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Lions Embarrass Eagles, Romo Injured Again In Loss To Panthers, Packers Retire Favre Jersey While Team Falls To Bears

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In the first matchup on Thanksgiving Day, the Detroit Lions, with 3 TD’s from superstar wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, ran all over the Philadelphia Eagles.  Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford tied for his personal best by throwing for 5 scoring passes. The Eagles didn’t know what hit them. Lions 45, Eagles 14.

The second game, featured Panthers’ QB Cam Newton continuing to do what he does best, win. The unbeaten Carolina Panthers capitalized on the 3 interceptions returned for TD’s from Dallas QB Tony Romo. Romo may be out for good this season with the same injury (left collarbone) that sidelined him earlier in the year. With the win, the Panthers continue their perfect 11-0 season. Panthers 33, Cowboys 14.

Brett Favre & Bart Starr 2In a moving tribute at halftime Thursday evening during the the Chicago Bears-Green Bay game, the Packers unveiled Brett Favre’s name and jersey number next to the retired names and numbers of other Packers’ greats. Favre spoke about his love for the game and love for his teammates while former Packer great Bart Starr came out to the field to give him a celebratory hug. That emotional display was the highlight for the fans at Lambeau Field as the Packers failed to hold off the Bears. Chicago 17, Packers 13.

 

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Bengals Smash Browns, Lions “Fire” Party, Mavs Make Commitment To Carlisle

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In the NFL, it was Thursday Night Football between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals.  These teams are on opposite sides of the success spectrum.  The Browns are spinning towards a disappointing season, while the Bengals are undefeated and might have their best squad in franchise history.  The Browns also had to contend with starting their erratic QB Johnny Manziel.  Not surprisingly, the Bengals smashed the Browns.  QB Andy Dalton connected with Tyler Eifert for 3 touchdowns for the Bengals to remain undefeated.  Cincinnati 31, Cleveland 10.

Donald TrumpElsewhere in the NFL, the Detroit Lions are having a “you’r fired” party.   They fired their team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew.  Even though the Lions had a pretty decent season last year, made the playoffs, and almost won their first round game against the Cowboys (a controversial call made the difference), the Lions are a complete mess this year.   It’s likely they will get rid of head coach Jim Caldwell at the end of the year, and it’s no guarantee that QB Matt Stafford or WR Calvin Johnson will remain in a Lions uniforms next season.

 

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The Dallas Mavericks have made a 5-year commitment to head coach Rick Carlisle.  Carlisle led the Mavs to a championship a few years ago, and while the team has been average ever since, the Mavs couldn’t risk losing a solid coach like Carlisle.  Dallas knows that they’re losing their megastar Dirk Nowitzki either at the end of this season or the next, and they need to have a strong coach during their rebuilding era.

 

 

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Controversial MNF Seahawks’ Win, Dolphins Fire Philbin, Nationals Fire Williams, Wild Card Game

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Calvin JohnsonThe end of the Monday Night Football matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Seattle Seahawks did not disappoint.   This game was pretty uneventful until the 4th quarter. The Lions were in a position to win when QB Matthew Stafford threw the ball to his favorite target, WR Calvin Johnson. Johnson was diving into the end-zone for what looked like a touchdown, but at the 1-yard line, the Seahawks’ safety Kam Chancellor knocked the ball out of Johnson’s hands, and the play was ruled a touchback.  Unfortunately for the Lions, the NFL admitted after the game that the ball was illegally batted out of the end-zone so the Lions should have had the ball back on the one yard line.   The Seahawks escaped with the win, and the Lions went home with a disappointing record of 0-4.  Seattle 13, Detroit 10.

Elsewhere in the NFL, just a day after the Miami Dolphins lost to the New York Jets in London, the Miami brass fired head coach Joe Philbin.  The Dolphins had very high expectations coming into this season.  They thought they were going to have a fast-paced, explosive offense under Ryan Tannehill.  At 1-3, their offense looks lackluster and the team appears dysfunctional. Over the weekend, Philbin apparently told the practice squad to go easy on Tannehill so as not to affect his confidence and Tannehill reportedly derided the squad for not making as much money as him by saying, “Enjoy your practice squad paycheck, enjoy your practice squad trophy.” Clearly the team needs a change of attitude and leadership.

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The Washington Nationals fired their manager Matt Williams.  Just like the Dolphins, the Nationals were supposed to dominate this season.  They paid over the top for a number star pitchers and hitters but supposedly there was an ugly chemistry in the Nationals’ clubhouse.  The chaos was apparent when slugger Bryce Harper recently fought in the dugout with his teammate Jonathan Papelbon.

Also, in baseball, check out the first wild card game Tuesday night between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees.   Winner moves on, loser goes home.  It’s great post-season baseball drama.

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Lions Over Bears, Sanchez Redeems Self, Sherman Taunts Niners

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Calvin JohnsonThe Detroit Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford threw for 390 yards and 2 TD’s in a much needed win over the Chicago Bears. Megatron (Calvin Johnson) finally looked healthy scoring those 2 TD’s and securing 11 catches and 146 yards. Even with his injury, Johnson is the fastest receiver in NFL history to get to 10,000 receiving yards. Detroit 34, Bears 17.

The Eagles’ Mark Sanchez redeemed his butt fumble and threw his way to an easy win over the Dallas Cowboys. Sanchez threw for 217 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. After the game he spoke about his infamous mistake on Thanksgiving two years ago, “It is like my favorite holiday, so that’s not cool,” Sanchez said. “It was a bummer. The game plan was to try not to do that. And we accomplished that.” Eagles 33, Cowboys 10.

Richard ShermanIn the late game Thursday, the San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick had one of the worst games of his career in the prime time, highly anticipated game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks’ Cornerback Richard Sherman taunted and teased the Niners on route to an easy win for his team.

In reference to Sherman’s second interception, he said, ‘The second one was pretty entertaining. I was laughing the whole time. They threw it. I said, `Way to be, way to be.”’ Seahawks 19, 49ers 3.

 

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Bieber Bad Omen For Steelers, Rodgers Stunning 6 TD’s Over Bears, Crimson Tide’s Foster Ignites Crowd, Buckeyes Barrett Runs Over Spartans

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Justin BieberJustin Bieber is apparently a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He showed up on Saturday night before their bible study to meet the players. A number of players tweeted about their encounter, but no word on whether the Bieber stayed for the study/prayer session.

Maybe that was a bad omen for the team as the Steelers lost to the lowly New York Jets. The Steelers just didn’t step up for this game. With 4 turnovers, they had no chance to win.  The Jets’ QB Michael Vick had two TD”s,  no interceptions and helped his team end an eight game losing streak. Jets 20- Steelers 13.

Green Bay Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers had a stunning performance on Sunday vs the Chicago Bears. In the first half alone, he threw for 6 TD’s (yes 6!!!!) for a 55-14 win.

Good news for Detroit Lions’ fans as Megatron (Calvin Johnson) is back and healthy. Lions 20, Dolphins 16.

In college football, some great games on Saturday. All the top teams are vying for the final four spots in the inaugural football playoffs. The Alabama Crimson Tide (currently ranked #5) put on a show in their exciting overtime win over LSU. Alabama’s linebacker, Reuben Foster, ignited the crowd in the remaining seconds of tied regulation play. With seconds ticking off the clock, Foster sent LSU’s kick returner flying and the crowd went wild. It was great momentum heading into overtime and not surprisingly Alabama won 20-16. They are gearing for a spot in the playoffs (especially since Auburn lost a big game to Texas A&M on Saturday) and if they continue to play like this, they will likely get it.

J.T. BarrettIn another exciting college game with playoff implications, the Ohio State Buckeyes ran over the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes started off the season a bit shaky when their starting QB Braxton Miller went down with an injury. The replacement, J.T. Barrett has truly come in to his own and is arguably one of the best players in the Big 10 right now. Ohio State 49 Michigan State 37.

 

 

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NFL Suspends Rice Indefinitely, Megatron Shines, Chargers Mistakes Pile Up

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TMZ story in the football world was new footage of running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (now wife). The video was released by TMZ and what made everyone scratch their head is how did the NFL not see this video when the case came up.  When the Rice situation exploded this summer, the NFL only suspended Rice for 2 games (for first time domestic offense) but now after seeing the video, he’s been cut by the Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL. Modells and Dicks Sporting Goods has even pulled Rice jerseys from their store. Warning, this video is disturbing to watch.

Calvin JohnsonIn Monday night football action, the first game of the night featured the New York Giants taking on the Detroit Lions. The Lions completely destroyed the Giants. The Lions’ WR Calvin Johnson (knows as Megatron) lived up to his name. He ended the night with 164 yards and 2 TD’s. And, Lions’ QB Matthew Stafford looked solid in his debut under new coach Jim Caldwell.  Lions 35, Giants 14.

In the late game Monday night between the San Diego Chargers and the Arizona Cardinals, there wasn’t much action for the first three quarters, but in the 4th the game started to get exciting.  San Diego was winning by 11 points in the 4th but then with 7 1/2 minutes late, the mistakes started to pile up and with 2 1/2 minutes left, the Cardinals’ rookie wide receiver John Brown caught his first TD and lifted Arizona to a win. Cardinals 18, Chargers 17.

 

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