Archive for November, 2014
Most fans know that the best two superstars in the world are Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid, and Lionel Messi of Barcelona. It’s easy to make a case whey either of these two players are the greatest, but apparently Ronaldo has a nickname for his nemesis. According to sources on the Real Madrid club, Ronaldo addresses Messi as “Motherf****r”. You could imagine that this is some sign of respect, where Messi’s greatness agitates Ronaldo OR you could assume that Ronaldo just doesn’t like the guy. Either way Ronaldo is denying using the word.
LeBron James has now come out and publicly said that he doesn’t let his sons, LeBron Jr. and Bryce Maximus play football. He said that only basketball, baseball, and soccer are allowed in his house because of the significant injury risks associated with football. LeBron played football in High School as a wide receiver, however, had to quit because of a broken wrist. LeBron is keeping his sons focused on safer sports.
Finally, in the NBA, it looks like Clippers star Blake Griffin has gotten into some trouble again. Griffin was charged with misdemeanor battery for an incident at a Las Vegas night club. Griffin apparently squeezed a man’s hand very hard and slapped him because he was tired of all the camera flashes in his face. Griffin is known to have a temper on the court as well.No comments
In college football, the new playoff rankings are out. If the college playoff started today, #1 Mississippi State would play #4 TCU, and #2 Oregon would play #3 Florida State. Oregon jumped over Florida State in the latest rankings due to Oregon’s tougher schedule, but that doesn’t mean that Florida State is easy to beat by any means. Don’t get too attached to these rankings though as it will likely change quite a bit before the season is over.
In the NFL, the San Francisco 49ers are still in the playoff race but this season hasn’t been easy, and it looks like it’s going to get even tougher. On Tuesday it was reported that their star middle linebacker, Patrick Willis, will miss the remainder of the season. Their defense hasn’t been that tough and now with Willis out, the team will have to really step up if they want to make the playoffs.
In the NBA, Derrick Rose has been getting a lot of criticism for sitting out games. Rose has a significant injury history, and is being very careful with his body, but has also told the media that by sitting out, he is preserving his body for life beyond basketball. Rose said that he has meetings, graduations, and life events to attend after his basketball career and doesn’t want to be sore or injured because he pushed himself to play when his body wasn’t 100%. The Bulls are still very much a contender this year, but they will have to accept that Rose will only play when absolutely necessary.No comments
The Arizona Cardinals are one of the most exciting teams in the NFL right now. Their head coach, Bruce Arians, has them playing solid, mistake-free football. They have a tenacious defense, and an offense led by the resurgent Carson Palmer. Sadly, just one day after the Cardinals gave Carson Palmer a $50 million extension, Palmer went down for the season with a torn ACL.
Palmer said he cried that night, saying it was the first time he cried since his friend and Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry died roughly a decade ago. This doesn’t mean, however, that the Cardinals season is over, as Coach Arians said that the Cardinals can absolutely win a Super Bowl with their back-up Drew Stanton. Their defense can keep the games to a low-scoring affair, and as long as Stanton can be a game manager, the Cards should be ok. But the Palmer injury is still a huge blow to their season.
And in the NBA, when the Cavs went 1-3 to start the season, everyone was hitting the panic button. But the Cavs are just getting started, and they still need to create a team chemistry. Monday night, the Cavs struggled against the New Orleans Hornets, but thanks to a triple-double from LeBron, the Cavs were able to grab the win. A good outcome, but the team cannot completely lean on James to win all their games. It won’t last. Cleveland 118, New Orleans 111.
Finally, in baseball, the awards are starting to come out. For Rookie of the Year in the American League: Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox. And it was unanimous, and the White Sox have found themselves a true slugger. In the National League, it was Mets right-handed pitcher Jacob deGrom. Baseball is becoming stalked with fun-to-watch talent yet again.
Bieber Bad Omen For Steelers, Rodgers Stunning 6 TD’s Over Bears, Crimson Tide’s Foster Ignites Crowd, Buckeyes Barrett Runs Over Spartans
Justin Bieber is apparently a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He showed up on Saturday night before their bible study to meet the players. A number of players tweeted about their encounter, but no word on whether the Bieber stayed for the study/prayer session.
Maybe that was a bad omen for the team as the Steelers lost to the lowly New York Jets. The Steelers just didn’t step up for this game. With 4 turnovers, they had no chance to win. The Jets’ QB Michael Vick had two TD”s, no interceptions and helped his team end an eight game losing streak. Jets 20- Steelers 13.
Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers had a stunning performance on Sunday vs the Chicago Bears. In the first half alone, he threw for 6 TD’s (yes 6!!!!) for a 55-14 win.
Good news for Detroit Lions’ fans as Megatron (Calvin Johnson) is back and healthy. Lions 20, Dolphins 16.
In college football, some great games on Saturday. All the top teams are vying for the final four spots in the inaugural football playoffs. The Alabama Crimson Tide (currently ranked #5) put on a show in their exciting overtime win over LSU. Alabama’s linebacker, Reuben Foster, ignited the crowd in the remaining seconds of tied regulation play. With seconds ticking off the clock, Foster sent LSU’s kick returner flying and the crowd went wild. It was great momentum heading into overtime and not surprisingly Alabama won 20-16. They are gearing for a spot in the playoffs (especially since Auburn lost a big game to Texas A&M on Saturday) and if they continue to play like this, they will likely get it.
In another exciting college game with playoff implications, the Ohio State Buckeyes ran over the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes started off the season a bit shaky when their starting QB Braxton Miller went down with an injury. The replacement, J.T. Barrett has truly come in to his own and is arguably one of the best players in the Big 10 right now. Ohio State 49 Michigan State 37.
In the NFL, the Houston Texans still have an outside of making the playoffs, but something has to change if they intend to get there. That’s why this week, head coach Bill O’Brien announced that the Texans would be going with Ryan Mallett as their starting QB over Ryan Fitzpatrick. Mallett has been waiting nearly 4 years to get his first starting gig. The Arkansas stand-out backed-up and learned from Tom Brady in New England, but was traded to Houston. The Texans are hoping that Mallett can give their offense just the spark they need.
Elsewhere in the NFL, everyone was excited for South Carolina former star running-back Marcus Lattimore to make his NFL debut. The 49ers drafted him last year, but due to knee injuries, he sat out the entire season. He still hasn’t set foot on the field, but on Tuesday, Lattimore opted for his long-term health over trying to make a go in the NFL, as he he officially retired at the age of 23. Now he, along with another young college football running back, David Wilson, had their careers end before they even got started.
Finally, in the NFL, Cowboys QB Tony Romo is battling a back injury. However, the Dallas Cowboys seriously need him to play so they don’t watch their season go down the drain. They were 6-1, and now they are 6-3, and their playoff spot is anything but guaranteed. They will take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in London this Sunday, and the Cowboys have decided that they want to take the risk and put Romo on the field. If they lose him to injury, it’s likely that their season is done. But they are tired of being mediocre, and they’re going to roll the dice and throw Romo out on the field.No comments
In the NFL, it was Monday Night Football between the Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants. The Colts were looking to bounce back after getting destroyed by Pittsburgh last week, and the Giants, reeling from injuries, were trying to pull off an unexpected upset. Unfortunately for the Giants, Andrew Luck and the Colts came ready to play with Luck throwing for 4 TD’. Their offense was clicking on all cylinders s and they demolished the Giants. The Giants will spring to life every few weeks, and their first round draft pick Odell Beckham Jr. is looking like a winner, but a late season playoff run doesn’t look like it’s in their cards. Colts 40, Giants 24
Elsewhere in the NFL, the Eagles are having a very good season, but on Sunday they lost their starting quarterback Nick Foles to a broken collar bone. Some good news for Eagles fans, however, as it was reported yesterday that Foles won’t need surgery to repair the bone. This means that he will likely be out for a stretch of games, but he could be ready for the playoffs. Their back-up QB Mark Sanchez will get the ball in the meantime. Head coach Chip Kelly has always been impressed by Sanchez when he coached against him while Sanchez was at USC.
Finally, in baseball, it’s being reported that the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez actually paid his cousin over $1 million not to report to the media that he was using PEDs. His cousin, Yuri Sucart, helped Alex Rodriguez obtain the PEDs and there is legitimate documentation that A-Rod paid Sucart $700,000 for his silence, followed by a few additional payments of $200,000 each. It’s tough to know if A-Rod will have any career left, but stories like this definitely don’t help.No comments
Some highlights from NFL Sunday……..
Ben Roethlisberger secured his place in NFL history by throwing for 6 touchdowns for a consecutive two weeks. Unfortunately for the Baltimore Ravens, they were on the other end of this streak on Sunday and suffered a 43-23 loss to the Steelers placing them in last place in the AFC North.
In another high profile rout on Sunday, the New England Patriots barreled over the Denver Broncos. The game featured two powerful offenses and two future hall of fame quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. New England made this win look easy though. Brady threw for four TD’s and cruised to an easy 43-21 win.
It was a rough final two seconds of the San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis Rams matchup. Niners’ QB Colin Kaepernick fumbled at the goal line with time running out. If he hadn’t fumbled, the Niners could have tried again for a TD or simply kicked a field goal to send the game to overtime. Rams 13, Niners 10.