Archive for November, 2016
The Giants defense helped the team hold on for a close win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night. The most noteworthy part of the game came in the 2nd quarter when Giant’s receiver Odell Beckham Jr grabbed an 18 yard catch to secure his place in history as the fastest wide receiver to reach 3, 500 yards in only 36 games. Odell became famous in 2014 with one of the greatest catches in history. Giants 21, Bengals 20
The Chicago Bears Alshon Jeffery will be suspended for 4 games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs. Jeffrey has had a disappointing season so far (my fantasy team knows that well as we have him as our starting WR) and will need to show massive improvement when he returns on December 12th if he’s looking to make a top salary next season.No comments
The college football world had a big shocker Saturday afternoon with 3 of the top ranked schools (Michigan, Washington and Clemson) losing important games to unranked opponents. After Saturday’s crazy upsets, Alabama remains at #1 and Ohio State jumps to #2 in the polls.
Michigan’s coach Jim Harbaugh is a true competitor and hates to lose (especially by a last minute field goal). Clearly losing on Saturday to the Iowa Hawkeyes would have been hard on its own, but to add insult to injury, the last time Michigan lost to Iowa (by a last minute field goal), was 31 years ago when Harbaugh was Michigan’s QB and the Hawkeyes’ head coach Kirk Ferentz was Iowa’s offensive line coach.
In the NFL, the most dramatic play of the weekend was by the Denver Broncos Safeties Justin Simmons and Will Parks. After a touchdown from the New Orleans Saints, the game was tied 23-23. All the Saints needed was an extra point (normally a formality) to win the game. The Broncos defense, however, took the game to a whole new level with a remarkable leap by Simmons to block the kick while Parks ran the ball in for a TD (giving them 2 points). The new rule allowing the defense to gain 2 points after a blocked field goal has only been in existence since March of 2015. And, oddly enough, the first team to have benefited from the rule was none other than the Seattle Seahawks last December. Weird coincidence or Karma?
Sunday night’s game featured a rematch of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. The game came down to the wire (again), but this time the Seahawks pulled out a win with three touchdowns by WR Doug Baldwin and an impressive defensive stance at the goal line preventing the Pats from coming from behind to win (as they did in SB XLIX). Seattle 31, Patriots 24.No comments
The Cleveland Browns are making history, but not in a good way. After another loss Thursday night against the Baltimore Ravens, the Browns are now 0-10, their worst start in the history of the franchise. They are also the first team since 2011 to use 3 Quarterbacks in one game. Ravens 28, Browns 7.
In an odd story out of the college ranks, Jonnu Smith a senior tight end at FIU (Florida International University) season ended after his girlfriend poured boiling water on him causing severe burns. Smith is an NFL prospect. His girlfriend is 5 months pregnant and will be charged with aggravated battery.
Dwayne Wade got a standing ovation in his return to Miami. Wade famously joined the Chicago Bulls this summer after spending 13 seasons with the Miami Heat. Even though Wade got a warm reception from the crowd, he said it was a weird game to play. He said, “Just a good environment though, man. The fans were great. I appreciate the ovation, the cheers. The things that they were saying, I appreciate it all. But the game itself was weird.” Wade helped his new team to a 98-95 win.
The NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers were invited to the White House on Thursday as a congratulation on their winning season. In addition to spending time with the President, they seemed to have a blast doing the mannequin challenge with First Lady Michelle Obama.
As previously reported, Seattle’s Richard Sherman’s hit on Bill’s kicker Dan Carpenter on Monday Night was not reported as unnecessary roughness. Even though Richard wasn’t penalized, Carpenter’s wife took to twitter and wrote Sherman “should be castrated” for his actions. Kaela’s comment then started an even bigger controversy as many thought her comment was racist. She has since apologized over twitter stating she was attempting to be humorous. When are people going to realize they don’t need to put every thought that pops in their head (whether it’s interesting or idiotic) on social media for everyone to see?
The election has been a big topic of conversation in the sports world. Some have expressed their disappointment, some (like LeBron James) say to continue to have faith, and some like Alabama Coach Nick Saban have claimed they didn’t even know Tuesday was election day (which seems odd). Then there is SF QB Colin Kaepernick who refused to stand during the National Anthem and started a social injustice movement, didn’t even vote. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith went on a rampage on Kaep’s hypocrisy:
“As far as I’m concerned, Colin Kaepernick is absolutely irrelevant. I don’t want to see him again, I don’t want hear from him again, I don’t want to hear a [darn] word about anything he has to say about our nation … He comes across as a flaming hypocrite. …
“After all this noise that you made, even though you didn’t intended to do so, by offending our military service men and women, and pointing out about how you wanted to bring attention to racial injustices and beyond in this country, to turn around and not even take your behind to the polls to vote for a particular candidate, it is shameful! Absolutely shameful!”
As everyone now knows, we have a new President, Donald Trump. Bringing in a sports angle, many took to social media yesterday criticizing Tom Brady for supporting Trump. Meanwhile Brady’s wife Gisele claimed they did not vote for him. Brady has played golf with Trump, and at rally in New Hampshire Trump said Brady told him, “Donald, I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you.”
In other voting news, San Diego did not endorse the building of a new stadium for the Chargers to keep them in town. Now that the ballot initiative failed, the team has until January to decide whether they’ll join the Rams in Los Angeles and share a stadium in Inglewood, CA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers undefeated season came to a close last night in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs were on a 6-0 tear, but showed a lackluster effort in their 106-110 loss. No doubt they’ll bounce back from one bad game, but this defeat showed the team isn’t invincible.
On Monday night football, Seattle QB Russell Wilson showed he’s recovered from his injuries and was back as the leader of the offense. He threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another in a 31-25 win over the Buffalo Bills. He also had a lot of help from his tight end Jimmy Graham who entertained the fans with two amazing one-handed touchdowns. The big story of the game, however, was the officiating. Seahawks defensive end Richard Sherman jumped the snap before a field goal attempt and ran into Bills field goal kicker Dan Carpenter. Many, including Bills coach Rex Ryan, thought Sherman should have been called for unnecessary roughness. There was a delay of game and a series of other officiating blunders that led to an eventual missed field goal before the half. Bills coach Rex Ryan wasn’t too pleased with the officiating or with Richard Sherman’s taunting on the sidelines. Ryan yelled over to Sherman, ‘You’re too good of a player to act like an ass.'”
In the Golden State Warriors win over the New Orleans Pelicans, Stephen Curry made history…again. He sunk a record 13 3 pointers in the 116-106 win.
Newton Illegal Hits, Prescott Records 7th Win, Kelce Throws Towel, Raiders Stand Up To Broncos D, Marshall Stands During Anthem
Cam Newton keeps getting pounded by opposing teams and is not getting the calls from refs. Cam very vocally complained last week (and even had a talk with Commissioner Roger Goodell), but clearly nothing is getting done as he had a couple of obvious illegal hits against him on Sunday by the Los Angeles Rams. Panthers 13, Rams 10.
Dak Prescott continues to show his leadership quarterbacking the Dallas Cowboys. This fourth round rookie phenom recorded his 7th straight win with a seemingly easy trouncing of the winless Cleveland Browns. There is still talk the Cowboys will replace Prescott when veteran QB Tony Romo becomes healthy. With the Cowboys sitting at the top of the NFC, it seems likely they will stick with Prescott. Dallas 35, Cleveland 10.
During the 4th quarter of Kanas City Chiefs game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (who’s a reality star in his new show “Catching Kelce”) got into a heated argument with a ref and threw a towel at him when he refused to call a pass interference penalty. Refs aren’t too fond of having things thrown at them, so not surprisingly Kelce was ejected from the game. If you have Kelce on your fantasy team (as my team, the Screaming Weasels, does), you weren’t too happy with this outcome. Chiefs 19, Jags 14.
The Denver Broncos mighty defense couldn’t stand up to the running game of the Oakland Raiders. Latavius Murray brought in 3 TD’s in the 30-20 victory over the Broncos. With the win, the Raiders take control of the AFC West.
Speaking of standing up, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall decided to stand during the National Anthem for the first time this season. He stated on Instagram, “I’m encouraged with the many productive discussions and progress that has taken place as the Denver Police department has decided to review its use of force policy. I’m proud to have joined so many of my peers throughout sports who’ve also made their own statements. Going forward, I will be standing for the National Anthem—not because everything is perfect, or because I’m changing my stance on things. But because of my hope for what we can become.”No comments
The Harvard Crimson reported members of the Harvard soccer team were suspended for the season because they continued to make inappropriate comments (including rating attractiveness) of the Harvard women’s soccer team. The team is now no longer able to compete for the NCAA championship and will forfeit the rest of its games.
Even though Cleveland lost the World Series they still have LeBron and the Cavs as their reigning champions. It’s still early in the season, but the Cavs are now out to a 5-0 start.
Everyone was anticipating the now Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant’s reunion with his old team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant played for OKC for 8 years so returning to play against them was emotional. Prior to the game he said, “The 405 (Oklahoma City’s area code) has a special place in my heart,” he said. “Those fans, no matter what they call me or how they feel about me, they know, that if you see me anywhere, that you’ll feel like I was your friend. That’s how you made me feel, and how I made them feel. Those memories are never going to fade. I feel a certain away about that city, that state, that organization. And I look at that as – I’m going to put (those years) on my trophy case. That eight years is going to go in my trophy case. Not in the trash.” Durant didn’t dwell on these sentiments during the game however. With 39 points and 7 three-pointers, he dominated his former team and gave the victory to the Warriors. Warriors 122, Thunder 96.
In what will go down as the greatest World Series Game 7 in history, the Chicago Cubs overcame the curse that has plagued them since 1908 to finally become Champions again. After nearly 5 hours (including a short rain delay) the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians in 10 innings 8-7. The game started off looking like the Cubs would cruise to victory with Dexter Fowler’s leadoff home run (the first leadoff homer in World Series Game 7 history). Through the 5th inning, the Cubs had a 5-1 lead until pitcher Jon Lester came in from the bullpen and immediately gave up 2 runs to make it a 5-3 game. Later Aroldis Chapman came in to relieve Lester and also gave up a couple of runs. When the game was tied 6-6 in the 10th inning, and momentum seemed to be leaning towards the Indians, the sky opened up and the players headed back to the dugout for a short rain delay. Those 17 minutes seemed to changed the course of the game. When the teams returned to the field, the Cubs shook off their mistakes and belted in 2 more runs. Shortly after, the greatest game in baseball history was over, and the Cubs are now Champions! Click here for some of the amazing highlights of this historic game.No comments
The Chicago Cubs did not waste any time getting out in front of the Cleveland Indians in game 6 to force a winner-take-all game 7 to determine the next World Series Champion. The Cubs’ Addison Russell hit two RBI’s (one a grand slam) early in the game that put the Cubs on top where they never looked back. With 6 runs batted in, Addison tied the record for most RBI’s in a World Series game. Cleveland will start Corey Kluber and Chicago will start Kyle Hendricks in Wednesday night’s showdown. The Indians haven’t won a World Series in 68 years while the Cubs haven’t won one since 1908. Cubs 9, Indians 3. As of last night, tickets on Stubhub for the game in Cleveland went as high as $19,500 for two tickets close to the Cubs dugout. Must Watch Game 7 Tonight at 8:00 pm ET.No comments