After many transgressions and much folly this summer, of which we won’t repeat again, Antonio Brown is no longer an Oakland Raider. In fact, was he ever? The controversial wide receiver asked for and received his release on Saturday morning. The Raiders, obviously, were happy to oblige him his request. Head coach Jon Gruden said he did all he could to make it work, but it just wasn’t meant to be. Later in the day, the drama was turned up a notch as it was announced that the New England Patriots were going to take a flier on the superstar on a one year deal said to be worth up to $15 million. He will not be eligible to join the likes of Julian Edelman and Josh Gordon until week two, so we might have a little bit of mercy in regards to news about him for a while.
Serena Williams’ quest to win Grand Slam #24 will go on another year after she lost in the US Open Final on Saturday against 19 year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu 6-3, 7-5. It was the underdog’s very first appearance in the tournament as well, demonstrating the guts and resolve it took to deny a pure champion of the highest degree. Williams had been down 5-1 in the second set and was even at match point but kept fighting. She eventually acquiesced, though, and she was forced to be runner-up for the second year in a row.
Apparently being called the “Tigers” was extremely helpful on Saturday, with the two highest profile games ultimately going the way of LSU and Clemson. LSU, ranked no.6 in the nation, took on no.9 Texas and the meeting did not disappoint. In total, 83 points were scored in the Tigers’ 45-38 win over the Longhorns. Joe Burrow was the star attraction, throwing for four touchdown passes and totaling up 471 yards in the air. His opposite number, Sam Ehlinger also had four TD’s and over 400 yards himself. In the other big one between ranked opponents, no. 1 Clemson overcame no.12 Texas A&M 24-10 at home in large part due to a dominant second quarter in which they scored 17 points and only allowed three. The teams traded touchdowns in the remaining two quarters, but it was the Tigers that ended up holding on comfortably. Trevor Lawrence ended up with two touchdowns, one through the air and the other on the ground, as he led them to their 17th win in a row. Elsewhere, there were some upsets taking place. No. 24 Nebraska fell to Colorado 34-31 in overtime, Maryland defeated no.21 Syracuse 63-20, USC beat no. 23 Stanford 45-20, and no.14 Washington fell at the hands of California 20-19.