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Forgotten legends in 5 different sports

By: Dylan Moore

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Hockey: Theo Fleury
Theo Fleury is undeniable. The 5’ 6” French Canadian played with a knack for the net and tenacity rivaled by few.

Given his unceremonious end to his career and his drug problems, the NHL has mostly steered clear of Fleury. But his 7 All-Star appearances, 455 goals and 1088 points in 1084 games make him hard to ignore, even as decades pass since his career has ended.

To make it simple, 15 players managed to average over a point per game in both the regular season and the playoffs. 14 of them are in the Hockey Hall of Fame, and then there is Theo Fleury. The 1989 Stanley Cup winner’s Hall of Fame introduction is long overdue.

Baseball: Tony Oliva

The lifelong Minnesota Twin was just inducted into the Hall of Fame this past year. While that is great and shows he isn’t as forgotten as some may think, do not let this distract you from the fact that it took over 40 years for him to be inducted.

While never the best player on loaded Twins teams (hall of farmers Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew made sure of that), Oliva’s impact on the Twins’s success was second to none. The 3 time batting champion was as consistent as it got, and his gold glove and 8 All Star appearances held up his career enough so he could be re-recognized all these years later.

Football: Fran Tarkenton

Continuing with the hometown heroes of the distant past, Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton is the next player on this list. While he is a long-time Hall of Famer, his impact has been largely forgotten. Not only did he hold just about every passing record a QB could for a decade after he retired, he also invented scrambling. For those who don’t know, scrambling is moving around in the pocket to evade defenders, and occasionally leaving the pocket to gain yards by running. This is something previously believed to be undoable by a QB before Tarkenton.

45 years after his retirement, the Vikings legend seems to have left the minds of NFL fans worldwide.

Basketball: Moses Malone

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Moses Malone. All of these players have one thing in common: 3 or more NBA MVPs. What differentiates Malone from the rest is simply recognition.

Even though Russell and Chamberlain played multiple decades before “The Chairman of the Boards,” they are both consensus top 10 players in every NBA fans mind, while Malone might not make the top 20. While he only won 1 ring, his scoring numbers, All Star appearances and NBA trophies make just about every player in today’s game jealous.

Even though there are plenty that get far more recognition in any all time debates than “Big Mo.” Moses deserves much more respect.

Soccer: Ronald Koeman

While there is no hall of fame for the biggest sport in the world, that hasn’t stopped Ronald Koeman from being snubbed far too many times. The center back had a whopping 193 goals in only 533 career matches at club level (reminder: he was a defender).

While still recognized by most as an all-time great in this position, his career, combined with his goal scoring record, goes far under the radar. The fabulous Dutch defender needs to be discussed by soccer superfans far more than he is.

While not all of these players are fully “forgotten,” it seems their career achievements certainly are. There are so many greats in all the sports discussed today, yet so many get disrespected and downright ignored when it comes to discussing legends of the game. I hope my article today reminded you how talented these individuals were and are.

Teri McKeever investigation

By: Mia David

In May of 2022, the University of California- Berkeley started an ongoing investigation, and coach Teri McKeever was sent on administrative leave. McKeever is under investigation for verbal and emotional abuse and promoting a toxic culture on the University of California- Berkeley women’s swim team.

A report from the Orange County Register was published with interviews from 19 female swimmers, 1 swimmer from the men’s team, and 6 parents. The report claimed that she has been abusing swimmers for decades now.

Teri McKeever is known as the first female to be the head coach of an Olympic team in the 2012 London Olympics. She has coached the Cal team to 4 NCAA championships and has won the Pac-12 coach of the year award 9 times.

The investigation has lasted longer than anyone expected it to. The athletic director at Berkeley released a statement when the investigation started saying it should last no more than 6 months. However, the investigation has lasted almost 9 months at this point.

McKeever’s lawyer has raised the question of whether or not Dave Burden (Berkeley’s head coach for the men’s team) also acts the way McKeever is being accused of acting. He has claimed that McKeever’s coaching offended people because she is a woman, and they expect her to be more kind and motherly than a men’s coach.

According to Swim Swam News, when asked about the name-calling and bullying of swimmers, McKeever’s lawyer claimed they misunderstood what she was saying.

Over the past couple of months, multiple former swimmers and coaches have sent letters to Berkeley to support Teri McKeever. Many coaches have expressed that this is simply gender bias and that the girls targeting McKeever are looking for attention.

According to Swim Swam News, a former coach from Princeton, Susan Teeter, said, “As a women’s coach, I have seen years of immature athletes who take on the role of ‘mean girls’ and become toxic and hateful, which is what I believe we have on our hands right now.”

People have expressed that the problem is not McKeever, but it is, in fact, an administrative problem. It is unlikely that Berkeley will address an administrative issue right now. Still, they have hired a law firm to investigate McKeever. Dave Durden has been coaching the men’s team but has overtaken both teams in McKeever’s absence.

Sports schedule for: Jan 23-28

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 23 – JANUARY 28
MONDAYJANUARY 23 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
TUESDAYJANUARY 24
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmJV Nordic SkiComo Golf Course
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. CentralHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pmJV: 3:30pm V: 5:15pm/ 8:45pmBoys Hockey vs. KennedyBloomington Ice Garden
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. South St. PaulDoug Woog Arena
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmGirls Basketball vs. CentralCentral High School
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 25
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. HardingHarding High School
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. Central / Como / OWLHOME
7:00pm Boys Swimming vs. MPLS SouthTBD
THURSDAYJANUARY 26
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. WashingtonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:15pmGirls Basketball vs. WashingtonWashington Technology Magnet
FRIDAYJANUARY 27
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
10:30am / 11:00am7:30am / 3:15pmNordic Ski Conference ChampionshipsTheodore Wirth Park
7:00pm5:30pm / 8:30pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. Central and Como ParkHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 28
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalBlaine High School
TBD Girls Hockey vs. VisitationSt. Thomas Academy
10:00am7:00am / 4:00pmWrestling InvitationalRoseville High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. SimleyCharles M Schulz Highland Arena

Reviewing different ski hills in Minnesota

By: Ann McMullen

Although Minnesota does not have any true mountains, the hilly terrain of primarily the east half of the state makes for great alpine skiing. These hills, combined with the massive amount of snow we get that seems to last for half the year, make skiing a popular winter activity. In fact, there are so many ski hills in the state that it can be hard to choose one to go to. If you’re wondering where you should ski…look no further than this article.

The closest major hill to the Cities is probably Buck Hill, located in Burnsville. There isn’t much variety in their runs, and it’s all condensed into quite a small area. That being said, a huge amount of olympic medalists grew up skiing at Buck Hill, so they must be doing something right! I’d say Buck is a great place to try out skiing, and if you enjoy it, you can eventually go to a bigger, steeper hill.

Afton Alps is arguably the most popular ski hill in the state, located about half an hour east of the Twin Cities. It’s definitely popular for a reason. It’s in a pretty area, has 17 chairlifts, and even a hilltop chalet! However, Afton can get really, really busy. It’s good skiing, for sure, but you’ll probably spend more time waiting in lift lines than actually going down the hill.

Lutsen Mountains is the closest thing to a real mountain skiing experience that the state offers. This resort is located in the town of Lutsen on beautiful Lake Superior, about twenty minutes south of Grand Marais. There are four unique “mountains” with different types of terrain, allowing anyone from beginners to experts to find something they can enjoy. In addition to the great skiing, Lutsen offers a variety of fun activities in the off-season. Their gondola still runs in the summer to provide beautiful tours of the mountains, and an alpine slide is available to ride down the steepest of their four hills.

If you’re looking for beautiful views like those in Lutsen but don’t want to drive the four hours, look no further than Spirit Mountain in Duluth — essentially halfway between the Cities and Lutsen. At Spirit, you can expect to see Lake Superior, as well as cool views of Duluth itself. The only real downside of Spirit is how small it is. If size is what you’re looking for, I wouldn’t recommend it. Otherwise, it’s great! I also feel inclined to share that they have an alpine roller coaster open in the summer, that winds through a forest and provides beautiful views of the lake. And, get this — you can even control your speed!

And finally, my personal favorite: Welch Village. I may be a bit biased because I grew up coming here nearly every winter weekend, but this hill — just under an hour south of the Cities — has a lot to offer. I wouldn’t call Welch a “hidden gem,” but it’s definitely overshadowed by Afton. That being said, Welch isn’t nearly as busy as Afton — there are rarely long lines for the lifts and you’re sure to be able to find a spot to sit in one of their two chalets.

I hope this helped you see how much downhill skiing Minnesota has to offer. See you on the hill!

Sports schedule for: Jan 16-21

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 16 – JANUARY 21
MONDAYJANUARY 16 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
11:00am / 1:00pm Boys Hockey vs. ArmstrongCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
TUESDAYJANUARY 17
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:45pm / 7:30pm Girls Hockey vs. Rochester CenturyRochester Rec Center
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 18
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:10pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceHyland Hills Ski Area
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. HumboldtHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Holy AngelsCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
THURSDAYJANUARY 19
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm3:30pm / 6:30pmWrestling vs. HumboldtHumboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Southwest ChristianCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
FRIDAYJANUARY 20
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. HardingHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. SimleyWSP Ice Arena
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 4:30pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. HardingHarding High School
7:00pm Boys Swimming and Diving vs. JohnsonHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 21
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalSt. Michael Albertville High School
10:00am Gymnastics InvitationalPark High School
5:15pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. PrincetonPrinceton Ice Arena

The story of the Kyalami Driver’s Strike of 1982

By: Jocelyn Knorr

The year is 1982. Apartheid is still reigning with an ugly, iron fist across South Africa; ironically, a song by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder called “Ebony and Ivory” is #4 on Billboard’s Top 100 list. And Formula One has come to Kyalami, carrying the sort of spectacle usually reserved for Roman coliseums.

But, let’s back up a bit. Austrian driver Niki Lauda, recently returned to the sport after a crash and injury took off half his face, was going over his Super License contract preseason when he found a clause or two that troubled him. For one, it forbade criticizing FISA (the forerunner to  our current FIA—coincidentally run by the exact same money-hungry pack of Neanderthals) and disallowing drivers from entering negotiations with teams themselves. This was the thing that got Lauda hot under the collar; it would have crippled the drivers’ autonomy and, in his mind, would end in them being shunted from team to team, racing for the highest bidder. He fought it incessantly, but to no avail.

As the day of the South African Grand Prix drew closer, all solutions to the issue failed. The drivers sent their attorneys to meet with FISA’s president, Jean-Marie Balestre; Balestre refused to play ball, saying “Sign it or you’re out.”

So, Lauda hatched a plan with his friend and teammate Didier Pironi. The Thursday that practice was meant to start, Pironi and Lauda arranged for a bus to meet them at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Lauda herded the drivers on—most of them, outraged by the new, restricting terms, went willingly—and Pironi stayed behind to negotiate. The other two who stayed behind were Brian Henton (who didn’t have a guaranteed spot for next year and had decided to see if something would come up) and Jochen Mass (who had opted to sleep in and turned up late, most likely extremely confused).

The striking drivers spent a sun-soaked but nervous day by the pool, drinking and chatting; someone even started up a game of volleyball. Lauda was practically tied to the telephone—Pironi kept him updated periodically. However, the messages did not bring good tidings, and they were incredibly inconsistent. One moment, there would be no consequences for participating in the strike, another moment Brabham team boss, Bernie Ecclestone, had fired his drivers. One moment, Kyalami was going to impound the cars if racing didn’t start within the hour, but another the race was being pushed back a week. The striking drivers were even threatened with a lifetime ban from the sport. Despite FISA’s threats, they held firm. Lauda assured everyone that “[it was] all hot air—where [were] they going to get 30 or so drivers capable of handling supercharged F1 cars?”

When night came, Lauda—figuring that everyone sharing a room would preserve the sense of camaraderie and prevent anyone from bolting, something that almost worked—commandeered a conference room and several mattresses. They barricaded themselves in with a grand piano and bunked down for the night. Elio de Angelis and Giles Villeneuve made good use of the piano, Niki Lauda did some stand-up comedy, and Bruno Giacomelli gave a “rather amusing” lecture, complete with cartoons, about domestic terrorism in Italy—after all, who knew how this would end? 

Throughout all of it, Pironi ferried messages back and forth from FISA and the bosses to the drivers, Villeneuve punctuating every dispatch from the front with the opening chords of Beethoven’s Fifth. This time, things were looking up; Balestre—difficult at the best of times—was still resistant to amending the terms of the Super License. However, he had suggested that if the drivers came back, they would agree to a temporary truce.

As the drivers slept, Admin conferred. Armed with information from Teo Fabi—unwilling to risk his F1 debut, he’d scarpered out the bathroom window—they called up the drivers. They capitulated; if the drivers came back they could guarantee that there would be no punishment conferred upon them—for now.

Everyone who struck was permitted by FISA to drive, (except for Patrick Tambay, who’d quit on the spot, disgusted by FISA’s actions—Henton’s “just hanging around” tactic worked out for him after all) but Bernie Ecclestone had other ideas. He disallowed reigning champion Nelson Piquet from driving in Friday practice, claiming he was “tired.” Piquet was later cleared by a medical examiner, and Ecclestone had to allow him to qualify and race in the actual Grand Prix.

However, it wasn’t over yet. The very moment the checkered flag fell in Kyalami, the FISA declared that the amnesty had expired; all the drivers were suspended from racing indefinitely. There was a protracted court battle, delaying several Grands Prix, but ultimately the drivers won. Lauda’s scheming had paid off; though they eventually had to sign unaltered Super Licenses, there was never any punishments for drivers bad-mouthing FISA or negotiating with teams personally.

While contemporary newspapers portrayed it as nothing more than a political spat, many of the drivers actually enjoyed the experience. Villeneuve in particular described it as “the best night of his life.” The photographs taken of the strike show not 30 elite athletes, but 30 men, enjoying a boy’s night out, however odd the circumstances were at the time. The Kyalami Driver’s Strike brought the drivers of the grid of 1982 closer than any grid had ever been before, or will be since.

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An incredible finish to the tournament, which had a deserved ending for two top players

By: Aeden Evenson-McDermott

Following the semifinal clash between Argentina and Croatia on December 13, Croatia would set their eyes on a piece of silverware to end the tournament with. This would be the 3rd place bronze medal.

On December 14, Morocco faced France and lost which matched them up to play Croatia for the third place game. It would ultimately be a rematch from the first group stage game as they tied 0-0 towards the beginning of the World Cup.

A big hats off to Morocco on being the first African team to make it this far in a World Cup. Most counted Croatia out before the tournament started but they once again persevered and showed they could medal in back to back World Cups.

On Saturday, December 17, the stage was set for a showdown at the Khalifa International Stadium which would compose itself of 44,000+ supporters in attendance.

It would kick off with the 10 first minutes being an absolute drama to see. A free kick early for the Croats had Modrić fake the kick with Majer following up to swing the ball over the top to Perišić who cocked his neck which headed it furthermore to the outstretched rising star and young talent center back, Joško Gvardiol, who would perfectly connect the force of the ball into the back of the net.

1-0 to Croatia! The lead wouldn’t last for long as Morocco would respond when the deflected ball went through the defenders and fell into Archaf Dari’s path and he headed it through the hands of Croatian goalkeeper Livaković. 1-1 and it was a game!

Later on though, in the first half, just before halftime, Croatia’s Mislav Orsić had an incredible first touch kick that was chipped over the keeper and dinked off the inner near post of the goal and it to the net. 2-1 to the Croatians!

The rest of the second half would be less entertaining with both sides each exchanging posessional turns but none resulting in a score. It was dramatic at times with both sides holding their breaths as each took chances on the counter attacks along the wings.

At the end of the 90 minutes of regulation, Croatia’s World Cup dreams would be fulfilled. They didn’t ultimately get first or second place like their World Cup in 2018, but they have much to be proud of. Modrić, who’s 37, is likely going to retire from international duty within the next year, so it was a nice send off for him as he has done so much for the team and country.

After Argentina beat Croatia and France beat Morocco their sights would be set on the ultimate prize. The World Cup trophy! The trophy touched by greats but revered for all could be Messi’s or it could be Mbappé’s. Who would achieve greater success?

The first half kicked off with Argentina being the more dominant side and exposing the French team near the goal. In the 23rd minute, Argentina’s Lionel Messi would convert the early penalty to give the Argentines the early lead. 1-0!

A little bit later, a second goal would be added as Angel Dí Maria would slot his goal and make it 2-0 Argentina. The excitefulness quieted down a bit but Argentina still remained in the driver’s seat.

France would show more quality as they picked up chances along the stretch. It would all turn in their favor when in the 80th minute, Mbappé would discreetly put the ball just through Martinez’s hands and into the net. 2-1.

The craziest turn of events would only be beginning and a minute later, Mbappé found himself on the end of another immaculate ball whipped in, and which he would convert through a sideways bicycle kick and into the back of the net! 2-2 and all was tied up.

This would prompt an additional 30 minutes of extra time at the end of the regulation 90 minutes. An early shout for a penalty, into extra time, on the edge of the box had many raising their eyebrows as to why that wasn’t a penalty for France?

Furthermore, Argentina would scramble down the field and Messi would score another decisive goal in the 108th minute to give Argentina the 3-2 advantage. If you didn’t think that put the nail in the coffin, you were in for a treat!

France wouldn’t go down without a fight and Mbappé would bag a hat trick of goals, when he bagged the third one, which again was another penalty in the 118th minute of extra time!

Now, since it was 3-3, and it would be the end of the 120 minutes total, it would be going to penalties!

Messi and Mbappé would each convert their first penalties of the shootout. Dybala of Argentina would convert his while Coman of France would miss his. This followed by Paredes scoring his and Tchouameni missing his. Muani of France would make his to keep his team alive but seconds later Montiel of Argentina would rise to the occasion and ultimately seal the fate of France, thus Argentina winning the World Cup!

A deep breath and sigh of relief after such an intense final match!

Messi is the GOAT and certainly deserves this after the incredible career he’s had. His brilliance never disappoints and alway shows how he has so much to prove and still has gas left in the tank for his aging legs.

Back to back medals for Croatia and France and a third World Cup trophy in the books for Argentina!

In terms of the play at The Qatar World Cup, it certainly didn’t disappoint. I would make the case that this was the best World Cup final ever, although I wouldn’t say it was the best World Cup.

Congrats to all the teams on making it a memorable World Cup to watch, and here’s to a good World Cup in North America in 2026, and it remains to be seen after that (the 2030 World Cup has yet to be announced).

With the World Cup coverage now ended, more articles will be coming out on transfers and the resuming of club football!

Sports schedule for: Jan 9-14

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 9 – JANUARY 14
MONDAYJANUARY 9 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:00pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. South St. PaulSouth St. Paul High School
TUESDAYJANUARY 10
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceTheodore Wirth Park
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Como ParkHOME
5:00pm / 7:15pm JV Girls Hockey vs. South St. Paul Varsity Girls Hockey vs. Red WingJV: WSP Ice Arena V: Red Wing High School
5:30pm / 5:30pm 7:00pmJV/C: 3:15pm V: 5:45pm/8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. Como ParkComo Park High School
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 11
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. MinneapolisCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
5:00pm Wrestling vs. Trinity and JohnsonHOME
6:00pm Gymnastics vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
THURSDAYJANUARY 12
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm Boys Basketball vs. JohnsonHOME
5:30pm / 7:00pm4:30pm / 8:00pmGirls Basketball vs. JohnsonJohnson High School
FRIDAYJANUARY 13
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:30pm Boys Swimming and Diving vs. Humboldt/WashingtonHumboldt High School
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Dodge CountyWSP Ice Arena
SATURDAYJANUARY 14
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalAnoka High School
TBD6:45am / 4:00pmVarsity Wrestling InvitationalSt. Croix Lutheran Academy
TBD7:00am / 2:00pmJV Wrestling InvitationalNorth St. Paul High School
TBD7:30am / 1:30pmMiddle School Wrestling InvitationalWashington Technology
1:00pm / 3:00pm Boys Hockey vs. BaldwinCharles M. Schulz Highland Ice Arena
1:00pm Boys Swimming and Diving True Team MeetSouthview Middle School
5:00pm Girls Hockey vs. Rochester MayoNorth Dale Rec Center

Brock Purdy makes historic first NFL career start in week 14

By: Abby Altman

Image taken from: sfgate.com

For the past 4 seasons, Brock Purdy had been the face of the Iowa State Cyclones football program. The quarterback had been a consistent leader on and off the field, and his impressive performances caught the attention of many NFL scouts. 

As a freshman in 2018, Purdy burst onto the scene by leading the Cyclones to an upset win over the then-No. 6 Oklahoma. He finished the season with 2,250 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, earning Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. 

Over the next 3 seasons, Purdy continued to improve and establish himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the conference. He set a school record for passing yards in a season with 3,982 in 2019 and led the Cyclones to 3 straight bowl appearances. 

In his senior season, Purdy threw for 3,188 yards and 19 touchdowns, leading Iowa State to a 7-3 record and a victory over Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. He was named a team captain and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors for the second time in his collegiate career. 

As the very last pick in the 2022 NFL draft, Brock Purdy inherited the title of Mr. Irrelevent. However, this season has been nothing but relevant for Purdy. After being drafted 262nd in the draft out of Iowa State, Purdy joined the San Francisco 49ers as a 3rd string quarterback behind Trey Lance and Jimmy Garrapolo. 

Trey Lance suffered a season-ending injury in week 2, making Jimmy Garrapolo the starter and Purdy the number 1 backup. Then in week 13, Garrapolo suffered a severe ankle injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the regular season. 

Purdy stepped up late in the 1st quarter versus the Dolphins in week 13, completing 29/37 with 210 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Purdy led to 49ers to a 33-17 victory over Miami. 

After his impressive showing, Purdy was set to have his first career NFL start in week 14, against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Purdy’s family bought tickets to this game weeks prior, hoping to see Tom Brady play, not knowing this would be their son’s first career start. And what a start it was. 

Purdy and the 49ers spoiled Tom Brady’s homecoming, beating Tampa Bay 35-7. Purdy threw 16/21, with 185 yards and 3 touchdowns, including a 28-yard back-shoulder touchdown pass to RB Christian McCaffrey, and a 32-yard touchdown pass to WR Brandon Aiyuk. Brock Purdy led the 49ers offense to 4 touchdown drives in the 1st half alone. 

Purdy made sure to find NFL legend Tom Brady on the field post-game. “You played great,” Brady said as the two shook hands. “Good job. Good going.” 

Late into the blowout, Purdy was taken out of the game and replaced by former 4th-string QB Josh Johnson. 

Just a day after Purdy’s historic start, news broke regarding his health and current situation. The rookie QB managed to handily defeat Brady and the Bucs, all while playing through an oblique and rib injury. Purdy underwent an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the situation. The QB was listed as day-to-day following testing, suggesting that Purdy avoided serious injury. 

Purdy stated in a press conference that he could have finished the game, despite being taken out, and appears optimistic about his week 15 status. 

“Yeah, I mean, we’ll see how it goes this week,” Purdy said. “I just felt a little tight at the end, just from taking some hits. But honestly, if I needed to play throughout the rest of the game, I definitely would have. So, I’m going to get some treatment on it and will be ready to roll.”

After a quick turnaround, the 49ers played the Seahawks on Thursday Night Football, taking a 21-13 victory. Purdy was cleared to play through his injury, and went 17/26, with 217 yards and 2 touchdowns. With this victory, the 49ers officially clinched the NFC West and secured their spot in the playoffs. 

Now that the NFC West and a spot in the playoffs have been clinched, less pressure currently sits on the 49ers shoulders for the last few games of the season. For Purdy, however, the starting spot is not automatically his going into the playoffs. 

While it is unlikely for veteran QB Jimmy Garrapolo to return in time for the 49ers playoff run, Purdy will need to continue winning in order to secure the starting position in the chance that Garrapolo does return. 

Purdy beat the Commanders 37-20 in week 16, completing 15/22, with 234 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. 

While it seemed as if there wasn’t much change likely in the 49ers playoff scenario, Brock Purdy led San Francisco to yet another victory, this time in overtime against the Raiders in week 17. Combined with a Minnesota Vikings loss to Gren Bay, the 49ers have moved up into the 2nd seed in the NFC. A victory in week 18 will secure the number 2 seed. 

Purdy has played 4 games in the National Football League and is just the 4th rookie quarterback in history to win his first 4 NFL starts. 

San Francisco will finish off the season in week 18 against the Cardinals.

Sports schedule for: Jan 2-7

 ATHLETIC EVENTS SCHEDULE: JANUARY 2 – JANUARY 7
MONDAYJANUARY 2 
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
2:00pm JV Girls Hockey vs Bloomington JeffersonPhalen Ice Arena
TUESDAYJANUARY 3
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
    
WEDNESDAYJANUARY 4
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
3:45pm2:20pm / 5:15pmNordic Ski RaceBattle Creek Regional Park
4:15pm / 4:15pm 6:00pm3:15pm / 8:45pmBoys Basketball vs. Mound WestonkaMound Westonka High School
5:00pm Wrestling vs. Como ParkHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Boys Hockey vs. Bloomington KennedyCharles M. Schulz – Highland Arena
6:00pm Gymnastics Conference MeetHOME
THURSDAYJANUARY 5
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
5:00pm JV Girls Hockey vs. ArmstrongNew Hope Arena
FRIDAYJANUARY 6
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
4:15pm / 6:00pm Girls Basketball vs. Columbia HeightsHOME
5:00pm / 7:00pm Girls Hockey vs. HastingsWSP Ice Arena
7:00pm5:30pm / 8:15pmBoys Swimming and Diving vs. Como ParkHumboldt High School
SATURDAYJANUARY 7
TIMEBUS TIMESEVENTLOCATION
TBD Dance InvitationalTwo Rivers High School
9:30am6:15am / 4:15pmWrestling InvitationalBrooklyn Center High School
10:45am9:00am / 1:45pmBoys Swimming and Diving InvitationalJean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
11:00am Gymnastics InvitationalPark High School