Cowboys Without Gregory, Redskins Fire Defensive Staff

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Jerry JonesThe Dallas Cowboys will likely be without one of their defensive ends Randy Gregory in the playoffs for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. As of now, he will be suspended for a year. According to Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, the news wasn’t a big surprise, so hopefully for the team they’ve planned their postseason without Gregory accordingly.

The Washington Redskins have fired their defensive coordinator Joe Barry as well as his entire defensive staff  staff. The Redskins missed the playoffs this season after losing to the New York Giants 19-10 last weekend.

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Westbrook Accidentally Fires Ball At Ref, Grayson Allen Reinstated, High School Changes Mascot To Gender Neutral

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You don’t usually see basketball players firing a ball at a referee’s head, but Russell Westbrook did exactly that on Wednesday evening during the OKC, Charlotte game. Looking at the replay, it appears to be an accident, but Westbrook still got called for a technical. Westbrook said he would”never, ever disrespect the game like that.” The Thunder lost to the Hornets 112-123.

Duke’s Coach Krzyzewski reinstated Grayson Allen after his one game suspension for tripping a player. Coach K is set to undergo back surgery, and said he felt Allen was ready to come back. Allen claims he learned his lesson and will focus more on his team versus thinking about himself. He said he was able to reflect during the holiday break.  “It was actually very nice just to be quiet and enjoy the company of each other. I’m very appreciative to have the parents that I do have. They’re very supportive of me, while obviously making sure I know that’s not the right thing to do.”

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stallion-2A Kentucky high school will be changing their mascot from “Stallion” to a “gender neutral horse mascot” school officials believe will more “appropriate for female sports fans”. One definition from the dictionary states, ”The definition of a stallion is a male horse that has not been castrated, used for breeding or is slang for a powerful and virile man who has a lot of lovers”. One community member started a petition to change the name and when 200 people signed, the school acquiesced. Sometimes you think you’ve heard it all, then you see something like this!

 

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Hall Of Fame Finalists, Odell Beckham Jr Partying With Biebs

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The Hall of Fame committee selected their finalists. The following 15 players made the cut:  LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins, Kurt Warner, Morten Anderson, Tony Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Terrell Davis, Don Coryell, Alan Faneca, Joe Jacoby, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, and John Lynch. The day before the Super Bowl, February 4th, the Selection Committee will meet to choose at least 4 and no more than 8 of these finalists for induction.

Odell Beckham JrOdell Beckham Jr is under scrutiny this week after pictures of him surfaced on social media partying with Justin Bieber in Miami (after the Giants game against the Redskins Sunday night). The New York Giants are in the postseason and have a big playoff game this weekend against the Green Bay Packers, which is why people are questioning Beckham’s decision to fly to Miami to party with the Biebs in South Beach Sunday night and continue the party on a boat Monday. If Beckham doesn’t have a great game this weekend and the Giants don’t win, expect the media and fans to come down hard on him.

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USC Beats Penn State In Record Rose Bowl, Lane Kiffin Leaving Immediately, Starbucks Barista Wins $900K

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rose-bowl-2In the highest scoring Rose Bowl ever, USC beat out Penn State in a game for the ages. At 103 years old, the Rose Bowl is called “The Granddaddy of Them All” as it’s the oldest of all the Bowl games with the highest attendance rates. After two comebacks in the game, USC pulled out a 52-49 win.

The National Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson takes place next week, but Alabama coach Nick Saban made a stunning announcement on Monday. His offensive coordinator, Lane Kiffin (who has signed on as Head Coach at Florida Atlantic University for next season), will be leaving Alabama immediately with Steve Sarkisian taking over his duties for the National title game. The move seems odd with only one week to go before the game. If Alabama doesn’t pull off a win, you can be sure Saban’s decision will criticized and analyzed by all.

For anyone who thinks fantasy football is a waste of time, a Starbucks barista would respectfully disagree. He took his fantasy football obsession to a whole new caffeinated level by winning over $900,000 in the Las Vegas SuperContest.

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NFL Playoff Picture, 49ers Fire Kelly, Alabama/Clemson Again

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The NFL playoff picture is coming in to view. After a great weekend of football, the New England Patriots secure the top spot in the AFC East again, giving them home field advantage. In the AFC West, the Kansas City Chiefs pull out the win in their division.

In the NFC, the Dallas Cowboys came away as the NFC East Champs. The NFC South Champs, the Atlanta Falcons, also secure a bye in the first round.

For a complete listing of the 12 teams making the playoffs and their paths to the Super Bowl, click here!

In some NFL coaching news, the 49ers made headlines firing their head coach Chip Kelly after only one season with the team. General Manager, Trent Baalke, was also let go in a disappointing 2-14 season.  Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak will also be gone next season announcing he will retire due to his health concerns.

6c6b8ad40c3098e3767882d797c641bcIn College Football over the weekend, Alabama beat Washington and Clemson beat Ohio State setting up a showdown for the National Championship on Monday January 9th.  If that matchup sounds familiar, it is. The same two teams played in the National Championship last year with Alabama walking away the victors.  According to Bama coach Nick Saban, “Every season is its own story. No two seasons and no two teams are ever alike. And even if the teams are the same, no rematch between those teams is ever alike either.”

 

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Happy Holidays!


Happy Holidays!

Female Fan has limited connectivity until after the New Year due to travel. We’ll be back on January 2nd. Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a wonderful 2017!

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Giants Lose To Eagles After 3 Manning Picks, Coach K Suspends Allen Indefinitely

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Eli ManningQB Eli Manning threw for three picks in the New York Giants disappointing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday Night Football. With 14 seconds left, Manning could have won the game with a completion to Odell Beckham Jr,  but the pass was incomplete. Manning blamed himself for the overthrown pass,  while Odell said it was all his fault. After the game he said, ” I just didn’t have enough gas to go get it. It wasn’t really overthrown. I need to do a better job. …. I just didn’t do it for some reason. I thought I could go get it. That weighs heavy on me. I want to be able to make those plays.” With the loss, the Giants missed an opportunity to secure their spot in the playoffs. The Giants loss, was the Dallas Cowboys gain with the team clinching the NFC East and home field advantage. Eagles 24, Giants 19.

In an update to the Duke story, coach Mike Krzyzewski suspended Grayson Allen indefinitely. He said, “As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.”

 

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Duke Player Receives Technical For 3rd Tripping, Mom Killed For Gloating, Odell Fined For Sager Cleats

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grayson-allenDuke University basketball player Grayson Allen received a technical foul for tripping a player from Elon University. What’s so newsworthy about this incident is it’s his third time tripping an opponent.  If you watch the video it’s abundantly clear Allen tripped the player on purpose. Many are upset with Blue Devils Coach, Mike Krzyzewski for not suspending Allen for his unsportsmanlike actions.  He called the incident “unacceptable” but so far hasn’t taken any further disciplinary action.

Many are excited by the resurgence of the Dallas Cowboys this season, but in a very bizarre, sick and sad story, the exuberance went too far. On Sunday, a mom in Dallas was celebrating the Cowboys win over Tampa Bay when her stepson became upset over her “gloating” and fatally stabbed her.

New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr feels there’s a double standard in how the NFL fines players. He was assessed a $18K fine for wearing colorful cleats (later auctioned for charity) honoring legendary Craig Sager. Odell claims he wasn’t asked to take the cleats off, he just got hit with the fine without warning.

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2016 NFL Pro Bowl Selections, Jets DE Disciplined For Leaked Snap Chat

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The NFL 2016 Pro Bowl selections were announced Tuesday night and the Oakland Raiders came out on top with  7 players making the AFC roster. In the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons had 6 players chosen. To no one’s surprise, Patriots QB Tom Brady was selected, but many high profile quarterbacks including Detroit’s QB Matthew Stafford,  Carolina QB Cam Newton, Colts Andrew Luck and Seahawks Russell Wilson weren’t chosen. Dallas rookie’s, running back Ezekiel Elliott and QB Dak Prescott, made the list. Click here for the full roster.

img_0033NY Jets Defensive end Sheldon Richardson was reportedly disciplined for a leaked Snap Chat video. In the video, he apparently made lewd comments about women.  When asked, Richardson said he only regretted the video didn’t remain private. He said,  “Do I regret it? It getting out, that’s about it. I don’t regret saying it. I was having fun with a friend. I mean, y’all have sent videos inappropriately to y’all friends, too. I just play football, at the end of the day. I have fun. I sit back and relax and crack jokes and talk about stuff like that to people. That’s how I deal with my friendships and stuff like that. That’s just how it is.”

 

 

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Cam Newton Loses Cool; Christian McCaffrey Skip Bowl To Prepare For Draft

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Panther’s QB Cam Newton lost his cool after another hit to the head during the Carolina’s win over the Washington Redskins Monday night. As Newton was sliding out of bounds Redskins defender Trent Murphy ran over him. When a penalty wasn’t called, Newton threw the football at Murphy’s head. Cam was immediately assessed a penalty which took the team out of field goal range. According to Cam, “I’ve got to be better than that. That just can’t happen on my part. I just have to let the referees do their job, and obviously, it was a questionable hit, but I can’t throw the ball at a person. That’s against the rules too.” Washington still lost the game and severely hurt its playoff hopes. Panthers 26, Redskins 15.

christian-mccaffrey-2Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced he will skip the Sun Bowl to focus on the NFL draft. McCaffrey led Stanford in rushing and receiving and should go high in the 2017 draft. Many people are discussing whether skipping the Bowl game is fair to the team and whether it sets up a bad precedent. On the other hand, if Christian plays in the bowl game and gets hurt, his star could drop significantly in the draft (which could mean a serious loss of money).  LSU’s Leonard Fournette (who has been injured all year long) will also be skipping his Bowl game. Many draft contenders are already preparing for the NFL Combine which can make or break a player’s prospects.

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