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Just a week after a senior NFL health official made history by formally acknowledging a link between football and CTE, a form of long-term brain injury, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones called the idea “absurd.” Jones elaborated, “We don’t have that knowledge… there’s no way in the world to say you have a relationship relative to anything here… There’s no research. There’s no data.” Many scientists in the field would disagree with Jones on this one.
Over the last decade or so, the UFC has been gaining in popularity. The UFC, Ultimate Fighting Championship, promotes mixed-martial arts, MMA, a combination of wrestling, boxing, and everything in between. It’s a brutal, sometimes thrilling, sometimes scary sport that has been getting bigger and bigger, especially with breakout stars like Ronda Rousey transcending diehard fans and becoming full-blown celebrities. But until yesterday, MMA wasn’t legal in every state. For nineteen years, MMA has been outlawed in New York. The main concern about the sport is the possibility of brain injuries. Unlike football, UFC fighters don’t wear helmets, and it can get pretty nasty inside the ring. The New York State Assembly held a vote Tuesday, after a three-hour debate, and voted in favor of overturning the ban. The UFC plans to host an event at Madison Square Garden as soon as possible.1 comment
Ronda Rousey, the fighting phenom that put the UFC on the map, lost over the weekend against former kickboxer Holly Holm. Rousey was knocked out in the second round but don’t expect Rousey to go away anytime soon. She’s too much of a competitor to stay undefeated for long.
It was an exciting weekend in the NFL with some close games and some blowouts.
In the close game category, the New England Patriots remain undefeated after a late field goal against the New York Giants. QB Tom Brady did not have a particularly great game but in typical Brady fashion, he found a way to win by leading the team downfield to set up a game-winning field goal by Stephen Gostkowski with only seconds left to play. Patriots 27, Giants 26.
The Seattle Seahawks found themselves down 19 points against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday night. Cardinals’ QB Carson Palmer had a solid game with 3 TD’s and 1 Interception but almost lost the game by fumbling twice in the fourth quarter with both fumbles converting to touchdowns by the Seahawks. The Cardinals held on for the win, however, and now Arizona has control of the NFC West. Cardinals 39, Seahawks 32.
In the blowout games category, Ben Roethlisberger came back from injury and threw for an impressive 379 yards leading to a big win over the Cleveland Browns. Steelers 30, Browns 9.
Another record breaking day for Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler when he threw 2 TD’s over 80 yards in one game to trample the St. Louis Rams. No other QB in franchise history has accomplished that feat. Bears 37, Rams 13.
Washington Redskins’ QB Kirk Cousins embarrassed the New Orleans Saints defense with 297 yards and 3 TD’s in only the first half. The Saints couldn’t get anything going in the second half and the Redskins ran away with an easy win. Redskins 47, Saints 14.
In the NFL, Johnny Manziel is having some elbow issues. He was on pace to become the starter in Cleveland after a good performance in last week’s pre-season game, but this injury could set him back. As a precaution, the Browns have decided to rest Manziel for the remainder of the pre-season so he can get healthy.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Russell Wilson addressed a nasty hit he took in last year’s NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers. Russell collided with a defender and had to come out of the game. He returned to lead the Seahawks’ comeback and said he was able to recover because of “Recovery Water”. This is a liquid concoction of nano bubbles and massive amounts of electrolytes. Not surprisingly, Wilson is an investor in the company.
In the UFC world, Ronda Rousey had some excellent trash talk for Floyd Mayweather. Floyd boasted earlier this year that he made $100 million in one night (from the Pacquiao fight) and no other athlete has been able to accomplish this payday. Ronda Rousey, while she doesn’t get paid as much, told Mayweather that she “makes more per second”. Rousey’s fights tend to last no longer than 30 – 60 seconds. Pretty cool observation on her part.No comments
In the Ultimate Fighting Championships, just a week after Ronda Rousey destroyed Bette Correia, Ronda’s next fight is already being discussed. Rousey is quickly becoming a cash cow for the sport, especially because she defeats opponents in under a minute. Now everyone is talking about Rousey taking on Kris “Cyborg” Justino. Justino is at the top of her game in the fighting world, albeit she is older than Rousey. Nothing is official, and many think that this is Justino’s camp drumming up interest so she can get a big money shot at Rousey. Rousey said she is ready to fight anyone.
At Michael Jordan’s basketball camp in California, Michael Jordan had an interesting Q&A session with the kids. One kid asked… “Who was a better coach, Dean Smith (Jordan’s coach at North Carolina) or Phil Jackson (Jordan’s coach with the Bulls who led him to 6 championships). Jordan answered immediately saying “Dean Smith”, then followed this with “Phil was lucky, because Dean Smith coached me so well at North Carolina”. Then, another kid asked if Jordan could beat LeBron 1-on-1. Jordan said at this point in his life, probably not. But if he took on LeBron in his prime… no question”. You have to love and admire Jordan’s confidence.
And in some sad news, one of the long time voices of Monday Night Football and a Hall of Famer, Frank Gifford, died at the age of 84. Gifford was a legend within the NFL. He was a star for the New York Giants, and then a welcome face every Monday night throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The League and the entire sports world will miss him.No comments
The main event over the weekend was out of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) — specifically the female division. A new superstar has emerged in Ronda Rousey and sports fans were anticipating her fight against Bethe Correia. Correia was talking a lot of trash talk before the fight, then made it personal when she took shots at Rousey’s family. Rousey said she would teach Correia a lesson, and even wanted to fight in Correia’s home country of Brazil just to beat her in front of her home crowd. Rousey made good on her promise, destroying Correia in just 34 seconds. She even told her “Don’t cry” at the end of the match. Rousey stands to make a ton of money if she can keep this up.
In the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks decided to pay up to keep their golden boy quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson signed a 4-year $87.5 million contract on Friday, making him one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. With that money, however, comes a huge amount of responsibility. The Seahawks want to build up their passing game, and nothing short of Super Bowl wins will be expected by that franchise. At least Wilson can rest easy knowing that he now has financial security, as just last year, he was one of the lowest paid QB’s in the league.
Africa hosted the first ever professional NBA basketball game in the country. The game featured Team Africa, consisting of African-born players such as Luol Deng, Festus Ezeli and Serge Ibaka vs. Team World, which featured Chris Paul, Bradley Beal, and Pau Gasol. The highlight of the exhibition game came when former NBA superstar Hakeem Olajuwon checked in. Sure, he’s now 52 years old, but he still had some moves, even giving the crowd another look at his famous “Dream Shake“. It was a great game and Team World won out. All agreed that the exhibition was great for the continent. Team World 101, Team Africa 97.No comments