The Angels formally introduced Ohtani on Saturday, one day after the franchise won the baseball-wide competition for his services. A lively crowd in front of Angel Stadium cheered when Ohtani donned a red No. 17 jersey and hat on stage with team owner Arte Moreno, manager Mike Scioscia and Eppler.
Ohtani doesn’t speak much English, but he stepped to the podium and addressed the fans confidently: “Hi. My name is Shohei Ohtani.”
OK, we succeeded in motivating the Broncos by assuming they would lose at home to the Jets, and they responded with a shutout. Now they can dig themselves further out of the hole to possibly give Vance Joseph a chance at not being one and done. Indy is running on empty trying to save Chuck Pagano. Denver proved it still has a ton of defensive talent when the offense isn’t getting in the way. The basic game plan will work just fine here against a more limited team on both sides of the ball.
After last week’s game in Seattle, the Eagles stayed on the West Coast and practiced this week at Angel Stadium in Anaheim ahead of Sunday’s game against the Rams. “The Big A” was home to the Rams from 1980-94 before the franchise relocated to St. Louis.
Last year’s NFL rushing champ will be out another four weeks and, by the time he returns, the Cowboys could be out of the playoff hunt altogether.
A win Thursday (12:30 p.m., Fox) by the Lions (6-4) over the NFC North-leading Vikings (8-2) would give Detroit a season sweep of Minnesota and open the door for a division title. A loss would all but seal the division for the Vikings and relegate Detroit to wild-card contention. The two teams currently holding the NFC wild-card spots are the Falcons (6-4) and Panthers (7-3), who both beat the Lions earlier this season.