A hole in one, more football felonies, and sexist soccer
By Natalie Serafini, Editor-in-Chief
Sometimes sports news requires tidbits and brief bytes, rather than lengthy in-depth articles. For those times, we suit up in our Sports Shorts and delve into the curious occurrences of athletics.
Raindrops on roses and golf balls in pockets
In an astounding tee-off turn, pro golfer Rory McIlroy shot a long drive that landed in the pocket of an unsuspecting spectator. The watcher had been trying to get out of the way when the ball tumbled through some trees and plopped into his pocket. The spectator was asked if he had budged at all from where he was standing at the time of the fateful golf dunk and, as he hadn’t moved at all, they marked where he was standing with a tee, retrieved the ball from the depths of his pocket, and continued with play. While it wasn’t technically a hole in one, I think we can agree it’s a once-in-a-lifetime shot.
More domestic abuse charges have arisen in the NFL, this time in the State of Arizona. Running back Jonathan Dwyer was charged with aggravated assault against a woman and their baby. The two were in an argument which escalated to violence, prompting neighbours to call the police; when police arrived, Dwyer stayed hidden in the home while the woman told officials no one else was inside. The next day another argument arose: this time the argument resulted in Dwyer’s taking the woman’s phone away, to prevent her from contacting the police. Dwyer is also alleged to have thrown a shoe in the direction of the young child. In response to the charges, the Arizona Cardinals released a statement that “Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities.”
Whitecaps and white T’s
A Vancouver Whitecaps’ advertisement has been taken down after allegations that it was sexist and misogynistic. It was part of a series in which the team’s advertisements features real ticket-holders at the game reacting to the intensity of the matches. The ads are set in slow motion, with classical music setting a dramatic tone to their reaction. The advertisement in question featured three young women in white tank tops and T-shirts. As they react to the game, they briefly jump up and down and cheer along with the rest of the crowd.