Cowboys Embarrassing Loss To Niners, Chiefs Destroy Steelers In Roethlisberger’s Last Game, LeBron Apologizes, Warriors Minority Owner Insensitive To Uyghurs

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Wild card weekend is over and the divisional rounds of the Playoffs are set.

Two memorable games stood out this weekend. The Dallas Cowboys lost to the SF 49ers in a sloppy game where the only thing anyone will remember is the embarrassing last play. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott was driving the ball well into Niners territory, but with no timeouts left, he ran the ball up the middle then tried to spike the ball to stop the clock. The only issue is the umpire needed to touch the ball before the play could begin, and by the time that happened, the clock had expired and the Niners won 23-17. Check it out.

In another memorable game over the weekend, the Kansas City Chiefs destroyed the Pittsburgh Steelers 42-21 thanks to five Patrick Mahomes touchdown passes. For the sixth touchdown, tight end Travis Kelce threw for the score and became the first player in the NFL postseason to throw a touchdown, catch a touchdown, and bank 100 plus receiving yards. This was also most likely Steelers’ QB Ben Roethlisberger’s final game of his career.

Here are the Divisional Round matchups:

Saturday: Bengals and Titans, 49ers at Packers

Sunday: Rams at Buccaneers, Bills at Chiefs

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LeBron James took to Twitter over the weekend to apologize for the team’s poor play. He stated, “Laker Nation I apologize and I promise we’ll be better.” LeBron has been playing well averaging 28.9 points per game, but the Lakers haven’t stepped up. We’ll see if this motivates the rest of the team to play better.

In other NBA news, the minority owner of the Golden State Warriors, Chamath Palihapitiya, is receiving backlash for his insensitive comments about China’s treatment of the Uyghurs. He said, “nobody cares about what’s happening” to the Uyghurs. The Warriors are trying to distance themselves from him stating he’s only a “limited investor.”

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Giants, Texans Fire Coaches, Lay’s NFL Chips, Djokovic’s Visa Revoked Again

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The coaching carousel continues. The NY Giants fired their head coach Joe Judge after two disappointing seasons. The team went 10-23 under Judge and scored the fewest points in the NFL. The team’s general manager, Dave Gettlemen, also announced his retirement this week. And, after only one season, the Houston Texans fired David Culley.

In other NFL news, a number of NFL teams partnered with Lay’s potato chips. Lay’s took soil from the grounds where NFL teams play and designated areas for their farmers to grow potatoes for each separate team. This clip explains it all.

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The Djokovic saga continues. The #1 player in the world Novak Djokovic is in Australia to play in the Open and set a record for wins, but just days before the tournament is set to begin, he had his visa revoked again…for the second time.  The Australian immigration minister overruled the judges on the grounds of “health and good order.”

 

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Georgia Wins National Championship, Eli Manning Becomes Partner In Private Equity Firm

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#3 Georgia defeated #1 Alabama to win the College Football National Championship. The win gives the Bulldogs its first national title since 1980. The game started slowly with both teams trading field goals in the first half, but then Georgia emerged tough in the 3rd quarter and dominated the 4th quarter thanks to walk-on quarterback Stetson Bennett. According to CBS’s Barrett Sallee, Stetson’s “perfect fourth quarter was the ideal conclusion to one of the most remarkable seasons in college football history. It was a four-month ride into college football history for a player who will never have to buy a drink in Athens for the rest of his life.” Georgia 33, Alabama 18

In NFL news, former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Eli Manning has joined the private equity firm, Brand Velocity Partners.

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NFL Playoff Pic Set, Raiders Win Means Chargers Out, Fired Coaches, Djokovic Will Play In Open

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After a wild weekend in the NFL, the playoff picture is set. For the schedule of games, click here.

One of the most exciting matchups was the crazy close game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers. There was a scenario where if the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Jacksonville Jaguars both won on Sunday, then the Chargers and Raiders would BOTH make the playoffs if they ended their game in a tie. And, that almost happened, but with 2 seconds left in overtime, the Raiders kicked a field goal to win the game and head to the playoffs (without the Chargers).

Now that the regular season is over, look out for some coaching changes. The Denver Broncos got things started Sunday morning by firing Vic Fangio. The Miami Dolphins, Chicago Bears, and Minnesota Vikings all followed suit and fired their head coaches (Brian Flores, Matt Nagy, and Mike Zimmer respectively).

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The Novak Djokovic vaccination/visa cancellation drama appears to be resolved.  It’s been reported he will be allowed to stay in Australia and compete in the Australian Open. If Djokovic wins the Open, he will have broken the record for men’s Grand Slam titles.

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Terrell Owens To Replace Brown, Fans Of Jets/Giants Sue Over NY Status, Irving Makes Season Debut, Djokovic Detained

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On his recent podcast, Terrell Owens, the Hall of Fame wide receiver, said he believes he can replace Antonio Brown on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since it would only be three or four games and not a full season, the 48-year old Owens believes that even after 11 years out of the League he’s still physically ready to play.

In other football news, fans of the NY Jets and NY Giants sued the NFL (as well as the Jets and Giants) for using the New York name and brand while not actually playing in New York. The two teams play at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, so the fans are suing for “false advertising, deceptive practices, and racketeering.” They are asking for financial damages and an ultimatum that the teams return to New York in 2025.

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The Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving finally made his season debut Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. Irving isn’t allowed to play home games for the Nets because he’s refused to get vaccinated, but he’s eligible to play most road games. Kyrie contributed 22 points in 32 minutes for the Nets’ 129-121 win over the Pacers.

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In more COVID vaccine news, the world’s #1 player Novak Djokovic received an exemption from the Australian Open to fly to Melbourne for the tournament. Upon arriving at the airport, officials detained him, and the Australian government weighed in, saying his visa doesn’t allow for medical exemptions to the vaccine. He is currently detained at a hotel for refugees while his lawyers look into his case.

 

 

 

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Steelers Beat Browns On MNF, Roethlisberger Final Home Game, Antonio Brown Spotted At Nets Game

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On Monday Night Football, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Cleveland Browns 26-14 in what is likely quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s final home game.

The bizarre Antonio Brown incident is still somewhat of a mystery. According to reports, Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians pressured Brown into playing before his ankle was fully healed. After exiting the field shirtless, Arians announced Brown is no longer a member of the team. Brown was seemingly unfazed by his unemployment status and was seen courtside at a Grizzlies-Nets game Monday night.

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Georgia & Alabama In National Championship, Ohio State’s WR Sets Record, Antonio Brown’s Shirtless Exit

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Georgia and Alabama will compete in the College Football Championship game on January 10th at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. The Bulldogs advanced after a 34-11 win over Michigan in the Orange Bowl, while Alabama easily defeated Cincinnati 27-6 in the Cotton Bowl.

While five other Bowl games were canceled due to COVID-19, Ohio State’s wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba set a Rose Bowl record with the most receiving yards in any bowl game (347!).  Ohio State 48, Utah 45

In a strange scene from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New York Jets game on Sunday, troubled wide receiver Antonio Brown removed his jersey and pads and did jumping jacks as he left the field shirtless during the third quarter. After the incident, Coach Bruce Arians unequivocally stated Brown “is no longer a Buc.” The Buccaneers ended up winning the game 28-24 thanks to a signature last-minute drive from QB Tom Brady.

For the list of NFL teams that have already earned a playoff spot click here.

 

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Madden’s Legacy, College Football Playoffs, NFL Changes Quarantine Rules, Becky Hammon Head Coach Aces

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The legendary John Madden passed away this week at the age of 85. Madden built his legacy as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1978 then went on to be an iconic broadcaster and video game figurehead. One of Madden’s signature moments was when he introduced the Turducken as a Thanksgiving alternative. Watch this clip to see just one of the reasons Madden was so loved by all.

It’s the big day in the College Football Playoffs. Tune in at 3:30 pm ET for #4 Cincinnati vs #1 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl Classic, then watch #3 Georgia vs #2 Michigan in the Orange Bowl at 7:30 pm.

The NFL and NFLPA changed its quarantine requirements for those testing positive for COVID-19. Players asymptomatic will now only have to quarantine for five days rather than the previous requirement of 10 days.

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Former six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon is reportedly leaving her job as assistant with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs to take a head coaching position with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. According to sources, she’ll be receiving a record-setting contract.

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Cowboys, Chiefs Clinch, Packers #1, Joe Burrow Sets Record, Bowl Cancellations, 49er GM Accidentally Likes Tweet While At Mass

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The Dallas Cowboys clinched their first division title since 2018 before they headed to the field and subsequently destroyed the Washington Football Team 56-14 on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers (12-3) are currently the #1 seed in the conference, while the Cowboys at 11-4 are playing at their top level in order to get a high seeding.

In other division races, the Kansas City Chiefs grabbed their sixth straight AFC West title, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first NFC South title since 2007.

In other NFL news, thanks to four passing touchdowns and no interceptions, second-year quarterback Joe Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to a big 41-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Burrow set a team record for most passing yards in a single game.

The college football world is dealing with an increasing number of Bowl cancellations and changes due to COVID-19 issues. Both the Military Bowl featuring Boston College and East Carolina and the Fenway Bowl with Virginia and SMU were canceled. Miami is also withdrawing from the Sun Bowl causing Washington State to look for a replacement.

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch had to massively apologize for liking a “tweet disparaging his starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo”. According to Lynch, “it was an accident that happened while he was at Christmas Eve mass.”

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Corona Protocols In NHL, NFL, NBA, Football Player Using COVID Benefits To Defraud CA

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The National Hockey League is dealing with a new outbreak in COVID cases by suspending its season until Sunday. The NHL also announced its players won’t participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics due to the outbreak.

The National Football League and National Basketball League, however, are choosing to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in a completely different way. The NFL will only test fully vaccinated players if they show symptoms, while the NBA is considering shortening the number of days a player has to sit out if he or she tests positive.

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In an odd story out of the college football world, Jackson State linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain has been accused of defrauding the state of California by using bogus COVID-19 unemployment benefits to file for $903,688 in assistance.

 

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