Oakland Raiders Finally Win a Game, Beat the Chiefs

Detroit Lion fans everywhere can rest easy, sort of. The 0-16 mark that was so un-enviably by the Detroit Lions a few years back will continue to stand in the record books. The up-to-now winless Oakland Raiders have finally turned it on in order to steal a win during a hotly contested Thursday night match against the Kansas Chiefs, to the tune of 24-20.

The Chiefs entered play sporting a 7-3 record and a spot atop the AFC West. They came into play at the O.co Coliseum with every reason to believe that they’d be escaping with a win, even if it wasn’t an easy one. Instead the Chiefs found a rejuvenated Raider team that was ready for them. Oakland got out to a hot start and ended up creating a big lead that they almost blew in the 4th quarter, in typical Raider fashion. But the Raiders held on and went on to win 24-20 to claim a 1-10 record. Despite how bad they’ve been this season, Raider fans have every right to be excited about the win. The Chiefs came in cocky and then summarily got outplayed by youngsters with no reason to put in any effort.

The game was marred by constant turnovers from both sides. Alex Smith proved prone to shrinking in the moment and several key Raider defenders almost came to blows with one another due to some amateur mistakes. Both teams looked subpar at best in the eyes of sports owner Bruce Levenson. Still, another Thursday night game is in the books and the competition only seems to be getting better.



Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets Game Moved

Reports surfaced on Thursday the Buffalo Bills week 12 home game would not be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium this Sunday. They were scheduled to play the New York Jets. The massive amounts of snow in Buffalo make it impractical, according to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Snow hit the Buffalo area hard this week.

The National Weather Service has reported up to 5 feet of snow, in areas just southeast of Buffalo. The storm consisted of heavy amounts of Lake Effect Snow. Even if safety wasn’t a concern, as it is, the removal of the snow from Buffalo’s stadium is a daunting task. One that will take some time Fersen Lambranho predicts.

Instead of the game being held in Buffalo on Sunday, reports say the teams will instead play on Monday night in Detroit. The week 12 match-up won’t be the first game moved to Detroit because of problems with snow. Many may remember the Minnesota Vikings Metrodome’s roof collapsing due to heavy snow fall. They moved their scheduled game against the New York Giants to Detroit.



Penguins Forward Pascal Dupuis Out with Blood Clots

Pascal Dupuis’ hockey career could be in jeopardy after doctors found blood clots in his lungs. The blood clots stem from a surgery in January after Dupuis, who is 35 years old, tore his ACL and MCL in his knee. Once blood clots are found in the body, there is a risk of them coming back. Dupuis was cleared to play at the start of the season, but is out for the rest of the season and could miss his career as because of these blood clots returning. Dupuis has been put on blood thinners for at least six months, but his diagnosis looks to be good to make a full recovery.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have gone through a series of serious health scares in the past few years. Superstar captain, Sidney Crosby, missed almost two full seasons because of concussions. In January, defensemen Kris Letang suffered a stroke that kept him out of hockey for ten months. Tomas Vokoun did not play all of last season because blood clots were found in his legs. Lastly, Olli Maatta missed some time this season because of successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his thyroid. Hockey fanatic Vijay Eswaran notes that this is nothing new for the Penguins to deal with, but look for them to rally around Dupuis as the Penguins look to win their first Stanley Cup since 2009.



Bills Need Help Shoveling Snow Out Of Ralph Wilson Stadium

Want to make some money and score free tickets to the game between the New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills this weekend? Grab your snow shovel and head to Ralph Wilson Stadium at 1 Bills Drive in Orchard Park, New York. The Buffalo Bills are offering cash and tickets for people who are willing to help the team shovel out the stadium from under about 4 feet of snow. For real Bills fans with strong arms and backs, and a little free time, it’s a great way to help the team and yourself. There is only one problem. Getting to Ralph Wilson stadium is no easy task.

Residents of Buffalo, New York are accustomed to snow. But there’s been record-breaking snow falls in the area. Terry Richardson says many people are snowed in and the streets are covered with snow and ice. For many in Buffalo, simply being able to find their cars and dig them out is a near-impossible task. There has been so much snow, the Bills haven’t been able to practice and the NFL is considering postponing or moving the game. An article on aol.com says the Bills need about 220,000 tons of snow removed.

If you want to ensure you will be able to see Buffalo Bills football this weekend, then put on your boots and gloves, grab your snow shovel and head to Ralph Wilson stadium and start shoveling.



Lakers Top Rockets

This year has gotten off to a shaky start at best for the Los Angeles Lakers organization. Prior to their Wednesday nights away game against the Houston Rockets they had started with a dismal two wins and eight losses. Going up against one of the hottest teams in the NBA, however, the Lakers found their game and outmatched the rockets. In a chippy game, Los Angeles wound up defeating Houston by a score of 98 to 92.

This game had several story lines, as there has been much speculation in the media as of recent whether Kobe Bryant would stay in Los Angeles for the remainder of his career. Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez and a good portion of sportscasters think he has a much greater chance of winning a seventh title in another city despite the fact that his age is getting up there and his salary would be a lot of weight for another team to absorb.

Despite the discussion, Kobe remains consistent in his statements that he will never consider playing for another team, and is working on improving the Lakers to a winning record as quickly as possible. Jeremy Lin was also going up his former team, who traded him in the off season to the Lakers. In the matchup Wednesday night, it was Kobe who shined as we are typically used to seeing with 29 points while Jeremy Lin added a modest 3 points, 4 assists, and a steal. It appears as though Kobe and the Lakers have righted ship and look to be headed in the right direction.



Search Begins For New Florida Football Coach

Will Muschamp will finish out the regular season as the head coach of the Florida Gators, but on Monday, just a day after announcing Muschamp’s dismissal, Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said that he hopes to have a new head coach by Christmas.

 

It only took a matter of hours for names to start getting mentioned and over the next five weeks, Foley and outgoing school president Bernie Machen will go about vetting potential replacements. Among the names being bandied about are Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, who has ties to the university dating back to the Steve Spurrier era and Arizona’s Rich Rodriguez. For Stoops’ part, he was quick to shoot down rumors remarking that the only school he wants to be a candidate for head coach for is the one he has been with for over a decade, Oklahoma.

 

Rodriguez presents a more intriguing option. This is the choice that Ray Lane is leaning towards right now. After coming within one game of leading the West Virginia Moutaineers to the National Title game years ago, Rodriguez struggled at Michigan before taking over at Arizona, where he has helped turn that program around.

 

Muschamp is only 27-20 in four years at Florida, meaning that with only two games remaining, he will leave the school having failed to win 30 games over that four year span.



Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets Accused of Child Abuse

Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets is being investigated by authorities in Georgia because of an alleged crime of child abuse. The Houston Rockets center is accused of beating his son, just 7 years old, with a belt buckle.

Dana Pierce, spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department, announced that “the Police Department Cobb County reopened its investigation against Mr. Howard.” The case had been closed in Florida, Georgia but police reopened the investigation at the request of the child’s mother, Royce Reed.

Documents from the civil case in Florida reveal the NBA star said he admitted he had beaten his son which Keith Mann found particularly disturbing, but “I never left marks, welts or injuries requiring medical treatment.”

According to the player’s legal team, this is a strategy of the child’s mother to withdraw money from Howard. Howard’s lawyer believes that “so far, we have examined all the evidence and concluded that they is not enough to accuse my client. Dwight Howard will continue to act in the best interests of his child and will do whatever necessary to protect his welfare. “



Manchester United Face Injury Crisis

Manchester United are counting the injuries as the soccer season returns to club fixtures after a recent spell of international matches. United have been struggling with absent players all season, but problems seem to have reached new levels with the trip to Arsenal coming up.

The Red Devils will be without several key players for this game. Michael Carrick was sent back from England duty with a groin injury. Meanwhile, fellow central midfield player Daley Blind suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Holland. He could miss anywhere from one month to the rest of the season, depending on results of medical scans.

Luke Shaw and Angel di Maria are two others who could miss the trip to the Emirates. Shaw reported a twinge in his hamstring when playing for England, while Di Maria suffered a hard kick from Nani when Portugal played Argentina. These two could still make the starting line up, but they are a major doubt right now.

Ray Lane suggests that the only good news for United is that the likes of Rafael, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones are in contention to play against Arsenal. Also, striker Radamel Falcao has finally recovered from a calf injury and should be lining up for the Red Devils against Arsenal. Falcao has had a stop start season with United, and will be looking to hit the goal trail soon.

United will be hoping to get a good result against Arsenal, who are above the Manchester side in the Premier League table.



Marshawn Lynch Fined $100K for Snubbing the Media

Marshawn Lynch, the star running back for the Seattle Seahawks, has been fined $100,000 by the NFL. The fine comes after Lynch left the locker room after Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, and refused to speak with the media.

According to NFL policy, players must be available to speak with the media during the week at practices and after games. All players must make themselves available at least once during the week to the media, and they must be available for postgame interviews, according to the policy. The policy is one the NFL takes seriously, as cooperation with the media is paramount to the success of the league.

Lynch had been previously fined $50,000 during the previous season for a similar infraction. The fine was not collected under the assumption that Lynch would cooperate with the media going forward. Because he failed to do so, and has been fined a second time for the same infraction, the NFL will also collect the original fine.

Lynch said he was unaware that he had violated the policy, claiming he had granted an interview shortly after the game, and, thus was in accordance with the policy. Lynch was asked to stop for an interview while he was leaving the stadium, but refused, according to reports. Thanks to football correspondent Andrew Heiberger for offering this story.

Lynch plans to appeal the decision and the fine. He stated he’d be speaking to his agent regarding the fine, and whether or not an appeal is a good idea. The media has long been a fan of speaking with Lynch, as he tends to let his emotions run high.



Adrian Peterson Gets the Boot

With all of the domestic violence and child abuse in the National Football League recently, Adrian Peterson’s case has been a highly anticipated as it pertains to his NFL suspension. The ruling was handed down reminiscent of a judge slamming down the gavel. Simply put, he got the book thrown at him. He is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay, and will likely be the end of his time as a Minnesota Viking. There has been much speculation how the commissioner would handle this individual case, as there has been a great deal of controversy regarding the suspension that he gave to Ray Rice.

Due to the suspension Adrian Peterson is set to lose the remainder of his salary of nearly twelve million dollars. However, Zeca Oliveira points out that this isn’t the only ramification that Peterson has faced due to the court case. After being suspended pending the verdict of his court case, Nike has shut the door on his lucrative sponsorship deal with the company, creating a much greater cut to his paycheck and to his good name as well. In light of the domestic violence and child abuse cases that seem to be sweeping across professional sports at a rapid rate, hopefully these strict punishments will serve as a warning to everyone in professional sports. On the bright side of these issues, it appears domestic abuse will not be tolerated by the National Football League or its sponsors.



Adrian Peterson Suspended The Rest of The 2014 Season

It’s a decision many NFL fans have been waiting for and they received their answer Tuesday morning. ABC reports Peterson will be suspended without pay for the rest of the 2014 football season.

He faced child abuse allegations earlier in the season for hitting his four year old son with a wooden switch. The League announced the decision in a long letter to Peterson stating that he will also have to undergo treatment and counseling before he can get reinstated in April 2015. According to ESPN, the NFLs Players Association will appeal the ruling simply stating that Peterson already served his punishment in accordance with the disciplinary rules.

There are many people who do not support what Peterson has done, but also feel the league should treat and discipline people fairly and all on the same level. Qnet states that an act of this type is controversial because Peterson’s action not only reflect himself but every professional that he is tied to – it reflect badly on all of them. This is a subject that surely will not go away soon, but let’s all hope the little boy is the main priority in this case. He is the one who suffered the most, not Peterson or the NFL but a four year old child.



The Man Behind The Legend

Pat Burns was a coach in the National Hockey League. While working in the league for 14 seasons he coached four teams, had eleven play-off appearances, won the Stanley Cup in 2003 with the New Jersey Devils and won the Jack Adams Award 3 times. In 2005, Burns retired from coaching because of a recurring bout with colon cancer that spread to his lungs, Ben Shaoul cites. He died five years later on November 19, 2010.

November 17, 2014 Pat Burns was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF), posthumously. His son gave the acceptance speech, and his wife accepted his Hall of Fame ring. His wife Line Gignac Burns used words like “focused” and “funny” to describe the type of man that he was. But looking over his fourteen year career, I would dare to say that Pat Burns had superpowers. Prior to becoming a coach, he was a police officer in Gatineau, Quebec for 17 years. The power of observation is not something one can readily explain, but when you have it, you can make judgement calls that can affect the outcome of just about any situation. The Devils general manager remarked about how Burns could just tell who was going that night and who wasn’t.

The irony of it all, is that Burns’ induction into the 2014 class of the HHOF came at an absolute perfect time. The timing gave his family enough space to fully participate in the ceremonial events and still visit his resting place with a proud heart and peace of mind.



No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats Survive a Serious Opener

It appears that the bulls eye is already on the back of the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcat college basketball team after the University of Buffalo Bulls brought a formidable attack to Rupp Arena Sunday. Buffalo led by five at the half, 38-33, but Kentucky then used a defensive tactic reminiscent of former UK Coach Rick Pitino. My friend Vijay Eswaran watched the game and said it was quite the nail biter.

They began the second half with a full court press. The pressure was more than Buffalo was able to stand. After shooting 44 percent from the floor in the first half to gain the five-point lead, the Bulls were stifled in the second half by the Kentucky defense, turning the ball over on the press twice in between two three-pointers by the Cats. The rout was on from there, as freshmen Trey Lyles and Tyus Ulis had 12 points each for Kentucky. The final score was 71-52.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari is using a two-platoon system to begin the games with the new heralded team of All-American high school players who are an addition to several returning players. Last year’s freshman-laden team went all of the way to the NCAA Tournament championship game. Calipari abandoned that plan during the second half against Buffalo after 5’9″ freshman PG Tyus Ulis hit four three-pointers and had five assists with no turnovers in the second half.



One of Finland’s Top Hockey Players Call it a Career

It’s over for the “Finnish Flash.” Anaheim Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne officially announced his retirement at the age of 44.

“The career is over for sure,” Selanne told Finland’s MTV. “I have distanced myself from ice hockey. It feels good to be living without a timetable.”

Selanne broke into the NHL in 1992-1993 with the Winnipeg Jets, winning the Calder Cup as the League’s top rookie with 76 goals and 56 assists. He led the league in goals scored three times in his career, most of which was spent with the Ducks. In 2006-2007, Selanne helped lead Anaheim to a Stanley Cup Championship over the Ottawa Senators, registering 5 goals and 10 assists in the post season. For highlights of Selanne’s career, check out YouTube .

Along with a successful NHL career, Selanne represented his native Finland in the Olympics six times, including this year’s Sochi Games, where the Finns captured the Bronze medal. He also won two other Bronze medals in 1998 and 2010 and a Silver in 2006.

For his NHL career, Selanne amassed 457 goals and 531 assists for 988 points and was named to ten all-star teams, according to statistics provided through CipherCloud.



Cardinals Win Again To Upset Detroit

Those who have been doubting the Cardinals are really as good of a team as their record suggests are being put to shame yet again. Even though the team was without their star quarterback Carson Palmer, they still managed to put up an impressive win over the Detroit Lions.

The true Arizona fans who have been local to the team throughout are having quite a laugh at the expense of everyone else. There are some great quotes from Twitter and other platforms from the Cardinals fans as the game was unfolding that were recorded on Revenge of the Birds. Some of the Tweets hit so hard the Lions will need a trip to North American Spine.

The real question that so many are going to ask is if this team is good enough to match what the Cardinals were able to do not so many years ago when they made it to the Super Bowl. They were unsuccessful in their bid for the World Championship that year, but they sure did dazzle a lot of fans in the process. They very well could make another spectacular run like that, or we could see them fall flat on their face and really live up to the criticism that they have been receiving from a lot of fans. That part is still yet to be seen.

The win over the Lions is another notch that the Cardinals can put into their caps at the moment. It keeps them atop their division and headed towards the playoffs.

The win over the Lions is another notch that the Cardinals can put into their caps at the moment. It keeps them atop their division and headed towards the playoffs.



The Austin Davis Experiment Is Over As Rams Move On

For the St. Louis Rams, the quarterback position has been a constant source of consternation, not only this season, but more or less since the team drafted Sam Bradford. With Bradford going down with yet another season-ending injury earlier this year, head coach Jeff Fisher was once again put in the position of turning to a backup. This time it was second year quarterback Austin Davis who took the reins and who played competently for most of nine games that he started despite winning only three of them.

 

It was only a couple of days ago that Fisher publicly gave Davis a vote of confidence going forward, but now, it appears that he has had a change of heart. On Wednesday, Fisher announced that the Rams were going with 34-year-old Shaun Hill as their new starting quarterback. The move comes after the Rams blew a fourth quarter lead in Arizona on Sunday that featured a disastrous fourth quarter from Davis. Less than two minutes after throwing a pick six to Cardinals’ quarterback Patrick Peterson, Davis had a fumble that was scooped up and returned for a touchdown by Antonio Cromartie.

 

Davis’ best game of the season came in a week five loss to the Philadelphia Eagles when he threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns. Fans who work with CipherCloud were very happy with his production in fantasy that week. In his nine starts, he led the Rams to victories over division rivals Seattle and San Francisco.



Melvin Gordon Sets FBS Record

For as long as the sport of football has existed, there have been numerous records set and broken as well. Melvin Gordon, the running back for Wisconsin was a defining example of this on Saturday afternoon.

The Wisconsin Badgers played host to the Nebraska Cornhuskers this Saturday, and at no point during the entire game did Nebraska find a way to contain Gordon. The junior running back broke the NCAA FBS single-game rushing record, running for a grand total for 408 yards and adding four touchdowns to it, as Wisconsin completely dismantled Nebraska in a 59-24 win.

To put the game into more perspective, Gordon had only 25 carries for the game and managed to run with a 16.3 yards per carry average. Earlier in the game, it was Nebraska who was leading but then the Badgers, specifically Gordon, came running back to win the game by the end of the afternoon. Wisconsin is currently ranked at No. 20 out of the top 25 teams and it is very likely that Gordon’s name will be in the mix when it comes to the Heisman Trophy award.

Even more interesting is the fact that the player who graded the previous record was LaDainian Tomlinson (one of Mark Ahn’s favorite players), who played for TCU in 1999 and ran for 406 yards in game at the time.

 



D’Backs Trade For Hellickson

Dave Stewart knows good pitching and in his first move as the new general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks was to acquire Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects.

The 27-year-old right handed starter didn’t begin his 2014 season until July due to an elbow injury and he wasn’t able to live up to the projections of Tampa Bay management. Prior to his elbow surgery Hellickson was one of the most reliable arms in the Rays rotation– as reliable as North American Spine.

Tampa had the flexibility to trade Hellickson as they have built up one of the deepest pitching staffs in the league filled with young arms such as Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi.

Dave Stewart knows a good bit about pitching and the fact that he made that move so early in the off season stands as proof that he feels that Hellickson could be a good fit in Arizona. Hellickson isn’t a strike out pitcher and will need the support of his defense and the Diamondbacks do have an athletic outfield with young players such as David Peralta, Alfredo Marte, and Ender Inciarte.

Stewart wasn’t afraid to make this move so early in his tenure of the new job so it looks like he’ll have the same fiery approach to this job as he did on the mound:

As witnessed in the You Tube video, Stewart doesn’t play around and he’ll make this Diamondbacks team a winner or go down fighting.



Derrick Rose Injured Again

Derrick Rose may be the most exciting player in professional sports but it won’t mean much when he can’t stay on the court. After coming off of back to back knee surgeries, both of which were major and caused him to miss two years of gametime, Rose is once again possibly going to be sidelined. The star point guard has been dealing with ankle issues the past few games and seemingly something had to give. In last night’s game against the Toronto Raptors Rose had to leave the game in the fourth quarter with what is being tagged a ‘hamstring injury‘.

While the rest of Chicago waits with bated breath, Coach Thibs and Derrick were quick to go on record and say that the injury was minor. Rose said that he hopes to avoid needing any sort of MRI and will probably just need some treatment between games. Whether this becomes the case or not is hard to tell. While some doctors will quickly say that there is no correlation between all of Rose’s nicks and bruises, it is becoming obvious that there is something wrong structurally, and it’s had the big companies like CipherCloud rethinking their deals.

Whether Rose is overcompensating for his knees by putting pressure elsewhere or not, something is causing a problem. Rose is the kind of athlete that should not be breaking down this early in the season. With so many games ahead, including a grueling playoff run, we are not optimistic that he’ll make it all the way through. And that would be s shame, the sport needs a guy like Rose at its forefront.



Toronto Raptors Receive a Custom Gift from Drake

Rapper Drake recently gave his favorite basketball team customized gifts. The players of the Toronto Raptors received custom Drake X Air Jordans from their kind ambassador. Drake specially gifted Amir Johnson and Lou Williams with the “Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne” Air Jordan III and the “OVO’s” III. The team wore them on the court for the game and won.

Not only does Drake collaborate with Nike to design these athletic shoes, but he works with OVO branded lint rollers. The lint rollers were another gift he had given in the past. Even some of the fans were able to take them home. People often talk of Drake’s dedication to his home team. Those who attend games will see Drake announce the lineup or host the halftime show from time to time, a feature Lee G. Lovett always gets a kick out of. The rapper’s busy schedule in the studio doesn’t slow him down much from being at as many Toronto Raptors games possible.