Archive for November, 2018

Cowboys D Dominates Saints, 9-Year Old Writes Steph Curry And He Responds

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The Dallas Cowboys fought hard for a big upset of the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night. With the win, the Cowboys snap the Saints 10 game win streak. The Cowboys defense dominated and prevented the Saints offense from scoring in the first half, the first time that’s happened in 72 games. Cowboys 13, Saints 10.

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In case you haven’t seen this story, it’s pretty sweet. A 9-year-old girl wrote the Warriors’ Steph Curry to tell him Under Armour (the company making his shoes) doesn’t sell girls shoes. Here’s her letter and here’s his great response:

Dear Mr. Stephen Curry,

My name is Riley (just like your daughter), I’m 9 years old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours. I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5s, because I’m starting a new basketball season. My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boys section, even to customize. I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5s, too.

Sincerely,
Riley Morrison

Hey Riley,

I appreciate your concern and have spent the last two days talking to Under Armour about how we can fix the issue. Unfortunately, we have labeled smaller sizes as “Boys” on the website. We are correcting this now! I want to make sure you can wear my kicks proudly — so I am going to send you a pair of Curry 5s now and you’ll be one of the first kids to get the Curry 6. Lastly, we have something special in the works for International Women’s Day on March 8, and I want you to celebrate with me! More to come on that, but plan to be in Oakland that night! All the best! #RuinTheGame

Stephen

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Curry Returns, Trinity HS Cancels Classes, Magnus Carlsen Wins Chess Championship

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The Good news for Golden State Warriors fans is that Steph Curry will return on Saturday vs the Detroit Pistons. Curry has missed the last 10 games due to a strained left groin. Curry said, “I’m itching to get back”.

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Trinity High School in Louisville canceled classes Thursday when a crazy Louisville fan tweeted he would burn down the high school because Jeff Brohm decided to remain the head football coach at Purdue instead of accepting an offer to coach at the University of Louisville. Brohm attended Trinity before heading to the University of Louisville. The tweet (which has since been taken down) said, “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity,” and “If you see a man running down frankfort with a gas can and wild look in his eye, its me.” According to a radio station, the person posting was a prankster, but the high school isn’t taking any chances.

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The World Chess Championship began in London on November 9th and after three weeks with 12 straight draws (and ultimately a series of sudden death tiebreakers), Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained the championship with a victory over the United States’ Fabiano Caruana. The world championship dates back to the 1800s, and this year marks the first time that regulation play ended with a draw in each game. Even though some games lasted for 7 hours, the chess championship was not without its share of drama. Caruana’s chess preparations were leaked out and Carlsen suffered a black eye (from playing soccer between matches not from sitting over a chessboard for hours :)).

 

 

 

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College Football Playoff Rankings, Redskins Feel Heat For Claiming Foster

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The new college football playoff rankings are out, and not surprisingly, Michigan fell out of the top 4. Oklahoma grabbed the 5th spot while Ohio State jumped from #10 to #6. Alabama remains at #1 with Clemson at #2, Notre Dame at #3 and Georgia now at #4. Saturdays’ championship games will decide which teams the College Football Playoff Committee will place in the top four and compete for the Championship. So what should we look out for on Saturday?  #1 Alabama plays #4 Georgia. This is a big game as Alabama has won every other game this season by at least 20 points and appears unstoppable. Saturday 4pm ET. Then at 8:00 pm, Ohio State will play #21 Northwestern. If the Buckeyes can not just win, but make a big statement win, they might have a chance of leaping to the final four. The only problem for Ohio State is Northwestern has won 5 of 7 games as underdogs this season.

The Washington Redskins are feeling the heat after claiming former SF 49er Reuben Foster off waivers. Foster was arrested last weekend in Tampa for alleged domestic battery charges. The 49ers told the press they weren’t comfortable having Foster on the team, as this wasn’t the first time he’s had issues. In the off-season, Foster was suspended for personal conduct and substance abuse issues, and according to coach Kyle Shanahan, “…to put yourself in the situation that he put himself in, whether it happened or not, if it happened, it’s so easy, but if it didn’t, that still was too bad of a decision to make us comfortable with keeping that person in our organization.” The Redskins, on the other hand, had a very different statement for bringing him on the team. They said, “The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben.” And, went on to say, “Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”

 

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Lamar Miller Makes History, Jeopardy Makes Fun of Detroit Lions

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Houston Texans running back Lamar Miller made NFL history by running 97 yards for a touchdown (only the 4th player to do so), but then really cemented his place in the records as he also ran for 97 yards in 2014 when he played for the Miami Dolphins. He’s now the only NFL player to ever score multiple TD’s of over 93-yard runs. The Texan defense brought pressure all night and overwhelmed the Tennessee Titans for a big divisional win on Monday Night Football. Texans 34, Titans 17.

The Detroit Lions have long struggled in the NFL, and on Monday the popular game show Jeopardy used their struggles as one of the answers to a $600 category called, “Predictions by 2030”. The Answer was: “As of 2018 this NFC North team had never even made the Super Bowl, much less won it. But by 2030? Gotta happen, right?” The question was, “Who are the Detroit Lions”.

 

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Ohio State Embarrasses Michigan, Highest Scoring FBS Game, Rivers Sets Record

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In college football, the most interesting game of the weekend was #10 Ohio State’s huge win over rival #4 Michigan. The selection committee which determines the final four teams to play for a chance at the College Football Championship will submit their second to last rankings on Tuesday. The top four teams before this weekend were #1 Alabama, #2 Clemson, #3 Notre Dame and #4 Michigan.  Now that Ohio State embarrassed Michigan 62-39, it’s likely Michigan will drop out of the final four with #5 Georgia moving up and potentially opening a slot in a couple weeks (depending on next weekend’s games) for Ohio State. The College Football Playoff Committee will submit the semifinalists on Selection Day, December 2nd so next weekend’s matchups are crucial.

If you sat through the Texas A&M vs LSU game on Saturday, you witnessed the highest scoring game in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history. With 7 overtimes and a final score of 74-72, the #22 ranked Texas Aggies defeated #7 LSU Tigers.

In the NFL, one of the highlights of the weekend was watching Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback Philip Rivers set the NFL single-game record for 25 consecutive completions (and best single-game completion percentage) in league history. Rivers ended the day with 28 of 29 completed passes and three touchdowns. After the game Rivers said he thought he was doing well but had no idea he was making history. He said, “Those are kind of those far-off dreams you think about. Like, (what if I would ever play a game) where I don’t miss one (pass)? Then you quickly say (to yourself) — (it’s) probably not (going to happen)”. LA Chargers 45, Arizona Cardinals 10.

For the rest of the NFL highlights, click here.

 

 

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Cooper Puts On Show For Dallas Win, Powerful Chicago D Wins, Saints 10th Straight Victory, Irving “bleeps” Thanksgiving

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The highlight of the Thanksgiving day NFL games featured newly acquired Dallas Cowboy receiver Amari Cooper (traded a few weeks ago for a first round pick from the Oakland Raiders) putting on a show and helping his team win over their rival Washington Redskins. Cooper finished the game with eight receptions, 180 yards and two touchdowns. Cowboys 31, Redskins 23

The Chicago Bears had a short week playing late last Sunday and then again yesterday. Thanks to a powerful defense, the Bears beat the Detroit Lions. The Bears lead the League in turnover margins this season and now have a 5-game win streak as a reward.  Bears 23, Lions 16.

In the late game on Thursday, the New Orleans Saints easily shut down the Atlanta Falcons for their 10th straight victory. The Saints defense should be credited with never letting the Falcons find their rhythm forcing fumbles and causing sacks. According to Saints defense end Camearon Jordan, “I do love the way that we played today. I do love the four turnovers. I do love the sacks. I do love the pressures. I do love the quarterback hits. For all terms and purposes, we had our Thanksgiving.” Saints 31, Falcons 17.

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Boston Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving apologized for using profanity when describing the Thanksgiving holiday. After losing to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, a reporter wished Irving a Happy Thanksgiving. Irving replied, “bleep” Thanksgiving. Irving apologized later saying “I spoke w/ frustration after last nights game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what. Meant no disrespect to the Holiday and those who celebrate it respectfully. I’m grateful for the time We all can share with our families. We are always ONE.” According to reports, Irving’s frustration with the holiday is due to his Native American Heritage.

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Cavs Part With Smith After Tanking Comment, NFL Lineup For Turkey Day

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33-year-old shooting guard JR Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers have decided to part ways. Smith is not having a great season with the Cavs and has had disagreements with the front office, but after he told the Athletic he believes the team is purposely tanking their season, he sealed his fate. He said, “I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can. I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan.”

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Here’s the NFL lineup for Turkey Day! Enjoy!

12:30 pm-Chicago Bears (7-3) at Detroit Lions (4-6)

4:30 pm-Washington Redskins (6-4) at Dallas Cowboys (5-5)

8:20 pm-Atlanta Falcons (4-6)  and New Orleans Saints (9-1)

 

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Rams-Chiefs Highest Scoring Game In MNF History, Mark Sanchez Returns As Backup

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At 105 points in total, the Los Angeles Rams and the Kansas City Chiefs battled it out for the highest scoring game in Monday Night Football’s 49-year history. It was also the first time in NFL history both teams scored over 50 points. With 14 touchdowns, a combined 1001 yards, and eight lead changes, this was a game to remember. The Rams slightly edged out the Chiefs in the end by a score of 54-51.  Rams coach Sean McVay summed up his feelings at the end of the game by saying “It was a whirlwind. I feel like I might need a couple of beverages to relax.”

A day after Alex Smith went down with a season-ending injury, the Washington Redskins signed Mark Sanchez as the backup QB for Colt McCoy. Sanchez was with the Dallas Cowboys last season but hasn’t played in a game since 2016. He was let go in April of last year and had to serve a 4-game suspension for violating performance-enhancing substances. Redskins coach Jay Gruden believes Sanchez is ready to step in if necessary.

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Alex Smith Breaks Leg, Roethlisberger Gets Picked And Motivated, Luck On Roll, Farting Controversy

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The most upsetting part of the NFL weekend was watching Washington Redskin quarterback Alex Smith carted off the field after suffering a devastating injury to his leg.  The Houston Texans Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt sacked Smith in the third quarter causing Smith to land awkwardly. Smith will undergo immediate surgery on two broken bones and will not be back this season. Former Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theismann was watching the game and had upsetting flashbacks as to when he broke his leg and ended his season exactly 33 years ago to the day. He said,  “And I wouldn’t watch the replay. It felt as if 1985 was yesterday. I had a sick feeling in my stomach and felt so bad for Alex.” Texans 23, Redskins 21.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was picked off three times in Sunday’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the future Hall of Famer found a way to win by targeting Antonio Brown then throwing himself into the end zone to seal the deal. After the game, Roethlisberger spoke of his inspiration. He said,“They had a linebacker … that wanted to let me know every time I threw an interception. He found me and told me how many interceptions I threw. It’s a little motivation, too.” Steelers 20, Jaguars 16.

The Dallas Cowboys pulled out a crucial win over the Atlanta Falcons and are now 5-5 on the season. They have an important game against their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, on Turkey Day. Dallas 22, Atlanta 19.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on a roll. He now has 7 straight games with three passing touchdowns. He’s trailing only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in this remarkable stat. Colts 38, Titans 10.

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In the oddest story I’ve seen in a while, a Dutch dart player Wesley Harms complained about losing a spot in the Grand Slam of Darts to Scottish player Gary Anderson because Anderson’s farts (yes, farts) were distracting him. He said it would “take him two night to lose this smell from my nose”.

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Packers Lose To Seahawks On TNF, Mahomes Ketchup For Life, Anthony No Longer Rocket

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Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has been taking the heat for his team’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night. The Packers had the chance to put the game away, but failed to convert on a number of occasions (many blaming McCarthy for bad calls) and are now 4-5-1 on the season. Seahawks 24, Packers 21.

Patrick Mahomes, the celebrated Kansas City Chiefs quarterback who is having a remarkable season, told ESPN recently that he loves ketchup but now that he’s famous, is embarrassed to order it (especially when he’s eating steak). Heinz Ketchup responded by offering Mahomes a lifetime supply if he scores 57 touchdowns this season (which would also mean he’d be breaking Peyton Manning’s record of scoring 55 throwing TD’s and one running in a season).  Mahomes has been on a roll this year and is widely considered the top contender for MVP.

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Carmelo Anthony’s brief stint with the Houston Rockets is officially over. Anthony was signed as a free agent this summer, played poorly in 10 games, and is now looking for a new home. Rockets GM said, “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.” No word yet on which team will pick him up.

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