In his last words, in his last fancy White House ceremony, in his last week as the commander-in-chief, President Obama chose to spend three minutes articulating why sports matter. Behind him stood the Cubs, from his adopted home town of Chicago, continuing to celebrate their first championship in 108 years. After his eight years of running the country while peeking at athletic highlights, after he honored champion on top of champion and befriended superstar on top of superstar, after he played more golf while in office than any president since Dwight Eisenhower and altered the White House tennis court to include basketball, Obama’s stately relationship with these games had to conclude with a most unlikely visitor: the team that broke the longest, cruelest sports curse. “They said this day would never come,” Obama said Monday to begin his remarks.
Maurice Watson Jr. “heard it pop.” And although postgame testing suggested otherwise, Watson’s initial instinct was, unfortunately, correct. An MRI showed Tuesday that Creighton’s senior point guard, the nation’s leader in assists, tore the ACL in his left knee during the first half of Monday’s win over Xavier. Watson announced the news on social media, and Creighton later confirmed it in a press release.
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, right, stiff-arms Seattle Seahawks safety Steven Terrell during the NFC divisional playoff game on Saturday, January 14, in Atlanta. The Falcons defeated the Seahawks 36-20 and will advance to the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers.