August 2022 Sports Review

Ivan Ornelas
6 min readSep 2, 2022

Welcome to a new series where every month or so, I take a look back at some of the top stories from the world of sports. While many of them will be relevant to the teams I support, I’m sure there will be some things I cover that appeal to you regardless of who you support.

Getting Through the Stages of Grief

Source: https://justblogbaby.com/2022/08/30/raiders-keeping-alex-leatherwood/

The Las Vegas Raiders’ decision to draft Alex Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft was a bad one from the moment it happened. With all due respect to him, even he didn’t expect to get selected that early. A year later, after failed attempts to trade the offensive lineman, Leatherwood was cut from the 53 man roster a week before the season is set to begin. The only good thing about this situation is the Raiders didn’t fall into the trap of hanging on to a failed draft selection too long. They moved on from the grieving stage of denial and finally got closure. Leatherwood was later picked up by the Chicago Bears…good luck Justin Fields.

WNBA Playoffs: No Davids, Only Goliaths

Source: https://www.si.com/wnba/2022/08/17/wnba-playoffs-predictions-finals-picks-aces-storm-sun-sky

Going into the 2022 NBA Playoffs, the four strongest teams were the Seattle Storm, Las Vegas Aces, Connecticut Sun, and defending champions Chicago Sky. Star power throughout their rosters from younger stars such as A’ja Wilson and Jonquel Jones to tried and true veterans like Candace Parker and Sue Bird, the latter who is set to retire from her Hall of Fame career at the end of this season. That’s not to say the rest of the playoff field was hapless. Sabrina Ionescu and Elena Delle-Donne led the solid New York Liberty and Washington Mystics respectively. The Phoenix Suns overcame tons of adversity including the season long absence of Britney Griner who is still detained in Russia to make the playoffs, and the Dallas Wings proved stronger than the sum of their parts. However, the former group of Fantastic Four WNBA teams prevailed in the opening round of the playoffs, leaving us with a semifinal showdown of…

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Ivan Ornelas

Manchester United, Quakes, Roots, and Chivas fan. Primarily covering soccer, followed by other sports. Occasionally Writes about Reality TV and Games too.