Archive for January, 2015

Kurt Busch Testifies Girlfriend Is Assassin, Jets Hire Bowles, Mike Greenberg’s Novel

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Kurt BuschIn a completely bizarre court testimony, NASCAR driver Kurt Busch testified that his former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll is an assassin….yes, that’s right “a trained assassin dispatched on covert missions around the world”. These claims all came about in court because Driscoll wants a protective order against Busch for alleged abuse.

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The New York Jets have a new coach and new GM. Arizona’s former defensive coordinator, Tom Bowles, will try and lead the dreadful 4-12 Jets into a new era.

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Mike GreenbergIf you’ve ever watched Mike and Mike on ESPN (the highest rated sports talk show in the country), you know how talented and entertaining this team is. You may also know that Mike Greenberg (Greeny) is also a great novelist. He’s come out with his second novel, “My Father’s Wives”. It’s in pre-release now and it’s gotten great reviews. I’m ordering now!

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Ohio State Wins First Ever National Championship, Ohio Furniture Chain Out Millions In Win, Fox Leaving Broncos

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In college football, it was the game we’ve all been waiting for… The National Championship.  The game featured #2 Oregon vs. #4 Ohio State.  Ohio State was red hot coming into this game (having beaten #1 Alabama), and wanted to prove that they were in fact the best team in the country.  Oregon, on the other hand, was finally looking for its first National Championship after so many years of showing they have the flashiest and most creative offense.  So how would it play out?

Ezekiel ElliottOhio State got the early advantage, but then Oregon’s offense kicked into gear behind their Heisman Trophy Winning quarterback Marcus Mariotta.  The real star of the game, however, outside of Ohio State’s staunch defense, was their running back Ezekiel Elliott.  Elliott broke a national championship record, rushing for over 200 yards and four touchdowns. Oregon simply could not stop him. It was a thrilling and meaningful win for the Buckeyes. Not only did they occupy the final playoff spot but due to injuries to their top two quarterbacks, they were starting their third-string QB, Cardale Jones, who played solidly in only his third career start.  The Buckeye’s coach, Urban Meyer, won his 3rd National Championship, and Ohio State proved that this year’s college playoff system was a huge success.  Ohio State 42, Oregon 20.

In a fun story of the night, a furniture company in Ohio bet big on the Buckeyes. They promised customers that bought at least $1,999 of furniture between December 17th and January 1st a refund if Ohio State won by more than 7 points. This might have sounded like a good idea at the time, but looks like they will be out $1.5 million in free furniture.
Finally, in the NFL, just one day after losing to the Indianapolis Colts, Broncos coach John Fox has decided to step down from the position.   Fox and the Broncos mutually agreed to part ways.  This was likely because of Fox’s age and health conditions, and everyone is expecting the Broncos to promote offensive coordinator Adam Gase to head coach.  Gase, however, is drawing strong interest from the San Francisco 49ers, and it will be curious to see how this plays out.  The major question now though… is Peyton Manning coming back next year?

 

 

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Seahawks To Face Packers In NFC Championship, Colts VS Patriots In AFC Championship, Rex Ryan To Bills

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The divisional playoffs are over and we’re one step closer to the teams that will be competing in the Super Bowl. On Saturday, the Seattle Seahawks didn’t even play their finest game but with their super tough defense, they overpowered the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers have a formidable defense too but they just need a bit more time to develop. In fact, Seattle’s defensive end, Michael Bennett tried to point out their similarities this week with a somewhat confusing analogy, but we kind of sort of get the point:

“It’s so much alike, man,” Bennett told the Everett Herald. “It’s like you look at a girl who looks like you, and you find out it’s your cousin, so you can’t go on a date with her even though you’d like to, because she looks like you. But then you see her friend, and her friend’s really hot, and you’re like, ‘That’s not my cousin,’ so it’s good.”

The Carolina Panthers time will come, but for now, the Seahawks are on a 7 game win streak and will face the Green Bay Packers in Seattle next week. Seahawks 31, Panthers 17.

In the other NFC divisional game between the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys, fans were concerned about the Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers health. Rodgers previously injured his calf but according to team officials, Rodgers would be just fine for the game. Even though statistically he had a great game over the Cowboys (316 yards and 3 touchdowns), his mobility was a bit off, which could be a problem against the Seahawks. The Packers/Cowboys game was not without controversy. As the Cowboys were trailing on 4th down, Cowboys’ QB, Tony Romo threw the ball downfield to receiver Dez Bryant who made an incredible catch. The play was reviewed and shockingly overturned, which could have made all the difference in the outcome.  Packers 26, Cowboys 21.

Andrew LuckIn the AFC, the Indianapolis Colts cruised over the Denver Broncos. The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck was up against his predecessor in Indy, Peyton Manning but didn’t show any signs of intimidation. Even though Luck had a great game, no one is talking about him this week. Everyone is questioning whether Manning will be coming back next season. Colts 24, Broncos 13.

The Colts will face the always tough New England Patriots next weekend in the Conference Championship. Tom Brady and the Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens in the divisional round 35-31.

 

Rex RyanIn other NFL news, longtime and often controversial New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, is heading upstate to coach the Buffalo Bills. The Bills are in the same division as the Jets which should make for an even more interesting rivalry when the two teams face off.

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Aaron Rodgers Tear In Calf Muscle, Warner Considering Comeback With Cardinals, Shanahan Leaving Browns

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Aaron RodgersIn the NFL, now is the time when small injuries can seem very big.  The Cowboys/Packers game is arguably the most anticipated game this weekend.  It’s Tony Romo vs. Aaron Rodgers.  Most would favor Rodgers in that match-up, but on Thursday it was reported that Rodgers officially has a slight tear in his calf muscle.  Considering that being a quarterback is all about mobility, and making a great play means using your leg muscles, this could be bad for the Packers.  Plus, the Cowboys are pretty hot right now, and seem to be on a mission.  This is going to be a great game.

Elsewhere in the NFL, in some very interesting news, it appears that 43-year old Kurt Warner was actually considering a comeback had the Arizona Cardinals come calling.  The Cardinals had a great start to the season, but they were down to their inexperienced 3rd string quarterback in the playoffs.  The Cards never actually called Warner, but Warner said if they had, he would have considered it.  Warner said his main issue was actually messing up.  He knew that expectations would be low, but for him, it would have been high and he didn’t want that pressure.  Either way, the Cards lost and are hoping that they get Carson Palmer back next year.

Finally, more changes for the Cleveland Browns.  The Browns’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, son of Super Winning coach Mike Shanahan, has decided to leave the organization.  Shanahan didn’t see eye to eye with the front office about the starting quarterback position.  The front office wanted it to be Johnny Manziel for marketing reasons, but Shanahan, who’s responsible for running the offense, didn’t feel comfortable with Manziel at the controls.  Shanahan is now interviewing for the head coaching job of the Buffalo Bills.

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Winston Declares For NFL Draft, LA May Get Rams, Mozgrov Big Trade To Cavs

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Jameis WinstonThe major news out of the sports world yesterday… Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy Winner (2013) Jameis Winston has declared for the NFL draft.  Even though he had a lot of off-the-field issues, there is no denying Winston’s talent.  And there is a very good chance that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, needing a franchise QB, will take him with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft.  Winston will have a lot of question marks surrounding him coming into the NFL, and he is a big risk/reward player.

In the NFL, according to St. Louis city officials, the St. Louis Rams organization is not returning phone calls.  This could possibly mean that they don’t want to discuss the move to LA.  To add to the rumors, Rams’ offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer awkwardly took a job as the offensive coordinator at The University of Georgia.  That sounds like a step down, but perhaps Schottenheimer saw the writing on the wall and wanted to get out of there as soon as he could and land in a good spot.  LA fans may be getting their football wish.

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Timofey MozgovIn the NBA, even though they’re slumping right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers are still in “Win Now” mode this season.  They have LeBron, and they only have him on a 2-year deal.  They want to do everything they can to help him win in his prime and keep him there.  So on Wednesday they traded for a big man in Timofey Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets.  The Cavs, however,  had to give up TWO first round draft picks.  That’s a hefty price to pay, but the Cavs desperately need a big man who can play some defense if they want to stand a chance this year.  Plus, Mozgov has a relationship with Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, as Blatt coached the Russian National Team in the Olympics and led them to a Bronze medal.  Big risk for the Cavs, but it could be worth it.

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Wild Weekend In NFL Playoffs-Panthers, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys Move On

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What a wild first weekend of the NFL Playoffs.

First up, it was the Arizona Cardinals heading to Carolina to take on the Panthers.  The Panthers are finally clicking at just the right time and they had no problem winning against a Cardinals team that simply couldn’t get their offense going behind 3rd string quarterback Ryan Lindley.  The Panthers advance to take on the Seattle Seahawks next weekend.  Carolina 27, Arizona 16.

Then, it was an AFC North rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  The Steelers were red hot coming into this game, and many even thought they could make their way to the Super Bowl.  But, they were without their star running back Le’Veon Bell.  Not starting Bell really hurt them, as they couldn’t get a run game going against the Ravens.  The Ravens looked like they were back in Super Bowl form as their defense contained the Steelers’ offense.  The Ravens will head to New England to take on the Patriots.  Baltimore 30, Pittsburgh 17.

Andrew LuckOn Sunday, it was a clash between Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts vs. Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals.  Dalton and the Benglas were trying to win their first playoff game in 4 years.  But keep in mind they have been to the playoffs the last 4 years — they just kept losing in the first round.  This would not be the year to break that streak, as Andrew Luck was marvelous and put on a show against a Bengals defense that simply didn’t show up.  Luck looks hot right now, and will get a true test next week when he heads to Denver to take on the Broncos.  Indianapolis 26, Cincinnati 10.

Finally, it was the main event between the Detroit Lions and a Dallas Cowboys’ team that actually looks like they could go the distance this year.  Could Dallas get the monkey off their back, and actually become that team that everyone thought they could be? The Lions immediately jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and it looked like the Cowboys were headed to another disappointing loss.  But then, the Cowboys rallied back.  They needed every minute of the game, but in the end they got the go-ahead touchdown and held on for the victory.  That means we all get to see a fantastic game between the Cowboys and the Packers next week in Green Bay.  Dallas 24, Detroit 20.

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Oregon And Ohio State Will Compete In First Ever College Football Championship

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It was an exciting evening of football in the semifinals of the first ever college football playoffs. In the early game of the night, Oregon demolished Florida State 59-20. And if the loss wasn’t embarrassing enough, a few Oregon players taunted Florida State’s former Heisman winning quarterback, Jameis Winston with a chant of “No means no” reminding Winston and the nation of a horrible incident from 2012. Winston was accused of sexual assault by a fellow Florida State student but was cleared of any criminal charges by the University.

Cardale JonesJust a few hours later, Ohio State shocked the nation with a surprising upset of top ranked Alabama 42-35. When Ohio State was selected a few weeks ago as one of the four semifinalists, many felt it was a mistake and that the fourth spot should have gone to TCU or Baylor. Ohio State was on its third string quarterback and many felt that his lack of experience would be problematic against coach Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. Ohio State’s QB Cardale Jones had a shaky start but then came back decisively with his strong arm and powerful legs. Ohio State will now face Oregon and Heisman trophy winning QB Marcus Mariota on January 12th for the chance to be named the first ever College Football National Champion.

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Semi Finals Of College Football National Championship

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Happy New YearHappy New Year!!!!

Can’t think of a better way to welcome the New Year than two exciting games in the inaugural college football playoffs. At 5:00 est, we have  #2 Oregon playing #3 Florida State and at 8:30 pm est, #1 Alabama versus #4 Ohio State. The winning teams will play in the first ever college football national championship on January 12th at 8:30 pm in Texas. Enjoy an exciting night of football!

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