Archive for October, 2014
Since July Cleveland fans have been anticipating the big day when Lebron James returns to the arena. Thursday night the fans came out in droves to witness Lebron’s first official game. Celebrities filled the arena as the Cavs took on the New York Knicks with Imagine Dragons performing outside. Unfortunately, Lebron’s homecoming was a bit of a disappointment as they lost 95-90 and Lebron was upset with himself for playing the worst game of his career. It’s only one game and it’s a very long season but the Cavs have some serious work ahead of them (especially on defense).
In an interview with Ahmad Rashad on Back9Network, Michael Jordan tried to describe his perfect golf foursome. At first, he mentioned including President Obama, “I’ve never played with Obama, but I would, ” Jordan said. Then he backtracked in a very big way, “No, that’s OK,” Jordan said. “I’d take him out. He’s a hack … I never said he wasn’t a great politician. I’m just saying he’s a shi_y golfer.”
The main story — Game 7 of the World Series. 162 games of the regular season and a grueling post-season comes down to just one game. Anything can happen in one game. Baseball, probably better than any sport, can create dramatic situations, as every pitch is extremely important. Plus, in Game 7, teams can unleash all of their star pitchers if necessary. There is no reason to rest them… they have all winter to rest.
It all came down to Thursday night. Would the Kansas City Royals, who haven’t even been to the playoffs since 1985 pull it out, or would the San Francisco Giants win their 3rd World Series in 5 years. The Giants got the early edge, but the Royals came back to tie. Then, in the 4th inning, the Giants got a one-run lead, and that’s when the Giants manager decided to put his ace Madison Bumgarner back in on only 2 days rest. Bumgarner wanted the ball, and he got it. And, of course, Bumgarner was practically unstoppable. He was perfect this post-season, and already 2-0 in the World Series. With 2 outs in the 9th, Bumgarner actually gave up a triple, but he was able to close out the game and cement the San Francisco Giants dynasty. What a post-season for the underdog Royals, but a big congratulations to the Giants! San Francisco 3, Kansas City 2.
Elsewhere in baseball, the best manager in the game, Joe Maddon, decided last week that he would opt out of his contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. And now it looks like the Chicago Cubs have secured his services. It’s possible that Maddon can actually turn the Cubs’ franchise around.
In the NBA, nobody expected much from the Lakers this season, but Kobe Bryant was still looking forward to taking this young team under his wing. He was hoping his leadership skills could really help the team. One of the key components of that goal was their top rookie, Julius Randle from Kentucky. Sadly, in just the first game of the season, Randle broke his leg on a non-contact play and will likely miss the remainder of the season. Hopefully this doesn’t derail his career too much, and he will be ok when the Lakers get him back next year. He will also only be 20 years old.No comments
Redskins Came Out To Play And Shocked Dallas Fans, BCS No More, Alabama Pays $3.1 Mill For Saban’s Home
In the NFL, everyone expected the Monday Night Football game between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys to be a blowout. Dallas has been looking great this season and had home field advantage. The Redskins’, on the other hand, have looked pretty marginal this season, and were starting their 3rd string quarterback Colt McCoy. Once the game started, however, it was a different contest than we all expected. The Redskins hung in there and we had a game!
In the second half, the Cowboys got a scare when their QB Tony Romo got a knee to the back on a sack, and needed to be taken to the locker room. Back-up quarterback Brandon Weeden came in, and played well for the Cowboys, keeping them in the game. But then the crowd erupted when Romo came jogging back out. McCoy and the Redskins, however, got the job done, sending the game to overtime, and getting a field goal to pull off the huge upset. This was a satisfying moment for Colt McCoy, who was injured in the first few minutes of the college National Championship game a few years ago. That was supposed to be his big moment, but he didn’t even get to play. The fact that he got a chance to shine on Monday Night Football is a nice bright spot on his professional career. Washington 20, Dallas 17.
And in college football, tonight at 7:30 pm EST we will see the first ever unveiling of the college football playoff results. There is no Bowl Championship Series (BCS) this year, and starting tonight the analysts will show us which teams rank in the top 4 and potentially what will be the the initial 2 match-ups. These match ups will likely change many times over the next several weeks as we witness more upsets and teams play their conference championship games, but it’s still exciting that college football will finally have its very first playoff.
In other college news, the Alabama Crimson Tide boosters are paying off coach Nick Saban’s $3.1 million dollar home. Apparently this is a normal occurrence as the school doesn’t provide housing for their coaches (as opposed to providing for their teachers). They claim that they just want to keep him happy.No comments
In college football, there were some opportunities for upsets this weekend. Unranked Kentucky gave #1 Mississippi State a run for its money, however, Miss St. hung in there for the win and will hold on to it’s #1 ranking. But, Mississippi State’s rival, #3 Ole Miss, didn’t fare as lucky. Ole Miss traveled to Louisiana State University, an extremely tough place to play. LSU pulled off the upset in a low scoring defensive battle. LSU 10, Ole Miss 7. Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 31.
In the NFL, the red hot Indianapolis Colts went into to Pittsburgh looking to keep up their momentum. The Steelers, however, were coming off a win last weekend and looked mighty tough. In a shocker for fans, they absolutely destroyed the Colts, but the big story of the game was Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 522 YARDS AND 6 TOUCHDOWNS!! This Steelers’ team still has some defensive issues, but their offense is on fire right now.
Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson was able to quiet the controversy of the week, (i.e. that there is a locker room divide and certain players don’t think that Wilson is “Black Enough”…and according to Wilson, he doesn’t even “know what that means”), and the Seahawks defense held the Carolina Panthers to under 10 points to grab the win and avoid losing 3 games in the row. Seattle 13, Carolina 9.
Finally, in New England, the Patriots have seemingly turned things around this season. The Pats’ offense looked unstoppable as QB Tom Brady tossed for 5 touchdowns in a big win over the Chicago Bears. New England 51, Chicago 23.No comments
Broncos Dominate Chargers, Broncos’ Top Receivers Free Agents, Cutler “Elite” QB In Salary Only, Nash To Miss Entire Season,
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.
Finally, 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.
In 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.No comments
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.
In 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.
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.No comments
It 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.
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.No comments
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.
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.
Finally, 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.No comments
Seattle Lost Two In A Row, Jags Got First Win, Packers Continue To Roll, Peyton Manning Sets Record For Most TD’s
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.
And 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.No comments
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.
The 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.No comments