NFL Early Season Summary

Ian Hacek

Co-editor-in-Chief

We are two weeks into the NFL season and already there are many storylines to recap and keep an eye on moving forward. From rookie surprises to dynasties unraveling, here’s what you may have missed and what to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.

 

Chiefs Cookin’: The Kansas City Chiefs came out blazing hot in their first two games with massive offensive production from young stars, Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill. Quarterback Mahomes recorded ten touchdowns with only one turnover in their wins against the Chargers and the Steelers. Three of those scores went to Hill who is averaging 129.5 yards per game.

 

Two Ties: For the first time since 1971, there have been tie games in consecutive weeks. First, the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers ended their game locked at 21-21. Week Two saw the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings tie 29-29.

 

Pats Struggle: After a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots traveled to Jacksonville. The Jaguars torched the Patriot’s defense and scored three touchdowns in the first half while only conceding a field goal. The final score was 31-20 and New England no longer seem like a lock for the AFC Championship Game.

 

Falcon’s Find their Way: After a disappointing loss to Philadelphia in Week One, the Atlanta Falcons rebounded with a home win over the Carolina Panthers. Matt Ryan accounted for four touchdowns after underperforming in the redzone against the Eagles.

 

Fitz Leads the Bucs: Perhaps the biggest surprise of the young season has been Ryan Fitzpatrick’s outstanding quarterback play resulting in two wins for the Buccaneers. The veteran passed for 819 yards with eight touchdowns in his first couple of games replacing Jameis Winston who is sidelined due to injury. Because of Fitzpatrick’s heroics, many think that Winston will not immediately start at quarterback when he becomes healthy.

 

There you have the top five storylines from the first couple of weeks on the NFL season. Only seven teams are still unbeaten and untied so expect some mayhem ahead.

Tongue-in-Cheek or Should Serena Speak?

Helena Karas

Staff Writer

Male tennis players have historically been congratulated for snapping back at umpires for their bad calls or blind eyes. Yet, Serena Williams, one of the most honorable and sportsmanlike woman in the game, was severely punished for such an offense.

The U.S. Open was the scene. Naomi Osaka was the opponent. Chair umpire Carlos Ramos was the “villain” in Serena Williams’ eyes. After a disruptive moment of coaching, a demolished racket, and Williams’ sharp tongue proclaiming Ramos to be a “thief,” three code violations were procured by Mrs. Williams. A triple-combo that cost her $17,000 in fines. However, Williams’ frustration was not rooted in the harsh penalties that cost her the Grand Slam final win. On the contrary, Ramos’ manner in issuing the penalties is what spurred all the media attention, debate, and ultimately a controversial cartoon that depicted Williams rather crudely.

All the debate had the media honing in on tennis officiating and its potential sexist undertones. According to a passionate Williams, “To lose a game for saying [that Ramos is a thief] is not fair. There’s a lot of men out there that have said a lot of things, and because they are men, that doesn’t happen.” Just look at famous tennis hotheads such as John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. Men who were celebrated for their unwillingness to yield to tennis umpires. Men who said, did, and expressed a lot worse than Serena Williams had that day.

Therefore, in a show of concern for the equality of the game, not anger, Serena took to the tabloids and expressed her distaste for the double standard that female athletes are subjected to. The penalties that Ramos issued, in Williams’ and her supporters’ opinions, did not reflect the tolerance he has shown in the past for male players. Even tennis Hall-of-Famer Billie Jean King weighed in on the issue: “When a woman is emotional, she’s ‘hysterical’ and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions.”

All in all, the drama has started to simmer down, but will the double standard prevail? Or, is there even anything to protest? Was Serena over-sensitive and exaggerating the whole ordeal? Was Ramos in the wrong? That decision is for every individual to make for themselves. But, we sure do know how Serena feels, and justly so!