This past weekend didn’t provide very many shocks of the weekend but there were some items that made the list that revolved around cultural issues. Whether fans like it or not, sports provides us with a glimpse of society’s sufferings or events that make it even more apparent that we tend to use sports as a way to get away from it all for a few hours.
10. Greg Hardy’s domestic assault photos released
The NFL has had more than enough to deal with over the last year regarding off-field issues involving its players, and photos of the Hardy incident put icing on the cake. The release of the photographs of the alleged victim brought up feelings we had for Hardy when the event first took place, but blame was being placed at the feet of the NFL and that is what makes this situation so shocking. It is time to place blame where it should fall — on Hardy and the Cowboys‘ organization. We addressed all of the issues surrounding the Hardy scenario in an article on Sunday night.
9. FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders MLS match
If you were too busy watching the Eagles-Cowboys game last night, we understand. The MLS playoffs seem to always provide some great matches for fans, and Sunday night’s match was no different. FC Dallas‘ Walker Zimmerman sent the game to extra time with a 91st minute goal, and he also won it when the game went to penalty kicks. You can watch the highlights of the second leg here.
8. Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers to 17-16 win over Falcons
Yes, you read that right, and we were just as shocked as you that Gabbert and the Niners beat Matt Ryan and the Falcons. His stat line wasn’t overwhelming, by any stretch, but he was 15 of 25 with 185 yards and two touchdowns. The Niners made the change to Gabbert from Colin Kaepernick and they picked up the win, but they still sit at 3-6 heading into their bye week.
7. Jeff Gordon has chance to win Sprint Cup in 2015
After an abysmal NASCAR season for Gordon, he became the first driver to place himself in the Championship 4. This is Gordon’s last season as a full-time driver and he is making the most of it when it matters the most. NASCAR fans are probably even more shocked than we are, but we had to show the car racing world some love in our shocks of the weekend this time around.
6. Colts send Broncos to their first loss
Only our Editor-in-Chief Adrian Glover gave the Colts a chance to win this game on Sunday, and win they did. Andrew Luck looked like the quarterback that we’ve come to know in the last few years and Indy picked up the win. An Aqib Talib eye poke and a holding call on a Colts field goal try are what sealed the deal for the Broncos first loss of the 2015-16 season. The Colts jumped out to an early lead before pulling off the late upset, and you can watch all of the highlights here.
5. Alabama dominates Fournette and LSU
The Alabama Crimson Tide faced a lot of scrutiny for being placed in the first College Football Playoff rankings, but they came out and showed why they deserved to be in the top four rankings. Not only did Alabama shut down LSU RB Leonard Fournette (19 carries for 31 yards), but they also saw their own running back, Derrick Henry, shred the LSU defense to the tune of 38 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Some college football analysts now think that Henry is the leader in the Heisman trophy race with his performance against the Tigers. Stay tuned college football fans, the 2015 season is going to come down to the wire!
4. Oklahoma State showed up in the first half against TCU
Once again, TCU fans were irate that they were left out of the first CFP rankings, but apparently the committee knew something that everyone else didn’t. Oklahoma State has been the comeback kids of college football, but they didn’t need a comeback to help them obliterate TCU because they never let off of the gas on Saturday. OK St. turned a 28-9 halftime lead into a 49-29 victory behind the arm of sophomore quarterback Mason Rudolph’s arm. Rudolph threw for 352 yards and five touchdowns and the Cowboys’ defense made TCU QB Travone Boykin‘s Heisman stock plummet by intercepting him four times.
3. Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy is gold
LC is third on the table and having an amazing 2015 campaign, with a big chunk of that coming from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. Vardy scored again on Saturday versus Watford, which marks the ninth straight Premier League game that Vardy has scored in. He is only one goal away from tying the EPL mark for consecutive matches with a goal and the teams next game is away at Newcastle on Nov. 21. If you aren’t familiar with this athlete, you need to watch the highlights of his goals this season.
2. Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos with the bicycle kick
How good was the bicycle kick goal from Ramos this weekend? Exceptional, but he was unfortunately injured on the play and had to leave the match. An injury won’t take away from the greatness that the goal was off of a set piece for Madrid, but they ended up losing the match 3-2 to Sevilla. Get well soon, Sergio Ramos, because we want to see you in the shocks of the weekend again soon.
1. Tim Wolfe resigns as University of Missouri president
Earlier in the weekend, Missouri football players were boycotting and did not plan on playing until Wolfe resigned or was fired by the university because of his lack of handling some racial incidents that had occurred on campus. No matter what your viewpoint is on the situation, you have to respect the football players taking a stand and the coaching staff backing that stand. Earlier today, Wolfe resigned and now Missouri can go on with its normal routine. It is also important to note that Wolfe made the right decision to prevent this incident from getting out of hand.