While You Were Living: Kobe Bryant’s Reign In Shambles & The NFL Is On Fire

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Depending on how you look at it, this was a rough week to be Kobe Bryant. After ESPN ranked the Laker great the 40th best player coming into the 2014-15 season, ESPN the Magazine published an article basically blaming the team’s fall on Bryant, his contract and his ego. Of course, this sparked debate all over the league among experts both online and off. While Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss defended Bryant by saying “any free agent who wouldn’t want to play with Kobe is probably a loser and not welcome in the Laker family,” Kobe didn’t really have much to say about the article. He just responded in the most Black Mamba way possible. [ESPN]

Would DeMarco Murray be the real NFL MVP if the season ended today? Yes, but it’s a close three-man race. Murray broke a 46-year-old record held by the legendary Jim Brown by rushing for over 100 yards in his first seven games this season. Unless you completely tune out the NFL all together, you probably heard that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning set a new touchdown NFL Record, breaking Brett Favre’s 508 record and currently standing at 513. If somehow one of those two don’t win, Packers star Aaron Rodgers is next in line. Since Week 4 of the season, he’s lead Green Bay to a 4-0 record, thrown 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions. [CBS Sports]

The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants got a little rowdy this week during game two of the World Series. Something set Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland off so that he and Royals Catcher Salvador Perez got into a dugout-clearing shouting match. Strickland blamed it on a miscommunication saying, “There’s a lot of emotion going on but you’ve got to control it.” [NBC Sports]

Dwyane Wade did the sweetest thing any athlete did all week. After 90-year-old Miami Heat fan Illuminada “Grandma Nelly” Magtoto issued a one-on-one Youtube challenge to Wade for her birthday, the three-time NBA champion accepted. He and Grandma Nelly hooped a little bit after practice, where Wade even caught an alley-oop pass from her and threw shade at Mario Chalmers in the process. (Poor Rio can’t catch a break). Watch the video and try not to shed a joyful thug tear. [SB Nation]