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Revis Charged With Assault, Crosby Scores 1000th Point, NBA All Star Weekend

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NY Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and terroristic threats. According to reports, a man approached Revis, asked his identity, then followed him while continuing to record him on his cell phone. When Revis tried to throw the phone away, the man’s friend appeared and attempted to retrieve the phone. A fight erupted and both men were left unconscious. Revis disputed this account and claimed he thought the phone was a weapon. Either way, the timing of this incident isn’t great as Revis had one of his worst seasons with the Jets and needs to show the team he’s serious about next season.

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby scored his 1000th career point, the 86th player in history to record that many points, and at age 29, the 12th fastest player to reach that mark. Congrats!

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NBA All Star Weekend is here with an exciting array of events. New Orleans took over hosting the big weekend after Charlotte, NC refused to overturn a controversial “bathroom” law deemed to discriminate against transgender, gay and lesbian people. For a lineup of all the activities including the 3-point contest, slam dunk contest, skills challenge and celebrity game (unfortunately Kevin Hart’s not playing this year), click here.

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Blitz For Six, Draymond & Curry Wear Cupcakes, Sprewell Sits Next To Dolan

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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.

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Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the  “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.

The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.

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Brady’s Missing SB Jersey, Shanahan New Head Coach Niners, Best & Worst SB Ads

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After his historic comeback victory Sunday night in the Super Bowl, Tom Brady is clearly on Cloud 9, although unfortunately his jersey isn’t with him. It’s been reported someone stole the famous jersey after the game, and now the Texas Rangers are working to recover the item. According to Texas’ Lt Governor, “In Texas we place a very high value on hospitality and football.  Tom Brady’s jersey has great historical value and is already being called ‘the most valuable NFL collectable ever.’ It will likely go into the Hall of Fame one day. It is important that history does not record that it was stolen in Texas.”

Atlanta’s offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, didn’t have long to weep over his team’s devastating loss. He’s now officially the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. Shanahan signed a 6 year contract as did the Niners new general manager, John Lynch.

 

Melissa McCarthyThere is a good amount of talk about the best and worst Super Bowl ads, with some even saying all the ads were boring and inspiring.  It’s clear everyone has an opinion. So, in case you missed these ads during the game (which is understandable in the 4th Q when the Patriots were on overdrive, and all anyone could think about is the super human Tom Brady), here’s a sampling of the best and worst according to MarketWatch.

 

 

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Historic Super Bowl Win For New England Patriots!!!

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Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 8.54.40 AMSuper Bowl 51 did not disappoint! The game will go down as the greatest comeback of all time and one of the most exciting championship games in history. The New England Patriots overcame a 25 point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime, the first overtime in Super Bowl history. The Falcons led for 41 minutes and 18 seconds while the Patriots never led until James White’s TD in OT. White had the game of his life (and now fans are rushing to buy his jersey) with 14 receptions and 3 TD’s.

At halftime while the rest of us watched Lady Gaga’s sing her heart out in an entertaining and well choreographed show, Patriots’ Safety Duron Harmon reportedly inspired his team by saying  “they were going to pull off the most dramatic comeback in Super Bowl history” and they did! Down 25 points, the Patriots did in fact record the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The previously largest comeback was a deficit of 10 points.  To no ones surprise Tom Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP, setting yet another record having earned the honors in 2001, 2003 and 2014. This was a game for the ages with multiple records broken.

Screen Shot 2017-02-06 at 8.54.32 AMAfter the game, tears were flowing as Brady hugged coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft.  Brady said, “we’re all going to remember this for the rest of our lives.” When Kraft accepted the Lombardi Trophy he added, “I want to say to our fans, our brilliant coaching staff, our amazing players who were so spectacular, this is unequivocally the sweetest.” Patriots 34, Falcons 28.

Perhaps we all should have known the Patriots would win the Super Bowl when on Saturday night Falcons QB Matt Ryan was announced the NFL MVP. This is the 8th straight time an NFL MVP went on to lose the Super Bowl.

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Steph Curry And Dad Put On Show, Goodell’s Press Conference, Alabama’s #1 Recruiting

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Steph and Dell CurryStephen Curry put on a show Wednesday night hitting 11-3 pointers and posting 39 points in 3 quarters during the Golden State Warriors win over the Charlotte Hornets. Fans could have predicted the game would be special when Steph passed the ball before the game to his Dad, Dell Curry, who played in the NBA for 16 years and now Charlotte Hornets broadcaster. Dell banked a 3-pointer from the sidelines (while wearing a suit). “It’s always cool, obviously, seeing my Dad on the sidelines, commentating the games on their end,” said Steph Curry, “I don’t take those opportunities for granted. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to play the game that he played for 16 years in the NBA, and carry on that name in the league.” Warriors 126, Hornets 111.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference where he answered questions on Deflategate, returning to the Patriots Gillette Stadium, Raiders and Chargers moves to Vegas and LA and even his opinion of Trump’s immigration policies. On the awkwardness of his relationship with Tom Brady and the Patriots, he said, “We have a job to do. We do our job. As I said, there was a violation. We applied a process and discipline, and we came to a conclusion that was supported by the facts and by the courts. So from our standpoint, we understand the fans who are loyal and passionate for a team object and don’t like the outcome. I totally understand that. That’s not an issue for me.” As for his opinion of Trump, he deflected nicely by saying, “As commissioner of the NFL, I’m singularly focused on the Super Bowl right now.”

As reported, yesterday was National Signing Day and to no one’s surprise, Nick Saban’s Alabama had the #1 recruiting class.

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LeBron’s Barkley Rant, Shanahan Loses Playbook, Brady Tears Up

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LeBron James went off on former NBA Superstar and TNT analyst Charles Barkley. Barkley has been making snide comments about James for awhile now saying James is “whiny” and will never be included in the top 5 stars in NBA history.  After yet another Cleveland Cavaliers loss, LeBron vented to ESPN:  “I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that. I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying. He then added, “Screw Charles Barkley.” This story isn’t going away anytime soon. It will be interesting to see what happens the next time they meet!

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Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator (and likely new head coach for the SF 49ers) Kyle Shanahan,  looked shaken during his interview with reporters Monday during Super Bowl’s media night. At some point during the media session, Shanahan lost his backpack containing his Super Bowl tickets and more importantly his offensive playbook. He didn’t have to fret for too long however, as a reporter had picked up his bag by mistake and quickly returned it with all contents intact.

Tom Brady 2The best part of Monday’s media night was when a 7 year old boy asked Tom Brady a question. He asked, “Many people say you’re their hero, but who’s your hero?” Brady teared up with his answer. He said, “Who’s my hero? That’s a great question. Well, I think my dad is my hero. Because he’s someone I look up to every day.”

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Serena Is The GOAT, Federer In Running For GOAT, 49ers Hire John Lynch As GM

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Serena Williams 2Serena Williams is the greatest of all time!!!  With her 23rd Grand Slam title after beating her sister Venus over the weekend in the Finals of the Australian Open, Serena at 35 years old, has taken tennis to a whole new level.  Rounding out a terrific weekend,  and also making a claim for the greatest of all time,  Roger Federer won his 18th career Grand Slam title (also at 35 years old) beating Rafael Nadal.

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In a surprising move, the San Francisco 49ers hired former Stanford player and Hall of Fame candidate, John Lynch as their new General Manager. Lynch has been working as an NFL color commentator since his retirement from playing the game. Even though he doesn’t have any front office experience, the Niners signed him to an unprecedented 6 year contract. The Team also plans to hire Kyle Shanahan as their new head coach.

 

 

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LeBron Disses Management To Media, Big Ben May Retire, 3 Over 30 In Semis, Player Hits Boy Gets Disqualified

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Lebron James 2After another loss, the Cleveland Cavs LeBron James went off on the management of his team claiming they need to do more in order to win. He said, “The team needs a [bleeping] playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.” Many felt LeBron shouldn’t have been mouthing off to the media, and if he had complaints, he should express them to management in private.

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After losing to the New England Patriots last weekend, Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger says he many not return next season. He said, I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and do a lot of praying about it, and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family,” At 34 years old, Big Ben has the most wins of any QB in Steelers history.

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Speaking of age, the three women semi-finalists in the Australian Open are over 30 (only the second time in history a Grand Slam featured 3 over 30). We’ll see 36 year old Venus Williams, 35 year old Serena Williams and 34 year old Mirjana Lucie-Baroni. Rounding out the semis is the young 25 year old Coco Vandeweghe.

At the Junior Australian Open, an umpire is under fire on social media for disqualifying a player who accidentally hit a ball boy after she lost her first set. Watch this video, she clearly wasn’t looking at the boy, and when she realized what she did, she immediately looked upset. There are clear rules in tennis, but common sense should weigh in as well.

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Falcons Vs Patriots In Super Bowl LI, Colts Looking For New GM, Tragedy In Dominican Republic

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Matt Ryan 2The Atlanta Falcons blew out the Green Bay Packers to become the NFC Champs. Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan is heading to the SB for the first time, and with  4 touchdowns and 392 in this championship game, he clearly made a statement about his quest to be NFL MVP this season. Falcons 44, Packers 21.

The New England Patriots will play in their record 9th Super Bowl appearance (a record 7th for Coach Belichick and QB Tom Brady) with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady passed for 384 years and 3 TD’s securing his 24th career playoff win. The feel good, breakout star of the game (other than Brady of course) was receiver Chris Hogan who had two touchdowns and 180 receiving yards. Hogan was a lacrosse player in college, an un-drafted rookie on a couple of teams in 2011, made it to the Dolphins practice squad and eventually picked up by the Buffalo Bills in 2012. After witnessing and appreciating his skills for the past 3 years on the Bills, the Patriots signed him to the team this season.  Patriots 36, Steelers 17.

Super Bowl 51: Falcons/Patriots 6:30 pm February 5th ET at NRG Stadium in Houston

In other NFL news, the Indianapolis Colts fired their General Manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano did not get along and even went to marriage counseling to try and work things out. As owner Jim Irsay said in his press conference,“Hey, do you want to come to Indianapolis and win a world championship?” There will be many qualified applicants for this position so stay tuned.

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Two lives were lost in two separate and tragic car accidents over the weekend. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordan Ventura, nicknamed Ace Ventura, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Former player Andy Marte also died in a completely separate car accident also occurring in the Dominican Republic Sunday. Thoughts go to their families.

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All-Star Votes, Westbrook Not Starting, San Diego Won’t Move Team

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All Star WeekendThe All-Star votes are out and the East/West teams are set. There are 10 players selected for both the Western and Eastern Conferences with 5 starters in each conference. This year, fans votes weighed 50% while player and media votes weighed 25% each, which could be the reason superstar Russell Westbrook wasn’t named a starter. Only two guards can start and Steph Curry and James Harden got more fan votes than Westbrook in the Western Conference. For the full roster, click here!

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The NFL Championship games are Sunday with winners from each conference facing each other in Super Bowl 51 on February 5th.

Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ET

In other football news, the San Diego Chargers are facing some bad PR. The local moving companies have gotten together and are refusing to move the team to LA. They feel their team is abandoning them and don’t want to be part of the process.

 

 

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