3 fast takes from the recent week of sports


Ohio State barely survives – On Saturday, Ohio State narrowly crawled out of the Horseshoe after being outscored 28-14 by Indiana in the second half. Before Justin Fields threw his first of three interceptions, I thought I was watching a game between the varsity and freshman team. I actually turned off the game once I saw Josh Proctor annihilate the Indiana return man on the 15-yard line. It wasn’t until I turned the game back on that my respect for Tom Allen and Indiana grew. From Michael Penix’s 491 yards in the passing game to Ty Fryfogle’s 7 catches for 218 receiving yards, the Indiana pass-heavy offense proved to be a juggernaut. In terms of Ohio State, I was impressed with Master Teague and the Buckeyes’ underrated running attack, but I was extremely disappointed with Justin Fields’s inability to shine on a bigger stage. In the end, Ohio State must start to incorporate Master Teague and Trey Sermon into a full-fledged offensive assault. 

Klay Thompson’s career just got even shorter – Even though injuries are “a part of the game,” Klay Thompson’s past injuries have been more than a part of his game. In fact, his most recent injury to his right Achilles marks the second time in the past two years that he will be sidelined for the whole season. I don’t care what team you associate with or cheer for, this right Achilles injury of Klay Thompson leaves a bad taste in your mouth. With all that said though, I still believe that the Warriors will find a way to etch out a spot in the playoffs this year without Klay because they still will have Steph and a copious amount of groomed talent to lead them to the promised land. Hopefully, the basketball world has not seen the last of Klay Thompson and his gravitating shooting stroke.

The Chiefs and Raiders have become a true rivalry – After the two games played this year between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Las Vegas Raiders, an AFL rivalry that has been stored away in the drawer has reappeared. A classic rivalry is always built on a balance of success between two teams, and I would not be surprised if we happen to see both of these teams meet up in the AFC championship later down the road. As the game entered into the later minutes, I was blown away by Jason Witten’s catch to put the Raiders up. My respect for the Raiders’ prowess to drive down the field was quickly blown away in a matter of seconds when Patrick Mahomes connected with Travis Kelce for the game-winning touchdown. All in all, the Chiefs proved that the AFC West title runs through Kansas City.