Sunday Sports Shorts

Jets and Giants will play their annual preseason game this Sunday afternoon to close out the preseason. It’s the battle of New York football. The most important part of this game will be the quarterback position for both teams and the way the coaches will manage their playing time for this game. 

Hawaii defeated Tennessee 5-1 to advance to the Little League World Series championship game. Hawaii will play Curacao on Sunday.

Utah State took care of business against Connecticut. Utah quarterback Logan Bonner threw three touchdown passes. Running back Calvin Tyler Jr rushed for 161 yards. Utah State defeated Connecticut, 31-20. 

The Mets played the Old Timers Game on Saturday afternoon. 1986 World Series MVP Ray Knight returned to Citi Field. Mike Piazza, Todd Zeile, Benny Agbayani, Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy, Dwight Gooden, John Franco, Jesse Orosco, and many more Mets legends participated in the event. 

Pedro Martinez spent four seasons with the Mets during the mid-2000s. He’s not happy with the results from 2006. He was injured, and the Mets were one win away from going to the World Series, and Pedro couldn’t be out there to help the team. Therefore, he felt great to be part of the Mets Old Timers Day Game. 

Auburn’s Athletic Director, Geno Smith, Resident Evil Cancellation

Auburn will be searching for a new athletic director. The school announced Friday that Allen Greene has decided to step away from his role as AD “to pursue other professional interests.” Auburn University and Greene parting ways have long been expected, with Greene’s contract expiring on Jan. 31, 2023.

The Seattle Seahawks have decided which quarterback will be the Week 1 starter on Sept. 12 against former Seahawks QB and now Broncos QB Russell Wilson. Geno Smith will be the starter for Week 1. Smith signed with Seattle in 2019, backed up Wilson for three seasons, and re-signed in April on a one-year, $3.5 million deal. He has a 13-21 career record as a starter

The first live-action series in the Resident Evil franchise will be a short-lived one. Netflix has canceled the series after a single season. 

Joe Pesci, Vanessa Bryant, NFL Kickoff Commercial, Matt Araiza Allegations

Happy Friday everyone! There’s a lot to discuss that’s been happening this week in Sports, Movies and Music. So let’s get to it.

In return to acting — and television — Oscar winner Joe Pesci will star opposite Pete Davidson and Edie Falco in Bupkis, Peacock’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy that tells a heightened, fictionalized version of Davidson‘s life. Pesci will be playing Davidson’s grandfather and Falco as his mother. 

Rappers Lil Wayne and Pusha T starred in a commercial kicking off the upcoming NFL season that surfaced online. The Young Money boss is wearing an Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers jersey and holding a t-shirt gun, while Pusha T is wearing a Tom Brady Tampa Bay Buccaneers jersey and riles the crowd up on a microphone.

Uncompromising news if you’re a Buffalo Bills fan or part of the organization. Matt Araiza, the Buffalo Bills punter who came to prominence in college football as the “Punt God” last season, has been accused of participating in the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in a civil lawsuit. 

The lawsuit alleges that Araiza, then an All-American at San Diego State, had sex with the minor outside his off-campus house. At the same time, she was intoxicated at a party in October, then brought inside a room where multiple men repeatedly raped her.

Vanessa Bryant has plans to donate the money to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, the nonprofit named in her husband and daughter Gianna’s memory. 

The foundation, established by Kobe in 2016 and renamed after the crash in 2020, is dedicated to providing funding and sports programming to underserved athletes.

A jury awarded the $16 million to Bryant and an additional $15 million to Chris Chester, whose wife Sarah and daughter Payton also died in the crash, on Wednesday, ending a legal battle that had been in the works for two years. 

Nick Cannon, Sylvester Stallone, Barbie Ferreira‘s Departure

Nick Cannon is going to be a father for the 10th time. Jesus! He’s reached a milestone. How much more kids does he need? He’s expecting his third baby with model Brittany Bell. The last kid they had together was a son named Zen, but unfortunately and sadly, he died five months after he was born. Regardless, congratulations to Nick and his family on the new blessing. 

Sylvester Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin are getting divorced after being married for 25 years. Many divorces and separations have been happening lately, especially in Hollywood. Stallone has been filming his upcoming Paramount Plus series “Tulsa King” in Oklahoma City. Supposedly, the divorce news surprised many people, especially their mutual friends, because she’s been on set constantly for his series. We don’t know all the behind or the scenes details, but hopefully, this doesn’t turn into an ugly divorce situation. The couple had three daughters, who have been filming their reality show together. We wonder how that will play out with this new change in their lives. 

Actress Barbie Ferreira says she will not be returning to “Euphoria” for its third season.

She announced her departure via Instagram, writing a story post: “After four years of getting to embody the most special and enigmatic character Kat, I have to say a very teary-eyed goodbye. I hope many of you could see yourself in her as I did and that she brought you joy to see her journey into the character she is today. I put all my care and love into her, and I hope you guys can feel it. Love you, Katherine Hernandez.”

Sunday Sports Shorts

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias hasn’t lost since June 12 – going 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA, 67-11 strikeout-walk rate, and .198 opponents’ average over his past 11 starts. 

Chicago Sky dominated Game 2 against the New York Liberty by winning 100-62 to tie the series 1-1 in the first round of the WNBA Playoffs. There will be a decisive Game 3. Candace Parker added 12 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists for the Sky. The Liberty finished 3-for-20 from 3-point range.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen led a six-play opening drive for a touchdown in a 42-15 win over the Denver Broncos. 

Leon Edwards scored a last-minute, out-of-nowhere head-kick KO to Kamaru Usman to win at Vivint Arena in the main event of UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After a solid first round that he won, Edwards struggled most of the way. Usman, who entered the fight with 15 consecutive wins in the UFC, was a minute away from tying Anderson Silva’s promotional record of 16 wins in a row. It’s arguably the most outstanding record in the sport. 

Sports Throwback Thursday: SMU’s Pony Excess

It’s Thursday! You know what that means…SPORTS THROWBACK THURSDAY! Today’s article will be about SMU’s Pony Excess and the scandal that shook up the program. 

From 1981-1984, a small private school in Dallas owned the best record in college football. Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson shared carries with Craig James and Charles Waggoner, all three blue-chip recruits in 1979. Waggoner was hurt returning a kickoff their freshman season, leaving Dickerson and James to lead SMU’s running attack, called the Pony Express. 

The Mustangs of Southern Methodist University (SMU) were riding high on the backs of the vaunted “Pony Express” backfield. 

In January 1976, Meyer was hired as the head coach at Southern Methodist University, where he led the Mustangs for six seasons. This tenure included winning the Southwest Conference championship in 1981. While at SMU, Meyer was the losing coach in the famous “Miracle Bowl” in the 1980 Holiday Bowl, where SMU held a 45–25 lead against BYU with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, only to lose 46–45 thanks to three touchdown passes from Cougar quarterback Jim McMahon.

Meyer moved to the pros in 1982, where he coached the New England Patriots for three seasons.

On February 25, 1987, the school and the sport were rocked as the NCAA meted “the death penalty” on a college football program for the first and only time in its history. SMU would be without football for two years. 

As for SMU’s best player, Eric Dickerson has a superb career. During his NFL career, he rushed for over 13,000 yards. He holds the NFL’s single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards, set in 1984. Dickerson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1999. He is one of the greatest running backs of all time

The Game-Eminem Silly Drama

Rapper The Game can’t seem to get Eminem off his mind. It’s getting ridiculous, and it’s no fun saying that because we love Game and what he has accomplished in Hip Hop. Now, we have other people getting involved. It’s Eminem’s daughter who decided to speak out against The Game. 

Hailie Jade, the daughter of Eminem, came to her father’s defense on Twitter, Friday night after The Game released a diss track aimed at the legendary rapper titled “The Black Slim Shady.” In a pair of posts, Jade labeled The Game, “obsessed.”

“If you have to make a song 10mins long about someone you ‘dislike,’ it’s giving obsessed,” Jade wrote in a tweet before adding, “My dad is so legendary that people have to diss him in their songs just to attract an audience because they know they would flunk without the attention.”

There’s something that needs to be said, whether we like hearing it. Still, we need to stop saying “white man this, white man that” because if a white man answers anything in return for an African American, it will turn into significant chaos. It’s a double standard. 

Music beef is overrated, and it’s not worth it. 

Sunday Sports Shorts

Ronald Acuña Jr homered on the first pitch of the game. Matt Olson hit his 24th home run, and the Braves beat the Marlins 6-2 to sweep a doubleheader in Miami. 

Miami Dolphins quarterback Skylar Thompson was drafted in the 7th round of the 2022 NFL Draft. In his first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he threw for 218 yards passing and a touchdown. Dolphins won 26-24 after a missed goal by the Bucs kicker. 

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury said he is retiring from boxing on his 34th birthday on Friday, having previously performed several U-turns over his future in the sport.