Archive for 2021

Madden’s Legacy, College Football Playoffs, NFL Changes Quarantine Rules, Becky Hammon Head Coach Aces

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The legendary John Madden passed away this week at the age of 85. Madden built his legacy as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders from 1969-1978 then went on to be an iconic broadcaster and video game figurehead. One of Madden’s signature moments was when he introduced the Turducken as a Thanksgiving alternative. Watch this clip to see just one of the reasons Madden was so loved by all.

It’s the big day in the College Football Playoffs. Tune in at 3:30 pm ET for #4 Cincinnati vs #1 Alabama in the Cotton Bowl Classic, then watch #3 Georgia vs #2 Michigan in the Orange Bowl at 7:30 pm.

The NFL and NFLPA changed its quarantine requirements for those testing positive for COVID-19. Players asymptomatic will now only have to quarantine for five days rather than the previous requirement of 10 days.

BASKETBALL

Former six-time WNBA All-Star Becky Hammon is reportedly leaving her job as assistant with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs to take a head coaching position with the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces. According to sources, she’ll be receiving a record-setting contract.

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Cowboys, Chiefs Clinch, Packers #1, Joe Burrow Sets Record, Bowl Cancellations, 49er GM Accidentally Likes Tweet While At Mass

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The Dallas Cowboys clinched their first division title since 2018 before they headed to the field and subsequently destroyed the Washington Football Team 56-14 on Sunday. The Green Bay Packers (12-3) are currently the #1 seed in the conference, while the Cowboys at 11-4 are playing at their top level in order to get a high seeding.

In other division races, the Kansas City Chiefs grabbed their sixth straight AFC West title, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won their first NFC South title since 2007.

In other NFL news, thanks to four passing touchdowns and no interceptions, second-year quarterback Joe Burrow led the Cincinnati Bengals to a big 41-21 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Burrow set a team record for most passing yards in a single game.

The college football world is dealing with an increasing number of Bowl cancellations and changes due to COVID-19 issues. Both the Military Bowl featuring Boston College and East Carolina and the Fenway Bowl with Virginia and SMU were canceled. Miami is also withdrawing from the Sun Bowl causing Washington State to look for a replacement.

San Francisco 49ers GM John Lynch had to massively apologize for liking a “tweet disparaging his starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo”. According to Lynch, “it was an accident that happened while he was at Christmas Eve mass.”

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Corona Protocols In NHL, NFL, NBA, Football Player Using COVID Benefits To Defraud CA

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The National Hockey League is dealing with a new outbreak in COVID cases by suspending its season until Sunday. The NHL also announced its players won’t participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics due to the outbreak.

The National Football League and National Basketball League, however, are choosing to deal with the coronavirus outbreak in a completely different way. The NFL will only test fully vaccinated players if they show symptoms, while the NBA is considering shortening the number of days a player has to sit out if he or she tests positive.

FOOTBALL

In an odd story out of the college football world, Jackson State linebacker Abdul-Malik McClain has been accused of defrauding the state of California by using bogus COVID-19 unemployment benefits to file for $903,688 in assistance.

 

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Tiger & Charlie Entertain, Brady Shut Out, Packers Grab NFC North, Bridgewater Scary Injury

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Tiger and his 11-year old son Charlie entertained the sports world over the weekend by playing together in the PNC Championship. The duo finished second behind John Daly and his college-age son John Daly II. The highlight of the tournament was when Tiger and Charlie made 11 straight birdies and mirrored each other’s stance and movements.

FOOTBALL

A few highlights from the NFL this weekend:

Partly due to injuries, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recorded a tough 9-0 loss to the New Orleans Saints. It was the first time Bucs QB Tom Brady has been shut out since 2006.

In winning the NFC North, the Green Bay Packers became the first team to grab a conference title.

According to reports, Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is doing well after a scary injury on the field causing him to get carted off.

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Chiefs Beat Chargers In OT, Jags Fire Meyer, Hunter Commits To Jackson State, Brady’s Fashion Line, Shaun White Retiring

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Kansas City beat the Los Angeles Chargers 34-28 in overtime on Thursday night, giving the team its seventh straight win.

In other NFL news, the Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Urban Meyer after only 13 games. Meyer’s tenure with the team was described as controversial and divisive.

Travis Hunter, the #1 recruit in college football, announced on National Signing Day he was de-committing to Florida State and will be playing for Jackson State next year where he’ll be playing for Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

Tom Brady has a new fashion line (BRADY) which launches on January 12th. He’ll be partnering with nine college athletes and one draftee. He stated, “Having these 10 athletes represent our first BRADY campaign is really special. They are hardworking and driven players in the early stages of their careers and each one of them embodies the spirit and ethos in which our brand was founded.”

OLYMPICS

Three-time Gold medalist Shaun White announced he’ll be retiring after the Beijing Winter Olympics.

 

 

 

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Curry Best Shooter Ever, $380 Mill Settlement By Olympic Committee, No Boycott From S.Korea, Nike Signs First-Ever Student Endorsement

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At only 33 years old, Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry is now the best shooter to ever play in the NBA. On Tuesday night against the Knicks, Curry secured his place in history with his 2,974th 3-pointer, leaping over Ray Allen’s previous record. Allen was in attendance at the Garden to cheer on Curry and see his record eclipsed.

GYMNASTICS

USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for failing to protect athletes from sexual predators such as those abused by Larry Nassar, the gymnast’s former team doctor. The settlement is one of the largest sex abuse settlements in history.

OLYMPICS

Many countries (including the U.S.) have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing Winter Olympics, but South Korea has refused to join the other countries claiming they don’t want to jeopardize “their strategic ties to China.”

SOCCER

Nike signed UCLA women’s soccer star Reilyn Turner to its first-ever endorsement contract. The deal comes after NCAA recently changed the rules to allow student-athletes to profit from their names and likeness.

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Bryce Young Wins Heisman, Brady’s Most Completions In NFL History, Verstappen Wins F1

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To no one’s surprise, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young won the Heisman Trophy. The award gives Alabama their second straight trophy winner and their third in the past seven years.

In the NFL, Tom Brady set yet another record, the most completions in NFL history (7,143).

FORMULA ONE

In a dramatic ending to the season (which has become more popular thanks to Netflix’s Formula 1: Drive to Survive) Max Verstappen won the 2021 world championship. After a controversial restart, Max pulled out the win over four-time defending champion Lewis Hamilton.

 

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Demaryius Thomas Dies From Possible Seizure, Pat McAfee Now Making $30 Mill, Vikings Hold On For Win

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Former Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas died at his home Thursday evening. Thomas was only 33 years old, and according to reports, may have died from a seizure while he was in the shower. Thomas earned a Super Bowl ring and five straight Pro Bowls in his career. Peyton Manning released a statement on Thomas saying, “D.T. was a better person than he was a player, and he was a Hall of Fame player. That tells you how good of a person he was. He treated my kids like they were his own. He was there for every teammate’s charity event. …”

FanDuel announced they will be paying former NFL punter and current podcaster Pat McAfee  $30 million annually as a sponsor of his show.

In Thursday Night Football, the Minnesota Vikings managed to hold on for a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers after giving up 29-0 lead at halftime. Vikings 36, Steelers 28

 

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Rockets Win Streak, Tiger Back And Playing With His Son

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The Houston Rockets beating the Brooklyn Nets marks their seventh straight win after a 15-game losing streak, giving them the distinction of being the only major U.S. sports team to do this.

GOLF

The big news in the Golf world is Tiger Woods is coming back and playing with his son Charlie. Tiger, after suffering serious injuries from a car crash last year, will play in the PNC Championship December 18th-19th. The tournament pairs 20 champions with family members. Woods wrote on twitter, “Although it’s been a long and challenging year, I am very excited to close it out by competing in the @PNCchampionship with my son Charlie.  I’m playing as a Dad and couldn’t be more excited and proud.”

 

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No U.S. Officials At Olympics, Medina Spirit’s Heart Attack, Patriots Only Pass 3 Times In MNF Win, Heisman Finalists

OLYMPICS

The U.S. won’t be sending any officials to the Olympic Games in China as a protest of human rights abuses. U.S. athletes will be able to compete, however.

HORSE RACING

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit died from a heart attack after a workout at the Santa Anita racetrack. Medina Spirit, trained by Bob Buffett, tested positive for an anti-inflammatory drug after the Derby. The investigation has been ongoing, and the Derby winner was never disqualified.

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The New England Patriots threw only three passes (due to 60 mph wind gusts) in their win over the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Patriots 14, Bills 10

The four finalists for the Heisman Trophy have been announced, with Alabama quarterback Bryce Young as the standout favorite to win. The other finalists are Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, and Michigan defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson. The winner will be announced Saturday evening at 8:00 pm. ET.

 

 

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