Edition 9.8.14

There are many reasons to love September, especially when you can fall into fall with endless sporting events. We’ve got lots to talk about this week (can you say FOOTBALL and tennis and hoops, oh my?) but why not start it out with some baseball?? Check out our favorite rising star, Mo’Ne Davis, who threw out some of her signature pitches to Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

US Open

Serena Williams is nothing short of amazing. The #1 tennis player in the world defeated #10 Caroline Wozniacki in the US Open Final in 2 dominating straight sets to win her 18th Grand Slam. After the win, Serena honored her good friend Wozniacki and spoke about how the best is yet to come. This victory means she is now tied with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and is well on her way to amplifying her own status as a tennis legend. When discussing what this win means for her, she stated: “It means a lot to me, who could ever imagine I’d be mentioned with Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova? I was just a kid from Compton with a dream and a racket.”  Okay, so Serena is more than just amazing… she’s an inspiration.

The US Open Finals on the men’s side may not feature the usual suspects, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be excited. On Monday night at 5pm, #11 Kei Nishikori (who upset #1 Novak Djokovic) will face off against #16 Marin Cilic (who upset #3 Roger Federer) in the championship match. Of note, Nishikori could make history for Japan, as the he is the first Asian man to compete in a Grand Slam final.

Double(s) or nothing. That’s right, the #1 Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, did their thing and won their 100th tournament title with their record 5th US Open Championship victory. That’s pretty awesome.

NFL

Remember the Super Bowl, when the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in a rout of all routs? Well, both teams are back in action and have looked rather awesome in their respective debuts. On Thursday night, Seattle and the legion of boom dominated the Green Bay Packers to kick off Thursday Night Football. And on Sunday night, the Broncos looked like they brushed last season’s tough loss off their football padded shoulders in a strong performance against the Indianapolis Colts. Oh and by the way, with this win, Peyton Manning has now beaten all 32 teams in the league. Anyhow, it’s too early to say that these two will be back in the Super Bowl, but if they keep up their strong play, a rematch wouldn’t exactly be a surprise.

Let’s move on to your injury report following the first weekend. Quarterback Cam Newton continues to recover from a rib injury and sat out against Tampa Bay as his Carolina Panthers defeated the Bucs. And, Houston Texans star rookie Jadeveon Clowney had to leave his team’s game against Washington early with a knee injury that is feared to be a torn meniscus. The Texans would go on to win the game but might lose Clowney for 4-6 weeks if he needs surgery. Finally, it was a tough week for the Kansas City Chiefs, who not only lost to the Tennessee Titans but also lost Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito to achilles tears during the game.

We don’t know about you, but we certainly enjoyed the opening week of NFL play. Colin Kaepernick, Vernon Davis and the San Francisco 49ers put on a show against Tony Romo, his three interceptions, and the Dallas Cowboys. The Atlanta Falcons rallied in overtime to defeat the New Orleans Saints in a wild game that included a team record 448 yards from Matty Ice. The Pittsburgh Steelers won with a game-winning field goal over the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles stormed back from down 17 after a rocky start in a comeback win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the New England Patriots started their season with a surprising loss to the Miami Dolphins.

What else, what else!?! Well, week 1 isn’t over just yet… tomorrow night the New York Giants kick off their season against the Detroit Lions in the early game while the San Diego Chargers take on the Arizona Cardinals in the late MNF match-up. And then we get to do it all over again next week for week 2. Yay football!

Oh, and one more thing. You may or may not have heard about this whole fantasy football thing. Now, we know we didn’t give you a primer on how to prep for it, but we still want to talk about why it’s so fun. So stayed tuned because we’re going to have a few things coming out on why it brings the awesome.

College Football

Quack Quack Quack… wow, Oregon, wow. In an exciting second week of college football, #3 Oregon (now number #2 in the latest poll) rallied from behind and scored the last 28 points to pull away with a dominating victory over #7 Michigan StateTo recap, they were down 27-18 in the third and managed to score 4 unanswered touchdowns in a row. We repeat… wow, Oregon, wow.

What else happened in college football? Let’s see, unranked Virginia Tech beat #8 Ohio State on the road in an a upset, #16 Notre Dame beat Michigan in a surprising 31-0 shutout at home, #2 Alabama crushed Florida Atlantic 41-0,  and #1 Florida State cruised past The Citadel to their 18th straight win.

Finally, in all things in state rivalries, #14 USC topped #13 Stanford with a late game-winning field goal and pulled away with a 13-10 win. Also, during that game USC AD Pat Haden had a bizzare interaction with the refs over a unsportsmanlike penalty call.

So, what exactly did we learn? Well, it’s still early but there are definitely some contenders to watch. Just another weekend in college football…we’ll be back for more next week!

Baseball

Talk about a good night for Albert Pujols. The LA Angels star had quite the evening in a big win over the Minnesota Twins. Not only did he help his team win 8-5, he did so in grand fashion and notched a couple more career milestones with his career 2,500th hit, his 25th home run of the season and his 1,500 career run. Not bad, not bad at all.

How do you say goodbye to one of the best in the game? The New York Yankees honored captain Derek Jeter Sunday afternoon with a retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium. Jeter has been a transcendent star for the Yankees and one of the best of all-time in Major League Baseball. His legacy will live on. So how do you say goodbye? You really can’t, but let’s all tip our hats and try. Thank you Jeter.

It was a rough week for the Texas Rangers. Longtime manager Ron Washington resigned from the team and the Rangers announced that star pitcher Yu Darvish wouldn’t be returning to the lineup this season. It’s a decision that makes sense for the team since they’re not going to make the playoffs, and pushing a pitcher to come back from an elbow injury too quickly is not worth the risk.

Basketball

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson will sell his majority share of the team. The decision was announced on Sunday after the discovery of a racist e-mail Levenson sent two years ago. He self-reported it to the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver, who spoke about the NBA’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies in a statement.

Speaking of Adam Silver, the Commissioner talked about the role of sports betting in our society at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit this past Thursday. Calling it “inevitable” that sports gambling will become legal, he suggested that the NBA might be open to modifying their policy going forward.

In other hoops news, Team USA continues to play well in Spain at the FIBA World Cup. After easily defeating Mexico, the Americans will move onto the quarterfinals where they will face Slovenia this week.

Finally, the WNBA Finals tipped off on Sunday as the Phoenix Mercury beat the Chicago Sky 83-62 in game 1 on Pheonix’s home court. Game 2 takes place this Tuesday and features some of the best in the game including two of the game’s youngest and brightest rising stars in Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne.

Other

And the top seed in NASCAR’s Chase event next Sunday goes to… Brad Keselowski! The driver led all but 17 of the 400 laps in Saturday’s race to secure the top spot heading into the Sprint Cup Series Championship. It’s his 4th win of the season.

Legendary Connecticut women’s basketball Coach Geno Auriemma called Mo’Ne Davis to congratulate her for her play in the Little League World Series. Nice gesture, right? We thought so… but the NCAA didn’t necessarily agree. They viewed it as a secondary recruiting violation.

We never talk about the MLS, and we really do like soccer, so let’s give them some love. Check out this awesome goal from Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls against Sporting KC.

JUST FOR FUN

Homecoming
Watch Cavs fans recite LeBron’s homecoming essay

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Let the rain fall
Did it rain on you during the US Open?
A history of the notorious wet weather that attendees seem to always experience

Way above average
Check out Tommy Morrissey
It’s pretty cool that he’s a golf rockstar at the age of three — but then we found out that he only has one arm. Go, Tommy, go!

 

SPORTS FOR SOCIAL GOOD

Turning the frown upside-down
Bringing gender equality to Taiwan
After she encountered difficulties as a basketball player, Yu-Tsien Tseng is now on a mission to break down the barriers that exist for female athletes across Eastern Asia

Think pink
In remembrance of those who are fighting breast cancer
Carolina Panthers’ running back DeAngelo Williams is the champion who convinced the NFL to let players wear pink for breast cancer awareness month

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s