Archive for February 1st, 2016

Team Irvin Trounces Team Rice, Megatron To Retire, John Scott’s Rise, Djokovic Wins Open


Pro Bowl 2The Pro Bowl took place Sunday in sunny Hawaii, with the league’s best players divided into two teams captained by Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice. Team Irvin won by a whopping 22 points in a game that saw Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson throw for three touchdowns, earning him offensive MVP honors for the game. The players all seemed to be having fun, though the game has been getting increasingly benign with every passing year. No one wants to sustain a career-threatening injury in a game that doesn’t really matter. As a result, the players are far less physical and aggressive than they are in regular exhibition games. A record 47 players selected to play in the Pro Bowl declined to participate, due to injury, personal reasons or because they’re playing in the Super Bowl next week (the Carolina Panthers had ten players selected for the Pro Bowl, while the Denver Broncos had 4). Team Irvin 49, Team Rice 27.

Calvin JohnsonIn other NFL news, Detroit wide-receiver Calvin “Megatron” Johnson apparently told family and friends he would be retiring now that the 2015 season is over. Once considered the greatest receiver in the league, Johnson has dealt with a smorgasbord of injuries over the years. He managed to play every game of the 2015 season though, amassing 1,214 yards and nine touchdowns. Only 30 years old, Johnson is far from past his prime. He allegedly made coach Jim Caldwell aware of his plans to retire, but the team’s management is still holding out hope he’ll change his mind.


It’s been a long, strange trip for John Scott. Earlier this month, the heretofore unremarkable player was picked as the Pacific Division’s Captain for the NHL All Star game in a fan vote that started off as something of a joke. John Scott isn’t a star. Most people had never even heard of him before. But in a bizarre groundswell of support, Scott was given honors usually reserved for the most elite. The NHL was not amused.

Scott was immediately traded by the Arizona Coyotes to the Montreal Canadiens, then demoted to the AHL, the NHL’s awkward kid-brother. The trade was seen by many as a deliberate attempt to keep Scott out of the All Star game. Scott claims NHL brass even called him and asked that he not play, suggesting the ordeal might embarrass his children. But the obscure Montreal enforcer decided to give the fans what they wanted, and the NHL decided to let him. Scott captained the Pacific Division as planned. He scored two goals in the 3-on-3 tournament held over the weekend in Nashville. He was crowned MVP and won an SUV as a result. He’ll need it. He and his wife are expecting twins any day. The Pacific Division defeated the Atlantic division in the championship game, 1-0.


Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray to win his sixth Melbourne title in the Australian Open. Murray got off to a slow start he was never able to recover. Djokovic is considered one of the best players in the world. The Serbian tennis star is currently second-to-none, having beaten Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal multiple times on some of the biggest stages the game has to offer.

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