3 fast takes from the recent week of sports


1. Khabib Nurmagomedov perfectly executed his retirement plan- On Saturday night, Khabib Nurmagomedov triangle choked his way towards reclaiming the Lightweight UFC Belt from Justin Gaethje. Even though Justin Gaethje’s ferocious leg kicks were labeled as the perfect Khabib killers, Khabib still managed to do what Khabib does best: manipulate his opponent into a poor position and capitalize on their last mistake of the night. At the conclusion of the match, an emotional Khabib cut off his 29-0 gloves and submitted himself to the ring floor to honor his late father, Abdulmanap, who recently died of Covid-19 implications. With Khabib’s historic legacy on the way out, the UFC will need to find a new figurehead to symbolize what dominance in the sport looks like.

2. Brett Phillips becomes the next unsung hero in baseball- In a World Series that was ravaged without any lead changes or any tying runs in the late innings, Game 4 of the World Series proved to be the outlier of all four games. Before Game 4, a pinch-runner without a single hit since September 25th commanded all of the spotlight on himself and tied the game up at 7 runs by nailing a Kenley Jansen 92 mph cutter to center-right field. With Kevin Kiermaier sitting on second base, the Rays were able to easily tie the game up at 7; however, the shock came when Dodgers center fielder Chris Taylor mismanaged the ball in his glove. At that point, all eyes were on star player Randy Arozarena at first. Without a doubt in his mind, Arozarena shot like a bottle rocket to home plate and danced as if he was literally a Boeing jet in the air. 

3. Mike McCarthy might already be on the hot seat- After an embarrassing 25-3 loss to the bottom-of-the-pack Washington Football Team, most of the criticism was shedded on Head Coach Mike McCarthy. Antonio Gibson and the stout running attack were mostly to blame for the Cowboys utter fiasco, but Ezekiel Elliott’s production was nothing short of disappointing. Without their franchise quarterback, Dak Prescott, Zeke was seen as a heavy hitting machine to lead the cowboy offense down the field; yet, he only managed to carry the football for a mediocre 45 yards against the Washington Football Team. 2-5 does not symbolize the winning expectations of the Cowboys, and Mike McCarthy’s lack of offensive adaptability to the injury of Dak has proven to be his downfall in the recent mixture of games.