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Tiger Woods to Miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods to Miss U.S. Open

Tiger Woods will miss his second major of the year.  He announced Wednesday that he has withdrawn from the upcoming U.S. Open to focus on his recovery from a pinched nerve in his back.  Tiger also missed The Masters in April for the first time in his career.

He released this statement on his website, tigerwoods.com:

“Unfortunately, I won’t be there because I’m not yet physically able to play competitive golf.  I’d like to convey my regrets to the USGA leadership, the volunteers and the fans that I won’t be at Pinehurst. The U.S. Open is very important to me, and I know it’s going to be a great week. Despite missing the first two majors, and several other important tournaments, I remain very optimistic about this year and my future.”

The U.S. Open will mark the second open and sixth major he has missed due to injury over the past six years.

It has been a precipitous decline from greatness for the World’s Former Greatest Golfer.  The 38-year old hasn’t won a Major Championship since his infamous infidelity story broke in 2009.

Before the bombshell, Tiger seemed well on his way to shatter the all-time record of 18 majors held by Jack Nicklaus.  He won an incredible 14 majors between 1997 and 2008, often times making it look easy.  Trying to win his 15th major has been anything but.

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Ranking the MLB Logos

Ranking the MLB Logos

1. Boston Red Sox

Simple, timeless, elegant, and classic.

 

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2. St. Louis Cardinals

The bird-on-a-bat feature has been replicated on Little League jerseys for decades.  Imitation is flattery.

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3. Los Angeles Dodgers

This has remained largely unchanged since the 1930s when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.

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4. Detroit Tigers

Classic Old English font has helped this stay classic for years.

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5. New York Yankees

Love them or hate them, the Yankees always looked good in their 27 World Series titles.

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6. Chicago Cubs

Another classic.  Too bad the Cubbies haven’t won a World Series since 1908.

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7. Oakland Athletics

The A’s are one of only six teams in baseball to not use red or blue in their logo.

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8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

They ditched the whole “Angels in the Outfield” look and went back to their roots.

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9. Toronto Blue Jays

Canada’s only MLB team incorporates the country’s national symbol, the maple leaf.

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10. Washington Nationals

Some say the red “W” looks too much like a Walgreens logo.  Is it a coincidence that Walgreens is the most popular drug store in America?  A good logo for both organizations.

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11. Cincinnati Reds

This hasn’t deviated much since 1967.

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12. Minnesota Twins

The only of the current logos to include “baseball club” on the official primary logo.

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13. Baltimore Orioles

One of nine teams to use cursive in its logo.

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14. Seattle Mariners

The M’s haven’t deviated from this one since 1993.  They’ve had four primary logos since their inception in 1977.

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15. San Diego Padres

The Padres land right in the middle of the pack with this clean but nondescript logo.

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16. Chicago White Sox

Not quite as iconic as the other Chicago team or the other “Sox” team.

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17. Pittsburgh Pirates

This is the first year since 1936 the Pirates haven’t had an actual pirate in their primary logo.

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18. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are the oldest team in professional sports to remain in the same city with the same name.

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19. Atlanta Braves

The team originated in Boston as the “Red Stockings” in 1871, become the Boston “Braves” in 1912, moved to Milwaukee in 1953, then relocated to Atlanta in 1966.

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20. San Francisco Giants

Happy Halloween!  The Giants are proud of their orange and black team colors.

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21. Kansas City Royals

The Royals have essentially had the same logo since their inaugural year in 1969.

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22. Cleveland Indians

The Indians got rid of the iconic “Chief Wahoo” in 2013 in favor of a red “C.”

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23. New York Mets

Besides making this logo slightly “bolder” in 1999, it has remained unchanged since the Metropolitans began playing baseball in 1962.

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24. Colorado Rockies

The Rox are the highest ranked expansion team since 1993 on this list.  They just don’t make baseball logos like they used to.

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25. Miami Marlins

The Marlins dropped the “Florida” moniker in 2012 in favor of the more descriptive “Miami.”

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26. Texas Rangers

The team relocated to Arlington, Texas in 1972.  Before that, they were the Washington Senators.  (This was actually the second Washington Senators team.  The first one move to Minnesota in 1961 to become the Twins.)

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27. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brewers moved to Milwaukee in 1970 after one season in Seattle as the “Pilots.”

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28. Houston Astros

The Astros are one of ten teams to have their entire primary logo enclosed in a circle.

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29. Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays took the “Devil” out of their nickname for the 2008 season and beyond.

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30. Arizona Diamondbacks

Sorry D-Backs.  This logo is just ugly.

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At least it’s a little better than their old one.

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Team USA’s Most Famous Player Left Off World Cup Team

Team USA’s Most Famous Player Left Off World Cup Team

Landon Donovan will not represent Team USA next month at the World Cup in Brazil.

U.S. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann released his roster Thursday and the list did not include the 32-year-old attacker.  The four forwards for the Americans are Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski, Jozy Altidore, and Clint Dempsey.

Donovan was bidding to make his fourth World Cup roster.  He is USA’s all-time international leader in several categories, including goals (57), World Cup games (12), and World Cup goals (5).  Donovan has played in 156 international games, second all-time.

The news is a big surprise to soccer enthusiasts, especially considering Team USA’s lack of experience in World Cup play.  Apparently Coach Klinsmann values youth and speed over savvy veteran players.

“It’s an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you’ve chosen can focus now purely on Brazil,” Klinsmann said in a statement.

Donovan is perhaps best remembered for his stunning goal against Algeria in the 2010 World Cup.

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Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

Cavs Get Really Lucky and Win Draft Lottery Again

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the luckiest team in the NBA.  The problem is, their luck hasn’t translated into success.

The Cavs won the 2014 NBA Draft lottery with just a 1.7 percent chance of grabbing the top spot.  It’s the second year in a row and third in four years Cleveland will draft number-1 overall.  That kind of fortune should equate to a playoff basketball team.  Unfortunately, the Cavs haven’t made the playoffs since Lebron James left town in 2010.

Cleveland actually hit a home run with their number one pick in the 2011 draft, in which they picked Kyrie Irving, a freshman out of Duke.  Irving is now the face of the franchise and has two All-Star appearances, but has been hampered by injuries.  He hasn’t played in more than 71 games per season.   The young superstar needs to stay healthy for Cleveland to contend.

In the 2012 draft, the Cavs selected Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick.  Waiters has helped form a formidable backcourt with Irving.

Gold was struck again in the 2013 draft, when the Cavs had a 15 percent chance of drafting number one.  Their ping pong ball was pulled and the Cavaliers pulled the trigger on Anthony Bennett, a freshman forward out of UNLV.  With just four points per game on 36 percent shooting, the power forward went onto have the worst season by a number one pick since this guy (on the left, not Michael Jordan):

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That player, by the way, is Kwame Brown, taken first overall by Washington by then-Wizards President Michael Jordan.  He made a big mistake.  And if the Cavs make another mistake with their most recent number one pick, Kyrie Irving may be playing for another team in a couple of seasons…and the Cavs will keep having ping pong balls pulled…in the NBA Draft Lottery.

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NBA Playoff Predictions – Conference Finals

NBA Playoff Predictions – Conference Finals

(2)Oklahoma City vs. (1) San Antonio

Both the Spurs and Thunder were taken to seven games in their first round series.  With the way each team is playing now, you’d never know they were playing mediocre basketball (by their standards) just a couple weeks ago.  OKC swept the season series over San Antonio 4-games-to-none.  However, on Friday, Thunder big man Serge Ibaka was ruled out of the rest of the playoffs with a left calf injury.  This could be the difference in the series.

R.C Buford of the Spurs is considered the best general manager in the game.  Thunder GM Sam Presti is a Buford disciple, having worked under his mentor seven years ago.  Buford has been with the Spurs for four NBA Championships.  Presti is still looking for his first with the Thunder.  Both are known for great drafting skills.  San Antonio has incredibly maintained excellence despite aging stars Tim Duncan (38), Manu Ginobili (36), and Tony Parker (31).  OKC superstars Kevin Durant (25) and Russell Westbrook (25) are both in their prime.

The Ibaka injury and home court advantage will be the difference.  San Antonio moves on in 6 games.

 

(2)Miami vs. (1)Indiana

It’s amazing the struggling Pacers even made it this far.  Despite holding the number-1 seed, Indiana was playing some pretty terrible basketball down the stretch of the regular season.  The only reason the Pacers made it back to the Conference Finals is that the East is really, really bad.  With that being said, they have looked a little like their old selves recently.

But even Indiana at (near) its best is not good enough to beat Miami at its peak.  Led by The World’s Best Player,

The Heat can seemingly step on the pedal whenever they want.  When Lebron James gets going, he’s unstoppable.  Even a good defensive team like Indiana can’t contain him.

If Paul George and Roy Hibbert were playing like their 2013 versions, this would go seven games.  Instead, the Heat win easily in 5.

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He Ain’t the 1st – 10 Other Famous Gay Athletes Before Michael Sam

He Ain’t the 1st – 10 Other Famous Gay Athletes Before Michael Sam

Michael Sam just made history by becoming the first opening gay player to be drafted to the NFL.  Here are some other famous athletes who came out of the closet before Sam.

Greg Louganis

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The decorated diver won four total gold medals at 1984 and ’88 Summer Olympic Games.  He tested positive for HIV in 1988 but didn’t come out publicly until 1995 on the Oprah Winfrey Show:

 

Brian Boitano

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The famous figure skater won a gold medal at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.  He didn’t come out as gay for another 25 years when he was named to the United States delegation to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

 

Jason Collins

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Some call Collins the first NBA player to come out of the closet.  However, when the 35-year old revealed he was gay after the 2012-’13 season, he was actually a free agent, thus technically not making him an active player.

 

Martina Navratilova

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The Czechoslovakian native is one of the greatest women’s tennis players of all time with her 18 Grand Slam Titles.  Martina’s coming out moment was in 1981 at age 25.

 

Billie Jean King

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Another hall of fame tennis player with her 12 Grand Slams, King was appointed by President Obama to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games to make a statement to Russia’s anti-gay policy.  In 1981, she became the first prominent female athlete to come out as gay, right before Navratilova.

 

Brittney Griner

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The 6’8″ Griner was a dominating force in college basketball for Baylor.  She now plays for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA.  Brittney announced she’s a lesbian in 2013.

 

Sheryl Swoopes

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Swoopes is retired now, but was once dubbed the “Michael Jordan of the WNBA.”  She now coaches the women’s hoops team at Loyola University Chicago.  She was actually married to a man from 1995 to ’99 with whom she birthed her son Jordan.  She came out of the closet in 2005 and revealed her relationship with Houston Comets assistant coach Alisa Scott.  Swoopes then raised her son with Scott.

 

Abby Wambach

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The American soccer player was the 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.  She has won two Olympic gold medals and has long been one of the faces of the U.S. National Soccer Team.  In 2013, she married her longtime partner.  She said that didn’t represent a “coming out,” because she had never been closeted.

 

Johnny Weir

Johnny Weir

The flamboyant American figure skater denied he was gay for years before coming out in 2011.  He married later that year in a civil ceremony.

 

Billy Bean

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Bean played Major League baseball for parts of seasons from 1987-’95.  He didn’t come out as gay until well after his retirement, in 1999.  He is not to be confused with Oakland Athletics General Managers Billy Beane.

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Richard Sherman Has 57 Million Reasons Why Any Publicity is Good Publicity

Richard Sherman Has 57 Million Reasons Why Any Publicity is Good Publicity

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman just cashed on a new four-year, $57.4 million contract extension, a deal that makes him the highest paid player at his position.  But he’s about to be even richer than that.  Sherman has signed on with Campbell Soup, Nike, Microsoft, and Oberto.

Richie Rich is cashing in on his new found fame.  Six months ago, most people didn’t know who he was.

And then, back in January, this happened:

The Twittersphere proceeded to light up with comments calling Sherman everything from classless to a jerk and even a thug.  In many people’s minds, he embarrassed himself on national TV in front of millions of people.  The rant was water-cooler talk for two weeks.  Non-sports fans couldn’t stop talking about it.

Sherman embraced the attention and eventually the media tide began to turn.  Analysts, experts, and news talking heads started to sympathize with the outspoken Seahawk.  He opened their minds and dialogue into discussions of race and class.

Even President Obama got in on the action:

But Sherman is still hated by millions.

And he’s laughing all the way to the bank.  P.T. Barnum would be proud.

 

 

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Seahawks Are Perfect Against Broncos in Playoffs, but Denver Dominates in Regular Season

Seahawks Are Perfect Against Broncos in Playoffs, but Denver Dominates in Regular Season

If playoff history tells us anything about the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, the Seahawks will win.  That’s because the ‘Hawks a whopping 1-0 against the Broncos all-time in the playoffs.

In its first playoff appearance in franchise history, Seattle defeated Denver 31-7 in a 1983 AFC Wild Card game.  Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg was an efficient 12/13 for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Seattle shut down Denver’s rookie QB John Elway to only 123 yards and 1 interception (the Broncos started veteran QB Steve DeBerg, who was also ineffective).

But if you take away Seattle’s amazing 1.000 winning percentage against Denver in the playoffs, the Broncos have whooped up on their old AFC West-rivals.  The Seahawks are 18-34 against the Broncos, their worst mark against any team.

The two teams used to play twice each season, before the Seahawks moved to the NFC West in 2002.  (Seattle was a member of the NFC West during its inaugural season in 1976, but then moved to the AFC West in 1977.)  The Seahawks are glad they moved.  Elway and the Broncos pounded the Seahawks in the 1990’s, going 14-6 against the ‘Hawks in the decade of grunge.  The Broncos won two Super Bowls at the end of the decade.

Since 2002, the Broncos and Seahawks have only played three times (two Broncos’ wins, one Seahawks win).  The two teams did play in a preseason game at the beginning of this season.  The Seahawks blew out the Broncos 40-10 at CenturyLink Field–and it wasn’t even that close.  The ‘Hawks led 33-7 at halftime before the reserves played the second half.

In summary, if you’re looking for recent history to predict the winner of Super Bowl XLVIII, there isn’t much.  But expect the new versions of the Seahawks and Broncos to develop a new history of rivalries.

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Steelers fans should remember the past before they criticize NFL refs

Steelers fans should remember the past before they criticize NFL refs

Pittsburgh Steelers fans are blaming NFL referees for not making the NFL playoffs this year.  But they might need to bite their tongues– Steelers Nation needs to remember that bad calls by NFL refs are a big reason why they won a recent Super Bowl.

In 2006’s Super Bowl XL, several controversial calls were made that enhanced Pittsburgh’s odds of beating the Seattle Seahawks.  The Steelers won the game, 21-10, but the prevailing theme after the game was how the officials drastically altered the outcome.  The head official in that game, Bill Leavy, would admit to blown calls years later.

Fast forward to 2013.  With the final AFC Wild Card spot up for grabs, the Steelers and Chargers amazingly still had a chance to make the playoffs.  An improbable sequence of events needed to happen (namely, the Ravens and Dolphins each had to lose in week 16 and 17) in order for Pittsburgh and San Diego to even have a chance at a chance to make the postseason.  Well, those things did happen, which meant if San Diego beat Kansas City, it would be the AFC’s six-seed.  If San Diego lost, Pittsburgh would luckily get the spot.

Which is where the officiating comes in.  As the Chiefs lined up for the game-winning field goal as time expired, the Chargers lined up in an illegal formation.  Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop missed the field goal, the game went into overtime, and the Chargers ended up winning to gain that final wild card spot, while the Steelers were left out.

However, on Monday–the day after the game, the NFL admitted that its officiating crew made a mistake and a penalty should have been called, giving Succop and the Chiefs another chance at a game-winning field goal.

And in the ultimate NFL irony, one of the refs working the Chiefs-Chargers game was non other than…Bill Leavy!

So as Steelers beat writers and Pittsburgh columnists continue to write articles calling for NFL officiating reform, just remember, you’ve already used up your referee good fortune for the decade.  NFL karma always evens the score.

 

 

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Kirk Cousins to Start Over RG3 Sunday

Kirk Cousins to Start Over RG3 Sunday

In the latest move of a cat-and-mouse game by Mike Shanahan and Daniel Snyder, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will start the remainder of the season for the Redskins.

Robert Griffin III was informed Wednesday that he will not play the final three games of the year.

Shanahan, the Redskins head coach, claims he is making the move to keep Griffin healthy, although he chose to play him in last season’s playoffs despite RG3 suffering from a major knee injury that required surgery in the offseason.

Although Snyder publicly supports Shanahan’s decision, unnamed sources say he is furious with his coach-in-hot-water.  Shanahan is expected to be fired at least by the end of the season.  At 3-10, Washington is one of the most disappointing teams in football.

Conspiracy theorists claim that Shanahan made this move just to spite Snyder, the Redskins owner.  It’s an ego vs. ego chess match between a future hall of fame coach and one of the most controlling owners in sports.  Snyder is known to befriend some of his star players and RG3 is no exception.

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Best Football Finish Ever?  Where 2013 Iron Bowl Finish Ranks All-Time

Best Football Finish Ever? Where 2013 Iron Bowl Finish Ranks All-Time

Saturday’s Auburn Alabama finish is  being talked about as one of the best in football history.  The Tigers won the game on the final play by returning a missed field goal 100 yards for the game winning touchdown.  In the process, No. 4 Auburn knocked out No. 1 Alabama from the national title picture.

 

Where does that play rank all time?  Here’s my list:

 

1. “The Play”

The annual rivalry between Cal and Stanford, nicknamed “Big Game,” had its defining moment in the 1982 contest.  On the final play of the game, with Cal receiving kickoff, four Golden Bears players lateraled the ball five times on way to the game winning touchdown.  That would have been remarkable enough, but the Cal players had to avoid members of the Stanford band, as well, who had spilled onto the field thinking the game was over!

 

2. Iron Bowl Kick-6

Some will question Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s decision to attempt a 57-yard field goal as the game seemed to be heading to overtime.  With a win, the Crimson Tide would have been on schedule to win a third straight BCS National Championship.

 

3. Immaculate Reception

This is perhaps the most legendary play on the list.  In a 1972 AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Steelers and Raiders, Pittsuburgh’s Terry Bradshaw threw a pass to John Fuqua.  As he tried to make the catch, Fuqua was tackled and the ball deflected backwards to Steelers fullback Franco Harris, who scooped it up and ran for the game-winning touchdown.  The play is still disputed because some claim the ball hit the ground before Harris caught it.  However, because the catch happened off camera, it’s impossible to tell, making this play one for the football folklore.

 

4. Music City Miracle

In a 2000 Wild Card Game, the Titans beat the Bills on an amazing kickoff return.  Frank Wycheck threw a lateral pass to Kevin Dyson, who then ran 75 yards for the game-winning return.

 

5. Helmet Catch

Although this play didn’t happen at the very end of the game, it could be considered to be the greatest play in NFL history.  In  2008’s Super Bowl XLII, the underdog Giants were down 4 to the Patriots with just over a minute left.  New York QB Eli Manning scrambled and threw to journeyman receiver David Tyree, who made an incredible catch as he pinned the ball against his helmet.  The Giants scored seconds later to upset the heavy favorite (and previously undefeated) Pats.

 

6. Hail Flutie

In 1984, Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie threw a last second Hail Mary Gerard Phelan to give the Eagles the win over defending National Champion Miami.   The ball is said to have gone 63 yards through 30 mile per hour winds.

 

7. Miracle at Michigan: CU’s Stewart Beats Wolverines

Ten years after Hail Flutie, Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart threw a 64-yard Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor.   The 106,427 fans in attendance went home in disbelief.

 

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If You thought Monday’s Call Was Bad…A Look Back at the Worst Call of 2012

If You thought Monday’s Call Was Bad…A Look Back at the Worst Call of 2012

Just call it the controversy at Carolina.  Monday’s no-call at the end of the Patriots Panthers game still has the sports airwaves buzzing.  On the final play of the game, with the Patriots down four, Tom Brady threw a pass to the endzone–intended for Rob Gronkowski–that was intercepted by Carolina.  The back judge initially threw a penalty flag because Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was holding Gronkowski, thus preventing him from coming back to catch the ball.  However, the officials then picked up the flag, offered no explanation, and ran to the locker room.  The game was over and Carolina had won.

If you think that call (or rather, no-call) was bad, remember the Seahawks “Fail Mary” about a year ago against the Packers?  Seattle was down 12-7 in the closing seconds.  Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary to the endzone that was simultaneously caught by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate.  Replays showed that Jennings clearly had the majority of the ball.  Unbelievably, the referee (replacement ref Lance Easley*–more on him below) immediately ruled touchdown.   The call stood and will go down in history as one of the most disputed and ridiculous calls in recent sports history.

*For those of you who don’t remember, the first three games of the 2012 NFL season were officiated by replacement referees because the regular refs were locked out by the league after failing to agree to a new contract.  The replacement refs were chosen from high school football and lower level college football.  Some of the refs even came from the Arena Football League and the Lingerie Football League (yes!  That’s not a joke!).

Easley has since appeared in charity events in Seattle but is not as welcome in Green Bay.  He even capitalized on his negative publicity by releasing this book!

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Collinsworth Offers Advice to Chiefs: Take Shots at Manning

Collinsworth Offers Advice to Chiefs: Take Shots at Manning

NBC Broadcaster Cris Collinsworth has some advice for the Kansas City Chiefs: Rough Up Peyton Manning.

The Denver Broncos host the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.  Denver (8-1) and Kansas City (9-0) are battling it out for supremacy in the AFC West.  The winner of this game should have an inside track at a division title.

The Broncos are 8.5 point favorites, but their quarterback Manning has been playing through a high right ankle sprain.  Meanwhile, the Chiefs have 36 sacks–most in the NFL.

It seems logical for Kansas City to make a run at the QB if they want to win the game, which is probably why Collinsworth, who is calling the game Sunday, offered these comments:

“I think that people have been waiting for Kansas City to lose since opening day and they’re still rolling along. It’s a good matchup though because you’re talking about a defensive team that can put pressure on the quarterback in a big way.  Justin Houston’s been fantastic. Tamba Hali, Dontari Poe–they’ve got guys that can get after the quarterback and you’ve got Peyton Manning with the bad ankle, and nothing to lose. Let’s face it, the Kansas City Chiefs have nothing to lose in this game. If you go in there and get beat, who cares. So why not take some shots at Peyton Manning? I would. Let’s go get him. Hey, we get blown out, what the heck. We get him back in our place in two weeks, so if they rough him up a little bit, there’s a benefit to that too.”

The Chiefs play host to the Broncos in week 13.

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These Teams Again?  World Series Features 2 of 5 Most Winningest Clubs

These Teams Again? World Series Features 2 of 5 Most Winningest Clubs

The Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals are playing for the 2013 World Series Championship.  Each team has been in this position many times before.

The Cardinals have eleven World Series titles, trailing only the 27 of the New York Yankees.  St. Louis last won in 2011.

The Red Sox have won seven World Series, tied with the Giants for fourth most ever.  The Sox last won in 2007 and their 2004 World Championship was the first since 1918.  The Red Sox traded away legendary player Babe Ruth after the 1919 season, leading to an 86-year drought dubbed “The Curse of the Bambino.”

The two teams have played each other three times in World Series play.  In 1946 and 1967, the Cardinals won in seven games.  In 2004, the Red Sox swept the series, 4-0.

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Are The Redskins Next?  8 Teams That Have Dropped Native American Nicknames

Are The Redskins Next? 8 Teams That Have Dropped Native American Nicknames

Politically incorrect or a liberal agenda?  The public debate on whether the Washington Redskins should change their name has never been louder.  Sports journalists like Bob Costas and Peter King claim the name Redskins, which is a racial descriptor for Native Americans, in an insult and a slur.

The Washington Redskins franchise was established in 1932 and is one of the last major American sports teams to still have a name associated with Native Americans.  Here is a list of other teams to have changed their names over the years.

 

University of North Dakota drops “Fighting Sioux” for…no name

The school voted to get rid of the nickname in 2012 after the NCAA threatened sanctions.  UND currently goes by no nickname.

 

Stanford Indians become Stanford Cardinals, then Stanford Cardinal

The smart kids were definitely ahead of the times.  In 1972, Stanford changed its nickname from “Indians” to “Cardinals” after complaints from Native American students.  In 1981, the school dropped the “s” and became just the singular “Cardinal,” named after the University’s color.

 

St. John’s Redmen become Red Storm

The Queens, New York school made the change in time for the 1994-95 school year.  The term “Redmen” was originally meant to describe the color of the team’s uniforms, but later became a associated with Native Americans.  Another reason for the change was to be gender neutral.  St. John’s now uses a “Thunderbird” as its mascot.

 

Buffalo Braves move to San Diego and rename themselves “Clippers”

After a 1978 move from upstate New York, the new name was meant to represent the boating and sailing culture in Southern California.  The team later moved to Los Angeles in 1984.

 

Dartmouth Indians transform into Dartmouth Big Green

The Ivy League school made the change in 1974, stating the “use of the [Indian] symbol in any form to be inconsistent with present institutional and academic objectives of the College in advancing Native American education.”  Dartmouth’s new nickname refers to the grass-covered common space in the middle of campus called “The Green.”

 

Miami (Ohio) Redskins make the change to Miami RedHawks

If Miami’s struggle to change its name is any indication, it may be several more years before the Washington Redskins change their nickname.  Miami terminated the Redskins moniker in 1997 after a 25-year process.  The Miami Tribe of Native Americans originally supported the nickname, stating that it “is a revered and honored name in the eyes and hearts of the people of Miami University.”

 

St. Bonaventure gets rid of Brown Indians and Brown Squaws…for St. Bonaventure Bonnies

The New York University retired its male Brown Indian and female Brown Squaw team mascots in 1979.  The School still went by the nickname “Brown Indians” until 1992.

Syracuse Orangemen drop the “men” from the end

Syracuse University didn’t change its name in 2004 because it was considered racist.  Instead, the school wanted to simplify its athletic brand.  Before the change, men’s teams went by “Orangemen” and women’s teams were called “Orangewomen.”

However, Syracuse’s old mascot, the “Saltine Warrior” did offend some Native Americans.  He was retired in the 1970s and replaced by “Otto the Orange.”

 

 

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