Raiders Stun Chiefs, Blount To Patriots, Bills And Jets Play, Golic’s Butt Photo

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In the NFL, it was Thursday Night Football between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.  The Chiefs are red-hot right now.  They are tied for 1st place in the AFC West with Denver, and they just beat the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.  Plus, next week they have a showdown with Denver for a game that will definitely be important come playoff time.  Oakland, on the other hand, was 0-10 coming into this game, and nobody expected them to do anything spectacular.  You know what that means… TRAP GAME!!!

Yep, Kansas City definitely overlooked their meager opponent coming into the game.  They were already thinking about Denver, but Oakland takes this rivalry seriously, and there was a packed house in Oakland to root on the struggling Raiders.  The Raiders jumped out to a big lead thanks to an awesome rushing performance from LaTavius Murray.  Unfortunately, Murphy got a concussion and had to leave the game, but he instilled the “We Can Do It” attitude in the Raiders that they would use to get the win against the Chiefs.  They now have the winless monkey off of their back.  Oakland 24, Kansas City 20.

Elsewhere in the NFL, just one day after LeGarrett Blount was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers for “having a bad attitude”, his old team, the New England Patriots picked him up off waivers.  They are hoping that he won’t bring his negative energy to their organization, and that he will give them the running back depth they need headed into the playoffs.  Blount had a lot of success with the Pats last year, and they believe they know how to use him.

In a follow-up story, it looks like the Bills and the Jets WILL actually play this week.  But it won’t be on Sunday, it won’t be in Buffalo (because of the snow) and it won’t be in New York (because that wouldn’t be fair).  The game will actually be played on Monday night… in Detroit.  Detroit has an indoor stadium.

Mike GolicAnd finally, woke up to one of the funniest sights this morning….Mike Golic of Mike and Mike in the morning posing like Kim Kardashian’s magazine cover. Golic lost a bet to Greenberg when Northwestern (Greenberg’s alma mater) beat Notre Dame (Golic’s alma mater) and this was one of his punishments. For a full view (not that you want it) click here.

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Bills Players Blasted With Snowstorm And No Practice, Saints’ Fan In Mardi Gras Spirit, Shanahan Could Coach Gators

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e9f1a568a6c3f7dcced5f65f02c4fbfaIn the NFL, the Buffalo Bills have a bit of a predicament.  Buffalo is arguably the most harsh cold weather region in the nation.  They just got blasted with a huge snowstorm, so intense that none of the Buffalo Bills players or coaches can get out of their house and drive to the facilities for practice.  Many people, including the players, are wondering if the Bills will play this Sunday given the chance that they haven’t had an opportunity to prepare.  Currently, all signs point to “Yes, they will play”, but it seems like their opponent, the New York Jets, may have a bit of an advantage.  Then again, the Jets are pretty bad this season.

And elsewhere in the NFL, New Orleans Saints’ fan, Tony Williams, who stole headlines after he grabbed a touchdown ball thrown into the crowd away from a female Bengals fan, has said that he never expected such a backlash.  Video showed that the female Bengals fan was pleading with Williams to give her the football, which Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham initially threw to her.  Williams intercepted the ball at the last second, and the media pounced.  But Williams had an opportunity to defend himself, saying that he just got in the Mardi Gras spirit (i.e. people try to catch things thrown from floats) and said he just wanted to the get the football for his grandchild.

In college football, an interesting candidate has emerged for the head coaching job at the University of Florida:  two-time Super Bowl champion Mike Shanahan.  Shanahan could bring a winning pedigree to the organization, but Shanahan was anything but impressive during his time with the Washington Redskins.  College football coaching is a younger man’s jobs, as the hours are truly intense, but perhaps Shanahan can make the Gators relevant again for the first time since the Urban Meyer era.

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Peterson Suspended By NFL, Dwight Howard Abuse Charges Resurface, New College Football Rankings

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Adrian Peterson NFL suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. The decision is creating some controversy as some believe that the NFL made the wrong decision regarding the Ray Rice domestic abuse issue so now they are coming down hard on Peterson. Peterson pleaded no contest back on November 4th to misdemeanor reckless assault on his 4-year-old son. The NFL Players Association is appealing the ruling but the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s letter stated:

“You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct. When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not ‘eliminate whooping my kids’ and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child’s mother. You also said that you felt ‘very confident with my actions because I know my intent.’

“These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future.”

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Dwight HowardIn another potential child abuse case, the NBA is now investigating Houston Rockets’ Center Dwight Howard. The allegations stem from an incident this summer but is now resurfacing. Dwight’s lawyer responded with the following:

“It is troubling to see a mother use her son as a pawn against his father, which is what is happening in this case,” the statement reads. “Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interest of his children and do whatever is necessary to protect their welfare and best interests.”

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The new edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings came out and Alabama now sits at #1 and Mississippi dropped to # 4. Oregon at # 2 and Florida State at # 3 round out the semifinal slots for the time being. It will be an exciting remainder of the season.

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Seahawks’ Lynch Chemistry Not Right, Muschamp Resigns from Univ Florida, Jose Canseco Auctioning Finger

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Marshawn LynchIn the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks are not playing badly this season, but they are struggling to perform as well as they did in last year’s epic Super Bowl season.  They are still in contention for the playoffs, but something seems to be off with their chemistry.  Some of it has to do with their running back Marshawn Lynch.  Lynch plays very hard, but has definitely had some attitude problems with the Seahawks’ brass.  Head coach Pete Carroll said he believes this is on account of the contract discussions from the off-season.  They didn’t go as Lynch would have liked, but Carroll said he is working with Lynch to resolve issues.  After all, this team wants to get back in late-season form and make a playoff push.

In college football, the decision makers at the University of Florida have seen all they need to from head coach Will Muschamp.  Muschamp took over the program after superstar head coach Urban Meyer stepped down, and the program hasn’t been the same since.  The Gators were almost always in the Top 10 if not the Top 5 discussions, but they have been lackluster at best since the end of the Urban Meyer/Tim Tebow era.  Muschamp resigned as head coach (meaning he was fired), and now Florida is searching for a very offensive minded coach.

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Jose Canseco Finally, in some very strange news, former baseball all-star Jose Canseco has had a very interesting month.  He had a horrific accident in which he shot off his finger during a gun cleaning incident.  The doctors were able to reattach the finger, but when he was playing in a poker tournament, it literally fell off.   Well, that gave Canseco an idea.  He said he was thinking about auctioning off his finger on eBay.  Baseball memorabilia enthusiasts actually might be willing to pay for something like that — the finger of one of the “Bash Brothers”… no matter how stupid this might be.

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Alabama Now Favorite For National Championship, Rams Run Over Broncos, Patriots Team To Beat

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6c6b8ad40c3098e3767882d797c641bcIn college football, everyone was looking forward to the big showdown between #1 Mississippi State and #5 Alabama.  This game was in ‘Bama, so if Miss St. really wanted to prove they were #1, this is a game they needed to win.  Plus, with the season drawing to a close, a loss could likely mean that they are out of the college playoffs.  In college football, It’s never good to lose late in the season.  How did it play out?  ‘Bama held their ground and were able to put a lock on the Bulldogs’ defense.  The Bulldogs had a small rally late in the game, but this game belonged to the Crimson Tide.  Alabama is now one of the favorites to win the National Championship.  Alabama 25, Mississippi State 20.

In the NFL, Denver has been shaky lately when playing good teams.  They got a real test two weeks ago when they played the Patriots and lost.  So how would they fare on the road against a sneaky good St. Louis Rams defense?  The answer:  Not very well.  The Rams D caused Peyton Manning to throw multiple picks (rare for him), and the Rams’ offense was able to run on the Broncos D.  Sure, Peyton Manning lost Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to injury, but that’s not really an excuse with all the weapons he has.  The Rams earned this win, and the Broncos are starting to look very vulnerable.  St. Louis 22, Denver 7.

Andrew LuckAnd now, it looks like the team to beat in the AFC is the New England Patriots.  Tom Brady and his pack are absolutely crushing teams, scoring almost at will.  They took on another offensive powerhouse in Andrew Luck and the Colts, but the Colts were simply no match for Bill Belichick and his instant offense machine.  The Pats just kept running up the score. It’s hard to imagine which defense in the AFC can stop these guys.  They might even get home field advantage before season’s end.  Remember when everyone said their dynasty was over after they lost in September on Monday Night Football to Kansas City? Guess we need to forget about that!  New England 42, Indianapolis 20.

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Dolphins Grab Win In TNF, Mike Trout Asset For Angels, Stanton Superstar For Struggling Marlins

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In the NFL, it was Thursday Night Football between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.  This was a key divisional match-up for both teams looking to grab a playoff birth.  The game was slow to start, but soon enough, the Dolphins offense kicked into high gear.  Unfortunately for the Bills, they just couldn’t get anything going on offense, and were held to 3 field goals.  Miami grabbed the win, and pulled into second place in the AFC East behind the Patriots.  Miami 22, Buffalo 9.

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Mike TroutThe MVP awards are coming out, and the Angels Mike Trout became the youngest player in major league baseball to get a unanimous vote.  He is only 23, and it it seems clear that the Angels have a young Hall of Famer on their hands that could be a major asset for them for at least the next 10 – 12 years.

Elsewhere in baseball, the Miami Marlins are a struggling franchise.  They went through a major re-branding effort a few years ago trying to rejuvenate baseball in South Florida.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work all that well. They have terrible attendance and seem to be losing money every year.  Fortunately, they have an up-and-coming superstar on their roster in Giancarlo Stanton.  They need the franchise to have a face, and according to sources, they are ready to make Stanton that face for a deal worth roughly $300million.  That’s a huge amount of money, but they are looking to do whatever it takes to be successful.

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Ronaldo Calls Messi Swear Word, Lebron Won’t Let Sons Play Football, Blake Griffin In Trouble

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Irina ShaykMost fans know that the best two superstars in the world are Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi of Barcelona.  It’s easy to make a case whey either of these two players are the greatest, but apparently Ronaldo has a nickname for his nemesis.  According to sources on the Real Madrid club, Ronaldo addresses Messi as “Motherf****r”.  You could imagine that this is some sign of respect, where Messi’s greatness agitates Ronaldo OR you could assume that Ronaldo just doesn’t like the guy.  Either way Ronaldo is denying using the word.

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LeBron James has now come out and publicly said that he doesn’t let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus play football.  He said that only basketball, baseball, and soccer are allowed in his house because of the significant injury risks associated with football. LeBron played football in High School as a wide receiver, however, had to quit because of a broken wrist.   LeBron  is keeping his sons focused on safer sports.

Blake GriffinFinally, in the NBA, it looks like Clippers star Blake Griffin has gotten into some trouble again.  Griffin was charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident at a Las Vegas night club.  Griffin apparently squeezed a man’s hand very hard and slapped him because he was tired of all the camera flashes in his face.  Griffin is known to have a temper on the court as well.

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College Football Rankings Out, Willis Out For Season, Derrick Rose Sees Future

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In college football, the new playoff rankings are out.  If the college playoff started today, #1 Mississippi State would play #4 TCU, and #2 Oregon would play #3 Florida State.  Oregon jumped over Florida State in the latest rankings due to Oregon’s tougher schedule, but that doesn’t mean that Florida State is easy to beat by any means.  Don’t get too attached to these rankings though as it will likely change quite a bit before the season is over.

In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers are still in the playoff race but this season hasn’t been easy, and it looks like it’s going to get even tougher.  On Tuesday it was reported that their star middle linebacker, Patrick Willis, will miss the remainder of the season.  Their defense hasn’t been that tough and now with Willis out, the team will have to really step up if they want to make the playoffs.

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Derrick RoseIn the NBA, Derrick Rose has been getting a lot of criticism for sitting out games.  Rose has a significant injury history, and is being very careful with his body, but has also told the media that by sitting out, he is preserving his body for life beyond basketball.  Rose said that he has meetings, graduations, and life events to attend after his basketball career and doesn’t want to be sore or injured because he pushed himself to play when his body wasn’t 100%.  The Bulls are still very much a contender this year, but they will have to accept that Rose will only play when absolutely necessary.

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Carson Palmer Cries After Torn ACL, LeBron Helps Cavs With Win

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Carson PalmerThe Arizona Cardinals are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL right now.  Their head coach, Bruce Arians, has them playing solid, mistake-free football.  They have a tenacious defense, and an offense led by the resurgent Carson Palmer.  Sadly, just one day after the Cardinals gave Carson Palmer a $50 million extension, Palmer went down for the season with a torn ACL.

Palmer said he cried that night, saying it was the first time he cried since his friend and Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died roughly a decade ago.  This doesn’t mean, however, that the Cardinals season is over, as Coach Arians said that the Cardinals can absolutely win a Super Bowl with their back-up Drew Stanton.   Their defense can keep the games to a low-scoring affair, and as long as Stanton can be a game manager, the Cards should be ok.  But the Palmer injury is still a huge blow to their season.

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And in the NBA, when the Cavs went 1-3 to start the season, everyone was hitting the panic button.  But the Cavs are just getting started, and they still need to create a team chemistry.  Monday night, the Cavs struggled against the New Orleans Hornets, but thanks to a triple-double from LeBron, the Cavs were able to grab the win.  A good outcome, but the team cannot completely lean on James to win all their games.  It won’t last.  Cleveland 118, New Orleans 111.
Finally, in baseball, the awards are starting to come out.  For Rookie of the Year in the American League:  Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox.  And it was unanimous, and the White Sox have found themselves a true slugger.  In the National League, it was Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom.   Baseball is becoming stalked with fun-to-watch talent yet again.

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Bieber Bad Omen For Steelers, Rodgers Stunning 6 TD’s Over Bears, Crimson Tide’s Foster Ignites Crowd, Buckeyes Barrett Runs Over Spartans

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Justin BieberJustin Bieber is apparently a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He showed up on Saturday night before their bible study to meet the players. A number of players tweeted about their encounter, but no word on whether the Bieber stayed for the study/prayer session.

Maybe that was a bad omen for the team as the Steelers lost to the lowly New York Jets. The Steelers just didn’t step up for this game. With 4 turnovers, they had no chance to win.  The Jets’ QB Michael Vick had two TD”s,  no interceptions and helped his team end an eight game losing streak. Jets 20- Steelers 13.

Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers had a stunning performance on Sunday vs the Chicago Bears. In the first half alone, he threw for 6 TD’s (yes 6!!!!) for a 55-14 win.

Good news for Detroit Lions’ fans as Megatron (Calvin Johnson) is back and healthy. Lions 20, Dolphins 16.

In college football, some great games on Saturday. All the top teams are vying for the final four spots in the inaugural football playoffs. The Alabama Crimson Tide (currently ranked #5) put on a show in their exciting overtime win over LSU. Alabama’s linebacker, Reuben Foster, ignited the crowd in the remaining seconds of tied regulation play. With seconds ticking off the clock, Foster sent LSU’s kick returner flying and the crowd went wild. It was great momentum heading into overtime and not surprisingly Alabama won 20-16. They are gearing for a spot in the playoffs (especially since Auburn lost a big game to Texas A&M on Saturday) and if they continue to play like this, they will likely get it.

J.T. BarrettIn another exciting college game with playoff implications, the Ohio State Buckeyes ran over the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes started off the season a bit shaky when their starting QB Braxton Miller went down with an injury. The replacement, J.T. Barrett has truly come in to his own and is arguably one of the best players in the Big 10 right now. Ohio State 49 Michigan State 37.

 

 

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