Saturday, December 8, 2007
Floyd Mayweather knocked out Ricky Hatton in the 10th Round when the referee stepped in and stopped the fight for a TKO. Mayweather was in control for most of the fight that took place in front of over 16,000 fans in Las Vegas, many who traveled from England to watch Hatton on his quest to be the first to defeat Mayweather. Hatton wasn't so impressed after the fight. "What a fluke that was," he said. "He is very good at making you miss. He was better inside than I thought. He caught me. It was working, but I didn't quite stick to the game plan. I was a little gung ho. He wasn't the biggest welterweight I've seen, but I felt the difference. I knew what the tactics were. I wasn't quite good enough to apply it tonight." Mayweather hinted that he may be done with boxing. Take a look at the video below to see him and his "Dancing With The Stars" buddy, Mark Cuban enjoy some together time and Floyd make reference to doing business with the Dallas Mavericks Owner. NOTE: HBO will replay the bout on December 15th!
FOR CELEBRITIES AT THE FIGHT CLICK HERE: LayDdee.COM
Tim Tebow won the Heisman Trophy Saturday evening at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City presented live on ESPN. Tebow becomes the first Sophomore in the history of the Heisman Trophy to win the award. Tebow started off his acceptance speech with "I would just like to first start off by thanking my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." He also repeatedly stated how much he "Loves being a Gator". Tebow has such a great character and seems to have a great name among his teammates, fans and competition. Tebow finished with 1,957 points, followed by Darren McFadden with 1,703 points and Colt Brennan with 632 points.
Sunday brings us game of the year #4? or is it #3? I can't remember, but this is a big game for a lot of reasons. First, obviously the Patriots are trying to go undefeated and make the 1972 Dolphins shut up. Secondly, the Steelers want to prove they are an elite team in the AFC and can play with the Patriots and Colts. Thirdly, Ben Roethlisberger has always been called a "system quarterback" and would love to prove his value as a big game quarterback against the best in the game. Fourthly, there is talk that Randy Moss is starting to take plays off and not get involved as much as he did earlier in the season. Finally, many of you heard the comments Anthony Smith said earlier this week, and no matter why it was said, his teammates are going to want to pick him up. Besides his guarantee, he also had these words to say, "They said Baltimore was their most physical game, but I think we hit harder than Baltimore, so they haven't seen nothing like us yet.
"They should be worried about us. We never worry about receivers. We're the ones doing the hitting. They have to run routes. We're attacking them, they're not really attacking us." The Patriots have kept their mouths shut in response to Smith, but will have a lot to say with their hitting on Sunday. We like the Steelers to win and prove something in the process. Steelers win 28-14.
Week 14 brings with it some big games in the NFL for different reasons, many of the reasons are for teams on the playoff bubble. Of course the biggest game of them all has the Pittsburgh Steelers visiting the New England Patriots. But just as big of a game as that is for the Patriots to stay undefeated is the Dolphins game at Buffalo for Miami to not go winless. The game is also big for the Bills in order to stay alive in the hunt for a wild card. Bills win 31-10. Arizona takes on Seattle in order to sweep the season and to keep them in the playoff hunt. Both teams have gotten stronger and should be a top game this weekend in the NFC. Cardinals win, 28-24. Another game that is only big for one teams playoff positioning is the Colts at Baltimore on NBC's Sunday Night Game. Look for the Ravens to put up just as big of a battle as they did against the Patriots. They are a team with pride and with the fines they received this week and with melting down in the 4th quarter against New England, you can bet they will be on fire this week. I like the Ravens to win 17-14. Look for my prediction on the Steelers vs. Patriots HERE
*-Indicates Mud Free Sports Predicted Winner!
|SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9|
|Miami at Buffalo*||1 p.m.|
|St. Louis* at Cincinnati||1 p.m.|
|Dallas* at Detroit||1 p.m.|
|Oakland at Green Bay*||1 p.m.|
|Tampa Bay* at Houston||1 p.m.|
|Carolina at Jacksonville*||1 p.m.|
|NY Giants at Philadelphia*||1 p.m.|
|San Diego at Tennessee*||1 p.m.|
|Minnesota* at San Francisco||4:05 p.m.|
|Arizona* at Seattle||4:05 p.m.|
|Kansas City at Denver*||4:15 p.m.|
|Cleveland at NY Jets*||4:15 p.m.|
|Pittsburgh* at New England||4:15 p.m.|
|Indianapolis at Baltimore*||8:15 p.m. (NBC)|
|MONDAY, DECEMBER 10|
|New Orleans at Atlanta*||8:30 p.m. (ESPN)|
Many of us know Appalachian State as the team that upset Michigan in the first game of 2007, but they are a power in Football Championship Subdivision, having won the last two titles in what is formerly known as Division 1AA. The Mountaineers defeated the Richmond Spiders 55-35 in Boone, NC where Appalachian State is located. They take on the winner of Saturday's Delaware-Southern Illinois Semi-Final when they travel to the FCS Championship Friday in Chattanooga, Tenn. Appalachian State Quarterback Armanti Edwards rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 182 yards and three more scores. Wow! No matter what level you are at, that is an impressive performance. That is why you probably won't see too many teams in Division 1 taking on App. State in the future. To watch the video highlights: CLICK HERE
Friday, December 7, 2007
Rutgers Head Football Coach Greg Schiano told Michigan he isn't interested in heading up their program. Schiano has turned down Miami and Michigan in consecutive years to stay at Rutgers and continue to lead their program to the upper tier of the College Football landscape. Would you have ever thought that a Rutgers coach would turn down to programs like that to stay at Rutgers? Schiano is proving that there are still coaches that are winners and still have a sense of loyalty. This also proves that there is a changing landscape in College Football where any team can come out of nowhere and be a national power. The key is to make them a traditional power that can compete on a yearly basis. Then again, maybe Schiano may be waiting for the Syracuse job to open up. Ok, back to reality. In other head coaching news, Navy Paul Johnson has been hired to become the Head Coach at Georgia Tech. He takes over for Chan Gailey, who was fired November 26. Navy AD Chet Gladchuk confirmed the hiring Friday morning. "Paul is fixated on what Paul wants to do and that's the next step and new challenges at Georgia Tech," Gladchuck said. "We appreciate what Paul has done and we'll always remember him as one of the great coaches in Navy history. But we're very respectful of his wishes for new challenges at Georgia Tech."
Barry Bonds showed up in a US District Court and entered a plea of not guilty to four counts of perjury for lying and one count of obstruction of justice to a federal grand jury in the investigation into BALCO. This was in response to questioning Bonds faced about having used steroids in the past. The testimony and evidence was made into a book, "Game of Shadows" which will be a movie on HBO soon. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for February 7th in which Bonds may not attend. Bonds released a statement on his website. "I still have confidence in the judicial system and especially in the judgment of the citizens who will decide this case," he said. "And I know that when all of this is over, I will be vindicated because I am innocent." Meanwhile, Bonds is a free agent and may have trouble getting signed because of his age, lack of mobility, and these charges hanging over his head.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Week 14 is just about here and the biggest movement is going to be felt in the NFC as teams like Tampa Bay and Arizona are looking to shake some things up and show that they belong with the big boys. The Browns have a lot to show against bad to mediocre teams and the Steelers date in Foxboro is here. Wow, just doesn't get any better than this for fans of the NFL.
WEEK 14 NFL POWER RANKINGS
*10 .Cleveland Browns - The Browns? The Browns look like they are on a collision course with the Playoffs and could be a force in the AFC. They are at 7-5 and have 3 games coming up against the Jets, the Bills, and the Bengals. Are they for real? Can they last? These are the weeks where we will be able to tell.
* 9.Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Texans, the Falcons, the 49ers...which team wouldn't want that schedule the next 3 games? The Bucs can show how much noise they will make by either running thru those 3 or coasting. Count on Coach Gruden to have them racing thru these games and putting a hurting on some people.
* 8. Seattle Seahawks - This is one of those teams that are going to cause problems and may be more like the #3 team in the NFC this year. They do play in the West, so just how good are they? They play the Cardinals and at 6-6 the Cardinals are playing for their playoff lives this week. Will the Seahawks be champs or chumps? We think champs.
* 7. Jacksonville Jaguars - They lost to the Colts in Indy. Not to big of a deal. We will see how they bounce back and play this week now that they are out of contention for the AFC South title.
* 6. NY Giants - Well the Giants looked more like a contender than a pretender with a good win against Da Bears. Eli just needs to stop being consistently horrible and start being consistently Peyton.
*5. Pittsburgh Steelers - Well this week we could see the Steelers move ahead a team or two if they can take care of the Patriots on Sunday. They are starting to look like the team that dismantled teams early on in the season. After a tough game on a crappy field against the Dolphins, they came back with a strong win Sunday Night against the Bengals. They just need some players to get healthy.
* 4. Green Bay Packers - Well, the discouraging thing for the rest of the NFC is that Aaron Rodgers is going to be pretty good once #4 decides to retire. I think this makes the Packers an even tougher team going forward and may be able to beat the Cowboys come playoff time.
* 3. Indianapolis Colts - The Colts showed a lot of what makes them great with 4 touchdowns in only 25 minutes of offense time on the field. Newsflash...this team is good! Will be a tough team to beat if they can get some guys back and healthy.
* 2. Dallas Cowboys - After back to back Thursday wins, including defeating the Packers last week the 'Boys have shown the world they are worthy of the top seed in the NFC and will be a tough team to beat at home in January.
* 1. New England Patriots - A Monday Night comeback for Tom Brady and the Pats keep their unbeaten streak alive and well, until Sunday when the Steelers come to town to try and unseat them from the ranks of the undefeated. This should be a great game if the Steelers learned anything from the Eagles and the Ravens.
The four Finalists for the Heisman was announced Wednesday, Tim Tebow of Florida, Darren McFadden of Arkansas, Colt Brennan of Hawaii, and Chase Daniel of Missouri. Interestingly, all four come from State schools. Tebow could be the first Sophomore to win the Heisman which will be awarded Saturday December 8th at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. McFadden was the runner up last year and is Mud Free Sports choice for the Heisman in 2007. The poll that Mud Free Sports posted a few weeks back was overwhelming in favor of Tebow. Who do you like?
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The Florida Marlins trade Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to the Detroit Tigers in a blockbuster trade that will change the face of both franchises. In exchange the Marlins will receive 6 players including former All-Stars left-hander Andrew Miller and center fielder Cameron Maybin. Cabrera, 24, hit .320 with 34 home runs and 119 RBIs in 2007, while Willis, 25, went 10-15 with a 5.17 ERA in 2007. He has a career 68-54 record with a 3.78 ERA in five Major League seasons. Cabrera has topped 25 HRs and 110 RBIs in all four of his full Major League seasons. And D-Train, though he had a tough season last year, is still considered to be one of the top young arms in the game. I think this brings the Tigers back to the 2006 level they played at and made them a contender in the American League. The deal hasn't been finalized yet, as both teams are reviewing medical records and the final details are being worked out.
Monday, December 3, 2007
The Patriots moved to 12-0 with a 27-24 win and early lost on a last second hail mary pass caught at the 2 yard line. Baltimore played the Patriots tough and had many chances in the fourth quarter to both stop the Patriots and to try to score more against them. In the last scoring drive for the Patriots, the Ravens had them stopped on fourth down, but a called timeout from the sideline nullified the play. The next snap, the Ravens stopped Tom Brady again, but the play was blown dead on a false start. The Patriots scored with 44 seconds left and the Ravens started their drive at their own 20 after back to back unsportsmanlike penalties on the touchdown and an offside on the PAT saw the Patriots kick off from the Ravens 35 yard line! Kyle Boller completed 2 passes and then threw an incompletion. The final play was reminiscient of the Titans and Rams Superbowl game that ended just short of going the other way. The Patriots face the Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday in their quest to stay unbeaten.
Sean Taylor's Funeral is being held today as he is remembered and laid to rest today in Miami. Sean Taylor's funeral is being broadcast on ESPNNEWS and is a sad reminder of how much these gladiators called Professional Football Players are full of emotions. LaVar Arrington spoke and began to break down as he spoke of how he loved Sean Taylor and the rest of his teammates. RIP Sean Taylor. RIP.
Here is the complete Bowl schedule for the 2007-2008 NCAA College Football Season. Everything kicks off December 20th between Utah vs. Navy and ends January 7, 2008 with LSU and Ohio State facing off in the Allstate BCS Championship Game. 32 games in 18 days. That is football heaven and with the great games already played, it should be a great Bowl Season as well.
2007-08 College Football Bowl Schedule
|San Diego Co. Credit Union Poinsettia||Dec. 20 |
|San Diego, Calif.||Utah vs. Navy||ESPN|
|R&L Carriers New Orleans||Dec. 21 |
|New Orleans, La.||Florida Atlantic vs. Memphis||ESPN2|
|PapaJohn's.com||Dec. 22 |
|Birmingham, Ala.||Cincinnati vs. Southern Miss||ESPN2|
|New Mexico||Dec. 22 |
|Albuquerque, N.M.||New Mexico vs. Nevada||ESPN|
|Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas||Dec. 22 |
|Las Vegas, Nev.||BYU vs. UCLA||ESPN|
|Sheraton Hawaii||Dec. 23 |
|Honolulu, Hawaii||East Carolina vs. Boise State||ESPN|
|Motor City||Dec. 26 |
|Detroit, Mich.||Purdue vs. Central Michigan||ESPN|
|Pacific Life Holiday||Dec. 27 |
|San Diego, Calif.||Texas vs. Arizona State||ESPN|
|Champs Sports||Dec. 28 |
|Orlando, Fla.||Boston College vs. Michigan State||ESPN|
|Texas||Dec. 28 |
|Houston, Texas||TCU vs. Houston||NFL|
|Emerald||Dec. 28 |
|San Francisco, Calif.||Maryland vs. Oregon State||ESPN|
|Meineke Car Care||Dec. 29 |
|Charlotte, N.C.||Wake Forest vs. Connecticut||ESPN|
|AutoZone Liberty||Dec. 29 |
|Memphis, Tenn.||UCF vs. Mississippi State||ESPN|
|Alamo||Dec. 29 |
|San Antonio, Texas||Penn State vs. Texas A&M||ESPN|
|Petro Sun Independence||Dec. 30 |
|Shreveport, La.||Colorado vs. Alabama||ESPN|
|Bell Helicopter Armed Forces||Dec. 31 |
|Fort Worth, Texas||Air Force vs. California||ESPN|
|Sun||Dec. 31 |
|El Paso, Texas||South Florida vs. Oregon||CBS|
|Humanitarian||Dec. 31 |
|Boise, Idaho||Georgia Tech vs. Fresno State||ESPN2|
|Gaylord Hotels Music City||Dec. 31 |
|Nashville, Tenn.||Kentucky vs. Florida State||ESPN|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31 |
|Atlanta, Ga.||Auburn vs. Clemson||ESPN|
|Insight||Dec. 31 |
|Tempe, Ariz.||Indiana vs. Oklahoma State||NFL|
|Outback||Jan. 1 |
|Tampa, Fla.||Wisconsin vs. Tennessee||ESPN|
|AT&T Cotton||Jan. 1 |
|Dallas, Texas||Missouri vs. Arkansas||FOX|
|Gator||Jan. 1 |
|Jacksonville, Fla.||Virginia vs. Texas Tech||CBS|
|Capital One||Jan. 1 |
|Orlando, Fla.||Michigan vs. Florida||ABC|
|Rose presented by Citi||Jan. 1 |
|Pasadena, Calif.||USC vs. Illinois||ABC|
|Allstate Sugar||Jan. 1 |
|New Orleans, La.||Hawaii vs. Georgia||FOX|
|Tostitos Fiesta||Jan. 2 |
|Glendale, Ariz.||Oklahoma vs. West Virginia||FOX|
|FedEx Orange||Jan. 3 |
|Miami, Fla.||Virginia Tech vs. Kansas||FOX|
|International||Jan. 5 |
|Toronto, Canada||Rutgers vs. Ball State||ESPN2|
|GMAC||Jan. 6 |
|Mobile, Ala.||Tulsa vs. Bowling Green||ESPN|
|BCS National Championship||Jan. 7 |
|New Orleans, La.||Ohio State vs. LSU||FOX|
From the emotions of a fallen teammate in Washington, to the comeback of a young quarterback in Chicago, to the record breaking performance of a Steeler, this was your week 13 in the NFL. It was a sad day in Washington, D.C., as the Redskins and their fans mourned the passing of Sean Taylor in a loss to the Bills. The #21 was on helmets of every NFL Player and was on present throughout the Redskins game. In Chicago, the NY Giants and Eli Manning came back for a win against the Bears. This was an important win in many ways for the Giants, and especially for Manning. In the Sunday Night Game, the Steelers held off the Bengals, who came out firing on all cylinders their first series. In the game, Hines Ward tied, then passed John Stallworth for most receiving TD's in a career for a Steelers WR. On Monday Night, the Patriots travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens who hope to be able to pull off an enormous upset. The Patriots will most likely get the win, but look for the Ravens to salvage some pride and try to keep the game closer than many expect. Patriots will win 31-3.