Monday, November 16, 2015

SPORTS ROUNDUP (WEEK OF NOV.8)

By: Connor Glowacki

This edition of 'Sports Roundup' focuses on Missouri, Ronda Rousey and the craziness of college football, with a little of my opinion mixed in.

*RONDA ROUSEY

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     In what many are calling one of the most shocking upsets in the history of MMA, Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey in UFC 193 in the second round with a powerful kick to the head on Nov.8.
     Holm, a veteran boxer from New Mexico moved to a perfect 10-0 record with the victory. Rousey, a former judo olympian had won all 12 of her previous MMA fights and a win over Holm would've given Rousey her seventh straight championship belt.
     Holm landed some vicious early shots to Rousey's head as the fight started and continued to dominate in the second round with an insane kick to the head that dropped Rousey to the floor.
     This is Rousey's first loss of her MMA career, but I think it's important to remember that some of the greatest fighters of all time, specifically Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, both lost at some point and then came back and fought with a vengeance.
     Maybe Rousey got a little too cocky for her own good, but the fact that mainstream public is playing any attention at all to women's MMA is a testament to what Rousey has accomplished. And that might be more of a victory in itself.

*COLLEGE FOOTBALL CRAZINESS

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Photo courtesy of USA Today.
     Four teams in the top 10 lost this past weekend in college football. Sixth ranked Baylor lost to 12th ranked Oklahoma 44-34, thanks to 166 rushing yards and two scores from Sooners running back Samaje Perine, ninth ranked LSU lost for the second week in a row, and seventh ranked Stanford and 10th ranked Utah lost to unranked Pac-12 teams.
     But the big surprise to me was LSU running back Leonard Fournette failing for the second week in a row to accumulate 100 rushing yards.
     Yes, his incredible pace that he began the year was never going to be maintained, but with running backs Derrick Henry and Ezekiel Elliot putting up more consistent performances at this point, Fournette is in no way a lock now for the Heisman.

*UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI

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Photo courtesy of MSNBC.
      After months of protests due to racism/racial tension not being adequately handled on campus, the university's president Tim Wolfe resigned, in part, because of the football team's decision to boycott their game against BYU on Nov.14.
     This is a story that transcends sports due to the aspects of race, culture and politics all around. It's just a shame that it took the football team and the chance of the university losing millions of dollars for change to start taking place.
     If the football team hadn't of intervened and the graduate student died from his hunger strike (thankfully, this didn't happen), what would have been the university's response?


What were the other big sports stories of last week?

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