Between the Patriots taking Week 1 with a 27-20 victory over the Texans and the Red Sox winning their first game of their series against the Houston Astros, Sunday was a good day for Boston sports fans. Here are a few headlines to get you caught up from the weekend.
US Open Final reveals some ugly truths
In the wake of the Grand Slam match between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams, the Women’s Tennis Association is calling for equal treatment of all tennis players and for coaching to be allowed across the sport.
Critics have argued that Williams was not treated fairly after receiving three code violations, amounting to a $17,000 fine, from chair umpire Carlos Ramos, and the WTA agrees. CEO Steve Simon addressed the issue in a statement released on the WTA website.
“The WTA believes that there should be no difference in the standards of tolerance provided to the emotions expressed by men vs. women and is committed to working with the sport to ensure that all players are treated the same. We do not believe that this was done last night.”
Former World No. 1 tennis player and WTA Founder Billie Jean King has spoken out regarding the mistreatment of Williams during the match. A piece she wrote in response to the incidents at the US Open was published in the Washington Post yesterday.
(1/2) Several things went very wrong during the @usopen Women’s Finals today. Coaching on every point should be allowed in tennis. It isn’t, and as a result, a player was penalized for the actions of her coach. This should not happen.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
(2/2) When a woman is emotional, she’s “hysterical” and she’s penalized for it. When a man does the same, he’s “outspoken” & and there are no repercussions. Thank you, @serenawilliams, for calling out this double standard. More voices are needed to do the same.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 9, 2018
Aaron Colvin is not happy about this call from Sunday’s season opener
Every year, the Patriots seem to find themselves under some type of scrutiny from opponents and fans for cheating in one way or another– and Week 1 of the 2018-19 season is no exception.
Houston cornerback Aaron Colvin threw some post-game shade at the Patriots regarding Rob Gronkowski’s controversial catch late in the second quarter, suggesting the Patriots might have gotten a little assistance from the referees.
“I mean, we’re playing in New England,” Colvin said. “So you know what that means.”
— Will D. (@WAD1980) September 9, 2018
The Patriots have been subject to harsh criticism and accusations before– Deflategate being perhaps the biggest controversy in the franchise.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien could have used a timeout to allow officials time to review the play, but later told reporters that doing so is “not [his] job.”
The controversial call sparked a series of debates on Twitter, with fans arguing in favor of the call while Pats-haters aligned more with Colvin’s statements.
The catch in question was not reviewed because a request for review was not received by officials before the start of the next play, deeming the play in question unavailable for review.
It’s safe to say that this play is likely the first of many that will be called into question, as the football world tries to abide by the NFL’s new catch rule for the first time, as it was officially approved in March 2018.
Sox bring back Sale, but lose Pedroia
The Red Sox have had a tumultuous few days. The good news? They narrowly avoided a sweep with a late RBI from Mitch Moreland, snapping the Astros’ seven-game winning streak. The better news? Manager Alex Cora announced Chris Sale’s return prior to Friday night’s game, and fans can expect to see the left-hander on the mound for about two innings tomorrow at Fenway against Toronto.
And now, the bad news– Dustin Pedroia will not be returning this season, according to Cora. The second baseman underwent arthroscopic surgery in late July, and despite making progress in his recovery, Cora says they’ve “run out of time” and assured fans that Pedroia will be “ready for next year, no doubt.” (Boston.com)
Kaep’s torch still burns strong during Week 1
It’s been two years since Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner prior to an NFL game. Yesterday, three Miami Dolphins became the first and only players to protest the national anthem in the 2018-19 season. As the anthem played, receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee and defensive end Robert Quinn raised his fist in protest.
Kaepernick tweeted out his support for the players. (Boston.com)
My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!”✊? pic.twitter.com/2kSsX4s7EU
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 9, 2018
Robert Kraft and Meek Mill lived their best lives this weekend
Although it might look like an unlikely friendship at first glance, Kraft and Meek really are the best of friends. The Patriots owner was at TD Garden on Friday night, where Meek joined Drake onstage to perform “Dreams and Nightmares.” Celtics guard Terry Rozier was also there, joining Drake and a fan onstage to shoot a few hoops.
Kraft and Meek were also seen at Gillette, enjoying New England’s season opener against the Texans in Kraft’s private box.
Meek Mill is sitting next to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft in his box. pic.twitter.com/smeu2mpZYi
— Ross Bolen (@WRBolen) September 9, 2018
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 9, 2018