Fun Fact of the Day: A British paper reported that a 5 pound (or $6.21 USD) parlay (psst—that’s a bet that multiple separate events will happen) on a Trump presidency, Brexit, and Leicester City winning the Premier League, would have paid out 15 million pounds (or $18.6 million USD). This was indeed a crazy year.
SPORTS & POLITICS
A nation divided. Sports stars are just like us; they also had very disparate reactions to this presidential election. Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy made a powerful statement against Trump as a brazenly racist leader, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots dodged questions about their Trump support, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban said he wasn’t even aware of the election. But one of the most notable responses (or non-responses in this case) came from San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, who made headlines this season for his national anthem protest against social injustice. Kaepernick said he didn’t vote, because he thought both candidates were “embarrassing” and “liars.”
The other election results. On Tuesday, residents of San Diego voted against building a new football stadium for the Chargers. They rejected a proposition, which would have raised $1.15 billion in hotel taxes to pay for the project. Now, the Chargers have a tough choice: they can stick with their old decrepit stadium, try to raise private funding, or move out of San Diego and join the Los Angeles Rams in their a new stadium in Inglewood, California.
A kick in the pants. NFL kickers are in the middle of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season. One of the biggest culprits has been the Minnesota Vikings’ Blair Walsh. He has missed 3 extra points—the most in the league, and a whopping 25% of his field goal attempts—25th in the league. This is not the bounce back performance Vikings fans were hoping for, after last year’s epic miss cost them the NFC West wild card game. Yesterday, the Vikings decided to try out 6 new kickers for Walsh’s job. But it turns out finding a good kicker is harder than it looks; afterwards, the team chose to stick with Walsh.
One more reason to look forward to 2020. Gymnast Simone Biles announced that she’s planning to train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 19-year-old phenom already won 1 bronze and 4 gold medals in the Rio Olympics this past summer.
Cleveland Browns (0-9) @ Baltimore Ravens (4-4). The Browns are in serious danger of not winning a single game all season. If they lose to the Ravens this week, it will be the worst start in franchise history. Meanwhile the Ravens are trying to ride the momentum of last week’s big win against their division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers. 8:30pm ET on NFLN
Chicago Bulls @ Miami Heat. This is the first game back in Miami for Bulls guard Dwyane Wade. In case you forgot, that break up did not end amicably. Wade spent his entire 13-year career with the Heat, including winning them 3 championships. Throughout that time he selflessly took pay cuts to allow the team to bring in big stars (I’m looking at you, LeBron James and Chris Bosh). This summer, when he finally thought it was time for him to get his due, the Heat didn’t want to cut him a big paycheck. Wade left and has been putting up decent numbers for his hometown Bulls. 8pm ET on TNT