Archive for September, 2015

Falcons Close Win Over Eagles, 49ers Surprise Win Over Vikings, Johnny Football Shows Promise

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In Monday Night Football, we got a double header.  First up, it was time for the Philadelphia Eagles to unleash their explosive offense against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons, however, have their own explosive offense with wide receiver Julio Jones.  The Falcons struck first and owned the first half.   Finally, Chip Kelly’s offense showed up, and the Eagles came soaring back.  In the end, the Falcons got an interception and won the game. The Eagles looked solid in the 2nd half, though and you can bet they will come back strong next week.  Atlanta 26, Philadelphia 24.

 

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Next up, it was the Minnesota Vikings v the San Francisco 49ers.  The Niners had a dreadful off-season, losing much of their defense for one reason or another (free agency, arrests, DUIs, etc.)  Everyone (including myself) was writing them off before the season even started.  Meanwhile, the Vikings seemed fully loaded and ready to roll with a healthy Adrian Peterson.  We were all wrong! The Niners looked steady and seem to have an incredible weapon with running back Carlos Hyde (from Ohio State).  The Vikings and Peterson, however, couldn’t get anything going and the Niners ran away with the win.  San Francisco 20, Minnesota 3.

Finally, even though QB Johnny Manziel played less than perfect last week against the Jets, the Browns are looking on the bright side.  Manziel came into the game after Josh McCown got hurt on a crazy attempt to run for a touchdown.  Manziel made an immediate impact with a touchdown to Travis Benjamin. Unfortunately, all went downhill from there for Manziel but the Browns still feel Manziel shows promise.  He picks up yards while running but also tends to fumble.  The Johnny Football experiment will go on, and is developing into kind of an underdog story.

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Bills Overpower Colts, Carrols Odd Play In Overtime, Winston/Mariota Showdown, Djokovic Wins US Open

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NFL on Sunday is back!  And, the games did not disappoint
In Buffalo, the Bills were looking to prove that they are a defensive force, but they had to take on one of the most explosive offenses of last season:  Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.  Buffalo came out strong and the Colts could not get anything going.  Bills fans went crazy, as their team looked tough and their young quarterback, Tyrod Taylor helped guide the Bills to an impressive opening day victory.  Buffalo 27, Indianapolis 14.

In St. Louis, the Rams were out to prove that they had no intention of being pushovers but their game on Sunday was against the mighty Seattle Seahawks. The Rams got out to a sizable lead, but then the Rams’ offense made some mistakes and the Seahawks put up quick points to send the game into overtime.  We all remember Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s peculiar play call that lost them the Super Bowl last season.  He did it again as he called an onside kick to start overtime.  The Rams recovered and were able to get a field goal that gave them the advantage, and the momentum to stop Seattle and take the victory.  Watch out for St. Louis this season.  St. Louis 34, Seattle 31.

Marcus Mariota & Jameis WinstonIn Tampa Bay, we saw the battle between the #1 overall draft pick, Jameis Winston of the Buccaneers, and the #2 overall draft pick, Marcus Mariota of the Tennessee Titans.  Mariota was breathtaking.  He threw 4 touchdown passes in JUST THE FIRST HALF!  Unfortunately Jameis Winston did not fare so well. On his very first NFL career throw, he threw an interception that was picked off for a touchdown.  The only other QB in the history of the NFL to do that was Brett Favre (who ended up with a Hall of Fame career).  The Titans overwhelmed the Buccaneers for a decisive victory. Tennessee 42, Tampa Bay 14.

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The Men’s US Open final featured Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer.  Once again, Djokovic proved that he is the best in the game.  He defeated Federer for his 10th grand slam title of his brilliant career.

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Brady And Gronk Defeat Steelers, Headphone-gate, Battle Of #1 Picks, Manning’s Contract

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Brady & GronkowskiFinally the regular season of the NFL season kicked off.  In recent tradition, the first game featured the reigning Super Bowl champion facing off against a very strong opponent.  This year it was the New England Patriots, with deflategate Tom Brady as QB, against Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Even though the Steelers were without their star running back Le’Veon Bell, they still got an incredible rushing performance from veteran and former long-time Carolina Panther DeAngelo Williams.  In the end, it was the Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski show. They linked up for 3 touchdowns.  Brady and the Pats looked relatively unbeatable and could be marching towards yet another Super Bowl.  New England 28, Pittsburgh 21.

Headset-gate: It seems that everything with the Patriots screams controversy and Thursday night’s game did not disappoint. The Steelers’ coaches complained that they were unable to communicate during the first half of the game because a Patriots radio broadcast played in their headphones. An NFL league spokesman claimed the interference was caused by an infrastructure issue and weather.
Elsewhere in the NFL, what would otherwise be looked at as a meaningless game, the Tennessee Titans v. Tampa Bay Buccaneers match-up has become exciting to the media.  Why?  Because it is a battle of this year’s top 2 draft picks:  Jameis Winston from Florida State and Marcus Mariota from Oregon.  There was a lot of controversy on who should be the #1 pick.  Winston won out, but Mariota had a better pre-season.  Of course whatever happens on Sunday doesn’t determine the fate of their careers, but it will be fun to watch them all season.

Finally in the NFL Eli Manning and the New York Giants are very close to a lucrative long-term deal.  Manning won 2 Super Bowls for the Giants, and given Manning’s chemistry with new star wide receiver Odell Beckham, the Giants are ready to hand him the keys to their franchise for the foreseeable future.

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Fail For Cardale, Tebow On SEC Network, Rousey In remake Of Road House

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In the NFL, Cleveland Browns fans already have such a bleak outlook on their 2015 season that they are launching the campaign #FailForCardale.  Browns fans are operating under the assumption that they will be so bad, that they will land the #1 overall pick, which they are hoping will be Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones.  Even though it’s unlikely that Jones would be the #1 overall pick, he’s still an exciting name that Browns fans could imagine on their roster.

Elsewhere, in the Tim Tebow saga, it appears that Tebow will resume his role as commentator on the SEC network.  Tebow’s dream was to come back to the NFL, but he will be a welcome face on air for all SEC diehards.

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Road HouseFinally, in sports, it looks like Ronda Rousey has decided to take her heightened brand name to the big screen.  She will star in a remake of the late 80’s Patrick Swayze cult classic Road House. Rousey will play a bouncer that ends up saving the town from corruption.  Wanting to show respect, Rousey received permission to pursue the role from Swayze’s widow.

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Pierre-Paul Contract, Brandon Marshall Claims Racial Preference In Deflategate, UT Switches Up

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In the NFL, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul finally met to discuss his contract with the team.  Pierre-Paul infamously blew off one of his fingers with fireworks during a 4th of July celebration.  The incident occurred BEFORE he signed his contract, meaning he could lose millions of dollars.  The Giants apparently don’t feel Pierre-Paul is ready to play and don’t want to waste money on a player that will need to sit on the bench for a season so no deal has been signed as of yet.

Brandon MarshallElsewhere in the NFL, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall is speaking up about Tom Brady’s suspension being overturned.  He said “race” played a role in the decision, and argued that African-American athletes don’t get treated the same way as other athletes.  Marshall said he’s not alone on this issue, and many players in locker rooms across the league feel the same way.

And in college football, the University of Texas boasts the biggest athletic program in the nation.  They are typically a perennial Top 10 powerhouse, but they have been completely lackluster the past few seasons.  After Notre Dame crushed UT this weekend, head coach Charlie Strong demoted his offensive coordinators, and promoted his receivers coach.  We’ll see if that makes a difference going forward.

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Tebow Cut, Ohio State Dominates, Miller Puts On Show, BYU Hail Mary

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58979133In the NFL, when Tim Tebow had a good performance in the final pre-season game, many people were excited, thinking he might actually make the team.  This weekend, however, the Philadelphia Eagles officially cut Tim Tebow from the roster.  His NFL comeback seems officially over.  No one will ever forget his magical one-year run with the Denver Broncos, however.

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.41.49 AMIn college football, the season kicked off last week.   The big names like Alabama, Oregon, and Notre Dame secured wins, but of course all eyes were on the defending champion the Ohio State Buckeyes.  The team decided to start with the quarterback that won it for them last year, Cardale Jones.  Their former star QB, Braxton Miller, who went down last season with a major injury, made the move to wide receiver.  He put on quite a show Monday, so much so that LeBron James was tweeting about him all night.  It’s going to be another exciting year for the Buckeyes as they go for back-to-back championships.

In the most exciting college game of the weekend, BYU was trailing by 1 point with one play left. BYU needed a hail mary miracle to beat Nebraska. The team got their wish in the form of a long, last second, hail mary bomb that was caught in the end zone.  It was an amazing play. Watch the clip here. In one of the greatest shows of pure joy, the receiver making the big play, Terenn Houk, hugged the ref after catching the TD. A great way to start the season!

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Tom Brady To Play In Opener, Tebow Time In Philly, TCU Opener Not To Par, Harbaughs Debut

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Tom BradyIn the big news of the day, a federal judge dismissed New England QB Tom Brady’s four game suspension.  The judge noted that NFL Commissioner had ” cited his own brand of justice” and “Brady had no notice that he could receive a four-game suspension for general awareness of ball deflation by others,” and therefore the punishment did not fit the potential crime. The NFL stated they will appeal the decision but as for now, Brady is free to play in the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 10th. Not surprisingly the Patriots went from 3 point favorites to 6.5 point favorites in the game.

 

In other NFL news, we’ve entered into the final pre-season games and all eyes are on Tim Tebow.  Will he get another shot to make an NFL roster?  This is his last chance.  Tebow played well in the Eagles last pre-season game against the New York Jets.  He even tossed 2 touchdown passes.  When asked, however,  whether Tebow thought he did well enough to make the team, he responded, “I’m not gonna worry about what I can’t control”.  We will know soon whether Tebow makes the squad.  NY Jets 24, Philadelphia 18.

The college football season officially kicked off as on Thursday.  One of the marquee matchups featured #2 TCU, who hopes to make a title run this year.  They are led by likely Heisman candidate Trevone Boykin.  TCU got by Minnesota in their opener, but not without a struggle. They are going to have to work out a lot of bugs if they hope to make a title run this year.  TCU 24, Minnesota 18.

And finally, the major marquee matchup of the night was Michigan against Utah.  It was the debut of new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh used to play QB for Michigan in the late 1980s, and then became an NFL coach with the 49ers.  His decision to rejoin the college ranks shocked many, especially because he was a successful NFL coach.  Turning around a college program usually takes a few years. The coach needs to attract and then train quality recruits. Harbaugh wasn’t expected to turn Michigan around immediately but his fans were still hoping for miracles.  Unfortunately Michigan fell to an impressive Utah team Thursday night. Utah 24, Michigan 17.

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Dwight Howard Stopped For Possession Of Gun, Cardale Jones Migraine, Former Nebraska Player In Jail

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Dwight HowardIn the NBA, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard is making the wrong kind of headlines again.  He was detained at Houston’s George Bush International Airport for having a gun in his carry-on.  Howard admitted that the gun was his, but reportedly will not face charges.   In Texas, people are allowed to carry a concealed weapon if they have a special type of license.  Howard, however,  doesn’t have that license.

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In college football, Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who helped the team win the National Championship last season, was rushed to the hospital with a massive headache.  Apparently, the headache was caused by a migraine but even though pain in the head is serious.  He’s getting the best care possible, and everyone is hoping for a quick recovery.

Finally, in college football, with the season upon us, a former superstar college athlete is living a terrible life.  Once a stand out running back at Nebraska, Lawrence Phillips had a very bright future.  The Rams picked him to be their running back, but because of his behavioral issues, things didn’t pan out.  He was then sent to 31 years in prison for domestic violence.   And now he will apparently be charged with murdering his cell mate.

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Seahawks Bonded In Hawaii, Browns Bad Trade, Brady Decision This Week

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beb3a503b3ccf0529420363284e8186b 2In the NFL, memories die hard and last year’s Super Bowl where the Seattle Seahawks had a chance to beat the New England Patriots in the closing seconds but made an epically bad call on the goal line to lose the big game, still weighs on the team. In order to avoid going into the season with a depression hangover, Russell Wilson brought the whole team on a trip to Hawaii.  The team shared their feelings, shed some tears and threw all bad thoughts off of a cliff.  They needed to start fresh and the bonding on the trip seemed to work.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns cut Phil Taylor.  Now, you’re likely asking “Who is Phil Taylor?”.  He isn’t a recognizable player, but he was the last remnant of the trade the Browns made so the Atlanta Falcons could get superstar wide receiver Julio Jones.  The Falcons traded up in 2011 to take Jones, and gave the Brows 5 pics.  Taylor was the last of those picks.  They used the other picks on players like Branden Weeden and Greg Little, but they didn’t pan out either.  Clearly, the Browns lost that trade, and probably should have taken Julio Jones themselves.
Finally, in the NFL, Tom Brady is still fighting hard to appeal his 4-game suspension from “Deflatgate”.  On Tuesday, a legal expert said that he thinks that Brady will win the case, and be able to play in the opener.  Many people thought Brady’s suspension was too heavy and at worst he should only be suspended 2 games.  The judge is set to make a ruling this week.

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Trent Richardson And Fred Jackson Released, Cousins Named Redskins QB

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Trent RichardsonIn the NFL, there were two high-profile cuts.  Coming out the University of Alabama, Trent Richardson was an absolute force.  In 2012, the Cleveland Browns took him with the #3 pick (right behind Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III).  Richardson didn’t perform in Cleveland so the Browns traded him to Indianapolis.  The Colts thought Richardson needed a change of scenery, and would be their running back for the future.  After 2 years, Richardson failed there as well.  The Colts released him, and the Raiders took one last flier on Richardson.  After an unimpressive camp this off-season, the Raiders have let him go as well.  Richardson’s NFL career is most likely over. It’s still a mystery to football enthusiasts wondering what went wrong with Richardson — a player who was once so dominant.

Then, in Buffalo, the Bills let go of their long-time running back Fred Jackson.  The release came as a shock to Jackson, but he was 34 years old AND injured.  The New England Patriots may pick him up, however, as they need a reliable player in the backfield.

Finally, in Washington, with trade talks of Robert Griffin III swirling, the Redskins have announced that Kirk Cousins will officially be their starting QB.  Griffin still has a roster spot, however, and will have to be ready as a back-up.  No one thinks the Redskins have a chance of making the playoffs this season but if they do poorly, they’ll have a better shot of getting a top pick in the draft next year and securing a franchise QB.

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