Archive for March, 2022

Bruce Arians Retiring, Sudden Death Gone, Dalton Signed, NFL Minority Hire Rules, Laser Pointers, Men Qualify For World Cup

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ head coach Bruce Arians is retiring and will join the front office. Todd Bowles will replace him. Tom Brady reacted on Instagram by stating, “Thank you, BA for all that you have done for me and our team. You are an incredible man and coach, and it was a privilege to play for you. You are a true NFL legend and pioneer for all the work you have done to make the league more diverse and inclusive.”

The NFL is getting rid of sudden-death overtime in the playoffs. The League approved an overtime rule ensuring both teams get at least one overtime possession.

In NFL player news, the New Orleans Saints signed former Chicago Bears quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year $6 million deal. Dalton will likely be the backup to Jameis Winston who re-signed for $28 million.

The NFL is now requiring all 32 teams to hire a “female or a member of an ethnic or racial minority” as an offensive assistant for the 2022 season (for a one-year deal paid by the league).

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Egypt was eliminated by Senegal from the World Cup after fans shined green laser pointers at one of the best players, Mo Salah, during a penalty kick causing him to miss.

The U.S. men qualified for the National Team at the World Cup in Qatar after failing to do so in 2018,

 

 

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Men’s & Women’s Final Four Set, Watson’s Controversial Signing W/Browns

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The NCAA tournament is down to the Final Four. In the Men’s bracket, we have Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Villanova. This will be Duke’s coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 13th Final Four, passing John Wooden for most all-time.

In the Women’s bracket, Connecticut, Louisville, Stanford and South Carolina fill out the field.

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The Cleveland Browns are continuing to hear complaints about signing Deshaun Watson for the most guaranteed money in NFL history ($230 million). Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by 24 different women but hasn’t faced any criminal charges.

 

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Tyreek To Dolphins, Kyrie Can Play W/O Vaccine

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The Kansas City Chiefs traded their star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for a 2022 first-round draft pick (#29), a second-round pick (#50), a fourth-round pick, and fourth and sixth round pics in the 2023 NFL draft. Hill will reportedly make a four-year $120 million extension, making him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history and eclipsing the previously highest paid contract for Davante Adams.

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Mayor Eric Adams changed the NYC Covid-19 vaccine mandate to allow for exemptions for performers and athletes, which is good news for Brooklyn Nets fans as Kyrie Irving will now be allowed to play in home games.

 

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Ryan To Colts, Mariota To Falcons, Winston Re-Signed, Women’s Sweet 16

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The Atlantic Falcons traded 37-year old quarterback Matt Ryan to Indianapolis for a third round pick, while Atlanta signed quarterback Marcus Mariota as their potential starter.

In other quarterback news, the New Orleans Saints re-signed Jameis Winston to a 2-year $28 million deal. The question now is where does Brown’s quarterback Baker Mayfield end up.

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The Women’s NCAA Sweet 16 is set. Here’s the lineup:

(#1) South Carolina vs (#5) North Carolina

(#3) Iowa State vs (#10) Creighton

(#1) Stanford vs (#4) Maryland

(#6) Ohio State vs (#2)

(#1) Louisville vs (#4) Tennessee

(#3) Michigan vs (#10) South Dakota

(#1) NC State vs (#5) Norte Dame

(#3) Indiana vs (#2) UConn

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Deshaun Watson Traded To Browns, Saint Peter’s Cinderella Story, Sweet 16 Set

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The Houston Texans traded controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for some three first-round, a third, and a fourth-round draft picks. The Browns agreed to a record 5-year contract worth a guaranteed $230 million. Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct and is still facing 22 active lawsuits.

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The biggest story out of the NCAA tournament is Saint Peter’s (from New Jersey City, NJ) becoming only the third #15 seed to reach the Sweet 16. The only other #15’s were Florida Gulf Coast in 2013 and Oral Roberts in 2021. The other big story is North Carolina upsetting #1 seed Baylor in the second round. Here is the rest of the Sweet 16 lineup:

West: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 Arkansas; No. 2 Duke vs. No. 3 Texas Tech

East: No. 4 UCLA vs. No. 8 UNC; No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s

South: No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 11 Michigan; No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 5 Houston

Midwest: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Providence; No. 10 Miami vs. No. 11 Iowa State

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Curry’s Sprain, Kentucky Upset, Hoosier Cheerleaders, Chelsea Franchise For Sale, Davante Traded, Mayfield Wants Out

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Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry sprained a ligament in his foot during the Boston Celtics 110-88 win over the Warriors on Wednesday. No reports on how long he’ll be out.

March Madness is underway, and already we have the first big upset. Number 15 seed Saint Peters upset #2 seed Kentucky. The Wildcats became only the 10th #2 seed in history to ever lose to a #15 seed in the first round.

Indiana lost their matchup against St. Mary’s 82-53, but the Hoosiers cheerleaders made headlines when one of the members of the team jumped up on her teammate’s shoulders and flawlessly recovered a ball stuck behind the backboard.

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Bids are due to purchase the lucrative Chelsea franchise from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. According to the Wall Street Journal, bids are expected to be in the range of $2.5-3.5 billion. Abramovich won’t be able to make a profit on the sale (proceeds expected to go to charity).

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers lost his favorite target when on Thursday the Green Bay Packers traded Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams to the Los Angeles Raiders for two 2022 draft picks.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield has officially asked Cleveland for a trade, so he can make a fresh start somewhere else. According to reports, the Browns aren’t convinced he needs to go and might not honor his request.

 

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Kyrie And Karl-Anthony Towns Score 60 Points, Baker Mayfield Posts “Farewell” Letter

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Two days after causing his team a $50K fine for attending a home game (in violation of NYC law for unvaccinated individuals) Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving took to the road and scored an impressive 60 points in a 150-108 win over the Orlando Magic.

Also making headlines was Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns who scored 60 points on Monday in a 149-139 win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Kyrie and KarlAnthony Towns scoring feats marks the first time since Wilt Chamberlain (who scored back to back by himself in 1962) when players have scored consecutive 60 point games.

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The Cleveland Browns have reached out to controversial quarterback Deshaun Watson causing current quarterback Baker Mayfield to post on social media a “farewell” letter thanking the fans.  No word yet on whether Mayfield will be traded.

 

 

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NCAA Tournament Lineup Announced, LeBron Makes History, Tom Brady Returns

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The men’s and women’s 68-field NCAA tournament lineup is set. Gonzaga, Arizona, Kansas and Baylor claim the #1 seeds for the men, and South Carolina, Stanford, NC State, and Louisville grab the #1 seeds for the women’s bracket.

In the NBA, LeBron James became the first player in history to score 10,000 points, rebounds and assists (called a triple-quintuple).

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In a big shake up in the football world, Tom Brady announced his un-retirement and will return to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only 6 weeks after he publicly announced his retirement. He stated,  “These past two months I’ve realized my place is still on the field and not in the stands. That time will come. But it’s not now.”

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MLB Back, Fantasy Women’s Bball, Steph Curry Makes Fan Cry

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Baseball is back! The League and the players union agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday ending a 99-day lockout. One facet of the deal was the increase in player salaries from a minimum of $575,500 last year to $700,000 for this year. Opening day is now set for April 7th with a 162 game season.

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ESPN is launching Fantasy Women’s Basketball, the first season-long fantasy game for a major women’s sports league. The game will be launched in April in time for the season opener on May 6th. The timing seems right as the WNBA has exploded in popularity over the last few years, and fantasy sports is a multi-billion dollar business.

In a sweet moment in sports, a young girl was disappointed and cried when she came to the Golden State Warriors vs Denver Nuggets game and her hero Steph Curry wasn’t playing. Curry then got her court side tickets to the next game and even came over to talk to her.

 

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Carson Wentz Traded To Commanders, MLB Cancelled More Games, Tiger Woods Inducted Into World Golf Hall Of Fame

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Only a year after the Indianapolis Colts traded a first-round pick for quarterback Carson Wentz, the team has moved on and sent him to the Washington Commanders. One factor in the trade could be his interactions with personnel. He seemingly irritated Colts owner Jim Irsay when he tested positive for COVID-19 (missing an important game) after he refused to take the vaccine.

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Major League Baseball  negotiations with the Players Association is still ongoing causing the cancellation of more games. April 14th is now the earliest Opening Day, but the talks don’t seem to be making much progress, so that date could be postponed again.

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46-year old Tiger Woods was inducted into the World Golf Hall Fame on Wednesday night by his 14-year old daughter Sam.

 

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