John's Weekly Sports Wrap-Up: LSU, Luke Kuechly, and Sign Stealing
LSU Wins 2020 Collge Football Playoff National Championship
On Monday night the #1 LSU Tigers defeated the #3 Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in New Orleans, Lousiana. Led by Heisman-Winner Joe Burrow at quarterback, LSU defeated Clemson 42-25, while accumulating 628 yards of total offense. Burrow finished his historic 2019-20 season with a championship record 521 total yards and 6 total touchdowns. The win capped a perfect 15-0 season for the Tigers and gave LSU their 4th national title and 1st for Head Coach Ed Orgeron.
Luke Kuechly Retires From the NFL
On Tuesday night, Carolina Panthers Linebacker Luke Kuechly announced his stunning retirement from football at the age of 28. Fighting back tears in a video posted to social media, Kuechly called his decision "The right thing to do." His retirement marks the 3rd major retirement of an NFL player under the age of 30 in the past year, following the retirements of New England Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski, and Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. Kuechly led the league in tackles and interceptions by a linebacker since entering the NFL in 2012 and was named the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013.
MLB Rocked By Sign Stealing Scandal
Major League Baseball has spent the week dealing with the effects of a sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the sport. The fireworks started on Wednesday when MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the punishments for the Houston Astros. General Manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were both handed 1-year suspensions, while the entire organization lost draft picks in 2020 and 2021, and received a $5 million dollar fine. The punishments came after an MLB investigation discovered the Astros had utilized technology to cheat its way to a 2017 World Series Championship. Both Hinch and Luhnow were fired later in the day. The following day, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was fired after being implicated in the scandal as the Astros bench coach in 2017. 2 days later, new New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran was fired before even coaching a game after being the lone player being named in the report. The severe punishments from Manfred send a powerful message to the rest of the baseball world that cheating will not be tolerated at any level.
What To Watch This Weekend
In major College Basketball, #3 Duke looks to rebound from a loss to Clemson earlier in the week as they host #11 Louisville on Saturday night. On Sunday, the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs will meet in the AFC Championship Game with a chance to take on the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers for the Super Bowl on February 2 in Miami, Florida. Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is celebrated by wall-to-wall NBA action tipping off at 1 p.m. and running for the remainder of the day.