Fun Fact of the Day: Last night, the Chicago Cubs collected their 100th win of the season against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is their first 100-win season since 1935.
Atlanta Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints (45-32). The Saints are off to a dismal 0-3 to start the season. New Orleans locals were hoping for a big win on the 10-year anniversary of the iconic Louisiana Superdome game, where the Saints made their triumphant return to the stadium following Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, the Saints’ depleted defense struggled against the Falcons' running backs, and Saints QB Drew Brees threw his first interception in nearly 7 games. Before the game, both teams stood in a circle holding hands as a sign of unity following the recent police shootings in Tulsa, OK and Charlotte, NC.
In remembrance. The entire Miami Marlins team wore jerseys with ace Jose Fernandez’ No. 16, during last night’s emotional 7-3 win against the New York Mets. Afterwards, Fernandez’s number was retired. Fernandez and 2 companions died over the weekend after their boat hit a jetty at full speed. At only 24-years-old, his life and promising career were cut all too short. Fernandez was a 2x All-Star and 2013 NL Rookie of the Year. He leaves behind his girlfriend, who is pregnant with their daughter.
Seen and Heard
Training day. After a restful summer vacation, NBA training camps got kicked off yesterday with a big, old fashioned media blitz. Reporters were finally able to get answers to the questions they’ve been dying to ask all summer long. Here are the 2 biggest stories you should know coming out of Media Day:
- Miami Heat president Pat Riley said that he thinks forward Chris Bosh’s career is over. The 32-year-old won 2 NBA championships as a member of the Heat’s Big 3 along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. But in the past 2 seasons he’s suffered from severe blood clots, including one scary incident where a clot traveled to his lungs. Bosh’s been taking blood-thinners to treat the condition, but the medication makes playing basketball extremely dangerous. Despite the risks, he’s been trying his darnedest to get back out on the court. Unfortunately, his chances aren’t looking so good after he failed a preseason physical last Friday.
- This will be the 19th and final season for L.A. Clippers player Paul Pierce. He’s decided to try and win one more championship, after the Clippers were prematurely eliminated from the playoffs last year with injuries to their star players.
And the perfect attendance award goes to… Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has never missed a start in his 5-year NFL career, but that impressive streak might come to an end this week. Wilson tore his MCL during last Sunday’s win against the San Francisco 49ers. Even though coach Pete Carroll said that Russell’s “feeling great” and “unbelievably OK,” they aren’t sure if he’ll be able play in this week’s game against the N.Y. Jets.
Rock bottom. Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on cocaine possession charges yesterday. You may remember him from his time playing for the Carolina Panthers or Dallas Cowboys, but more likely you remember him for being accused of abusing his ex-girlfriend and throwing her on a futon covered in assault rifles.