The Play by Play
A Lion’s Share of the Profit
Matthew Stafford, the NFL’s 2009 number one draft pick, and current quarterback for the Detroit Lions, has officially become the highest paid player in NFL history, earning a total of $135 million over the next five years. Guaranteed $60.5 million at signing (even if traded, injured or fined for, at times, looking like a unshaven high-schooler), he’s quite the “catch” (or maybe “throw” since that is what he does so well). Too bad he’s already a married man!
You may be asking, as you daydream about your attractive and athletic husband-to-be, are any of the highest paid players single?! The unfortunate, yet not surprising, answer is: No. Steph Curry holds title of highest paid in the NBA with a monster 5-year $201 million dollar contract (and the world’s most adorable daughter). Shea Weber, of the NHL’s Nashville Predators rakes in about $14 million a year and is sure a treat for the eyes. And then there’s Clayton Kershaw, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He and Matthew Stafford actually grew up together and attended the same high school in Dallas, Texas. Maybe we should move down south….
Who’s In and Who’s Out
Keeping track of the early rounds at the Open is about as easy as returning one of the Williams sister’s killer serves. So here goes: Despite breezing past the number two ranked player in the world, Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova’s post-suspension run ended in the 4th round with a 3 set loss to Anastasija Sevastova, of Switzerland. Meanwhile, while both Nadal and Federer are still on a semi-finals collision course, Federer’s first two rounds were less than his best. He had TWO five set showdowns, first against American Frances Tiafoe and then a more veteran player, Mikhail Youzhny. Seemingly unbothered by his play and the media’s critique, Federer spent an afternoon practicing in Central Park. There’s no question why he’s a fan favorite!
They Work Hard for the Money
Ever felt like your spinning class was never ending?! Well that’s nothing compared to what Shelby Rogers and Daria Gavrilova just accomplished. These two ladies now hold a place in the record books, battling it out in what became the longest women’s match in US Open history. Lasting three hours and thirty three minutes, and requiring two tiebreakers, Shelby eventually came out on top (only to lose two days later to Svitolina in the third round). While both leave without victory, they have certainly cemented their place in women’s tennis!
A judge (actually TWO) is in the building! While all season Yankee Stadium has claimed Aaron Judge (an all-star rookie who smashed his way to Home Run Derby champion) in residence, this past week Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor caught a rivalry game versus the Boston Red Sox. An avid baseball fan, and from the Bronx, Justice Sotomayor is often credited with saving the sport by ending a 232-day baseball strike in 1995. And just where did she sit?! In the “Judge’s Chambers” of course, where fans don robes, wigs and often gavels in support of Aaron Judge. All Rise for Sonia!
The Faces and Facts
Scandalous Shorts: The US Open is in full swing (gotta love the sports puns) but here’s a small tidbit about its British counterpart. Henry Austin was the first competitor to wear shorts during a match at Wimbledon. In 1932. Needless to say, Queen Mary was shocked!
Sarah Thomas: The first female referee in the NFL. She started her career as a Line Judge, after 3 seasons she earned a promotion! While her role used to be called head linesman, her rise up the ranks has led the name to be changed to “Down Judge,” more gender neutral and welcoming of her presence. Blazing trails for the rest of us!
Trades, Injuries and Updates: Sometimes rather than knowing the rich and famous or historically important, simply learning the names of those in the headlines is all that matters:
- Andrew Luck (NFL Quarterback): Out for the first regular season game with no timeline for returning.
- Deondre Francois (College Quarterback): Tore his patellar tendon and is out for the season.
- Giancarlo Stanton (MLB): A big time hitter for the Florida Marlins, who’s already hit 50 home runs.
- Justin Verlander (MLB): One of the best pitchers in the league was traded to the Houston Astros.
With the NFL regular season kicking off on Thursday, in addition to knowing how points are scored, it is also crucial to understand turnovers ( the ways an offensive team can lose possession of the ball and “turn it over” to the other team).
Fumble: Imagine fumbling for your keys. A running back, or any offensive player, has the tendency to do the same thing with the football. A fumble occurs when the player in control of the ball loses it before either being tackled or scoring. Whichever team picks up the ball after it is dropped gets possession and is now on offense.
Interception: If you’ve ever intercepted a note in class, then you already know what this is. In football, an interception occurs when someone on the defense catches a ball thrown by the other team’s quarterback intended for one of his receiver. When a ball is intercepted, the offense immediately becomes defense, trying to tackle whoever caught the ball.
Are you ready for some football?
This Thursday, September 7th the NFL regular season officially starts at Gillett Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts with a meeting of the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs. Tom Brady leads the Pats from the quarterback position and hopes to bring them back to Super Bowl 52. But they’ll have to get through the Chiefs all-star defense and restrain a few stellar offensive players. If you don’t manage to catch the game, perhaps you’ve seen Travis Kelce’s reality tv show “Catching Kelce.”
The Social Hour
Maybe football still isn’t your jam but cooking and crafts are! Prepare yourself to throw the most killer Week One party with these football themed mason jars. They could hold your signature football cocktails (from a post two-weeks ago) or some lightly salted popcorn. Paint, pour and enjoy!