January 2018 archive

Jan 30

NFL announcer Sean McDonough’s voice cracked during Titans-Chiefs and everybody loved it


The Tennessee Titans almost had a brutal collapse in the final two minutes against the Chiefs after making a comeback of their own. Thank you very much, Gary. The thanks really should go to Richard Deitsch, the great Sports Illustrated columnist who thought to do a longer piece talking to female reporters about their lot. …

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Jan 28

Vinnie Iyer: Congratulations to the Bills for advancing to their first playoff game in 18 years.


But unfortunately, their opponent is the Jaguars, who will be just as hungry for victory in their first home playoff game in 18 years. The Bills are hoping McCoy will play through his ankle injury, but even if he does, it’s a nightmare matchup for Taylor and their anemic passing game. Their shaky pass protection …

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Jan 25

Sean Payton burned 2 quick timeouts on back-to-back 4th quarter challenges, whyyyyy


The New Orleans Saints are making a heady comeback from a 17-0 deficit after scoring 14 straight points to open up the second half. Head coach Sean Payton, however, is doing what he can to ratchet up his own team’s level of difficulty Sunday night. Romo says out loud what’s likely going through Tom Brady’s …

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Jan 23

2018 NFC divisional playoffs: Vikings react to ‘unbelievable’ win over Saints


Everson Griffen was happy and then he was sad and then came the OMG moment. That was how the Vikings defensive end described the final moments of Minnesota’s 29-24 win over the Saints in Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium. According to ESPN, ego, achievement, credit and more are at the heart …

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Jan 20

Few could have seen how big of an impact the 19-year-old forward would have out of the gate.


Crafty with the puck and blessed with good vision, Keller had a goal in his first game of 2017-18 and was the NHL’s leading rookie scorer the first month of the season with nine goals and 15 assists. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2016 draft hit a dry spell in December, going 17 …

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Jan 17

On the first snap of his first NFL game, the first pick in the draft sacked the quarterback—Josh McCown, in this case.


While my perspective has focused on the shifting attitudes of sports leagues on gambling and “integrity,” the arguments in front of the Court proved to be more legally parsed, with a brief and simplified background here. New Jersey originally wanted to mimic Nevada-style sports betting back in 2011, though that plan was challenged, and subsequently …

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Jan 15

If 24 is playing 8 after he tore his shoulder, that’s a problem for 8.


“It’s really, really tough for me,” Bryant told reporters during a pre-game press conference, when asked which jersey he would retire if he could only choose one. “If 8 is playing 24 after he just ruptured his Achilles, that’s a problem for 24. “24 was more challenging. I tend to gravitate towards things that are …

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Jan 12

The Eagles have clinched the NFC East a season after going 7-9 to finish last in the division.


Philadelphia is one of four teams that could go from “worst to first” this season with the Jaguars (3-13 last year to 9-4 this season), Panthers (6-10 to 9-4) and Chargers (5-11 to 7-6) either tied or in sole possession of first place in their divisions. If all four win division titles, it would mark …

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Jan 09

This much is clear: He won’t rush, but he is in a hurry to win.


Ryan Miller acknowledged an ovation from the crowd marking his return to Rogers Arena with a wave moments before the opening faceoff. The veteran goalie then went out and stopped 31 shots for his second shutout of the season and the 41st of his career in leading the Anaheim Ducks to a 5-0 victory over …

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Jan 05

The Boston Bruins pushed aside the reeling Ottawa Senators — again.


Smith’s wife, Tiffany, was diagnosed with breast cancer in late September and has been receiving treatment in Arizona. Smith said he felt it was important to take the leave of absence because “there are a lot of things that I’m responsible for in this job and [it was hard] to try and be there for …

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