Welcome to The Weekend Wrap Up, for the first week of November. Today’s song is Lemon by N.E.R.D. featuring Rihanna. The track dropped this past Thursday and it immediately set the internet ablaze. This song features Rihanna solely rapping a verse for one of the few times in her career, and like everything else she’s attempted recently, Riri killed it. It’s also the first song from N.E.R.D. in several years, and is the first single of their upcoming fourth studio album. If this single is a prelude to the sound of the rest of the album, then we have a lot to look forward to. Let’s see how the songs fits the weekend’s biggest stories:
“And best believe, it’s gon’ be outrageous”
FridayFriday saw the highly anticipated release of the third installment of the Thor franchise, Thor Ragnarok. Excitement for the project had been building ever since the first teaser trailer debuted, where it landed in the top 10 most viewed movie trailers in a 24-hour span. The movie dominated the weekend box-office to an $121 million dollar debut, the highest for the Thor franchise, and the fourth biggest opening this year. Director Taika Waititi infused the film with a fresh, fun perspective filled with jokes and new, interesting characters. No spoilers, but it definitely did not disappoint. Looking forward to Waititi contributing more to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The truck behind me got arms, Yeah, longer than LeBron
There were a string of insane stat lines put up over the weekend during NBA action. Lebron kicked off the action on Friday night, dropping 57 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 assists in a 130-122 victory of the Washington Wizards. It was a salvo of sorts from Lebron to the rest of the league, letting them know the Cav’s demise has not yet begun. We’ll see if he can keep up the pace the rest of the season.
“Count the mothaf*ckin’ digits”
On Sunday night, James Harden put up one of the craziest and most efficient stat lines this decade, when he dropped 56 points on 19 for 25 shooting (7-8 from three), to go along with 13 assists. Harden accounted for 91 points, the third most by one player in NBA history (Wilt Chamberlain is number one at 104, and Harden is also second with 95 points accounted for last season). With Chris Paul still out nursing a sore knee, Harden has had to pick up the offensive load again this season.
“Wave hello to the top”
Kristaps Porzingis finished out the high scoring weekend by scoring a career high 40 points, to go along with 8 rebounds and 6 assists in a Knicks win over the Pacers. It’s the latest in a long stretch of 30+ point performances for KP, who has increased his scoring output to sit him at number two on the scoring leaders list currently this season. Porzingis was not subtle when asked if he has something to prove after his former GM, Hall of Famer Phil Jackson, questioned his readiness to be the centerpiece of a team, to which Kristaps responded “Of course”. If he can keep up this scoring pace and keep the Knicks in playoff contention, he may very well find himself as an MVP candidate come seasons end.
“And this here ain’t a scrimmage”
Sunday’s NFL action was surprisingly prolific in terms of scoring, and also in terms of altercations on the field. Numerous teams had players breaking into scuffles during the game, and players ejected for fighting. The most shocking of those came in the first half of the Jaguars-Bengals game, when cornerback Jalen Ramsey and receiver A.J. Green, who had been trash talking each other all game, escalated things after Ramsey pushed green down to the turf after a play. Green reacted instantaneously and furiously, throwing Ramsey in a choke hold, before throwing punches at him as other players got involved in the scuffle.
Both Green and Ramsey were ejected after the game, and Green later apologized for his actions, calling it “out of character” and said it wouldn’t happen again. It was a stunning development to see Green, who’s one of the most mild mannered and reserved NFL players in recent memory, lose his control in that manner. Hopefully he and the Bengals can rebound from this incident and salvage an already disappointing season.
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