Fun Fact of the Day: Tim Tebow isn’t the only NFL quarterback that has given baseball a try. Here are just a few other QBs that were once drafted by MLB teams: Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers), Johnny Manziel (formerly Cleveland Browns), Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks), and Jameis Winston (Tampa Bay Buccaneers).
Super Bowl 50 deja vu. The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers in last night’s season opener (21-20). Before the game, everyone was stressed out about how the Broncos new QB Trevor Siemian would perform—after all, he had never thrown a pass in a game before. But after a couple of newbie mistakes (including 2 interceptions) Siemian stepped up to the big stage. In the second half, he led the team to 2 touchdown drives to come back from behind and win the game. Their win was secured when Panthers kicker Graham Gano missed a field goal in the final seconds. Spreading the word. Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall took a knee during the national anthem in support of his former teammate San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s protest on social injustice.
A reality Czech. Serena Williams played through a minor knee injury and lost the U.S. Open semifinals to Czech player Karolina Pliskova, in 2 straight sets. This was a huge upset, because Serena is… well, Serena and Pliskova had never made it past the 3rd round of a Grand Slam. Now, after beating both Serena and Venus in the same tournament, Pliskova will compete in the final against Angelique Kerber. With Serena’s loss, Kerber will become the new #1-ranked player in the world, after Serena spent 186 straight weeks at the top.
A minor chance. The New York Mets signed former NFL QB Tim Tebow to a low-risk, minor league contract in their instructional league (psst—it’s a 3-week long camp to learn baseball basics with coaches). The Mets were one of several teams that thought Tebow had potential, after watching him workout last week. Although, notably, a bunch of other teams were not impressed and one even called the workout “a complete waste of time.” Tebow is excited about the opportunity, but he will take a few days off to continue working as a college football analyst on ESPN. Detractors are calling this a publicity stunt to sell tickets (*ahem* remember Garth Brooks?), but the Mets insist that they think Tebow has potential.
Strasburg? More like Glass-burg! Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg was supposed to make his triumphant return from an elbow injury on Wednesday, but he played less than 3 innings before his elbow acted up again and he left the game. Strasburg is fantastic when he’s healthy, but that’s becoming a rare sight these days. Fortunately, it wasn’t a season-ending injury, but add 1 more tally mark to the long series of injuries he’s had throughout his career.
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Back in the act. Landon Donovan is expected to come out of retirement and rejoin the L.A. Galaxy for the rest of the season. Donovan is the all-time leading scorer for the U.S. national team and is American soccer’s biggest superstar (an oxymoron, I know!). He played most of his career with the Galaxy, including helping them win 4 MLS Cups, before he retired 2 years ago at the age of 32.
Well, that was anticlimactic. San Diego Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa will sit out week 1 with a minor hamstring injury. Palm meet face. This summer, Bosa was the last rookie in the league to sign on the dotted line. He held out on the Chargers for 31 days, because he wanted more upfront money. When he finally agreed, he had a lot of catching up to do because the preseason was nearly finished. Bosa only went to one practice before hurting himself. FANTASY FOOTBALL ALERT! In other injury news, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is also recovering from a hamstring injury and doesn’t know if he’ll play in Week 1. Is the Madden curse striking again? Adjust your fantasy football team accordingly.
Week 1 continues. Football will be playing all Sunday long, but be sure to check out these top games:
- Miami Dolphins @ Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are planning a demonstration of unification, following in the footsteps of San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s protest. 4:05pm on CBS
- New York Giants @ Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys will be missing QB Tony Romo, who broke his back last week but everyone is hyping rookie Dak Prescott, who will be starting in his place. Also, keep your eyes peeled for the hottest new running back in the game Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott. 4:25pm ET on FOX
- New England Patriots @ Arizona Cardinals. Don’t expect to see Patriots QB Tom Brady’s luscious locks anywhere. He will be serving his 4-game suspension for Deflategate, so backup Jimmy Garoppolo will be starting off the season. Tune in to see how he fares against Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of Arizona’s stellar defense. 8:30pm ET on NBC
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- Men’s semifinals start at 3pm ET today between #1 Novak Djokovic and #10 Gael Monfils followed by #3 Stan Wawrinka and #6 Kei Nishikori. The winners will compete in the final Sunday 4pm ET on ESPN
- Women’s final between #10 Karolina Pliskova and #2 Angelique Kerber. Saturday 4pm ET on ESPN