Tom Brady’s backup to the backup, QB Jacoby Brissett carried the New England Patriots to their third straight win. As a 23 year old rookie, Brissett is living the dream. In the first quarter (and his first quarter ever as an NFL quarterback) he turned a Houston Texan fumble into a 27 yard touchdown (the longest run by a Patriots QB since 1976). Instead of a over the top celebration, he marched to the Patriot’s bench, handed coach Bill Belichick the ball and shook his hand. He stated after, “It was crazy, it was awesome,” it was definitely great to see all the players run up to you, and I got a headache from all the head-bumping. But it was definitely worth it.” As great as this moment was for Brissett, all talk Friday morning is how great Belichick is as a coach, and how he can mold any team to dominance. With the win, Belichick tied Curly Lambeau at 4th on the list of all time wins by a coach. Patriots 27, Texans 0.
49ers backup QB Colin Kaepernick, who continues to take a knee during the National Anthem, claimed he’s been receiving death threats. The NFL has seen viewing numbers down, and some blame the decline on the players’ actions during the Anthem. Time magazine picked up on the controversy and will feature Kaepernick on this week’s issue.No comments
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association sent a memo around the League urging players and the Union to work together to create ways to demonstrate their frustrations concerning social injustice without violating League rules. The NBA prohibits players from kneeling or sitting during the National Anthem. Several WNBA players have disregarded this rule over the last few weeks, and on Wednesday the entire Indiana Fever Team knelt together during the National Anthem. No one has been fined yet, so it remains to be seen what will happen when the NBA season begins.
Washington Redskins’ cornerback Josh Norman and the New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. face off on Sunday and sparks will fly. The two players have had it in for each other since December 2015 during a very physical game which included many personal fouls and a dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit. The rivalry continued throughout the year with many disparaging remarks on social media. Just a few weeks ago Norman told the author of a book called “Panther Rising”, “I don’t care for the guy at all. … Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a good player or whatever, but he’s not what he thinks he is. If you hit guys like that, if you completely jam them and shake them up, they can’t relate to that. So they start making excuses like, ‘Oh, he touched me.’ They don’t know how to respond because they never got hit like that. So me, every time I see him, I’m going to hit him in the mouth. I don’t care. Until he stops crying and (expletive).” Sunday’s game should be interesting! 1:00pm EST.
Canada eliminated Team USA from contention in the World Cup of Hockey. Team USA was not favored to win the tournament, but fans were extremely upset about the quality of play, the coaching style and the players chosen to represent the best of USA Hockey. Canada 4, USA 2.
Bill Belichick is staying quiet on whether backup (to Tom Brady) Jimmy Garoppolo will start on Thursday Night Football against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo, who has completed 70% of his passes with no interceptions and 4 touchdowns, injured his shoulder last weekend. If Garoppolo isn’t ready to play, backup to the backup, Jacoby Brissett will lead the Team.
Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler got some bad press after Monday Night’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles when he took himself out of the game. Cutler hurt his thumb during the game, kept himself in, but then immediately threw an interception. He was replaced by Brian Hoyer. On ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” former player, Ryan Clark, criticized Cutler for leaving the game, “This isn’t the first time. We’ve seen [Cutler] do this before. We’ve seen him sit on the sideline himself and take himself out of games. When you take yourself out of a game when it’s going bad, you know what that’s called? It’s called a ‘loser limp.’ … That’s the loser limp. That’s because ‘I’m not playing well, this isn’t going the way I want it to go, there is something a little bit wrong with me, so let’s blame it on that.'” According to reports, Cutler won’t need surgery but is still considered day to day to start this week’s game.No comments
After Monday’s road game against the Chicago Bears, Philadelphia Eagles’ rookie QB Carson Wentz proved he’s the real deal. The Eagles traded up in April’s draft to take Wentz with the second overall pick. The team then traded their established QB Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings just 8 days before the start of the season, and thrust Wentz into the starring role. Their gamble seems to be working out. He’s the first rookie ever to win his first two games in the NFL without throwing an interception. Eagles 29, Bears 14.
Not only are the New England Patriots expected to start a rookie QB next weekend, but now the Cleveland Browns are in the same boat. Robert Griffin III (RGIII) was supposed to be their superstar but he went down in the first game with a broken bone in his shoulder. Josh McCown took over but then suffered his own shoulder injury this past weekend. If McCown doesn’t get better, rookie Cody Kessler (third round pic in this year’s draft), will start. If injuries continue to plague quarterbacks in the League, Tim Tebow might want to reconsider his new baseball gig with the NY Mets and come back to lead a Team.
Georgetown University has a unique package for fans of basketball who want a memorable wedding proposal. They are offering up a “pop the question” package where a planner will work with you to propose during a Hoyas game. The ad even states it’s a win, win, because if your intended refuses your proposal you get your money back for the game.No comments
Some highlights of the weekend football games:
It was a shockingly low scoring game, but the Los Angeles Rams’ defense helped the home crowd rejoice in a win against the once dominant QB Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams hadn’t played a regular season game in the LA Coliseum since 1979. Remember, the Los Angeles Rams were the St. Louis Rams, so playing for their new hometown fans in the LA Coliseum and winning, is a big deal. In traditional LA style, fans listened to a performance by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and CeeLo Green singing the National Anthem. Rams 9, Seahawks 3.
To make a bad day even worse, Washington Redskins’ Cornerback Josh Norman had to take drug test after a loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL conducts random drug tests throughout the season. Cowboys 27, Redskins 23.
Last year’s Super Bowl MVP, the Broncos’ Von Miller, is making his mark on the season and neutralized Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck in a 34-20 win.
The New England Patriots’ QB Tom Brady is staying football ready (according to his wife supermodel Gisele Bundchen) but is still out for 2 more games (remember deflategate). We just started to get to know his backup Jimmy Garoppolo (who has performed well in the spotlight and had even threw for 3 touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins in the first half),went down with an injury late in the second quarter. Jacoby Brisett, a rookie who was a third round pick out of NC State, was thrown into the fire but kept his cool and helped the team pull out the win. It remains unclear who will be the starting QB for the remainder of Brady’s suspension. Patriots 31, Dolphins 24.
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Last season NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough time against Coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, but on Thursday night, the Harvard grad stated “Going into the game, I just wanted to think less”. It worked as he threw for 374 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t just about the passing as Fitzpatrick had a lot of help in the running game with Matt Forte’s three rushing touchdowns (tying a career high). Jets 37, Bills 31.
The Chicago Cubs left Wrigley Field Thursday night after a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but waited hopefully for the results of a West Coast game where the SF Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Giants win, the Cubs clinched their first National League Title since 2008. Fans poured into the streets celebrating their National League Central Division Title. The Cubbies haven’t won a National League Pennant in 71 years and haven’t won the World Series in 108 years so even inching towards those milestones is a big deal for Cubs fans.
Megan Rapinoe created another level of controversy Thursday night when she refused to stand during the National Anthem while representing Team USA in a friendly match against Thailand. As the midfielder for the US Women’s National Team, Rapinoe deliberated about the issue and ultimately decided not to stand. US Soccer did not agree with her decision and released a statement saying, “As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”No comments
Twitter Streams Bills/Jets TNF, Goodell Focused On Kickoff Return, South Park Takes On Kaepernick, Lady Gaga SB Discussion
The Thursday Night Football matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets has always been a great rivalry. Tonight’s game also marks the first time Twitter will stream an entire game. In twitter fashion, there will be comments from the sponsors running throughout the game. Twitter will air 10 games this season as part of a strategy to revive the company.
The NFL launched a $100 million initiative to help address player’s safety. One of the issues discussed is the hard hits players endure during kickoff returns. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is considering eliminating the kickoff if some of the other measures they are considering don’t work out. One downside of eliminating the kickoff is what to do with the onside kick.
The Colin Kaepernick kneeling protest during the National Anthem has created a nationwide dialogue and now South Park has gotten in on the action. Their new season highlights a Kaepernick National Anthem as well as a way to solve the issue of whether to sit or stand.
Speaking of National Anthems, according to Billboard Magazine, Lady Gaga has been in discussions to perform at this year’s Super Bowl.No comments
DWTS Incident Over Lochte, C.J. Spiller Cut, Marshall Talks With Denver Chief, 49rs Tailgate Issues Solved
Ryan Lochte felt bad about inadvertently causing an incident on his new gig, “Dancing with the Stars”. Two men wearing anti-Lochte shirts rushed the stage after Lochte and his partner, Cheryl Burke, finished their fox trot routine. The show had to take a commercial break in order to deal with the altercation but no one was hurt.
The New Orleans Saints cut running back C.J. Spiller after just one week into the season. Spiller was acquired by the Saints last year during free agency but was placed on injured reserve two weeks before the end of the season. Travaris Cadet has taken Spiller’s role but C.J. stated, “It’s a first-class organization that gives the players everything they need to be successful. So, I definitely don’t have any hard feelings.”
As reported earlier, the Denver Broncos’ linebacker Brandon Marshall has lost two sponsorships for kneeling during the National Anthem. The Broncos’ organization encouraged Denver’s police chief to spend some time with Marshall discussing how the organization works and the life and death situations they face while on the job. The two met for an hour, but there’s no indication on what Marshall will continue to do during the singing of the National Anthem.
If you’re a SF 49er fan and heading to a game, there’s no need to panic about running out of food or beverages at a tailgate party anymore. The San Francisco 49ers have teamed up with Amazon to deliver items directly to fans’ parking spots before a game. The service is called Amazon Prime Now and is free if delivered within two hours but costs $7.99 if delivered within the hour.No comments
Steelers Over Brown, 49ers Shut Out Rams, RGIII Hurt, Marshall Loses Endorsements, NCAA Moves Out Of NC
In the first Monday Night Football matchup of the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Washington Redskins 38-16. The Steelers’ wide receiver Antonio Brown had an amazing game, and after his second TD, he got called for an “excessive celebration”penalty. His “twerk” was a dead ringer for Key and Peele’s Hingle McCringleberry’s celebration.
In the second matchup of the night, the the Los Angeles Rams’ debut in CA (for the last 20 years they’ve been the St. Louis Rams), did not go as planned. They were shut down by the cross bay rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers defense, ranked as one of the worst in the League last season, looked much improved but it was hard to tell as the Rams’ offense was slow to start. 49ers 28, Rams 0.
You hate to see injuries in sports and it’s especially disappointing when a player goes down in the first game of the season. The Cleveland Browns’ QB Robert Griffin III (known as RGIII) will be out for at least 8 games due to a shoulder injury sustained at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The San Diego Chargers also lost a key player in wide receiver Keenan Allen. Allen suffered a torn ACL so will be out for the entire season.
Last week, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt during the National Anthem during Thursday night’s NFL game against the Carolina Panthers. It’s been reported Marshall has now lost two endorsement deals, the Air Force Academy Federal Credit Union and Cable Communications company, Century Link. Marshall is not the only player expressing his views during the National Anthem. The Seattle Seahawks and the Kansas City Chiefs chose to link arms before their respective games while some players chose to hold up their fists.
In other sports/social media news, the NCAA announced it will move all of its championship events previously slotted to take place in North Carolina (including March Madness) out of the state due to it’s” bathroom bill” legislation. Seven championship events are scheduled to be relocated.
The most talked about college football game over the weekend was Central Michigan’s unbelievable Hail Mary throw then lateral with no time left on the clock to beat Oklahoma State. That play in itself would have caused fans to talk, but what was even more remarkable was the game should have ended before that play even began. The officiating crew called an intentional grounding penalty on Oklahoma State as time expired, but they misinterpreted the rules and let CMU have one last play (in which they scored a TD). The officiating crew was suspended for two games for making this egregious mistake which could cost #22 ranked Oklahoma State a potential playoff appearance.
Some highlights from around the NFL this weekend!
Indianapolis Colts’ QB Andrew Luck was a bit hesitant in his debut (after injuries in 2015) but came back to form with 385 yards and 4 touchdowns. Unfortunately for the Colts it wasn’t enough to top the Detroit Lions. The Lions pulled out a 39-35 win.
The hype is already starting after rookie QB Carson Wentz’s debut on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Wentz threw for 2 touchdowns and completed 22 of 37 throws for 278 yards. With his confidence and poise, many believe he could bring new life into the Eagles franchise. Eagles 29, Browns 10.
The Oakland Raiders made the bold move of the day with a decision to go for a two point conversion instead of just an extra point attempt (which would have tied the game) against the New Orleans Saints. Raiders’ Coach Jack Del Rio said, “I was thinking that we’re here to win; let’s win it right now.” And they did with a 35-34 victory in the Super Dome. The game winning two point catch by former San Francisco 49er, Michael Crabtree, was extra meaningful. Three years ago during SB when the SF 49ers were playing the Baltimore Ravins in the Super Dome, Crabtree failed to catch a few attempts at a game winning TD in the endzone. If he had caught any of these passes, the 49ers would have won the big game. Crabtree admitted he had a difficult time thinking about playing in the superdome again, but as he stated, “this time, the last play ended good.
Finally, there is a possibility former running back, Ray Rice, could be back in the League sometime soon. In case you don’t remember, Rice was suspended from football after a video was released where he pushed his former fiancee out of an elevator. Rice became the poster boy of domestic violence and has since tried to reform his image. If he does get another chance to play, he has stated he would donate his entire 2016 salary to charity.
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The US Open came to an exciting close when defending champion, Novak Djokovic lost to Stan Wawrinka. At 31 years old, Wawrinka is the oldest male to win the US Open since the 1970’s. It was Wawrinka’s 3rd Grand Slam title.