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Washington Football Team, Capitals, DC United Make Personnel Moves

October 12, 2020
Source: Elijah Walter Griffin Sr./Washington Football Team
Source: Elijah Walter Griffin Sr./Washington Football Team

The GIST: With the Washington Football Team (WFT), Capitals and D.C. United making personnel moves, sports in the District are proving the phrase “the only constant in life is change” true. 

🏈Do the QB shuffle: The WFT quarterback (QB) situation keeps evolving. After starting four games, QB Dwayne Haskins was benched in favor of Kyle Allen. However, after a — let’s not sugarcoat it — horrible half, comeback kid Alex Smith took over. 

  • It was both awe-inspiring and nerve-wracking to see Smith playing on the rainy turf, but ultimately it didn’t matter who the quarterback was as the LA Rams handed the WFT their fourth-straight loss. WFT head coach Ron Rivera indicated Allen will be the starting QB next Sunday (if he’s healthy). Confused? Same here.

🏒Top shelf, where momma hides the cookies: It’s official: Henrik Lundqvist signed with the District. In addition to snagging the former NY Rangers goaltender, the Capitals also addressed their needs on defense. Intriguing.

  • We saw the departure of goalie Braden Holtby coming, but the parting is no less bittersweet. We’ll miss him not only for that save but also his steadfast support for the LGBTQ2+ community. Thank you, Holts!

⚽️End of an era: After 10 years at the helm, United’s head coach Ben Olsen was fired on Thursday. The Black-and-Red sit dead last in the MLS standings, so this move was sad, but unsurprising. Olsen starred for United in his playing days, and may stay with the organization, just in a different role.

🏀Lakers Win NBA Championship For Kobe and Gigi

October 12, 2020
Source: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images
Source: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

The GIST: They did it —the Lakers are NBA champions again! Happy Monday indeed! What a time to be alive. 

🏀Job’s finished: After 10 long years, championship number 17 is coming to LA! The Lakers absolutely steamrolled over the Miami Heat in Game 6 with stifling defense. Rajon Rondo became Playoff Rondo when we needed him the most and of course, we were #blessed to watch LeBron continue to do LeBron things. They did it for Kobe and Gigi. The tears and the champagne are still flowing.

  • While there’s already been fireworks set off around town, there’s no official parade planned just yet. Celebrate safely! 

⚾️Going, going...: The Dodgers look to follow in the Lakers’ winning footsteps when they face the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS. Atlanta has offensive firepower, highlighted by NL MVP candidate Freddie Freeman and outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr., but the Dodgers have a reliable 1-2 punch of their own with MVP candidate Mookie Betts and shortstop Corey Seager

  • Dodger pitcher Walker Buehler takes the mound for Game 1 tonight at 8:08 p.m. ET/5:08 p.m. PT. LFG!

🏈Spike the football: The Rams rebounded from last week’s so-so performance by cruising to a 30–10 win over the Washington Football Team (WFT). Behind the strength of quarterback (QB) Jared Goff’s hot start and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald’s four sacks, the WFT had no chance against our LA squad. The Rams’ celebrations could use some work though.

  • QB Justin Herbert leads the Chargers against former Charger QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints tonight at 8:15 p.m. ET/5:15 p.m. PT. At least this part of the schedule isn’t changing!

🎾Rafael Nadal Wins His 13th French Open Title, Iga Świątek Wins on Women's Side

October 12, 2020
Source: Charles Platiau/Reuters
Source: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The GIST: This weekend, Rafael Nadal hoisted his 13th (!!!) French Open (aka Roland-Garros) trophy, and fresh-faced newcomer 19-year-old Iga Świątek (pronounced SHVEE-ON-TIK) took the title on the women’s side. Très magnifique. 

How’d Rafa do it?: Nadal defeated rival Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH) in straight sets en route to the title, meaning the King of Clay now holds an incredible 100-2 match record at the French Open. The final marked the 56th time Nadal and Djokovic have squared off, an incredible rivalry — but not the greatest in the history herstory of the sport. 

  • Nadal’s win also earned him his 20th career Grand Slam title, tying Roger Federer’s record and setting off another intense GOAT debate...men’s GOAT, of course.

And on the women’s side?: Newcomer Świątek swept world No. 4 Sofia Kenin in straight sets, making her the first Polish player to ever win a Grand Slam singles title. She’s also the youngest to win the French Open since nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles lifted the trophy in 1992. Pretty good company. 

  • Świątek’s French Open performance was truly next-level. She won every single set she played, eliminating top players (including world No. 2 Simona Halep) on her way to the title.
  • And now Świątek joins a slew of first-time Grand Slam title winners. Over the last 14 Grand Slam championships, nine first-time winners have been crowned. Are you not entertained?
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Patriots Schedule, Bruins' Prospects Keep Changing

October 12, 2020
Source: USA Today
Source: USA Today

The GIST: The Patriots’ schedule and the Bruins’ free agency prospects keep changing by the hour, while the Revolution picked up a key win. Read on, Beantown!

🏈Call them out: Another day, another week of dealing with the NFL’s incompetence. With the game against the Denver Broncos rescheduled again to next Sunday, the Patriots had an unexpected bye week (though we can’t imagine it was very restful). Cornerback Jason McCourty isn’t happy with how player health and safety has(n’t) been prioritized and we can’t blame him. The league’s looking as suss as an impostor in Among Us.

🏒Something’s Bruin: The Bruins made some moves when NHL free agency opened on Friday...just not exactly the moves they wanted. The Bruins let defenseman and fan favorite Torey Krug depart in free agency, surprisingly not offering him a contract. We’ll miss seeing these antics in the Hub. 

⚽️The beautiful game: The Revolution grabbed a big 2–1 road victory over NYC FC (FC stands for Football Club) yesterday. Midfielder Lee Nguyen (pronounced WIN) had a goal and an assist, becoming the first player in club history to record 50 goals and 50 assists. Atta boy! 

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This Week in Golf, Baseball, and College Football

October 12, 2020
Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Source: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

⛳️LPGA: Sei Young Kim captured her first career major, shooting 14-under-par (!!!) at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. Kim absolutely dominated the tournament, finishing five strokes ahead of the runner-up. Not even a late alarm could stop her!

⚾️MLB: And then there were four. The best-of-seven league championship series (ALCS for the American League, NLCS for the National League) began last night, with four teams now in the hunt for a  World Series berth. In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Tampa Bay Rays took an early 1-0 series lead over the Houston Astros. 

  • The NLCS begins tonight and pits the top-seeded LA Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers led the majors in runs scored this season, but the Braves scored just one run fewer. Expect some dingers.

🏈College Football: Week 6 of college football action brought some wild upsets. Most notably, No. 22 Texas fell to previously unranked Oklahoma in a game that took four overtimes (!!!) to be decided. Also, with all of those upsets, defending national champion LSU dropped from the Top 25 rankings for the first time since 2017. Womp womp.

Reminder: the Big Ten will join the action in just under two weeks, with the Pac-12 following soon after. Expect more thrillers in the weeks to come.