Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode Apparel Big Hit, NBA All Star Reserves Announced

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In the NFL, Marshawn Lynch is simply tired of the media.  Yesterday, at a press conference, Marshawn effectively asked the media to go away.  He basically said, ‘I don’t know what you expect from me, I don’t know how you are trying to portray me, but I don’t care what you think”.  This is all getting so tiring and begs the question as to why “every” athlete has to talk to the media.  Sure, some guys are naturals at it, but there are people out there who are simply reserved, and being a good, comfortable public speaker really has nothing to do with getting paid to run the football.  Perhaps the NFL needs to change this contractual obligation.

Marshawn LynchSpeaking of Lynch, there is now a phenomenon circling him at the Super Bowl.  So many people are hooked on Lynch’s “Beast Mode” clothing line that a pop-up store has appeared in Arizona just to sell his “Beast Mode” apparel.  The whole store is dedicated to this new clothing line, and shirts with slogans he has put out there, such as his famous “Boss”.  It just goes to show you how quickly demand for something can occur.

And in the NBA, the all-star reserves were announced.  The headlines:  Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson were the notable first time all-stars.  Three Atlanta Hawks made the team (Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague).  That is pretty incredible considering that this is a team that values itself on ‘team ball’.  And the major omissions:  DeMarcus Cousins, and former rookie of the year Damian Lillard).  There is a chance those guys make the team if there is a last minute injury, but as of right now, that’s a major snub.

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Kyrie Irving On Fire For Cavs, Former QB Says Deflating Footballs Common, Marquee Tennis Matchup

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Kyrie IrvingIn the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers were without LeBron James again against the Portland Trailblazers.  The Cavs are 1-8 when LeBron doesn’t play, but Wednesday night they were hoping to change that tune.  And fortunately for them, their star point guard, Kyrie Irving, caught fire.  He had an alarming 55 points in the game, hit 11 three-pointers, one of which being the game winner.  Cleveland has another superstar on their hands, and they look like they are surging upwards.  Cleveland 99, Portland 94.

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And in the NFL, former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake has come out and said that deflating balls is extremely common in the NFL.  Blake stated that when he played, nobody liked how hard the footballs were when they came out of the bag.  They were too firm and players couldn’t really get a feel for them.  And then he, and many other quarterbacks, would say “That’s too hard — take some of the air out”, and they would put a pin it and make it better.  Blake’s main points is that every team does this stuff, and he has no idea what the big deal is with the Patriots situation.  “It’s not like the balls are flat”, Blake said.

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Maria SharapovaIn women’s tennis, we’ve got an exciting championship between two big name stars.  The Australian open will feature a finals between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.  This isn’t exactly rare in tennis, but when you’ve got two players who are marquee names and endorsers of many products worldwide, it’s always exciting from a financial point of view.  Sharapova, however, has only beaten Serena Williams twice in their 18 meetings.

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Media Day In NFL-Sherman’s Opinion Of Goodell, Lynch Hates The Press, NBA Slam Dunk Contest

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In the NFL, it was media day for both the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.  This is a chance for every player to get up close and personal with the media and answer all types of questions — from serious to just plain fun (e.g. someone showing their favorite dance move).
Richard ShermanThe first highlight of the day was, Richard Sherman weighing in on “deflategate”.  And of course, Sherman was going to say something controversial.  Sherman said, in so many words, that if the Patriots were found guilty, that they probably wouldn’t be fined too heavily.  This is primarily because, in Sherman’s opinion, Roger Goodell is good friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  Goodell was even at Kraft’s house during the AFC Championship.  Sherman opined that as long as stuff like that is happening, he doesn’t see the Patriots receiving any fines.

Marshawn LynchBut the best part of the media day was, ironically, the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch who HATES talking to the press.  Last year, he refused to talk to the media and received a heavy fine.  Lynch was fined multiple times during the year for a variety of instances.  So, at media day, Lynch was upfront and honest, answering every question with “I’m just here so I don’t get fined”.  Whatever they said, his retort was “I’m just here so I don’t get fined”.

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Finally, in the NBA, we found out who the contestants would be for this year’s slam dunk contest on February 14th during the NBA All Star Weekend.   And it’s going to be a good one.  We get to see Milwaukee’s “Greek Freak”, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota’s dunking rookie Zach LaVine, the Brooklyn Nets Mason Plumlee, and 2nd year star Victor Oladipo.  The contest has been lackluster the past few seasons, save for a few awesome dunks, but hopefully this year it turns into a show of shows.  And these guys are amazing jumpers, so it’s going to be fantastic.

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Kobe Undergoing Surgery, Seattle D Injuries, SNL Spoofs Deflategate

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Kobe BryantLA Laker’s Kobe Bryant is undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Is this the end of the 36 year old’s career? Even with season ending injuries the last few years, he’s still the highest paid player in the NBA.

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In other injury news, Seattle’s defense is suffering a few injuries. Their Safety, Earl Thomas, and Cornerback, Richard Sherman, both sustained injuries in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers two weekends ago. Both claim they will be in tip top shape for the Super Bowl on Sunday. They are both huge competitors playing in the biggest sporting event in the country so they’ll do everything in their power to be well. Thomas said, “If my mental is right, my body just mirrors that.”

Tom BradyDeflategate is not going away. New England QB Tom Brady still hasn’t spoken to investigators. The NFL has already interviewed 40 people but are not planning to talk to Brady until after the Super Bowl. Brady and head coach, Bill Belichick both claim to have had nothing to do with the under-inflated balls. This story is definitely not going away and when Saturday Night spoofs it, you know it’s going to remain a big story.

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Inmate Suing NFL For Gross Negligence, Gordon Fails Another Drug Test

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Dez BryantIn what can only be called a massive waste to our judicial system, an inmate at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Colorado is suing the NFL for $88 billion on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys. The inmate claims that Roger Goodell and the referees exhibited “gross negligence” in the overturned touchdown catch by Dez Bryant that cost the Cowboys the win over the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

In other NFL news, the Cleveland Browns’ wide receiver Josh Gordon failed yet another drug test. Gordon was a pro bowl selection in 2013 and had a promising career ahead of him. The 2014 season, however, did not go as smoothly with two failed drug tests and suspensions.  This could be a big loss for the Browns.

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Hawks Unstoppable, Cavs Might Sign Ray Allen, Peyton Likely Back Next Season

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In the NBA, we spend a lot of time talking about the stars of the league and how they might win a championship, but the hottest team in the league right now actually has no big-name stars.  The Atlanta Hawks are the #1 seed in the East, and are winning because of team ball.  They are being called “San Antonio East”, and have just an amazing team chemistry.  And on Wednesday night, they won their franchise high 14th straight game in a row.  They are simply unstoppable, and are actually the Vegas favorites to the win the NBA Championship.  Keep your eye on the Hawks, because they are a very fun team to watch.  Atlanta 110, Indiana 91.

Ray AllenElsewhere in the NBA, it seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting everything they want, and now rumors are circling that LeBron James had a conversation with Ray Allen about joining the team.  Ray was integral to the Heat’s championship runs, and having a marksman, despite his age, would be a huge boon should the Cavaliers make the playoffs (which they probably will).  Allen is still semi-retired right now, but he might just be resting his body for a playoff run with a contender.

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In the NFL Peyton Manning states that he is aiming to return in 2015.  He would have to deal with a new coach in Gary Kubiak and a new offensive coordinator  but as of now, it looks like he’ll play. Denver still has some fantastic weapons, and Peyton is not the type of guy to just walk away.

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Trestman Moves To Ravens, Chan Gailey Out Of Retirement To Jets, MLB Trying To Shorten Inning Breaks

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Mark TrestmanIn the NFL, the Chicago Bears may have moved on from Mark Trestman to new head coach John Fox, but some still want Trestman’s offensive services.  The Baltimore Ravens, who are typically known for their lackluster offense, have hired Trestman as their offensive coordinator.  Trestman has a reputation for trying to implement explosive offenses, and this is the type of interesting move that might just pay off.

And in other offensive coordinator news, the New York Jets have found theirs.  They brought former Bills head coach Chan Gailey out of retirement, and are giving him the reigns with the Jets’ offense.  This is a strange hire, considering that Gailey is an older coach who has been out of the game for a while, but there must be something about him that gets people to call.  Perhaps with a new head coach and offensive coordinator, we may be seeing a different Jets team next season.

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Finally, in Major League Baseball, there have been a lot of complaints the last few years that games are simply taking too long.  The average baseball game runs a little over 3 hours.  Sometimes they can get as long as 3.5 or 4 hours.  Now, the MLB is putting forward a proposal to shorten inning breaks.  According to research, inning breaks take at least 2.5 to 3 minutes.  Major League Baseball is trying to shorten this break to no longer than 30 seconds.  That could shave at least 20 minutes off of the game time.  This is a good start to getting young players back to the sport.

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Cavs Top Bulls, Knicks Grab Home Win Over Pelicans, Patriots Accused Of Using Less-Inflated Balls

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Kevin LoveIn the NBA, everybody knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling lately, but on Monday it looked like they were back in decent form.  They took on a Chicago Bulls’ team that is having their own woes, and the Cavs played like a solid unit.  They got Kevin Love more into the mix, and their new big man addition, Timofey Mozgov, gave them some solid rebounding.  The Cavs easily topped the Bulls, and look to be getting back on track.  Cleveland 108, Chicago 94.

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Knicks have been arguably the worst team in the NBA this season, but on Monday they showed marked improvement and did their best to try and grab the home win against the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Pelicans were without their star big man Anthony Davis, and the Knicks took advantage.  The game came down to the wire, but an unselfish Carmelo Anthony hit Jose Calderon in the corner for the game winning three-pointer.  This was a great win for the Knicks in front of their fans in a packed Madison Square Garden.  NY Knicks 99, New Orleans 92.

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deflated footballFinally, the NFL is investigating the Patriots for something very strange.  It’s being reported that the Pats MAY HAVE, emphasis on MAY because this sounds pretty ridiculous, used slightly less-inflated balls.  It’s hard to know why they would do this or how it would adversely affect the Colts, but the Colts are sounding some alarms.  All the Pats players have been laughing this off in media interviews, but if the NFL finds out this was true, then the Pats could lose draft picks.  The Pats highly covet their draft picks and this would be a huge blow for them.  We shall see shortly what the NFL discovers.

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Seahawks Squeeze By Packers And Patriots Overwhelm Colts To Meet In SB 49, Broncos Hire Kubiak As Head Coach

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In the NFL, 4 teams were vying for a ticket to the Super Bowl this weekend.  First up, it was the Green Bay Packers taking on the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks have a distinct home field advantage, but that isn’t something that bothers Aaron Rodgers.  The Packers jumped out to a surprising 16-0 lead, and the Seahawks went into halftime a bit nervous.
Marshawn LynchIn the 2nd half, however, the Seahawks pulled some miracle plays to get back in the game.  A fake field goal that converted to a touchdown, a touchdown run by QB Russell Wilson, a phenomenal onside kick, and a beastly play from Marshawn Lynch gave the Seahawks the lead.  Another amazing 2-point conversion by the Seahawks gave them a 3-point lead.  A late drive by the Packers allowed them to tie the game and we were headed to overtime.

But in OT, the Seahawks took care of business, as Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown to win the game and send them to Super Bowl 49.  Seattle 28, Green Bay 22.

LeGarrette BlountThen, in the AFC, it was the New England Patriots hosting the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts shocked the Broncos last week, and were hoping they were the team of destiny this year.  Unfortunately, the Colts were simply too young and too over-matched by Tom Brady and the Pats.  The Patriots came out strong and absolutely crushed the Colts.  LeGarrett Blount had a huge rushing day, and the Pats look nothing short of fantastic.  New England 45, Indianapolis 7.

We will have a terrific Super Bowl match-up in two weeks between the Patriots and Seahawks in Arizona.

Finally, in the NFL, the Denver Broncos hired former Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak as their new head coach.  Fans are not thrilled about the hire, and many think that Peyton Manning may not be excited about it either.  This may signal the end of Peyton Manning’s playing career.

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Cardale Jones Stays In School, Cheese Banned In Seattle

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Ohio State QB Cardale Jones wants to stay in school. Rumors were swirling that Jones, the third-string QB who led the team to victory in the first ever national championship game, would head to the NFL. Jones stated that his goal is to be an NFL player but for now he wants to stay in school and become the first member of his family to graduate college.

“The NFL has always been my goal and dream,” Jones said. “It’s literally right there in front of me, but I also have a goal to graduate. I dedicated to myself and teammates and coaching staff to be the best student-athlete I can be and to graduate. I want to make sure I meet all my goals.”

This weekend is the big conference championship games in the NFL. There are four teams left and the two winners on Sunday will meet in the Super Bowl February 1st.

CheeseheadsIn anticipation of the big Green Bay Packers (self-described Cheeseheads) vs Seattle Seahawks game in Washington on Sunday, the City Manager in Kitsap County, Washington has banned cheese consumption. The whole executive order is pretty hilarious. It also states that all branches of the local government should wear logo jerseys and Seahawks gear on the Friday before games and enjoy non-alcoholic tailgate fare at lunch.

The other big game of the weekend is the Indianapolis Colts vs the New England Patriots. This will be an exciting Sunday of football!

 

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