The past week in sports brought the usual with another weekend full of NFL and college football. Plus, University of Oklahoma’s student section caught flack for booing starting quarterback Spencer Rattler while kicker Justin Tucker broke an NFL record for longest field goal in NFL history. All while the intensity is increasing in the MLB as the regular season concludes in just four days.
Highlighting NFL week 3
Week three of the NFL regular season raised eyebrows as teams’ true identities started to show.
The Kansas City Chiefs, preseason superbowl favorites, now sit in last place in their division after losing their second straight game to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-24. Rookie quarterback, Justin Fields, started his career for the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Sept. 26 against the Cleveland Browns. The long-awaited start did not go as planned as Fields got sacked more than completed passes, and the Bears lost to the Browns 26-6.
The Los Angeles Rams remain one of five unbeaten teams through the three weeks after defeating the defending Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
After media speculation questioning his passion for the game, Aaron Rodgers led the Green Bay Packers on a game-winning drive with just 37 seconds remaining on Sunday Night Football. While on Monday Night Football, the Dallas Cowboys dominated their rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles, 41-21.
Oklahoma student section boos Rattler
Students at the University of Oklahoma showed their displeasure with recent questionable play by star quarterback Spencer Rattler. After a second quarter interception, students at the game began booing Rattler and chanted, “we want Caleb,” in reference to backup quarterback Caleb Williams.
Several Oklahoma players took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the chant, including defensive lineman Perrion Winfrey.
“Disrespecting our quarterback will never be tolerated,” Winfrey said on Sept. 26. “We put in work day in and day out. Only thing you guys should be doing is supporting us.”
Conference play begins in college football
Sept. 25 brought a full slate of conference play in college football as both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State opened their conference season with wins.
Oklahoma beat West Virginia in Norman, squeaking out a 16-13 win. Oklahoma State dominated Kansas State in their Big 12 conference opener, winning 31-20.
North Carolina State pulled off the upset, handing Clemson their second loss in the young season and ending Clemson’s playoff hopes.
Arkansas continued their impressive start to the 2021 season. Just weeks after upsetting Texas, the Razorbacks handled fifth ranked Texas A&M 20-10.
The conclusion to week four in college football brought some major shake-ups in the rankings. Arkansas jumped from no. 18 to no. 8 after beating Texas A&M. Clemson fell all the way to no. 23 after suffering their second loss, and Oklahoma dropped two spots out of that coveted top four after winning against West Virginia.
The new top four consists of Alabama, Georgia, Oregon and Penn State.
MLB standings four days away from season’s end
The MLB regular season ends in four days on Oct. 3. Intensity and drama are both starting to heat up as the importance of each game rises.
The New York Yankees swept the Boston Red Sox to take back the top wild card spot in the American League. The Seattle Mariners have also gotten hot and find themselves just a single game back of the Red Sox for their first playoff berth in 20 years.
The Tampa Bay Rays, Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals all clinched their playoff tickets over the past week.
Recording breaking kick
A new NFL record for the longest field goal in league history was set by Baltimore Ravens kicker, Justin Tucker. Tucker kicked a 66-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 26. Tucker broke the previous record of 64-yards in 2013 by Matt Prater.