Archive for February, 2019

Duke’s Historic Comeback, Brown Thanks SteelerNation, King Wins Best In Show

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The #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils were down 23 points against #16 Louisville but made a historic comeback in the second half to win the game. After the game, when reporters asked Duke’s superstar Zion Williamson how they were able to make up the deficit with only 10 minutes left,  Zion repeated what Coach K told them.  “He said he don’t coach losers, only coach winners.” Duke 71, Louisville 69

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Receiver Antonio Brown made it official, he’s asking for a trade and doesn’t plan on coming back to Pittsburgh. After a media frenzy this season speculating on whether Brown was playing his last game as a Steeler, he posted a video on Tuesday thanking the fans for their support over the last nine years. His post was pretty clear, “Thank you SteelerNation for a big 9 years…..time to move on and forward…….#NewDemands”.

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King, a wire fox terrier, won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show. The wire fox terrier has now won 15 times, more than any other breed and making them the Tom Brady of dog shows.

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Harden & Westbrook Streaks, Murray Fully Committed To NFL, Hunt Signed By Browns

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Two amazing streaks continue in the NBA.

With 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets’ James Harden continued his incredible streak of at least 30 points in his 30th consecutive games. Harden was suffering from a sore shoulder and started the game with his shot slightly off. He then came back and scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation.  Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ GM, is calling Harden’s streak,  “The Unguardable Tour”.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. In a win over the Portland Trailblazers, Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, made the announcement he’s “firmly and fully committing” to the NFL.  Murray was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball draft but has decided he’ll enter the NFL draft where he could be a top pick. Expect to hear a lot of talk about his size (under 6’0″) and his relative lack of playing time (as he only started as a quarterback for one season in college). The 2019 NFL draft is April 25th.

In other football news, the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who was released from the Chiefs after a video from a hotel surfaced showing him kicking a woman, for a one-year deal. Hunt apologized for his actions saying, “First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.”

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Philly’s Phantastic 5, The Alliance Debut

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ESPN writer Tim Bontemps anointed the Philadelphia 76ers new starting 5 players The Phantastic 5. With the addition of forward Tobias Harris, the 76ers starting lineup of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and JJ Redick has won the last two games and causing a stir in the Eastern Conference.

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The Alliance of American Football (The Alliance) debuted on Saturday. This new football league is billed as a minor league for the NFL and a way to watch competitive football in the off-season. We’ll see a few famous coaches such as Steve Spurrier, Mike Martz, Rick Neuheisel and Mike Singletary as well as some former college and NFL players including Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

 

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Frank Robinson’s Legacy, Raptors, 76ers Trades, Davis Remains A Pelican, LeBron & Giannis All-Star Picks

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The legendary Frank Robinson passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. The first African-American manager of Major League Baseball (in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians) and the only player to win Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National leagues. On the field, Robinson excelled as an outfielder and first baseman and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility.

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The Toronto Raptors made a big trade at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday by grabbing Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Philadelphia 76ers also made a splash by trading their 2017 #1 pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a first and second-round pick.

After the hype surrounding the possibility of Anthony Davis leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, the trade deadline passed, and Davis is still with the team and will enter the lineup. According to the Pelicans’ GM, Davis expressed his interest in getting back on the court and helping the team win.

Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo provided some entertainment while picking their starting lineup for the NBA All-Star Game. Here’s the breakdown of starters:

Team LeBron:

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden

Team Giannis:

Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker,

 

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Barnes Traded While On Court, Shumpert Joins Harden, Durant Tells Media To “Grow Up”

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Trade deadline madness continues until 3:00 pm on Thursday. Here’s the latest:

Harrison Barnes was on the court playing for the Dallas Mavericks when he heard he was traded to the Sacramento Kings.  It was an awkward moment, and even LeBron James weighed in on social media saying, “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right??? Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”

In more trade news, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden tweeted his enthusiasm for the team acquiring Iman Shumpert in a three-way deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings. Harden said, “Shump is a vet who can help us — defensively, ballhandling, shooting,”

Golden State’s Kevin Durant expressed his frustration with the media’s obsession over all the trade hype, and the rumor he’s heading to the New York Knicks this summer. Durant did not hold back saying, “Ya’ll come in here every day, ask me about free agency — ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball, that’s all I’m saying. And now that I don’t want to talk to ya’ll it’s a problem with me. Come on man, grow up. Grow up.”

 

 

 

 

 

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76ers Make Blockbuster Trade For Tobias Harris, Pacers Chant “LeBron’s Gonna Trade You” To Ingram

 

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The Philadelphia 76ers made a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Tobias Harris, forward Mike Scott and center Bobman Marjanovic. Sports analysts are applauding the move, with some stating that now Philly has a starting lineup (Harris, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid) that could rival the Golden State Warriors. The NBA trade deadline is February 7th at 3:00 pm so expect some more surprises before then.

All eyes are still on New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and whether he’ll end up an LA Laker by the trade deadline. On Tuesday night, even the opposing Indiana Pacers’ fans got in to the action when they started chanting “LeBron’s gonna trade you” to Brandon Ingram.

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“100-Year Game” Ad Ranked #1, Brady & Edelman Lightsaber Skills, ESPN’s Virk Fired, Harden Streak Continues

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According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, which ranks Super Bowl ads by consumer ratings, “The 100-Year Game” won the night. The ad featured players from six generations chasing a football that fell off a cake.  The spot featured superstars from past and present and even included Sam Gordon, a female youth football player, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a Fortnite champ.

In their post-Super Bowl celebrations, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman look like they are enjoying themselves at Disney World. Check out their lightsaber skills.

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ESPN host Adnan Virk was fired last week for allegedly leaking confidential information relating to negotiations between the network and Major League Baseball. According to reports, Virk led “Awful Announcing” to report that “Contrary to popular conjecture, Baseball Tonight will not be coming back as a daily program” and that “MLB gave ground here in part due to some horse trading with ESPN” that allowed the network to televise less baseball-focused studio programming in exchange for moving Sunday Night Baseball an hour earlier to 7 p.m. ET.”

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James Harden’s scoring streak continues after scoring 44 points in the Houston Rockets win over the Phoenix Suns. Harden now has 27 games with 30-plus points and 20 games with at least 40 points this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Patriots Win The Super “Bore”, Maroon 5’s Halftime Snoozefest, Gladys Knight’s Perfect Anthem

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It was the lowest scoring game in Super Bowl history with people calling it a “Super Bore”, but the New England Patriots battled it out defensively against the Los Angeles Rams to pull out their sixth Championship win.  With the game tied at 3-3 in the 4th quarter with 9:49 left, we saw vintage Tom Brady as he drove the team downfield for the sole touchdown of the game. Brady is the only player to have six game-winning drives in the Championship game, and the only player in NFL history to win six Super Bowls.  Brady relied on the Most Valuable Player of the game, receiver Julian Edelman, who caught 9 passes for 128 yards. Brady and Julian are off to Disney World today to celebrate the big win! New England Patriots 13, Los Angeles Rams 3.

While the game was unexciting until the final drive, fans were hopeful the halftime show would entertain. Unfortunately for the NFL, many described the entertainment as a snoozefest. Maroon 5 “played it safe” even though frontman Adam Levine went shirtless. Levine was joined by rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Gladys Knight’s performance of the National Anthem was the only part of the evening that fans universally agreed was terrific. At 74 years old, the “Empress of Soul” was perfection!

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Ad Preview, Porzingis To Mavericks

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Super Bowl is almost here and even though most of the talk all week has been breaking down the LA Rams and NE Patriots coaching style, offensive capabilities/defensive capabilities, grit etc, the other main focus is what a $5 million 30-second commercial spot looks like. Why do advertisers spend so much? Not only are over 100 million people expected to tune in to the Super Bowl, but advertisers milk the ads before the game and expect lots of attention and viewing online after the game. So, here’s a preview of what we can expect (with YouTube links):

  • Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker in Stella Artois ad
  • Jason Bateman as an elevator operator in ad for Hyundai
  • Toni Harris (a female football player who got recruited to play in college) for Toyota
  • Clydesdales for Anheuser-Busch
  • Christina Applegate for M&M’s

Tune in Sunday 6:35 EST on CBS!

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In the NBA, a big trade went down on Thursday where the Dallas Mavericks made a deal to get the Knicks’ 7-3 forward, Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis is only 23 years old and was drafted 4th by the Knicks in 2015.

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