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The best part of Monday Night Football’s matchup was Tom Brady. With three touchdowns and 406 yards, Brady didn’t let up and led the Pats to a 30-23 victory over the Baltimore Ravens. Everyone, including Ravens’ coach John Harbaugh, knew Brady was the key to the Pats win and, at the end of the 4th quarter the crowd at Gillette Stadium started shouting “Brady”!
After the Atlanta Falcons destroyed the Los Angles Rams last weekend in yet another devastating loss, the Rams took action and fired head coach Jeff Fisher for “a performance-related issue.” With the loss, Fisher tied the NFL record for most career losses (165).
Major League Baseball has banned rookie hazing including, “requiring, coercing or encouraging players from dressing up as women or wearing costumes that may be offensive to individuals based on their race, sex, nationality, age, sexual orientation, gender identify or other characteristic.” Teams have had a tradition of annual dress up days for their rookies as a form of bonding. As an example, the Cubs had their team dress as Disney Princesses, and the Mets had their rookies go to Starbucks dressed as characters from the movie “A League of their Own”.
The College Football Playoffs are now set and the top 4 teams are Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington. On December 31st, Alabama will play Washington in the Peach Bowl and Ohio State will matchup against Clemson. The winning teams will face each other in the National Championship game on January 9th in Tampa.
In the NFL, Brady fans just keep celebrating. This weekend, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady reached yet another milestone. In a 26-10 win over the Los Angeles Rams, Brady became the all-time leader for wins by a quarterback (201) surpassing Peyton Manning’s 200 wins. According to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, “Tom breaking the record, that’s what it is all about — winning games.”
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who always looks dapper, was benched for the first series of the Sunday night matchup against the Seattle Seahawks for violating the team dress code. According to Newton, he wasn’t wearing a tie, so coach Rivera benched him for the start of the game. He went on to say, “When you’re 6-5, trying to get a shirt — I was away from home for a week — I didn’t pack a shirt. There was a lot of ties that were given, but I can’t wear a tie with this. Meaning I have a tank top on under this — we discussed it internally. … I thought we were on the same page; I felt as if I wore a similar outfit like this before, and nothing was done. But he has rules in place and we have to abide by them. No person is greater than the next person — it is what it is.” Backup QB, Derek Anderson started the game and was intercepted on the first play. The Panthers finished the game with a devastating 40-7 loss.
Ohio State Wins Historic Game, Alabama Iron Bowl Win, Brady Another Record, Browns Lose Again, Broncos Postseason In Doubt
One of the greatest rivalries in college football is Ohio State and Michigan. The teams have met 113 times since 1897. All last week, the media hyped the game with articles everyday talking about Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his team’s tough defense and coach Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s dominating offense. The buildup did not disappoint, as Saturday’s game will go down as an instant classic. In double overtime, the Michigan Wolverines thought they stopped Ohio State on 4th down, but the refs called a first down extending the game for the Buckeyes. As Coach Harbaugh screamed from the sidelines, Ohio State scored a touchdown on the next play and won the game 30-27.
In the 81st matchup of the Iron Bowl (the Alabama vs Auburn rivalry) Alabama performed as it has all season, by completely dominating its opponents. After a shaky first half, Alabama eased into a 30-12 win. With the win, #1 ranked Alabama finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 2009. In a touching moment during the Alabama Senior Day announcements before the game, Senior Lawrence Erekosima’s mother, who is stationed in Kuwait and wasn’t supposed to be home until next year, ran on the field to surprise her son. She was allowed a leave to be with her son for this special game.
Tom Brady was uncharacteristically shaky at the beginning of the New England Patriots vs New York Jets on Sunday. After a trip to the West Coast last week, plus a knee injury that kept him out of two practices this week, his passes were a bit off. Even though Brady was vulnerable, he (characteristically) worked with his team to pull out a win. He also added another stat to his resume by tying Peyton Manning with 200 career wins. Patriots 22, Jets. 17.
Some things remained the same this week. In a loss to the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns now have a remarkably disappointing 0-12 record. Browns 13, Giants 20.
In the late game on Sunday night, the Denver Broncos lost in a heartbreaker when their kicker missed a 62-yard field goal in overtime, setting up the Kansas City Chiefs for a 34 yard field goal which bounced off the uprights before falling in for the win. With the loss, the Broncos will have to fight in the final weeks of the regular season to make it to the postseason. Chiefs 30, Broncos 27.No comments
LeBron James donated $2.5 million to the new Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture for the Muhammad Ali exhibit. He told USA Today, “Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor.” NBA legends Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson also donated $5 million and $1 million respectively to the museum.
If you’re not quite over the excitement of the Cubs winning the World Series (and if you’re a fan of Will Ferrell and Anchorman), “Funny or Die” put together a great mashup.
QB Tom Brady is having some fun at his own expense with the “Week of Greatness” ads from Foot Locker. There’s also a great ad making fun of Carmelo Anthony.No comments
As everyone now knows, we have a new President, Donald Trump. Bringing in a sports angle, many took to social media yesterday criticizing Tom Brady for supporting Trump. Meanwhile Brady’s wife Gisele claimed they did not vote for him. Brady has played golf with Trump, and at rally in New Hampshire Trump said Brady told him, “Donald, I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you.”
In other voting news, San Diego did not endorse the building of a new stadium for the Chargers to keep them in town. Now that the ballot initiative failed, the team has until January to decide whether they’ll join the Rams in Los Angeles and share a stadium in Inglewood, CA.
The Cleveland Cavaliers undefeated season came to a close last night in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs were on a 6-0 tear, but showed a lackluster effort in their 106-110 loss. No doubt they’ll bounce back from one bad game, but this defeat showed the team isn’t invincible.
Roethlisberger’ Miniscus, Pats Winning, Kaep Booed, Newton’s Press Conference, Prescott Performs, Kershaw Evens Series
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger tore his meniscus in the Steeleer’s loss to the Miami Dolphins. After surgery this week, the Team will have a better idea if/when he’ll be back on the field. Dolphins 30, Steelers 15.
Now that New England’s QB Tom Brady is back, the team looks unbeatable. The Patriots were a solid 3-1 while Brady was on suspension, but now the team seems unstoppable. The Cincinnati Bengals kept Sunday’s game close, but Brady kept his cool throwing for 376 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski added a career high 162 yards. New England Patriots 35, Cincinnati Bengals 17.
Colin Kaepernick started at quarterback for the SF 49ers on Sunday (against the Buffalo Bills) for the first time since November 2015. Bills fans showed their dislike of Kaep by booing him as he walked on the field then chanting “USA, USA” before he knelt (as he’s done all season) for the National Anthem. The Bills were clearly fired up as the team continued their 4 game win streak with a big win over the Niners. Bills 45, Niners 16.
After the Carolina Panthers lost another tough game (this week to the New Orleans Saints) Panthers QB Cam Newton had people talking. In an uncomfortable to watch press conference after the game, Cam either refused to answer questions or just gave one word responses while staring straight ahead. After a very long and cringe-worthy one minute and 30 seconds, Cam eventually walked out. Saints 41, Panthers 38.
It’s a bit shocking Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is still talking about a quarterback controversy. Rookie and 4th round draft pick, Dak Prescott, has performed like an MVP this season, so it seems odd that anyone is still talking about having Tony Romo take over when he’s healthy. Speaking of rookies, Ezekiel Elliott’s star power has soared amassing over 100 rushing yards in each of his last 4 games.The only other player to have more rushing yards in his first 6 games was Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson in 1983. Dallas 30, Green Bay Packers 16.
Clayton Kershaw, pitching 7 scoreless innings, led the LA Dodgers to a win to even the NLCS series against the Chicago Cubs. The Dodgers and Cubs will play game 3 on Tuesday.
In the ALCS, the Cleveland Indians have a two game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. The teams will play Game 3 on Monday night.No comments
Brady Ends Suspension With Big Win, Odell’s Fun With Nets, Dak On Way To Rookie Record, Blue Jays Sweep Rangers
A few highlights from the weekend NFL games:
Tom Brady officially ended his 4 game suspension for deflategate in a big win against the Cleveland Browns (who are now 0-5 and potentially on their 6th quarterback of the season). The team was clearly energized, and Brady did not disappoint by throwing for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. Tight end Rob Gronkowski said it best, “Everyone was intense today. Everyone was amped up. Tom always brings the amp-ness to the table. So we were just excited to get back out there, get back on track and get a win.” New England Patriots 33, Cleveland Browns 13.
The New York Giants lost to the Green Bay Packers, but the Giants Odell Beckham Jr seems to be putting his anger issues to rest. All week, sports fans have been talking about his inability to control himself, but on Sunday he appeared calm and happy and even had some fun (after making a beautiful touchd0wn catch) by hugging a kicking net he punched a couple of weeks ago.
Dak Prescott, QB of the Dallas Cowboys, is on his way to setting a rookie record for number of passes without an interception. He currently has 155 passes and needs 8 more to eclipse Tom Brady’s rookie record. Even though Prescott has been performing beyond expectations, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones still maintains injured QB Tony Romo will be the starting QB when he’s healthy. Cowboys RB, Ezekiel Elliott made a big contribution to the game by rushing for 100 yards in his 3rd consecutive game. Dallas Cowboys 28, Cincinnati Bengals 14.
The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Texas Rangers to advance to the American League Championship Series. The Blue Jays win marks the first series in Major League Baseball history to end with a walk off run scored via an error. This is the second straight year the Blue Jays advance to the ALCS.
The Cleveland Browns vs New England Patriots matchup on October 9th looks to be a big day in the NFL. Not only is the 9th the first game Patriots’ QB Tom Brady can play after his suspension for Deflategate, but it’s also the first game Josh Gordon (the Browns’ WR) will play after his 4 game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell wrote to Gordon with encouragement, “As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed.”
Michael Jordan’s critics used to complain he was more concerned about selling his merchandise than taking stands on social and political issues. His apolitical reputation makes his recent statement regarding race relations that much more significant. He wrote on ESPN’s The Undefeated, “I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers.” In addition to speaking out, he’s making a $1 million contribution to both the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Institute for Community-Police Relations.2 comments
“Deflategate” has been going on for 17 long months, but it’s still not quite over. For a quick recap- the Patriots were accused of deflating game balls before the AFC Championship game last January. Brady was suspended for four games. He appealed and the case slowly made its way through the court system. Most recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the NFL’s suspension of Brady, calling the evidence against him “compelling.” Now his only chance to play every game of the 2016 season is to get the Supreme Court to hear his case. This would, at the very least, postpone his suspension another year.
Whether or not the Supreme Court will actually hear the case is another matter. The case won’t really be about whether or not Brady is guilty, but how his punishment and appeal were handled by the NFL. Brady’s lawyer will argue that the NFL piled on additional charges against Brady when he went to appeal his suspension, effectively creating a moving target. But for the Supreme Court to hear the case, he must convince them this sets a dangerous precedent for the arbitration process and threatens unionized workers all across America.
Curry Back In 2 Weeks, Chris Paul Breaks Hand, Griffin Sprains Knee, Lakers Fire Scott, Brady’s Suspension Held
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry got his MRI on Monday, revealing a Grade 1 sprain on his knee, suffered when Curry slipped during the Warriors’ Game 4 victory against the Houston Rockets. The sprain is the lowest sprain possible, so all things considered— Curry lucked out. Even so, he’ll be out at least two weeks, which could pave the way for him returning sometime in Round 2. Curry has already missed two full playoff games with a sprained ankle. The Warriors won one of those games and lost the other.
In other injury related news, the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul fractured his right hand during their loss to the Portland Trailblazers. It appears as if Paul will be out for the rest of the playoffs. Not long after Paul left the game, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffered a quad injury and there’s a chance he may miss the next playoff game. These injuries are certainly going to make the Clippers run in the playoffs much more difficult.
On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers fired head coach Byron Scott, following two of the worst seasons in franchise history. This last season, AKA- Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour, the team went 17-65, a far cry from a winning record, and in stark contrast to fellow California team the Golden State Warrior’s historic season record of 73-9. Now the Lakers are looking for a new coach, but Lakers GM thinks the search will be relatively quick. “[C]ertainly I don’t anticipate this dragging into the summer. We’d like to get it done,” he told Time Warner Cable SportsNet. One possible candidate to replace Scott is Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach Luke Walton. Walton was a forward for the Lakers for nine seasons. While Walton is on the Lakers’ radar, any such deal would likely wait until the NBA playoffs have concluded.
Judges reinstated Tom Brady’s deflategate four game suspension. With the ruling, the US Court of Appeals sided with Roger Goodell and the NFL. Brady and Co. will appeal again but it’s very likely Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo will replace him at the beginning of the season.2 comments