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March Madness is officially over, and North Carolina is the 2017 National Champions! The North Carolina vs Gonzaga matchup stayed close until the final seconds where the players were on the ground scrambling over possession of the ball. North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks was awarded the ball, but apparently the ref missed the fact that Meeks had his hand out of bounds thereby giving Gonzaga possession of the ball. With 26 seconds to go and down by one point, that call could have made a difference. The Tar Heels were devastated last year when they lost in a buzzer-beater to Villanova. They redeemed themselves this year, and with a 71-65 win, North Carolina marks its 6th National Championship. Congratulations to North Carolina and Congratulations to Joel Barry II for earning the Most Outstanding Player of the Tournament. For a recap of all the highs and lows of the tournament, watch the “One Shining Moment” video (a montage posted at the end of every tournament for the last 30 years).
Georgetown University hired NBA Hall of Famer, Patrick Ewing, as their new Head Coach. Ewing played 4 years for Georgetown and reports he’s happy to return to his alma mater.
Tony Romo will be released from the Dallas Cowboys and will reportedly leave football to pursue broadcasting opportunities.No comments
After 14 years with the Dallas Cowboys, looks like QB Tony Romo will be moving on. Romo suffered from injuries in the last few years. In 2013, Romo underwent two back surgeries, then two years later broke his collarbone, and finally this year in spring training hurt his back again. Dak Prescott, a fourth round pick, replaced Romo as the starter and led the team to a 13-3 record while also garnering offensive rookie of the year honors. Romo leaves the Cowboys as the all-time leader in touchdowns and passing yards. No word yet where Romo will end up, but many speculate he’ll be either a Denver Bronco or Houston Texan next year.
In other football news, wide receiver Brandon Marshall is leaving the NY Jets and heading across town to join the NY Giants. Giants’ QB Eli Manning now has three effective targets at wide receiver (including Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shephard) and a veteran voice of reason in the locker room.
Many free agent deals are in the works, but nothing will be guaranteed until 4;00 today when the new league year officially begins.No comments
Louisville 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.No comments
Tony Romo will officially return to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday but as a backup QB to Dak Prescott. An emotional Romo told the press “He’s earned the right to be our quarterback. As hard as that is for me to say, he’s earned that right. He’s guided our team to an 8-1 record and that’s hard to do.” Romo turned the reigns of the team over to rookie Prescott in August after he hurt his back. For the full text of his very classy statement, click here.
LeBron James is not too happy with Knicks’ coach Pat Riley describing LeBron’s business associates as his “Posse”. In an interview Riley gave to ESPN, he spoke about the difficulties in LeBron leaving Miami for Cleveland. In the course of his explanation he described a situation where LeBron wanted to stay over in Cleveland for a night. He said, “You can’t hold up the whole team because you and your mom and your posse want to spend an extra night in Cleveland.” LeBron felt this phrasing was a racial slight and responded by saying, “If you go and read the definition of what the word ‘posse’ is, it’s not what I’ve built over my career,” James said. “It’s not what I stand for, it’s not what my family stands for. I believe the only reason he used that word is because he sees young African-Americans trying to make a difference.”
The Manager of the Year awards were handed out in Major League Baseball and to no one’s surprise, Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year. Not quite so obvious, however, was Los Angeles Dodgers’ Manager Dave Roberts getting the nod for National League Manager of the Year. Many thought the honor would go to the World Series Champs Joe Madden of the Cubs.No comments
The big news in pre-season football over the weekend was not about how any of the players performed on the field but about a player’s patriotism. The San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem Friday in a pre-season game against the Green Bay Packers. Kaep, who is biracial, claimed he was protesting police brutality and how the US treats black people. He said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He went on to say, “When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent, this country is representing people the way that it’s supposed to, I’ll stand.” While the NFL and the San Francisco 49ers confirmed it’s not required for athletes to stand, many, many, athletes and individuals took to social media criticizing Kaepernick for his unpatriotic actions. As just one example, Justin Pugh (the New York Giants’ lineman) stated Kaep’s actions were “disrespectful to all the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect this country”.
In more pre-season news, the Dallas Cowboys season may be in jeopardy unless they can come up with a suitable replacement for injured QB Tony Romo. Romo is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his back. Backup Dak Prescott was a 4th round pick but has performed well in the pre-season so it will be interesting to see how he fares in September with the pressure of games that truly matter.1 comment
The National League Division Series is tied with 1 game a piece for for the NY Mets and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Saturday night’s matchup was not without controversy, however. Dodgers’ second baseman, Chase Utley illegally slid into Mets’ shortstop Ruben Tejada and broke his right leg. The umpires ruled the slide legal but after review, MLB Execs came down with a two playoff game suspension. Utley will appeal the ruling and it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to play during the appeal process. Game 3 is Monday night at Citi Field.
It was a wild weekend in the NFL
In Cincinnati, the undefeated Bengals took on the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle has struggled to find their rhythm this season, and the Bengals haven’t had a true test to see how good their offense actually is. Seattle pulled out to a big lead, which would normally mark the end of the Bengals, but this year’s Bengals, under the direction of quarterback Andy Dalton, have a different look. The Bengals clawed back into the game, and scored a field goal to win in overtime. Bengals remain undefeated. Cincinnati 27, Seattle 24.
In Atlanta, the Falcons were hoping to stay undefeated at home as they took on an enigmatic Washington Redskins team. Atlanta struggled out of the gate, and their superstar juggernaut WR Julio Jones couldn’t get anything going. Washington came charging back, with Redskins’ quarterback Kirk Cousins orchestrating a 4th quarter drive to go into overtime. In OT, however, Cousins faltered and threw a ‘Pick 6’ that gave the Falcons the win. Atlanta 25, Washington 19.
The New England Patriots came to Dallas and destroyed the Cowboys. The Cowboys were hoping they could get by with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant out, but they are losing badly. They need their starters back ASAP! Brandon Weeden has been under center for the Cowboys, but it’s likely they will make a switch next week to Matt Cassel. New England 30, Dallas 6.
Finally, at night in New York, the Giants hosted the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners unexpectedly played well and looked like they were going to win, but late in the 4th quarter, Eli Manning drove the Giants downfield, hit tight end Larry Donnell for an amazing touchdown pass and won the game. New York Giants 30, San Francisco 27.No comments
Hall of fame catcher Yogi Berra passed away at the age of 90. He won 3 most valuable player awards and 14 world series titles in his 19 year career as a catcher playing for the New York Yankees. Yogi Berra was quoted often for his twisted words and sayings of wisdom such as, “when you see a fork in the road, take it” or “the future ain’t what it used to be” and “it’s deja vu all over again”. He will be remembered as a great player, a man of integrity and a beloved statesman.
In the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys are looking for answers at QB now that Tony Romo is out for at least a few weeks. Brandon Weeden is their back-up, but he is the type of quarterback that can make fans hold their breath on every throw (i.e. he throws interceptions). For some insurance, they made a call to the Buffalo Bills and acquired journeyman quarterback Matt Cassel.
Dallas’ Dez Bryant is also injured and the reports are that 41 year old former star Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens is reaching out to play. Owens never “officially” retired, he was just never picked up by another team after his stint with Buffalo. Owens acknowledged he had a controversial time in Dallas but hopes the Cowboys realize he is now a changed man. It’s extremely unlikely that the Cowboys will look in Owens direction, but you can’t blame him for trying.
Finally in the NFL, with the Jets now a surprising 2-0 under the control of veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, management has publicly stated that Fitzpatrick will remain their starting quarterback even when their former starting QB Geno Smith returns. Smith showed promise last season, but the Jets love what they’re seeing from their offense with Fitzpatrick under center. The Jets defense is also incredibly stout, and they are already thinking that they have a real shot at the playoffs. It’s a good year (so far) to be a Jets fan .
Another exciting weekend of football. In the NFL, the defending Super Bowl Champs, New England Patriots continued to impress with a big win over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. The Bills came out to an early lead but then the Pats found their groove and between Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski, the Pats opened up the game and even with a valiant effort by the Bills in the 4th quarter, the Pats held off for the win. The Pats are clearly the team to beat in the AFC east. Patriots 40, Bills 32.
The Dallas Cowboys suffered a huge loss in the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles when QB Tony Romo was slammed to the ground as he was trying to recover a fumble. Reports from the team say that Romo fractured his left collarbone (same injury he had in 2010). Romo could be out for 6-8 weeks. The Cowboys already lost their top receiver Dez Bryant for 6-12 weeks so losing their QB could mean a disastrous rest of the season. Cowboys 20, Eagles 10.
Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers avenged their NFC title game meltdown last year against the Seattle Seahawks. In a physical matchup and down 17-16 in the fourth quarter, Rodgers found a weakness in the Seattle D and exploited the holes to come back and win 27-17. The Seahawks are now 0-2.
OKC Thunder’s Kevin Durant made a statement that may squash the plans of other teams. Durant is a free agent after next season. His teammate, Russell Westbrook is playing outstanding basketball making Durant somewhat expendable, especially since his biggest value for the Thunder would be in a trade. On Tuesday, however, Durant said that he wants to stay in OKC. That might not be financially possible, but teams that thought they may get him (Washington, LA Lakers, Knicks) are now questioning their chances.
In the NFL, last year’s leading rusher DeMarco Murray left Dallas to go play for their rival the Philadelphia Eagles. But now, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said that he would have taken a pay cut to keep Murray around. That would have been good to know before Murray felt forced out. Then again, while Murray is great, a lot of his success came on account of Dallas’ stellar offensive line. And it’s totally plausible that they get a rookie running back who can exploit that protection just as well.
Finally, in just one of many updates leading up to the biggest boxing fight in 20 years on May 2nd — Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao, another boxing legend has taken a stand. Last month, Mike Tyson publicly endorsed Pacquiao, and now Muhammad Ali said that he thinks and hopes Pacquiao will win the fight. Not a lot of love for Mayweather yet. Maybe Evander Holyfield will get in his corner. Nonetheless, this fight is going to be huge!No comments
Aaron Rodgers Tear In Calf Muscle, Warner Considering Comeback With Cardinals, Shanahan Leaving Browns
In the NFL, now is the time when small injuries can seem very big. The Cowboys/Packers game is arguably the most anticipated game this weekend. It’s Tony Romo vs. Aaron Rodgers. Most would favor Rodgers in that match-up, but on Thursday it was reported that Rodgers officially has a slight tear in his calf muscle. Considering that being a quarterback is all about mobility, and making a great play means using your leg muscles, this could be bad for the Packers. Plus, the Cowboys are pretty hot right now, and seem to be on a mission. This is going to be a great game.
Elsewhere in the NFL, in some very interesting news, it appears that 43-year old Kurt Warner was actually considering a comeback had the Arizona Cardinals come calling. The Cardinals had a great start to the season, but they were down to their inexperienced 3rd string quarterback in the playoffs. The Cards never actually called Warner, but Warner said if they had, he would have considered it. Warner said his main issue was actually messing up. He knew that expectations would be low, but for him, it would have been high and he didn’t want that pressure. Either way, the Cards lost and are hoping that they get Carson Palmer back next year.
Finally, more changes for the Cleveland Browns. The Browns’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, son of Super Winning coach Mike Shanahan, has decided to leave the organization. Shanahan didn’t see eye to eye with the front office about the starting quarterback position. The front office wanted it to be Johnny Manziel for marketing reasons, but Shanahan, who’s responsible for running the offense, didn’t feel comfortable with Manziel at the controls. Shanahan is now interviewing for the head coaching job of the Buffalo Bills.No comments