Is Something Wrong With the Warriors?

Fun Fact of the Day:  At age 20, Eritrean runner Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest man to win the NYC Marathon; he crossed the finish line in 2:07:51. In the women’s race, Mary Keitany of Kenya won her 3rd consecutive NYC Marathon in 2:24:26.


Today’s Rundown

NBA

Superteam? More like Super-terrible.  OK, “terrible” is an overstatement, but these Golden State Warriors don’t look like the fearsome bunch we thought they were going to be when they first signed superstar Kevin Durant. This past weekend they lost their 2nd game of the season, bringing their record to 4-2. That’s a far cry from their record-setting 2015 season, when it took them 31 games to collect their 2nd loss. And as if they needed another cause for concern, their usual sharpshooter and 2x MVP Steph Curry didn’t make a single one of his ten 3-point attempts during the game, ending his streak at a record-high 157 games with at least one 3-pointer.

 

NFL

Week 9 highlights:

  • Remember when we thought the Vikings were good? The Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 22-16 in overtime, thanks to this touchdown flip by Lions wide receiver Golden Tate. This is not good news for the Vikings, who have come crashing back down to Earth, after starting the season with a perfect 5-0 record. They have now lost 3 games in a row because of lackluster offense. Times are so tough that QB Sam Bradford is even starting to pass to himself.
  • Funky footwork. The Pittsburgh Steelers lost to division rivals the Baltimore Ravens 21-14. Unfortunately, Steelers QB “Big Ben” Roethlisberger was a wee bit rusty in his first game back after getting knee surgery 3 weeks ago. In the final minute, the Steelers’ had a chance to tie up the game but failed epically with this bizarre onside kick
  • The real deal. Last night, the Oakland Raiders took the top spot in the AFC West after beating division rivals, the Denver Broncos 30-20. After starting the season 0-10 just two years ago, they’ve steadily built a good and complete team, which was able to take down the Broncos’ best-ranked defense. 

 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Week 10 highlights:

  • Well, that was fun while it lasted.  #4 Texas A&M lost to unranked Mississippi State 35-28 this weekend, which means they can kiss their College Football Playoff (CFP) hopes goodbye. Last week, the CFP committee surprised everyone when they ranked then-1-loss Texas A&M at #4, ahead of undefeated Washington. At the time, the committee said that Texas A&M had performed better against a stronger schedule. But now, with this weekend’s embarrassing loss to an unranked team, Texas A&M’s sure to take a tumble down the rankings.
  • When it’s cool to act like a dummy. This week everyone in college football decided to try the newest viral craze—the Mannequin Challenge. If you are over the age of 25, prepare to be underwhelmed.

 

TENNIS 

A first time for everything. This weekend, Andy Murray became the #1 ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. The 29-year-old Scot beat American John Isner to win the BNP Paribas Masters and simultaneously dethroned Serbian hotshot Novak Djokovic, who spent over 2 years in the top spot.  


Hot Read

NFL 

Buffalo Bills (4-4) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-2-1). Seattle’s offense is riding the struggle bus. The Seahawks are currently ranked at 29th in the NFL in points per game, and everyone is pointing fingers at QB Russell Wilson. He’s been unable to run or scramble this season, because of knee and ankle injuries. 8:30pm ET on ESPN


Q&A with Ahiza Garcia

Read our feature on CNN Money sports business reporter Ahiza Garcia. The San Diego native has had a lifelong love of sports, but only decided to pursue a career in sports journalism because of a chance encounter in college. Read on to find out how she recently transitioned from a general assignment business reporter to working the sports business beat.