That was fast! Aaron Rodgers has been medically cleared to return since breaking his right collar bone back on October 15th. Since Rodgers is one of the main reasons I watch NFL and play fantasy, when he got carted off to the locker room, so did all of my hope for the Packer's season. But it's not over!
I am super excited to say that he will be playing this weekend in a crucial game against the Panthers.
I am placing my bet on the Packers to win. Not just because I am a Packers fan, but because I believe Rodgers is going to come out swinging. They also won their last two games against Cleveland and Tampa Bay, albeit not the best teams, but wins nonetheless. That motivation is even more push for Green Bay as a whole to pull off a win.
And honestly, I just don't see Cam Newton's skill level anywhere near that of Rodger's. That along with the Panthers just keep getting rid of their star players, really the only receiver they have left is Christian McCaffrey. And don't get me wrong, I definitely wish I would have drafted him. But when that's the only weapon in your offensive arsenal, you can't expect to defeat a team like the Packers.
Hopefully they can keep it together and just let their defense do their thing. The Broncos won the SB with their defense a little while back, I think they can do the same. It would be super cool to see them get to the Super Bowl and win it.
Oklahoma Sooner's Quarterback, Baker Mayfield has won the Heisman Trophy. After collecting 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points in the voting totals, Mayfield now has the third highest percentage of possible points since 1950, a whopping 86%. This will be the sixth Oklahoma University player to win the Heisman Trophy. That's quite a record.
Most everyone predicted this as a sure-fire win for Mayfield. He took the No.2 Sooners to the playoffs, and was 2nd ranked passer in the nation with 4,340 passing yards and 41 passing touchdowns.
Mayfield said, "This is unbelievable for me. It’s something words can’t even describe. It’s such an honor."
Oklahoma's QB Baker Mayfield - 2,398 points and 732 first place votes.
Standford's RB Bryce Love - 1,300 points and 75 first-place votes.
Louisville's Quaterback Lamar Jackson (last year's Heisman winner) - 793 points and 47 first place votes.
The difference is that Russia has state sponsored doping. They have been caught and will have to pay the price.
As the New York Times reports, "the ruling was the final confirmation that the nation was guilty of executing an extensive state-backed doping program. The scheme was rivaled perhaps only by the notorious program conducted by East Germany throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s."
Unless the IOC is willing to dole out harsh punishments, doping in sports will continue. In any case, how can any athlete feel that he/she has earned a medal when they know they have cheated? Cheating and lying has become more pervasive in our society as the monetary rewards get higher.
Russia is a state in decline as Putin controls all aspects of their society. Unfortunately, because Putin controls the media, he and his Russian athletes will play the victim.
You're exactly right on that last bit. They are already broadcasting to boycott the Olympics. Doesn't make any sense at all to take that approach. It was completely there fault. It was also so widespread that everyone must have known what was going on.
They got caught. Don't boycott the entire Olympics, that looks very childish. Stand up to take your punishment, and start training for next games.
The IOC has decided Russia's punishment for it's systematic doping scandal. Russia has been banned from competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. This means there will be no Russian anthem, no flags, no athletes, and even goes as far as to ban Russian government officials from attending the games.
Though there will be one loophole for a select few. If an athlete receives a special dispensation to compete, they will do so wearing a neutral uniform. Russia will not be noted in any form for the athlete or the medals.
I expected a harsh punishment, but this is pretty crazy. Russia is a huge part of the Olympics. They pride themselves as a athletic power-house, especially in the winter sports.
Eli Manning gets QB job back after Ben McAdoo, Jerry Reese fired
Wow. Eli gets benched. Sort of. Then they play one game. Basically the next day the head coach and the GM are fired. And now Eli has his job back. What exactly just happened with the Giants??
This is like something right out of a movie. Seems like someone did some sort of shady deal to get one over on McAdoo and Reese.
Either way, do you think these changes are going to do any good? I'm not too familiar with the Giant's coaching.
I completely assume Mayfield will get the Heisman this year. He did phenomenal in this game.
This was one heck of a game. Clemson took it to Miami with a whopping final score of 38-03 in the ACC Championship game. I have to give a ton of credit to Clemson's QB, Kelley Bryant. This guy had Deshaun Watson's enormous shoes to fill. And with a lot of people rooting against him, you'd think it would be too much to handle. But he had it all under control. Really, the entire team shined. All in all, the Tigers had 5 touchdowns and 3 forced turnovers.
"It's special because we had a lot of questions going into the season, a lot of guys that left last year," Bryant said. "I'm just trying to do my job, like Coach Dabo said, be the best version of Kelly B that I can be."
Wisconsin Badger's, Seamus Malone has been given his third Big Ten Conference weekly award. After scoring four points in a split series weekend against Mercyhurst, Malone was given the third star for scoring twice and two assists. But not all the credit should go directly to him. His line with center Cameron Hughes and right wing Will Johnson made for 10 points in the series.
"Our line was working all weekend, and we had a lot of chances," Malone said. "I thought we could have had a lot more goals."
That's the spirit. Even when you do well enough to earn awards above all others, strive for more. This guy is going to have a bright future in the NHL.
Yeah, he's doing surprisingly well. I was a little worried he would be a bit more.... all knowing? on the subject. For example, I expected him to say what they should have done, could have done, etc. But he's keeping that subdued. I've even heard the mic get cut on him a few times for gasping and about to comment in a negative way.