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19 Missed Kicks In Week 2, Browns & Vikings Bad Kicking Days, Davis Retires At Halftime, Fitzpatrick Channels McGregor

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In week two of the NFL, we saw 19 missed field goals and point after touchdowns. Nineteen misses in one day!  In one particular matchup, the Cleveland Browns had an opportunity to finally win a game, but their kicker Zane Gonzalez (who had already missed an extra point earlier in the game and who heartbreakingly missed a game-winning field goal last week), missed again. To add insult to injury, Gonzalez had a chance to tie the game a few plays later but missed a field goal, and the New Orleans Saints took the win. The Browns haven’t won a game since December 24th, 2016. Saints 21, Browns 18.

As depressing as the day was for Zane, the Minnesota Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson’s day was worse. Carlson missed all three field goals including two in overtime which could have given the Vikings a win over the Green Bay Packers. The Green Bay Packers might have won the game in regulation play (instead of tying in overtime) if it wasn’t for a confusing roughing the passer call on Packer’s linebacker Clay Matthews that negated a potentially game-ending interception by Packers’ cornerback Jaire Alexander. According to Matthews, “You see how it changed the game. I know there’s an emphasis on protecting quarterbacks, but it’s gotten out of control.” Vikings 29, Packers 29.

One of the oddest occurrences during the day on Sunday was when Buffalo Bills cornerback Vontae Davis played in the first half of the game, went into the locker room at halftime and retired from football.  It’s Vontae’s 10th season in the NFL and first with the Bills. After the game, Bills’ Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander reacted by saying he’s never seen anything like it and called it “disrespectful”.

Backup Tampa Bay quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick looks like he’s having a blast on the field and off. With another week of throwing for 400 yards and 4 touchdowns, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in franchise history with 4 TDs in consecutive games. During the press conference after the win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Fitzpatrick dressed up as mixed martial artist Conor McGregor amusing his teammates and reporters. When asked about his getup, he said, “The chest hair is mine”.

 

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Cubs/Indians In Historic World Series, Ohio State Loss Causes Drop In Poll, Fitzpatrick Angry In Jets Win, Seahawks/Cardinals Yawn Fest

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cubsThe Chicago Cubs beat the LA Dodgers Saturday night and are now headed to the World Series to take on the Cleveland Indians. This World Series promises to be one for the ages. The Indians haven’t won the big one since 1948, while the Cubs haven’t been in the World Series for 71 years and haven’t won since 1908. The best of seven series begins Tuesday at 8:00 pm ET.

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In college football, the mighty Ohio State lost to Penn State 21-24 dropping them to #8 in the Coaches Poll (from a previous #2). Undefeated Alabama remains at #1, while the undefeated Michigan Wolverines jumped to #2.

In the NFL, the New York Jets beat the Baltimore Ravens after QB Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game for an injured Geno Smith. Fitzpatrick was benched last week, so when he was called back in to finish this game, he was admittedly angry. He said,  “The biggest thing in this game, in order to last, is to have belief in yourself, because when the owner stops believing in you, the GM stops believing in you, and the coaches stop believing in you, sometimes all you have is yourself.” He went on to say, “I probably play better as an underdog, pissed off, so going forward, yeah, I’ll be pissed off,” Jets 24, Ravens 16.

In what many consider the worst game of the weekend (and the season so far), the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals both missed two field goals in overtime to tie the game 6-6. The game was a yawn fest from the beginning with the Seahawks punting on their first nine possessions.

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Indians Win After Trevor Bauer’s Bloody Pinkie, Jets Collapse Again

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trevor-bauerThe Cleveland Indians are one game away from sweeping the Toronto Blue Jays in the ALCS, but the headlines this morning are all about the Indian’s pitcher Trevor Bauer’s bloody pinkie finger.  He cut his finger on a drone last week and was desperately trying to stop the bleeding. Baseball rules prevent players from wearing a bandage (claiming it’s a foreign substance), so everyone saw the drip, drip of the blood and knew he’d be coming out of the game. Fortunately for the Indians, they have a bullpen ready to take over and they did, rotating in 6 different pitchers to pull out a 4-2 win. The Series continues today at 4:00 pm in Toronto and if the Indians win, they move on to the World Series, marking their first World Series appearance since 1997.

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With the New York Jets trailing 28-3 in Monday Night Football’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, the Jets replaced QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with backup Geno Smith. The move was too little too late as the Jets couldn’t string any significant plays together. The Jets are now 1-5 and will have to decide which QB to start next week against a 3-3 Baltimore Ravens. Cardinals 28, Jets 3.

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Fitzpatrick Thinks Less In Jets Win, Cubs Clinch NL Title, Rapinoe Kneels While Representing USA

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Last season NY Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick had a tough time against Coach Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills, but on Thursday night, the Harvard grad stated “Going into the game, I just wanted to think less”. It worked as he threw for 374 yards and one touchdown. It wasn’t just about the passing as Fitzpatrick had a lot of help in the running game with Matt Forte’s three rushing touchdowns (tying a career high).  Jets 37, Bills 31.

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screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-7-41-35-amThe Chicago Cubs left Wrigley Field Thursday night after a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, but waited hopefully for the results of a West Coast game where the SF Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals. With the Giants win, the Cubs clinched their first National League Title since 2008. Fans poured into the streets celebrating their National League Central Division Title. The Cubbies haven’t won a National League Pennant in 71 years and haven’t won the World Series in 108 years so even inching towards those milestones is a big deal for Cubs fans.

SOCCER

Megan Rapinoe created another level of controversy Thursday night when she refused to stand during the National Anthem while representing Team USA in a friendly match against Thailand. As the midfielder for the US Women’s National Team, Rapinoe deliberated about the issue and ultimately decided not to stand. US Soccer did not agree with her decision and released a statement saying, “As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played.”

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Signs With Jets, Chapman’s Impressive Cubs’ Debut

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Ryan FitzpatrickThe month long stalemate between the New York Jets and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is finally over. With their deadline approaching, the Jets offered Fitzpatrick $12 million for one year fully guaranteed deal. Fitzpatrick missed the offseason but coaches believe he’ll be ready by opening day. Geno Smith will remain Fitzpatrick’s backup.

MLB

There was no chance the Chicago Cubs were going to lose to the White Sox in Wednesday nights 8-1 route, but the sell-out crowd didn’t leave the stadium as they saw newly acquired reliever Aroldis Chapman about to step on the mound. The fans were not disappointed with Chapman’s debut. He took out the next 3 batters with fastballs clocked at 101, 102, and 103 mph. Chapman is considered one of the best closers in baseball but the Cubs were criticized for making the trade with the Yankees. Chapman was accused of domestic abuse back in October of 2015. No arrests or charges were brought against him but he was suspended for 30 games as fired 8 gunshots in his garage the night of the incident and police were summoned to his home.

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