Frank Gore lost the celebrity undercard to Deron Williams via split decision, but gave us one of the best memes of 2021.
🏈 Former Auburn quarterback Bo Nix transferred to Oregon, the team he played his college debut against in 2019.
The former SEC Freshman of the Year has two remaining seasons of eligibility.
Numbers Go Up
If you were a decent intramural player in college, your local NFL, NBA, or NHL team may need you to come out for a game or two.
The NFL rolls back Covid protocols: After having to postpone three games this past weekend, the NFL changed its testing policy:
Unvaccinated players continue to test daily.
Vaccinated players will have “strategic, targeted spot testing.”
The new policy also includes an opt-out for the remainder of the season for any players considered at high-risk.
The NBA has been hit even harder: Seven games have been postponed with 71 players currently in protocols. That’s almost five full NBA rosters worth.
The NBA is making it easier for teams to continue playing:
Teams are required to sign a replacement player after two players test positive.
Each subsequent player who tests positive requires an additional roster replacement.
With the uptick in cases, the Brooklyn Nets brought back Kyrie Irving. He'll play in away games. He'll play after clearing protocols.
For the NBA this couldn’t have come at a worse time with the league’s biggest regular season day of the year – Christmas – approaching this week.
The NHL’s cross-border cancellation: Given the “fluid nature” of travel restrictions, the NHL suspended all games involving cross-border travel through the holidays.
It’s now “highly unlikely” that NHL players participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. The league has until January 10th to decide on the Games.
The bigger picture: Sports viewership has come roaring back in 2021 compared to the fan-less 2020. Due to the guaranteed negative financial impact, the leagues will do everything they can to keep play going.
The Analytics Told Me To
(11-3) Green Bay Packers31vs. (8-6) Baltimore Ravens 30
Without Lamar Jackson, Ravens' backup quarterback Tyler Huntley (288 total yards, 4 TDs) almost pulled off the upset...
But, for the second time this month, John Harbaugh dialed up a late two-point conversion while down one and failed to convert.
Aaron Rodgers (268 yards, 3 TDs) and co. became the first team to clinch a playoff spot.
(2-11-1) Detroit Lions 30 vs. (10-4) Arizona Cardinals 12
Yeah, nobody saw this one coming. The Lions trounced the Cardinals, holding them to no touchdowns until four minutes left in the game.