It has been quite an eventful week in the world of sports. The NBA tipped off on the 27th where returning champions, the Golden State Warriors, looked every bit the part. League MVP, Stephen Curry, won Western Conference Player of the Week after helping to lead the Warriors to a fast 3-0 start with a dominating performance in Tuesday’s opener scoring 24 points in the first quarter and 40 overall in Golden State’s 111-95 win over the New Orleans Pelicans. After the first three games, Curry leads the league in average points per game with 39.3. Speaking of NBA Playoff finalists, the Cleveland Cavilers lost in a thrilling heartbreaker to the Chicago Bulls 97-95 with President Obama in attendance. LeBron James had his first double-double of the season with 25 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Bulls. Derek Rose, who fractured his orbital bone during the pre-season, played most of the night with what he described as “blurry and often even double vision,” yet still managed to score 18 points including going 2-4 at the free-throw line.
On Wednesday, after coaching for 38 years, Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill resigned due to on-going health issues. Many of the Golden Gophers fans may remember a few years ago, in his first home game, Kill suddenly went into a seizure on the field in a scary moment for all. Afterwards, he dealt with periods of time where he was sidelined from coaching due to his health battles. Overall Kill finished his career with a 156-102 record, including going 29-29 at Minnesota also capturing one National Championship as an offensive coordinator with Pittsburg State (Kan.) in 1991 and seven National Coach of the Year honors. He coached with distinction and received tremendous amounts of support from current and former players and coaches.
The NFL kicked off week 8 with the undefeated Patriots remaining unbeaten against the Miami Dolphins. There is no hiding of the fact that Tom Brady and the Patriots are making statement wins this year following the well documented drama from the off season. By the time Sunday had come and gone, all undefeated teams with the exception of the Panthers, who play in the Monday Night game against the Colts, will have played and one of them will have lost for the first time. Sunday night’s game featured the 6-0 Packers against the 6-0 Broncos where Peyton Manning had a 340 yard passing game with no touchdowns or interceptions and Aaron Rodgers was held to a career low of 77 yds. Broncos won 29-10.
Finally, a World Series Champion was crowned when the Kansas City Royals avenged last year’s loss in Game 7 and defeated the Mets in 5 games, coming from behind in the last three games of the series to do so and captured their first title in 35 years. What a week!