Fun Fact of the Day: According to a Football in America survey conducted by Sports Illustrated, 26.7% of respondents said that they considered football more important than their religion and 1.4% said it was more important than their family.
Pitch Perfect. Yesterday, the Cy Young Award winners (for best pitcher) were announced in each league. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer won in the NL and became the 6th pitcher to have won the award in both leagues (he previously won in the AL with the Detroit Tigers). In the AL, things were a little more controversial. Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello won the award, even though Justin Verlander (Detroit Tigers) received the most 1st place votes, and Verlander’s supermodel fiancée, Kate Upton was not happy about it.
A class act. All of the Dallas Cowboys are finally 100% behind rookie QB Dak Prescott, including former starting QB Tony Romo. After Tony broke his back in the preseason, Dak stepped up and has led the team to an 8-1 record. For weeks, it was painfully obvious to everyone that Prescott should keep the starting job even after Tony got healthy, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stuck by his man Tony. Finally, after this Sunday’s win, even Jones had to admit that Dak had “the hot hand” and would keep the starting QB gig. This week, Tony made a gracious and touching statement about how much he would love to be back out on the field, but Dak had “earned the right to be our quarterback.”
SPORTS & POLITICS
Sports contributions. President Barack Obama announced 21 recipients who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year. The list included basketball Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and legendary Los Angeles Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. The Medal is the country’s highest civilian honor and it’s given to people who make significant cultural or security contributions to the US.
Protesting with their wallets. The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have decided to stop staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels when they travel to play in New York and Chicago this season. Throughout the election season, Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban were vocal supporters of Hillary Clinton and highly critical of Trump.
Didn’t we put Deflategate to bed? I certainly hoped we did! After all, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady finally served his 4-game suspension for his role in the 2015 cheating scandal over deflated footballs. But it looks like Tom hasn’t quite reached the “acceptance” phase yet. Yesterday, he poked fun at Deflategate in a newly released commercial for Foot Locker.
New Orleans Saints (4-5) @ Carolina Panthers (3-6). Both of these teams will be looking to rebound after losing big last week; the Panthers gave up a 17-point lead to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Saints got their extra point blocked and returned for a game winning 2-point conversion in the final minutes of the game. 8:30pm ET on NBC