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Kobe’s Dear Basketball Retirement Letter, Seahawks Win, Gronk Down And Pats Defeated

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Kobe Bryant 2The big news out of the sports world is Kobe Bryant’s announcement he will retire from the NBA.  Kobe put a posting on the Internet titled “Dear Basketball” in which he told the world “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”  Kobe had a unique career and will go down as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. The game will miss him.

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In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers are both trying their hardest to shake off a bad start to the season and secure a playoff spot.  The Steelers headed to Seattle this weekend and in the midst of the battle, the Seahawks lost tight end Jimmy Graham to a season-ending injury.  Oddly enough, once he went out, the Seahawks played better, and even though it was a scoring feast from both teams, the Seahawks came away with the victory.   Seattle 39, Pittsburgh 30.

In prime time, the Denver Broncos hosted the unbeaten New England Patriots.  Even though the Pats entered the game undefeated, they team is completely banged up and it seems like every week they lose one of their stars.  They first lost Dion Lewis, then Julian Edelman, and now… Rob Gronkowski.  In the 4th quarter, Gronk went down and had to be carted off the field.  We don’t know the seriousness of the injury yet, but it didn’t look good.  The Broncos were behind most of the game, but they surged back for a late lead.  Not surprisingly, the Pats tied the score to send the game into overtime.  The Broncos, led by QB Brock Osweiler battled the weather and got the ball to back-up running back CJ Anderson who scored the game winning touchdown.  The Pats are no longer undefeated.  Denver 30, New England 24.

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Royals Grab Game 2 With Solid Cueto, NBA Roundup, Kill Retires, Watkins Calls Fans Losers

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Game 2 of the World Series between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals.

Johnny Cueto The Royals needed extra innings to win Game 1, and were hoping not to sweat out Game 2.  The Mets had their ace Jacob deGrom on the mound, but the Royals had Johnny Cueto — the solid pitcher they brought in from Cincinnati for this exact reason.  Given the high pressure situation, Cueto was outstanding.  He only gave up 2-hits, and the Royals bats gave him the offensive support he needed. With the Royals up 2-0, the series now heads back to New York for the next 3 games.   Kansas City 7, NY Mets 1.

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Kobe BryantIn the NBA, most of the teams tipped off their season Wednesday night. Oklahoma City Thunder new head coach Billy Donovan (formerly at Florida) guided the Thunder to an impressive win over the rebuilt San Antonio Spurs.  The new-look Denver Nuggets rolled over a loaded Houston Rockets team in Houston to start the season.  In Portland, even though the Blazers lost their star player LaMarcus Aldridge this off-season, they opened up with a bang, crushing the New Orleans Pelicans.  Then, late night, Kobe Bryant was back with the Lakers and set a record for playing 20 seasons for the same team.  Bryant had 24 points, but the Lakers fell in the end to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  OKC 112, San Antonio 106 — Denver 105, Houston 85 — Portland 112, New Orleans 94 — Minnesota 112, LA Lakers 111.

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In college football, University of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill has had some serious health problems in the past that have caused him to miss games. On Wednesday it was reported that Kill is suffering more seizures and decided to immediately retire from Minnesota and the game of football.  He will now focus on his health, but will be sorely missed by the University.  Here is video of his emotional farewell:

Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins fell into the trap of social media when he responded to a posted photo of him and his daughter at Disney World on his bye week. His fans questioned him missing games due to his injuries. Watkins responded by calling his fans “losers”. He also told them to “continue working y’all little jobs for the rest of y’all lives.”   Not a smart move as Watkins now looks like the bad guy.

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Blue Jays And Royals To Face Off In the ALCS, Lamar Odom Found Near Death In Brothel

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There were a couple of exciting and deciding Game 5’s.  The Texas Rangers went back to Toronto to take on the Blue Jays in front of a raucous crowd.  The Rangers had a 2-0 lead, but then couldn’t win at home to clinch the series.  The Rangers put their new star pitcher Cole Hamels on the mound for game 5 in hopes of pulling out the win.  Hamels pitched well, and the Rangers had a 3-1 lead going into the 7th, but that’s when the Blue Jays offense got hot thanks to Jose Bautista’s 3-run homer.  The Blue Jays got the win and are heading to the ALCS.  Toronto 6, Texas 3.

The next game featured the Houston Astros heading to Kansas City to take on the Royals.  Houston pulled out to an early lead, but the Royals are one of the best teams in the league, and were not going to be ousted from the playoffs on their home field. Their strong offense was capped off when Kendrys Morales blasted a 3-run home run. The Royals will now take on the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS.   Kansas City 7, Houston 2.

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Lamar OdomFormer Los Angles Laker Lamar Odom was found in a near death condition in a Vegas brothel.  Employees at the brothel reported he had been using cocaine. He had to be airlifted to a hospital, and is reportedly hanging on for his life.  His estranged wife, Kloe Kardashian is making the medical decisions for him. His former teammate and friend, Kobe Bryant, immediately left a Lakers exhibition game in Vegas to be with his old friend in the hospital.

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Kobe And Nowitzki May Not Retire, Panthers Grab Jared Allen, Packers Dominate In MNF

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Kobe BryantIn the NBA, the Laker’s Kobe Bryant spoke to the media about his retirement and surprisingly said that he hasn’t made a decision.  Many people thought that Bryant would announce his “Farewell Tour” this off-season on account of his age and his recent injuries. It’s now possible Bryant will have to be “removed” from the NBA kicking and screaming.  Then again, the basketball season is long so he may still retire.
Speaking of NBA players who don’t want to retire, Dallas Mavericks’ superstar and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki said that he would like to play two more years and then THINK about retirement.  Dirk is 36 years old, and his determination is nothing short of incredible.  Basketball stars are playing longer than they used to on account of improved conditioning, nutritional diets, and advanced medical services on training staffs.

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In the NFL, the Carolina Panthers started 3-0 and look like they have a shot to win it all this season.  With this new sense of dominance, they traded a draft pick to the Chicago Bears for veteran star linebacker Jared Allen.  The Bears’ season isn’t starting off well so stockpiling draft picks might not be a bad idea. Allen should have an immediate impact with the Panther’s defense by striking fear into opposing QB’s.

Aaron RodgersFinally in Monday night football, the Green Bay Packers dominated the Kansas City Chiefs with five touchdowns from QB Aaron Rodgers and strong play from RB Eddie Lacy and WR Randall Cobb. The Packers are now 3-0 for the first time since 2011. Packers 38, Chiefs 28.

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Nick Saban Unhappy About Bio, Junior Seau Hall Of Fame Banner, Kobe Might Play In China

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Nick SabanIn college football, Alabama coach Nick Saban told the media that he despises unauthorized autobiographies.  Not just about him, but about anybody.  Saban, commenting about the book that was just written about him “Saban:  The Making Of A Coach” said he was never interested in talking to the author despite being called over 15 times.  Saban went on to say that there is only one expert on his life… and that’s him (Nick Saban).  The 63-year old coach said that after he is done coaching, he will write a book about his life, but until then, nobody should write a book about him without his permission.

In the NFL, deceased player Junior Seau is being elected to this year’s Hall of Fame. Even though Seau had the majority of his glory years with the San Diego Chargers, he is featured on the banner wearing a New England Patriots jersey.  San Diego is very unhappy, especially since Seau was such a big part of the San Diego community, even opening up a popular restaurant.   It’s undetermined if the Hall of Fame committee will make a change, but until they do, they can expect a lot of hate mail from Charger fans.

 

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Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is entering his 20th season in the NBA.  While this year (or possibly next year) will likely be his last, Kobe said he could possibly see ending his career overseas.  Why?  Kobe is a household name in China.  If he were to play for a Chinese basketball organization, even at 40 years old, he could possibly get a 1-year check in excess of $30million.  It’s hard to say no to that kind of money when it’s sitting right there on the table. We’ll see what happens.

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NBA Trade Deadline Moves, Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Have Real Friends

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The headlines of the day came out of the NBA with the trade deadline approaching, and teams looking to fill their weaknesses.  First up, it looks like Phoenix will part ways with their star guard Goran Dragic.  He is a rising star in the NBA, but Phoenix already has two great point guards in Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.  Dragic will likely either go to his former team, the Houston Rockets, to give them some point guard depth, or perhaps the Lakers, as a building block for a stronger team they intend to put together next year.

And it’s being reported that the Detroit Pistons are very interested in former Brooklyn Nets’ all-star Joe Johnson.  Johnson is still a solid player and a great shooter, and if the Pistons hope to have any chance in the playoffs, they will need another guy who can put up 25 points in a night.  Johnson would be a good fit.  Plus, it looks like the Brooklyn Nets are looking to have a fire sale and start all over.  They have star guard Deron Williams and their center Brook Lopez on the trade block.  All of these guys could be assets elsewhere.

Kobe BryantFinally, GQ published an interview with Kobe Bryant conducted by the great writer Chuck Klosterman.  In the interview, a typically cagey Bryant revealed quite a bit.  He admitted that he doesn’t have any ‘real’ friends, citing that it’s tough considering how much time he puts into his game, and that the other people he’s close to are equally obsessed about their craft.  There simply is no time to hang out.  He says he texts with LeBron and Dwayne Wade sometimes, but that’s about it for close NBA relationships.  It’s a great interview, and worth the read.  You can check it out here:

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Amare Stoudemire Leaving Knicks, Kobe Bryant Wants Career Rebirth, Giambi Retires

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Amare StoudemireIn the NBA, the Knicks have parted ways with Amar’e Stoudemire.  Stoudemire was brought into New York a few years ago to give them a star presence and he had amazing first year. Unfortunately, injuries kept him in and out of games the past few seasons.  Now, for financial reasons, and the fact that the Knicks won’t be making any playoff noise this year, they have decided to let Amar’e go.  Amar’e said that New York will always be his home.  It’s reported that the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns are looking to enlist his services.  If the Mavs get him, Amar’e could have a shot at winning a title.

Elsewhere in the NBA, many think that Kobe Bryant should be retiring soon.  The last two years have resulted in injuries that ended his season quite early.  But, according to an interview with Bryant during All-Star weekend, he said that he has no plans of retiring.  In fact, Kobe said that he wants to have a career “rebirth” and cited the San Antonio Spurs’ success.  Kobe said he thought that those guys were “done”, but they still keep winning.  He thinks that the Lakers could build an organization like the Spurs full of young guys, role players, and veterans that could make a deep run in the playoffs.  Kobe is just a guy who never says die.

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MoneyBallSpeaking of retirement, Jason Giambi is calling it quits. Jason came up through the Oakland Athletics organization and was known as one of baseball’s big sluggers.  He was part of their underdog glory run — which was featured in the movie ‘Moneyball’.  Then, he was one of the lucky few who got a big contract with the New York Yankees.  He bounced around to Colorado and Cleveland, and had a great career (even though it was plagued by performance enhancing drugs allegations).  Giambi said that ever since he was 5 years old he wanted to be a baseball player, and he thanked all the organizations he played for for making it possible.

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Kobe Undergoing Surgery, Seattle D Injuries, SNL Spoofs Deflategate

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Kobe BryantLA Laker’s Kobe Bryant is undergoing surgery on his shoulder. Is this the end of the 36 year old’s career? Even with season ending injuries the last few years, he’s still the highest paid player in the NBA.

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In other injury news, Seattle’s defense is suffering a few injuries. Their Safety, Earl Thomas, and Cornerback, Richard Sherman, both sustained injuries in the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers two weekends ago. Both claim they will be in tip top shape for the Super Bowl on Sunday. They are both huge competitors playing in the biggest sporting event in the country so they’ll do everything in their power to be well. Thomas said, “If my mental is right, my body just mirrors that.”

Tom BradyDeflategate is not going away. New England QB Tom Brady still hasn’t spoken to investigators. The NFL has already interviewed 40 people but are not planning to talk to Brady until after the Super Bowl. Brady and head coach, Bill Belichick both claim to have had nothing to do with the under-inflated balls. This story is definitely not going away and when Saturday Night spoofs it, you know it’s going to remain a big story.

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No TD’s In Thursday Night Football, Cavs First Test, Kobe’s Cursing

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In the NFL, it was Thursday Night Football between the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams.  The Cardinals needed the win to clinch a playoff spot.  This wasn’t exactly a fun game to watch.  The Rams offense looked awful, and the Cardinals lost yet another starting QB to injury.  Drew Stanton went down and was replaced by Ryan Lindley.  In the end, the Cardinals defense held the Rams from doing anything.  There were no touchdowns scored in this game, and with the win, the Cardinals now sit atop the NFC, while the Rams are officially ousted from the playoffs.  Arizona 12, St. Louis 6.

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And in the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers had their first big Western conference test of the season as they took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.  Unfortunately, they were without LeBron Jams, but they held their own.  In the end, Russell Westrook, Kevin Durant and the Thunder took the win, but the Cavs look like they can hang out with some tough Western Conference teams.  OKC 103, Cleveland 94.

Kobe BryantFinally, in the NBA, a Los Angeles Lakers practice was caught on tape, featuring Kobe Bryant cursing repeatedly at his teammates — calling them soft like “m______F_____ Charmin”.  Clearly Bryant doesn’t think much of his current squad.  In the video, he says it’s no wonder they lost 20 games.  When questioned about this, Kobe simply said that he likes to push his teammates.  Kobe has never been known for being the most likable teammate, but he is a 5-time champion, so perhaps his team should consider listening.

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Royals Even Up Series, Mettenberger Starts For Titans, Kobe Brings Fans But Not Much Playing Time

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In the World Series, after the Giants thrashed the Royals in Game 1, everyone was writing the Royals off as just lucky to be there.  This series, however, is seemingly reminiscent of the 1985 World Series when the Royals lost their first two home games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but still wound up winning.  And Wednesday night, Royals’ bats were hot and beat the Giants soundly to even the Series.  Kansas City 7, San Francisco 2.

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Zach MettenbergerIn the NFL, the Tennessee Titans have really slipped this season, and they decided its time for a switch at quarterback.  They will turn to their rookie out of LSU, Zach Mettenberger.  Mettenberger had some question marks coming out of college, but he had a great pre-season.  It’s odd to see the Titans’ offense looks so anemic, as they boast a rather solid receiving corps in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.  But perhaps Mettenberger can utilize these weapons better.

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And in the NBA, as Kobe Bryant is aging and injury prone, the Lakers organization isn’t taking any chances with him.  They’ve decided to shut him down for the remainder of the pre-season.  Nobody expects too much from Kobe this season, but he is still a huge audience draw for Lakers’ fans both in the stadium and on TV.  Even if they boast a losing record, they still want to roll out a team that features Kobe Bryant.  He always gets people to watch no matter what.

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