Archive for 2017

Team USA Wins WBC, Goodell Makes Changes, Kristi’s Unfortunate Tweet To Kerrigan

BASEBALL

Team USA Beat Puerto Rico to win its first ever World Baseball Classic. The Toronto Blue Jays’ Marcus Stroman pitched a 7 inning no-hitter to lead Team USA to an eventual 8-0 shutout. Congrats!

FOOTBALL

NFL TV ratings dropped last season, so Commissioner Roger Goodell is looking to make some changes. He is planning on instituting fewer commercial breaks (although potentially longer ones) and standardized timing in the clock for when players go out of bounds and after touchdowns and extra points. Goodell wants to make the game more enjoyable for the fans and will meet with the competition committee to potentially loosen “up the celebration rules to allow the players a little more expression of their enthusiasm,”

OTHER

Social media blew up after former Olympic Gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi innocently tweeted for fellow former Olympic skater, Nancy Kerrigan, to “break a leg” during her upcoming “Dancing With the Stars” appearance. The reason her choice of words was so bad (in case you don’t remember this infamous incident) was in 1994, Nancy Kerrigan’s rival Tonya Harding’s husband hired someone to club Nancy in the leg in order to take her out of competition.

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USA Finals Of World Baseball Classic, LaVar Ball Upsets LeBron, Newton Surgery, Soccer Star’s Blunder

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The USA Team will face Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. This is the first time Team USA has made it to the finals and the game is winner-take-all. Good luck!

BASKETBALL

LaVar Ball, the outspoken dad of the three Ball brothers, has gone too far and made LeBron James upset. LaVar said the 12 year old LeBron Jr (who is already getting attention from many top college basketball programs) will have a tough time because his dad is so famous. He implied that as a dad, he gets to spend more time working with his sons (and not just hiring them a trainer). He said, “Whereas the fact that I wasn’t all that, allows me to take the time to make my boys all that.” LeBron is very protective of his family and wasn’t too happy having anyone talk about his son. He responded by saying, “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth, keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It’s a problem now.”

FOOTBALL

Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton will undergo rotator cuff surgery next week. He’s expected to start working out with the team 16 weeks after the surgery, but fans are nervous he might not be the same next season.

SOCCER

Ghanian soccer star Mohammad Anas interview after his recent game where he was named Man of the Match went viral when he thanked his wife (and girlfriend!). Oops. Watch here for what NOT to do in an interview.

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Adam Silver’s Memo To NBA About Resting Players, Brady’s SB Jersey Found

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivered a memo to NBA Team owners expressing his concern over teams resting their players when the players aren’t injured. He wants to make sure teams report when players have actual injuries, so the media and fans know if one of their players will be sitting on the bench or participating in the action on the court. Last week the Golden State Warriors sat their stars Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, while the Cleveland Cavaliers sat LeBron, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Clearly the fans and media weren’t too happy watching that lineup. ESPN issued a statement saying, “As always, our aim is to serve NBA fans with the best matchups involving the league’s top stars and we share the fans’ disappointment. We understand this is a complex issue and we’re working closely with the NBA to best address it going forward from a media partnership standpoint.”

 

FOOTBALL

The mystery of Tom Brady’s missing jersey is finally over. The now ex-director of a newspaper in Mexico City is reportedly the culprit in stealing two of Brady’s Super Bowl jerseys and possibly the Denver Bronco’s Von Miller’s helmet from Super Bowl 50. Officials were able to recover the jersey based on surveillance footage of this reporter walking in and out of the players’ locker room with a backpack. You can see the footage here. It’s reported Brady’s jersey is worth at least $500 thousand dollars.

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Villanova & Duke Lose, Spike Lee Wants Kaepernick, Dwight Clark Diagnosed With ALS

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The first weekend of March Madness was full of crazy upsets. Villanova (last year’s champs) lost to Wisconsin, and in another huge upset, South Carolina defeated #2 ranked Duke. If your bracket is already busted, don’t feel bad. According to ESPN, in their pool of 18 million submissions, only 18 brackets have correctly picked the teams in the Sweet 16.

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Spike Lee posted on Instagram his disappointment that his New York Jets haven’t hired former SF 49er Colin Kaepernick as their new quarterback. His rant took on political tones implying many teams, including the Jets, aren’t hiring Kaep because of his social media national anthem controversy this season. Spike said, “Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens” that Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, still doesn’t have a job.”

Former 49er great, wide receiver Dwight Clark, announced he was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Clark is best known for “The Catch” from QB Joe Montana to secure the Niners win over the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship Game. Clark stated,  “I’ve been asked if playing football caused this. I don’t know for sure. But I certainly suspect it did. And I encourage the NFLPA and the NFL to continue working together in their efforts to make the game of football safer, especially as it relates to head trauma.”

 

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Northwestern Beats Vandy And Gets First Tournament Win Ever

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Northwestern grabbed the spotlight on day 1 of the NCAA tournament. With just seconds left and Vanderbilt ahead 66-65, Vanderbilt’s Matthew Fisher-Davis thought Vanderbilt was one point behind so fouled Northwestern’s best shooter, Bryant McIntosh who easily made his next two foul shots leading to a 68-66. Not only was this Northwestern’s first tournament appearance, but now it’s first ever tournament win. Not much excitement th

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USA Women’s Hockey Boycott, March Madness Begins

HOCKEY

The US Women’s Hockey Team has decided to boycott the World Championships taking place March 31st-April 7th in Michigan due to a wage dispute over compensation and support equal to the mens’ team. The women currently make $1000 per month for 6 months leading up to the Olympic Games, so esssentially just $6000 for 4 years, as they need to train during the 4 years between Olympic Games. USA Hockey responded to the boycott and issued a statement expressing their commitment to the team and an increase in pay, however the players expressed through their lawyers that the USA Hockey statement was “dishonest” and they are still in dispute.

 

BASKETBALL

March Madness officially kicks off today, which means if you haven’t filled out your bracket yet, you have until around noon ET today. It’s easy to fill out. Just go on any sports site and pick your own teams or have them auto fill for you. The next few weeks will be all NCAA basketball all day.

 

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Steak For NKU Undergrads If Beat Kentucky, Curry’s 29 Points On 29th Bday, Muirfield Admits Women

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The undergrads at the University of Northern Kentucky (ranked #15 in the NCAA tournament) have an extra incentive to beat #2 ranked Kentucky. The owner of a number of restaurants offered up free steak dinners to the NKU undergrads if the team beats Kentucky in the first round.  “Yes, this could get very expensive,” Ruby said,  “But it’s important to me to show support to our hometown organizations. NKU is a real asset to the community as they continue to produce extraordinary talented leaders for our region and beyond.”

In the NBA, the Golden State Warriors snapped their losing streak with a late-game surge against the Philadelphia 76ers. Draymond Green pulled out all the stops with some impressive defense, and Steph Curry found his rhythm scoring 29 points on his 29th birthday.

GOLF

The World’s oldest golf club (after 273 years) voted to admit women. Last year Muirfield voted to keep the Club women free, but voted again this year and the measure passed. Now the Scottish Club will again be eligible to host the British Open. After last year’s vote, the Club was taken off the rotation.

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Tournament Bracket Set For March Madness

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March Madness officially begins tomorrow. The field for the tournament (which is a single elimination tournament featuring the best college basketball teams) was decided on Sunday with 68 teams competing in the men’s tournament and 64 in the women’s. 32 teams automatically got bids to the tournament based on their conference wins, and the rest were selected on Sunday. Team seeds were also announced. In the men’s bracket, Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, North Carolina, are ranked #1 in the East, Midwest, West and South respectively. The best way to embrace the tournament hype, which will dominate the next three weeks until the championship on April 3rd, is to fill in a bracket and enjoy the competition. Here’s a printable bracket. There’s always a “cinderella” team, so don’t just pick the highest ranked teams to win.

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Garoppolo’s Instagram Prank, Texans Release Osweiler, Cutler Gone, Romo Trade

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Jimmy Garoppolo’s instagram feed has been blowing up after a post implied he was leaving the New England Patriots. Turns out the post was a prank and Garoppolo isn’t necessarily leaving.

The Houston Texans released their QB Brock Osweiler (and a 2017 6th round draft pick and a 2018 2nd round pick) in exchange for a 2017 4th round pick from the Cleveland Browns. Osweiler has a $16 million guaranteed salary, so getting rid of him frees up cap space. The Browns may flip Osweiler again (and gain another draft pick) to another team needing a backup QB. Bottom line is Osweiler shouldn’t unpack anytime soon.

In other free agency moves, the Chicago Bears released QB Jay Cutler, and the New York Jets seem interested in picking him up.

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will now trade QB Tony Romo instead of releasing him. The newly QB-free Houston Texans could be potential buyers.

 

 

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Tony Romo Leaving Cowboys, Brandon Marshall Heading Across Town

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After 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, looks like QB Tony Romo will be moving on. Romo suffered from injuries in the last few years. In 2013, Romo underwent two back surgeries, then two years later broke his collarbone, and finally this year in spring training hurt his back again. Dak Prescott, a fourth round pick, replaced Romo as the starter and led the team to a 13-3 record while also garnering offensive rookie of the year honors. Romo leaves the Cowboys as the all-time leader in touchdowns and passing yards. No word yet where Romo will end up, but many speculate he’ll be either a Denver Bronco or Houston Texan next year.

In other football news, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is leaving the NY Jets and heading across town to join the NY Giants. Giants’ QB Eli Manning now has three effective targets at wide receiver (including Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shephard) and a veteran voice of reason in the locker room.

Many free agent deals are in the works, but nothing will be guaranteed until 4;00 today when the new league year officially begins.

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