may have to take a rain check on this season's BCS Gatorade bath. Alabama's 19-game win streak came to an end as the Gamecocks defeated the Crimson Tide 35-21 on Saturday. It was the first time since 2000 that an AP No. 1 lost by 14 or more points in the regular season. But don't feel too bad Bama fans, you're not the only undefeated team to lose this weekend. Michigan, Arizona, Kansas State and Northwestern also took their first losses of the season. As for the Tide, they dropped to No. 8 in yesterday's AP Poll while Ohio State took over the No. 1 spot.
Moving on to baseball, the Yanks beat the Twins 6-1 on Saturday, sweeping Minnesota in the ALDS for the second straight year. This was New York's 13th postseason sweep, the most all-time. The Twins have now lost 12 straight postseason games, including nine in a row to New York. Too bad for Joe Mauer, his sideburns deserved way more screen time.
Meanwhile, New York's ALCS opponent has yet to be named. The Rays, losers of two straight at home, went into Arlington and won Game 3 and Game 4. Game 5 is slotted for Tuesday with Cliff Lee and David Price set to take the mound.
In the National League, the Giants rebounded from an extra-innings loss on Friday to defeat the Braves 3-2 in Game 3 on Sunday. San Francisco leads the series 2-1 with Game 4 scheduled for 8:37 (ET) tonight. We recommend setting your DVR to tape the game. It could be Bobby Cox's last game as the Braves manager and he may have one last ejection in store for us. The eventual winner of the Giants-Braves series will play the Phils, who completed their sweep of the Reds Sunday with a 2-0 win behind nine shutout innings from Cole Hamels. This is Philadelphia's third straight trip to the NLCS.
And in the NFL, it was a week of unlikely winners. The Bucs defeated the Bengals in Cincy, Tennessee gave Dallas their first loss off a bye week in six years, the Raiders beat the Chargers for the first time since 2003, New Orleans lost their second game of the season, which didn't happen until Week 16 last year and the Giants went into Houston and clobbered the Texans 34-10. Oh, and the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL's last unbeaten team, lost to the Colts 19-9. It's the first time since 1970 the NFL will not have a 4-0 team.