Nick Bjugstad led the team with 24 scores and Brandon Pirri had 22 in one of the most statistically odd seasons in hockey history. "I have to", the 43-year-old said . To put the epic proportions of Florida's playoff drought into some perspective, consider that the Panthers have played in 16 postseason games since the start of 1997.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback Travis Howard (33) runs over Houston ... Quarterback Ryan Mallett threw for threw for 228 yards and a touchdown while running back Alfred Blue added another 139 yards on the ground. The Cleveland Browns are now 1-3 after Josh Lambo's late field goal earned the San Diego Chargers a 30-27 win at the Qualcomm Stadium. They came out and created two turnovers that led to 14 points and helped the Falcons build a 21-0 lead.
The Astros will start Dallas Keuchel in today's game. Joe Torre was in the building, playoff baseball was back in the Bronx after a two-year absence and Tanaka dialed up two strikeouts with his signature splitter in a quick first inning.
The Georgia Dome will host Appalachian State and Georgia State at 2:30 ET on Saturday. The Panthers are idle this weekend, but there is a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at nearby Charlotte Motor Speedway, possibly making the availability of hotel rooms in Charlotte an issue.
Last season, the Bucs did not face Panthers quarterback Cam Newton , but lost to backup Derek Anderson twice. Jonathan Stewart fumbled, but it caromed right to Ed Dickson, who carried it 57 yards for the TD. "So it's not like I got baited". Keeping Newton in the pocket and forcing him to throw the ball to receivers like Philly Brown and Ted Ginn Jr. will be a huge priority for the Bucs defense Sunday.
Although Bryant is the youngest of the group (23), the Giants' catcher Buster Posey and Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen are the elder statesmen of the top-10 at merely 28. 275 batting average, 26 home runs, and 99 RBI in 151 games played. Rounding out the top five is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (27) and 24-year-old Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout.