Broncos Dominate Chargers, Broncos’ Top Receivers Free Agents, Cutler “Elite” QB In Salary Only, Nash To Miss Entire Season,

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In Thursday night football, the Denver Broncos (on only 4 days rest) had no problem putting away the San Diego Chargers. Peyton Manning passed for 286 yards and 3 more TD’s to put him at 513. Emmanuel Sanders was on fire this game catching all 3 TD’s. Broncos 35, Chargers 21.

In more Bronco news, their top two receivers Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas are free agents at the end of the season.  The Broncos are trying to lock these guys up, but there is a chicken and egg situation.  Both these guys may want to test free agency, as they could attract handsome sums of money in the off-season.  Plus, they may not want to sign with the Broncos if Peyton Manning doesn’t come back next year.  That would make the Broncos a completely different team.  For now, the Broncos have said they have tabled talks until a future date.

Jay CutlerFinally, in the NFL, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler got off to a hot start, but has been struggling mightily the past few games.  Defensive superstar, and Cutler’s former teammate, Brian Urlacher, has told the media that Jay Cutler is an “elite” quarterback, but in salary only.  Cutler is the highest paid quarterback this season, but his performance indicates that he is a sub-average QB at best.  It’s never good when your former teammate is calling out your performance and calling you mediocre.  There is seriously something wrong with that Bears organization.

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Steve NashIn the NBA, the aging Steve Nash has done everything in his ability to make a major comeback.  While he is 40 years old, Nash probably takes care of his body better than any athlete in the NBA.  He has an extremely strict diet, and even keeps a sleep journal to make sure that he gets a requisite amount of rest.  Beyond this, he’s constantly doing rehabilitation exercises, and just wants to get out there on the court and help.  Unfortunately, this week it was reported that Nash will miss the entire season with a back injury.  This is a huge bummer, as this will likely lead to his retirement.

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Royals Even Up Series, Mettenberger Starts For Titans, Kobe Brings Fans But Not Much Playing Time

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In the World Series, after the Giants thrashed the Royals in Game 1, everyone was writing the Royals off as just lucky to be there.  This series, however, is seemingly reminiscent of the 1985 World Series when the Royals lost their first two home games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but still wound up winning.  And Wednesday night, Royals’ bats were hot and beat the Giants soundly to even the Series.  Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2.

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Zach MettenbergerIn the NFL, the Tennessee Titans have really slipped this season, and they decided its time for a switch at quarterback.  They will turn to their rookie out of LSU, Zach Mettenberger.  Mettenberger had some question marks coming out of college, but he had a great pre-season.  It’s odd to see the Titans’ offense looks so anemic, as they boast a rather solid receiving corps in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.  But perhaps Mettenberger can utilize these weapons better.

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And in the NBA, as Kobe Bryant is aging and injury prone, the Lakers organization isn’t taking any chances with him.  They’ve decided to shut him down for the remainder of the pre-season.  Nobody expects too much from Kobe this season, but he is still a huge audience draw for Lakers’ fans both in the stadium and on TV.  Even if they boast a losing record, they still want to roll out a team that features Kobe Bryant.  He always gets people to watch no matter what.

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Giants Blow Out Royals In Game 1, Ram’s QB Austin Davis Gets No Respect, Michael Sam Cut

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Madison BumgarnerIt was the long awaited Game 1 of the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals.  The Royals came into this game undefeated in the post-season, but they didn’t anticipate the mighty Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner.  The Royals bats shockingly couldn’t get anything going, while the Giants offense remained dominant.  Game 1 was a blowout, and the Royals need to quickly readjust their strategy before Game 2.  San Francisco 7, Kansas City 1.

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And in the NFL, St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis continues to look for respect.  Even though he just beat the defending Super Bowl champions last week (Seattle Seahawks), Davis still had to show ID at the stadium to prove that he belonged there.  He is probably the only quarterback in the league whose own stadium employees don’t know who he is.

Finally, in the NFL, all eyes earlier this season were on Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL.  He was drafted in the 7th round by the St. Louis Rams, but didn’t make the team.  Then, the Dallas Cowboys offered him a spot on the practice squad, but, unfortunately, Sam was released this week by Dallas.

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Steelers Don’t Look Back, Lebron And Cavs Look Tough, Lorde’s Royals Banned In SF

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In the NFL, it was Monday Night Football between the Houston Texans and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Both of these teams desperately needed a win to get back on track, and early on, the Texans’ defense look determined to get it.  Houston had control of this game, but then, suddenly, in the last few minutes of the first half, the Steelers ripped off 24 straight points.  Wow!  And there was no looking back.  Steelers get the win, and they needed one given their difficult schedule ahead.  Pittsburgh 30, Houston 23.

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LeBron James gave an interview yesterday where he actually admitted that the Chicago Bulls were better than his Cleveland Cavaliers.  The Cavs are a young team that haven’t really played together, while the Bulls have some solid veterans and their star Derrick Rose back.  But, in the exhibition game, the Cavs looked tough and ended up with the win. Sure, it’s the pre-season, but this is a good sign for the Cavs.   Cleveland 107, Chicago 98.

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LordeFinally, with the World Series starting today, the San Francisco area has done something rather kitschy to rally their fan base.  They have asked for all San Francisco radio stations to ban the song “Royals” by Lorde.  The Giants think there can be no positive sentiment towards the Kansas City Royals during the series.  Fortunately for the underdog Royals, an American League All-Star game win gave the Royals home field advantage for the series.  That could become a factor.

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Seattle Lost Two In A Row, Jags Got First Win, Packers Continue To Roll, Peyton Manning Sets Record For Most TD’s

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In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks were coming off a disappointing loss to the Dallas Cowboys last weekend, and were looking for blood as they traveled to play the St. Louis Rams.  Except, the Rams were ready for them.  The Rams got a solid rushing game from former Auburn stand-out Tre Mason, and they even pulled some fake punt trickery to help secure the win.  This was a major shocker to the defending Super Bowl champs who have now lost two in a row, and have an average 3-3 record.  After their recent trade of Percy Harvin trade and the way they’re playing right now, there is no guarantee that Seattle will even make the playoffs.  St. Louis 28, Seattle 26.

In Jacksonville, the Jaguars were still searching for their first win of the season against a relatively sturdy Cleveland Browns team.  The Jags boasted one of the best defensive team performances of the week, and were finally able to nab their first win, and get the goose egg off of their record.  Jacksonville 24, Cleveland 6.

In Green Bay, the Packers continued to click on all cylinders.  They had to take on what is typically thought as one of the best defenses in the league, the Carolina Panthers.  This Packers team is playing with such poise, that incredible defenses don’t even phase them.  Aaron Rodgers threw another 3 touchdown passes to give the Packers the easy victory.  Green Bay 38, Carolina 17.

Peyton ManningAnd finally, on Sunday Night Football, we got to witness history as Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most touchdown passes in NFL history.  Favre’s record stood at 508, and on a pass to Demaryius Thomas, Manning made it 509….and then even managed one more to bring it to 510 during the game. And Manning certainly isn’t done for the season and possibly for his career.  This is a record that is going to stand for a very long time.   Plus, the Broncos crushed the Niners.  Denver 42, San Francisco 17.

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SF Giants Heading To World Series, Jets Now 1-6

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The San Francisco Giants are heading to the World Series. They clinched the NLCS Thursday night for the third time in 5 years. The Giants made this one seem pretty easy as they clinched the spot in only 5 games winning the series 4-1. The Giants will now take on the Kansas City Royals in the best of seven World Series which begins Tuesday evening. Fun fact: This is just the second time that two wild card teams have met in the World Series.

 

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Tom BradyThe New England Patriots’ Chris Jones blocked a field goal by the New York Jets’ Nick Folk to give them a 27-25 win. The Patriots’ Tom Brady threw for 3 touchdowns but the Jets kept it competitive throughout the game. Unfortunately for the Jets, they have now lost six straight games and are 1-6 for the season.

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KC Royals Heading To World Series, Giants One Win Away, NBA Shortened Season Discussion

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The Baltimore Orioles were down to their last chance.  They trailed the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the ALCS, and they were hoping that they could summon some magic to grab the win and spark their offense alive.  But the Royals are so scorching hot right now, it’s hard to get much against them.  And Wednesday night was no different.  The Royals got a one-run lead early on, and held that through the last half of the game.  With the win, the Kansas City Royals, a team who has been in baseball’s basement for 29 years, not only made the playoffs, but are undefeated in the post-season and are now heading to the World Series!  Amazing!  Kansas City 2, Baltimore 1.

And in the NLCS, the St. Louis Cardinals were looking to even the series, but the San Francisco Giants are also playing their best baseball right now.  The Cardinals got an early lead, but a Giants rally gave them the win.  The Giants now lead the series 3-1, and are just one win away from getting to another World Series and taking on the Royals.  

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Lebron JamesFinally, in the NBA, there has been a lot of talk lately about shortening the season.  The long 82-game regular season schedule takes a huge toll on the player’s bodies — so much so, that come the post-season, the best players might be playing through injuries and not offering the fan the best product.  There is talk about shorting the season to 65 games, and now stars Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James are coming out in favor of it.  This is unlikely because of all the money that would be lost, but it would protect the players, and also make each regular season game that much more important. 

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Orioles Almost Eliminated, Giants Up 2-1, Broncos America’s Favorite Team

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The Baltimore Orioles headed to Kansas City for Game 3 of the ALCS.  This was an absolutely must-win game for the Orioles to avoid going down 0-3 in the series.  The game was tight at a 1-1 tie until the 6th inning when the Royals went up 2-1.  The Orioles bats just couldn’t get the job done, and the Orioles dropped another one.  They are now down 3-0 in the series, while the Royals are just one win away from going to the World Series.  Kansas City 2, Baltimore 1.  

And in the NLCS, it was Game 3 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants.  The Cardinals were in trouble though, as they were without their best player and catcher Yadier Molina.  It took 10 innings to break a tie, but in the 10th, the Giants caught a break on a bad throw to get the go ahead run.  They now lead 2-1.  It’s too early to say, but it looks like we may have a World Series of the two wild card game winners.  San Francisco 5, St. Louis 4.

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IMG_0039In the NFL, during the 90s, their was only one answer when someone asked the questions”Who is America’s Team”.  It was the Dallas Cowboys.  The Cowboys had such a strong, loaded team that the casual fan loved them.  But now, according to a poll, the Cowboys no longer hold that distinction.  It’s a new era, and in this new era, it’s the Denver Broncos.  Everybody loves watching Peyton Manning and their high-powered offense, and are rooting for Manning to get another Super Bowl victory.  This is my little guy rooting on his favorite player!!!

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San Fran Steals Victory In St. Louis, Mayweather Makes $600K In Broncos Win, Spike Lee Doesn’t Know Basketball

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In the NFL, it was Monday Night Football between the San Francisco 49ers and the St. Louis Rams.  The Rams started off rather slowly this season, but their silver lining might just be their un-drafted QB  Austin Davis.  Davis is from Southern Miss., and he has played well in every one of his starts.  In this matchup,  Davis got off to a hot start, but then the 49ers made some adjustments and reeled off 24 unanswered points to steal a victory in St. Louis.  The crowd was also pretty paltry in St. Louis, which begs the question, will the Team move? San Francisco 31, St. Louis 17.

Elsewhere in the NFL, it looks like the Broncos late Pick-6 of Geno Smith helped heavyweight champion Floyd Mayweather win $600,000.  Mayweather put a very large bet on the Broncos to win -7.5, and as the game neared its end, the Broncos were only up by 7.  It looked like there was no hope, but that Pick 6 helped seal the deal for Floyd and he showed up in person to collect his winnings. 

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Spike LeeFinally, in the NBA, everyone knows that Spike Lee is a huge New York Knicks fan. But now new Knicks’ President Phil Jackson called Lee just a huge fan that knows nothing about basketball.   “As most people know, Spike is an avid Knick fan that doesn’t know anything about basketball,” Jackson said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “He knows how someone makes a shake and bake move and might dazzle the fans and make a shot.” This is part of a new documentary that Lee made about Jackson’s famous “Triangle Offense”. It was all in good fun though! 

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Bengals And Panthers End In Tie After Overtime, Cowboys Huge Victory, Eagles Shut Out Giants, Royals Force Of Nature

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Cam NewtonIn the NFL, the Bengals were looking to avenge their horrible loss from the previous week to the Patriots, but they would have to take on a tough Carolina Panthers team.  To make matters even more difficult, the Panthers had a resurgent Cam Newton, who played a spectacular game.  But, the Bengals hung in there, and this game even required an overtime.  And, in a very rare finish, the game ended in a tie.  This begs the question of whether or not any NFL game should end in a tie.  Is there something they can do to resolve this?  Cincinnati 37, Carolina 37.

In Seattle, the Seahawks faced a very tough test against the surging Dallas Cowboys. The Seahawks arguably have the best home field advantage in sports (the 12th man they call it) and thought they could stop the Cowboys.  The Cowboys look pretty good this season and their offensive line is tremendous, allowing them to run at will.  In fact, their star running back DeMarco Murray is headed to the record books as he is tied with Jim Brown for starting the season with six straight 100+ yard rushing games.  And the Cowboys defense is playing much better than people predicted.  Many thought at the beginning of the season that they were going to be terrible, but they are TOUGH!  The Cowboys came out with a huge road victory in Seattle.  Dallas 30, Seattle 23.

Finally, on Sunday night, it was the New York Giants taking taking on the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Giants are playing great as of late, and the Eagles, despite their 4-1 record, have looked very suspect.  The Eagles showed the world that they are a very difficult team to beat.  They SHUT OUT the Giants in prime time.  It was an awful game for New York, and to make matters worse, the Giants lost Victor Cruz to a serious injury.  He is likely out for the season.  

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The Kansas City Royals continue their Cinderella story.  They were able to go into Baltimore and steal the first 2 games of the ALCS.  The Royals barely made it into the wild card playoff, and since getting in, they are undefeated in the post-season.  The Royals are for real, and are a force of nature right now. 

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