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Warriors Dominate Cavs, Belichick Not Social Media Savvy, Chip Kelly Interviewing

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The Golden State Warriors had something to prove against their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before Monday night’s win, the Cavs had beaten the Warriors four consecutive times since June, so this was a must win for Golden State. It was only one game in a long season, but the Warriors dominated, making a statement about what to expect come playoff time. Warriors 126, Cavaliers 91.

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Bill BelichickBill Belichick is clearly not into social media. When responding to questions about the Steeler’s Antonio Brown’s posting a video of his coach on Facebook,  Belichick responded, “As you know I’m not on Snap Face and all those. I’m not too worried what they put on Instant Chat.”

Former SF 49ers Head Coach Chip Kelly is interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator position. Kelly reportedly interviewed for the head coaching position, but the team promoted Doug Marrone, leaving Kelly with a possible position working for Marrone. Kelly was fired by the 49ers after a disappointing 2-14 season.

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AFC/NFC Championship Games Set, Brown Airs Talk On Facebook

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After an exciting weekend of AFC and NFC games, we’re getting one step closer to knowing which teams will compete in Super Bowl LI on February 5th.

The Atlanta Falcons kept Seattle at bay with a solid performance by QB Matt Ryan who had 338 yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions.  Falcons move on with a 36-20 win.

Everyone assumed the New England Patriots would cruise to victory over the Houston Texans, but three Patriot turnovers had many wondering if this game would end their season.  The Texans defense clearly did their job to force 3 Tom Brady interceptions, but the offense couldn’t convert and the Pats pulled it together to win 34-16.

Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was the talk of the weekend. In an excitingly close game against the Dallas Cowboys, where the Cowboys rallied back from an 18 point deficit to tie the game, Rodgers showed his brilliance. With just 35 seconds to go, Rodgers drew up the last play in the dirt resulting in a perfectly timed sideline throw to tight end Jared Cook setting up a field goal by Mason Crosby to win the game. Packers 34, Cowboys 31.

With solid games from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by converting 6 field goals for 18 points. Steelers 18, Chiefs 16.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gathered his team in the locker room to deliver a profanity filled speech/pep talk telling the team to “keep a low profile” in their AFC matchup against the Patriots. Antonio Brown recorded the speech and posted it to facebook. What about keeping a low profile says post me to social media for everyone to see????? As predicted, Tomlin is not too happy.

Next up: Sunday January 22nd

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET

AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ET

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Chargers Officially LA Team With New Head Coach, Rams Hire Youngest Coach In NFL

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Chargers LogoThe San Diego Chargers are no more.  The Team officially announced their move to Los Angeles where they will share a new high tech stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The Chargers posted a new team logo (which resembles the LA Dodgers logo), but apparently it’s just a “working” symbol as the NFL hasn’t officially approved it.  Both teams are also making headlines with big head coaching hires. The Chargers announced they will hire former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, while the Rams made a big decision in hiring Sean McVay. At age 30, McVay is the youngest head coach since 1938  hired in the NFL. Former offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, McVay, turns 31 on January 24th.

Big weekend of NFL Playoffs:

Saturday

4:35 pm ET: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

8:15 pm ET: Houston Texans at New England Patriots

Sunday

1:05 pm ET: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

4:40 pm ET: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

 

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San Diego Chargers May Move To LA, Westbrook’s 18th Triple-Double

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San DiegoIt looks likely the  San Diego Chargers franchise will be moving a couple of hours north to Los Angeles where they’ll share a new/modern stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The Chargers have been trying for years to rebuild their outdated stadium in San Diego but haven’t been able to get the financing. The NFL has given the Team until January 17th to officially make the decision regarding the move. If they don’t decide by then, the option to share the stadium with the Rams (close to the LA airport) will go to the Oakland Raiders. In 1960 the Chargers played one year in LA before moving the franchise to San Diego.  The official announcement should come soon.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.  With 42 games left in the season, Westbrook has already tied his own record from last year (and Michael Jordan’s record) for the most triple-doubles since the 1981-2 season.

 

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Hall Of Fame Finalists, Odell Beckham Jr Partying With Biebs

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The Hall of Fame committee selected their finalists. The following 15 players made the cut:  LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Kurt Warner, Morten Anderson, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Terrell Davis, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, and John Lynch. The day before the Super Bowl, February 4th, the Selection Committee will meet to choose at least 4 and no more than 8 of these finalists for induction.

Odell Beckham JrOdell Beckham Jr is under scrutiny this week after pictures of him surfaced on social media partying with Justin Bieber in Miami (after the Giants game against the Redskins Sunday night). The New York Giants are in the postseason and have a big playoff game this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, which is why people are questioning Beckham’s decision to fly to Miami to party with the Biebs in South Beach Sunday night and continue the party on a boat Monday. If Beckham doesn’t have a great game this weekend and the Giants don’t win, expect the media and fans to come down hard on him.

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Giants Lose To Eagles After 3 Manning Picks, Coach K Suspends Allen Indefinitely

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Eli ManningQB Eli Manning threw for three picks in the New York Giants disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. With 14 seconds left, Manning could have won the game with a completion to Odell Beckham Jr,  but the pass was incomplete. Manning blamed himself for the overthrown pass,  while Odell said it was all his fault. After the game he said, ” I just didn’t have enough gas to go get it. It wasn’t really overthrown. I need to do a better job. …. I just didn’t do it for some reason. I thought I could go get it. That weighs heavy on me. I want to be able to make those plays.” With the loss, the Giants missed an opportunity to secure their spot in the playoffs. The Giants loss, was the Dallas Cowboys gain with the team clinching the NFC East and home field advantage. Eagles 24, Giants 19.

In an update to the Duke story, coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely. He said, “As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”

 

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Duke Player Receives Technical For 3rd Tripping, Mom Killed For Gloating, Odell Fined For Sager Cleats

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grayson-allenDuke University basketball player Grayson Allen received a technical foul for tripping a player from Elon University. What’s so newsworthy about this incident is it’s his third time tripping an opponent.  If you watch the video it’s abundantly clear Allen tripped the player on purpose. Many are upset with Blue Devils Coach, Mike Krzyzewski for not suspending Allen for his unsportsmanlike actions.  He called the incident “unacceptable” but so far hasn’t taken any further disciplinary action.

Many are excited by the resurgence of the Dallas Cowboys this season, but in a very bizarre, sick and sad story, the exuberance went too far. On Sunday, a mom in Dallas was celebrating the Cowboys win over Tampa Bay when her stepson became upset over her “gloating” and fatally stabbed her.

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr feels there’s a double standard in how the NFL fines players. He was assessed a $18K fine for wearing colorful cleats (later auctioned for charity) honoring legendary Craig Sager. Odell claims he wasn’t asked to take the cleats off, he just got hit with the fine without warning.

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2016 NFL Pro Bowl Selections, Jets DE Disciplined For Leaked Snap Chat

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The NFL 2016 Pro Bowl selections were announced Tuesday night and the Oakland Raiders came out on top with  7 players making the AFC roster. In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons had 6 players chosen. To no one’s surprise, Patriots QB Tom Brady was selected, but many high profile quarterbacks including Detroit’s QB Matthew Stafford,  Carolina QB Cam Newton, Colts Andrew Luck and Seahawks Russell Wilson weren’t chosen. Dallas rookie’s, running back Ezekiel Elliott and QB Dak Prescott, made the list. Click here for the full roster.

img_0033NY Jets Defensive end Sheldon Richardson was reportedly disciplined for a leaked Snap Chat video. In the video, he apparently made lewd comments about women.  When asked, Richardson said he only regretted the video didn’t remain private. He said,  “Do I regret it? It getting out, that’s about it. I don’t regret saying it. I was having fun with a friend. I mean, y’all have sent videos inappropriately to y’all friends, too. I just play football, at the end of the day. I have fun. I sit back and relax and crack jokes and talk about stuff like that to people. That’s how I deal with my friendships and stuff like that. That’s just how it is.”

 

 

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Cam Newton Loses Cool; Christian McCaffrey Skip Bowl To Prepare For Draft

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Panther’s QB Cam Newton lost his cool after another hit to the head during the Carolina’s win over the Washington Redskins Monday night. As Newton was sliding out of bounds Redskins defender Trent Murphy ran over him. When a penalty wasn’t called, Newton threw the football at Murphy’s head. Cam was immediately assessed a penalty which took the team out of field goal range. According to Cam, “I’ve got to be better than that. That just can’t happen on my part. I just have to let the referees do their job, and obviously, it was a questionable hit, but I can’t throw the ball at a person. That’s against the rules too.” Washington still lost the game and severely hurt its playoff hopes. Panthers 26, Redskins 15.

christian-mccaffrey-2Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he will skip the Sun Bowl to focus on the NFL draft. McCaffrey led Stanford in rushing and receiving and should go high in the 2017 draft. Many people are discussing whether skipping the Bowl game is fair to the team and whether it sets up a bad precedent. On the other hand, if Christian plays in the bowl game and gets hurt, his star could drop significantly in the draft (which could mean a serious loss of money).  LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who has been injured all year long) will also be skipping his Bowl game. Many draft contenders are already preparing for the NFL Combine which can make or break a player’s prospects.

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Elliott’s Salvation Army Jump, Pats Clinch AFC East Division, Brock Benched, Raiders In Post-Season, Duncan #21 Retired

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Ezekiel ElliottThe Dallas Cowboys win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought the team closer to an NFC East title and a first round bye, but the game was littered with mistakes and some missed opportunities. Ezekiel Elliott provided the most entertainment when he jumped in a Salvation Army kettle after scoring his 13th rushing touchdown (setting a team rookie record). According to Elliott, he saw the kettle during warmups and thought about diving in. Cowboys 26, Bucs 20.

The New England Patriots secured their place in the post-season. In a win over the Denver Broncos, the Pats clinched the AFC East Division Title and a first-round bye. Patriots 16, Broncos 3.

The Houston Texans benched their expensive quarterback Brock Osweiler after he threw two interceptions in the first half. Even though the team paid $72 million dollars over 4 years for Osweiler, the benching proved to be a good decision as backup Tom Savage turned the game around to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Texans are still in the hunt for a division title, so they will have to make a tough decision this week on which QB to play. Texans 21, Jags 20.

After 14 years, the Oakland Raiders are finally going to be playing in the postseason. With a win over the San Diego Chargers, the Raiders secure a playoff appearance. Raiders 19, Chargers 16.

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screen-shot-2016-12-19-at-9-37-07-amThe San Antonio Spurs retired Tim Duncan’s number 21 jersey. Duncan played 19 seasons with the Spurs.  He won 5 titles for the team including 2 MVP awards. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich summed up the emotional presentation saying, “His empathy, his ability to make people welcome, and lead quietly, but with dignity and gravitas, made him special beyond most anybody that you could imagine.”

 

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