Archive for October, 2016

Roethlisberger’ Miniscus, Pats Winning, Kaep Booed, Newton’s Press Conference, Prescott Performs, Kershaw Evens Series

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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tore his meniscus in the Steeleer’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. After surgery this week, the Team will have a better idea if/when he’ll be back on the field. Dolphins 30, Steelers 15.

brady-gronkowski-2Now that New England’s QB Tom Brady is back, the team looks unbeatable. The Patriots were a solid 3-1 while Brady was on suspension, but now the team seems unstoppable. The Cincinnati Bengals kept Sunday’s game close, but Brady kept his cool throwing for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski added a career high 162 yards. New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17.

Colin Kaepernick started at quarterback for the SF 49ers on Sunday (against the Buffalo Bills) for the first time since November 2015. Bills fans showed their dislike of Kaep by booing him as he walked on the field then chanting “USA, USA” before he knelt (as he’s done all season) for the National Anthem.  The Bills were clearly fired up as the team continued their 4 game win streak with a big win over the Niners. Bills 45, Niners 16.

Cam NewtonAfter the Carolina Panthers lost another tough game (this week to the New Orleans Saints) Panthers QB Cam Newton had people talking. In an uncomfortable to watch press conference after the game, Cam either refused to answer questions or just gave one word responses while staring straight ahead. After a very long and cringe-worthy one minute and 30 seconds, Cam eventually walked out.  Saints 41, Panthers 38.

It’s a bit shocking Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is still talking about a quarterback controversy. Rookie and 4th round draft pick, Dak Prescott,  has performed like an MVP this season, so it seems odd that anyone is still talking about having Tony Romo take over when he’s healthy. Speaking of rookies, Ezekiel Elliott’s star power has soared amassing over 100 rushing yards in each of his last 4 games.The only other player to have more rushing yards in his first 6 games was Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1983.   Dallas 30, Green Bay Packers 16.

 

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Clayton Kershaw, pitching 7 scoreless innings, led the LA Dodgers to a win to even the NLCS series against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers and Cubs will play game 3 on Tuesday.

In the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians have a two game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. The teams will play Game 3 on Monday night.

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Dodgers Win Over Nationals And Will Face Cubs In NLCS, Broncos Lose To Chargers

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clayton-kershawThe LA Dodgers pulled out a game 5 win over the Washington Nationals with a strong (and very long 1 hour 6 minute) 7th inning. The Nationals gave up 4 runs late in the 7th then to cap it off, the Dodgers used their Cy Young starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (who pitched in game 4 and wasn’t expected to be on the mound in this game) to seal the win 4-3. The Dodgers now head to Chicago where they will face the Cubs in game 1 of the National League Championship Series.

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With a disappointing loss to the 1-4 San Diego Chargers, the Denver Broncos have now lost 2 games in a row. Broncos coach Gary Kubiak didn’t make the game as he’s recovering from a migraine disorder. When he returns he’ll have lots to work on with his team as neither the offense or the defense were performing. This win meant a lot to the Chargers as it not only kept their season alive (and potentially staved off their coaches firing) but also helped morale as the Chargers have lost nine of their last 10 games against the Broncos. Chargers 21, Broncos 13.

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Kaepernick Replaces Gabbert, Auston Matthews Historic Debut, Do-Or-Die NLDS Game

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SF 49ers Coach Chip Kelly announced QB Colin Kaepernick will replace Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers are 1-4 and desperately need help to salvage their season. In 2012 Kaepernick helped the Niners get to the Super Bowl, but his career has slid since then. Kaep has also signed a restructured deal with the 49ers shifting from a 4 year contract to a 2 year deal. Kaep can void the last year of the deal after March if he chooses.

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auston-matthewsThe first pick in this year’s NHL draft, Auston Matthews, made an historic debut against the Ottawa Senators. The Toronto Maple Leafs new star scored 4 goals in his first game, an NHL record since 1917 according to ESPN stats. Even with his amazing game, the Maple Leafs ultimately lost in overtime to the Senators. 5-4.

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The Washington Nationals and the LA Dodgers play a do or die game 5 Thursday night to determine the winner of the National League Division Series. The winner will take on the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in the first game of the National League Championship.

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Big Papi’s Final Game, Red Sox Eliminated, Giants Rally Agst Cubs, Winston’s Pep Talk To Kicker

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david-ortizIt was an anti-climatic final game for David Ortiz (known as Big Papi to all of his fans).  One of the best clutch hitters of all time, Ortiz played his final game Monday night when the Red Sox were swept in the ALDS by the Cleveland Indians. In an emotional farewell after the game, Ortiz credited the Boston fans for inspiring him. He said, “That’s why I got better, that’s why I got the opportunity to have the career that I had.” The Indians now head to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in the ALCS.

In the National League Division Series, the San Francisco Giants rallied to grab a must-win game (or face elimination) against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs are now up 2-1 in the best-of-5 series so Tuesday night’s matchup is also do or die for the Giants. In 2012 the Giants came back from 0-2 against the Cincinnati Reds to win the NLDS and went on to win the World Series, so don’t count them out just yet.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston gave his rookie kicker Roberto Aguayo a pep talk after he missed his first two field goal attempts on national TV Monday night against the Carolina Panthers. Winston told him, “Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time situations.” That’s all it took as Aguayo kicked the winning field goal to give the Bucs a 17-14 win over the Cam Newton– less Panthers.

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Brady Ends Suspension With Big Win, Odell’s Fun With Nets, Dak On Way To Rookie Record, Blue Jays Sweep Rangers

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A few highlights from the weekend NFL games:

tom-bradyTom Brady officially ended his 4 game suspension for deflategate in a big win against the Cleveland Browns (who are now 0-5 and potentially on their 6th quarterback of the season). The team was clearly energized, and Brady did not disappoint by throwing for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski said it best, “Everyone was intense today. Everyone was amped up. Tom always brings the amp-ness to the table. So we were just excited to get back out there, get back on track and get a win.” New England Patriots 33, Cleveland Browns 13.

The New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers, but the Giants Odell Beckham Jr seems to be putting his anger issues to rest. All week, sports fans have been talking about his inability to control himself, but on Sunday he appeared calm and happy and even had some fun (after making a beautiful touchd0wn catch) by hugging a kicking net he punched a couple of weeks ago.

Dak Prescott, QB of the Dallas Cowboys, is on his way to setting a rookie record for number of passes without an interception. He currently has 155 passes and needs 8 more to eclipse Tom Brady’s rookie record. Even though Prescott has been performing beyond expectations, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still maintains injured QB Tony Romo will be the starting QB when he’s healthy. Cowboys RB, Ezekiel Elliott made a big contribution to the game by rushing for 100 yards in his 3rd consecutive game.  Dallas Cowboys 28, Cincinnati Bengals 14.

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The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers to advance to the American League Championship Series. The Blue Jays win marks the first series in Major League Baseball history to end with a walk off run scored via an error. This is the second straight year the Blue Jays advance to the ALCS.

 

 

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49ers Lose To Cardinals, Kaep May Replace Gabbert, Jays & Indians Win 1st Game Series

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Chip KellyAfter another disappointing loss, San Francisco 49ers coach Chip Kelly is now talking about switching out QB Blaine Gabbert for backup Colin Kaepernick. Gabbert threw for one touchdown and two interceptions in the 49er loss to the Arizona Cardinals. He was also sacked 7 times which clearly makes it difficult to perform well. The Cardinals took advantage of the Niners weaknesses, and even though playing with a backup QB in Drew Stanton (Carson Palmer was out with a concussion), wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and running back David Johnson took over to secure the win. Cardinals 33, 49ers 21.

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Thursday afternoons American League Division Series matchup between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays seemed to end as soon as the fans settled into their seats. The Blue Jays posted 7 runs in just the first 4 innings to cruise to a 10-1 victory.

The other American League Division series matchup played on Thursday between the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians provided a bit more excitement with a close 5-4 Indians victory. Game 2 of the series kicks off on Friday night and Cleveland fans should get a nice surprise as LeBron James and some other Cleveland Cavalier teammates are expected to be in attendance.

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Bumgarner And Gillaspie Bring Giants Win Over Mets, HS Football Team Too Big

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Madison BumgarnerThe National League wild card game was a defensive battle until the 9th inning when Connor Gillaspie hit a 3 run homer off of the Mets closer Jeurys Familia to give the SF Giants the lead and the win. The true hero of the game was Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner who showed once again how critical he is in October when each and every game is on the line. In fact, according to ESPN, he holds the record for zero runs in 23 innings on the mound in winner-take-all games. The Giants will now head to Chicago to take on the Chicago Cubs in the National League Division Series. Friday, October 7th.

In other baseball news, the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers face off today at 4:30 pm ET for the first game in the American League Division Series, while the Boston Red Sox and the Cleveland Indians play at 8:00 pm tonight in the other ALDS game 1.

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screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-9-04-55-amFor anyone with children who play sports (especially football), you’ll understand these parents’ concerns. Opponents of Archbishop Murphy high school in Everett Washington are refusing to play their scheduled football games against the team. Parents and coaches are concerned because Archbishop Murphy has 3 players weighing over 300 pounds and 6 players weighing over 250 pounds. One mom stated, “My son is 5-8 and weighs 117 pounds and just got out of middle school and just turned 14. They’ve got 18-year-old players that are 6-5 and weigh 330 pounds. I mean, that’s like putting a Volkswagen bug against a Mack truck.”

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Blue Jays Prevail In Winner-Take-All Game Agst Orioles, Fan Throws Beer

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Baltimore Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in winner-take-all-game Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card game. In Edwin Encarnacion’s three run walk off homer, the Jays ended the Orioles season. The big story of the game is why Orioles coach Buck Showalter didn’t use one of the best closers in the game, Zach Britton. Britton has only allowed one earned run since April, so it’s surprising he wasn’t in the biggest game of the season. The Jays will now matchup on Thursday evening against the Texas Rangers in the American League Division Series.  Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2.

In the bottom of the 7th inning, a Jays’ fan threw a full beer can at the head of Orioles outfielder, Hyun-Soo Kim as he was attempting to catch a fly ball and end the inning. Thankfully, no one was hurt and Kim caught the ball, but in what universe is it ok to throw something at a player during a game?

In other baseball news, the New York Mets match up against the San Francisco Giants in the wild card winner-take-all game tonight, 8:00 pm ET. The winner of the game will take on the Chicago Cubs.

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Mets And Giants Wild Card Game, Odell Beckham Jr Unsportsmanlike, Vikings 4-0, Johnny Football Trademark, Super Bowl Goes GAGA

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With a 5-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday, the New York Mets clinched a National League wild card playoff spot against the San Francisco Giants. Even though both teams have the same regular season record, the winner-take-all wild card game will be played at Citi Field because the Mets won the season series over the Giants. Tune in Wednesday night 8:00 pm ET.

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The big news from the Monday Night Football game is the NY Giants Odell Beckham Jr’s unsportsmanlike conduct. Odell was charged with a penalty for taunting the Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes after Rhodes hit him out of bounds. Odell ended up with a paltry 23 yards for the day and has been criticized by his teammates and the media for letting his emotions get the best of him. On a more positive note, the Minnesota Vikings offense came to play. The Vikings are now 4-0 (only other 4-0 team is the Denver Broncos). What’s most surprising about the Vikings winning season so far is the performance of Sam Bradford. Bradford is a former Heisman Trophy winner who had a mediocre career with the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings are also performing without their star running back, Adrian Peterson, who is out until at least December with a torn meniscus.  Vikings 24-Giants 10.

In other football news, former Heisman QB Johnny Manziel (who was suspended from the NFL and cut by the Cleveland Browns) and his lawyers filed with the US Patent and Trademark office to protect his nickname, “Johnny Football”. Now that Manziel has been reinstated by the NFL, it’s possible some NFL team may take a chance on the troubled QB and pick him up.

Lady Gaga 3As Lady Gaga wrote on her twitter account, “This year the Super Bowl goes GAGA”, meaning after weeks of speculation, it’s official and she will play in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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