Usually the best sports weekends are in October. Few days of a dramatic baseball playoff, an old fashioned Saturday college football surprise followed by a championship gameAnd then the amazing Redzone Witching Hour on Sunday.
Labor Day weekend is usually the setting before the sports calendar Get out to the races once the NFL season starts. College football will become the premiere pigskin product of the weekend which is also the first week of the US Open. Since some people are taking that final vacation before the end of summer, it’s a good idea to get sports fans back on their sports calendar teeth the following week.
But those who took part in some sports competition over the weekend got a bonus. Unforgettable sporting moments were played from Friday to Monday. Yes, college football played a big part in it, but so did Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, and also overtime at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle. Sports fans were treated to classic after classic, leaving plenty for the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Rams to live up to Thursday night.
Extra basketball in Seattle, don’t mind if you do it
The first match of the WNBA Game 3 double-header in the semi-finals was a rockstar fight. The Chicago Sky and Connecticut Sun were rolling and squeezing a tube of dear life toothpaste trying to get some points off. However, the Las Vegas Aces and Seattle Storm were shot in the fourth quarter that basketball caught on Twitter.
At the three-minute mark, the score was tied at 78, and the quarter would conclude with the game still tied at 92-all. After Stephanie Talbot made her third 3-pointer of the quarter, Breanna Stewart traded three-consecutive baskets with the Aces to keep the Storm up by two. Then Kelsey Plum missed a three with under 20 seconds remaining, and Jewell Loyd made two free throws to seemingly put the game out of reach, and then the pace of the game turned frenzied.
Riquana Williams buried a three to bring the Aces within one point, and then when Tina Charles was intentionally fouled she bricked both free throws. Of course, the Aces came down the court and took the lead when their MVP candidate, A’Ja Wilson, bullied her way to the rim for a score — yes she traveled but come on, that extra step has been forgiven many times in basketball, especially in the forever Euro stepping NBA. The Storm had time for one final shot with two seconds remaining, and right on cue, ageless Sue Bird buried the corner three. Two-point lead for the Storm and the game is now over, right?
Wrong! There are still .8 seconds remaining on the clock and the Aces execute a perfect out-of-bounds play for the score to send the game to overtime. The Aces made six consecutive baskets in overtime to run away with the victory, but the end of that fourth quarter was as wild as anything you’ll see in basketball.
Chaotic College Football, oh how we missed you
All three main windows on Sunday had a game that was dripping with drama. North Carolina and Appalachian State played in the early window and scored a combined 124 points. That’s a common over/under for a college basketball game. With a chance to tie the game late in the fourth, Appalachian State went for a two-point conversion and failed, then its onside-kick attempt was returned for a touchdown by North Carolina. The game seemed over with 19 seconds left but Appalachian State returned the ensuing kickoff to the UNC 48, and scored two plays later. Another failed two-point conversion sealed their fate.
UTSA and Houston may not have been on most sports fans’ radar — but the game should’ve been. Both teams were 12-2 last season. This was another contest with a thrilling ending. The game went to three overtimes, and those last two were wild. Houston’s quarterback, Clayton Tune, scrambled his way down the field, eventually scoring a touchdown, and then threw a beautiful back-shoulder pass for the two-point conversion. Not to be outdone UTSA’s Frank Harris threw a dart into the end zone for a touchdown and ran the two-point conversion in himself. Then the final score. In the dueling two-point conversion section of overtime, Tune scored what would be the winning touchdown in Reggie Bush fashion by somersaulting past the pylon.
Then in the evening game, the fans at The Swamp were hype. Utah took the long trip to Gainesville as the No. 7 team in the country, and hoped to start the year with a signature win. The Utes battled Florida all night, and at one point in the second half, four consecutive drives ended with touchdowns. After Florida’s last score, Utah only had to kick a field goal to tie the game, but it ended up marching down the field to Florida’s six-yard line. Then with 22 seconds left, Cameron Rising threw an interception dead in the middle of the end zone To lose this ranking number 7. The swamp was howling.
And of course, there’s what happened at the Superdome on Sunday. The pro-LSU crowd was so loud after LSU’s last drop to raise the score to 24-23, that chants still reverberated throughout the building as Florida State walked off the field in celebration after blocking the extra point for an important victory to try to bring this program back to his successful methods.
It came a full round at the US Open
We knew we were saying goodbye to Serena Williams, but luckily her great playing let’s say goodbye all week. That last match against Aiga Tomljanovic was one of all time. The second set went into the tiebreak, which was dominated by Williams. But that was all that was left for her for the young Tomljanovic who bypassed the raucous pro-Serena crowd for victory. A swift end to one of the greatest careers in professional sports. However, after a final vortex, and tears, the rest of the weekend bore Serena’s imprint. Coco Gauff, who made her debut on the scene after losing to Naomi Osaka at the 2019 US Open at the age of 15, is now hitting the lead. Sunday played with a City Girl . intensity When Shuai Zhang rolled in straight sets. Then on Monday, a young black American legend shattered. Francis Tiafoe defeated Rafael Nadal in four sets. He said after the match that watching Serena and Venus Williams Why did he tell his father? He wanted to be a professional tennis player.
The Goats couldn’t leave with another trophy, but they could leave knowing that what they’ve done for over two decades has an effect on the look of tennis not just for the rest of this week, but into the end of the week. time.