You’ll get *three* Primer Sports e-mails weekly from now on as we move to a M-W-F distribution schedule. Our goal is to pack the e-mail with value for you while making length more manageable, and you can read more about our strategy at the end of this e-mail. Now for the good stuff:
“It was another wild College Football weekend. Did you see the Georgia Tech play and that two top-10 teams lost to unranked opponents? Chaos!”
“Who are you rooting for in the World Series, the New York Mets or the Kansas City Royals?”
- “We’ll remember this Sunday as the first time an NFL game was streamed online. Seems like the future.”
QUICK HITS FROM AROUND SPORTS
- Levine on the Super screen: It’s not finalized, but Maroon 5 is the likely choice for Super Bowl 50 halftime performance. *cough should’ve been Taylor Swift cough*
- Patriots cruising, not running: The New England Patriots (6-0) beat the New York Jets (4-2), despite their leading rusher having just 15 yards…and it was QB Tom Brady. This was the first time in his career he’s led the team in rushing.
- Panthers win first-place battle: The Carolina Panthers (6-0) outlasted the Philadelphia Eagles (3-4) on Sunday Night Football and are off to the best start in franchise history.
- Foster out for season: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster tore his achilles and will miss the rest of the season.
- Ravens take on Cardinals on Monday Night: The Baltimore Ravens (1-5) visit the Arizona Cardinals (4-2). The Cardinals are favored by 9.5.
- Stogies despite NCAA violations: The above picture shows Alabama enjoying victory cigars, a tradition for the winning team in the ‘Third Saturday in October‘ rivalry against Tennessee. Interestingly, the winning team also self-reports an NCAA violation each year — giving players tobacco counts as extra benefits. Saban doesn’t look too worried.
- Miami coach canned: After #6 Clemson handed Miami the worst loss in school history (58-0), Miami fired embattled head coach Al Golden and began the search for a potential successor.
- #2 Baylor QB injured: Star Baylor quarterback Seth Russell fractured a bone in his neck on Saturday. His status moving forward will be determined this week. Baylor’s backup Jarrett Stidham is a true freshman, but he’s appeared in every game this season and is the most heralded QB prospect to ever enter the program.
- NBA season tips off Tuesday night: National TV action kicks off when the Chicago Bulls host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:00pm ET on TNT followed by the New Orleans Pelicans visiting the defending champion Golden State Warriors. We wrote a quick Primer-style preview of the NBA season for you.
- Minnesota coach Flip Saunders passed away from cancer: He was 60 years old. Flip was best known for having a great offensive mind and helping to develop the skills of a young Kevin Garnett straight out of high school. The NBA community is mourning the loss.
- Popovich to take over US Olympic team: Long-time San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich will coach the U.S. in the 2020 Olympics. Current coach Mike Kryzyzewski will attempt to win his 3rd Gold Medal in 2016 Olympics before stepping down. Pop will be 70 years old in 2020, and this could begin an era of an NBA coach leading one Olympic team then rotating.
- After a dramatic #DecisionDay, the 12-team MLS playoffs are set. With half the playoff teams either in Canada or the Pacific time zone, the MLS has the opposite geographical feel of Southeast-centric College Football.