The shocks of the weekend seem to be multiplying in importance the last few weeks, and this week is not any different. An NBA legend is calling it quits, an SEC coach is getting the boot and there were more NFL injuries to add to the rolling list of players lost for the season.
10. A legend is leaving the NBA
Kobe Bryant announced on Sunday that the 2015-16 season will be his last; writing “Dear Basketball” on The Players’ Tribune as a way of saying that it is time to leave the game that he has been dominant in for 20 seasons. He is playing perhaps the worst basketball of his life right now, and he understands that his body is telling him it is time to call it a career. Expect the going away parties to begin at every NBA arena that the Lakers play at and similar gifts given to Kobe like Derek Jeter received in his last MLB season.
9. Tony Romo hurt again
There were many fans and analysts asking why the Cowboys brought back Romo two weeks ago, and those questions are even louder now. Romo fractured his left clavicle again when Dallas played the Carolina Panthers, and the Cowboys are sitting at 3-8 heading into a Week 13 matchup against NFC East leading Washington on Monday Night Football.
8. Jordan Zimmerman signs with Detroit Tigers
The Tigers bolstered their pitching rotation when they signed former Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmerman to a five-year, $110 million deal on Sunday. Free agency in Major League Baseball has been kicked off with a loud boom and the Tigers might not be done this offseason. There are many high quality free agents this year, and it could be fun to watch as the chaos unfolds over the winter.
7. New York Rangers sliding
The Rangers are in the midst of a three-game losing streak that has seen them cough up the Metro Division lead to the Washington Capitals. New York has also fallen to third in the Eastern Conference during the losing streak, but there is still plenty of time to recover in the NHL. Don’t look now, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are climbing up behind you!
6. 76ers the epitome of losing
Seeing as the Philadelphia 76ers are very good at losing, that isn’t what is shocking here. The biggest shock is that they are in the midst of a whopping 33-game losing streak dating back to last season. The Sixers are last in the league at 0-18, and their new nickname should be the “Anti-Warriors” seeing as they are the total opposite of what Golden State has done.
5. Apple Cup blowout
No, Washington State was not the team blowing out the Huskies; quite the opposite in fact. The Huskies outplayed the 20th-ranked Cougars, and the game was never close. Cougars’ quarterback Luke Falk did not play because of a concussion and that greatly benefitted the Huskies. Washington also forced seven turnovers to help the Huskies win for the sixth time in the last seven meetings.
4. Jamie Vardy reaches legend status
Vardy’s story is a great one and a big reason he’s becoming successful is because of his work ethic and his fearlessness. Vardy has become the first player in the history of the Barclays Premier League to score a goal in 11 straight matches, and he has passed Ruud Van Nistelrooy to become the new record holder. If you haven’t seen him play or he is unfamiliar to you, take a look at Salute Magazine’s story on him.
3. Georgia fires football coach Mark Richt
It is almost unfair that Richt won more than 70 percent of his games at Georgia, but now finds himself unemployed. Such is the way of life for an SEC coach, especially when Nick Saban is 35-5 in his last 40 SEC conference games. The SEC has had some interesting openings so far this season, including South Carolina, possibly LSU and now Georgia. Could Richt be headed to another SEC school or will he take his talents to South Beach?
2. Tyson Fury beats Wladimir Klitschko
The British big man outboxed the champ on Saturday to win the world heavyweight title, and there are rumors swirling that Klitschko might walk away from boxing after losing the belt. Fury now holds a career record of 25-0 with 18 KOs and Klitschko falls to 64-4 with 54 KOs. If the former heavyweight champion does walk away from the sport, he should hold his head high because he has long been the dominant force in heavyweight boxing.
1. Brady and the Patriots receive first loss of 2015 season
Brock Osweiler took over for Peyton Manning last week and now finds himself adding a monstrous victory to his résumé. The Broncos came back to beat New England 30-24 in overtime, and a big reason why is because of C.J. Anderson, Ronnie Hillman and Osweiler. If the Broncos have to move on from Manning after this season, they should count themselves lucky seeing as Osweiler has learned from a legend. Does the scenario sound familiar yet? It should, because the same thing happened in Green Bay.