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Rant and Rise: San Francisco Giants Take 2-0 Lead, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Win, Mariano Rivera May Retire

Here’s the latest edition of Rant and Rise for October 26, 2012:

San Francisco Giants Take 2-0 Lead Over Detroit Tigers

The Tigers entered Game 2 of the 2012 World Series facing a must-win against the Giants as they looked to avoid an 0-2 deficit heading back to Detroit. Unfortunately, the Tigers just couldn’t seem to get anything going on offense as they recorded just two hits and fell 2-0 to the Giants on Thursday.

Madison Bumgarner displayed one of his best performances of the season by pitching seven innings and allowing just two hits–which is impressive considering he was 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA over his first two postseason starts.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Top Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2012 season thanks to a steller defense and Adrian Peterson bouncing back from a torn ACL suffered last December, but they received their first home loss of the season on Thursday after falling to the Buccaneers 36-17. Doug Martin led the way for Tampa Bay with 214 yards from the line of scrimmage to go along with two touchdowns.

With the way Martin and Josh Freeman have been playing over the last couple of weeks–it’s not too early to count the Buccaneers out of contention yet for at least a Wild Card spot in the NFC.

Mariano Rivera Considers Retirement 

The New York Yankees may have one of the most interesting offseasons of any MLB team considering how many roster changes they may go through, but it looks like they may have to adjust to life without Rivera now that he’s considering retirement before the 2013 season. There’s no question Rivera will go down as the greatest closer of all time when he does decide to call it a career, but it would be a shame to see him go down like this after suffering a torn ACL last May that forced him to miss most of the 2012 season.

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