Archive for December, 2021

Alabama, Michigan, Georgia, & Cincinnati In CFP, Lions Finally Win A Game, Dolphins Win Fifth Straight

FOOTBALL

It was an exciting weekend in college football. Michigan destroyed Iowa (42-3) to become the first team to get a spot in the College Football Playoffs after being unranked in the Associated Press preseason poll, while Alabama made a statement by decisively beating Georgia (41-24) to gain the #1 ranking in the CFP. The semifinals are now set with #1 Alabama against #4 Cincinnati, and #2 Michigan vs #3 Georgia on December 31st. The winners will play in the Championship game in Indianapolis on January 10th.

In the NFL, the Detroit Lions FINALLY won a game. The victory over the Minnesota Vikings gave the Lions their first win since December 6th, 2020.

The Miami Dolphins beat the Giants 20-9 marking their fifth straight win bringing their season to a respectable 6-7 from 1-7.

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Saints Lose 5th Straight, Brown Suspended For False Vaccine Status, Grizzlies Destroy Thunder In NBA First

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After losing 27-17 to the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday Night Football, the New Orleans Saints have lost five consecutive games. The Cowboys defense had a strong night intercepting Saints quarterback Taysom Hill four times.

The NFL suspended (without pay) Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown, safety Mike Edwards, and receiver John Franklin III for falsifying their vaccination status.

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The Memphis Grizzlies destroyed the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night by a whopping 73 points, the largest in NBA history. Grizzle’s 152, Thunder 79.

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WTA Suspends Tournaments In China, Enes Kanter Freedom Becomes US Citizen, Curry’s First NIL Deal W/College Freshman, MLB Lockout

TENNIS

The Women’s Tennis Association will suspend all of its tournaments in China after tennis player Peng Shuai hasn’t been seen since her allegations of sexual assault. The WTA, as opposed to other Leagues, has taken a strong stand. In a recent statement, the WTA chairman Steve Simon said, “I don’t see how I can ask our athletes to compete there when Peng Shuai is not allowed to communicate freely and has seemingly been pressured to contradict her allegation of sexual assault.”

Boston Celtics star Enes Kanter, who was the 3rd overall pick in the NBA draft in 2011, has used his platform in the NBA to protest human-rights issues in China. Kanter recently became a U.S. citizen and changed his name to Enes Kanter Freedom.

BASKETBALL

Azzi Fudd, a UConn freshman basketball player, signed a name, image, and likeness (NIL) endorsement deal with Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry. Part of the deal involves Curry mentoring Fudd as the “next face of women’s basketball”. This partnership is the first NIL deal between an NBA player and a college player.

BASEBALL

Major League Baseball is in a labor dispute with the players union and has now entered a lockout that halts all of its operations.  The season doesn’t officially begin for three more months, but it’s the first lockout in 27 years and only the ninth in league history.

 

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New CFP Rankings, Suns Upset Warriors

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This week’s College Football Playoff rankings look very different than in years past. With Michigan’s stunning defeat of  Ohio State on Saturday, the Wolverines jumped to number two in the rankings. If the team beats Iowa on Saturday, Michigan will likely make the Playoffs. Number 1 ranked Georgia plays #3 ranked Alabama this weekend with everything on the line for both teams. The current rankings are:

  1. Georgia
  2. Michigan
  3. Alabama
  4. Cincinnati

BASKETBALL

The marquee matchup in the NBA Tuesday night featured Phoenix vs Golden State. The Suns dominated the Warriors and extended their winning streak to a franchise-record-tying 17 games. Unfortunately for the Warriors, the loss ended their streak of 43 straight games with at least 100 points scored. Suns 104, Warriors 96.

 

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