Power Rankings: At season’s quarter pole, Blazers take No. 1 spot
The quarter mark of the season, when teams have played about 20 games each, is supposed to be the time when we have a pretty good idea of where everybody stands.
Kobe Bryant and family pose for Christmas card in color-coordinated attire (pics)
An annual holiday tradition for the Kobe Bryant family — as well as families all over the world — the Bryants went with a themed photograph for its holiday card. But when you’re Kobe Bryant, you can save a bunch of postage and the hassle of mailing labels and such by posting said Christmas card […]The post Kobe Bryant and family pose for Christmas card in color-coordinated attire (pics) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.
Teammates shower Dwight Howard with silly string for his birthday
On Sunday, the Houston Rockets helped Dwight Howard celebrate his 28th birthday by showering him with silly string. Thanks to teammate Jeremy Lin, we have video capturing that special moment:H/T TNLP. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
Why Nobody Wants to See Kansas City Chiefs in the Playoffs
The Kansas City Chiefs probably couldn’t be more exquisitely built for a deep postseason run, but, ironically, Alex Smith won’t be in any “elite” quarterback debates in the near future.
Legitimate franchise signal-callers are thought to be the cardinal element needed to win a Super Bowl in today’s pass-predicated NFL, but Andy Reid’s team doesn’t care.
It’s gone old school.
From 2004 to 2012, top-level quarterbacks reigned over the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
Knowshon Moreno: Recapping Moreno’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Moreno had 14 carries for 78 rushing yards and a touchdown Sunday in a 51-28 win over the Titans. He also had six catches on seven targets for 31 yards receiving.Moreno scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and gained chunks of yardage against the Tennessee defense. He once again lost touches to the rookie Montee Ball – who had 15 carries for 77 yards.
Is Leaving the Alabama Crimson Tide Worth It for Nick Saban?
Since coming to Tuscaloosa, Nick Saban has made quite a name for himself. He already had an impressive resumé before taking over the Alabama Crimson Tide program, but he has since cemented his legacy as one of college football’s greatest coaches.
He’s brought Alabama from the depths of the SEC to a premier status, adding three national championships along the way. Despite his tremendous success with the program, there have been reports of him being under “special pressure” (per the Associated Press) at the school.
Odds for Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery to Win Ballon d’Or
Cristiano Ronaldo is the odds-on favorite to win a second Ballon d’Or crown after FIFA’s 23-man shortlist was whittled down to just three nominees.
The Real Madrid forward will be joined by fellow finalists Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery at the award ceremony, which is set to take place Jan. 13 in Zurich.
After months of heated debate on the topic, the names on the three-man shortlist came as no surprise.
Gymnasts Play An Amazing Game of Seesaw
Everyone played on a seesaw as a kid, but you probably didn’t do anything like this. Watch British gymnast David Rimmer and his partner do some cool training on a “teeterboard.” Thanks to Tony Manfred of Business Insider for the find.
Stadium Violence Won’t Be Issue at World Cup â€“ Street Protests Could Be
Brazil’s president has referred to the scenes as “shocking;” FIFA has promised “comprehensive security” in an effort to prevent similar incidents at its upcoming World Cup.
After a Sunday match between Atletico Paranaense and Vasco da Gama was halted for more than an hour as fans from the two Brasileirao sides fought a pitched battle in the stands, both the national government and world football’s governing body weighed in on the violence—one in condemnation and the other in reassurance.
“This violence goes against everything we believe football to be—a sport of passion, but also of tolerance,” remarked Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff via her official Twitter account.
She added: “Police presence in stadiums is required.
LA Clippers Consider Signing Stephen Jackson
Desperate times call for measures worthy of signing Stephen Jackson.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Marc Stein, the Los Angeles Clippers may sign Jackson to plug a gaping hole on the wing:
The Los Angeles Clippers are strongly considering the signing of former San Antonio Spurs swingman Stephen Jackson to fill their growing need on the wing, according to sources familiar with the team’s thinking.
Sources told ESPN.com that Jackson, who has been searching for a new team since his sudden release by the Spurs shortly before last season’s playoffs in April, has emerged as a prime candidate for the Clippers to sign as early as this week after a series of injuries have decimated L.
Wes Welker: Recapping Welker’s Week 14 Fantasy Performance
Welker had five catches on five targets for 61 yards and a touchdown Sunday before leaving the Broncos game against the Titans with a concussion. He will undergo the NFL testing procedures once again before he can return to the field.Welker was concussed for a second time in less than a month, so teammate Eric Decker could see more looks from quarterback Peyton Manning if Welker is forced to miss time. The first concussion came in Week 11 against Kansas City, so with multiple head injuries, his status is definitely iffy for Week 15 against San Diego.
Alabama vs. Oklahoma Football: Key Matchups in 2014 Sugar Bowl
If it were next year the Alabama Crimson Tide would be preparing for a rematch against Auburn. Instead, they are getting ready to take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. It’s not what the Alabama Crimson Tide wanted, but the Allstate Sugar Bowl is a great consolation prize. Here are a couple key matchups that will decide the game.
College Football’s Silly Season of Hirings, Firings Won’t Be so Silly This Year
For those who follow college football, December is generally the wildest rumor season of them all. ‘Tis the season of FlightAware and someone’s cousin knowing a booster at some school who overheard a friend who is a realtor working to sell a house to Coach X.
Except in 2013, December is eerily quiet on the coaching-transition landscape and will likely remain calm for the duration. USC and Washington have made their hires, cutting out the frantic rumor sessions that power the month of December on the hiring front.
NFL Predictions Week 15: Forecasting Divisional Races and Record Chases
December in the NFL can sometimes feel like the fall of Saigon for those on the playoff bubble. With only 12 spots for 32 teams, there are always deserving squads that fall short. And usually, an undeserving division winner or two sneaks into the postseason shrouded in mediocrity.
Here is your full playoff prognostication, plus a forecast of the NFL records which will and will not be shattered through the end of the season.
Attempting to Explain All the Quirky Things Gus Malzahn Has Auburn Doing
Gus Malzahn’s first season as the head coach of the Auburn Tigers has been nothing short of phenomenal.
The longtime high school coach in Arkansas took his scheme to college in 2006 with Arkansas and has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top. A stop as the offensive coordinator at Tulsa (2007-2008), three years (2009-2011) as an offensive coordinator at Auburn, including a BCS National Championship in 2010, and one year as a head coach at Arkansas State (2012) laid the groundwork for Malzahn to take the next step.
That next step will be another BCS National Championship Game appearance, this time as the head coach of Auburn, when the Tigers take on Florida State on Jan.
Jon Gruden’s Commitment to ESPN Is Smart Career Decision
Jon Gruden shouldn’t be looking to get back into the NFL—yet.
As a former head coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football color commentator, Gruden has been tied to recent rumors about coaching vacancies in the NFL, including the top job with the Houston Texans.
After John McClain of The Houston Chronicle first reported that the Texans would not be targeting Gruden, the former coach spoke to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen about his focus:
I’m just trying to do my job. I’m not going to address every little rumor or supposed conversation that takes place, according to these so-called sources.
Colin Kaepernick Tunes out the Haters in New Beats by Dre Commercial
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick enjoyed a quick rise to stardom after a Super Bowl run in 2012, but it hasn’t been all roses for the star signal-caller. He’s had his share of doubters and critics during what some have called a disappointing 2013 season. In this new commercial, Kaepernick braves an aggressive crowd in order to get inside the stadium. If you look closely, the opposing fans are wearing Seattle Seahawks colors, and one fan even chimes in with, “Alex is a real QB,” referring to Alex Smith, whom Kaepernick replaced in San Francisco.
Offensive Coordinator Brett Favre Is Enjoying His Prep Football State Title
Sure he’s won a Super Bowl and been selected to 11 Pro Bowls, but assistant coach Brett Favre is riding high at the moment because his Oak Grove High School just won the Mississippi state title.
Normally, you would think having a Super Bowl under your belt would kind of sully any other accomplishment by comparison.
For Favre, Oak Grove’s triumph over Tupelo, 14-7, for the Mississippi 6A state title is nearly as sweet.
The Associated Press (via ESPN) reports the former NFL star was in a jubilant mood, stating, “I can’t say it’s like a Super Bowl, but it’s pretty close.
Cowboys vs. Bears: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Chicago
The Chicago Bears (6-6) are set to host the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) on Monday Night Football in a pivotal game for both teams.
Playoff aspirations are on the line for the Bears, as Josh McCown looks to carve up a Cowboys defense that ranks dead-last in the league in passing yards allowed.
The game can be seen on ESPN at 7:40 C.T.
College Football Rankings 2013: BCS, AP and USA Today Standings Roundup
The final 2013 regular season college football rankings have been established, so it’s worth looking at the deviations between the AP poll, the USA Today Coaches Poll and of course, the polarizing BCS standings.
Not much debate could be had as to who the best two teams in the country were, though, as the Florida State Seminoles were a clear-cut No. 1 across the board.
Thanks to a 59-42 win over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, the Auburn Tigers earned the right to play for the national championship as the consensus second-ranked team after previous No.