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NFL Playoff Structure Could Change, Robinson Caught With 157 lbs Marijuana

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The NFL’s playoff structure could change as early as the 2020 season. NFL Owners are meeting to rework the current collective bargaining agreement to expand the playoff field to seven teams from each conference (up from 6 teams per conference). They are also looking into increasing the number of games in the regular season to 17 games per team (up from 16) and shortening the preseason to three games per team.

Former Auburn University star and a second overall draft pick in 2014, NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson, was caught with 157 pounds of marijuana and charged with conspiracy to possess marijuana with the intent to distribute. If convicted, Robinson could be sentenced for up to 20 years in federal prison. Robinson had signed with the Cleveland Browns in 2018, but according to reports, the team recently announced they did not intend to re-sign him.

 

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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. Pardoned, Rice Praise Trump, Brees Will Return, Vegas Odds On Astros Hitters Getting Plunked

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President Trump pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. for his involvement in a corruption scandal in 1998. DeBartolo pleaded guilty for failing to report a felony involving former Lousiana governor Edwin W. Edwards’s bribery case for a casino license. DeBartolo paid $1 million in fines and handed over ownership of the 49ers to his sister Denise York.

Former 49er wide receiver and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice thanked Trump for pardoning the owner who, under his leadership, won 5 Super Bowls. Rice said, “I think with Eddie and what he has accomplished, what he has done on the football field, off the football field a lot of charity work so we talked about that. We talked about just being great. You know, trying to be the greatest of all time. And you know, I take my hat off for Donald Trump and what he did.”

After much speculation, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees announced he’ll be returning to the Saints next season. Brees was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in March, but at 41 years old, he has declared he has no interest in playing for another team. His only options were retiring or re-signing for his 20th season, so he announced via Instagram, I will “make another run at it.”

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The Astros cheating scandal continues to make headlines. Even LeBron James weighed in on social media saying, “Listen I know I don’t play baseball but I am in Sports and I know if someone cheated me out of winning the title and I found out about it I would be F*^king irate! I mean like uncontrollable about what I would/could do!” Las Vegas weighed in as well setting an over-under on the number of Astros players who will be hit by pitches this season. The over-under is 83.5, and considering there were 41 Astros players hit last season (and the MLB average is 66), that’s a considerable jump.

 

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Winston LASIK, Kaepernick Memoir, Snoop Dogg Apologizes

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Tampay Bay quarterback Jameis Winston, who was always seen on the sidelines squinting at the scoreboard, finally got LASIK eye surgery. Winston was the #1 pick in the 2015 NFL draft and is now an unrestricted free agent. Last season he became the first quarterback in the NFL history to throw 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions.  No word yet on whether the Buccaneers will re-sign Winston.

Colin Kaepernick is writing a memoir explaining what motivated him in 2016 to begin kneeling during the national anthem while he was the quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers. He said, “I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting, ‘Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight.”

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Snoop Dogg apologized to Gayle King for attacking her on social media. During an interview with WNBA star Lisa Leslie, King brought up Kobe Bryant’s rape case from 2003 and asked if it complicated Kobe’s legacy. Snoop Dogg responded on social media by saying “King should ‘back off, b—-, before we come get you.” According to reports, King has been getting death threats after the rapper made the comments.

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Mahomes Dreams Of Disney World, Josh Jacobs Tough, Brooks Wants Iguodala Gone

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At 17 years old, Patrick Mahomes tweeted “I bet it feels amazing to be the quarterback who says, ‘I’m going to Disney World,’ after winning the Super Bowl.#QBs”. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback got his wish on Sunday night after he was announced the Super Bowl MVP. In an interview after the game he said, “When I won the game and they came up and told me [I’d won the MVP], it was amazing — just to be able to say those words and to be here now. … I tried to dream it, and I tweeted it, and I kinda spoke it into existence.”

Everyone is still talking about the best and worst Super Bowl ads. I just saw the full spot for Kia’s “Tough Never Quits” ad and it’s worth watching (although be prepared for some waterworks). The ad follows Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and his incredible story of growing up homeless.

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks did not mince words when asked about disgruntled teammate Andre Iguodala. Iguodala hasn’t played for the Grizzlies this season and is awaiting word on which team will be picking up his contract after Thursday’s trade deadline. Brooks vented, “A guy that’s on our team that doesn’t want to be on our team. I can’t wait ’til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him what really Memphis is about.”

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Patrick Mahomes Leads Chiefs To Big Win Over Niners, Entertaining Halftime Show, Jeep’s Groundhog Day Wins Top Spot

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In a Super Bowl that will be talked about for the ages, the Kansas City Chiefs overcame a 10-point 4th quarter deficit to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. Kanas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes kept his cool and helped the Chiefs score 21 points in the fourth quarter. At only 24 years old, Mahomes becomes only the second player (Emmitt Smith was the first) to win MVP honors and a Super Bowl title before their 25th birthday. The big win marks coach Andy Reid’s first Championship win in 21 years and the team’s first win in 50 years. Congratulations to the Chiefs on a hard-fought victory. For highlights of the game, click here.

As we all know, the Super Bowl isn’t just about football, it’s about the $5 million 30-second commercials, the pre-game ceremonies, and the adrenaline-filled halftime show. Starting with Yolanda Adams’s beautiful performance of “America the Beautiful” then Demi Lovato’s chilling rendition of the National Anthem, we knew we would be in for a good evening. And then came the halftime show and WOW! Shakira and Jennifer Lopez were insanely good. It’s impossible to even describe, you just need to watch it (or watch it again).

And then there were the ads. According to USA Today’s Ad Meter, Jeep’s Groundhog Day featuring Bill Murray won the top spot followed by Hyundai’s Smaht Pahk, and Google’s Loretta. For a list of all the top spots, click here.

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Sunday, 6 More First-Time Starters For NBA All-Star Game, LeBron & Anthony Kobe Tattoos

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The Super Bowl is almost here. Tune in on Sunday at 6:30 pm for what should be an exciting matchup featuring the San Francisco 49ers vs the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. For everything, you need to know about the game including the halftime show, the pre-game, and post-game events and the commercials, click here.

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In addition to the first-time starters named last week to the NBA All-Star Game on February 16th (Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Pascal Siakam), six more first-time players got the nod as reserves. With Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz),  Brandon Ingram (New Orleans Pelicans), Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers) and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), the All-Star Game will now have nine players making their first appearance.

LeBron James and Anthony Davis continued to honor their friend Kobe Bryant by getting Bryant tattoos on their legs. LeBron’s tattoo is of a snake with the #24 for the Black Mamba.

 

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Djokovic Ousts Federer, American Kenin In First Grand Slam Final, Richard Sherman Slams Owners For 17-Game Proposal

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Novak Djokovic ousted rival Roger Federer 7-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the Australian Open. The semifinal match was their 50th meeting. Djokovic will compete in the finals of the Australian Open for the eighth time in his career, having won the previous seven. If he’s victorious on Sunday, he will have accumulated 17 grand slam titles and be back to #1 in the rankings.

In the women’s final, American Sofia Kenin will appear in her first grand slam final on Saturday against unseeded Garbiñe Muguruza. Kenin is the first American (other than Serena or Venus Williams) to reach the Australian Open final since 1995.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman (who is also the VP for the NFL Players Association executive committee) laid into the NFL owners for rumors that they are thinking of expanding the regular season to include 17-games. His frustration stems from the notion that the NFL claims player safety is their main priority, but are then considering expanding the season. He said, “It’s always odd when you hear player safety is (the league’s) biggest concern. They’re really standing up for player safety, player safety, player safety, but it seems like player safety has a price tag. Player safety up to the point of ‘Hey, 17 games makes us this much money, so we really don’t care how safe they are if you’re going to pay us this much money to play another game.’ “That’s the part that’s really concerning for us as a union and us as players.”

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Wicked Smaht Commercial, Brady Tells Garoppolo To Win, $41,644 SB Ticket

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Super Bowl week officially kicked off with player interviews, team analysis, professional betting, and of course the previews of the $5.6 million per 30-second spot commercials. I just saw a great debut this morning from Hyundai which will likely stay as one of my top five. The spot promotes Hyundai’s smart parking assist and features Chris Evans, John Krasinski and Rachel Dratch sporting full Boston accents. Krasinski says, “Just hit the clickah – cah pahks itself. It’s wicked smaht.”Check it out!

Speaking of Boston, the New England Patriots aren’t in the Super Bowl, but quarterback Tom Brady sent his protege, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a text message of encouragement. According to Garoppolo, Brady said, “Good luck’ and everything like that. Just go handle business.’ It wasn’t too complicated or anything, just ‘Go win.'”

According to TicketIQ, the secondary market for Super Bowl tickets could be the second most expensive of the decade with an average price per ticket of $7,733. As of early this week, the most expensive ticket costs $41,644 in the 72 Club (“the most luxurious seating experience in all of South Florida sports and entertainment”).​

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Eli Manning Retiring, Zion Williamson’s Exciting Debut

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After 16 seasons at quarterback and two Super Bowl MVP’s with the New York Giants, Eli Manning announced he’s retiring. At 39 years old, Manning holds the franchise’s record for passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage. He was drafted #1 in 2004 by the San Diego Chargers and then traded to the Giants where he played his entire career winning the Super Bowl in 2007 and 2011. Manning will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in five years, and considering he’s only one of five players (Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw and Tom Brady) in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVP’s, he’ll likely be a shoo-in.

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Zion Williamson did not disappoint in his much-anticipated debut Wednesday night in New Orleans. He scored 22 points including 17 straight in the 4th quarter. Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry ultimately pulled him out before the game was over to make sure he wasn’t extending himself too much in his first official outing after his injury. The Pelicans ended up losing to the San Antonio Spurs 121-117, but the excitement of their #1 pick energized the crowd giving them great hope for the future.

 

 

 

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Kansas City Chiefs Vs San Francisco 49ers In Super Bowl LIV

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In the NFL’s 100th season, Super Bowl LIV (54) is set with the Kansas City Chiefs squaring off against the San Francisco 49ers. The lineup features two head coaches who have never won a Super Bowl ring and clearly have something to prove this time around.

Here are some highlights from both Conference Championship games:

In the AFC, last season’s MVP Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in a spectacular performance to beat the Tennessee Titans 35-24.  The Chiefs will make their first appearance in the Super Bowl in 50 years.

In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers dominated the Green Bay Packers for a 37-20 win thanks to star performances from quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Raheem Mostert (who scored four touchdowns and rushed for 220 yards).

The Super Bowl is slated for Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

 

 

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