Revenge was served with Duck this weekend, while the NFL showed us that sometimes #2 is greater than #1. A US Open final match featured a #1 player, but unfortunately that wasn’t Serena making Grand Slam history.
A lot of teams had big nights on Saturday. How’d they feel when they woke up on Sunday?
Had a blast, slept 8 hours, feeling great
Michigan St. cements contender status
The Spartans avenged last year’s loss to Oregon with a 31-28 home win and may break into the nation’s elite this season. They are likely to beat Michigan for the seventh time in eight years in October, leaving a Nov. 21 battle with Ohio State as a de facto play-in game for the College Football Playoff.
Oklahoma pulls off incredible comeback, talks smack
The Sooners trailed 17-0 but fought back to claim a dramatic 31-24, double-overtime victory at Tennessee. The drama continued post-game, as Oklahoma players taunted the SEC crowd. Meanwhile, Tennessee is now 1-28 in its last 29 games vs. ranked opponents.
Woke up with a splitting headache
Auburn squeaks by in a tune-up game
Yes, technically the Tigers won 27-20. But it took a late-game comeback to force overtime… against FCS opponent Jacksonville State… and Auburn was favored by 40 in the game. This would have been the biggest upset in college football history, and Auburn fans have to be very worried about QB Jeremy Johnson’s struggles with a road game vs. LSU this weekend.
Arkansas suffers bad home loss
Auburn thought about losing at home; Arkansas went through with it. They lost to Toledo 16-12. And while the Rockets are solid and projected to win their conference, there’s no excuse for Arkansas dropping a home game when they were 22.5-point favorites. Sorry, can’t resist — Holy Toledo!
Attempting to rally, but it’s going to take a lot of coffee
Notre Dame escapes upset, suffers devastating injury
Star QB Malik Zaire broke his ankle and will miss the rest of the season. Insert unproven sophomore QB DeShone Kizer, who broke UVA hearts with a beautiful game-winning TD pass in the 34-27 thriller. Can he deliver the Irish to the promised land?
Oregon falls short on the road, but hope is still alive
Yes, the Ducks lost Saturday, but they’re far from eliminated in the National Title hunt. This is the beauty of the College Football Playoff system; one loss doesn’t doom you. In fact, the selection committee may even look favorably on Oregon playing well vs. a marquee opponent on the road. Would a one-loss Oregon merit inclusion? Let the debate begin…
Mariota shines, Jameis stumbles in clash of rookie Quarterbacks
Titans 42, Buccaneers 14 – Recap
The top two picks in the NFL draft squared off in week one (see what you did there, NFL schedulers). #2 pick Marcus Mariota got the best of #1 selection Jameis Winston. Mariota threw for more touchdowns (4) than incompletions (3). Meanwhile, Winston became the first player since Brett Favre in 1991 to have his first career pass intercepted for a touchdown.
Fun fact: Mariota is the only QB that has beaten Winston since he enrolled at Florida State, first in last year’s College Football Playoff and again on Sunday.
Romo leads comeback Cowboys
Cowboys 27, Giants 26 – Recap
Questionable late-game execution by the Giants left time on the clock for Dallas QB Tony Romo to march down the field and throw for a go-ahead TD with 0:07 left. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant left the game with a foot injury but tweeted he’ll be back soon. Dez was very excited about the win (bad language alert).
The east coast matchup should provide more fireworks. Chip Kelly has new weapons for his fast-paced offense, led by QB Sam Bradford. The Falcons welcome new head coach Dan Quinn, making his debut after serving as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks.
Fun fact: Most people choose a RB or WR over a TE for the FLEX spot in Fantasy Football, but 4 of the top 6 FLEX options this weekend were Tight Ends.
An unexpected champion on the women’s side
The US Open didn’t turn out as many hoped. Serena Williams was upset during Friday’s semifinal round in a gut-wrenching loss to 32-year-old Italian Roberta Vinci. It was tough to stay mad at Vinci, who delivered an epic celebratory interview. Even she couldn’t believe the outcome.
On Saturday, Vinci met her fellow countrywoman (and surprise success) Flavia Pennetta in the first all-Italian major final. The two first played each other when they were nine years old. Pennetta beat Vinci and then announced she will retire at the end of this season; her first major victory will also be her last major appearance.
Djokovic caps off an impressive 2015 with a win over Federer
On the men’s side, a three hour rain delay paused the affairs before Novak Djokovic bested Roger Federer in four sets. Djokovic won his third major title of the year and his tenth overall, and evened up his career record vs. Federer at 21-21. Federer, 34, told a delighted crowd that he would “see you guys next year.”
Moses Malone passed away in his sleep at age 60 (Basketball)
Malone, a 6’10” center, was the first to go directly from high school to the pros. He’s widely regarded as one of the best basketball players of all-time.
Floyd by decision, as expected (Boxing)
The very predictable outcome happened: Floyd Mayweather out-boxed Andre Berto and won easily to move to 49-0. The conversation shifts to whether Floyd is ‘TBE’ (the best ever) as he claims, and whether or not he will retire or go for win #50. We enjoyed Floyd’s reflection on his career, and he says he will indeed retire.
“Big Papi” joins the 500 Home Run Club (Baseball)
The beloved Red Sox slugger, David Ortiz, took a big step towards joining Baseball’s Hall of Fame by hitting his 500th career Home Run this weekend. Ortiz joins Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols as the only active players to reach the milestone.
Everyone ‘Likes’ wrestling (the fake kind)
Know which sport has the most Youtube views in the last year, with a staggering 5 billion? Not the NFL, MLB, NBA, or NASCAR. The WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) has social media in a chokehold.
Actor in Lance Armstrong movie tried blood doping to prepare
This article leaves a few questions unanswered (namely, how did doping affect his athletic performance?). Nevertheless, the movie ‘The Program’ detailing the Lance Armstrong cheating saga looks interesting, and Ben Foster clearly takes preparing for roles very seriously.
You’d get by without it, but where’s the fun in that?
Unfortunately for him it wasn’t during their fight in May, but Manny Pacquiao finally landed a jab at Floyd Mayweather. During Floyd’s fight on Saturday night, Manny took to Instagram to convey his boredom with this wonderful little video.