Serena Williams’ loss to Naomi Osaka in the U.S. Open final, more specifically the manner in which she lost, certainly drew a strong reaction across the sports world, and that topic dominates the discussion this week on Just Another Sports Podcast.
Sports editor Josh Smith and features editor Colin McGuire sharply disagree with host Greg Swatek about the way the event unfolded and how it should be perceived. Josh and Colin argue that chair umpire Carlos Ramos overstepped his bounds in citing Serena for infractions that aren’t commonly called, and that, as one of the finest champions in all of sports on one of the grandest stages in tennis, Serena should have been afforded more leeway in terms of blowing off some steam. Greg, on the other hand, counters that the umpire was simply doing his job, although by the strictest letter of the law, and that Serena’s reaction was unnecessary and over the top.
Tune in to hear how the debate plays out. They all agree it was a sad moment that tarnished what should have been a career-defining and life-changing moment for Osaka.
The guys also discuss in detail the opening week of the NFL season, and Colin laments some poor betting advice that Greg allegedly gave him.