Hope Calls it Quits

Fun Fact of the Day:  Serena Williams has won $78M in prize money throughout her career. Double that of any other female athlete.


Today's Rundown

NFL 

The Vikings plundered.  Yesterday during practice, Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL, likely ending his season. The Vikings don’t have a lot of great options for Plan B. Their backup QB is 36-year-old veteran Shaun Hill, who has bounced around the league his entire career. Or the team could try to trade for a QB that is on shaky ground with another team, like 3rd string QB Mark Sanchez (Denver Broncos) or recently controversial QB Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers). The (kinda) good news is that the Vikings aren’t known for their passing game anyway. They can stick to their game plan of giving the ball to running back Adrian Peterson, who led the NFL in rushing yards last year.

 

SOCCER

Feeling Hope-less. Goalie Hope Solo has decided to end her season with NWSL team the Seattle Reign. She’s still feeling angry and upset after last week, when the US Women’s National Team terminated her contract and suspended her from international play for 6 months. Why’d they cut her? They said it was because she called Sweden’s team “a bunch of cowards” after the U.S. was eliminated from the Olympics. But a lot of cynics think that the punishment didn’t fit the crime and the USWNT is just using the incident as an excuse to toss Solo aside now that she’s nearing the tail end of her career. If anything, they should have given her harsher penalties when she actually behaved poorly like when she was combative with police during her husband’s DUI arrest or she was charged for misdemeanor domestic violence against her sister and nephew.


Seen and Heard

NFL

Sitting down and causing a stir. Last weekend, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick sat down during the national anthem at a preseason game to protest “a country that oppresses black people and people of color." Now, everybody else wants you to know they have opinions about it! Some people have been critical, including former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice and former NFL defensive back Rodney Harrison, who mistakenly said Kaepernick doesn’t understand the situation because he’s “not black.” (Kaepernick is half-black, and Harrison later apologized.) Others have been supportive, including NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who wrote a thoughtful op-ed in the Washington Post calling Kaepernick “highly patriotic.” Philadelphia Eagles undrafted rookie Myke Tavarres even said he wanted to follow Kaepernick’s lead by sitting out too, but later changed his mind when his agent reminded him he should probably try to make the roster first.

 

MLB

Mixed reviews for the Tebow show. Yesterday, former NFL QB Tim Tebow held a workout for about 20 MLB teams. He tried to convince them to give him a chance even though he hasn’t played baseball since high school, 11 years ago. How’d he do?  His swing had a lot of power but he wasn’t great against live pitchers, and his defensive skills were somewhere between “below average” to “serviceable.” After the practice, one scout said, “I thought he was OK.” Sounds about right.

 

SPORTS & MEDIA

Break out the dance shoes.  Next season’s cast of “Dancing With The Stars” was announced and there are a bunch of athletes competing, including recently retired wide receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Final Five gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, and publicly disgraced swimmer Ryan Lochte. We already know Lochte can do the hustle—straight out of Rio, amirite?