As the baseball cracked off the bat of David Freese in the ninth inning in Game 6 of the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals fans held their collective breath while watching the trajectory of a ball that represented the last, flimsy hope of an unforgettable season. Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, with a World Series championship falling towards him, inexplicably misplayed the fly ball, and as it found the outfield grass for a game-tying triple, the country sat in awe as the Busch Stadium crowd threatened to shatter the eardrums of every Missouri resident.

The football team passed the halfway point of their season on Friday by extending their winning streak to a season-long 5-0 in a triumph over Wesleyan. While Amherst has traditionally dominated the matchup between these two squads, this year’s Wesleyan team possessed a potent offense featuring star freshman running back LeDarius Drew. Drew and the rest of the Cardinal squad came ready to spoil the day for the Jeffs but fell short due to an efficient offensive performance and stifling defensive effort from the home team.

The concept of a ‘trade’ in sports has always struck me as one of the most interesting parts of the industry, a phenomenon with no direct comparison in the real world.

As October hits Massachusetts in full force, the football team is beginning to catch its stride and look like a force in the NESCAC. After a pair of victories to open up the season, the Jeffs pushed their record to 4-0 in the last two weeks, triumphing over both Middlebury and Colby.

The football team opened its season with a gritty road performance at Bates, bringing home a win to right the ship after losing the last game of the 2010 season to Williams.

While Amherst has a recent history of dominating the Bobcats, this game was competitive from the outset.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Friday that the start of training camps would be postponed indefinitely and cancelled 43 preseason games scheduled for October due to the on-going struggles to reach a labor agreement between the Players’ Association and the owners.

The men’s tennis team continued to play through its fall schedule last weekend, traveling to Brown Univ. to play the second of a series of tournaments in preparation for the spring season. The nine players who took the trip struggled a bit as a whole against a field of Div. I programs, but there were a few bright spots as well.