Archive for 2017
After an exciting weekend of AFC and NFC games, we’re getting one step closer to knowing which teams will compete in Super Bowl LI on February 5th.
The Atlanta Falcons kept Seattle at bay with a solid performance by QB Matt Ryan who had 338 yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions. Falcons move on with a 36-20 win.
Everyone assumed the New England Patriots would cruise to victory over the Houston Texans, but three Patriot turnovers had many wondering if this game would end their season. The Texans defense clearly did their job to force 3 Tom Brady interceptions, but the offense couldn’t convert and the Pats pulled it together to win 34-16.
Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was the talk of the weekend. In an excitingly close game against the Dallas Cowboys, where the Cowboys rallied back from an 18 point deficit to tie the game, Rodgers showed his brilliance. With just 35 seconds to go, Rodgers drew up the last play in the dirt resulting in a perfectly timed sideline throw to tight end Jared Cook setting up a field goal by Mason Crosby to win the game. Packers 34, Cowboys 31.
With solid games from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by converting 6 field goals for 18 points. Steelers 18, Chiefs 16.
After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gathered his team in the locker room to deliver a profanity filled speech/pep talk telling the team to “keep a low profile” in their AFC matchup against the Patriots. Antonio Brown recorded the speech and posted it to facebook. What about keeping a low profile says post me to social media for everyone to see????? As predicted, Tomlin is not too happy.
Next up: Sunday January 22nd
NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET
AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ETNo comments
The San Diego Chargers are no more. The Team officially announced their move to Los Angeles where they will share a new high tech stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The Chargers posted a new team logo (which resembles the LA Dodgers logo), but apparently it’s just a “working” symbol as the NFL hasn’t officially approved it. Both teams are also making headlines with big head coaching hires. The Chargers announced they will hire former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, while the Rams made a big decision in hiring Sean McVay. At age 30, McVay is the youngest head coach since 1938 hired in the NFL. Former offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, McVay, turns 31 on January 24th.
Big weekend of NFL Playoffs:
4:35 pm ET: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons
8:15 pm ET: Houston Texans at New England Patriots
1:05 pm ET: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
4:40 pm ET: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys
It looks likely the San Diego Chargers franchise will be moving a couple of hours north to Los Angeles where they’ll share a new/modern stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The Chargers have been trying for years to rebuild their outdated stadium in San Diego but haven’t been able to get the financing. The NFL has given the Team until January 17th to officially make the decision regarding the move. If they don’t decide by then, the option to share the stadium with the Rams (close to the LA airport) will go to the Oakland Raiders. In 1960 the Chargers played one year in LA before moving the franchise to San Diego. The official announcement should come soon.
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. With 42 games left in the season, Westbrook has already tied his own record from last year (and Michael Jordan’s record) for the most triple-doubles since the 1981-2 season.
Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, is facing a double murder trial, and in an unusual twist will have to submit his tattoos as evidence. The tattoos on Hernandez hand show guns and the saying “God forgives”. Hernandez isn’t required to take the stand to defend himself, but the prosecution can ask Hernandez to explain his tattoos. Once on the stand, they can then ask him any questions in order to unravel his story.
A new developmental league (think professional football minor league) is hoping to launch in 2018. The idea is to give athletes who aren’t eligible yet to compete in the NFL (age concerns) the option to play in a league where they can get experience and make money. Most athletes would still likely prefer to remain in college, get an education and compete on a high profile stage, but if the league works out as intended, it could provide options for players unable to go or uninterested in college. The Pacific Pro Football League would comprise 4 teams in Southern California competing during July and August.No comments
What a difference a year makes! Last year, the Clemson Tigers lost an extemely close National Championship game to the Alabama Crimson Tide. On Monday night, the tide turned, and in another close game, the Tigers pulled out the win and the rights to be called the best team in college football. Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson made history with a touchdown in the last second of the game as Nick Saban (while tenured as Alabama’s coach) had never lost a game when up by double digits heading into the 4th quarter. That’s 97-0 losses until now. Congrats to the Clemson Tigers 0n becoming National Champions. Clemson 35, Alabama 31.No comments
After 4 blowout games, Wild Card weekend is over and the playoffs are set.
The Houston Texans ousted the Oakland Raiders and will be huge underdogs against the New England Patriots. The Pittsburgh Steelers destroyed the Miami Dolphins and will face the Kansas City Chiefs. With the 26-6 blowout of the Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks will travel to Atlanta to play the Falcons. The Green Bay Packers will play the Dallas Cowboys after their win over the New York Giants.
The story of the weekend was when Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw a Hail Mary at the end of the first half of the wild card playoff game against the Giants and Randall Cobb snagged it for a touchdown. The momentum of the game changed, and the Packers never turned back. To add insult to injury, almost the exact same play catapulted the Giants to a win over the Packers and an eventual trip to the Super Bowl five years ago. As anticipated, the other story of the game will continue to be the Giants Odell Beckham Jr deciding to party in Miami the week before this wild card game. With only 4 catches, 28 yards and a couple of dropped passes, Beckham insists his disappointing performance had nothing to do with his pre-playoff excursion. He said, “At the end of the day, I went through practice, had zero drops, zero missed assignments — there was nothing to connect seven days ago to [Sunday’s game] and how we played and executed. There is just nothing in the world. It’s just not realistic.” Beckham might even be in more hot water after the game as the security at Lambeau field is investigating reports he punched a hole in the wall. Packers 38, Giants 13.
The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without one of their defensive ends Randy Gregory in the playoffs for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As of now, he will be suspended for a year. According to Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, the news wasn’t a big surprise, so hopefully for the team they’ve planned their postseason without Gregory accordingly.
The Washington Redskins have fired their defensive coordinator Joe Barry as well as his entire defensive staff staff. The Redskins missed the playoffs this season after losing to the New York Giants 19-10 last weekend.No comments
Westbrook Accidentally Fires Ball At Ref, Grayson Allen Reinstated, High School Changes Mascot To Gender Neutral
You don’t usually see basketball players firing a ball at a referee’s head, but Russell Westbrook did exactly that on Wednesday evening during the OKC, Charlotte game. Looking at the replay, it appears to be an accident, but Westbrook still got called for a technical. Westbrook said he would”never, ever disrespect the game like that.” The Thunder lost to the Hornets 112-123.
Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski reinstated Grayson Allen after his one game suspension for tripping a player. Coach K is set to undergo back surgery, and said he felt Allen was ready to come back. Allen claims he learned his lesson and will focus more on his team versus thinking about himself. He said he was able to reflect during the holiday break. “It was actually very nice just to be quiet and enjoy the company of each other. I’m very appreciative to have the parents that I do have. They’re very supportive of me, while obviously making sure I know that’s not the right thing to do.”
A Kentucky high school will be changing their mascot from “Stallion” to a “gender neutral horse mascot” school officials believe will more “appropriate for female sports fans”. One definition from the dictionary states, ”The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers”. One community member started a petition to change the name and when 200 people signed, the school acquiesced. Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all, then you see something like this!
The Hall of Fame committee selected their finalists. The following 15 players made the cut: LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Kurt Warner, Morten Anderson, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Terrell Davis, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, and John Lynch. The day before the Super Bowl, February 4th, the Selection Committee will meet to choose at least 4 and no more than 8 of these finalists for induction.
Odell Beckham Jr is under scrutiny this week after pictures of him surfaced on social media partying with Justin Bieber in Miami (after the Giants game against the Redskins Sunday night). The New York Giants are in the postseason and have a big playoff game this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, which is why people are questioning Beckham’s decision to fly to Miami to party with the Biebs in South Beach Sunday night and continue the party on a boat Monday. If Beckham doesn’t have a great game this weekend and the Giants don’t win, expect the media and fans to come down hard on him.1 comment
USC Beats Penn State In Record Rose Bowl, Lane Kiffin Leaving Immediately, Starbucks Barista Wins $900K
In the highest scoring Rose Bowl ever, USC beat out Penn State in a game for the ages. At 103 years old, the Rose Bowl is called “The Granddaddy of Them All” as it’s the oldest of all the Bowl games with the highest attendance rates. After two comebacks in the game, USC pulled out a 52-49 win.
The National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson takes place next week, but Alabama coach Nick Saban made a stunning announcement on Monday. His offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin (who has signed on as Head Coach at Florida Atlantic University for next season), will be leaving Alabama immediately with Steve Sarkisian taking over his duties for the National title game. The move seems odd with only one week to go before the game. If Alabama doesn’t pull off a win, you can be sure Saban’s decision will criticized and analyzed by all.
For anyone who thinks fantasy football is a waste of time, a Starbucks barista would respectfully disagree. He took his fantasy football obsession to a whole new caffeinated level by winning over $900,000 in the Las Vegas SuperContest.No comments