Bite-Size Sports – November 19th

Langston Hood

Sports Editor

 

A Strange Week in the NFL

Week 10 featured a variety of wonky headlines as “Super” Cam Newton returned to the Carolina Panthers and led them to a blowout win over the NFC-leading Arizona Cardinals. Other interesting results included the winless Detroit Lions tying the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-16 for the first tie of the season. The New England Patriots laid waste to the Cleveland Browns in a 45-7 blowout, while the Dallas Cowboys demolished the Atlanta Falcons in similar fashion 43-3. The Tennessee TItans continued their winning ways, reigning supreme in a nail biting 23-21 win over the New Orleans Saints. The Miami Dolphins also notched a surprising win over the Baltimore Ravens, winning 22-10. 

Source: ESPN.com

 

NWSL Championship Game Set

Sunday, Nov. 14th, played host to the NWSL semifinals as the Portland Thorns and OL Reign fell to the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit, respectively. These results came as a surprise as both the Thorns and Reign were the top two seeds coming into the playoffs. The Reign seemed to be on their way to victory as Eugénie Le Sommer finished off a Megan Rapinoe pass in just the third minute, however the Spirit stormed back to earn their place in the championship. Despite being outshot, the Chicago Red Stars ousted the league’s top team 2-0 to punch their ticket to Saturday’s championship game. 

Source: NWSL.com

 

NCAA Constitution Changes 

On Monday, Nov. 15th, the NCAA held a meeting to announce their newest constitution, which will be up for approval in January. Among the noteworthy changes to the constitution are the support of student-athletes profiting off of their name, image, and likeness, which signals a long-awaited shift in the NCAA’s stance against such actions. Additionally, the constitution opposes treating athletes like salaried employees, while cutting the NCAA Board of Governors from 21 to nine, one of which will include a former college athlete. Most notably, the new legislation will allow each division the “authority and autonomy” to restructure themselves as they please. 

Source: The Washington Post