Welcome back to the Wrap Up, your weekly recap of the best moments in sports and pop culture. This week’s Wrap Up song is courtesy of Gucci Mane & Migos, I Get The Bag. Gucci has been on fire since his prison release last summer, and of course the Migos had one of the biggest songs last year with Bad N Bougee. Now they’re trying to take over the rest of this year with their new collab, which is already blowing up the charts. Here we go:
“Stop the comparin’, y’all makin’ me laugh”
On Thursday night at Rihanna’s Diamond Ball charity event, the stars aligned to bring us a photo of this millennium’s biggest artists, Beyoncé and Rihanna, together in a photo for the first time in a long time. While they’ve attended several of the same events over the years, there hasn’t been an actual photo of them actually together at the same time, even as fans of both have desperately hoped for one. Well finally on Thursday night photos started to pop up on social media, and the best reaction to it is this classic tweet:
After years of so called “fans” pitting them against each other, creating an imaginary feud, and slighting one to elevate the other, it was good to have this moment to hopefully put all of that to rest.
“They had to hate it”
Saturday saw what a lot of people deemed as the “real fight of the year” (an obvious shot at the Mayweather-McGregor fight being “fake”) take place in Las Vegas, between GGG (Gennady Golovkin) and Canelo Alvarez. Alvarez and Golovkin are considered by most boxing experts to be at the top of the best fighters in the world list, so anticipation for this bout was very high. Unfortunately, even though the fight was considered good by most, it ended in typical controversial fashion for boxing, in a draw. For two of the greatest fighters in the world, and for all the fans watching, it was a disappointing and lame ending to a big night.
“You get the bag and fumble it”
In another Saturday meeting of hyped opponents, Louisville and last season’s Heisman trophy winner Lamar Jackson faced off against the defending champions, Clemson. Usually whenever a Heisman winner returns to school the following season, all of their games are magnified and scrutinized, and this one was no different. Lamar Jackson, while putting up decent stats, ultimately lost to Clemson 47-21, in a game that was never close or in doubt for the Tigers. While Jackson is a phenomenal talent who should have a pro future, it just highlights the difference between a great player carrying a program versus a great program with multiple great players.
“But you feel the heat”
Week 2 of the NFL season was short on surprises (and good games), but one big shocker was the Dallas Cowboys getting crushed by the Denver Broncos, 42-17. It wasn’t a surprise that the Cowboys lost, especially to a defense as good as Denver’s. But it was the way the lost, in embarrassing fashion, with their star players Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott being mostly ineffective. Dak had two uncharacteristic interceptions and Zeke had by far the lowest rushing total of his career with 8 yards. We’ll see if they can bounce back next week against the Cardinals.
“I’m not your average or typical”
Hollywood’s biggest stars got together for the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards. While award shows tend to be predictable and reward the same shows and actors year after year, Sunday’s broadcast was a welcome breath of fresh air featuring several new winners in a bunch of different categories. In particular, there were a handful of actors and writers of color who were big winners, and deservedly so. Lena Waithe and Aziz Ansari won for best writing for a comedy series for Master of None, Stephen and Donald Glover won for best directing for a comedy series for Atlanta (Donald also won for best lead actor), Riz Ahmed won for best lead actor in a limited series for The Night of, and Sterling K. Brown won for best lead actor in a drama series for This Is Us. Hopefully this becomes the trend going forward instead of an anomaly.
That’s it for this week! Keep a look out for new content coming soon.