LeBron Disses Management To Media, Big Ben May Retire, 3 Over 30 In Semis, Player Hits Boy Gets Disqualified

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Lebron James 2After another loss, the Cleveland Cavs LeBron James went off on the management of his team claiming they need to do more in order to win. He said, “The team needs a [bleeping] playmaker. I’m not saying you can just go find one, like you can go outside and see trees. I didn’t say that.” Many felt LeBron shouldn’t have been mouthing off to the media, and if he had complaints, he should express them to management in private.

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After losing to the New England Patriots last weekend, Pittsburgh Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger says he many not return next season. He said, I’m going to take some time and evaluate with my family and do a lot of praying about it, and make sure it’s the right thing for me and my family,” At 34 years old, Big Ben has the most wins of any QB in Steelers history.

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Speaking of age, the three women semi-finalists in the Australian Open are over 30 (only the second time in history a Grand Slam featured 3 over 30). We’ll see 36 year old Venus Williams, 35 year old Serena Williams and 34 year old Mirjana Lucie-Baroni. Rounding out the semis is the young 25 year old Coco Vandeweghe.

At the Junior Australian Open, an umpire is under fire on social media for disqualifying a player who accidentally hit a ball boy after she lost her first set. Watch this video, she clearly wasn’t looking at the boy, and when she realized what she did, she immediately looked upset. There are clear rules in tennis, but common sense should weigh in as well.

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Falcons Vs Patriots In Super Bowl LI, Colts Looking For New GM, Tragedy In Dominican Republic

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Matt Ryan 2The Atlanta Falcons blew out the Green Bay Packers to become the NFC Champs. Falcons’ QB Matt Ryan is heading to the SB for the first time, and with  4 touchdowns and 392 in this championship game, he clearly made a statement about his quest to be NFL MVP this season. Falcons 44, Packers 21.

The New England Patriots will play in their record 9th Super Bowl appearance (a record 7th for Coach Belichick and QB Tom Brady) with a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady passed for 384 years and 3 TD’s securing his 24th career playoff win. The feel good, breakout star of the game (other than Brady of course) was receiver Chris Hogan who had two touchdowns and 180 receiving yards. Hogan was a lacrosse player in college, an un-drafted rookie on a couple of teams in 2011, made it to the Dolphins practice squad and eventually picked up by the Buffalo Bills in 2012. After witnessing and appreciating his skills for the past 3 years on the Bills, the Patriots signed him to the team this season.  Patriots 36, Steelers 17.

Super Bowl 51: Falcons/Patriots 6:30 pm February 5th ET at NRG Stadium in Houston

In other NFL news, the Indianapolis Colts fired their General Manager Ryan Grigson. Grigson and head coach Chuck Pagano did not get along and even went to marriage counseling to try and work things out. As owner Jim Irsay said in his press conference,“Hey, do you want to come to Indianapolis and win a world championship?” There will be many qualified applicants for this position so stay tuned.

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Two lives were lost in two separate and tragic car accidents over the weekend. Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordan Ventura, nicknamed Ace Ventura, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Former player Andy Marte also died in a completely separate car accident also occurring in the Dominican Republic Sunday. Thoughts go to their families.

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All-Star Votes, Westbrook Not Starting, San Diego Won’t Move Team

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All Star WeekendThe All-Star votes are out and the East/West teams are set. There are 10 players selected for both the Western and Eastern Conferences with 5 starters in each conference. This year, fans votes weighed 50% while player and media votes weighed 25% each, which could be the reason superstar Russell Westbrook wasn’t named a starter. Only two guards can start and Steph Curry and James Harden got more fan votes than Westbrook in the Western Conference. For the full roster, click here!

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The NFL Championship games are Sunday with winners from each conference facing each other in Super Bowl 51 on February 5th.

Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ET

In other football news, the San Diego Chargers are facing some bad PR. The local moving companies have gotten together and are refusing to move the team to LA. They feel their team is abandoning them and don’t want to be part of the process.

 

 

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Djokovic Loses Big At Australian Open, KD’s 40 Points, Westbrooks Fall, Baseball HOF

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Novac DjokovicThe Australian Open is underway and we already have a major upset. The world’s #2 ranked Novak Djokovic lost in the second round to the 117th ranked, Denis Istomin. Djokovic’s loss to the wild card Istomin is even more surprising as Djokovic has won 6 Australian Opens and was looking to make this the 7th (a feat which no one has yet achieved).  The 5 set match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes.

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Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant left it all on the court against his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. With an impressive 40 points, Durant was on a mission. Emotions were running high between the two teams all night, especially after the Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia caused OKC’s Westbrook to fall to the ground and grab his face. Pachulia didn’t seem fazed and just glared at Westbrook. After the game Westbrook commented, “I don’t play that game. I’m going to get his ass back, so whenever that is, I don’t know when it’s going to be, but I don’t play that game.” Warriors 121, Thunder 100.

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Congratulations to the new selections to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines. Eligible players need to receive at least 75% of the votes from the Baseball Writers Association or the Veterans Committee.

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Tomlin Not Happy With Brown, Shanahan A 49er? Amari Cooper’s Book Club

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It’s no surprise Pittsburgh Steelers’ Coach Mike Tomlin isn’t too happy with his receiver Antonio Brown, who aired his “private” speech on Facebook after their win last weekend. Tomlin’s speech was supposed to be a private moment with his team, but with his extensive use of profanity (much of it directed toward their opponents next weekend, the New England Patriots), Tomlin has issued an apology for his language and a rebuke of Brown for posting. Tomlin stated Brown will “face consequences internally by the team” but nothing that will interfere with his playing time next weekend. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger expressed his disappointment best during his weekly radio interview, “That’s a sacred place where things are said and hugs and tears, and it’s kind of a special place. So a little disappointed with AB for that. Coach talks and then I talk, and you just don’t want everyone to know what’s going on in there with the family. And also, I wish AB would have been listening to Coach and myself instead of being on the other side of the locker room filming.”

The San Francisco 49ers will reportedly offer Kyle Shanahan the team’s head coaching job. Shanahan, son of NFL coach Mike Shanahan, is the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator. Shanahan won’t entertain this potential offer until after Sunday’s NFC showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

BooksThis story made me happy! Oakland Raiders wide receiver and former Alabama All-American, Amari Cooper, started a book club and invited his fans to follow with him online. On his Instagram account, he wrote,”For 2017, I am challenging myself to read 12 books, a book per month. I am sure it will be both challenging and fun at the same time, which is why I hope to do it with many others. I have carefully selected these books for self-help purposes, spiritual growth, mental growth, leadership, motivation, education and entertainment.” I hope he gets a lot of fans following and reading with him.

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Warriors Dominate Cavs, Belichick Not Social Media Savvy, Chip Kelly Interviewing

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The Golden State Warriors had something to prove against their rivals, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before Monday night’s win, the Cavs had beaten the Warriors four consecutive times since June, so this was a must win for Golden State. It was only one game in a long season, but the Warriors dominated, making a statement about what to expect come playoff time. Warriors 126, Cavaliers 91.

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Bill BelichickBill Belichick is clearly not into social media. When responding to questions about the Steeler’s Antonio Brown’s posting a video of his coach on Facebook,  Belichick responded, “As you know I’m not on Snap Face and all those. I’m not too worried what they put on Instant Chat.”

Former SF 49ers Head Coach Chip Kelly is interviewing for the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator position. Kelly reportedly interviewed for the head coaching position, but the team promoted Doug Marrone, leaving Kelly with a possible position working for Marrone. Kelly was fired by the 49ers after a disappointing 2-14 season.

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AFC/NFC Championship Games Set, Brown Airs Talk On Facebook

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After an exciting weekend of AFC and NFC games, we’re getting one step closer to knowing which teams will compete in Super Bowl LI on February 5th.

The Atlanta Falcons kept Seattle at bay with a solid performance by QB Matt Ryan who had 338 yards and 3 TD’s with no interceptions.  Falcons move on with a 36-20 win.

Everyone assumed the New England Patriots would cruise to victory over the Houston Texans, but three Patriot turnovers had many wondering if this game would end their season.  The Texans defense clearly did their job to force 3 Tom Brady interceptions, but the offense couldn’t convert and the Pats pulled it together to win 34-16.

Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was the talk of the weekend. In an excitingly close game against the Dallas Cowboys, where the Cowboys rallied back from an 18 point deficit to tie the game, Rodgers showed his brilliance. With just 35 seconds to go, Rodgers drew up the last play in the dirt resulting in a perfectly timed sideline throw to tight end Jared Cook setting up a field goal by Mason Crosby to win the game. Packers 34, Cowboys 31.

With solid games from the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, the Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by converting 6 field goals for 18 points. Steelers 18, Chiefs 16.

After the game, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin gathered his team in the locker room to deliver a profanity filled speech/pep talk telling the team to “keep a low profile” in their AFC matchup against the Patriots. Antonio Brown recorded the speech and posted it to facebook. What about keeping a low profile says post me to social media for everyone to see????? As predicted, Tomlin is not too happy.

Next up: Sunday January 22nd

NFC Championship Game: Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons 3:05 pm ET

AFC Championship Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots 6:40 pm ET

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Chargers Officially LA Team With New Head Coach, Rams Hire Youngest Coach In NFL

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Chargers LogoThe San Diego Chargers are no more.  The Team officially announced their move to Los Angeles where they will share a new high tech stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The Chargers posted a new team logo (which resembles the LA Dodgers logo), but apparently it’s just a “working” symbol as the NFL hasn’t officially approved it.  Both teams are also making headlines with big head coaching hires. The Chargers announced they will hire former Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, while the Rams made a big decision in hiring Sean McVay. At age 30, McVay is the youngest head coach since 1938  hired in the NFL. Former offensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins, McVay, turns 31 on January 24th.

Big weekend of NFL Playoffs:

Saturday

4:35 pm ET: Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons

8:15 pm ET: Houston Texans at New England Patriots

Sunday

1:05 pm ET: Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs

4:40 pm ET: Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

 

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San Diego Chargers May Move To LA, Westbrook’s 18th Triple-Double

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San DiegoIt looks likely the  San Diego Chargers franchise will be moving a couple of hours north to Los Angeles where they’ll share a new/modern stadium with the Los Angeles Rams. The stadium is scheduled to be ready by 2019. The Chargers have been trying for years to rebuild their outdated stadium in San Diego but haven’t been able to get the financing. The NFL has given the Team until January 17th to officially make the decision regarding the move. If they don’t decide by then, the option to share the stadium with the Rams (close to the LA airport) will go to the Oakland Raiders. In 1960 the Chargers played one year in LA before moving the franchise to San Diego.  The official announcement should come soon.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook recorded his 18th triple-double of the season Wednesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies.  With 42 games left in the season, Westbrook has already tied his own record from last year (and Michael Jordan’s record) for the most triple-doubles since the 1981-2 season.

 

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Hernandez Submits Tattoos As Evidence In Murder Trial, Pacific Pro Football League

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Aaron HernandezAaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end, is facing a double murder trial, and in an unusual twist will have to submit his tattoos as evidence. The tattoos on Hernandez hand show guns and the saying “God forgives”. Hernandez isn’t required to take the stand to defend himself, but the prosecution can ask Hernandez to explain his tattoos. Once on the stand, they can then ask him any questions in order to unravel his story.

A new developmental league (think professional football minor league) is hoping to launch in 2018. The idea is to give athletes who aren’t eligible yet to compete in the NFL (age concerns) the option to play in a league where they can get experience and make money. Most athletes would still likely prefer to remain in college, get an education and compete on a high profile stage, but if the league works out as intended, it could provide options for players unable to go or uninterested in college. The Pacific Pro Football League would comprise 4 teams in Southern California competing during July and August.

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