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Broncos Secure Playoff Spot, Black And Gold Win Fantasy Championship,Grimes Wife Causing Trouble In Miami,Durant Free Agent

FOOTBALL

In Monday Night Football, the Denver Broncos pulled off an important win in overtime against the Cincinnati Bengals. With the win, the Broncos secured a spot in the playoffs and even edged out the Bengals for the #2 spot. If the Broncos beat the San Diego Chargers in week 17, they will clinch a first round bye. Broncos 20, Bengals 17.

Screaming Weasels  Screaming Weasels  Black and GoldIn other important football news, the Monday night game capped off a great season of fantasy football. Our team, the Screaming Weasels, valiantly fought hard to secure a spot in the Super Bowl against the #1 seed, Black and Gold. After a tough weekend (with a brilliant move by Black and Gold to play Redskins’ tight end Jordan Reed), it all came down to whether or not Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas could pull out a couple of TD’s for the Weasels. Unfortunately it wasn’t his best game so the Super Bowl trophy goes to the deserving Black and Gold. Congratulations!

Elsewhere in the NFL, things could get a bit uncomfortable in Miami.  Dolphins star cornerback Brent Grimes’ wife Miko took to Twitter after the Dolphins loss and criticized their QB Ryan Tannehill.   She said “I knew this quarterback stunk the minute we signed to this team, but I kept quiet so I didn’t discourage bae [Brent] from believing in his team”.  She sent a couple other highly critical tweets about Tannehill, and it’s just more evidence that this franchise has a serious morale issue.  It’s also possible that Tannehill isn’t the Dolphins QB next season.

BASKETBALL

In the NBA, Kevin Durant is a free agent at the end of the season.  Most people think that his decision will come down to either re-signing with Oklahoma City or playing for his hometown Washington Wizards.  But now, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Golden State Warriors have expressed serious interest in bringing Durant to town.  All the teams next season will have more money due to the higher salary cap, and the Warriors would love to see a dynasty emerge that includes Durant.

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Gruden’s Code Red, Jags Over Bills In Livestream, Dolphins Overpower Texans, Univ Miami Fires Coach, Royals And Mets World Series

FOOTBALL

A few highlights from the Sunday NFL games:

Jack Nicholson After a disappointing loss last week to the New York Jets, Washington Redskins’ coach Jay Gruden channeled Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men” and ordered a “code red” for the game on Sunday against Tampa Bay. The Redskins got into a hole early and had to fight to overcome a 24-0 deficit. QB Kirk Cousins never got rattled and threw for 3 TD’s and one running TD to beat the Bucks 31-30.

In the first-ever NFL livestream, the Jacksonville Jaguars blew a huge lead but pulled out the win against the Buffalo Bills in London. The only way to watch the game was on Yahoo. It remains to be seen if we’ll see more games in this format.  Jaguars 34, Bills 31.

In the most lopsided game of the day, the Miami Dolphins destroyed the Houston Texans. In the first 16 minutes of the game, Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill threw for four scores to lead the team to a 35-0 blowout before the first half was even over. Interim coach Dan Campbell remained stoic throughout the game and humbled by the fans chanting his name at the end.  Even though the Dolphins finally look like a playoff bound team, there were bad omens before the game for the Texans when former starting QB Ryan Mallet missed the team’s chartered flight and had to grab a commercial flight to catch up with the team. Dolphins 44- Texans 26.

In the biggest news out of the college football ranks, the University of Miami fired head coach Al Goldin after the team’s worst loss in school history with their 58-0 trouncing by Clemson. Tight ends coach Larry Scott will take over as interim head coach.

BASEBALL

The Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays to win the ALCS and will now play the New York Mets in the World Series. The first game is Tuesday night in KC.

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

FOOTBALL

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.

BASEBALL

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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Dolphins Sign Tannehill To $96 Mill Contract, 49ers Defense In Trouble, Mayweather Wins $500K Bet

Bit of a quiet day in the sports world with the conference finals in the NBA playoffs set to tip off Tuesday night.

FOOTBALL

Ryan TannehillIn the NFL, the Miami Dolphins quietly signed their young quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a long term contract worth roughly $96million.  Of course, these numbers are inflated and largely bonus based, but it’s still around $20million guaranteed.  Even though Tannehill has had some major shortcomings late in each of his few seasons in the NFL, the Dolphins think he has the ability to be a franchise quarterback.  They have no interest in starting from scratch with another rookie.  Plus, they added some serious receiving weapons in the draft to help Tannehill.  Could be a good move for the Dolphins.
Elsewhere in the NFL, what was once a mighty defense in San Francisco for the 49ers is quickly going soft.  Earlier this off-season, the Niners star linebacker Patrick Willis decided to retire.  And now, their star defensive lineman, Justin Smith, has decided to call it quits as well.  This leaves major holes in their defense, and that is not good news in the increasingly difficult NFC West division.   It’s going to be a rough ride in SF this fall.

BOXING

Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather went on a gambling spree this weekend, and won nearly $500,000 by going against the grain.  In one such bet, he put his money down on the Rockets to win Game 6 in Los Angeles, when everyone thought the Clippers would wrap up the series.

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Djokovic And Federer Out Of Open Finals, Bills Best Bulls, Dolphins Huge Win Over Pats, 49ers Over Sloppy Cowboys, Broncos Beat Colts In Sloppy Win

TENNIS

Two huge upsets in the tennis world this weekend. We were all expecting to see Novak Djokovic vs. Roger Federer in the U.S. Open final, but in a day that shocked the fans, both favorites lost in the semi’s on Saturday. We will now see first time finalists Kei Nishikori (ranked #10) and Marin Cilic (#14) in the championship on Monday. This will be the first time in nearly 10 years that neither Federer, Djokovic or Nadal (who couldn’t play the Open because of injury) will not be in the finals match of a major tournament.  Maybe this is the sign of a new generation of superstars. 

Football

It was an exciting weekend of NFL football with some surprising wins. In overtime the Buffalo Bills knocked off the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls simply had too many turnovers and the Bills are serious about ending their 14 year playoff draught. Bills 23, Bulls 20.

Ryan TannehillThe Miami Dolphins had a huge win over the New England Patriots on Sunday. The Dolphins were missing a lot of key guys and still came out strong. The Dolphins put pressure on Patriots’ QB Tom Brady throughout the game. The Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 2 touchdowns and RB Knowshon Moreno rushed for 134 yards and a big 4th quarter TD.  Dolphins 33, Patriots 20.

Tony RomoIn another big game, the San Francisco 49ers rolled over the sloppy play of the Dallas Cowboys. Everyone counted the 49ers out for the season as they’ve had injuries and suspensions, but QB Colin Kaepernick looked solid and capitalized on Dallas’ QB Tony Romo’s turnovers. 49ers 28, Cowboys 17.

In the anticipated Sunday night showdown between the Denver Broncos and Indianapolis Colts, Peyton Maning and the Broncos gave us a good show. Manning threw three touchdown passes in the first half to tight end Julius Thomas. The second half wasn’t so easy for the Broncos. They are clearly missing Wes Welker (who is missing 4 games for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy). Colts’ QB Andrew Luck struggled in the first half but came back strong in the second to give the Broncos a scare. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough as the Broncos won 31-24.

 

 

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