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The Friday 5: September 17th

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Wild Washington Nights

The NFC East is always an adventure and Week 2’s Thursday Night Football game between the Washington Football Team and the New York Giants was no exception.


Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who was starting in place of the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, finished the night 34-of-46 for 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. That lone interception was a costly one, as it led to a Giants field goal and lead. That being said, you’ve heard the saying drop the zero and find a hero? Well, in a way Heinicke did just that.


Heinicke led a two-minute scoring drive, as kicker Dustin Hopkins hit a 43-yard FG to end the game. Hopkins had missed a 48-yarder, but the Giants were flagged for being offsides, because of course. Washington won, 30-29, and improve to 1-1. New York is now 0-2.


Nick Gates

Not only did the New York Giants lose the game Thursday night, they also lost OL Nick Gates to a terrible left leg injury, for which he had surgery on Friday morning.


Gates suffered a lower leg fracture with 5:57 left in the first quarter, after getting twisted with Washington Football Team defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. Gates was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast, as he waved to the crowd.


We are sending good vibes for a full recovery.


Carli Lloyd

The United States women’s national soccer team beat Paraguay, 9-0, Thursday night behind five, yes five, goals from Carli Lloyd. The two-time Women’s World Cup champion announced her retirement last month.


Thursday was the beginning of Lloyd’s farewell tour, as she will retire from club play at the end of the NWSL season and international play after the USWNT fall friendlies. Lloyd will leave the sport with two Olympic gold medals.


Five goals in a night is not a bad way to say goodbye.


NFL Week 2 New

The 1-0 Miami Dolphins will be without wide receiver Will Fuller on Sunday when they host the 0-1 Buffalo Bills. Head coach Brian Flores said that Fuller will miss the game due to a personal issue.

The Minnesota Vikings will be without defensive end Everson Griffen on Sunday in Arizona after suffering a concussion on his way to the practice facility on Thursday, when he swerved on the road to miss a deer and was involved in a car accident, per head coach Mike Zimmer.

The New Orleans Saints will be without seven assistant coaches on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols, and will be missing at least three starters due to injuries.

The Raiders have ruled out RB Josh Jacobs for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh as he has missed practice all week due to a toe and ankle injury.

Dallas OL Ty Nsekhe will not play on Sunday after spending Thursday night in a local hospital. He was taken by ambulance from practice because of a heat-related illness.


It’s a Hard Knock Life in Indy

HBO’s “Hard Knocks” has made the 53, as the HBO show will follow a team in the regular season for the first time, and it’s starting with the Indianapolis Colts. Traditionally, “Hard Knocks” follows a team in training camp and the preseason, with this last iteration following the Dallas Cowboys, who, coincidentally, are dealing with some really hard knocks.


The first episode will air on November 17.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.