If the team beats Ireland on Saturday in Dublin in the Six Nations, it will set a record of 19 straight wins for a top-ranked side. That will be one better than New Zealand, which won the most recent World Cup in 2015 during a record-breaking 18-match winning run.
And so the madness of March revs up all over again — a tournament loaded with great teams, players and marquee matchups.
“I think you could tell by my reaction how relieved I was,” Duchene said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever scored a goal that felt better than that one.”
Desmond was injured Sunday when he was hit by a pitch from Cincinnati righty Rookie Davis. The surgery will be Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona, where the Rockies have their spring training camp.
“When the lights have been brightest, we’ve been in a rhythm lately where we just love it, embrace it and deliver in it,” coach Mike Brey said. “I think it’s gotten to be a little bit of the tradition of the program where it’s handed down to the younger guys and they’re dragged along by the older guys that have been part of it. I really see that with our upperclassmen now. It’s kind of what we do. We deliver when the lights are brightest.”
“I definitely think I am a more mentally strong fighter and I’m better all around,” Jacobs says. “He’s not cancer, not a life-threatening situation. This is a man coming to inflict pain on you.
“We needed that man,” said Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who gave Barton a pregame pep talk. “Will Barton is a very important piece of our team and we all know that. Since the break, he hasn’t found his groove and tonight to see him shoot the ball as well as he did and to be the playmaker he was, it was fantastic.”
“To get that many shutouts with one team is a pretty cool achievement,” Smith said. “I’ve played with a lot of different teammates through my time in Arizona, a lot of special people that will be friends for a long time that deserve a lot of credit with this, too. You can’t get shutouts alone.”
“DeMarcus, you are the epitome of what an NFL player should be,” Elway tweeted. “Congrats on your Hall of Fame career & thank you for becoming a Bronco!”