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What Had Happened Was: 10/30/17

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  • Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and Houston Texans rookie signal-caller Deshaun Watson combined for 854 passing yards, eight touchdowns and an additional 97 rushing yards during a back-and-forth, nail-biting game that ended in a 41-38 victory for Wilson and the Seahawks. Watson, who threw for a career-high 402 yards and four touchdowns in just his sixth career start, nearly had the game won against the top-ranked defense in the league when he connected with receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a 72-yard score with just under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. But Wilson, who also threw for four touchdowns and a career-high 452 yards, marched down the field and threw the game-winning score to tight end Jimmy Graham with just 21 seconds left in regulation.
  • Fifty-one percent of respondents oppose rules that would force or require NFL players to stand for the playing of the national anthem, an HBO Real Sports/Marist poll found. That percentage is now higher than the 47 percent of those polled who support the league putting such a rule in place. A year ago, 52 percent of respondents believed that players should be forced to stand, while only 43 percent opposed such rules being put in place. All of this came just before an ESPN The Magazine story quoted Houston Texans owner Bob McNair as saying, “We can’t have the inmates running the prison,” in relation to players protesting.
  • Dave Martinez is the new Washington Nationals manager. Martinez has been the Chicago Cubs’ bench coach for the past two seasons and is the first manager whom the Lerner family, which owns the Nationals, has given a three-year contract to lead the team. Martinez’s hiring also comes days after Houston Astros coach Alex Cora was announced as the new manager of the Boston Red Sox, which brings the total number of Latino managers to three, including Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria, and the number of managers of color to four overall. In a sport that is over one-third Latino, three of the 30 managerial jobs are now occupied by men of Latino heritage.
  • Martellus Bennett on Sunday announced that he is most likely playing the final eight games of his career. The Super Bowl champion and current Green Bay Packers tight end wrote on Instagram that after much discussion with his family, the second half of the NFL season will be his last. Bennett, who has played with the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and New York Giants, signed with the New England Patriots before the 2016 season, and after winning Super Bowl LI last season, he inked a three-year, $21 million contract with Green Bay.

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On this day in sports history

On Oct. 30, 1974, Muhammad Ali, a heavy underdog, knocked out undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman in eight rounds. Dubbed the “Rumble in the Jungle,” the bout is considered one of the greatest fights of all time, as Ali used his famous rope-a-dope tactic to tire Foreman out en route to Ali’s second heavyweight title reign. There were very few fans, journalists or folks inside the sport who expected Ali, at age 32, to withstand the 25-year-old Foreman’s punching power.


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.