Archive for November, 2018

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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DeGrom And Blake Snell Win Cy Young, LeBron Passes Chamberlain, Rajon Fractured Hand

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New York Mets pitcher Jacob DeGrom beat out Matt Scherzer (who has won 3 times already) to win his first National League Cy Young Award. DeGrom had a 1.70 ERA and almost unanimously won the award with 29 of 30 first place votes. Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell won the coveted award for the American League, edging out Houston Astros Justin Verlander. Verlander also finished in second place in 2016 (and Major League Baseball got a lashing on twitter from his now wife Kate Upton who was upset because two writers didn’t even have Verlander on their ballot).

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LeBron James made history Wednesday night by passing Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list. LeBron now has 31,425 career points. LeBron recorded 44 points in the game and will donate the game jersey and ball to the I Promise School in Akro, Ohio.  Even though it was an historic night for LeBron, and the Lakers got the win over the Portland Trailblazers, the team also learned when they returned to the locker room that their backup point guard, Rajon Rondo, will be out for the next several weeks due to a fractured hand. No word yet on whether he’ll require surgery. Lakers 126, Trailblazers 117.

 

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Le’Veon Bell Forfeits Franchise Tag, Draymond Suspended For Game, Fans Upset Over Serena Cover

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The wait is over and Pittsburgh running back  Le’Veon Bell will officially not be a Steeler this year.  When he didn’t report to headquarters by the deadline on Tuesday 4:00 pm ET, he forfeited his franchise tag and $14.5 million salary (not including the $8.5 million he already gave up by not showing up at for the beginning part of the season). For a full recap of why Bell held out and what his options are now, click here.

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The Golden State Warriors suspended Draymond Green for a game without pay (around $120k) for yelling expletives at his teammate Kevin Durant. The situation got tense when Green refused to pass the ball to Durant then turned the ball over causing the game to go into overtime. At this point the players and coaches are minimizing the incident and claiming there are no long term issues with team chemistry.  In an interview, Green said, “What happened, happened. We’re trying to move on, we’re just trying to play basketball.”

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Serena Williams graced one of the covers of GQ’s Man of the Year issues with the word “Man”crossed out and “Woman” written in. Her fans were upset though because the word woman was placed in quotes. Serena has been accused by critics of appearing to “manly” and even using drugs to make her more muscular. Serena has said in response, “I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it.” According to GQ, the quotes weren’t meant as a slight. Apparently the designer uses quotes as part of his branding and past collaborations with Serena.

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Ingram Honores Bryant, Brees Moves Ahead Of Favre, Anthony May Not Return

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Former Dallas Cowboy superstar Dez Bryant signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last week and just 48 hours later, tore his Achilles’ tendon, ending his season. His new teammate Mark Ingram paid a tribute to him on Sunday by crossing his arms in the form of an X after he scored a touchdown in the Saints win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ingram explained the gesture and said, “Great playmaker, good dude, and we all hated to see what happened on Friday. So we just wanted to let him know he’s still part of us, and we’re holding him down.” Running back Alvin Kamara and receiver Michael Thomas also honored Bryant after scoring their touchdowns. Saints’ Quarterback Drew Brees had a big day moving ahead of Brett Favre and right behind Peyton Manning for career touchdown passes. Saints 51, Bengals 14.

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The Houston Rockets may have seen the end of their very short tenure with Carmelo Anthony. Anthony signed a one year deal with the Rockets but hasn’t been performing up to his All-Star status. At 34 years old, he’s now only averaging 13.4 points.  He’s also missed the last two games with an “illness”, and his teammates don’t know if he’ll return.

 

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Roethlisberger On Fire Thursday Night, 7-Year Old Writes Scathing Letter To Jerry Jones, Wade And Union Welcome Baby

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on fire Thursday night demolishing the Carolina Panthers 52-21 with 328 yards and 5 touchdowns. With the win, the Steelers are on a five game win streak.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still has a job even though the team is struggling. The pressure, however, is still on owner Jerry Jones to reconsider firing him or make some other drastic changes. A 7-year old boy even got in the action by writing a scathing letter to Jones explaining his disappointment in the team. The boy’s mom thought the letter was hillarious so posted it to Facebook and it’s making the rounds. Here’s what the boy said:

“Dear Mr. Jones, My name is Rylan Wood. I am a 7-year-old 2nd grade student in Mansfield, Texas. My family has been Dallas Cowboys fans since the team was started. I have a lot of Cowboy gear and I have met ‘Zeke, Taco, Jason Witten and two other players who play on other teams.

You have made my mom very mad because WE SUCK! Every game day she is yelling at the TV and turns off the game. We are wanting to believe in the boys but its hard. I hope ‘Coach Garrett’ is clapping if this letter gets to you. See what happens when Dez X is gone?? The cheerleaders are better than the team this year. I do not want to hurt your feelings. Thank you, Rylan”

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Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and wife actress Gabrielle Union welcomed a baby girl on Thursda via surrogate. After 16 years in the League, this is Wade’s last year on the court as he wants to spend more time with his family.

 

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Dez Bryant Signs With Saints, Bell’s Upside Down Tweets

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The New Orleans Saints signed former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to a 0ne year deal hoping to get some more help at receiver (even though at 7-1, they’re having a great season so far). The Cowboys all-time leader in catches, Bryant, was released from Dallas in April and has been trying to find a fit since then. Bryant turned 30 this week and went to social media to express his enthusiasm for re-joining a team, especially a playoff contender. He said, he was “going to be ready this go around”.

The sports world has been following Le’Veon Bell’s holdout from the Pittsburgh Steelers and wondering if he’ll return at all this season. On Thursday, Bell seemed to mess with everyone by writing tweets upside down. The tweets are not easy to read, but here’s what he said: “Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & worried about what I’m doing. Don’t judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn’t what you’d do but most people don’t take the time to just simply read between the lines & that’s clearly on them. I’m not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and rest of my peers, period. Also, if you’re really finding the time to figure out what I’m saying, you’ve proved my point.”

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LaMelo Returns To High School, Finalists For Major League Baseball Awards

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LaMelo Ball has decided to return to high school and complete his senior year. LaMelo dropped out of Chino High School to play with his brother LiAngelo in Lithuania last year. After returning from Lithuania, the brothers played for their dad, the very outspoken LaVar, in the Junior Basketball Association. LaMelo was previously committed to playing at UCLA, but after signing with an agent last December, he became ineligible to play for any college so presumbably he’s hoping to attract attention from the pros.

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The baseball writers association has announced the finalist for the awards given to Major League Baseball’s finest. The voting concluded before the start of the playoffs and the ultimate winners will be announced next week. Not surprisingly, Jacob DeGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola are finalists for the National League Cy Young Award, and Mookie Betts, Jose Ramirez, and Mike Trout are finalists for the American League Cy Young. Click here for a list of all categories and finalists.

 

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Amari Coopers First Game In Dallas, Le’Veon Bell Tweets “Fairwell Miami”

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Monday Night Football featured the Dallas Cowboys and the Tennessee Titans. It was Amari Cooper’s first game for the Cowboys since he was traded from the Oakland Raiders for a first round pick. Cooper scored early on giving the Cowboys some hope. Unfortunately for the team though, they couldn’t keep up the energy, and according to owner Jerry Jones, “It looked like we were tired. Throughout the game, actually tired. I don’t know if that’s the case at all, physically. But that’s what it looked like.”  Jones also denied he was thinking of firing head coach Jason Garrett. Titans 28, Cowboys 14.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell tweeted “Fairwell Miami” causing many to wonder if he’ll be reporting to team practices this week in anticipation of playing in the Thursday night matchup against the Carolina Panthers. If Bell doesn’t show up before next Tuesday the 13th, he won’t be able to play at all this season and could forfeit his ability to become an unrestricted free agent next season. Apparently, the team has minimal contact with Bell and don’t seem to miss him, as they’ve moved on with the stellar play of second-year running back James Conner.

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