It was another great weekend in sports and the NBA is almost ready to tip-off this week. There were some blowout wins this weekend, coaches getting fired, a Homecoming tragedy and even more injuries to key players in the NFL. Here are the biggest shocks of the weekend.
10. Miami Hurricanes fire coach Al Golden
What does Miami do after a 58-0 thrashing to ACC-rival Clemson? Fire their embattled head coach Al Golden, of course. Most Miami fans knew it was coming sooner rather than later, and the Clemson loss was the final straw which drew the ire of fans and alumni alike. The biggest question now is who will take over for the Canes. The 2015 season is a loss at this point for the Canes, but they will look to make a hire that can bring in big name recruits, especially from the state of Florida.
9. UCF’s George O’Leary retires
The University of Central Florida football team has fallen to 0-8 on the season and are ranked last in the FBS in offense. Coach O’Leary is now retiring, effective immediately, and has somewhat followed in Steve Spurrier’s footsteps of not waiting to leave. It is for the best — or so it seems — and we could see a competition between UCF and Miami for coaches. It won’t be a shock to see Miami win that competition though.
8. Columbus Blue Jackets pick up first win
The Blue Jackets already fired their coach and hired John Tortorella to fill the vacancy, following an 0-8-0 start to the season. The Blue Jackets then responded by winning their first game of the young NHL season and now sit at 1-8-0. Sorry Colorado Avalanche fans, your team is the first win for Columbus, and yes, you should feel terrible about that.
7. New York Mets and Kansas City Royals meet in World Series
The “Back to the Future” writers got their Chicago Cubs World Series prediction wrong, but Chicago and Toronto both had great seasons nonetheless. The Royals head to their second consecutive World Series and are hoping that they pull off the victory over the Mets so that they won’t be bunched together with the Texas Rangers as the losers of two straight World Series. The Mets’ Daniel Murphy looks to continue his six-game postseason home run streak and lead New York to a championship.
6. Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho sent off at the half
Chelsea is having a Premier League season they would rather forget, and Saturday was a match chock full of frustration for the Blues. Not only did Nemanja Matic get sent off in the first half for two yellow cards, but Mourinho was sent into the stands at the half for allegedly trying to gain entrance to the referee’s locker room to show his disdain. Add to that the fact that Chelsea netted a total of nine cards in the game, and their loss to West Ham United stings even worse. Look for the FA to step in and levy fines and possibly suspensions as a result.
5. Baylor quarterback breaks neck in game
Bears quarterback Seth Russell took a shot on a fourth quarter play in Saturday’s 45-27 win over Iowa State and fractured a bone in his neck as a result of the play. The Baylor offense has been at full throttle all season long, but the loss of Russell could affect them negatively for the rest of the season. It was just reported by ESPN that Russell will miss the remainder of the season and his 2,104 passing yards and 35 total touchdowns will be missed.
4. NFL makes big splash with first streaming game in history
The NFL decided to live stream the Jacksonville Jaguars and Buffalo Bills game from London, and the initial response seems to be a resounding “great job” from everyone. The Associated Press reports that 460 million minutes of video were consumed during the streaming broadcast and 15.2 million unique viewers watched at least a portion of the game — a third of that internationally. It appears that the NFL threw a touchdown with this decision, but there isn’t really anything else that we can compare these numbers to. The streamed game was high quality and the game didn’t disappoint either. On a side note, the NFL saw Texans‘ running back Arian Foster rupture his Achilles’ in a blowout loss to the Miami Dolphins. A somber ending to a surprising day in the NFL, and a reminder that injuries often mar the best action in football.
3. USC upsets No. 3 Utah
Utah went into this game as the underdog and many analysts predicted that this upset would happen. It is a shock because of the way that Utah played in the game; turning the ball over, missing tackles and playing uninspired football. USC rose to the challenge and pulled it off, and Utah has fallen hard in the polls because of it. Utah currently sits at No. 13 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll after their 42-24 loss, but still hold a record of 6-1 on the season. USC threw a spectacular stiff arm in the game though and the defender was very shocked to say the least.
2. Tragedy at Oklahoma State homecoming parade
Perhaps the biggest shock of the weekend happened prior to a sporting event, and not even during a game. In a horrifyingly tragic accident, a driver plowed into a barricade at the Oklahoma State homecoming parade, killing four people and injuring many in the crowd. I don’t like the fact that this needs to be included in this article but it was a shocking event that was tied to a football game. Cowboys’ coach Mike Gundy made the following comments in his postgame press conference, following the team’s 58-10 win over Kansas.
“I just want to start by saying how sorry our staff, the Oklahoma State family and our team is about the incident earlier today,” Gundy said, according to Tulsa World’s John E. Hoover. “I don’t know a lot of details. At one time, there was some discussion, because of the impact on the families and the people involved, of whether to play the game or not. Those decisions are made kind of higher than me. I was willing to support whatever direction they wanted to go. I don’t think that that’s something that’s up for discussion at this point, but it was really difficult for our coaching staff, our team and myself, being an Oklahoma State alum. It was a very unfortunate situation, so our thoughts and prayers from all of us go out to the families.”
1. Georgia Tech blocks Florida State’s College Football Playoff chances
Just one week after the Miracle at the Big House, Georgia Tech scored on a blocked kick-six against FSU to win the game. The play is one that will live on in college football lore as being one of the best endings to a football game in recent memory. 2015 has provided us with some amazing plays, and there have been two in two weeks. What else is in store for this season in college football? We don’t know, but keep watching this video over and over again.