The Gonzaga men’s basketball team, Tyson Fury’s brain cells and the Pittsburgh Steelers contracted the Sunday Scaries virus this week.
Gonzaga Bulldogs Men’s Basketball
Gonzaga, the No. 1 men’s basketball team in the NCAA, was up nine points going into the half against No. 7 Tennessee, nothing out of the ordinary. Then came the second half and Andrew Schofield. Schofield scored 25 points in the second half alone, ending the night with 30. He was 6-10 on 3-pointers and added six rebounds to the night. Grant Williams, the SEC player of the year, helped his team gain on the Bulldogs, but fouled out with about 2:30 left. He had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds and was a perfect 3-3 from the foul line.
The entire top-25 for the NCAA men’s basketball will look much different this week compared to last, with multiple unranked and lower ranked teams taking down the league’s leaders. This loss puts Gonzaga at 9-1 and a majority of the season left to get back on top. It will take more than a mild case of the Sunday Scaries to keep them out of the postseason bracket, however.
Tyson Fury’s Brain Cells
It’s hard to believe that Tyson Fury was able to walk away from the WBC World Championship, let alone manage to end the fight in a draw after being nearly knocked out twice by Deontay Wilder. Fury was knocked flat on his back by the undefeated, 40-0 (39 of those by KO) Bronze Bomber in the 12th round in what looked like a Rocky storyline. Fury was lying motionless on the canvas as the referee counted to 10 with 2:20 left in the bout. Somehow, Fury managed to get up and continue fighting. The CTE class of 2018 just gained a late entry with a convincing case. Many believe that Wilder was the obvious aggressor in the fight, but Fury insists that he won.
There are reports that a rematch is being set for as early as spring 2019. Hopefully this past Sunday was a little less scary for Fury’s brain health – as long as he is up to date on his Sunday Scaries booster.
The Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers kicker Chris Boswell failed to send the Week 14 game against the Oakland Raiders into overtime with a 60-yard field goal miss at the end of regulation. Ben Roethlisberger suffered a rib injury and missed the first four drives of the second half before returning to lead a touchdown drive and 282 passing yards. Rookie running back James Conner was out on injury as the Steelers managed just 40 total rushing yards.
The Pittsburgh Steelers sit uncomfortably at No. 1 in the AFC North with a 7-5-1 record. The Baltimore Ravens are right behind with a 7-6 record. The Steelers have a tough end-of-season with a Week 15 matchup against the Patriots, and a Week 16 matchup against the Saints. Both the Patriots and Saints lead their respective divisions, with the Saints having just clinched the NFC South. The Steelers have the capacity to overcome the Sunday Scaries when all sides of the ball are playing their best, but a weakened immune system (spirit) and lingering injuries could delay recovery long enough to knock the Steelers out of the playoffs.