No Shortage of Excitement; A Wild, Wild Week in Sports

Could we do a recap of what happened in the world of sports? Absolutely. That’s what’s so great about the wide world of sports; there’s always something happening, something going on. This week though took things to heights we haven’t experienced in quite awhile and as such, we feel compelled to look back on what happened. In no particular order…

  • Steve Sarkisian left the University of Washington for USC – as Ed Orgeron was passed over – and was replaced by Chris Petersen, who came to Seattle from Boise State.
  • A plethora of Hot Stove moves were made, highlighted by
      • Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees
      • Carlos Beltran to the Yankees
      • Curtis Granderson to the Mets
      • Robinson Cano to the Mariners
      • And a catching carousel that, if one looks beyond this past week, saw Carlos Ruiz rejoin the Phillies for 3 years/$26 million, Brian McCann join the Yankees for 5 years/$85 million, Dioner Navarro join the Blue Jays at 2 years/$8 million, A.J. Pierzynski sign with the Red Sox on a 1 year/$8.25 million deal, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia sign with the Miami Marlins for 3 years/$21 million.
  • Heisman trophy candidate and star Florida State Seminoles QB Jameis Winston was not charged by attorneys in Florida upon the completion of a sexual assault investigation.
  • Lawrence Frank and all of his head coaching experience were more-or-less given the boot by Jason Kidd and the Nets as he was relegated to providing “daily reports” (or so we’re told). This serves as a backdrop as the battered and beleaguered Brooklyn Nets season spirals further into misery and mediocrity.
  • The New York Knicks had themselves not been strangers to losing, stringing together 9 consecutive defeats, leading to mounting pressure from the New York sports media. The Knicks, however, beat the aforementioned Nets at the Barclays Center on Thursday night, and took down the Orlando Magic at MSG on Friday, leading to talk that they may have shaken out of their losing ways. Time will tell though what New York Knicks team we’ll see this season.
    • UPDATE: In a matinee affair on Sunday, the Boston Celtics completely plowed over the New York Knicks, winning by 41 (and it really wasn’t that close). Of note: Andrea Bargnani, Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith combined to shoot 8.3% (2-24). I’ll take turrible *Charles Barkley voice* for $800, Alex.
  • Manchester United’s BPL struggles continued Saturday as they dropped their second consecutive home match for the first time since 2002. Needless to say the David Moyes era has not gotten off to the start that Red Devils fans had hoped for.
  • The No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks – led by Perry Ellis and freshman Andrew Wiggins – fell short in Boulder, Colorado as the Buffaloes’ Askia Booker hit a 3 as time expired to give Colorado a 75-72 win. Colorado improves to 9-1 on the season, 7-0 at home, and breaks a 19-game losing streak against Kansas. The Jayhawks fall to 6-2 and will look to bounce back Tuesday in Gainesville against the No. 15 Gators.
  • The St. John’s Red Storm finally put together the performance their fans had been looking for all season – and then some. The final score had the Johnnies beating the Fordham Rams 104-58 in Game 2 of the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. St. John’s shot 66% from the field – including making 17 shots in a row in the 2nd half, not missing for 12 1/2 minutes – and 9-15 (60%) from 3 point range. The Red Storm were led by Orlando “Primo” Sanchez who used this game against Fordham  as his coming out party, scoring 19 points on 8-10 shooting (2-2 from 3 point range), 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Also featuring for the Red Storm was Sir’Dominic Pointer who stuffed the stat sheet as usual, scoring 12 points and adding 11 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks in 27 minutes off the bench. The Johnnies next matchup is a big one; Saturday vs. No. 4 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden.
  • Friday brought us the World Cup draw and it couldn’t have come out much tougher for the United States, who find themselves in a group with The Netherlands, Portugal and Ghana, the persistent nemesis from Africa.
  • Women’s basketball saw one if the greatest regular season games in recent memory as No. 3 Kentucky defeated No. 9 Baylor 133-130 in four overtimes at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The Bears finished the game with seven players fouled out (and four more with 4 fouls each) and three players with at least 20 points, including star guard Odyssey Sims who finished with 47 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Matthew Mitchell’s Wildcats countered with Jennifer O’Neill off the bench who scored 43 points in 46 minutes, adding 6 assists and 2 rebounds.
  • No. 21 UMass improved to 8-0 with a 105-96 win over BYU Saturday as the Minutemen got off to their best start since 1995.
  • It took two halves, 30 minutes of extra time and 10 rounds of penalties, but Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake in Kansas City, Kansas to win MLS Cup 2013. The 18th MLS Cup will be the second claimed by a team from Kansas City, who saw their lone regulation goal off the head of Aurelin Colin in a game played in very frigid conditions.
  • The No. 3 Auburn Tigers and No. 5 Missouri Tigers met at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game, and offense was certainly not lacking. At the end of the game, Auburn had come out on top 59-42 after putting up 545 rushing yards, led by junior Tre Mason whose 304 rushing yards, 46 rushes and 4 touchdowns all tied or set SEC Championship Game records.
  • Oh, and let’s not pretend Sunday didn’t happen in the NFL. Nothing too shocking though, Peyton Manning is still really good (39-59, 397 yards, 4 TDs), Josh Gordon is still on fire (7 catches, 151 yards and 1 TD), Antonio Brown came within inches of pulling off the miracle last ditch lateral play. Oh, and it snowed a ton in a bunch of different games.

About Dylan Jenkins

I'm a proud Seattlite currently living in Queens, NY. Outside of sports, I enjoy crime dramas - specifically police procedurals - as well as a wide range of music, everything from Top 40 to Iron & Wine, Bob Dylan & Rogue Wave. I am a cat person, which is to say I'm a human who enjoys felines. I have a tremendous sweet tooth that isn't very discerning, and I refuse to observe a number of unwritten social rules.
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