Johnny Football Makes Appearance But Ravens Win, Tony Romo’s Comeback, SuperBowl Rematch Went To Overtime

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In the NFL, it was a great weekend of action in a time when the NFL is under extreme scrutiny with the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals.

Speaking of Rice’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens, they took on the division rival Cleveland Browns.  Browns fans hoped to see Johnny Football on the field, and Johnny Manziel did make an appearance.  Manziel didn’t go out as a quarterback, though,  but rather on a trick play as a wide receiver.  He made a 37-yard grab, but it was called back on account of a penalty. The game was close, but a last second field goal by Justin Tucker gave the Ravens the win.  Baltimore 23, Cleveland 21.

Tony RomoThe Dallas Cowboys may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but they have quickly bounced back.  Yesterday, Tony Romo and the boys took on a Rams team that is looking for an identity.  The Rams were supposed to be the defensive juggernaut, but they give up a lot of points.  The Rams were up early, crushing the Cowboys in the first half.  But, in the 2nd half, different story, as Tony Romo and Dez Bryant went wild and helped the Cowboys get the comeback win.  Dallas 34, St. Louis 31.

Peyton ManningFinally, it was a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.  This game was marketed as a redemption game for Peyton Manning and the Broncos, but Manning publicly stated that beating the Seahawks in the regular season doesn’t make up for losing a Super Bowl.  True redemption would be if there was a Super Bowl rematch between the Broncos and Seahawks and the Broncos got the victory.  But on Sunday, it was all Seahawks for most of the game, until a last second drive by Manning tied the game up and sent it to overtime.  In OT, Russell Wilson got his act together and led the Seahawks to a victory.  Seattle 26, Denver 20.

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Falcons Destroy Bucs, Devin Hester Passes Deion Sanders, St. Andrews Allows Women

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Jerry Rice & Deion SandersAn exciting Thursday night for the Atlanta Falcons. Not only did they destroy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but their star wide receiver Devin Hester passed Hall of Famer, Deion Sanders, for the most return touchdowns in NFL history. Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan was on fire with 286 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was a blowout from the beginning. The Falcons were up 56-0 heading into the 4th quarter. Tampa Bay managed to eek out 2 touchdowns towards the end of the game to avoid an embarrassing loss. Falcons 56, Bucs 14.

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Condoleezza RiceWhile the world was watching the vote in Scotland for Independence (which was voted down), the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews voted to allow women members. The 260 year old club with 2500 members voted overwhelmingly in favor of women membership.  Augusta National made headlines two years ago when it opened its doors to the first two female members, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice and financier, Darla Moore.

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Dwyer Arrested For Domestic Abuse, Women Speaking Out, Sean Payton Buying Still Jerseys To Support Cancer Research

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The bad news for the NFL just keeps piling up. On Wednesday, just hours after the NFL made the exempt announcement regarding Peterson, Arizona Cardinals’ running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on aggravated assault charges related to two incidents in July. Hardy, a 6 foot 4, 275 lbs was convicted for throwing a female companion in her bathtub threatening to kill her. There was also an incident with her 18 month old son. Hardy will be appealing.

Covergirl adWomen are starting to speak out about this cycle of domestic abuse and are not too happy. The New York Times came out with a piece Thursday morning expressing their disillusionment with the NFL. This image on twitter became went viral after someone altered the covergirl ad to show a black eye on the model for the Ravens.

Thankfully, there’s still some good guys in the NFL. The Cincinnati Bengals decided to sell the jersey of Devon Still, a former practice squad player and now current player on the team, to raise money for pediatric cancer research and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Still’s daughter is suffering from stage 4 cancer. When New Orleans’ coach, Sean Payton, heard about the jersey sales, he immediately purchased 100 (at $100 a piece) to bring the total one day sales of the jersey to impressive numbers.

Still commented, “Surprised and grateful are the words I would use. I didn’t expect so many people to support this. I think it’s huge for pediatric cancer that everybody is bringing awareness to this. It just shows how much the world of sports has an impact on what’s going on in this world.”

 

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Adrian Peterson On Exempt Commissioner’s List, Radisson Hotel Pulls Sponsorship, NFL Sponsors Upset

At 1:52 am EST Wednesday morning the Minnesota Vikings organization sent out a statement placing Adrian Peterson on the exempt commissioners’ list while the team is investigating the child abuse charges. The only other time the exempt commissioner’s list was used was when Michael Vick was suspended for dog fighting.

Radisson HotelSponsors are now weighing in on the conversation of abuse and how the teams/league are handling the Rice/Peterson scandals. As of now, Radisson hotels pulled its sponsorship of the Vikings and other NFL sponsors; Anheuser-Bush, Visa, McDonalds and Campbell Soup are all voicing concerns.

Fans as well as sponsors are legitimately upset about the lack of leadership and morality in the NFL in the last week.

 

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Foles And Sproles Overpower Colts, Peterson Another Abuse Incident, Hannah Storm’s Impassioned Editorial

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Nick FolesIn Monday Night Football action, the Philadelphia Eagles came to Indy to take on the Colts. Andrew Luck and the Colts came out to an early lead but you can never count out Philly’s dynamic duo of Foles and Sproles.  Philly QB Nick Foles remained poised and capitalized on two costly turnovers by the Colts in the second half. RB Sproles had 152 yards and a TD and set up a tie game with only minutes left in the game. As time expired, Cody Parker kicked the game winning field goal for the Phillies. Eagles 30, Colts 27.

Just hours after the Minnesota Vikings announced that Adrian Peterson would play next Sunday, news emerged that Peterson was accused in a separate incident of abusing another son. This second account allegedly occurred on June 23rd and child protective services came to investigate. Charges were not filed in this case but this new information definitely makes Peterson’s future with the team more uncertain.

Hannah StormIn the other domestic abuse case, Ray Rice is expected to appeal his NFL suspension. Reporter Hannah Storm gave an impassioned editorial on the NFL and the relationship with the female fans. It’s worth hearing.

 

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Peterson Deactivated For Child Endangerment, Hardy Benched For Domestic Violence, RGIII And Other Injuries

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Adrian PetersonCan news out of the NFL get any worse? As we’re still reeling over the Ray Rice domestic violence issue, more upsetting news was on it’s way. Over the weekend, the Minnesota Vikings’ RB Adrian Peterson was deactivated for Sunday’s game (and 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots). Peterson was released on $15,000 bail after turning himself in to the authorities in TX for child abuse. According to authorities, he used a switch to spank his son and has a “whooping” room. Many players and fans are defending Peterson for his parenting style claiming that spanking is an accepted form of punishment for children. It remains to be seen what the Vikings and League will do in this situation.

In other upsetting abuse news out of the NFL, the Carolina Panthers benched defensive end Greg Hardy. Hardy was convicted in July of assault on a female. The Team activated Hardy in game one saying that they were waiting for the appeals process to go through, but on Sunday, head coach Ron Rivera changed his mind and deactivated him in their matchup against the Detroit Lions.  He said, the “climate has changed” and the team “has to get this right.” No news on whether he’ll play this season.

Robert Griffin IIIAside from domestic issues, the other major news out of the NFL was the onslaught of injuries on Sunday to star players.  To name just a few: Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green suffered a dislocated ankle in a 24-10 victory on Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons and it remains to be seen how long he will be out. The Dolphins star running back RB Knowshon Moreno left the game with an arm injury and Redskins’ WR DeSean Jackson sprained his shoulder in the same game that Redskins’ QB Robert Griffin III hurt his ankle. Fortunately for the Redskins, their backup QB Kirk Cousins slid right in and led the team to a pounding of the Jacksonville Jaguars (41-10).

 

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Ravens Focus And Beat Steelers, Rice Fans Tailgating, Giancarlo Brutal Pitch To Face

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Baltimore Ravens’ head coach, John Harbaugh, said that his team wasn’t involved in the media hype surrounding suspended player Ray Rice and it’s business as usual on the field. And, it was as the Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6 on Thursday night. Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco threw for 166 yards and 2 TD’s and looked solid.

Roger Goodell is in more hot water as it’s been reported that Goodell was told on June 16th that Ray Rice did in fact admit that he hit his then fiancee. This is not what Goodell had previously reported and still begs the question why he initially only suspended Rice for 2 games.

Shockingly there were many Ray Rice fans (and many women) sporting his jersey at the game Thursday night and commenting that he was unfairly condemned. Who are these people? This is disturbing!

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Giancarlo StantonMiami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton hit in face by a pitch from Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Fiers.  It was obvious immediately after the 88 mph pitch that Stanton was in trouble. He was carted off the field and according to the coach, his season is likely over. He is suffering from facial lacerations, multiple facial fractures and dental surgery. Fiers took to twitter after the game and posted, “my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I feel horrible and hope for a speedy recovery.”  

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NFL Knew About Video, Goodell On Hot Seat, Mayweather Defends Rice

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Roger GoodellIn big Rice news, it’s been reported that the NFL received the Ray Rice video back in April so now people are asking for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to be fired for not prosecuting earlier. The question is, did Goodell actually see the footage or did someone at the NFL mishandle what was in front of them.

 

Floyd MayweatherMost athletes are tweeting their disappointment with Rice although Boxer Floyd Mayweather, who is set to fight Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas on Saturday,  is disturbingly supporting his friend Ray. Mayweather has had his own bouts with domestic violence and in 2012 served 2 months in jail for domestic battery. Even though he pleaded guilty to these charges, he still claims that he’s a victim:

According to ESPN, he said, “Like I’ve said in the past, no bumps, no bruises, no nothing.  With O.J. and Nicole (Simpson), you seen pictures. With Chris Brown and Rihanna, you seen pictures. With (Chad) Ochocinco and Evelyn, you seen pictures. You guys have yet to see any pictures of a battered woman, a woman who says she was kicked and beaten (by Mayweather). So I just live my life and try to stay positive, and try to become a better person each and every day.”

These comments are clearly incredibly disturbing and as expected the Rice story is not going away any time soon. In fact, Rice’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens will be taking on their perennial rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday evening. The Ravens lost their first game of the season while the Steelers won their first.

 

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Janay Wants Space, Nittany Lions’ Post Season Eligibility Restored, Bills Sold For Record $1.4Bill

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Janay RiceThe Ray Rice story is still very much on people’s minds. Did the NFL know there was the video of Rice inside the elevator actually hitting his girlfriend (as opposed to the video shown this summer where he was dragging her out), did the Ravens’ organization know the full story, why did his girlfriend, Janay, become his bride just 3 weeks later?  Janay, for her part, is asking the media to give them space and says that they are in a good place now. The brutality of the video has certainly opened people’s eyes to domestic violence.

In college football news, the NCAA has restored the Penn State Nittany Lions’ post-season eligibility which means that they can offer scholarships beginning next season. Everyone remembers the horrific child abuse sex scandal involving former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky in 2012, and what a blight that was on the integrity of the Penn State system. The Lions continue to owe a $60 million dollar fine and will be on probation until 2017.

The Buffalo Bills are finally sold for a record $1.4 billion. Terry and Kim Pegula, Buffalo Sabres owners, bid aggressively so they could keep the Bills in New York.

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NFL Suspends Rice Indefinitely, Megatron Shines, Chargers Mistakes Pile Up

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TMZ story in the football world was new footage of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (now wife). The video was released by TMZ and what made everyone scratch their head is how did the NFL not see this video when the case came up.  When the Rice situation exploded this summer, the NFL only suspended Rice for 2 games (for first time domestic offense) but now after seeing the video, he’s been cut by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. Modells and Dicks Sporting Goods has even pulled Rice jerseys from their store. Warning, this video is disturbing to watch.

Calvin JohnsonIn Monday night football action, the first game of the night featured the New York Giants taking on the Detroit Lions. The Lions completely destroyed the Giants. The Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson (knows as Megatron) lived up to his name. He ended the night with 164 yards and 2 TD’s. And, Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford looked solid in his debut under new coach Jim Caldwell.  Lions 35, Giants 14.

In the late game Monday night between the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals, there wasn’t much action for the first three quarters, but in the 4th the game started to get exciting.  San Diego was winning by 11 points in the 4th but then with 7 1/2 minutes late, the mistakes started to pile up and with 2 1/2 minutes left, the Cardinals’ rookie wide receiver John Brown caught his first TD and lifted Arizona to a win. Cardinals 18, Chargers 17.

 

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