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Kaepernick Wanted $20Million To Play For AAF, Edelman Honorary Starter For Daytona, All-Star Weekend

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According to reports, the new Alliance of American Football (which debuted last weekend) reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing in the league. Kaepernick is said to have asked for $20 million or more to consider the offer. Alliance players earn $225,000 over three years (but are free in May to pursue NFL careers). AAF also reached out to former quarterback Tim Tebow, but Tebow declined as he’s at spring training with the NY Mets.

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Super Bowl MVP, Julian Edelman will serve as the honorary starter for NASCAR’s biggest and most prestigious race, the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb 17th at 2:30 pm. Edelman will wave the green flag to begin the race.

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Tune in to a weekend of festivities including a dunk contest, three-point contest, and other challenges during NBA All-Star weekend in Charlotte, NC. The events all lead up to the big game featuring Team LeBron vs Team Giannis which starts at 8:00 pm on Sunday, February 17th.

 

 

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Harden Streak Continues, Actress Regina King Almost Gets Crushed By Embiid, Flacco Traded To Broncos

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The Houston Rockets James Harden streak continues with his 31st consecutive game with over 30 points. In a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves,  Harden scored 42 points. He is now tied with Wilt Chamberlain for the second-longest streak in NBA history. Timberwolves 121, Rockets 111.

Actress Regina King was sitting in the front row at Madison Square Garden in a Knicks/76ers game, when Sixers Joel Embiid leaped over her head trying to save a loose ball. Thankfully, no one was harmed but Sixers’ coach Brett Brown said he’d prefer Embiid didn’t put himself in a possible injury situation (especially with the team ahead by 15 points). He said, “Just like I think our owners and our fans back home were thinking, You respect his aggression and his passion, but you don’t want that. I say that out of love and care. It’s stuff you hope to avoid.” Embiid responded with, “I only know one way to play and that’s to play hard and compete.” Sixers 126, Knicks 111.

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The Baltimore Ravens traded their longtime quarterback Joe Flacco (34 years old) to the Denver Broncos for a 4th round pick. With the move, the Ravens are putting the team in the hands of second-year QB Lamar Jackson. The move can’t be officially processed until after 4:00 pm EST on March 13th.

 

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Harden & Westbrook Streaks, Murray Fully Committed To NFL, Hunt Signed By Browns

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Two amazing streaks continue in the NBA.

With 31 points against the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets’ James Harden continued his incredible streak of at least 30 points in his 30th consecutive games. Harden was suffering from a sore shoulder and started the game with his shot slightly off. He then came back and scored 10 points in the final 3 minutes of regulation.  Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ GM, is calling Harden’s streak,  “The Unguardable Tour”.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook broke a tie with Wilt Chamberlain for the most consecutive triple-doubles in NBA history. In a win over the Portland Trailblazers, Westbrook recorded his 10th straight triple-double with 21 points, 14 rebounds, and 11 assists.

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Former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, made the announcement he’s “firmly and fully committing” to the NFL.  Murray was the 9th pick by the Oakland A’s in the Major League Baseball draft but has decided he’ll enter the NFL draft where he could be a top pick. Expect to hear a lot of talk about his size (under 6’0″) and his relative lack of playing time (as he only started as a quarterback for one season in college). The 2019 NFL draft is April 25th.

In other football news, the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs’ running back Kareem Hunt, who was released from the Chiefs after a video from a hotel surfaced showing him kicking a woman, for a one-year deal. Hunt apologized for his actions saying, “First off, I would like to once again apologize for my actions last year. What I did was wrong and inexcusable. That is not the man I was raised to be.”

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Philly’s Phantastic 5, The Alliance Debut

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ESPN writer Tim Bontemps anointed the Philadelphia 76ers new starting 5 players The Phantastic 5. With the addition of forward Tobias Harris, the 76ers starting lineup of Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and JJ Redick has won the last two games and causing a stir in the Eastern Conference.

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The Alliance of American Football (The Alliance) debuted on Saturday. This new football league is billed as a minor league for the NFL and a way to watch competitive football in the off-season. We’ll see a few famous coaches such as Steve Spurrier, Mike Martz, Rick Neuheisel and Mike Singletary as well as some former college and NFL players including Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.

 

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Frank Robinson’s Legacy, Raptors, 76ers Trades, Davis Remains A Pelican, LeBron & Giannis All-Star Picks

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The legendary Frank Robinson passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. The first African-American manager of Major League Baseball (in 1975 with the Cleveland Indians) and the only player to win Most Valuable Player awards in both the American and National leagues. On the field, Robinson excelled as an outfielder and first baseman and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982, his first year of eligibility.

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The Toronto Raptors made a big trade at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday by grabbing Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Philadelphia 76ers also made a splash by trading their 2017 #1 pick Markelle Fultz to the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jonathon Simmons and a first and second-round pick.

After the hype surrounding the possibility of Anthony Davis leaving the New Orleans Pelicans, the trade deadline passed, and Davis is still with the team and will enter the lineup. According to the Pelicans’ GM, Davis expressed his interest in getting back on the court and helping the team win.

Lebron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo provided some entertainment while picking their starting lineup for the NBA All-Star Game. Here’s the breakdown of starters:

Team LeBron:

Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, James Harden

Team Giannis:

Stephen Curry, Joel Embiid, Paul George, Kemba Walker,

 

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Barnes Traded While On Court, Shumpert Joins Harden, Durant Tells Media To “Grow Up”

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Trade deadline madness continues until 3:00 pm on Thursday. Here’s the latest:

Harrison Barnes was on the court playing for the Dallas Mavericks when he heard he was traded to the Sacramento Kings.  It was an awkward moment, and even LeBron James weighed in on social media saying, “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right??? Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea. I’m not knocking who traded him because it’s a business and you have to do what you feel what’s best but I just want this narrative to start to get REAL/CHANGE and not when a player wants to be traded or leaves a Franchise that he’s a selfish/ungrateful player but when they trade you, release , waive, cut etc etc it’s best for them! I’m ok with both honestly, truly am. Just call a ♠️ a ♠️!!”

In more trade news, the Houston Rockets’ James Harden tweeted his enthusiasm for the team acquiring Iman Shumpert in a three-way deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Sacramento Kings. Harden said, “Shump is a vet who can help us — defensively, ballhandling, shooting,”

Golden State’s Kevin Durant expressed his frustration with the media’s obsession over all the trade hype, and the rumor he’s heading to the New York Knicks this summer. Durant did not hold back saying, “Ya’ll come in here every day, ask me about free agency — ask my teammates, my coaches, you rile up the fans about it. Let us play basketball, that’s all I’m saying. And now that I don’t want to talk to ya’ll it’s a problem with me. Come on man, grow up. Grow up.”

 

 

 

 

 

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76ers Make Blockbuster Trade For Tobias Harris, Pacers Chant “LeBron’s Gonna Trade You” To Ingram

 

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The Philadelphia 76ers made a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Tobias Harris, forward Mike Scott and center Bobman Marjanovic. Sports analysts are applauding the move, with some stating that now Philly has a starting lineup (Harris, Ben Simmons, J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler, Joel Embiid) that could rival the Golden State Warriors. The NBA trade deadline is February 7th at 3:00 pm so expect some more surprises before then.

All eyes are still on New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis and whether he’ll end up an LA Laker by the trade deadline. On Tuesday night, even the opposing Indiana Pacers’ fans got in to the action when they started chanting “LeBron’s gonna trade you” to Brandon Ingram.

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“100-Year Game” Ad Ranked #1, Brady & Edelman Lightsaber Skills, ESPN’s Virk Fired, Harden Streak Continues

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According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, which ranks Super Bowl ads by consumer ratings, “The 100-Year Game” won the night. The ad featured players from six generations chasing a football that fell off a cake.  The spot featured superstars from past and present and even included Sam Gordon, a female youth football player, and Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a Fortnite champ.

In their post-Super Bowl celebrations, Tom Brady and Julian Edelman look like they are enjoying themselves at Disney World. Check out their lightsaber skills.

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ESPN host Adnan Virk was fired last week for allegedly leaking confidential information relating to negotiations between the network and Major League Baseball. According to reports, Virk led “Awful Announcing” to report that “Contrary to popular conjecture, Baseball Tonight will not be coming back as a daily program” and that “MLB gave ground here in part due to some horse trading with ESPN” that allowed the network to televise less baseball-focused studio programming in exchange for moving Sunday Night Baseball an hour earlier to 7 p.m. ET.”

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James Harden’s scoring streak continues after scoring 44 points in the Houston Rockets win over the Phoenix Suns. Harden now has 27 games with 30-plus points and 20 games with at least 40 points this season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Ad Preview, Porzingis To Mavericks

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Super Bowl is almost here and even though most of the talk all week has been breaking down the LA Rams and NE Patriots coaching style, offensive capabilities/defensive capabilities, grit etc, the other main focus is what a $5 million 30-second commercial spot looks like. Why do advertisers spend so much? Not only are over 100 million people expected to tune in to the Super Bowl, but advertisers milk the ads before the game and expect lots of attention and viewing online after the game. So, here’s a preview of what we can expect (with YouTube links):

  • Jeff Bridges and Sarah Jessica Parker in Stella Artois ad
  • Jason Bateman as an elevator operator in ad for Hyundai
  • Toni Harris (a female football player who got recruited to play in college) for Toyota
  • Clydesdales for Anheuser-Busch
  • Christina Applegate for M&M’s

Tune in Sunday 6:35 EST on CBS!

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In the NBA, a big trade went down on Thursday where the Dallas Mavericks made a deal to get the Knicks’ 7-3 forward, Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis is only 23 years old and was drafted 4th by the Knicks in 2015.

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Anthony Davis Fined $50K, McCourty Twins Play Together In Super Bowl

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The Anthony Davis drama continues. The NBA will fine Davis $50K because his agent, Rich Paul, told ESPN he wanted to be traded. According to the NBA collective bargaining agreement, players or agents can’t publicly request trades and that Paul’s statements were “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.” Davis is making over $25 million this season.

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One of the great stories in this year’s Super Bowl will be seeing twins Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty play as teammates for the New England Patriots. #32 Devin (safety) has played on the team since 2010 while #30 Jason (cornerback) was picked up this year from the Cleveland Browns. The McCourty’s are the first set of twins to play in a Super Bowl. Check out their journey and the influence of their strong mother, Phyllis Harrell (who goes by the Twitter handle @MamaMcCourty).

 

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