A Hail Mary, A Big Kicker, and A Team USA Victory!

Fun Fact of the Day:  New York Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown an NFL-worst 16 fourth quarter interceptions since the beginning of last season.


Today’s Rundown

Well, that was a crazy weekend in sports! Get comfy, because there’s a lot to catch up on.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Week 5 highlights.  College football was at its best this weekend. Here’s what you need to know from about this Saturday’s biggest games:

  • #11 Tennessee beat #25 Georgia (34-31). Everyone will be talking about Tennessee’s unbelievable Hail Mary in the final 4 seconds of the game. Watch as Tennessee’s receiver miraculously catches the ball in the end zone despite being surrounded by 5 defenders. 
  • #5 Clemson beat #3 Louisville (42-36).  This weekend’s marquis game did not disappoint. Clemson got out to an early 18-point lead in the first half, but Louisville came thundering back thanks to their star QB Lamar Jackson. In the end, Clemson’s defense did enough to hold on, stopping Louisville 1 yard short on 4th down with 33 seconds left in the game.  With this loss, Louisville’s may have missed its chance at making the College Football Playoffs. 
  • #4 Michigan beat #8 Wisconsin (14-7). Michigan beat its first top-10 ranked team since 2008. And they did it despite the fact their 2 kickers missed 3 field goals. In one play, Michigan tried to deceive Wisconsin with a tricksy 11-man I-formation / conga line.  
  • A BIG hit.  Penn State’s kicker Joey Julius stands at an *ahem* robust 5’10”, 258 lbs. Needless to say he’s not your average scrawny kicker. Julius has already gone viral a couple times this season for big hits to punt returners. This past weekend he got a taste of his own medicine when Minnesota’s Jaylen Waters got frustrated and knocked him out. Waters was ejected from the game for the rough hit. 

 

NFL

Week 4 highlights. Here’s what you need to know from yesterday’s big games:

 

GOLF 

USA! USA! USA! This weekend, Team USA pulled through with its first victory over Team Europe in the Ryder Cup since 2008. This wasn’t your usual polite golf-clapping audience. Four Team USA fans were kicked out of the tournament for heckling, including one fan that Rory McIlroy stared down and personally asked to be removed. But for the most part, McIlroy took the heckling in stride, including one instance when he joined the rowdy crowd in singing “Sweet Caroline”—a reference to his ex-fiancé tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, with whom he broke up last year via a 10-minute phone call.

 

MLB

The postseason.  MLB’s regular season ended yesterday! Here’s the current postseason bracket. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s newsletter, which will preview Tuesday night’s AL wild card game.

MLB Playoffs bracket 2016

 

NBA

Getting off on the wrong foot.  #1 draft pick Ben Simmons broke his foot this past Friday and is expected to be out for the first 3 months of the NBA season. Not great news for the Philadelphia 76ers, who have been tanking for the past several seasons to try and collect top picks in the NBA draft. Simmons was supposed to be their savior, but instead the 76ers have continued their streak of picking injury prone big men including Nerlens Noel (selected 2013, torn ACL) Joel Embiid (selected 2014, foot surgery), and Jahlil Okafor (selected 2015, knee surgery).


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NFL 

New York Giants (2-1) @ Minnesota Vikings (3-0).  The Vikings are undefeated despite losing running back Adrian Peterson to a knee injury and former starting QB Teddy Bridgewater to a torn ACL. Over the past few weeks, they’ve been able to fall back on their strong defense but they will have their work cut out for them tonight as they try and cover the Giants’ 3 impressive wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz, and rookie Sterling Shepard. 8:30pm ET on ESPN