Fun Fact of the Day: The NFL’s 12% ratings decline has been getting a lot of attention, but the Premier League is also suffering from a steep ratings decline. Viewership is down nearly 20% in Britain.
Thursday Night Yawn-ball. Last night, the Tennessee Titans blew out the Jacksonville Jaguars (36-22). They were up 27-0 at the half and coasted to victory.
Welcome home, Wade! In their home opener, Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 105-99. Before the game, everyone was a little curious about this newly assembled Bulls team. They had a bunch of star power behind Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, and Jimmy Butler, but none of them was known for their 3-point shooting… that is, until last night! Wade went 4 for 6 from 3-point range, even surprising his movie star wife, Gabrielle Union. It was a perfect debut for Wade, who signed with his hometown Bulls this summer after playing his entire career with the Miami Heat.
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Seen and Heard
Denial is more than a river in Egypt. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview that he thinks the NFL has made “tremendous progress” in its domestic violence policies. Ex-squeeze me Commissioner, but you seem to have short-term memory loss. Earlier this week, the NFL was heavily criticized for its super slow decision to release NY Giants kicker Josh Brown, who had admitted to abusing his wife. Now, everyone’s asking, why does the NFL move at a snail’s pace around DV allegations but at lightning speed to fine players for touchdown celebrations? Priorities, priorities…
A Bronco down. Denver Broncos running back CJ Anderson may be out for the entire season with a torn meniscus. In response to reports about his injury, Anderson initially tweeted out “false,” but he later deleted it. Hopefully, he’ll be able to bounce back soon, because he was just hitting his stride; he rushed for a season-high 107 yards in last week’s win over the Houston Texans.
A whistle blower gets his due. Former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary was awarded $7.3M in his suit against the school for defamation and misrepresentation. He said that Penn State threw him under the bus, when he reported a case of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, and the jury agreed.
Ugly revelations. A former national team gymnast is suing former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assault. Nassar was fired just last year after complaints of sexual misconduct. The victim alleges that Nassar inappropriately touched gymnasts under the guise of medical exams that he called “vaginal adjustments” (not a real thing). She also sued the recently retired Karolyis for abusing gymnasts and concealing Nassar’s assaults. This isn’t the first time that the Karolyis have been accused of abuse, former gold-medal winner Dominique Moceanu claimed that Marta Karolyi once grabbed her by the neck while Bela body-shamed her and kept gymnasts on near-starvation diets.
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World Series. The Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs are tied at 1 win apiece and the next 3 games are this weekend in Chicago! Unfortunately, it’s not all good news for the Cubs… their young slugger Kyle Schwarber wasn’t medically cleared to play in the outfield. He’s been the comeback story of the World Series, after tearing his ACL and MCL in April. He sat out nearly the whole year before making his triumphant return in the World Series as a DH. Unfortunately, the NL doesn’t allow DHs, so Schwarber will just be pinch-hitting. Games, 3, 4 and 5 are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, respectively at 8pm ET on FOX.
Week 8 games to watch. We know the NFL has a ratings problem, but these games should help improve things! Here are the top games you should watch:
- New England Patriots (6-1) @ Buffalo Bills (4-3). When these teams met last month, the Bills handed the Patriots their only loss of the season. But there’s a big difference this time around, and his name is Tom Brady. During their last meeting, Brady was still serving his Deflategate suspension, so 3rd string QB Jacoby Brissett was playing. Now, Brady’s back and beating the Pats wont be so easy. 1pm ET on CBS
- Philadelphia Eagles (4-2) @ Dallas Cowboys (5-1). If you want to see the future of the NFL, look no further than this game. Rookie QBs Dak Prescott (Cowboys) and Carson Wentz (Eagles) have been playing extremely well and now we get to see them go head-to-head. Where is Romo? Veteran Cowboys QB Tony Romo is just getting back to practice, after breaking his back in the preseason. Stay tuned for future Romo-Dak starting QB drama. 8:30pm ET on NBC
Week 9 games to watch. There are 7 different top 25 ranked teams that are playing away games this weekend, so there’s a lot at stake. But the game of the week is #3 Clemson @ #12 Florida State. Clemson is coming off a shaky overtime victory against unranked N.C. State, making everyone is wondering whether they should really be ranked #3? Meanwhile, Florida State has had its own problems, after losing to Louisville and North Carolina. Both teams will be out for redemption. Saturday, 8pm ET on ABC.