There were plenty of shocks of the weekend and they covered the majority of the sports world. From another injury to a big-name NFL player to comeback plays in college football, sports again provided fans with all the entertainment and excitement that a weekend should.
10. Washington Nationals still have some fight left
Nationals’ outfielder Bryce Harper didn’t like the fact that closer Jonathan Papelbon hit Orioles’ Manny Machado. Harper is a player that tells it like it is, and he called Papelbon out. That led to an exchange of words in the dugout on Sunday, followed by a physical interaction between Harper and Papelbon. The Nationals have announced that Papelbon will be suspended for the rest of the season as well.
9. Steelers lose Ben Roethlisberger for 4-6 weeks with sprained MCL
A stumbling sack by Rams safety Mark Barron led to a MCL sprain for Roethlisberger on Sunday. Many have questioned if the hit was legal or illegal, but none of that matters to the Steelers because they play AFC North rival Baltimore on Thursday night. In at quarterback now is veteran Michael Vick and he will need to play well for the Steelers to have any chance this week. At least the team has their stud running back Le’Veon Bell back from suspension.
8. NFL 0-2 teams notch their first win
This was bound to happen but the Colts, Seahawks, Eagles, Redskins, Texans and Giants all picked up their first wins this weekend. The Eagles and Colts had the most impressive wins out of the bunch because of how they won. The Eagles’ defense forced several turnovers and they finally got their run game going. The Colts had a fourth quarter comeback and then held on for dear life to stop the game-tying two-point conversion.
7. Chelsea play to 2-2 draw at Newcastle
The woes of the Blues’ continued on Saturday, as they had to fight back against Newcastle. While they were able to snatch a point from the clutches of defeat, they seem to be a weekly disappointment from the team that won the Premier League last season. At some point this season, Chelsea might fall out of the shocks of the weekend because they will start playing like the talent they have or completely fall off the face of the Earth.
6. Manchester City dismantled by Tottenham 4-1
City dropped their second consecutive Premier League match, but it’s how they lost this one that is shocking. They are normally solid when holding a halftime lead and that was the expected result of this match. But, Spurs saw wunderkind striker, Harry Kane, finally score and they added three more goals to that total. With the loss, City falls into second place in the EPL.
5. Sepp Blatter investigated by Swiss officials
The FIFA president cannot run away from controversy anymore and he was questioned by Swiss authorities in conjunction with a payment made to UEFA president Michel Platini. Corruption and FIFA seem to go hand-in-hand lately, and this won’t be the end of this story. The shocking part of this story is that Swiss officials actually questioned Blatter and went through FIFA headquarters looking for evidence.
4. NASCAR’s Tony Stewart plans retirement
Earlier today, Tony Stewart announced that he would retire following the 2016 season. He is having a terrible year on the track this season and is still being haunted by his involvement in a crash that killed a driver. Whether Stewart was at fault or not, the announcement of his retirement next year is fairly shocking but to be expected.
3. Texas’ special teams cost them another victory
Last week it was the placekicker, this week it is the punter. Texas coach Charlie Strong has to wonder why his team is costing itself so many chances this football season. The Longhorns’ faithful is thinking the same thing after Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma State, whom Texas had the lead against for most of the day. How bad was it? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
2. Chicago Cubs earn postseason berth for first time since 2008
I know, it’s the Cubs, but at some point they have to win the World Series and end the curse, right? Their last trip to the playoffs made a certain individual named Steve Bartman an infamous piece of Cubs’ history but they are hoping for far better results this postseason. Pitcher Jake Arrieta will pitch every game if he has to in order to guarantee that the curse is ended.
1a. Fourth and 14 play leads to Gators’ 11th straight victory over Tennessee
The Tennessee Volunteers have to wonder what they need to do to end their winless streak against the Florida Gators. Saturday was shaping up to be the game that ended the Gators 10-game win streak over the Vols with them holding a 27-14 lead in the fourth quarter. The Gators pulled within 27-21 late in the game and were faced with a fourth down and forever that probably has Vols’ fans still wailing from Rocky Top. It should now be referred to as the “Fourth down heard ’round the world,” then wide right happened.
1b. Blue Jays clinching postseason berth
There were some quality shocks this weekend and this is one of those. It belongs in the Top 10 from the weekend and so do all of the other things on the list this week. It is their first playoff berth in 22 years and the Seattle Mariners are now the longest postseason drought in baseball. Congrats Toronto!
1c. TCU has epic comeback against Texas Tech to save their season
Again, there were just too many plays or events from this weekend so we have a three-way tie for the No. 1 spot. Tech was sticking it to the Horned Frogs for the entire game, but TCU saved their season and No. 3 ranking with a touchdown that you have to see to believe.