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What Had Happened Was: 10/2/17

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  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 50 career touchdowns, and his celebration of choice for the score was holding up a clenched fist to signify black power. “I did it to show black pride, because I am an African-American,” Newton said after the game. He did all of this on a Sunday afternoon in which he had to lead the Panthers down the field to kick the game-winning field goal with four seconds remaining and defeated the New England Patriots on their home turf, 33-30. Graham Gano kicked the winner from 48 yards out.
  • Texas high school football player Cedric Ingram-Lewis raised his fist, and his cousin Larry McCullough knelt, during the national anthem before Victory & Praise Christian Academy’s game against Providence Classical on Sept. 27. Their high school coach, Ronnie Mitchem, a former Marine, walked over to the boys after the anthem ended, told them to take off their uniforms and informed them that they were being kicked off the team.
  • Troy University football came, it saw, and it conquered No. 25 LSU on Saturday evening. Unlike the last time the Trojans visited Baton Rouge, Louisiana — in 2008, when they watched their 31-3 second-half lead disappear and the Tigers complete the largest comeback in football history — this time Troy did not relent. Jordan Chunn ran for a touchdown to go with 191 yards, and Troy caused four turnovers in its 24-21 upset.

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On this day in sports history

Hank Aaron in 1974.

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On Oct. 2, 1974, Hank Aaron hit his 733rd and final home run as a member of the National League and Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, a franchise he spent the first 21 seasons of his career with. The very next month, the Braves traded Aaron back to Milwaukee, which was the home of the Brewers since 1970 and was at the time in the American League. As a result of the AL’s designated hitter rule, Aaron was able to stretch out his playing career for two more seasons and finished in 1976 with a major league record 755 homers.


Rhiannon Walker is an associate editor at The Undefeated. She is a drinker of Sassy Cow Creamery chocolate milk, an owner of an extensive Disney VHS collection, and she might have a heart attack if Frank Ocean doesn't drop his second album.