Written by Alex Andrew
Meet the Mets
In anticlimactic fashion, the Mets lose the World Series 4-1. This must have been crushing to a handful of New Yorkers! Did you catch that baserunning error?
I admit that I do not follow baseball all that closely, but I felt that this article would be incomplete without first rubbing some salt on these wounds. Credit to Deadspin for the cover photo.
There is something about the phrase “lacerated kidney” that makes me cringe. Allen suffered this injury on a 13 year touchdown reception, ending what had been a fairly productive season. Apparently, he will not need surgery. Let’s hope that he is able to bounce back next year, preferably with his internal organs intact.
Running Backs and their Knees
Le’Veon Bell suffered from a torn MCL joint after being tackled by noted douchebag Vontaze Burfict, effectively ending his season. This is his second serious knee injury (same knee), and could shorten his career substantially. As is usually the case when talented young men lose the ability to provide for their families, this news sent a nation of athletically inferior bottom-feeders running to their leagues waiver wires like Frank Reynolds looking for scraps (see: D.E.N.N.I.S. System). Vince Williams, Bell’s teammate, threatened retribution on social media. So there is that.
Reggie Bush of the 49ers also suffered an MCL injury after slip-sliding into a wall, and the footage would easily fit with Benny Hill music if only the outcome were less tragic. Hell, even Khiry Robinson (known primarily to those of us in 12-14 team leagues) suffered a leg injury that ended his season. This was not a good week for running backs in general. Or their knees.
Rig gets no respect
Just what in the hell is going on with Guillermo Rigodeaux? Better question, just who in the hell is Guillermo Rigodeaux? Unless you watch more than a few fights a year, you have likely never heard of him. He is a Cuban fighter who had arguably one of the greatest amateur careers of all time. He won the gold medal in both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games. Since going pro in 2009, he has secured a spot as one of the sport’s pound-for-pound best.
He is also difficult to market, one of the biggest reasons behind his recent inactivity. His style is based on footwork and counter punching, and many feel that his fights are boring. Given the fact that Floyd Mayweather is one of the sport’s biggest draws of all time, it seems odd that someone with a risk averse style would hurt one’s career. Maybe it is the fact that Rigondeaux is not the antagonistic prick that Mayweather is. Or maybe Rig has never been truly put in a position to succeed. Some argue that he might be the most compelling fighter in boxing.
So what in the hell is going on with him?
He was stripped of his WBA title just a week after being stripped of his WBO title for inactivity. Manager Gary Hyde believes that Rigondeaux is complicit in destroying his own career, and the mere fact that this dirty laundry is being aired out speaks to just how much of a mess his career is at the present moment. It does not help matters that he is currently 35 years old, and his window as a professional athlete is getting smaller by the day. If only he would get the message that there is little valor in being the world’s greatest fighter that no one has ever heard of.
From starting in the Super Bowl to sitting on the sidelines watching Blaine Gabbert take your job? The emasculation of Colin Kaepernick continues!
Tennessee Titans head coach coach Ken Whisenhunt was understandably fired after the team’s 1-6 start (although apologists exist). While the some might question the timing of said firing, is there ever a wrong time to fire your head coach when your team loses 31 out of 35 games? One of the most damning stats:
Ken Whisenhunt is 1-20 as #Titans coach when he has less than 8 months to prepare for a game.
— Tom Gower (@ThomasGower) November 2, 2015
The Detroit Lions fired both President Tom Lewand and GM Martin Mayhew. Both men had carried on in the sad tradition of Matt Millen, whose reign as CEO and President from 2001-2008 made a laughingstock of the franchise. Both Lewand and Mayhew had worked with Millen, so their failures are not surprising. It goes to show that at the end of the day, it is the front office, not the players or even the head coaches, who are ultimately responsible for the well being of the team. Championships are won first in the front office, and franchises are destroyed there as well.
When they’re singing “you’re getting sacked in the morning” at Stamford Bridge, and they’re not singing about Liverpool, you’re having a bad week. Jose Mourinho is now managing a defending champion club that is in currently in the hunt to stay out of relegation. He was just hit with a one game stadium ban for essentially being himself. He may also be facing a lawsuit after demoting a team doctor, and he may not have a job by the time you are reading this. As much as it pains me to admit this, the EPL sounds a whole lot less interesting without The Special One.
Matt Brown had to pull out of a main event bout against Kelvin Gastelum in Mexico later this month. Brown is a likable guy who fights in a relatively fan friendly style, and this would have been a great opportunity for him to build on the momentum of his submission win over Tim Means this past July. Since 2012, Brown has only lost two fights. One was to current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler, and the other was to former champion John Hendricks. While he still does not have a big win, he has certainly earned his spot near the top of the division. It would be a shame to see him lose his spot without actually setting foot in the octagon.
His run at the top is over
After a serious knee injury, Seth Rollins run as WWE Champion is coming to an end. No, pro wrestling is not an actual sport. I still felt this was worth a mention because, although these days you could not pay me to actually watch Raw, Rollins is one of the last remaining names that I still watch for. I remember watching him in Ring of Honor, and he always seemed like a hard worker. My condolences go to my friends who are still hanging on to this dying industry.