Archive for October, 2018

Lakers 0-3, Giants Offense Not Clicking, Cooper Traded To Cowboys

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The LA Lakers lost in overtime by 6 points and fell to 0-3 the first 0-3 start of LeBron’s career since 2004/5 season. The Lakers were up by 6 in overtime with only a minute to play, but then LeBron missed a couple of free throws, and the team just couldn’t pull it together. After the game, LeBron explained, “I know what I got myself into. It’s a process. I get it. And it will be fine.” He went on to say, “We’re going to continue to get better. I like the direction we’re going in. Obviously, it’s not resulting in the wins right now but it’s such a long process.” Spurs 143, Lakers 142

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The New York Giants can’t seem to get their offense clicking this season. On Monday Night Football, the Giants lost to the Atlanta Falcons, and all eyes were on what Giants QB Eli Manning didn’t do.  The Giants had opportunities in the red zone but failed to convert. In fact, the Giants red zone efficiency is at a pathetic 43%.  On one particular play, Coach Pat Shurmur was caught on ESPN cameras saying, “What? Throw to Odell” on a play that had receiver Odell Beckham Jr wide open in the end zone with what looked like an easy touchdown. The Giants are now 1-6 on the season. Falcons 23, Giants 20.

The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys for a 2019 1st round pick.  Earlier this season, the Raiders traded Khalil Mack for another first round pick in 2019. The question is what message is Raiders coach Jon Gruden giving his team after trading away so many of his star players for future draft picks.

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Dodgers Join Red Sox In World Series, Brees Another Milestone, Rams Unbeaten, Browns Overtime, NBA Suspensions

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The LA Dodgers closed out the NLCS with a 4-3 series win over the Milwaukee Brewers. They will now face the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Game one of this iconic matchup takes place in Boston on Tuesday at 8:00 pm Eastern.

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A few highlights from the NFL this weekend.

New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees made history throwing for 500 career touchdowns. He’s only the 4th player to reach this milestone, joining Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Brett Favre.  Just two weeks ago Brees recorded another milestone when he became the all-time leader in passing yardage, surpassing Favre and Manning. And, if that wasn’t enough, Brees added another record on Sunday. With his team’s win over the Baltimore Ravens, Brees has now beaten all 32 teams in the course of his 18 years in the League. Saints 24, Ravens 23.

LA Rams looked unusual on Sunday with their all yellow throwback uniforms but continued their unbeaten season with a win over the SF 49ers 39-10.

With their fourth overtime game this season, the Cleveland Browns have tied for the most overtime games in NFL history in one season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the Browns with Chandler Catanzaro’s 59-yard field goal (the longest field goal in overtime in NFL history). Buccs 26, Browns 23.

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The NBA did not mess around after Saturday’s Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers matchup and quickly suspended three of their star players for an on-court altercation. LA Lakers’ Brandon Ingram and Rajon Rondo and Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul were ejected from the game on Saturday.  Ingram will miss 4 games and forfeit $158, 817 in salary, while Rondo will miss three games and $186,206 in salary and Paul two games and $491,781 in salary. According to reports (and replays), the altercation began after Rondo spit in Chris Paul’s face. Executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe explained the suspensions by stating, “In this incident, the multiple-game suspensions are pretty severe both to their teams and financially to the players. I do think it sends the right message and right tone to protect the safety of our players, which is paramount.”

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Red Sox Heading To World Series, Broncos Destroy Cardinals In TNF, Tiebreaker At Wimbledon

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The Boston Red Sox won the American League Pennant after a game 5 win over the Houston Astros and are heading to the World Series for the first time since 2013. Red Sox pitcher David Price, who was having a tough post-season,  came through throwing for six scoreless innings to help lead his team to victory. Boston had the best record in the regular season, so they will enjoy home-field advantage and hosting the first game of the World Series on Tuesday at Fenway Park.

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The Denver Broncos destroyed the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday Night Football 45-10. With a 1-6 record, everyone is now wondering when the Cardinals offensive coordinator, Mike McCoy will be fired.

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Wimbledon is known for their traditions but has decided to amend the rules instituting a tie-breaker in the final set if the score is 12-12.  The Chair of the New England Club said,  “While we know the instances of matches extending deep into the final set are rare, we feel that a tie-break at 12-12 strikes an equitable balance between allowing players ample opportunity to complete the match to advantage, while also providing certainty that the match will reach a conclusion in an acceptable timeframe.” While it’s rare to have marathon matches, there have been occasions where matches have gone on for hours (and in one case over days). In 2010, John Isner and Nicholas Mahut played 11 hours over three days with Isner finally winning 70-68.

 

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Red Sox Up 3-1 But Astros Upset Over Controversial Call, Dodgers Up 3-2, 6th Grader Offered College Scholarship, Hope Nelson’s Inspirational Story

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The Boston Red Sox are one game away from returning to the World Series. Boston battled Houston to give them a 3-1 lead, but not without some controversy. In the bottom of the second inning, Astros’ Jose Altuve looked like he hit a home run, but a fan in the stands reached out and prevented Mookie Betts from making the catch (although it’s not clear Betts would have caught the ball either way). The umpires ruled Altuve out claiming the fan interfered with the play.

In the NLCS, Clayton Kershaw gave the LA Dodgers a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers taking a 3-2 in the series. The Brewers took an unusual step in starting pitcher Wade Miley and then pulling him after only 5 pitches and replacing him with Brandon Woodruff. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said it was the best matchup for the team in that situation. Miley will start on Friday and said, “Will be probably the biggest game of my career, so I’m looking forward to going out there and get the chance.” Dodgers could head to the World Series with a win on Friday.

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Florida Atlantic coach Lane Kifflin announced on social media he’s offering a scholarship to sixth-grader Cole Leinart. Eleven-year-old Leinart is the son of former USC quarterback and Heisman trophy winner Matt Leinart.

In an inspiring story out of college football, Hope Nelson is a freshman helping coach her football team at Franklin College. She played defensive back for her high school football team and is a former cheerleader and pole vaulter.  She’s also blind in one eye from a freak accident as a 3-year-old. Her resilience and courage propelled her to compete at an elite level, but she’s not satisfied working as an assistant coach. She’s determined to try out next year as a sophomore to play on Franklin College’s football squad. If she makes it, she’ll be the only woman in the school’s 184-year history to make the team.

 

 

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Dodgers Take 13 Innings To Tie Series, Red Sox Up 2-1, Warriors Unveil Banner And Rings

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It took 5 hours and 15 minutes and a much more enthusiastic crowd for the LA Dodgers to even the series with the Milwaukee Brewers at two games apiece. In the 13th inning, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger hit an RBI single allowing Manny Machado to score and end the game. Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez took some heat after Monday’s loss to the Brewers for saying the crowd was unenthusiastic. Before last night’s game, he joked on Twitter, “The truth is, I suffer from ED,” then added, “So tonight, let’s all bring it. We can conquer Energy Deficiency together.” The Dodgers will head back to Milwaukee for Game 5 Wednesday night.

In the ALCS, the Red Sox hold a 2-1 advantage over the Houston Astros with Game 4 Wednesday night.

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The NBA season officially began Tuesday night. The highlight of the evening was seeing the Golden State Warriors unveil their championship banner and receive their rings in their home-opener against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Steph Curry scored 32 points and Kevin Durant posted 27 in a win over the Thunder 108-100. The Warriors are odds-on favorites to repeat as NBA champions.

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Paul Allen Remembered, Crosby Redeems Himself In Packers Win, Dodgers Fans Lack Energy

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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft passed away at age 65 due to complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Allen made his fortune taking Microsoft public then purchased ownership in the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s PortTrailblazers. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said, “Paul Allen was the ultimate trailblazer — in business, philanthropy and in sports. As one of the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, Paul brought a sense of discovery and vision to every league matter, large and small.” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “His passion for the game, combined with his quiet determination, led to a model organization on and off the field. Our league is better for having Paul Allen be a part of it.”

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Green Bay Kicker Mason Crosby redeemed himself with a 27-yard field goal with time expiring to give the Green Bay Packers the win on Monday Night Football against the San Francisco 49ers. Veteran Crosby missed 5 of 5 kicks last week, but came back strong and made all 5 attempts this week with a crowd wildly supporting him on each kick.

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The Milwaukee Brewers took a 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS. According to Dodgers’ outfielder Enrique Hernandez, their offense struggled, but the fans were to blame as well. He accused the fans of “lacking energy” and said, “Overall, it was a pretty bad game for everybody who calls themselves Dodgers.”

 

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Crazy Upsets In College, Dolphins/Bears Wild Game, 7-7 Jets Field Goals, Brady’s Big Win, ALCS/NLCS Tied Up

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There were some crazy upsets in college football over the weekend. #2 Georgia lost to #13 LSU, and Wisconsin, Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State all lost as well. Auburn’s loss was particularly upsetting to the fans as the team’s head coach signed a $49 million extension this off-season making his buyout worth about $32 million.  Alabama and Ohio State remain at #1 and #2 respectively with 7 wins and 0 losses.

In the NFL, one of the wildest games of the weekend featured the Miami Dolphins vs the Chicago Bears. With no explanation before the game or in the press conference after the game, Brock Osweiler started as the quarterback (over Ryan Tannehill). With the game tied at 28-28, the teams headed into overtime. The Dolphins could win the game with a touchdown (a field goal would have extended the game allowing the other team a possession), but on 3rd down, the Dolphins fumbled the ball in the end zone. The play was ruled a touchback allowing the Bears to march down the field for the game-winning field goal. Dolphins 31, Bears 28.

In some other interesting games, the New York Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts 42-34 with a franchise record 7-of-7 field goals.

The New England Patriots barely escaped with a win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes went head to head with veteran QB Tom Brady, but Brady proved why he’s one of the best quarterbacks in history with 340 yards, a touchdown, and a rushing touchdown to hand the Chiefs their first loss of the season (and Mahomes first loss ever). Patriots 43, Chiefs 40. Fun fact, this battle marked the first 43-40 game in NFL history.

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In the American League Championship Series, the Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros are tied at one game apiece, and in the National League Championship Series, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers are also tied at 1-1.

 

 

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Eagles Embarrass Giants, Kaepernick Honored By Harvard

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The Philadelphia Eagles embarrassed their rivals, the NY Giants on Thursday night with a lopsided 34-13 win. The only positive for the Giants was the impressive play of their top pick in the draft, running back Saquon Barkley.  Barkley (along with Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt) are the only players to start their careers with over 100 yards in six consecutive games. The big question now is whether the Giants stick with two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Eli Manning or try and mix things up a bit to change the trajectory of their season.

Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick (along with eight other individuals) was honored by Harvard University with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal “in recognition of their contributions to African and African American culture and the life of the mind.” Comedian Dave Chappell was among the honorees.

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Jimmy Butler Returns To Timberwolves, LeBron Entertains Crowd, NFL Announces Fewer Arrests

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The big news in the NBA was Jimmy Butler’s return to practice with his team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Butler asked for a trade three weeks ago and has made it clear he’s not happy (apparently the team didn’t previously use their cap space to make a deal with him). At practice on Wednesday, Butler showed his frustration with the team and yelled to their GM Scott Layden, “You f—ing need me, Scott. You can’t win without me.”  The Miami Heat remain interested in talks to acquire Butler.

In a meaningless pre-season game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, new Laker LeBron James added some much-anticipated star power and excitement. LeBron lit up the arena with 15 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes of play, including a buzzer beater three-pointer before halftime. It was also the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball’s first game coming back from knee injury, and after a slow start, wow’d the crowd with a perfectly timed alley-oop from LeBron.

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The NFL announced they’ve had significantly fewer arrests of their players over the last four years. According to the league, they’ve cracked down on punishments for domestic abuse and instituted services for the prevention of drunk driving. For example, the league partnered with Lyft car service allowing active players to receive $250 in credits.

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Red Sox Eliminate Yankees, Jon Gruden Dreading Traveling To London

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The Boston Red Sox eliminated the Yankees in the American League Division Series Tuesday night. Boston was victorious against their bitter rivals on the Yankees home turf and added insult to injury by playing Frank Sinatra’s classic New York, New York after the win. Part of the reason for the extra torturous celebration was because of Yankees Aaron Judge playing the song last weekend after the Yankees took game 2 at Fenway Park. The Red Sox move on to play the Houston Astros in the ALCS.

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The NFL has invested heavily in the UK since holding its first game in London in 2007 and has seen a significant increase in the fan base. According to reports, there are 13 million football fans in the UK.  For the next three weekends, a few NFL teams will be traveling overseas to play at London’s Wembley Stadium. The first of the games features the Oakland Raiders playing the Seattle Seahawks on October 14th.  Raiders coach Jon Gruden is dreading the trip. “I hope I can make it, honestly. I’m not great. I get claustrophobic. My son was a weightlifter and he won a powerlifting competition in Belarus. I had to fly 14 hours. I had to fly home 14 hours. I had vertigo for a month. I couldn’t even lay down, the house was spinning. I am hoping I don’t get vertigo. I’m not a great traveler. I’ll be honest with you, I hate it. I’m not good. I’m concerned. I’m more worried about that than our goal-line offense right now.”

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