T.G.I.M.! #176

Looking at the top action this past weekend while setting you up for the week ahead.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

With the NBA in full swing, the variety of top flight sports is running at full steam ahead. Whether you are a fan of college football, the NFL or the NBA, nearly every night this week has something for you to sink your attention into. This is truly the best month in sports and one that we should all be thankful for.

Looking Back

Notre Dame Survives, Remains Undefeated

It wasn't pretty and it won't turn any heads, but the #3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish improved to 9-0 with their 29-26 win over unranked Pittsburgh Saturday. The Irish needed 14 fourth quarter points to tie up the game and send it into extra play before they used a sizzling defense, and three overtimes to ensure they remained perfect.

"We overcame a lot tonight. We overcame some uncharacteristic mistakes," Irish coach Brian Kelly said. "Last year that would have been a loss. But our team kept fighting, kept playing."


Steelers Overcome Questionable Calls To Beat Giants

There are calls that not everyone agrees with in every football game. But in the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Giants game on Sunday, it was obvious that the refs had some hometown bias going on.

With two questionable calls in the second quarter: a helmet-to-helmet hit that clearly wasn't and a Giants fumble return for a TD that so obviously was a botched forward pass, officiating almost decided a game in a way not seen since the replacements at the beginning of the season.

Fortunately madness didn't prevail and the Steelers responded with 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to win 24-20.


Andrew Luck Breaks Rookie Record

Nobody usually expects a lot out of rookies in their first year but Indianapolis is getting huge dividends from their first round pick, Andrew Luck. Luck has led the Colts to a 5-3 record and is breaking records and turning heads along the way. The latest record to fall happened this Sunday in the Colts 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins. Luck passed for 433 yards, breaking the single game passing yard rookie record of 431 set in week 4 by Miami's Ryan Tannehill.

"The kid, he continues to amaze," Colts receiver Reggie Wayne said of Luck after catching seven passes for 78 yards. "Hopefully I can help, you know, add on to his legacy that he's about to build."


Looking Ahead

(NBA) San Antonio at LA Clippers Wednesday 10:30 pm ESPN

It's youth versus experience as these two Western Conference powerhouses collide. With the Spurs and the Clippers both expected to be in the playoff hunt, this could be a very early look at a potential postseason matchup.


(NFL) Indianapolis at Jacksonville Thursday 8:20 pm NFL Network

Rookie sensation Andrew Luck continues to lead the Colts in the pursuit of a playoff bid. Sitting at 5-3, a win over the Jaguars could be crucial to their chances.


(NCAAFB) No. 11 Oregon State at No 14 Stanford 3 pm FOX

Fans of defense need not tune in as two of college footballs premiere offenses go to work on Saturday afternoon. Both Stanford and Oregon State know how to put the points up, so expect the action to be as intense as you will see this year.


(NFL) Houston at Chicago, Sunday 8:20 pm NBC

The two hottest teams in the NFL collide on a prime-time matchup for the ages. Whoever proves victorious will send a clear message to the rest of the league that they better watch out.

James LeBeau is a sports contributor for CraveOnline Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JleBeau76 or subscribe on Facebook.com/CraveOnlineSports.