Fun Fact of the Day: The last time the Cleveland Browns won was December 13, 2015 and Johnny Manziel was their starting QB.
A round of applause. Last night, the Chicago Bulls narrowly beat the Miami Heat 98-95. It was the first game back in Miami for Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, who spent his entire 13-year career with the Heat and helped them win 3 championships. Throughout that time, Wade selflessly took pay cuts to help bring big stars like Lebron James and Chris Bosh to the team. This summer, he finally thought it was his turn to get rewarded with a big paycheck, but the Heat stiffed him so he signed with his hometown Bulls. In his return to Miami last night, Heat fans didn’t forget all that he did for them; they welcomed him back with a tribute video and standing ovation.
Not everything is hot in Cleveland. This year has been a rebirth for Cleveland sports—just look at the reigning NBA Champion Cavaliers and the AL pennant winning Indians! The one brown spot on their dazzling year has been their NFL team, which is in serious danger of not winning a single game this season. Last night, the Browns lost their 10th straight game to the Baltimore Ravens and set a new record for worst start in franchise history. Yikes.
Seen and Heard
Ongoing unnecessary roughness. The NFL fined Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman $9,115 for his hit on Buffalo Bills kicker Dan Carpenter this past Monday night. After the play, Carpenter’s wife Kaela sent out a controversial tweet comparing Sherman to an “animal” and suggested that he be castrated. When everyone pounced on her message’s negative racial undertones, Kaela said that the tweet was only meant as “lighthearted defense of her husband.” To which Sherman wholeheartedly called BS.
In hot water. Here’s a weird story that could only happen to a Florida man. Florida International University tight end Jonnu Smith won’t be able to play the rest of the season, because his pregnant girlfriend poured boiling water on him during a fight. He received severe burns on his head, back, arm, and shoulders, and she’s been charged with aggravated battery.
College hoops are back! Last season, Villanova took home the national championship with this epic final shot. Now, basketball is back and all the usual suspects are leading the preseason polls, including Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky. Things get kicked off tonight with a fantastic matchup between #3 Kansas (last year’s Big 12 champs) and #11 Indiana (last year’s Big 10 champs). 9pm ET on ESPN
Week 10 Game to Watch: Seattle Seahawks (5-2-1) @ New England Patriots (7-1). This is the first time these teams have met since the Pats narrowly defeated the Seahawks in the Super Bowl two seasons ago. The Seahawks’ legendary defense will have their work cut out for them. The Pats are easily the best team in the league, having won each of their last 4 games since QB Tom Brady returned from his Deflategate suspension. 8:30pm ET on NBC
Week 11 Game to Watch: #20 USC v. #4 Washington. Washington has an undefeated record and got bumped up to the #4 spot in the College Football Playoffs rankings. But they still have critics that say they’ve had an easy schedule. This week, they’ll try and prove the haters wrong by taking on USC, which has steadily improved behind rookie head coach Clay Helton. 7:30pm ET on FOX