This Week in Sports: Morgan Blogs While Tipsy about Groin Stomping, Crying at Your TV, and the Man Who is Finally Returning to Golf!

Disclaimer to this week’s post: My childhood best friend is getting married this weekend and I may or may not have waited to blog until Thursday night at 10 p.m. and I’m a solid four beers in… well, make that five. So while I couldn’t leave you all high and dry, this week’s blog will be a bit shorter than usual. Expect a full satisfactory blog next week... and be on the lookout for some excellent Snapchats and Facebook posts over the next couple of days. Without further ado, here is this week in sports.

Groin STOOOOMP.

One week of college football is in the books, and week one DID NOT DISAPPOINT… Unless you’re a Griz fan. Sure they won, but man was that some saaaad football. But, I digress, I really didn’t plan to talk Griz football just yet. This week’s exciting moment in college football came when USC linebacker Jabari Ruffin stomped on the groin of Alabama cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick.

 Diiiirty!

Diiiirty!

When all of this went down, Alabama was up 10-3 on USC. So at this point in the game, Ruffin’s penalty was actually a pretty big deal. Ruffin’s penalty pinned USC on their own ten-yard line. Two plays later Alabama returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown and what was the start of Alabama’s blowout victory over USC. After watching the GIF of the groin stomp it’s appears as though Ruffin’s action was unprovoked. Ruffin was ejected on the spot and will be forced to sit out the first half of the Trojan’s next game against Utah State this Saturday as well. USC Coach Clay Helton has also required Ruffin to write an apology letter.

I really hope we can get our hands on that apology letter in the future because I can’t imagine there are a whole lot of ways to say “sorry for stepping on your balls.” But at the very least, Ruffin can be glad he isn’t in the NFL. A number of years ago Detroit Lion Ndamukong Suh was fined $30,000 for his groin kick on Texan’s quarterback Matt Schaub.

Reason I cried watching sports this week.

I’ve considered adding this in as a weekly topic, mostly because it’s a topic I’m confident I can write about each week. Like seriously, do you guys watch Sportscenter, or E:60, or ESPN 30 for 30 on a regular basis? Those shows really know how to make a girl cry. That may seem crazy to those of who you don’t watch these shows, or those of you who are heartless, but it really is neat to see how well sports can bring people together. So whether or not you see this topic every week, you’ll at least see it intermittently. And this week’s reason I cried watching sports goes to the Sam Foltz tribute.

 That mullet, though. 

That mullet, though. 

Sam Foltz was the senior punter at Nebraska before he tragically died in a car accident this July along with former Michigan State punter, Mike Sadler. This week Nebraska played their first game without Foltz on the field. After going three and out on their first possession, Nebraska sent a 10-man punting unit out onto the field – absent their new punter. Nebraska let the play clock tick down. Nebraska players could be seen crying on the field and on the sidelines. Opponent Fresno State players cheered as the Nebraska student section unveiled signs reading “Stay Humble,” “Dream Big,” and “Work Hard.” Players donned helmets with SF27 decals, and Sam Foltz signs were seen throughout the stands. Nebraska was given a delay of game penalty, which Fresno State cordially declined.

Jets to Mets – Tebow lands MLB deal

We talked Tebow at length last week – shirtless photo montage and all. So this week, I just wanted to provide you with a quick Tebow update. Tim Tebow singed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on Thursday. He will begin his professional baseball career in the fall instructional league on September 19th. The Mets credited Tebow’s overall athleticism and his competitive spirit as reasons for signing the twenty-nine year-old.

Though, let’s be clear on this “instructional league.” You won’t see Tebow suiting up for the major league Mets anytime soon. Instructional leagues are the very, very beginning stages for players lacking baseball experience, or often players rehabbing very serious injuries. At-bats are not limited in instructional leagues, and the number of spots on any given team aren’t limited either. So there is really no risk to the Mets in taking Tebow on. Though they’ve said the decision was “driven by baseball,” the Mets stand to gain a whole lot of media attention with the Tebow acquisition. Like this. Right now. 

Travis Rudolph is still stealing hearts!

While providing updates to previous posts, let’s throw in a quick update on Florida State wide receiver Travis Rudolph. Recall from last week that Rudolph had unknowingly become the hero of Bo Paske, a middle school student with autism, when Rudolph sat with Paske at lunch. Well as if things couldn’t get better for the middle-schooler, earlier this week Rudolph surprised Paske and his mom, Leah by giving Bo his own personalized #15 jersey as well as a pair of tickets to FSU’s opening game. FSU beat Ole Miss 45-34 with Bo cheering loudly on the sidelines.

Johnny Manziel back at A&M

Former Texas A&M star quarterback, and former Cleveland Browns dud quarterback, Johnny Manziel is re-enrolled in classes at A&M this semester. Manziel recently stepped away from his NFL career due to substance abuse problems, assault charges, and domestic abuse allegations. Manziel is enrolled for the fall semester in A&M’s recreation, parks, and tourism sciences.

Manziel became the first freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy as the quarterback at Texas A&M in 2012. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and was cut by the team after two seasons.

Tiger Woods is back on course! (Pun very much intended)

Tiger Woods is a man who needs no introduction. However, the golf world has been without Woods since August 2015, when he last played in the Wyndham Championship. Woods underwent two surgeries on his back in the fall of 2015. He has been focused on rehabilitation since those surgeries, and a timetable for his return has been uncertain. On Wednesday of this week Woods announced he will be returning to golf this season with his eyes set on the Safeway Open, scheduled October 13th – 16th, in California. Woods also intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open, November 3rd – 6th, in Turkey and the Hero World Challenge, December 1st – 4th, in the Bahamas (a tournament that conveniently benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation). "My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do," Woods said in his website press release. "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."

And with the clock ticking closer and closer to the time I need to be ready to go decorate the church and reception hall for wedding festivities, I, like Tiger, will tell you that “next week’s blog depends on my continued progress and hangover recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.”

Happy Weekend, y’all!!