Fun Fact of the Day: Is there a Super Bowl curse? In the Super Bowl’s 50-year history, only 2 teams that lost the Super Bowl have gone on to win it the next year. So far the Carolina Panthers (1-4) look like they will continue that trend.
Back on the ice. The NHL’s 100th season got kicked off last night! If you’re not sure what to watch out for this season, we’ve got you covered with these big stories to keep your eye on:
- Auston Matthews is making American hockey great again! Last year’s #1 draft pick is already making history. The rookie from Arizona scored a record-high 4 goals last night in his Toronto Maple Leafs debut.
- Will the Pittsburgh Penguins repeat? Probably not… No Stanley Cup champion has repeated since the Detroit Red Wings back in 1997-98. It doesn’t help that the Pens are currently missing their captain and best player, Sidney Crosby to another concussion.
- O, captain my captain! The Edmonton Oilers named 19-year-old Connor McBride the youngest NHL captain ever. Will he continue to prove that he’s a rare talent?
- Can the Washington Capitals beat the curse? The Caps are perennially fantastic in the regular season, including winning the Presidents’ Trophy last season (for best regular season record). But that hasn’t translated to the postseason success; they haven’t made it past the 2nd round of the playoffs since 1998.
- Bad news for Buffalo… Last season, the Buffalo Sabres looked like they were on the verge of a comeback thanks to promising young star Jack Eichel. Unfortunately, Eichel suffered a high ankle sprain in practice this week and will be out indefinitely.
Seen and Heard
A tennis tantrum. Greek-Australian and 12th ranked player in the world, Nick Kyrgios tanked a match at the Shanghai Masters. He turned into a big whiny baby before our very eyes, including lightly flicking the ball over the net, sulking off the court, and yelling at fans and the umpire. Later, he apologized on Twitter saying, “Sorry. #Stillaworkinprogress.” Maybe he was sleepy and just needed a nap? After all, three days before arriving in Shanghai, Kyrgios won the biggest title of his career in Tokyo. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time the 21-year-old has acted immaturely. He also tanked a game at Wimbledon and once yelled at an opponent that his girlfriend was sleeping around.
The return of Rousey. Ronda Rousey will make her return to MMA fighting on December 30, by trying to reclaim her UFC bantamweight title against Amanda Nunes. Rousey used to be the most dominant women’s fighter on the planet, including winning 6 consecutive title defenses. Then about a year ago, Rousey lost the first match of her MMA career last year to Holly Holm. Now, she’s back with a vengeance.
NLDS Game 5: L.A. Dodgers @ Washington Nationals. The winner of this game will move on to the NLCS and take on the team with the best record in MLB, the Chicago Cubs. In this must-win game, the Nats will start ace and NL Cy Young favorite, Max Scherzer. Hopefully, he’ll be able to rebound from his loss in last Friday’s Game 1. The Dodgers will start P Rich Hill, who has been playing well this season but suffers from persistent blisters. 8pm ET on FS1
Denver Broncos (4-1) @ San Diego Chargers (1-4). Last week, the Broncos lost their first game of the season to the Atlanta Falcons. Fortunately, they’ll have QB Trevor Siemian back after he injured his shoulder two weeks ago, but they will be missing their head coach Gary Kubiak, who was diagnosed with a complex migraine earlier this week. 8:25pm ET on CBS
A playoffs rematch. Reigning Stanley Cup champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins will kick off their season by facing off against the Washington Capitals, whom they eliminated in the 2nd round of the playoffs last season. 7pm ET on NBCSN