So many things happened this past week in the world of sports so let’s begin right here in our backyard. Senior guard, Sugar Rodgers, was drafted number 14 to the Minnesota Lynx. This may have come as a surprise to many, but 14 has such a significance in her life as it was the date that her mom passed away and the number she wore all throughout college. So perhaps it was simply meant to be! Keeping with the Georgetown theme, Sophomore forward, Otto Porter Jr., declared for the NBA Draft. I’m sure the student body was hoping for Porter Jr. to stay, but after the season that Porter Jr. had it would have been difficult for anyone to stay another year. So, shall the mock drafts commence and it will be exciting to see which team selects Otto to be their newest addition. To round out the slew of basketball news, the NBA playoffs have begun and if you were wondering, yes, the Lakers made it. Finally, all the home teams grabbed the first game of their respective series and we know that 78% of the time the team that wins the first game wins the series. Happy Playoffs!
MLB has gotten underway and unfortunately one of its brightest stars has already been sidelined. Derek Jeter, The New York Yankees captain, fractured his left ankle for a second time in six months. It is expected to heal in 6 to 8 weeks and surgery is not required. He is expected to be back after the All Star break.
The NFL also has news of its own as the draft begins this Thursday. Most notably is the Darrelle Revis $96 million transaction. The New York Jets have traded the star cornerback to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th overall pick in Thursday night’s draft and a conditional selection next year. This deal makes Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but according to sources close to the Pro Bowl cornerback, there’s no guaranteed money.
Finally, there were the marathons. Everyone has heard all about the Boston Marathon and all that transpired, but I am glad to see that this madness is over. However, it isn’t over in the sense of people forgetting. The London Marathon recently concluded and there was a moment of silence for the dead and injured from Boston’s marathon. Participants also wore a black band around their arm as a symbol of solidarity and organizers pledged to donate 3 dollars for every finisher to “The One Fund Boston” set up to raise money for the bomb victims. These were all great gestures, which was topped out with a great race. Tsegaye Kebede secured a second London title on The Mall in 2 hours, 6 minutes and 4 seconds for the men and the women’s race was won by Olympic silver medalist Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya in 2:20:15, which is the fastest time by a woman this year.
All in all, this was an action-packed week in the world of sports and I didn’t even get to touch on everything from Djokovic beating Nadal at the Monaco Final in tennis to Suarez, to the New York Red Bulls of MLS biting the arm of Chelsea FC’s Ivanovic. There is always something happening, which is one of the beautiful things about sports. So please stay up-to-date with The Fire This Time next semester and we will keep you informed on everything sports.
– Jasmine Motton, Sports Staff Writer