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Monday, September 27, 2021
Sixty six. 66. Sesenta y seis. A number never before breached by a field goal kicker. On a successful Field Goal at least. Until Sunday. What appears to be the best kicker of at least this generation or maybe ever, Baltimore Ravens uber-leg Justin Tucker both wowed the entire NFL fan population and punched another hole in the Detroit Lions gut by kicking the longest field goal in NFL history. A record that may not ever be broken. With three seconds left after the heavily favored Ravens converted a near impossible fourth and 19, they found themselves with no choice but to send out Tucker to convert a record 66-yard FG to win 19-17. Mind you, in his career, he'd only converted one of five from 60+ yards. Make it two of six. Note the other was also against the Lions, also as time expired, also a 2 point win. Tucker cemented his legacy with a highlight for generations and a record for maybe ever.
Monday, September 20, 2021
The first two weeks of the NFL has provided a number of tight games, upsets, surprises and top performances. And upsets. Two of the biggest wins so far have been executed by the Las Vegas Raiders led by our Sportsman of the Week Derek Carr. Shuffled a tough schedule to start, hosting the formidable Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football, then travelling to menacing Pittsburgh for a noon start (over three time zones) to face the Steelers. 2-0. After a thrilling overtime on Monday Night, including 10 points in the last 4 minutes, including a last minute FG drive for the tie, Carr led his team to a 33-27 victory essentially twice as a TD was overturned the Raiders survived a Ravens possession to win on a 31 yard TD pass. Head to Sunday in Pittsburgh in which Carr led a workmanlike effort to down the Steelers with ease 26-17. Two of their biggest contenders behind them, the Raiders schedule lightens up. Carr has clocked a 66.7% completion rate, 817 yards (that's over 400 per game) and 4 TD. The Raiders have vaulted themselves into contention in the AFC, two showdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs loom but Derek Carr is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!
This is Derek Carr's second Sportsman of the Week honor and at eight years, believed to be the longest duration between as he was the 91st Sportsman of the Week in 2013!
Monday, September 13, 2021
An exciting and unpredictable finish punctuated the 2021 United States Open (of Tennis) and the biggest surprise was on the ladies side of the bracket. Youth was served as teenagers Leylah Fernandez (Canada) faced off against Great Britain's Emma Raducanu in what turned out to be a straight set victory for the latter. Raducanu became the first qualifier to make the Finals of the Open and didn't drop a set throughout the two week tournament. She never even needed a tiebreak. Fernandez did some heavy lifting in ousting favorites such as Naomi Osaka and Angelique Kerber and actually beat 3 of the Top 5 seeds. But Raducanu was just too amazingly hot to stop. Raducanu may be on the precipice of a stalwart career and is the Longhorndave Sportswoman of the Week!
Monday, September 6, 2021
In the biggest game of the college football kickoff weekend, the biggest win was by the Georgia Bulldogs. Led by their defense, they defeated the defending ACC Champions 10-3 in an effort that felt like the Tigers couldn't score if they had 40 quarters instead of four. While the Bulldogs offense struggled, their defense struck for the only touchdown of the game in a big win over the Clemson Tigers 10-3. Senior Chris Smith made a quick break on a ball and did the rest with his legs and blocks in scoring a classic "Pick-6" which was the difference in the game. While certainly his effort wasn't the only part of the defensive domination, he represents the Dawgs in their big win and made a huge statement in being SEC East Favorites. Chris Smith is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!