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Top 10 Headlines to Know About Sports This Week

top headlines in sports news week of October 17 2021

This Week in Sports Talk (TWIST) is our weekly roundup of top headlines and current news events from the past seven days in the world of pro sports, plus a preview of what’s up next. Heading into the week of October 17, 2021, these are the top 10 headlines you need to know about to understand and join the conversation this week about sports, including football, baseball and basketball news.

top 10 headlines to know to join the talk about sports this week: October 17, 2021

It’s another BIG week in sports, with the MLB playoffs underway, college football and the NFL in mid-season, the NHL on the ice and the NBA season starting this week. So let’s get to it!

1. Highlights (and lowlights) of Week 5 in the NFL

Cards remain undefeated

As the dust settled at the end of Week 5 in the NFL, the Arizona Cardinals (5-0), led by Adorable Kyler Murray, maintained their perfect record for the season.

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Lions and Jaguars have yet to win a game this season

At the other end of the spectrum, the number of teams with zero wins at the end of Week 5 remains at two: the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) and the Detroit Lions (0-5). As Detroit natives, we cannot tell you how embarrassing this is.

other items of note from Week 5

Other highlights (and lowlights) from last weekend? The Buffalo Bills (4-1) decisively defeated the Kansas City Chiefs (2-3), putting the once-favorite Super Bowl finalists at the bottom of the AFC West. The Bills currently sit atop the AFC East. Yep, it’s a weird, weird season so far.

The Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen. Courtesy Photo.

In other Week 5 news, Tampa Bay’s (5-1) Tom Brady threw five touchdowns and went for 411 yards, putting him at 15 touchdowns season to date. For an old dude, he plays pretty well, no?

On Monday Night Football, the Baltimore Ravens (4-1) overcame a deficit of 19 points to roar back for the win in overtime over the Indianapolis Colts (1-4). Ravens’ quarterback Lamar Jackson was impressive, going 37 of 43, throwing for 442 yards and scoring four touchdowns.

Injuries abound in week 5

Last Sunday, the New York Giants (1-4) lost to the Dallas Cowboys (4-1). And they also suffered the loss of three key players. Quarterback Daniel Jones, running back Saquon Barkely and wide receiver Kenny Golladay suffered injuries and did not return to the game.

Also on Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals (3-2) quarterback Joe Burrow was hospitalized following an overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers (4-1). And Pittsburgh Steelers (2-3) wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster suffered a shoulder injury and is reportedly out for the rest of the season.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Photo Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports.

Finally, Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson broke his 165-game starting streak due to a finger injury. He’s out for at least two weeks, and just like that the Seahawks’ prospects for the postseason look very grim.

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2. Week 6 Thursday Night NFL Game

In what was surely a sweet victory after the sting of Super Bowl LII, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-1) scored a 28-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (2-4) on Thursday Night Football.

Brady completed 34-of-42 passes for 297 yards and a pair of touchdowns. This after just 4 days’ rest from his Week 5 game! That’s why he’s the G.O.A.T. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback Tom Brady. Photo Credit: USA Today.

3. NFL Week 6 – notable games to catch

Los Angeles Chargers (4-1) at Baltimore Ravens (4-1).

This battle between a pair of 4-1 teams is generating a lot of excitement. Both quarterbacks – Lamar Jackson and Justin Herbert – are having good seasons, and it promises to be a good game.

Cleveland Browns (3-2) at the Arizona Cardinals (5-0)

Will this be the week that the last undefeated team goes down? In a move late in the week, the Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had agreed to trade star tight end Zach Ertz to the Cardinals in exchange for rookie cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick. Ertz had played for the Eagles for 8 years, ever since they drafted him in 2013. He won a Super Bowl ring when the Eagles defeated the Patriots in 2018, and he had publicly stated his desire to spend his entire career in Philly.

The move makes it clear that the Cards plan to be real contenders this season; Ertz is a veteran player who will bring a lot their lineup. The trade also highlights Philly’s commitment to rebuilding their roster. Hey, this might all work out well. Maybe Ertz will be in the Super Bowl again . . . 

Meanwhile, the Cards’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury and their General Manager Steve Keim have both tested positive for COVID-19, and will miss today’s game.

London calling

The Miami Dolphins (1-4) and Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5) hop across the pond for the second NFL game in London this season. Pub owners, you’ve been warned: Urban Meyer is coming to town. 

4. Raiders’ Jon Gruden is out

It seemed unlikely that any NFL coach could make Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer look good (or at least not so bad), but it has happened.

This week, Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned after emails he wrote disparaging women, Black people and members of the LGBT+ community came to light. The emails date from 2010 to 2018, and include personal attacks on NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith (who is Black). And topless photos of Washington Football Team cheerleaders that were taken without their knowledge or consent.

Nope, we are not making this up. One email even included vulgarity directed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jon Gruden, former head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Gruden was 4 years into a 10-year $100 million contract and there’s no word on how much of that contract will be paid out. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have removed Gruden from their “ring of honor.” Sketchers has dropped him as their “brand ambassador.” And EA Sports is removing his likeness from their Madden NFL video game series.

At the press conference announcing his resignation, when asked about the content of the emails, Gruden replied “I don’t want to talk about it.” To which we say: at least cowboy up and own your own actions, dude.

And where do the Raiders go from here? Public relations may dictate a strong pivot in the opposite direction. As CBS Sports reported: “‘You know what’s next,’ a source said. ‘Hire a Black head coach. Or a Black GM. Hire a female executive.'” Watch this space for further updates.

5. college football week 7

The twists and turns of this year’s college football season have made it pretty fun to watch, even if you’re just an occasional fan. As our intrepid Minneapolis Sports Desk predicted at the beginning of the season, Iowa has proven to be a team to watch. With six weeks down and eight weeks to go, Iowa started Week 7 as one of the 13 teams that remain undefeated.

In fact, the Big Ten is newly relevant this season. Last week, Iowa recovered from a 14-point deficit to take down Penn State 23-20. Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State were all undefeated at the end of week 6. And the University of Cincinnati‘s performance has put the AAC in the spotlight (although that won’t last long, as the team is headed to the Big 12 Conference no later than 2024).

Georgia moves to No. 1 in the AP poll

Heading into week 7, the AP Top 25 poll ranked Georgia No. 1 for first time in the regular season since 1982. That was one of many aftereffects of the Texas A&M upset of the Alabama Crimson Tide in week 6. Alabama dropped to No. 5 in the poll this week.

The Georgia Bulldogs are at the top of the AP poll for the first time in over two decades. Courtesy Photo.

So where are we at the end of week 7? Well, No. 1 Georgia had no problem dealing with No. 11 Kentucky yesterday in a home game. At the moment, they’re a shoo-in for the College Football Playoff (CFP). Cincinnati rolled over Central Florida for a 56-21 win.

The same cannot be said of Iowa, sadly. The Hawkeyes suffered a shocking upset loss, 24-7, at home to Purdue. That takes them out of the top position in the Big 10 – it will take perfect performance from here on in for them to be contenders for the CFP.

Other notable games? LSU topped Florida, 49-42, to snap a two-game losing streak. No. 12 Oklahoma State beat No. 25  Texas, 32-24. The win  puts them in position for a spot in the Big 12 championship game.

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6. MLB National League championship series sees Braves rematch with the Dodgers

Giants’ Cinderella story comes to an end

After Monday night, the San Francisco Giants were just one win away from the National League Division Series pennant. And a trip to the National League Championship Series (NLCS). They had a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series and momentum was on their side.

Fun fact: that Game 3 loss was the Dodgers’ first with ace Max Scherzer on the mound. He had a perfect 12-0 in his starts prior to Monday – which is pretty amazing. Best. Trade. Ever!

Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles.

But sadly for San Francisco fans, in the end it was not to be. In a winner-take-all Game 5 on Thursday night, the Dodgers delivered a 2-1 win. And the defending World Series champions now move on to the NLCS.

NLCS will again be Braves v. Dodgers

They’ll meet the Atlanta Braves, who clinched their division title on Tuesday night with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They took the series in four games.

This is the fifth time in the past six seasons that the Dodgers have advanced to the NLCS. Consider this a grudge match for Atlanta. Last year, the Dodgers defeated the Braves in seven games to reach the World Series. Which they went on to win against the Tampa Bay Rays. This should be a electric series to watch, no matter who you’re rooting for.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried. Photo Credit: AP.

Last night, at Game 1 in Atlanta, the Braves took the lead in the series with a 3-2 win.

7. MLB American League championship series tied 1-1

The Boston Red Sox defeated the top-ranked team, the Tampa Bay Rays, to advance to the American League championship. In an emotional end to the series, the Sox won at home on the same day as the Boston Marathon, ending the series 3-1. A fine day in Beantown. And if those of us in Patriots Nation felt just a wee bit happy that Tampa Bay can’t have all the fun, well . . . you’ll excuse us just this once for our churlishness.

The Boston Red Sox win Game 4 of the ALDS. Photo Credit: David Butler Ii/USA Today Sports, via Reuters.

The Red Sox now have to slay the Houston Astros, who routed the Chicago White Sox in their ALDS series, which ended Tuesday with a 10-1 Astros win.

On Friday, the Astros started the ALCS series strong, with a Game 1 win in Houston. But yesterday, the Red Sox answered with two Grand Slams in the 1st and 2nd innings, which has never happened in the MLB post season before. The Sox won Game 2 and the series is tied 1-1 as of this posting.

8. Cards fire their Manager

Meanwhile, lots of teams are cleaning house after disappointing seasons. In a bit of a shocker, this week the St. Louis Cardinals fired manager Mike Shildt. It happened just a week after the Cardinals lost to the LA Dodgers in the National League Wild Card Game.

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In a surprise move this week, Mike Shildt was fired as Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Photo Credit: Chicago Sun-Times.

While it seems to be a bit of a head-scratcher given that the team won 17 consecutive games during the month of September, press reports are that the front office had been considering this move throughout the 2021 season.

Everyone had been fixated on whether the New York Yankees will keep their manager Aaron Boone – meanwhile, this move wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen.

9. Nets ban Kyrie Irving as NBA season kicks off this week

The new NBA season starts this Tuesday, October 19th. And at least a couple of famous faces will be missing.

The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving continues to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. And now the team has refused to accommodate him any longer. This week they announced that he’ll be banned from practices and games until he is fully vaccinated.

The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving. Courtesy Photo.

Despite the loss of Irving for the season, the Brooklyn Nets remain the consensus favorites to win the NBA Championship this season. We’ll see what the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks have to say about that . . . In an ironic twist, the superstar LA Lakers finished the preseason winless. And the often hapless New York Knicks finished undefeated. If only the preseason was a true indicator of what happens after the season starts! Sadly, Knicks fans, it never is.

In other NBA news, the New Orleans Pelicans announced that they will continue to monitor the condition of their star forward, Zion Williamson. He suffered from a fractured foot during the offseason, and now Williamson will miss the start of the 2021-22 NBA season. Ugh!

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

10. NHL season begins

In the season openers this week, the defending Stanley Cup champions the Tampa Bay Lightning lost to the Pittsburg Penguins 6-2. And the brand-new franchise, the Seattle Kraken, lost to the second-newest franchise, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, 4-3.

This Week in Sports Talk October 17, 2021

That’s our take on the news headlines today and the previews of the week ahead that you need to know to understand and join the talk about sports – including football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Stay safe and strong out there, dear reader. See you next week.

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