VIRAL NEWS: BASKETBALL RECORDS BROKEN ALL AROUND & BRADY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
A peek into topics buzzing at Cassandra this week.
Another week, another weekly recap of viral news! Culture moves fast, so we at Cassandra keep our eyes and ears open to catch the most relevant matters young people can't stop talking about. This weekend is the Super Bowl, so of course we're in a sporty mood. We’ll talk about a record-breaking women's basketball game, Lebron James' lifelong achievement, and a possible renaissance of sports movies? Let's dig right into this week's edition of viral news.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MATCH BREAKS VIEWERSHIP RECORD
Breaking news in the world of women's sports! The top-5 matchup between South Carolina and UConn was a big win for the southern team, but it also caught a lot of eyes. Raking 1.1 million viewers on Fox, this game stands as the most-watched women's basketball game in the network's history and the most-watched women's college basketball game across all networks since 2017. This undeniable proof of the rise of women's sports makes it possible for ABC to broadcast the women’s 2023 national championship game for the first time. Following the precedent of increased viewership in events like the NWSL title match and the WNBA, we are seeing further proof that women’s sports is simply…sports.
LEBRON JAMES IS THE ALL-TIME SCORING LEADER
The Lakers superstar is the talk of the town for breaking the NBA's all-time scoring record. The four-time MVP achieved this feat after scoring 31 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder, bringing his career count to 38,390 points. The previous record holder with 38,387 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, attended the game and participated in the ceremony honoring LeBron's achievement. This triumph was met with applause from players, fans, and fellow athletes, who took to social media to express their admiration for the basketball legend. The #lebronjames tag has over 9.5 Billion views on TikTok, with many highlighting his status as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
TOM BRADY ON THE BIG SCREEN
NFL legend and seven-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, is making headlines for two reasons. First, his announcement of retirement from the NFL —again— and second, his potential inclusion into the world of movies. With a career as long and relevant as his, it's no surprise that Brady's story would make for great movie material. Besides that, if you add four of the most seasoned comedy actresses in the business —Rita Moreno, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, and Lilly Tomlin— to the mix, the film's success doesn't come as a shock. Occupying the No. 2 spot behind Avatar: The Way of Water at the box office, the comedy 80 for Brady about four octogenarians who travel to see him play at the beginning of his career made $12.5 million in ticket sales on its first weekend. Brady's retirement might be sad news to his fans, but they can still look forward to seeing him on the big screen.