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Stafford’s 4 Interceptions, Rodgers Big Comeback, Browns Can’t Win But Tie, Williams Double Standard

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A few highlights from the NFL’s first week:

The New York Jets had Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford’s number. They intercepted him 4 times and intercepted his backup Matt Cassel once. Linebacker Darron Lee said, “We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line. We knew his signals. We knew everything. That’s just preparation as a defense. … It seemed like we were in his head as a defense.”  According to Elias Sports Bureau, Stafford is the first Lions quarterback since 1943 to put up four interceptions in a home opener. To make matters worse, my fantasy team started Stafford and we lost both of our games :(. Jets 48, Lions 17.

Aaron Rodgers new $134 million contract extension seems to be paying off after he led the Green Bay Packers to a thrilling comeback victory over the Chicago Bears thanks to his three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. His incredible performance came after he had to leave the game in the 2nd quarter due to a leg injury. No word yet on how his injury will affect him going forward.

The Cleveland Browns finally broke their 17 game losing streak, but still haven’t won a game yet. The Browns had an opportunity to win the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a seemingly easy field goal with seconds left on the clock, but the kick was blocked and the Browns winless streak continues at 624 days. The “Victory Fridges” with free Bud Light are still waiting to be unlocked.

TENNIS

The Serena Williams/Naomi Osaka final at the US Open continues to cause emotions to run high. To recap, Williams was called for three minor infractions during the match. On the third infraction where Serena called the chair umpire, Carlos Ramos, a “thief”, he docked her a full game. Serena ultimately lost the match, but the crowd was so incensed, they booed during the awards ceremony and prevented Naomi (who also teared up) her moment in the limelight for beating one of the greatest (if not the greatest) women’s tennis player of all time and one of her idols. Many fans believe the umpire applied a double standard and acted unfairly to a woman yelling, while many men’s players have done much worse over the years.

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Bridgewater Traded, Browns Linebacker Insider Trading, Rodgers Signs Record Extension, Lonzo’s New Shot, Taking Shirt Off At Open

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According to reports, the the New York Jets traded quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to the New Orleans Saints essentially confirming that their #3 pick Sam Darnold will open the season. Bridgewater found out he was traded on Wednesday and just had time to board the bus and say his goodbyes before the team left for their final pre-season game. New Orleans will start veteran quarterback Drew Brees (39 years old), but Bridgewater may be their quarterback of the future.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks admitted to insider trading and could face jail time. Kendricks received non-public information about trades from his friend Damilare Sonoiki who used to work for Goldman Sachs (and is now a writer for the show Black-ish). Kendricks reportedly made $1.2 million off of this information and paid Sonoiki back with cash and tickets to games.

Aaron Rodgers secured his future with the Green Bay Packers signing a $134 million contract extension. At 34 years old, he’s now the highest paid player in the League.  Rodgers posted on Instagram, “It’s been an amazing ride the last 13 years; excited to start year 14 knowing that my future is here, in Green Bay, for our 100th season. I’ve grown up in this place, and grown older and a little wiser along the way. … Looking forward to making some more memorable moments this year, and for years to come.”

BASKETBALL

Lakers guard Lonzo Ball had a distinctive shooting style which many criticized (particularly during his rookie season in LA), but now Big Baller Brand posted a video of his new more traditional shot. We’ll see if it makes a difference this season.

TENNIS

The heat wave at the US Open continued on Wednesday, so during a break Alize Cornet went into the locker room to change her shirt. When she returned to the court, she saw her shirt was on backwards and reversed it.  She was wearing a sports bra, but the umpire gave her a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct. According to the Telegraph, “When she returned to the court, Cornet realised her shirt was on the wrong way round and so quickly changed it. The adjustment took no more than 15 seconds and she was wearing a sports-bra. However, the chair umpire stunned Cornet by hitting her with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty – though it wasn’t immediately clear if it was for a time violation or the actual shirt removal – in response to the seemingly innocent action.” Many are outraged at this action, particularly as men take off their shirts all the time. After the uproar, the US Open issued a statement of apology.

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Colon Makes History, Rodgers Calls Practice “Piss Poor”, NFL’s Male Cheerleaders

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With his 246th career win, the Texas Rangers Bartolo Colon (nicknamed Big Sexy) became the winningest Latin American pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball.

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Veteran Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed his disappointment in his new crop of young receivers calling the practice “piss poor”. Rodgers said, “It was one of the worst cards sessions we had. I don’t know how you can make it any simpler. You literally have what the play would be in our terminology on the card, and the effort level was very low. Especially with what I’m accustomed to. I’ve been running that period for a number of years.” Rodgers also hinted at his frustration with the team releasing his favorite target Jordy Nelson.

The Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints will make history this NFL season when their cheerleaders take the field. For the first time in the NFL, both teams have male cheerleaders on their squad. Quinton Peron and Napoleon Jinnies made the LA Rams team in March and inspired Jesse Hernandez to try out for the New Orleans Saints. Back in March Jinnies tweeted,  “Still can’t believe I’m one of the first males in history to be a pro NFL cheerleader!”

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Rockets Lose To Clippers And Push Into Locker Room, Warriors Overpower Cavs, Danica And Aaron Dating

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The Houston Rockets loss to the Los Angeles Clippers seemed to get personal when after the game, James Harden, Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza attempted to push their way into the Clippers’ locker room after the game. Security stopped the trio before any confrontations, but it appears the trio wanted to have some “words” with the Clippers’ Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers.  When asked about the potential incident, Clippers’ coach Doc Rivers said, “Let’s put it like this, our team was in our locker room. That’s all I’ll say. I’ll let you do the rest of the investigation. I will say their entire team was not in their locker room. You’re going to have to figure it out from there.” Clippers 113, Rockets 102.

The Golden State Warriors continued their road win streak (now 13 games) after defeating their rival, the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Kevin Durant posted 32 points while Steph Curry added another 23. Warriors 118, Cavs 108.

 

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Race car driver Danica Patrick confirmed she’s dating Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers recently broke up with actress Olivia Munn. Patrick and Rodgers met back in 2012 at the Espy Awards. Patrick is winding down her racing career and has announced her “Danica Double” which includes her finishing up at both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

 

 

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Aaron Rodgers Broke Collarbone, Kaepernick Sues NFL, Chiefs Lose, Giants Win, ALCS/NLCS Update

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Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in a game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He could be out the rest of the season, which is tough for the team as their backup Brett Hundley might not be ready for prime time. Hundley threw three interceptions after he came in to relieve Rogers in the 23-10 loss.

The natural question for the Packers is whether the team will try and bring in another QB for the remainder of the season. Many wonder if Colin Kaepernick will get the call, but that seems highly unlikely now that Kaepernick is suing the NFL for collusion. His lawyer sent out a statement saying, “If the NFL (as well as all professional sports teams) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.”

The last unbeaten team in the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs went down against the Pittsburgh Steelers 19-13. And, the New York Giants are no longer empty in the win column after their decisive win over the Denver Broncos 23-10.

For a wrapup of the rest of the NFL weekend games, click here.

BASEBALL

In the American League Championship Series, the The New York Yankees are down 2-0 to the Houston Astros while the Los Angeles Dodgers are up 2-0 against the Chicago Cubs in the National League Championship Series.

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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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Lamar Jackson Wins Heisman, Giants D Steps Up In Cowboys Loss, Packers Stun Seahawks, Jets New QB

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lamar-jackson-2Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson won the Heisman trophy on Saturday, bringing Louisville its first ever Heisman. Lamar became the frontrunner for this prestigious award and finished the season with 51 touchdowns. Accepting his reward, Jackson said, “I’m extremely proud to represent this class and Louisville as their first Heisman Trophy winner. For my teammates, it’s an award for all of us. I can’t wait to cherish it with all of you.” As the youngest player to ever win the Heisman, Jackson credited his single mother. He said, “Everything I do is for my mother,”

After 11 straight victories, the Dallas Cowboys lost to the New York Giants on Sunday thanks to a Giants defense who stepped up even though defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul underwent surgery and is likely out for the season. The Giants also got some big plays from wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr to cement their 10-7 victory. Dallas rookie QB Dak Prescott didn’t perform up to expectations, but is still expected to remain at the helm over veteran Tony Romo.

The Green Bay Packers stunned the Seattle Seahawks in a 38-10 rout. The Packers defense intercepted Seahawks QB Russell Wilson five times, and an injured QB Aaron Rodgers put the game away by the end of the 3rd quarter. If the Packers continue to play with this dominance, they will be a major threat in the NFC.

The New York Jets win over the sinking San Francisco 49ers in overtime didn’t look pretty, but Jets QB Bryce Petty (who took the reigns from Ryan Fitzpatrick) showed mental toughness and kept his cool to lead his team to a 23-17 win. Maybe he’ll be the answer going forward for the 4-9 Jets.

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Aaron Rodgers Helps Packers End Losing Streak, Tiger’s Return

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The Green Bay Packers came to play Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.  QB Aaron Rodgers stepped up his game with two touchdowns on the first two series of the game helping his team end their 4 game losing streak. The team is still way behind in the NFC North, but according to their coach, Mike McCarthy, “We look at this as a launching pad. Definitely a game we can build off of.” Packers 27, Eagles 13.

GOLF

Tiger WoodsTiger Woods is set to play on Thursday in his first tournament over a year. He will play at the Albany Club in Nassau in a tournament that benefits his charitable foundation. Woods who used to be almost unbeatable at the height of his golf career has slipped to number 879th in the world. When speaking to reporters about his return, he joked “I’m not dead”.

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Cubs On Verge Of WS, Rodgers Completion Record, Hoyer Broken Arm, Brown Abuse Claims

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addison-russell-2The Chicago Cubs are one game away from heading to the World Series. 22 year old Addison Russell’s hit to center field put the Cubs up 3-2 in the NLCS. Fellow younster Javier Baez sealed the game bringing in 3 runs in the 8th inning leading to a final score of 8-4. The LA Dodgers will try and rally in a do-or-die game on Saturday 8:00 ET

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In Thursday night football, the Green Bay Packers QB broke a record, while the Chicago Bears QB broke an arm.  Brian Hoyer, filling in for an injured Jay Cutler, went down with a broken arm in the second quarter after a big hit from Packers defenders Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews. Meanwhile, Aaron Rodgers, who has been in a bit of a slump, turned things around with a franchise record of 39 completed passes.  Packers 26, Bears 10.

In other NFL news, New York Giants kicker, Josh Brown, was suspended for one game last year for reports he abused his former wife. The charges were dropped but recently reports came out showing his journal entries with an admission he abused her. One particular entry stated, “I have physically, mentally, emotionally and verbally been a repulsive man. I have abused my wife.” The Giants (and the NFL) stated they will review the newly released documents before making any decisions on Brown’s future.

 

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Hail Mary Saves Packers, Coldplay To Perform At Super Bowl

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A desperation Hail Mary saved the day for the Packers! The Green Bay Packers scored on a 61-yard Hail Mary brought down by Richard Rodgers to beat the Detroit Lions.  It was the longest Hail Mary in NFL history.The game deciding play was set up by a facemask penalty on Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers. Devin Taylor was flagged for the penalty but insists (and replays seem to confirm) that it should not have been a violation. It was an exciting end to a game  and kept the Packers in the playoff hunt. Packers 27, Lions 23.

Coldplay 2In other NFL news, the League announced that Coldplay will perform at Halftime at the Super Bowl. Fans reactions on twitter were not too positive. They felt that Colplay was too boring and too British to perform at America’s greatest sporting event.

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