Week in Review 9/7-9/14

Here’s a quick look back at what caught our eye, including the first weekend of the NFL season and Serena Williams shocking upset at the US Open.


 

SERENA WILLIAMS FALLS IN SEMI-FINALS, PANETTA WINS US OPEN

Serena Williams of the US reacts while playing against Roberta Vinci of Italy during their 2015 US Open Women's singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 11, 2015. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 571788219 ORIG FILE ID: 544104090
Serena Williams of the US reacts while playing against Roberta Vinci of Italy during their 2015 US Open Women’s singles semifinals match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 11, 2015. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMADJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images ORG XMIT: 571788219 ORIG FILE ID: 544104090

The top story of the week was Serena’s crushing loss in the semi-finals of the US Open. For us, as for everyone, it was a challenge to make sense of her performance and put the defeat–and Serena’s incredible run through the previous 3 Grand Slams–into context. Did the pressure get to Serena? Was her loss a fluke, or did the struggles of the other top ranked women in the tournament say something about the strength of the women’s field or the overall quality of tennis at the Open?

While Vinci’s performance was heroic, it was hard not to think of this as an opportunity that Serena lost rather than a match that Vinci won. The result left us with the most frustratingly open-ended question of all: What does this mean for Serena’s legacy? How should we compare her with Steffi Graf, who not only still holds the record with 22 Grand Slam titles (to Serena’s 21), but was the last woman to complete the so-called “Calendar Slam”?

Winning the US Open would have ended that debate. As is, Serena will probably always have to share the title of greatest women’s tennis player of all time.  Small wonder she didn’t want to answer questions about her disappointment.


WEEK 1 IN THE NFL

The return of pro-football pushed the long national nightmare of Deflategate (temporarily) onto the back burner, though it lingered on in the form of allegations that New England tampered with Pittsburgh’s playcalling headsets during the Pats home victory over the Steelers.  Other headlines that caught our eye…

  • #2 tops #1: Marcus Mariota shines while Jameis Winston struggles as Titans blow out Buccaneers.
  • Cowboys up? Tony Romo shed his “choker” tag for one week at least and leads the Cowboys to a comeback win over the Giants
  • Oldie but goodie: Aaron Rodgers reconnects with James Jones as Packers edge surprising Bears
  • Adrian Petersen and the NFL as a whole get a pass for their misbehavior as the return of America’s favorite game sweeps all other narratives aside

 

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