Jan. 12: Three Big Things


COVID-19 strikes the men’s basketball team

Less than two weeks after the Lady Panthers paused activity for a week on Dec. 30, the men’s team did the same on Friday. According to the press release, multiple anonymous individuals tested positive for COVID-19, leading to Georgia State canceling its Friday-Saturday series against the Trojans this past weekend. For their first competition since New Year’s Day, the men’s team will be hosting Coastal Carolina this weekend in a two-game series beginning Friday.


The Atlanta Hawks’ not-so-private film session

Less than 24 hours after blowing a 15-point lead to the New York Knicks, Hawks fourth-year player John Collins voiced opinions on the team’s play style, The Athletic’s Chris Kirschner and Sam Amick reported. Collins noted the team’s lack of ball movement and tendency to allow All-Star Trae Young to control the ball for most possessions. Last month, Collins turned down a five-year, $90 million contract, well below the max extension he is reportedly expecting.


A historic NFL Wild Card Weekend

For the first time since 1995, the Browns won a playoff game, a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday afternoon. Baker Mayfield, who threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, was not born the last time the franchise won a postseason matchup. Other teams picking up Wild Card Weekend wins included the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccanneers, Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints.