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Rooney Rule Expanded, Big Ben Trims Beard, NASCAR’s Increase In Viewers

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The NFL is expanding the Rooney Rule, which was established in 2003 to address diversity and require teams to interview at least one minority candidate for a head coaching spot. The new rules require teams to interview at least two minority candidates for a head coaching spot and one minority candidate for any coordinator vacancies. The coordinator jobs are seen as feeders for head coaching positions, so this new rule is seen as significant. Since 2009, almost 40% of head coaches hired in the NFL were previously offensive coordinators.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had surgery eight months ago to repair his right elbow in an injury he suffered in week 2 of the season. Roethlisberger said he wasn’t going to shave his beard until he was making NFL caliber throws again. On Monday, he posted a video throwing to three of his teammates, James Conner, Ryan Switzer, and JuJu Smith-Schuster. He then posted a video of his haircut with a caption saying, The beard is trimmed……you know what that means”

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NASCAR’s return to live racing at Darlington Raceway over the weekend garnered a big increase in viewership averaging 6.32 million viewers, a 38% increase over their last pre-COVID-19 race.

 

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Jets On Third QB In Loss To Browns, Roethlisberger Out For Season, Brees Likely Out 6 Wks, Virginia Coach Declines Raise

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The New York Jets were already down a quarterback with their starter Sam Darnold out due to mononucleosis. Then on Monday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns, their backup Trevor Siemian suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter. Third-stringer Luke Falk had to step in, but it wasn’t pretty and the Jets lost 23-3 to the Cleveland Browns. Luke will probably have to start next week against the mighty New England Patriots. Could be ugly.

In other disappointing quarterback news, Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger will out for the entire season. The 37-year old future Hall of Famer will have elbow surgery this week. He’ll be replaced by 2018 third round pick Mason Rudolph.

The other injured future Hall of Famer, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees got slightly better news. He’ll have surgery on his thumb, but will likely miss six weeks (not the whole season). Teddy Bridgewater will take over. The absence is unchartered territory for the Saints, as Brees hasn’t missed a game because of injury since 2015.

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In some unusual and refreshing news, men’s college basketball coach Tony Bennett signed a one-year contract extension with Virginia but declined an increase in pay. Instead of a raise, he asked for additional compensation for his staff and the program. Bennett earned $6 million last season and decided to also donate $500,o00 towards a career-development program for the players. In a press release Bennett said, “I have more than enough. If there are ways that this can help out the athletic department, the other programs and coaches, by not tying up so much (in men’s basketball), that’s my desire.”

 

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Alex Smith Breaks Leg, Roethlisberger Gets Picked And Motivated, Luck On Roll, Farting Controversy

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The most upsetting part of the NFL weekend was watching Washington Redskin quarterback Alex Smith carted off the field after suffering a devastating injury to his leg.  The Houston Texans Kareem Jackson and J.J. Watt sacked Smith in the third quarter causing Smith to land awkwardly. Smith will undergo immediate surgery on two broken bones and will not be back this season. Former Redskins’ quarterback Joe Theismann was watching the game and had upsetting flashbacks as to when he broke his leg and ended his season exactly 33 years ago to the day. He said,  “And I wouldn’t watch the replay. It felt as if 1985 was yesterday. I had a sick feeling in my stomach and felt so bad for Alex.” Texans 23, Redskins 21.

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was picked off three times in Sunday’s matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the future Hall of Famer found a way to win by targeting Antonio Brown then throwing himself into the end zone to seal the deal. After the game, Roethlisberger spoke of his inspiration. He said,“They had a linebacker … that wanted to let me know every time I threw an interception. He found me and told me how many interceptions I threw. It’s a little motivation, too.” Steelers 20, Jaguars 16.

The Dallas Cowboys pulled out a crucial win over the Atlanta Falcons and are now 5-5 on the season. They have an important game against their division rivals, the Washington Redskins, on Turkey Day. Dallas 22, Atlanta 19.

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is on a roll. He now has 7 straight games with three passing touchdowns. He’s trailing only Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in this remarkable stat. Colts 38, Titans 10.

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In the oddest story I’ve seen in a while, a Dutch dart player Wesley Harms complained about losing a spot in the Grand Slam of Darts to Scottish player Gary Anderson because Anderson’s farts (yes, farts) were distracting him. He said it would “take him two night to lose this smell from my nose”.

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Roethlisberger On Fire Thursday Night, 7-Year Old Writes Scathing Letter To Jerry Jones, Wade And Union Welcome Baby

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was on fire Thursday night demolishing the Carolina Panthers 52-21 with 328 yards and 5 touchdowns. With the win, the Steelers are on a five game win streak.

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett still has a job even though the team is struggling. The pressure, however, is still on owner Jerry Jones to reconsider firing him or make some other drastic changes. A 7-year old boy even got in the action by writing a scathing letter to Jones explaining his disappointment in the team. The boy’s mom thought the letter was hillarious so posted it to Facebook and it’s making the rounds. Here’s what the boy said:

“Dear Mr. Jones, My name is Rylan Wood. I am a 7-year-old 2nd grade student in Mansfield, Texas. My family has been Dallas Cowboys fans since the team was started. I have a lot of Cowboy gear and I have met ‘Zeke, Taco, Jason Witten and two other players who play on other teams.

You have made my mom very mad because WE SUCK! Every game day she is yelling at the TV and turns off the game. We are wanting to believe in the boys but its hard. I hope ‘Coach Garrett’ is clapping if this letter gets to you. See what happens when Dez X is gone?? The cheerleaders are better than the team this year. I do not want to hurt your feelings. Thank you, Rylan”

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Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade and wife actress Gabrielle Union welcomed a baby girl on Thursda via surrogate. After 16 years in the League, this is Wade’s last year on the court as he wants to spend more time with his family.

 

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Fitzmagic Stalled, Roethlisberger Gives Steelers Win, Tua Tagovailoa Heisman Buzz

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Tampa Bay’s backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick caused a stir in his first two games of the season (throwing for a consecutive 4 touchdowns), but he couldn’t sustain the hype after a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Monday night football.  “Fitzmagic” may be over after he threw for 3 interceptions in the first half (which wasn’t completely his fault as he didn’t get much protection from his offensive line). Fitzpatrick rallied in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong performance from the Steelers, particularly quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards (his 56th 300 yard game of his career) and three touchdowns.   Steelers 30, Buccaneers 27.

In college football news,  it’s no suprise that after another impressive game (five touchdowns against Texas A&M), Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has the media buzzing about his early lead in the race for the most prestigious award in college football, the Heisman Trophy. After this week, the weekly USA Today Network Heisman survey has Tua ranked as a solid #1 choice with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins following up a distant second. There’s still many more games to play though, and anything can happen.

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Richardson Selling Panthers, Diddy Wants Team, Steelers Crazy Finish

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Eighty-one year old Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is planning on selling the franchise after the season. Richardson has been accused of workplace misconduct and is currently under investigation by the NFL. Sports Illustrated released an article detailing Richardson’s inappropriate behavior and comments and uncovered financial settlements reportedly covering up such behavior. There will likely be many interested buyers in the Panther’s franchise including Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs who recently tweeted, “There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let’s make history.” Then in an instagram video, he posted,  “I need to send a message out to everybody in the beautiful state of North Carolina: I will be the best NFL owner that you can imagine. I will immediately address the Colin Kaepernick situation and put him in the running for next year’s starting quarterback.” Diddy would need partners to be able to afford the Panthers, but doesn’t look like he’ll have trouble putting together a group. Even the Warriors Steph Curry took to social media to say he “wanted in”.

With playoff hopes on the line, Sunday’s games provided endless excitement. One of the most exciting games (and frustrating if you’re a Steelers fan) was when Pittsburgh tight end Jesse James dove into the end zone and looked like he scored the game winning touchdown against the New England Patriots. The play was ruled dead and not a touchdown as James “did not control the ball throughout the process”. Two plays later, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was picked off after a fake spike to seal the game. The Patriots grabbed an thrilling 27-24 win.

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Baker Mayfield Wins Heisman Trophy, Eagles Fear Wentz Tore ACL, Roethlisberger Makes History

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the latest recipient of the highest honor in college football, the Heisman trophy. Mayfield was a walk-on at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, where he was also a walk-on. Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 Championship this year and to the semifinals of the College Football Playoffs, where they’ll play Georgia on January 1st. Mayfield is the first player to win this prestigious trophy after starting his career as a walk-on (not to mention a double walk-on). Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said about him, “All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback [in high school]. All he wanted was a chance to be the starting quarterback at Texas Tech, Oklahoma and to earn scholarships. When he’s had those chances in his life, he’s proven himself.” Congratulations!

In the NFL, the Philadelphia Eagles fear their quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL in the second half of the team’s win over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. Wentz threw a touchdown immediately after he went down from the hit causing the issue to his left knee. The Eagles clinched a playoff berth but are concerned Wentz may be out for the rest of the season. Eagles 43, Rams 35.

The Pittsburgh Steelers clinched the top seed in the AFC North after their win over the Baltimore Ravens. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger made NFL history after throwing his third game with over 500 passing yards. Steelers 39, Ravens 38.

 

 

 

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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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Roethlisberger’ Miniscus, Pats Winning, Kaep Booed, Newton’s Press Conference, Prescott Performs, Kershaw Evens Series

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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tore his meniscus in the Steeleer’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. After surgery this week, the Team will have a better idea if/when he’ll be back on the field. Dolphins 30, Steelers 15.

brady-gronkowski-2Now that New England’s QB Tom Brady is back, the team looks unbeatable. The Patriots were a solid 3-1 while Brady was on suspension, but now the team seems unstoppable. The Cincinnati Bengals kept Sunday’s game close, but Brady kept his cool throwing for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski added a career high 162 yards. New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17.

Colin Kaepernick started at quarterback for the SF 49ers on Sunday (against the Buffalo Bills) for the first time since November 2015. Bills fans showed their dislike of Kaep by booing him as he walked on the field then chanting “USA, USA” before he knelt (as he’s done all season) for the National Anthem.  The Bills were clearly fired up as the team continued their 4 game win streak with a big win over the Niners. Bills 45, Niners 16.

Cam NewtonAfter the Carolina Panthers lost another tough game (this week to the New Orleans Saints) Panthers QB Cam Newton had people talking. In an uncomfortable to watch press conference after the game, Cam either refused to answer questions or just gave one word responses while staring straight ahead. After a very long and cringe-worthy one minute and 30 seconds, Cam eventually walked out.  Saints 41, Panthers 38.

It’s a bit shocking Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is still talking about a quarterback controversy. Rookie and 4th round draft pick, Dak Prescott,  has performed like an MVP this season, so it seems odd that anyone is still talking about having Tony Romo take over when he’s healthy. Speaking of rookies, Ezekiel Elliott’s star power has soared amassing over 100 rushing yards in each of his last 4 games.The only other player to have more rushing yards in his first 6 games was Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1983.   Dallas 30, Green Bay Packers 16.

 

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Clayton Kershaw, pitching 7 scoreless innings, led the LA Dodgers to a win to even the NLCS series against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers and Cubs will play game 3 on Tuesday.

In the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians have a two game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. The teams will play Game 3 on Monday night.

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Panthers Remain Undefeated, Odell’s Bad Behavior, Chiefs Hot, Roethlisberger Comes Through

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The Carolina Panthers came into New York undefeated to take on the NY Giants. The Giants were determined to rise to the occasion and unseat the Panthers.   In the game, the Panthers were crushing the Giants, but late in the 3rd quarter, the Giants launched a 28 point comeback to tie the game with just a little over a minute remaining.  Then, Panthers QB and MVP candidate Cam Newton knew it was “Go Time”.  He marched the Panthers down the field for a game winning field goal.  The Panthers are now a perfect 14-0.  Carolina 38, NY Giants 35.

Odell Beckham Jr 2A big story from the game was Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham’s abhorrent behavior.  He was throwing punches and cheap shots at Panthers star cornerback Josh Norman the entire game.  Beckham almost got tossed from the game and many think he should have been suspended.  After the game, Norman said, “It was ridiculous, I think it was personal. He was trying to come at me. I didn’t take nothing personal. I just went out and did my job.”
In Baltimore, the Ravens season is effectively over, but their opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs were quietly making an incredible run.  After starting the season a pathetic 1-5, the Chiefs reeled off 7 straight wins.  They are now in the playoffs, and are looking for an 8th straight victory.  To no surprise, Baltimore posed no threat, and the Chiefs beat them with ease. The Chiefs are red hot at the right time, their defense is turning into a wall, and they are going to be a team that nobody wants to face in the playoffs.  Kansas City 34, Baltimore 14.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to easily defeat the Denver Broncos, who were coming off an ugly home loss to the Raiders.  The Broncos were ready, however, and came out with a big early lead.  You can never count out Big Ben Roethlisberger though and his superstar wide receiver, Antonio Brown.  They pulled off an incredible comeback, capped off by a late 23 yard touchdown pass from Big Ben to, of course, Antonio Brown.  The Steelers got the win, and are making a run at winning the division.  Pittsburgh 34, Denver 27.

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