Alabama Wins National Title With Freshman QB In Game For Ages, After Win OL Proposes To Girlfriend

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If you fell asleep at halftime during the College Football Playoff National Championship between Georgia and Alabama, no one would have blamed you. The game was boring. Georgia was ahead 13-0 and looked like they weren’t going to lose their lead. What happened after the half, however, will go down in the history books. To everyone’s surprise, Alabama coach Nick Saban replaced quarterback Jalen Hurts with a true freshman, Tua Tagovailoa who threw three touchdowns (the last one a bomb to a wide open DeVonta Smith in overtime). Watch this play, it’s incredible. For Saban to replace his starter with a backup with little experience will go down as one of the most daring and bold moves in a championship game. After the game Saban said, “I thought Tua would give us a better chance and a spark, which he certainly did. I couldn’t be prouder of him taking advantage of the opportunity. We have total confidence in him.” In the last 10 years, the Crimson Tide has been in the National Title game 6 times and won 5! Alabama 26, Georgia 23.

There are all sorts of ways to celebrate a national title and Alabama offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman chose to propose to his girlfriend (who said yes) after the big win. Congrats!

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Titans, Falcons, Saints, Jaguars Move To Divisional Round, Mariota’s Pass To Himself, Browns’ 0-16 Parade

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The Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars survived the NFL wildcard weekend and are on to the divisional round of the playoffs.

One of the craziest plays of the weekend was watching Titans’ quarterback Marcus Mariota throw a touchdown to himself. You have to watch to believe it. Mariota appeared to be throwing the ball away when he couldn’t find an open receiver. Then the Kansas City Chiefs’ Darrelle Revis batted the ball back to Mariota who ran it in for a touchdown. Titans edged out the Chiefs to continue their season with a 22-21 win.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees battled Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a nail-biter of a game where both QB’s completed over 340 yards and two touchdowns a piece. Brees, who will be 39 years old on January 15th, outlasted Newton to pull out a 31-26 win. The Saints will now take on the Minnesota Vikings in the divisional round.

For the rest of the divisional round matchups, click here.

While fans around the league celebrated their teams advancing to the next round of the playoffs, diehard loyalists of the Cleveland Browns had a different take on the season. Tired of their team always losing, they held a parade for their “perfectly” bad season. The team was a disastrous 0-16, and fans held a parade to protest how awful the team has been over the years.

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Gerald Green Off Couch To Court, Brady/Kraft/Belichick Drama

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What a difference a few months makes! Gerald Green was cut by the Milwaukee Bucks in October and has been sitting at home, hanging out with his Rottweiler, Zeus. Last week he got the call from his hometown Houston Rockets to replace an injured Luc Mbah a Moute.  After a scoreless debut, he’s been on fire, and Thursday night against the Golden State Warriors, he knocked down 29 points including eight 3-pointers. Green was so excited to get the chance to play for his home-team, he even had the Rockets’ logo braided into his hair. Green expressing his excitement said, “You know what, man? I’ve been kind of thrown under the bus a few times in my career. So it’s not the first time I’ve seen that little area before. For me, what I did was just kept having faith in myself. Obviously, once it gets to be November and December and you still don’t get no calls, you either lay down or you fight. So I just continued to fight. God blessed me with this opportunity. Now I’ve just got to try to take advantage of it the best way that I can.” The Rockets see his potential as they announced they are guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season. Unfortunately for the Rockets though, Green wasn’t enough to hold off the Warriors especially with the “other” Green (Draymond Green), who hit a franchise record 21st career triple-double. Warriors 124, Rockets 114.

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According to reports, there’s been some drama in New England between coach Bill Belichick, owner Robert Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady. It seems the disagreements started when Brady’s trainer and business partner Alex Guerrero pressured other players to use his training technique called TB12. Many players referred to the technique and its strict guidelines as a “cult”. The influence of Guerrero was just one issue affecting the trio. Other contributing factors was Brady’s future and getting rid of Brady’s backup, Jimmy Garoppolo (who was traded to the SF 49ers). For more on this story, click here.

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Thomas Returns To Boston And Fans Cheer, Ball Family Lands In Lithuania

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Boston fans love their players, even their former players as evidenced by the reception Isaiah Thomas received on Wednesday night when the the Celtics hosted their eastern conference rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Thomas (and a few other players) were dealt to the Cavs last summer in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Thomas didn’t suit up for the game, as he’s still recovering from a hip injury, but the fans still gave him a standing ovation. Thomas was moved and said, “But [the fans] showed their true colors, like they always do, and that’s — I keep saying it, but it’s genuine love on both sides. The fans are everything here.” The game didn’t match the hype of the rivalry and the Celtics put the Cavs away with a 102-88 win.

The Ball family has started a new season of their “reality” show. Dad LaVar and 18 year old LiAngelo Ball and 16 year old LaMelo Ball landed in Lithuania to a swarm of reporters and curious spectators. Playing in this European League will be an interesting and potentially punishing experiment for the boys, as the League is very physical.

 

 

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Hall Of Fame 15 Finalists, Bills Giving Thanks To Dalton, Isaiah’s Debut

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has named 15 finalists including 4 players on the list in their first year of eligibility: wide receiver Randy Moss, linebacker Ray Lewis, offensive guards Steve Hutchinson and Brian Urlacher. Wide receiver Terrell Owens is also back on the list for third time (didn’t make the final cut the last two years). The list will again be cut on February 3rd, the day before the Super Bowl, and anywhere from 4 to 8 inductees will be announced. An inductee needs to get at least 80% support of the voting board. The board is only required to vote on the inductees football contributions and not consider other factors.

The Buffalo Bills are showing their thanks to Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton for throwing the game winning touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens, knocking them out of the playoffs and putting the Bills in for the first time since 1999. Fans are pouring money into the Andy and Jordan Dalton Foundation, with many contributions coming in $17 increments (it’s been 17 years since the Bills have made the playoffs). As of Wednesday morning, the Foundation has raked in over $170,000. The Foundation works with Cincinnati hospitals to help children in need.

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Former Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas made his long awaited season debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night against the Portland Trailblazers.  Thomas suffered a hip injury last March and said he’s feeling great (scored 17 points in 19 minutes) but still needs to restrict his playing time, so unfortunately for anxious fans, he won’t be playing against his former team on Wednesday night. Cavs 127, Trailblazers 110.

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Georgia Vs Alabama In College Football National Championship, Hirings/Firings In NFL

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Monday’s College Football Playoff did not disappoint. First up was #3 Georgia against #2 Oklahoma. For the first time in Rose Bowl history, the game went into overtime with the score a whopping 45 to 45. Then after a field goal a piece, the game went into a second overtime. Oklahoma attempted another field goal during their first possession, but Lorenzo Carter jumped up and deflected the kick. All it would take is a field goal or any combination of points for Georgia to win. On the next drive, Georgia’s Sony Michel ran the ball into the end zone for the win. The Bulldogs earned the right to compete in the National Championship. Georgia 54, Oklahoma 48.

In the Sugar Bowl, #4 Alabama took on former National Champion #1 Clemson. The game was relatively unexciting, as Alabama dominated the line of scrimmage the entire night and handily won 24-6. The Crimson Tide will face Georgia on January 8th at 8:00 pm.

Now that the NFL regular season is over, vacancies are opening up for coaches and general managers. As of Monday, more than there were at least six coaching vacancies. In a particularly touching and tearful goodbye, Bruce Arians retired as Cardinals head coach after 5 seasons, because he wants to spend more time with his family. He tearfully said, “I will miss the game….it’s been a great ride”

In addition, Jim Caldwell from the Detroit Lions and John Fox from the Chicago Bears were fired as were Oakland Raiders Jack Del Rio and Indianapolis Colts Chuck Pagano.

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Fantasy Owners Thank Gurley, College Football Semi-Final On New Years Day

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Fantasy football owners have LA Rams running back Todd Gurley to thank for their winning seasons. With 456 yards and 6 touchdowns in his last two games, many fantasy owners who had the foresight to draft Gurley clinched their titles. By way of thanks (and to show their holiday spirit), many of these owners have donated some of their winnings to a charity important to the football player, Shriners Hospitals for Children. After seeing the donations come in online from these fantasy owners, Gurley expressed his gratitude “Man, that was dope,” Gurley said. “That’s real cool, just seeing that on social media. It doesn’t matter what the money amount is — $10, $5, $25. Just to see that and people caring, that means a lot.”

The College Football Semi final will take place on New Year’s Day featuring #2 Oklahoma vs #3 Georgia at 5 pm ET (at the Rose Bowl) then at 8:45 pm ET, the Sugar Bowl will feature #1 Clemson vs #4 Alabama.  The winners will play for the National Championship on January 8th.

 

 

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Christmas Day Games: Sixers Trust Process And Beat Knicks, KD Overpowers LeBron

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The Philadelphia 76ers celebrated Christmas Day with a big win over the New York Knicks. It was their first Christmas Day game in 16 years, and they made the most of it with  Joel Embiid’s 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists. When Embiid scored a 3-pointer in the 4th quarter, some in the crowd started chanting “Trust the Process”, which has been the rallying cry for the team for the past few years. Not everyone enjoyed the honor of playing on Christmas Day. The Sixers J.J. Redick, who posted 24 points for his team, told reporters after the game,  “I’d like to take this opportunity to once again say for I believe the 10th time, I’m not a fan of playing on Christmas. I wish we had this holiday for our families. I understand we are entertainers, we have to provide this for all the basketball fans out there.” Redick played on Christmas Day last year as part of the Los Angeles Clippers.   Sixers 105, Knicks 98.

Members of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors have been celebrating Christmas Day on the court for the past 3 years. Clearly Kevin Durant doesn’t have a problem playing on the 25th. After a monstrous game where he contained the mighty LeBron and recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 blocks, he said, “There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that.” Warriors 99, Cavs 92.

For which NBA star played the best on Christmas Day, click on this video!

 

 

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Elliott Back But Cowboys Lose, Earl Thomas Follows Cowboys To Locker Room, Browns Making History, NBA Christmas Games

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The Dallas Cowboys were excited to have their star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, back on Sunday (after serving a six-game suspension for domestic violence), but it wasn’t enough for them to prepel their season to the playoffs. The Seawhaks exploited the Cowboys’ weaknesses with a 21-12 win.  Even though the game wasn’t interesting, the reporters  had a field day when after the game, the Seahawks’ safety Earl Thomas was overheard following the opposing team to their  locker room and telling the Cowboys coach,  “If y’all have a chance, come get me.” When asked why he would say that when his team is still in the playoff race, he said, I “didn’t literally mean, like, ‘Come get me now,’  I’m still in the prime of my career. I still want to be here. But when Seattle kicks me to the curb, ‘Please, Cowboys, come and get me.’ This is the only other place I’d rather be, if I get kicked to the curb.”

The Cleveland Browns are on their way to making history. With a loss against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, the Browns are now 0-15. If they lose again next weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers, they will go down as only the second team (after the 2008 Detroit Lions) to go 0-16. The only piece of good news is the Browns now have the #1 pick in the NFL draft.

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The NBA has a full slate of exciting Christmas Day games. Click here for the schedule of your favorite players and favorite teams.

 

 

 

 

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Beasley MVP Chants, LeBron Gets Candy For Daughter, McMahon Sells Shares

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The Knicks Michael Beasley was in beast mode Thursday night in a big win over the Boston Celtics. On a night when Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis was off (and really off….only 1 point), Beasley stepped up with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Fans were going crazy yelling MVP every time he stepped to the free-throw line. After the game, Beasley told the press, “I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need, scoring, rebounding, defense, trying my best.” Knicks 102, Celtics 93.

A mic’d up LeBron James provided some entertainment during the matchup against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. During the game, LeBron could be heard asking his 3-year old daughter if she wanted candy. They he kept asking around until he found her some candy so she would be happy while he played. A fun moment! Cavs 115, Bulls 112.

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Vince McMahon, Chairman and CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, sold $100 million of his shares in WWE to  to fund a separate entity called Alpha Entertainment LLC which will look into “investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football.” In 2001 McMahon invested in XFL, a professional football league, with NBC, but the league only lasted one year. It looks like McMahon might bring the league back.

 

 

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