The Alabama Crimson Tide, The Chicago Bears and the Golden State Warriors all caught a serious case of the Sunday Scaries this week.
Alabama Crimson Tide
It was a dark and stormy college football conference championship weekend when the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, lead by the all-powerful coach Nick Saban and kid-wonder quarterback Tua Tagovailoa took on a seemingly unrivaled foe. The Georgia Bull-[under]dogs somehow managed to control Alabama through the beginning of the third quarter. The lead was 28-14 and Alabama bandwagon fans were dropping faster than the Vegas odds. Things seemed all but over when Tagovailoa came out of the game early in the fourth quarter with a leg injury.
Luckily for Alabama, former Heisman candidate Jalen Hurts, who was benched in the National Championship one year ago, came into the game and led the Tide to a storybook 35-28 victory, an SEC championship and a ticket to the CFP playoff. Robot Saban nearly cried. Still, this feat should not overshadow a generally poor performance from a team that was speculated as NFL caliber. Nothing is guaranteed in the NCAA, and Alabama is heading into the playoffs with genuine issues to address.
It was an upsetting performance for Bears fans against the unstable New York Giants in a 30-27 loss. The Bears starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky was ruled out for the game with a right shoulder injury, and his return date is still unclear. Khalil Mack and the red-hot Chicago defense were unable to contain the Giants play makers, and the Bears offense really struggled without Trubisky. Odell Beckham Jr. threw his second touchdown pass of the season, this time to Russell Shepard before catching a touchdown pass himself. Chase Daniel came up short in overtime on a 4th-and-8 after fumbling the ball multiple times on the losing drive. The Bears are still first in the NFC North Division, but not for long if Trubisky does not make a return.
Golden State Warriors
The Warriors lost their second straight game on Saturday to the Pistons in Steph Curry’s return. It’s common knowledge that the Warriors are having inter-squad issues, and many hoped all-star point guard Steph Curry returning from injury would put the Warriors back on winning track.
The reigning NBA champions are currently sitting at fourth in the Western Conference with a 15-9 record. Draymond Green and center Demarcus Cousins remain out with injuries, Kevin Durant seems like he wants out of the team sooner rather than later, and the West is becoming much more interesting. The Warriors have the time and capability to recover from the Sunday Scaries, but everyone knows that if left untreated, the Sunday Scaries can become chronic!