Scene of the Week: XFL Inaugural Season Kicks Off
The highly anticipated XFL season kicked off this past weekend, and it did not disappoint. With many questions surrounding the league and how it would be run, the first week went as well as possible.
The DC Defenders defeated the Seattle Dragons in the first-ever game of the XFL season. Former Ohio State legend, Cardale Jones, led this Defenders team to a 31-19 win and helped DC advance to 1-0 for the season. Later that day, the Houston Roughnecks defeated the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17. Roughnecks QB Phillip Walker stole the show with 272 yards and four TDs.
The XFL looks to be a huge success thus far. We get to see crazy features in this league, that are not included in the NFL, like the ability to hear the coaches and their play-calling, some on-field special access, and the ability to hear the referees during challenges. The XFL has only just begun, and don’t expect it to finish anytime soon.
Take of the Week: Maryland Basketball Upsets Michigan State at Breslin Center
The Maryland Terrapins have been playing some terrific basketball this season, going undefeated so far at home and notching huge wins on the road in a tough and deep Big Ten conference. On Friday night, the Terps defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 75-66 to now move to 19-4 on the season.
Next Saturday night, the Terps head to Michigan State to take on the Spartans. Considering how the season has gone for college basketball and the Big Ten, some might expect Michigan State to get the win at home in East Lansing. But I do believe Maryland will win this big game. The point guard battle between Anthony Cowan and Cassius Winston will result in Cowan getting the win for his team.
Michigan State has just come off a tough loss against a not-so-awesome Michigan Wolverine team. The Spartans were exposed, and even with a great team in Maryland, I don’t think they can pull off the home win. The Spartans have lost three in a row and have a big game against Illinois next, then Maryland on Saturday. It’ll be a competitive game for sure.
NBA Trade Deadline Becomes A Crazy One
The NBA Trade Deadline was something some expected to be boring. Instead, it was legitimately thrilling. We saw many trades occur including Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Marcus Morris to the Clippers, and Capela to the Hawks. But I believe the biggest trade was D’Angelo Russell to the Timberwolves.
Russell had been a part of the Warriors for half a season and was the best player on their team with Thompson and Curry out by injury. Russell came in, did his job, but was not seen as a long-term plan by owners Peter Guber and Joseph Lacob. Everyone including Steve Kerr knew this. So they shipped him to Minnesota, and now the Timberwolves have a plan at the PG position. Expect them to be in the playoffs this season — or at least next.