[theFringe] Last Week in Sports: October 7, 2018

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Sunday, September 30, 2018:  Sunday night wrapped up a terrible weekend for football in Pennsylvania: the Penn State Nittany Lions, Temple Owls, Villanova Wildcats, Penn Quakers, Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers all took L’s on Saturday or Sunday of last week.

Monday, October 1, 2018: Patrick “Showtime” Mahomes continued his great start to the season in the Kansas City Chiefs’ 27 – 23 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football. The young quarterback for the Chiefs completed 14 passing touchdowns, 1 rushing touchdown and 0 interceptions in the first four games of the season. He went on to throw 2 interceptions in the Chiefs game on Sunday, October 5th against the Jacksonville Jaguars but the team improved to 5 – 0.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018: Wish a happy belated birthday to Mahatma Gandhi if you missed it. Gandhi led India to independence in 1947 before his assassination in 1948 and inspired movements of freedom and civil rights across the world. Gandhi was quoted as saying that “champions are made from something they have deep inside of them – a desire, a dream a vision.” While there are no accounts of Gandhi participating or advocating for sports in his adult life, he did make appearances at football matches (also known as soccer matches in America) in order to give speeches.

Wenesday, October 3, 2018: FEMA tested its “presidential alert” system at 2:18 p.m. ET. If you have a smart phone, then you probably got a message. Very 1984.

Thursday, October 4, 2018: 500. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady tossed his 500th career touch down against the Indianapolis Colts.

Friday, October 5, 2018: The LA Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves to go up 2 games to 0 in the 5 game National League Division Series (NLDS). If you need some inspiration to get into the right mindset for baseball’s playoffs, go check out our review of Catching Hell if you missed it.

Saturday, October 6, 2018: Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor by submission in the 4th round of the UFC Lightweight Championship bout. The fight was not the most exciting but what ensued after was unforgettable. Khabib jumped out of the ring following the match to trade punches with one of Conor’s crew members who was allegedly talking negatively about Khabib’s religion, family and country. Simultaneously, two members of Khabib’s jumped into the ring to sucker punch Conor. Arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing but the incident put a black mark on Khabib’s victory.

Things to say at the water cooler on Monday at work:

“It’s a little ironic that that the Washington Redskins are playing on Columbus Day, don’t you think?”

Columbus Day is the celebration of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the Americas in 1492. 500 years later in 1992, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was established as a counter-celebration to celebrate the Indigenous People of the Americas, such as the Native Americans, instead of Columbus. The establishers of Indigenous Peoples’ Day felt that Columbus represented the violet history of colonization and should not be honored.

The name and logo of the Redskins, who play the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football, have been the heart of a general controversy regarding the use of Native American names, images and symbols by non-native sports teams. The term “redskin” is also controversial in its own right. Given the controversy surrounding the team, which many feel should be re-named, it is an interesting decision by the NFL to schedule them to play on Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples’ Day. While we don’t expect them to recognize the irony in their broadcast, we expect the internet to do so, with opinions coming in on both sides of the argument.

“Hopefully no one pulls a Khabib in this meeting…”

See Saturday, October 6, 2018 above.

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