This week in NFL, we saw a rematch of Super Bowl 2014 when the Seattle Seahawks hosted the Denver Broncos on Sunday at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. Although the game started out slow with a Seattle 17-3 lead going into the fourth-quarter, the Denver Broncos managed to thrill the fans by coming back and tying the score at 20. With only 18 seconds left in regulation, this forced the game into overtime. Seattle won the coin toss and proceeded to score a touchdown to win the game while Manning sat on the sidelines, not getting the chance to play in overtime. This has once again brought dialogue as to the fairness of the overtime rules. Previously, the receiving team could win with just a field-goal. Now, they have to score a touchdown. So, is it fair that both teams are not allowed to share possession when a game goes into overtime? In my opinion, each team has the chance to win. They can win long before a game goes into overtime. They can stop them before they score a touchdown. There are plenty of opportunities to prevent an opposing team from scoring in order to take the win. The same rules apply to ALL teams, thus in my opinion, making it fair.
Tony Stewart has been cleared of any wrong doing in an accident at a dirt track in upstate New York, that killed Kevin Ward Jr. Both had been racing for position when Ward’s car crashed. Ward then proceeded to get out of the car and appeared to have walked toward Stewart. At that time, Stewart struck and killed Ward. It was later revealed that Ward had the substance, marijuana in his system. A grand jury made a decision that Stewart would not be charged for the death of Ward as the incident has been ruled an accident.
And in baseball this week. Baseball fans everywhere tuned in to see Derek Jeter play his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. It was an emotional scene with fans sporting the #2 in honor of their hero, chanting his name in each and every inning. At times, it looked like The Captain was ready to tear up a little with the realization that this was it. This was his final game at home and is an end to an era. In an exciting finish, Jeter did not let his fans down. Who would have thought that the winning run, in the bottom of the 9th, would be from the man that so many gathered to honor. In typical Derek Jeter style, Jeter hit a single which scored the winning run. It was epic coming from a man, known to his fans as “Captain Clutch.” What a way to end your career at you last home game. Happy trails, Captain. You will be missed.
THIS WEEK IN SPORTS HISTORY:
On September 26, 1994, The People vs OJ Simpson as the double murder trial begins with the jury selection. Insert stills of the white Ford Bronco and the bloody glove found on Simpson’s property were seen on that day. Simpson was accused of the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson (his ex wife) and her friend Ronald Goldman whose bodies were found shortly after midnight on June 13, 1994. Coincidently, exactly one year later on September 26, 1995, the prosecution began its closing arguments in the Simpson case. On October 3, 1995, the world awaited the verdict which led to OJ Simpson being acquitted for the murder of Brown and Goldman.
GREATEST OF THE GREATS:
And now for a stroll down memory lane. One of the National Basketball Association’s greatest games took place on March 2, 1962. It was a game that featured the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks at the Hersheypark Arena in Hershey Pennsylvania. Wilt Chamberlain, aka Wilt the Stilt, scored 100 points in a single game. The Warriors won that game with the final score being 169-147 over the Knicks. With only 46 seconds left in the game, Chamberlain was sitting at 98 points. All five of the Knicks players surrounded Chamberlain in those final seconds, trying desperately to stop him from hitting those last two points. But Chamberlain freed himself from their clutch, jumped high and stuffed the ball for an alley-oop slam dunk. Of course the fans rushed the court once the buzzer went off. Apparently, there was no video of the 100-point shot and no major news outlets attended the game. However, there are some audio recordings from the 4th quarter and the many fans that witnessed that incredible game. The missing footage and the lack of media only highlights the legend of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game.