The Week That Was 8/8-8/14

Welcome to your weekly sports recap, The Week That Was, where we will do a quick overview of the stories, scores, and items from the world of sports that you might have missed. Checkout out the rest of MentalDimes.com for sport-specific content on your favorite teams and do not forget to check out our podcast, which is available on Spotify, Apple, and YouTube; search for Mental Dimes.

NFL

The NFL preseason kicked off in earnest this weekend with a full slate of games beginning on Friday, August 12th. The Atlanta Falcons picked up a road victory defeating the Detroit Lions 27-24. The Cleveland Browns picked up a “W” against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags fans let their feelings about Browns QB Deshaun Watson be known in no uncertain terms.

The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 36-23, and the New York Jets picked up a road win over the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21. Quincy Williams delivered a late hit to Philadelphia starting quarterback Jalen Hurts during the first quarter drawing the ire of Philly head coach Nick Sirianni. The San Francisco 49ers were the only home team to taste victory on Friday, beating the Green Bay Packers 28-21.

NFL fans were treated to eight games on Saturday as the first full weekend of preseason games continued. The Chicago Bears defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 19-14, while the Washington Commanders continued to be unimpressive in a home loss to the Carolina Panthers 23-21. Tyler Bass kicked a 46-yard field goal for the Buffalo Bills to defeat the Indianapolis Colts. The Seattle Seahawks came up short on the road against the Steelers 32-25. In a battle of Florida teams, the Miami Dolphins defeated the Tom Brady-less Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-24. The Houston Texans picked up a road win against the New Orleans Saints 17-13, and America’s team; the Dallas Cowboys, lost 17-7 to the Denver Broncos. The defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams picked up the victory by defeating the Los Angeles Chargers in a preseason battle for LA.

The Washington Commanders parted ways with defensive line coach Sam Mills citing a “difference of philosophy.” Mills had worked with head coach Ron Rivera since 2011. Jeff Zgonina will replace Mills as the defensive line coach.
Chicago Bears linebacker Roquan Smith has requested a trade from the team after contract negotiations with the team stalled. First reported by ESPN.com, Smith issued a written statement “…new front office regime doesn’t value me here, “They’ve refused to negotiate in good faith, “Every step of this journey has been ‘take it or leave it.’

NCAAF

The Alabama Crimson Tide find themselves in the top spot of the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll. Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, and Notre Dame round out the top 5.

John Calipari stated that Kentucky “…is a basketball school; always been that. No disrespect. Our football team, I hope they win games, 10 games, and go to bowls…But this is a basketball school.” Head football coach Mark Stoops responded with the following statement “Basketball school? I thought we competed in the SEC? #4straightpostseasonwins.”

Oklahoma receivers coach Cale Gundy resigns after using “shameful and hurtful” language during a film session. Gundy issued the following statement according to cbssports.com: “Today, with great anguish, I announce my resignation. I apologize to those who are disappointed by this news. I owe it to Sooner Nation to be transparent about what led to this decision: Last week, during a film session, I instructed my players to take notes. I noticed a player was distracted and picked up his iPad and read aloud the words that were written on his screen. The words displayed had nothing to do with football. On particular word that I should never, under any circumstance, have uttered was displayed on that screen. In the moment, I did not even realize what I was reading and, as soon as I did, I was horrified.” Gundy had been with the team since 1999.

MLB

Atlanta Braves prospect Vaughn Grissom homers in his major league debut as the Braves downed the Red Sox 8-4.

Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. was suspended for 80 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). The suspension was immediately implemented, meaning Tatis will not play in the majors for the rest of the season. Tatis issued the following statement: “It turns out that I inadvertently took a medication to treat ringworm that contained Clostebol; I should have used the resources available to me in order to ensure that no banned substances were in what I took. I failed to do so.”
Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale underwent season-ending wrist surgery due to a bicycle accident. According to cbssports.com, since the start of that lost 2020 season, Sale has pitched just 48 1/3 innings for Boston in the regular season.

NBA

The NBA and the player’s association announced that Bill Russell’s number six would be retired across the entire NBA. According to sportingnews.com, Russell will join the NHL’s Wayne Gretzky and MLB’s Jackie Robinson as the only other player to have his number retired league-wide.

NCAAM

Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo signed a five-year contract extension worth a reported $6.2 million per year. Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller stated, “Twelve years ago, Tom Izzo said he would be a Spartan for Life, and today’s announcement further demonstrates and renews this commitment. We have worked collaboratively to come up with a contract which benefits the University, Coach Izzo, and his family.”

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