Last night, prior to a regular season match-up between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs, Mexico City Arena went up in smoke.
Most people have pointed to a malfunctioning generator as the cause, but one dude who goes by the name of St. Nick Pants has another theory.
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It was on this day in 1974 that NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle announced the official signing of a contract agreement that would bring Seattle an NFL franchise. The agreement was signed by Lloyd W. Nordstrom, who represented the Nordstrom family as majority owners of the team.
The Seahawks would not play their first season until 1976. Unfortunately, Lloyd W. Nordstrom passed away from a heart attack before then, preventing him from having the opportunity to watch Seattle play their first game ever. The Seahawks’ first season would be a tough one, as they won only two games, while losing 10. It wasn’t until their third season that the Seahawks finally put up a winning record (9-7), and in 1983 they would make the post-season for the first time, winning in the Wild Card and Divisional Playoff rounds before eventually losing in the Conference Championship to the Oakland Raiders.
In 36 seasons, the Seahawks have reached the playoffs eleven times. They would make the Super Bowl in 2005, but failed to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in what turned out to be a game with several controversial calls. In 2010, the Seahawks won their seventh division title, and reached the divisional round of the playoffs, where they would eventually lose to the Chicago Bears.
Jim Plunkett, NFL – Born December 5, 1947 (age 66) in San Jose, California
Art Monk, NFL – Born December 5, 1957 (age 56) in White Plains, New York
Olli Jokinen, NHL – Born December 5, 1978 (age 35) in Kuopio, Finland
Last night basketball fans were treated to a possible preview of the Western Conference Finals when the Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder. It turned out to be a tight battle between these two powerhouses from out west, but in the end it was the Blazers who would emerge victorious thanks to the stellar play of LaMarcus Aldridge.
The Blazers’ power forward dominated in the paint all evening, scoring 38 points on 17-of-28 shooting while also grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out five assists during his team’s 111-104 victory.
With the win, Portland now takes over sole possession of top spot in the Western Conference. Aldridge has been a key part to their success this season and now he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Two weekends ago, we showed you footage of a dance battle that broke out in the stands during a break in the action at the Pistons-Knicks game in Auburn Hills, Michigan. That epic contest between two worthy competitors easily took the spotlight away from the actual game, which was a sub-par contest between two unworthy competitors.
It turned out to be a tight, entertaining battle (the dance-off, not the basketball game), but in the end no one really knows who the winner was. Those hoping for some closure may have been a bit disappointed, but they’ll be happy to hear that these two dance masters squared off for a rematch last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
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Awesome, but we still don’t have a winner! Trilogy, perhaps?
It was on this day in 1997 that Latrell Sprewell was suspended for the remainder of the 1997-98 NBA season. The punishment came as a result of a physical altercation with his head coach, P.J. Carlesimo.
While taking part in a practice during his playing days with the Golden State Warriors, Sprewell became enraged when he was told by Carlesimo to “put a little mustard” on his passes. The four-time all-star was not impressed with the criticism, and he told his coach that he was not in the mood. But Carlesimo didn’t seem to care what Sprewell was in the mood for, and when he approached the guard, he was chocked for 7 to 10 seconds before teammates could intervene. Sprewell eventually retreated to the locker room before emerging in street clothes approximately 20 minutes later and going after Carlesimo again.
Sprewell was originally suspended for 10 games without pay, but that was changed shortly after to a one-year suspension by the NBA. His contract–which had three years and $23.7 million remaining on it–was also voided by the Warriors, but Sprewell took the entire case to an arbitrator, who overturned the contract voiding and reduced his suspension from an entire season to just the remaining 68 games of the 97-98 season.
Terry Glenn, NFL - Born on December 4, 1969 (age 44) in Columbus, Ohio
Shannon Briggs, Boxing - Born on December 4, 1971 (age 42) in Brooklyn, New York
Carlos Gómez, MLB – Born on December 4, 1985 (age 28) in Santiago, Dominican Republic
Last night’s double-overtime thriller between the Orlando Magic and the Philadelphia 76ers saw a few players put up some noteworthy performances.
For starters, there was the Magic’s Arron Afflalo, who scored a game-high 43 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists. And then there’s his teammate, rookie guard Victor Oladipo, who produced the first triple-double of his career with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists. Both are impressive stat lines, but neither were as impressive as the line put forth by the 76ers super-rookie, Michael Carter-Williams, who had a triple-double of his own with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists during the 76ers’ 126-125 victory.
Carter-Williams and Oladipo combined to make history, as they became the first pair of rookies to record triple-doubles in the same game. It’s an impressive feat for both individuals, and it earns Carter-Williams “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, December 3, 2013.
Having a system that can hear, see, and smell your every noise, movement, and scent, like the Xbox One, can be pretty cool (okay, we lied about the smell and scent part), but it doesn’t always work out to be a good thing.
That is especially the case for those foul-mouthed individuals out there, as any of them who decide to purchase the Xbox One system will soon learn that swearing while playing NBA 2K14 could earn them a very costly technical foul. Don’t believe me? One dude has already experienced such.
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Thanks to Xbox Kinect, the user’s every word can be heard while they are playing the system. That means any expletive could earn them a technical foul, even while playing in single-player mode.
And NBA 2K14 isn’t the only game that’s listening in on its users. Another Xbox user recently received the following message from the “Manchester United Board of Directors” while playing FIFA 14:
It’s as if Big Brother is now watching us through our video game consoles.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]
There’s still a quarter of the NFL regular season left to play, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early for some of the biggest American corporations to start thinking about possible advertisements for the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014.
One of those companies is Doritos, as they are currently holding their Crash the Super Bowl contest, which offers individuals the opportunity to create and submit their very own Doritos Super Bowl advertisements with the chance of having it aired during this year’s big game.
One of the submissions already received by Doritos features UFC Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste. It was submitted by Brandon Thomas with the title, “Goodboy.”
Why “Goodboy”? You can find out by watching it below:
If this is an indication of things to come, I can’t wait for the first break in action on February 2nd.
Hat Tip – [NextImpulseSports]
It was on this day in 1988 that Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders was named the Hesiman trophy winner. Sanders beat out Rodney Peete and future Hall-of-Famer Troy Aikman, who finished second and third in the voting, respectively.
Barry Sanders’ 1988 college football season is considered by many to be one of the greatest seasons in college football history. Sanders averaged over 200 yards rushing per game to go along with his 7.6 yards per carry average. He set several college records, including most rushing yards in a season (2,628), most total yards (3,248), most rushing touchdowns (37), most total touchdowns (39) and most consecutive 200 yard rushing games (5). In the Holiday Bowl, Sanders played in only the first three quarters, but still managed 222 rushing yards and five touchdowns. Barry decided to skip his senior season in order to enter the 1989 NFL Draft.
The Detroit Lions held the #3 overall pick and used it to pick Sanders. He went on to have a brilliant professional career and to this day is still considered one of the best running backs of all-time. He surprised the football world by retiring at age 30, and at the time of his retirement was less than 1500 rushing yards away from Walter Payton’s all-time mark.
Lindsey Hunter, NBA – Born December 3rd 1970 (age 43) in Utica, Mississippi
Paul Byrd, MLB – Born December 3rd 1970 (age 43) in Louisville, Kentucky
Rock Cartwright, NFL – Born December 3rd 1979 (age 34) in Conroe, Texas
It’s beginning to look like Russell Wilson may never lose a game within the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field.
The Seattle Seahawks quarterback entered last night’s game against the New Orleans Saints with a 13-0 record at home over the course of his two-year career. And that record improved to 14-0 after Wilson completed 22 of his 30 passes for 310 yards and three touchdowns during the Seahawks’ 34-7 victory. Wilson also rushed for a team-high 47 yards on eight carries as he earned the 22nd regular season win of his career, which ties an NFL record for most wins by a second-year quarterback.
He earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, December 2, 2013.
As Mike Tomlin awaits the ruling regarding his interference on a Jacoby Jones kick return during the Baltimore Ravens’ Thanksgiving victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, new footage has surfaced that may be of interest to the NFL.
That footage, captured by KDKA-TV photographer Michael Challik, shows Tomlin stepping toward the field of play as Jones makes his way down the sideline.
Check it out:
And here’s another look at the original footage of the incident:
With a final decision expected to come soon, will this new footage prompt the NFL to stiffen their penalty for the Steelers’ head coach? It shouldn’t be long before we have our answer.
Hat Tip – [KDKA]
When it was determined that Kansas City Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert had suffered nothing more than a hyperextended knee during Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos, he, along with the entire Chiefs organization and their fans, must have been breathing a collective sigh of relief, because at the time it looked like it could have been a lot worse.
For starters, Albert had to be carted off the field, which is typically never a good thing. And then there was the replay of the injury, which showed the veteran lineman’s knee bend in a direction that knees aren’t supposed to bend.
After watching the video below, you’ll wonder how Branden Albert is only listed as “day-to-day,” and not “out for the season.”
It was on this day in 1989 that University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware was named the Heisman Trophy winner. Ware became the first black quarterback to win the prestigious award.
The 1989 season was Ware’s junior year and he had an outstanding season, throwing for 4,699 yards, 44 touchdowns, and setting an incredible 26 NCAA records. Andre was also awarded the Davey O’Brien award as the nation’s most outstanding quarterback. After his remarkable season, Ware decided to forgo his senior year and declared himself eligible for the 1990 NFL Draft. With the seventh overall pick, the Detroit Lions selected Ware to be their quarterback of the future, but things did not work out as planned.
Ware would spend his first four years as a professional with the Lions, starting only six games and playing mostly when Detroit was out of playoff contention. He would then bounce around from team-to-team, and league-to-league, before retiring in 1999. It is very safe to say that Andre Ware’s best seasons came at the collegiate level.
Zack Crockett, NFL – Born December 2nd 1972 (age 41) in Pompano Beach, Florida
Mark Kotsay, MLB – Born December 2nd 1975 (age 38) in Whittier, California
Aaron Rodgers, NFL – Born December 2nd 1983 (age 30) in Chico, California
At the end of the year, when they ask how the West was won in the AFC, the answer will be simple: With Peyton Manning‘s arm.
That arm of Peyton’s was busy tearing apart the Kansas City Chiefs’ defense on Sunday, as the Broncos quarterback completed 22 of his 35 passes for 403 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions during Denver’s 35-28 victory, giving them wins in both meetings between these two AFC West rivals this season.
With a 10-2 record, the Broncos now sit one win ahead of the Chiefs and they also own the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two teams. As for Manning, he now has 41 passing touchdowns on the season, leaving him just nine behind Tom Brady‘s single season record of 50 with four games remaining.
His performance in week 13 puts him on pace to smash the record, and it also earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for Sunday, December 1, 2013.