9.21.15: Goodbye Summer

Welcome to fall, Team SQ! We’re loving the second week of NFL football, including Cam Newton’s performance this past weekend. Check it out:

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

It’s been quite the start to the NFL season and week 2 lived up to what we’ve seen thus far. Tom Brady threw for 466 yards  as the New England Patriots defeated the Buffalo Bills, and Cam Newton led his Carolina Panthers to a win over the the Houston Texans. In other quarterback news, Jay Cutler left the game hurt as his Chicago Bears lost to the Arizona Cardinals, and both Jameis Winston and Johnny Manziel picked up their first wins (as starters) when Tampa Bay Bucs beat the New Orleans Saints and the Cleveland Browns beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday afternoon. And on Sunday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks lost again. This time to the Green Bay Packers, which means they are now 0-2 to start a long season.

In all things injuries, the Dallas Cowboys may have been NFC East rival the Philadelphia Eagles, but they lost Tony Romo to a broken clavicle bone that will keep him out for about 8 weeks.

Monday Night Football features the New York Jets versus the Indianapolis Colts at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

Let’s talk about week 3 in college football. Noteworthy results include: #6 Notre Dame topped #20 Georgia Tech, #21 Stanford defeated #19 USC, #3 Ole Miss upset #15 Alabama (‘Bama was higher ranked at the time)  and #17 Northwestern defeated Duke.

It’s still a little early to start predicting the college football playoffs, but thus far #1 Ohio State is still looking like its eye is on the prize — a repeat title — even though they had a slightly closer than expected win over Northern Illinois.

In terms of rankings, the Big Ten is looking as strong as ever. Ohio State and Michigan State are your top 2 ranked teams followed by Mississippi, TCU and Baylor.

Next week’s big games to watch include:

  • #3 TCU vs. Texas Tech – Saturday at 4:30pm on FOX
  • Vanderbilt vs. #3 Ole Miss – Saturday at 7pm on ESPNU
  • #9 UCLA vs. #16 Arizona – Saturday at 8pm on ABC

MLB

Sunday Night Baseball featured a match-up of the New York squads: Mets and Yankees. The Yankees are dominated by older talent while the Mets feature rising stars, but nonetheless the Yankees won the series Sunday night… although the fight to be Kings of New York continues.

The first place Toronto Blue Jays suffered a pretty big loss against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday after a 5-run comeback in the 9th, decreasing their lead as top of the AL East. The race for October heats up!

In other news, the St. Louis Cardinals are the first Major League team to lock up a spot in the playoffs after a number of other teams lost over the weekend.

Soccer

On Saturday in the Premier League, Chelsea won their second league game of the season, 2-0 against Arsenal. In a surprise move, Chelsea started defender Kurt Zouma instead of captain John Terry. The decision paid off, as Zouma scored the game-winning goal. In a massive upset, West Ham United  beat Manchester City 2-1. On Sunday, nineteen year old Anthony Martial scored his third goal in two games for Manchester United to secure a 3-2 win over Southampton. Norwich City finished with a 1-1 draw against Liverpool, as well.

In La Liga this weekend, Real Madrid continued their streak with a 1-0 win against Granada – Real has yet to concede a goal this season. Additionally, Lionel Messi scored two goals for Barcelona to cement their 4-1 win against Levante.

Other

Congrats to Spain — the winners of this year’s European basketball championship! Team Spain won the title after defeating Lithuania on Sunday.

Jason Day won the BMW Championship today in Lake Forest, Illinois. He has now moved past both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth to #1  in the world rankings.

In women’s golf, the United States won back the Solheim Cup this weekend, after losing two years in a row. The team overcame a huge deficit, and staged the biggest comeback in cup history.

JUST FOR FUN

Runaway Love
Chicago Bears fan runs away with the football 

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Are you ready for this?
NHL training camps have begun
We’re preparing ourselves by thinking back to last year, and thinking ahead to the upcoming season

In the books
August 2015’s best selling sports books
Sports aren’t all about stats and scores – there’s a lot to be said for the stories

Bling on the court
The NBA is investing in wearable devices
They’re investing in studies to create tech that monitors movement and health to keep players safer

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