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Browns Are Kardashians, CFP Championship Tickets Cheap, PETA Weighs In On Bevo/Uga

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in the news all week and not for good reasons. It all has to do with wide receiver, Antonio Brown and whether or not he has played his last game as a Steeler. Last week, he missed practice Thursday and Friday then missed Saturday’s walk-through. Coach Mike Tomlin said he didn’t know if Brown would be healthy on Sunday so couldn’t play him. He expressed his disappointment with Brown’s lack of communication with the team.  In a statement from Brown, he said, “My options may seem limited by people or circumstances. It is then that I remind myself I am in command of my attitude. I am divinely blessed with free will. I utilize that gift, choosing to take charge of my life; to express the creativity, vitality, and wholeness that truly define me.” The players on the team are clearly not happy with one player, Jesse James, stating, “Ah man, we are-Kardashians”. He might not be far off as Antonio Brown dressed as a hippo in a new show on Fox called “The Masked Singer” where a panel of judges try and guess the celebrity singer behind a costume. Here’s the clip.

If you’re interested in attending the College Football Playoff final on Monday night in Santa Clara, CA, tickets are cheap (and getting cheaper). The face value for a ticket to see #1 Alabama battle for the championship against #2 Clemson is $475 and has dropped to $115. Flights for fans from Alabama and South Carolina are around $1000, and hotels in the Bay Area are expensive which according to TicketIQ makes it “sort of a perfect storm of factors at play this year.”

In other college football news, as previously reported, there was an incident at the Sugar Bowl where the University of Texas mascot, a steer named Bevo went after Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named Uga. Now, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) is asking Universities to stop using live animals as their mascots. They wrote, “It’s quite possible that Bevo was simply scared by the noise, lights, and chaos in the stadium and tried to flee from the confines of his makeshift pen. But that doesn’t change the fact that Uga or any of the humans standing nearby could easily have been trampled and killed.”

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Ohio State Wins Rose Bowl, Urban Meyer’s Last Game, UT’s Mascot Sets Stage For Sugar Bowl Win

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Ohio State beat the Washington Huskies 28-23 Monday afternoon in Pasadena, CA at the Rose Bowl. The game is usually played on New Years Day (with some exceptions) and with much hype, as the Rose Bowl is the oldest of all the bowl games. Ohio State won 28-23, but the big story during the celebration after the game was the controversy over the Buckeyes Head Coach Urban Meyer. Meyer was suspended for the first three games this season over how he handled (or more appropriately) failed to handle domestic violence allegations against his assistant coach. Meyer officially retired after the game (due to health reasons), but many are upset that he’s being celebrated and lionized. He is also ironically going to be teaching a business course at Ohio State on character and leadership.

In another January 1st bowl game, the University of Texas took on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl. The matchup was exciting even before the game began. During the pre-game festivities, Bevo, UT’s steer mascot charged through a fence and tried to attack Georgia’s mascot, a bulldog named Uga X. No one was hurt, but a few people were knocked down. During the game, the University of Texas’ quarterback Sam Ehlinger marched his team to victory after running for three touchdowns. Texas 28, Georgia 21.

 

 

 

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Alabama And Clemson Will Battle For CFP National Championship, NFL Playoff Picture

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In the semi-final games on Saturday, #2 Clemson Tigers cruised to victory over #3 Notre Dame, and #1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide sailed over #4 Oklahoma setting up the college football championship on Monday January 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. Clemson and Alabama are continuing their intense rivalry since the College Football Playoff National Championship emerged in 2014. In the 2015 season,  Alabama beat Clemson while the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in the 2016 season.

The NFL playoff picture is set. The Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles clinched playoff spots, while the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburg Steelers’ seasons are over. Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin’s future with the team is in jeopardy after the team will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

For the full playoff schedule starting with the wild card round on January 5th, click here.

 

 

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Harden 45 Points, Clemson Players Suspension Holds

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Houston’s James Harden is on fire. With his 45 points in a win over the Boston Celtics, he marked his eighth consecutive game with at least 30 points. According to Elias Sports Bureau, “the 388 points Harden has scored over his past 10 games are the most by any NBA player during a 10-game stretch since Kobe Bryant scored 396 from March 22 to April 8, 2007.” If Harden keeps up this intensity, he could very well repeat as the NBA MVP. Houston 127, Celtics 113.

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The three players who were suspended from Clemson’s semi-final game on Saturday received confirmation Thursday night that they will be sitting out the game.  Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney believes his players who claim they have no idea what the drug is and how it showed up in their system. He plans to appeal the suspensions, but all three players will sit out on Saturday and if the appeals fail, they will be suspended for 365 days. Swinney said, “My big thing I think there should be a common-sense committee, to be honest with you. I think a common sense committee would easily look at this situation [differently]. I don’t think that’s part of the process, I don’t think that committee exists. I think that’s more of a set process and it is what it is. We’re all at the mercy of that process.”

The semi-final Bowl games to watch this weekend:

Saturday: 4:00 pm, Notre Dame vs Clemson

Saturday: 8:00 pm, Oklahoma vs Alabama

 

 

 

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Bowl Game Canceled For Weather, Clemson Players Mystified For Testing Positive, Cheez-It Bowl Disaster, LeBron Dodges Bullet

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For the first time since 1941, a Bowl game was canceled. In 1941, the  game was canceled due to the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Wednsdays’s matchup between Boston College and Boise State was canceled due to thunderstorms (the first time a game was canceled due to weather issues).  Boston College was leading the matchup 7-0, but the game was ruled a no contest.

In an odd twist of drama to the much anticipated Cotton Bowl semi-final matchup between #3 Notre Dame vs #2 Clemson on Saturday, three Clemson players were found ineligible due to testing positive for a banned substance.  The players were shocked with the findings having never heard of the substance ostarine, which was found in their routine tests. The players affected are defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, backup offensive lineman Zach Gisella and tight end Braden Galloway. All three have hired lawyers and are investigating everything including the Epsom salts in their floating tank.

The Cheez-It Bowl between TCU and Cal is trending as the most ridiculously bad bowl game in history. By combining for 9 interceptions, even the bowl’s former sponsor, Buffalo Wild Wings took to twitter to roast the teams, saying, “Cal-TCU is headed to overtime, and we’ve never owed you a bigger apology.” TCU 10, Cal 7

 

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Laker fans can breathe a sigh of relief after hearing the MRI on LeBron’s left groin did not show any significant damage. LeBron strained his groin on Tuesday night during the third quarter of a win over the Warriors. LeBron will not play on Thursday night against Sacramento and is listed day to day, but according to James who tweeted, “Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above!

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Early Signing Day Winners, Cuban MLB Players Won’t Defect, Senators Hatch & Schumer’s Gambling Bill

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Many high school football recruits were signed on Wednesday, a newly instituted early college football signing day. Traditionally, recruits signed their letters of intent in February, but last year a majority of the freshman college class were signed early. According to USA Today, the clear winner of the day was Alabama who signed Florida running back Trey Sanders, while the biggest surprise of the day was Michigan flipping safety Daxton Hill back after he said two weeks ago he was switching his allegiance from Michigan to Alabama. For their full list of winners and losers, click here.

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Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation (FCB) agreed to a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to play on a US team without defecting. Rob Manfred, the MLB Commissioner, said,  “For years, Major League Baseball has been seeking to end the trafficking of baseball players from Cuba by criminal organizations by creating a safe and legal alternative for those players to sign with Major League Clubs. We believe that this agreement accomplishes that objective and will allow the next generation of Cuban players to pursue their dream without enduring many of the hardships experienced by current and former Cuban players who have played Major League Baseball.” The FCB will first get a percentage of an MLB player’s contract as a release fee before allowing them to negotiate their individual contracts and come to the US on work visas.

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Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced a bill intended to establish standards on sports betting and provide “world-class safety measures to protect consumers, preserve the integrity of sporting events, and ensure the propriety of the sports wagering market.” The Sports Wagering Market Integrity Act of 2018 also requires wagering operators to use data provided from the sports leagues (with the intent of providing another source of revenue for the leagues).

 

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Kyler Murray Wins Heisman, Miracle In Miami, Amari Cooper Lifts Cowboys In OT

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Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, the most coveted and prestigious award in college sports. Murray beat out fellow finalists Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Oklahoma now has 7 Heisman trophy winners tieing the record with Ohio State and Notre Dame for the most of any school. Murray will lead Oklahoma against Alabama in a playoff semifinal game on December 29th. After the season, Murray will forego an NFL career as he’s committed to Major League Baseball and was picked 9th overall in the 2018 draft by the Oakland Athletics.

A couple of crazy games in the NFL this weekend!

The most exciting game was the Miami Dolphins winning with no time left on the clock against the New England Patriots. Called the Miracle in Miami, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill threw to receiver Kenny Stills, then a lateral to DeVonte Parker who lateraled to Kenyan Drake. Drake ran for a 52-yard touchdown outmaneuvering the New England defense including tight end Rob Gronkowski (who played defense as a precaution against a possible Hail Mary). This is a must watch highlight! Dolphins 34, Patriots 33.

The Dallas Cowboys Amari Cooper tore up the field in an important NFC East win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The Cowboys traded their 2019 first round pick for the pro-bowl receiver back in October, and since then Cooper has energized the team with Sunday’s game as no exception. With 217 yards and three touchdowns (including the game-winner in overtime), Cooper has helped the Cowboys win their 5th straight game.

 

 

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Urban Meyer To Retire, Another Redskins QB Out, Eagles Win MNF

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Ohio State’s Urban Meyer will retire after the team plays Washington in the Rose Bowl on January 1st.  At 54 years old, Meyer has spent the last seven seasons with Ohio State (bringing them a national championship in 2014) and six years before that with Florida where he won two national titles. Meyer’s year in Ohio was bumpy, as he was suspended for a few games for not properly reporting a domestic abuse allegation against one of his assistant coaches. With a cyst on his brain leading to constant headaches, Meyer has also had to deal with some significant health issues. Offensive Coordinator Ryan Day will take over on January 2nd.

On Monday Night Football, the Philadelphia Eagles got the win over the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have had bad luck at quarterback this year with their starter Alex Smith out for the year with a broken leg and then backup Colt McCoy suffering a fractured fibula in the second quarter. Signed by the team just two weeks ago, Mark Sanchez took over. Unfortunately for the Redskins, though, they’ve had too many injuries and too little time left in the season.  Eagles 28, Redskins 13.

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Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, McCarthy Fired, Giants Put On Show, Hunt Released

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The College Football Playoff selection committee chose the four teams to compete for the National Championship. As expected, Alabama, Clemson, and Notre Dame took the top three spots with the final spot going to Big 12 champion Oklahoma.  The Semifinals will be held on December 29th with the National Championship game on January 7th.

On quarterback Aaron Rodgers 35th birthday, the Green Bay Packers fired head Coach Mike McCarthy. In 2010, McCarthy led the Packers to a Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. While no one was particularly surprised McCarthy’s tenure with the team would end, it was unusual for the Packers to fire him with only a month left to go. It was McCarthy’s 13th season with the team.

The New York Giants and the Chicago Bears played one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. Early in the third quarter, in a trick play, Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr threw a 49-yard touchdown to Russell Shepard. A bit later in the quarter, running back Saquon Barkley leaped over a Bears defender. Beckham then caught a touchdown, but before the game ended got criticized for not recovering an on-side kick. In overtime, Saquan Barkley ran the Giants into field goal territory for a 30-27 win.

The Kansas City Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt was released from the team when TMZ published a video from February showing the star running back shoving and kicking a woman in a hotel hallway. In describing the events, Hunt said, “It was just a long night, and to be exact, it don’t really matter what happened. I was in the wrong.” No word on whether another team will pick up Hunt for the remainder of the season.

 

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Curry Returns, Trinity HS Cancels Classes, Magnus Carlsen Wins Chess Championship

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The Good news for Golden State Warriors fans is that Steph Curry will return on Saturday vs the Detroit Pistons. Curry has missed the last 10 games due to a strained left groin. Curry said, “I’m itching to get back”.

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Trinity High School in Louisville canceled classes Thursday when a crazy Louisville fan tweeted he would burn down the high school because Jeff Brohm decided to remain the head football coach at Purdue instead of accepting an offer to coach at the University of Louisville. Brohm attended Trinity before heading to the University of Louisville. The tweet (which has since been taken down) said, “If Jeff Brohm doesn’t come, we burn down Trinity,” and “If you see a man running down frankfort with a gas can and wild look in his eye, its me.” According to a radio station, the person posting was a prankster, but the high school isn’t taking any chances.

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The World Chess Championship began in London on November 9th and after three weeks with 12 straight draws (and ultimately a series of sudden death tiebreakers), Norway’s Magnus Carlsen retained the championship with a victory over the United States’ Fabiano Caruana. The world championship dates back to the 1800s, and this year marks the first time that regulation play ended with a draw in each game. Even though some games lasted for 7 hours, the chess championship was not without its share of drama. Caruana’s chess preparations were leaked out and Carlsen suffered a black eye (from playing soccer between matches not from sitting over a chessboard for hours :)).

 

 

 

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