Monday morning. Your alarm goes off for the first time in two days, you head back to the office and then you spend the first few hours of the workday planning out how you’ll survive until closing time on Friday. Luckily, Poker Central and Death Wish Coffee have you covered. The world’s strongest coffee gives you a “Morning Perk”, recapping the weekend’s sports action on Monday and then the best from across the internet on Friday.
Did anyone else feel lost this weekend? Did anyone else wake up Sunday and have no idea what to do with themselves? I did and while I found a few sporting events to keep myself occupied throughout the day, most of my waking hours were spent like a junky waiting for their next football fix. No, the Pro Bowl doesn’t count, so while we begin counting down the days until Super Bowl LI, we also take you around the globe to see what happened in the world of sports this weekend.
If #2 vs #4 isn’t enough, Kansas and Kentucky have also won more college basketball games than anyone else. They meet Saturday on ESPN. pic.twitter.com/4xscWCwUQp
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) January 27, 2017
After next week’s Super Bowl, basketball is the only constant that sports fans will have over the next few months. Saturday’s #Big12SECChallenge match-up between #2 Kansas Jayhawks and the #4 Kentucky Wildcats didn’t just pit two of this year’s best teams against one another but it also was a meeting of the two most winningest programs in college basketball history. We might be two months from the start of March Madness but no one would be surprised to see these two teams battling again with a National Championship on the line.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) January 29, 2017
It has been five years since Rodger Federer won a Grand Slam and it has probably been even longer since I was actually excited about a tennis match. Another installment of Federer versus Rafael Nadal did just that this weekend, as the two legends Made Tennis Great Again. They battled in a five-set thriller in the Australian Open final, Federer won, to claim a historic 18th Grand Slam title, and while we may never see these two on this kind of stage again, it was worth the early morning wake up call.
— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) January 29, 2017
Hot Take Alert: The FA Cup is the greatest sporting event in the world. Alright, that is obviously a stretch but let me try to convince you. Picture the group of guys you see playing basketball at the local YMCA. Now picture them playing in a country-wide tournament, with both professional teams and other groups of guys who play at the local YMCA. Picture them beating a few other groups of YMCA guys and then picture them having to play the Orlando Magic. Then picture the Orlando Magic having to travel to a YMCA in Noblesville, Indiana and picture the Orlando Magic losing. That’s what non-league, semi-professional Sutton United did this past weekend, beating Championship side Leeds United 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16 in England’s biggest soccer tournament.
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 30, 2017
Hot Take Alert #2: Travis Kelce is my favorite football player. This one might not even be a stretch. Not only is the 6’6” Kansas City Chiefs tight end an absolute beast on the field, he led all tight ends in receiving yards this year, but the guy also oozes swagger. Most touchdown celebrations are reserved for flashy wide receivers but Kelce confirmed his place in my heart last night, when he #SaltBaed in the 2nd quarter of the Pro Bowl.
Tiger Woods will miss the cut in his first event of 2017. pic.twitter.com/xg9FyNgEja
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 27, 2017