A Spark in Seattle

Sunday’s resounding victory ignited a spark in Seattle when we needed it most. Despite how the NFL analytics confidently pointed to an Eagles victory, the Seahawks defied the noise, standing triumphant at perhaps the most critical time. Now, the Hawks are 8-4, ahead of other wild-card contenders and poised to make a powerful playoff push. And recent history suggests a favorable record for the Seahawks in December. There are only four games left–the Jaguars, Rams, Cowboys, and the Cardinals. Can we run the table? I say maybe, and some may even say probably. But there is one thing that supersedes a donut in the loss column. The NFL pundits are correct: the Seahawks must establish a reliable running game before it’s too late.

As it stands right now, Russell Wilson is the Seahawk’s leading rusher. Wilson is also accounting for over 82% of our offense’s total yardage. This stunning statistic speaks to the appreciating value of our quarterback. However, by examining the last 50 years in NFL history, we won’t find a super bowl team with so much depending on one player. That is why we must use the last quarter of the regular season to develop a more multifaceted attack. After constantly shuffling through a list of erratic running backs–Eddie Lacy, Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise, and J.D. McKissic–Coach Carroll may have finally struck silver. Against a formidable Eagle rush defense, Mike Davis rushed for 64 yards on 16 carries. And, Davis caught four passes for 37 yards, showcasing his dual-threat ability. Let’s see how he performs this Sunday against the Jaguars number-one ranked defense. After beating the Eagles, the Seahawks point in a promising direction.

 

Sounders Shock FC Dallas

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This past Sunday, Sounders played their first of two games against FC Dallas in the second round of the playoffs. The game was in Seattle, so it was important that Sounders could get a good result. Dallas came in with a game plan of playing defensively and keeping the Sounders to zero goals, so they could have the advantage when they play in Dallas next week. However, from the 45th minute to the 55th minute, the Sounders scored three goals. The score ended at 3-0, which gives Sounders a huge advantage going into the second leg. Dallas looked nothing like the dominant force that they were in the regular season, but Sounders need to keep focused, because Dallas does have the potential to turn it around.

In the best game this weekend, the two top Italian league teams faced off. Juventus got the best of Napoli with the final result being 2-1. Gonzalo Higuain scored the game winner for Juventus against his former club. The win was important as Juventus now created some separation between them and Napoli.

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This weekend there are some fantastic matches. The Sounders will play Dallas on Sunday as the Sounders look to secure their place in the next round of playoffs. The North London Derby is also on Sunday where rivals Arsenal and Tottenham will face off in an always exciting match up. Lastly, Chelsea plays Everton on Saturday in a very important game for Everton to try to make some ground on the top teams.

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NFL Week 5

The story of this week was the return of Tom Brady. After facing a 4 game suspension, Brady returned to the field to take on the winless Cleveland Browns. He went off for 406 yards in the air and 3 touchdowns. I was playing against him in fantasy football and he pretty much single-handedly beat me.

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Brady pumps his fist after throwing 1 of his 3 TD’s against the Browns in his return from suspension.

Sammie Coates decided to have a breakout game for the Steelers. He had 139 yards and 2 Touchdowns. Not very many people expected that from the rookie out of Auburn. Martellus Bennett had 3 Touchdown receptions. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4 touchdowns in a big victory against the New York Jets. Ezekiel Elliott and David Johnson continued dominance as the top 2 rushers in the league, leading both of their teams to wins with 2 TD’s each. The Carolina Panthers continue their struggles, playing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football. The Panthers were 1-3 heading into the game. Their MVP Quarterback Cam Newton is out with a concussion so it was Derek Anderson to start. They lost on a last second field goal after Cameron Artis-Payne’s 2 TD’s on the ground and Greg Olsen’s 181 yards in the air were not enough. The Broncos lost their first game of the season to the red-hot Atlanta Falcons. Backup QB Paxton Lynch started his first game replacing the injured Trevor Siemien. The Minnesota Vikings get a big win over the struggling Houston Texans to keep their perfect record. Brock Osweiler has not lived up to expectations for the Texans after a big contract in the off season.

Super Bowl 50 Here We Come

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As the notification came across my phone my face turned into a smile. Excitement filled my mind as I read that the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots, and became AFC champions once again. This is the eighth time the Broncos have been AFC champs.

Later that Sunday afternoon, my phone showed that the Arizona Cardinals had lost to the Carolina Panthers, making Carolina the new NFC champions.

The Broncos won by two points, 20 – 18 while the Panthers destroyed the Cardinals 49 – 15.

Which now means that the Broncos and the Panthers will face off in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos have won the Super Bowl twice compared to the Panthers who have never won a Bowl.

The game will be held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California on Sunday, February 2 at 3:30pm. This will be your time to cheer on your team and watch some American football.

I will be cheering for the Denver Broncos, because Peyton Manning is the quarterback. I have been a fan of him for years, and believe he can pull out the win.

I think this game will be a nail biter as both teams have shown that they have what it takes to be Super Bowl champions.

Broncos have a record of 12 – 4 and are led by their amazing quarterback, Peyton Manning.

The Panthers have a record of 15 – 1. So, they have a better record than Denver, however, that does not mean that Denver won’t be a good competitor. Cam Newton, the Panthers’ quarterback is very talented and can put up a good fight.

So, I guess we’ll see who can take it all the way when Sunday comes around.

 

First Female Full-Time Coach in NFL

Kathryn Smith was hired on Wednesday as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Bills. She was hired as the organized quality control-special teams coach.

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Smith has been on the sidelines ever since high school helping her dad by keeping stats of the game. When college came around she served with St. John’s for four years as the teams manager. However, it didn’t stop there. Smith went on to get an internship with the New York Jets in 2003.

After 12 years of working with the Jets and head coach Rex Ryan, Smith followed Ryan to the Bills last year. She worked as an administrative assistant to the head coach. Just after a year working with the Bills, Smith was promoted.

Ryan says in a quote: http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/01/21/463787891/kathryn-smith-makes-history-as-nfls-first-female-full-time-coach

“Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” said Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan. “She certainly deserves this promotion based on her knowledge and strong commitment, just to name a couple of her outstanding qualities, and I just know she’s going to do a great job serving in the role of Quality Control-Special Teams.”

So there it is, Smith was hired onto the coaching staff for the Bills because she deserved it. She is the right one for the job. She is a person who goes after what they want and works hard for it.

Some say that a women should not be in the NFL, however, Smith is more than quilified and can handle anything thrown at her. She has been around football for years, and knows what she is doing. During Smith’s internship with the Jets she scouted for college athletes amongst other things. She has been in a wide variety of positions for the teams she’s worked for and has never dissappiont. Smith was the right choice for the Bills, no matter what anyone says.

Calvin Johnson Retiring!?

Quarterback, Matthew Stafford takes the consideration of Calvin Johnson’s (Megatron) retirement seriously. Stafford knows that what ever comes out of the mouth of Johnson that it is not fluffy stuff, and that Johnson thinks about what he puts out for the public.

A quote from Stafford is featured here  http://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2016/01/14/detroit-lions-calvin-johnson-retire/78782044/

“I think, anytime Calvin says something, it’s not for show, it’s something serious,” quarterback Matthew Stafford said on “The Mitch Albom Show” on WJR-AM (760) this week. “I think you guys have covered him long enough to know that he’s a pretty measured person, and everything that he says to the public is a thought-out thing. So in that regard, I’m sure it’s thought-out.”

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As of right now Johnson is resting his body and is considering what to do next. Nothing is for certain yet, but what if he actually did retire. What would happen to the Detroit Lions? The team has improved since he has been on the team. He has contributed a lot, and I just wonder what would be next for the the Lions. Of course they would have to replace him, but with who? Who has the skill and heart like Megatron does?

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Johnson is 30 years-old and can run a 40 yard dash in 4.35 seconds. He’s 6′ 5″ and weighs about 236 lbs. He has made a difference for the team and for the city of Detroit. Being drafted by the Lions in 2007 was probably one of the best things for the Lions.

Each year the team grows better, and if Johnson leaves I am curious for what will happen.

Head Coach Jim Tomsula Fired After One Year

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Jim Tomsula walked into this one. He took the job as head coach for the San Francisco 49ers and was fired with in a year. After Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers in the off season to coach at the University of Michigan, San Francisco was in need of great help. Defensive coach Jim Tomsula at the time was apparently the best candidate for the job. He had been on the coaching staff for the past nine years, so he had experience with the team. However, many people say picking him was not a good choice. His team went 5-11 and was outscored by 149 points in the season.

In Tomsula’s defense, he did lose valuable players because of retirement. However, for the San Francisco 49ers that is not acceptable. If you can not bounce back for a setback then you will be kick out the door.

CEO Jed York said the following: http://www.49ers.com/news/article-2/49ers-Relieve-Jim-Tomsula-of-Head-Coaching-Duties/90b4d196-8e66-42ad-84b1-4ae50532eb1f

“Jimmy has been a valuable member of the 49ers organization for the last nine years,” said CEO Jed York. “We all know he is a man of high character, and his contributions on the field and in our community have always been greatly appreciated. This entire organization is proud and grateful to have worked so closely alongside Jimmy. We all wish him and his family great success in the future.”

I wonder what is next for the guy. Will he keep coaching? Maybe he will go back to being a defensive coach? Well I am sure that what ever Tomsula does it will be the right job for him. I just hope that what ever team he goes to that he does not fail miserably like he did for the San Francisco 49ers.

Shut Out

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The Carolina Panthers overtook the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, December 13. The Panthers did well right off the bat, having Cam Newton throw 12 of 17 for 246 yards in the first half. This helped them score three touchdowns. The game was Newton’s best opening half of his career, and in the end the team walked away with the win. The Panthers are 13-0 and have clenched the first-round bye for the playoffs. In order for the win, the Panthers did not just do well on offense, they played hard on defense too. The Panther’s defense helped to put them ahead of the game. If a team has good blocking the odds will go in that teams favor.

The Atlanta Falcons struggled during and game and for that matter have been struggling the whole season, having a record of 6-7 after playing the Panthers. They fell behind early in the first half and could not come back. They needed to change something, but did not end up executing what they needed. The Falcons fell short (big time!) It was not even close. As a result, the Panthers got their first shut-out since 2013. They gave tremendous pressure in order to cause the four turnovers during a horrific game for the Falcons. The score of the embarrassing game was 38-0, Panthers win.

This was not the first time the Falcons have struggled this season. They have lost six games in a row and can not seem to end the streak. I wonder what will happen next to the Atlanta Falcons. Do you think we might be looking at a new coaching staff next season? Well, good luck Atlanta, and congrats Carolina.

Wildcats Get The Win

Kansas State Wildcats played the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m. The Wildcats are now ranked 8th in the Big 12 after beating West Virginia 24-23. The Mountaineers are 7-5 while the Wildcats are 6-6.

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At the start of the season Kansas State struggled as they lost six games in row. From there they turned it around and won the next six games. After changing their ways and winning six games in a row, it put Kansas State in reach of a bowl. Starting out they had no shot, but coach Bill Snyder took his team by the reigns and made them eligible. It was Kansas State’s first losing season since 2008 when they went 3-6.

For West Virginia, the loss meant that they could not have the best record in the Big 12. They had a chance, but blew it when they lost against Kansas State. They were out scored when it came to the second half, and the Wildcats pulled ahead 21-10.

By the end of the game, Cornerback Morgan Burn # 33 returned a kickoff for 97 yards. With two minutes left in the game it brought the score to 24-23. After their Wildcat touchdown, Kansas State held strong against West Virginia.

Then to top it off Kansas State’s coach, Bill Snyder got inducted into the Hall of Fame. He brought back the way a team should play and work together and as a result they won their last six games. Snyder did not have the best record overall for his organization, but turning the game plan around like that deserves some recognition. Nice job Snyder!

A Bronco’s Win in OT

The words “Broncos win!” ring through the Denver Broncos’ football stadium as the Broncos score the winning touchdown against the New England Patriots.

On that snowy evening in overtime, the Broncos ended the streak for the Patriots resulting in a record of 10-1. The Broncos walked away with a record of 9-2.

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Patriots landed on the board at first by Rob Gronkowski #87 scoring a touchdown, but in the end the Broncos pulled out the win. It was a glorious win for Brock Osweiler #17, back-up quarterback for Denver. Going into the game, the New England Patriots were undefeated, but that changed when the Denver Broncos got their hands on them.

Peyton Manning #18, quarterback, is focusing on getting healthy. He had a tear in his plantar fascia in his left foot, and recently got the cast off his foot. He is following all the rules to get better, but does not know if he will get back to his starting position. His focus is getting back to practice. Manning will go through several sessions of physical therapy to become his healthy self again.

That game for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” brought about 25.2 million viewers which was the fifth time this season that the numbers have been over 25 million.

When the game went into overtime, C.J. Anderson #22 for the Broncos scored a 48-yard winning touchdown. The shocking win caused the views to peak at 27.3 million. That was around 9:45p.m – 10:00p.m.

Even at 9-2 Broncos are still the number one AFC seed for the playoffs. The Broncos lost to the Indianapolis Colts and the Kansas City Chiefs, but that didn’t hold them back from beating the New England Patriots.

 

 

A Washington Rivalry

Every college has their rival and for Washington University it is Washington State University. They play each other every year, and every year one wins the Apple Cup trophy. In the past two years the trophy has gone to the Washington Huskies.

Who do you want to see win this year?

When the huskies met the Washington State Cougars last year the score was 31-13. It was not close and neither is the overall record for all the games every played verses each other. The Huskies lead the all-time stats 69-32-6.

This rivalry started in 1900 for these northern Pac-12 conference teams. The score of the first game between the Cougars and the Huskies was a tie 5-5. Later in 1942 the Apple Cup trophy came about. Before the Apple Cup, the Governor’s Trophy was displayed. The trophy was shown from 1934-1961. The reason why the Governor’s Trophy was traded out for the Apple Cup was because of the major production of apples in Washington.

These two teams will go head to head this Friday, and if the Washington Huskies do not pull out the win, they will not participate in the playoffs. This game will sit heavily on Washington’s shoulders, but all they can do is play hard as a team.

The overall records for these two teams is 5-6 for the Huskies and 8-3 for the Cougars. The Huskies have won in the past two years, but as of right now the Cougars have the better record.

Do you think that the Cougars have a better chance of winning? I guess we will find out on Friday, November 27, at 12:30 PM on Fox.

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Lions Win!

What? Did that just happen? Detroit Lions won on Sunday, November 15 against the Green Bay Packers. Lions beat the Packers 18-16 braking the streak of 24 years. Detroit has not won at Lambeau field since 1991. At that time the average price of gas in the United States was $1.14 and the national debt was only $3 trillion. Now we are over $18 trillion in debt. Also the cost of a Super Bowl Ad was $800,000 and now it is $4.5 million just for 30 seconds.

It was a game that was well overdue.

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They came into the game with a record of 1-7. They worked well on defense and had a few good plays on special teams. The offense struggled in the beginning, but the defensive backs made it up. Stafford completed only one of his seven passes at the start. He ended 24 of 38 for a total of 242 yards.

In the fourth quarter when it came down to the wire, Green Bay scored a touchdown with in the final minute of the game. They missed the two-point conversion with 32 seconds left in the game. After the touchdown there was still hope for the Packers. On the onside kick, Calvin Johnson (Megatron) recovered the ball and then lost it, resulting in Green Bay winning the ball.

The emotion in the Lambeau stadium quickly changed when Mason Crosby missed the game-winning field goal for the Packers. What could have been a good victory for the Packers immediately changed to a shocking loss.

The Detroit Lions won by working hard and now have a record of 2-7 instead of 1-8. Let’s just hope it won’t be another 24 years until they beat Green Bay again at Lambeau field.

The Start of State is Here

Boys Basketball season is on its way. Michigan State is as ready as ever. Last year they had an overall record of 27-12. For the Big 10 regular season their record was 12-6 ending with a tie for third place.

Last year the spartans competed in their seventh Final Four tournament since 1999. State was defeated for the second year in a row by Duke 61-81.

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MSU is coached by Tom Izzo and is currently ranked 13th. Izzo has been the coach for the Spartans since 1995. He has led his teams to success several times. As a result of his success, Izzo has earned the nickname “Mr. March” from active coaches.

As a person who enjoys watching the game, I can say that Tom Izzo does a great job. I don’t always root for the Spartans but they play well as a team.

After the last last Final Four, Caleb Swanigan accepted the opportunity to play college basketball at Michigan State. That, however, was not to be the case. A month later Swanigan gave his ultimate decision, and chose to go to Purdue instead. This may effect the Spartans but it definitely won’t stop them.

On November 4, MSU beat Division II Western Michigan in an exhibition game. The score of this game was 94-53. The Spartans left the court at halftime shooting 43.8 percent with a 38-33 lead. They had the advantage going into the second half, and in the end MSU pulled out the win.

Next week at 7:00 PM ET Michigan State University plays Florida Atlantic University (FAU). After that MSU plays KU at 10:00 PM ET. So don’t miss the game.

Three Coaches Fired From Lions

On Monday, October 26, 2015, Joe Lombardi was fired from the Detroit Lions. He had been the offensive coordinator from 2014-2015. Lombardi started out as a defensive assistant at the Atlanta Falcons in 2006. In 2007, he was hired on as offensive assistant for the Saints. Lombardi became quarterbacks coach in 2009 during the Saints’ Super Bowl winning season.

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The Lions started out 1-6 so as a result Lombardi and several other coaches were let go from the coaching staff.

Offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn and assistant offensive line coach Terry Heffernan were let go on that Monday afternoon. The Lions were not succeeding so a change had to be made.

The Lions hired Washburn in 2009 as an assistant offensive line coach. Later in 2013 he moved up on the coaching staff to offensive line coach.

Heffernan was assistant offensive line coach in 2013. Then in 2014 he was hired as the offensive quality control coach. Before joining the Lions coaching staff, Heffernan was the offensive line coach at Wayne State University. He stayed at that position for six seasons — from 2007 to 2012.

General manager (GM) Martin Mayhew supported head coach Jim Caldwell’s’ decision saying it was Caldwell’s choice what to do with his coaching staff. Caldwell has coached for a long time, and knows what and how a coaching staff should work.

Some of the football players on the team sensed something would happen soon. They were not surprised by the result. When a team loses too many games firings are bound to occur. Hopefully this change is a change that will improve results for the Lions.