What Had Happened Was: 10/4/16
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Raise your hand if you thought the Minnesota Vikings would be this dominant and interesting without Adrian Peterson and Teddy Bridgewater. Us neither. Monday night, the Vikings improved to 4-0 and shut down the visiting New York Giants and their exceptional trio of wide receivers. We even had an enraged Odell Beckham Jr. moment. Check it all out:
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 4, 2016
Still 0 targets for OBJ. pic.twitter.com/xH0AuU4KR4
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 4, 2016
If Odell Beckham Jr. gets one more unsportsmanlike conduct penalty tonight, he'll be ejected pic.twitter.com/Ia60vuvibj
— Jeanna (@jeannathomas) October 4, 2016
— Zac (@DCzWall) October 4, 2016
In back-to-back weeks, Vikings' D held Kelvin Benjamin to career-low 0 yards, then Odell Beckham Jr. to 23 yards.
Next up: DeAndre Hopkins.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 4, 2016
#Vikings' streak of holding opponents to 17 points or fewer is up to eight games. Eli twice, Rodgers twice, Cam, Russell Wilson on the list.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 4, 2016
Sam Bradford wakes up today like… pic.twitter.com/aRWMEizBrH
— Bobby Bones (@mrBobbyBones) October 4, 2016
You do what you want when you poppin’, or in this case, Big Papi.
— Charlie Baker (@CharlieBakerMA) October 2, 2016
Barry Bonds has reportedly been fired as Marlins hitting coach. Miami was 27th in runs per game this season. pic.twitter.com/JbVpkRh1ye
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 3, 2016
The Marlins might've dropped Barry Bonds as hitting coach, but we'll always have this. pic.twitter.com/ICHkyAbrPz
— Luis M. (@lcm1986) October 3, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Yoshinori Ohsumi was a frustrated molecular biologist. Then at age 43, he made discoveries that won him a Nobel Prize.
The Supreme Court rejected the NCAA’s appeal in its amateurism antitrust case. It also rejected Ed O’Bannon’s call for the payment of student-athletes.
Folks swag surfed on the White House lawn. For the culture, of course.
Eight-year-old Jordin Phipps became the youngest student ever to earn acceptance and a scholarship to the University of North Texas.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. HAIRLINE SO FLEEKY
8 years of dealing with this crazy country and his hairline didn't flinch. Iconic. https://t.co/b1TabtVLnd
— Dr. Keef (@keithrogers135) October 3, 2016
— Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) October 3, 2016
2. WHAT KIND OF LOGIC?
Your MCM thinks Kanye should've kept performing after he found out the mother of his children was held at gunpoint https://t.co/igTLthrwtz
— 🅴 (@sherwop_) October 3, 2016
Kanye leaving even tho Kim wasn't harmed?
— #1 Horford stan (@streetsdiscipIe) October 3, 2016
3. WHAT A CAREER
— Ryan Howard (@ryanhoward) October 3, 2016
Our friend Branson Wright asks whether there could even be a Colin Kaepernick if it weren’t for Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown:
Social consciousness among black athletes is certainly not a new phenomenon nor one started by Brown. Injustice has never gone away but, for several decades, the response from athletes did. Before this recent reawakening of social consciousness among black athletes, there was once another time when it was common for black athletes to make a stand. In June 1967, Jim Brown called for some of the top black athletes, including Bill Russell and Lew Alcindor (who later changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), to a meeting to determine how strongly boxer Muhammad Ali stood behind his convictions as a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. It was determined that Ali was sincere and the group gave its support to the heavyweight champion. Just like now, many arrogant detractors demanded that these athletes focus on their individual sport. But Brown, inspired by yet another transformative athlete in Paul Robeson, always professed that he was a citizen of this country first, and rights and responsibilities come with that. “Jim took an early position in his career on how he was going to be an African black man in the face of racism and white supremacy,”said Walter Beach, a teammate of Brown and a participant at the Ali Summit. “Prior to the Ali situation, he had demonstrated that on and off the field. It was Jim’s energy that led black athletes in this country to support Muhammad Ali.”
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 3, 2016