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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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Kobe Bryant’s $100 Million VC Fund & 8/24 Day, Wilson Shuns NC For Wedding, Lochte Loses Sponsorship

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Kobe BryantKobe Bryant is making the most of his retirement from basketball. On Monday he announced his partnership in a $100 million media and technology venture capital fund called BryantStibel (with partner Jeff Stibel).

In more Kobe news, Los Angeles declared 8/24 as Kobe Bryant day. 8 and 24 are the two jersey numbers Kobe wore during his 20 years and 5 NBA Championships with the Lakers. LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar stated, “For 20 years, we were all the beneficiaries of Kobe’s incredible talent and legendary work ethic, and on 8-24 we’ll gather to say, ‘Thank you, Mamba.’”

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Many athletes feel it’s their responsibility to use their fame to heighten social awareness. Seattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson switched the location of his wedding to singer Ciara from North Carolina to London in order to bring awareness to North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law. As a refresher, the NC law states people using restrooms in public schools and government buildings need to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex stated on their birth certificate.

OLYMPICS

Disgraced swimmer Ryan Lochte has been dropped by four of his major sponsors (Speedo, Ralph Lauren, Airweave and Gentle Hair Removal) after admitting he “exaggerated” his story of getting robbed at gunpoint after a night out at the Olympics.

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Bulls Grab Dwayne Wade From Heat, Russell Wilson And Ciara Wed

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The Chicago Bulls upgraded their roster Wednesday night by recruiting Dwayne Wade from the Miami Heat. With the recent addition of Rajon Rondo and with current star Jimmy Butler, the Bulls go from a rebuilding team to a contender.  Wade will surely be missed in Miami. In 13 seasons with the Team he won 3 NBA titles and one finals MVP. Wade signed a 2 year contract with the Bulls for $47 million. Wade is from the Chicago area and told the AP, “I have never forgotten where I came from, and I am thankful to have an opportunity to play for the team that first fueled my love of the game.”

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Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 8.49.10 AMSeattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson posted a photo on Instagram with his new wife, the singer Ciara. Congrats!

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Jets Dominate Colts, Rodgers Takes Stab At Wilson, Cutler/Brees Injured

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Andrew LuckThe New York Jets defense dominated Monday night’s matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Colts’ QB Andrew Luck played unusually sloppy while the Jets D lead by Darrelle Revis caused the Colts to crumble. Colts are now 0-2 and the NY Jets are surprisingly 2-0. Jets 20, Colts 7.

 

Aaron RodgersIn other NFL news, the gossip train is in motion after Sunday night’s Packers v. Seahawks game.   People were wondering if Packers’ QB Aaron Rodgers was taking a jab at religious Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson after the game when he said “I think God was a Packers fan tonight“.  Wilson is known, like many athletes, for thankingGod after a victory.  Given that the Packers and Seahawks are quickly becoming rivals, this may have been Rodgers attempt to show Seattle that the Packers are the team to beat in the NFC.

In Chicago, it looks like the Bears have an issue at quarterback.  Jay Cutler got injured in Sunday’s game and now it’s reported that he will miss at least 2 weeks.  Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen will now get his shot at attempting to bring the Bears to glory.  It’s too early in the season to count any team out, but things do look gloomy in Chicago.
Finally, in New Orleans, the Saints worst nightmare has come true:  Drew Brees is injured and will likely miss a few weeks.  The Saints have never had to survive without Brees calling the shots, but now they will hope their back-up Luke McCown, the unlikely star of a recent Verizon commercial campaign, can manage their offense and turn the team around. McCown is NOT Drew Brees, however and the Saints may have a tough season. .
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Seahawks Bonded In Hawaii, Browns Bad Trade, Brady Decision This Week

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beb3a503b3ccf0529420363284e8186b 2In the NFL, memories die hard and last year’s Super Bowl where the Seattle Seahawks had a chance to beat the New England Patriots in the closing seconds but made an epically bad call on the goal line to lose the big game, still weighs on the team. In order to avoid going into the season with a depression hangover, Russell Wilson brought the whole team on a trip to Hawaii.  The team shared their feelings, shed some tears and threw all bad thoughts off of a cliff.  They needed to start fresh and the bonding on the trip seemed to work.

Elsewhere in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns cut Phil Taylor.  Now, you’re likely asking “Who is Phil Taylor?”.  He isn’t a recognizable player, but he was the last remnant of the trade the Browns made so the Atlanta Falcons could get superstar wide receiver Julio Jones.  The Falcons traded up in 2011 to take Jones, and gave the Brows 5 pics.  Taylor was the last of those picks.  They used the other picks on players like Branden Weeden and Greg Little, but they didn’t pan out either.  Clearly, the Browns lost that trade, and probably should have taken Julio Jones themselves.
Finally, in the NFL, Tom Brady is still fighting hard to appeal his 4-game suspension from “Deflatgate”.  On Tuesday, a legal expert said that he thinks that Brady will win the case, and be able to play in the opener.  Many people thought Brady’s suspension was too heavy and at worst he should only be suspended 2 games.  The judge is set to make a ruling this week.

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Rousey Takes Down Opponent In 34 Seconds, Russell Wilson Highest Paid QB, Team World Wins In Africa

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Rhonda RouseyThe 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.

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Russell WilsonIn 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.

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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.

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Jordan Spieth Trounces Competition At Masters, Tiger Hits Root, Russell Wilson Baseball Career

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Jordan SpiethThe main event of the weekend:  The Masters.  It was certainly an historic event this year at Augusta.   The boy of the hour was 21-year old phenom Jordan Spieth.  He came out of the gates with a marvelous performance.  Others in the field played well too.  Phil Mickelson finished second, Justin Rose came in third, and even Rory Mcllroy, Tiger Woods’ theoretical heir apparent, finished 4th with a remarkable -12.  But, Spieth was beyond incredible finishing with a -18.  That ties the score for best ever 72 hole total at the Masters (tied with Tiger Woods in 1997).  Plus, Spieth is only 21 years old, becoming the second youngest player to ever win the Masters (again, Tiger Woods).  If Spieth can keep this up, we may be seeing another Sports Icon in the making.

In other Masters’ headlines, Tiger Woods had a big scare on Sunday when he hit a root in the ground.  When you’re swinging a golf club hard, and not expecting to hit anything, that shock can really mess up the nerves in your hand.  When Tiger did it, you could immediately see him grimace and shake his hand.  He is already injury prone, and any more injuries could seriously derail his career even further.

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Russell WilsonIn the NFL, quarterback Russell Wilson is expecting to get a very big contract from the Seattle Seahawks.  In his first 3 years, he has led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl twice, winning one.  The Seahawks will definitely want to lock him up long-term.  Wilson, however,  said that he’s not ready to close all doors on a baseball career yet.  The Texas Rangers currently have his rights, and Wilson said he wants to keep his options open.  Would the Seahawks allow a contract that permits him to play baseball?  Seems unlikely, but they do want to keep him happy.   We haven’t seen a double sport player in quite a while.

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Patriots Win Exciting Super Bowl!

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Arizona Super Bowl Super Bowl 49 between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks did not disappoint.  Vegas had this game as a “Pick Em”, meaning that even Vegas didn’t have a clue which team would win the game.  These were two teams playing excellent football headed into a game that would cement legacies.  If Tom Brady and the Pats won, Tom Brady would be launched into the “Greatest QB of all time” conversation.  If the Seahawks won, Seattle would start to be called a dynasty, and their defense would be launched into the “Greatest Defenses Of All Time” conversations. So how would it play out?

Julian EdelmanThe Pats got up early, but then Seattle came storming back late in the second quarter to tie the game at half time.  This one looked like it was going to be a game for the ages.  Seattle even took a 10 point lead in the 3rd quarter and looked like they had control.  But, in the 4th quarter, Tom Brady started working his magic.  He pulled his team them within 3 points, and then he got the lead late with a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman.  And that’s when the game got really interesting.

Seattle had a 2-minute drive to try and win the game.  After an incredible deep pass from Russell Wilson to Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks were in good position at mid-field.  Wilson tossed a long bomb to Jermaine Kearse.  Kearse didn’t make the catch and hit the ground.  But… the ball didn’t hit the ground, it landed on his foot, then his chest.  Kearse bobbled it, then made the catch while lying on the ground at about the 8 yard line.  This unbelievable reception could go down as one of the best catches in Super Bowl history.

The Seahawks then gave the ball to their beast mode running back Marshawn Lynch, who easily ran it down to the 1-yard line.  It looked like the Seahawks were on their way to taking a lead and being within only 25 seconds of winning the Super Bowl.  All they had to do was hand it to Marshawn Lynch again on 2nd down, and let him run it in for a touchdown.  Except… head coach Pete Carroll confusingly, mysteriously, inexplicably called a pass play over the middle.  Russell Wilson tried to hit his receiver, but there were 3 Patriots defending him and the Pats rookie Malcolm Butler came up with the game winning interception and the game was over. Everyone watching was stunned.

The Patriots won the Super Bowl 28-24.  The Super Bowl MVP, Tom Brady, now has 4 Super Bowl rings in 6 Super Bowl appearances, and the Seahawks won’t be getting over this for a very long time.

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Seahawks Squeeze By Packers And Patriots Overwhelm Colts To Meet In SB 49, Broncos Hire Kubiak As Head Coach

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In the NFL, 4 teams were vying for a ticket to the Super Bowl this weekend.  First up, it was the Green Bay Packers taking on the Seattle Seahawks.  The Seahawks have a distinct home field advantage, but that isn’t something that bothers Aaron Rodgers.  The Packers jumped out to a surprising 16-0 lead, and the Seahawks went into halftime a bit nervous.
Marshawn LynchIn the 2nd half, however, the Seahawks pulled some miracle plays to get back in the game.  A fake field goal that converted to a touchdown, a touchdown run by QB Russell Wilson, a phenomenal onside kick, and a beastly play from Marshawn Lynch gave the Seahawks the lead.  Another amazing 2-point conversion by the Seahawks gave them a 3-point lead.  A late drive by the Packers allowed them to tie the game and we were headed to overtime.

But in OT, the Seahawks took care of business, as Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown to win the game and send them to Super Bowl 49.  Seattle 28, Green Bay 22.

LeGarrette BlountThen, in the AFC, it was the New England Patriots hosting the Indianapolis Colts.  The Colts shocked the Broncos last week, and were hoping they were the team of destiny this year.  Unfortunately, the Colts were simply too young and too over-matched by Tom Brady and the Pats.  The Patriots came out strong and absolutely crushed the Colts.  LeGarrett Blount had a huge rushing day, and the Pats look nothing short of fantastic.  New England 45, Indianapolis 7.

We will have a terrific Super Bowl match-up in two weeks between the Patriots and Seahawks in Arizona.

Finally, in the NFL, the Denver Broncos hired former Texans’ coach Gary Kubiak as their new head coach.  Fans are not thrilled about the hire, and many think that Peyton Manning may not be excited about it either.  This may signal the end of Peyton Manning’s playing career.

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Ole Miss Upset, Roethlisberger’s 6 TD’s, Wilson Quiets Controversy, Brady Big Win Over Chicago

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In college football, there were some opportunities for upsets this weekend. Unranked Kentucky gave #1 Mississippi State a run for its money, however, Miss St. hung in there for the win and will hold on to it’s #1 ranking.  But, Mississippi State’s rival, #3 Ole Miss, didn’t fare as lucky.  Ole Miss traveled to Louisiana State University, an extremely tough place to play.  LSU pulled off the upset in a low scoring defensive battle.   LSU 10, Ole Miss 7.  Mississippi State 45, Kentucky 31.

Ben Roethlisberger.JPGIn the NFL, the red hot Indianapolis Colts went into to Pittsburgh looking to keep up their momentum. The Steelers, however, were coming off a win last weekend and looked mighty tough.   In a shocker for fans, they absolutely destroyed the Colts, but the big story of the game was Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 522 YARDS AND 6 TOUCHDOWNS!!  This Steelers’ team still has some defensive issues, but their offense is on fire right now.

Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson was able to quiet the controversy of the week, (i.e. that there is a locker room divide and certain players don’t think that Wilson is “Black Enough”…and according to Wilson, he doesn’t even “know what that means”), and the Seahawks defense held the Carolina Panthers to under 10 points to grab the win and avoid losing 3 games in the row.  Seattle 13, Carolina 9.

Finally, in New England, the Patriots have seemingly turned things around this season.  The Pats’ offense looked unstoppable as QB Tom Brady tossed for 5 touchdowns in a big win over the Chicago Bears.   New England 51, Chicago 23.

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