Fun Fact of the Day: Kevin Garnett’s career player salary totaled over $330 million, the most in NBA history.
Golf legend. Hall of Famer and beverage-innovator Arnold “The King” Palmer passed away last night at the age of 87. He won 7 major championships during his over 5-decade career, including 4 Masters wins. Palmer’s humble beginnings and charisma helped to popularize the sport of golf, beyond just the hoity-toity elite. Off the golf course, his likability made him one of the biggest pioneers in modern day sports marketing. In addition to his own beverage line, he had numerous endorsement deals from big names like Ford, United, and Heinz ketchup, which made him one of the highest paid retired athletes year after year.
Week 3 highlights.
- Rookie QBs Dak Prescott (Dallas Cowboys) and Carson Wentz (Philadelphia Eagles) showed that they are superstars in the making. Both of them led their teams to victory this past weekend and neither has thrown an interception over their first 3 games.
- The Minnesota Vikings overcame losing the best running back in the game, Adrian Peterson to beat the Carolina Panthers (22-10).
- After firing their offensive coordinator last week, the Buffalo Bills collected their first win of the season against the Arizona Cardinals (33-18).
Week 4 highlights. The craziest game of the weekend was unranked Auburn beating #18 LSU (18-13). With only 1 second left on the clock at the beginning of the final play, LSU scored a touchdown and thought that they won the game. But their celebrations were cut short when the touchdown was overturned because the ball wasn’t snapped in time. After collecting their 2nd loss of the season, LSU fired their head coach Les Miles. He was already on the chopping block last season, when LSU lost 3 big games in a row. Despite his recent turn for the worse, Miles had the highest winning percentage of any coach in history during his 12 years with the team, including 2 SEC titles and a BCS championship.
Tragedy at sea. Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez and 2 companions were killed in a boating accident in Florida this weekend. The boat capsized after hitting a jetty at full speed. The Marlins canceled their game against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, and all MLB teams held a moment of silence to remember Fernandez. Fernandez was a 2x All-Star and 2013 NL Rookie of the Year. He leaves behind his pregnant girlfriend; the couple was expecting a baby girl.
A picture perfect goodbye. After an impressive 67-year career, longtime L.A. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully announced his last home game last night. The Dodgers beat their division rivals, the San Francisco Giants in 10 innings, clinching their 4th straight division title.
The end of an era. This weekend Kevin Garnett announced his retirement, after 21 seasons in the NBA. He was drafted straight out of high school by the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 1995, where he played for most of his career. He helped take the team out of obscurity and made them perennial playoff contenders. Garnett also played 6 seasons with the Boston Celtics, where he won his only NBA championship in 2008. He will be remembered as one of the best defensive players of all time and one of the most intense competitors, including at times downright mean trash talk. His retirement follows that of other great contemporaries Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan, earlier this year.
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints. The Saints are desperate for a win after losing 2 games straight to start the season. They should expect a lot of scoring from the Falcons, who have shown their offensive chops with QB Matt Ryan throwing for more than 300 yards in both weeks. 8:30pm ET on ESPN
Q&A with Sarah Webb
Read our feature on Sarah Webb, who writes the popular sports and lifestyle blog “Venus Trapped in Mars.” Find out about her love for her alma mater the Tennessee Volunteers, the inspiration for VTIM, and how sports fandom has helped her in her current job.