El Clásico 2017

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What a second half performance by FC Barcelona as they scored three goals against hated rival Real Madrid. 3-0 was the final score. The first half was a different story though with Madrid winning possession and controlling the half. FC Barcelona must have looked at themselves in the mirror and given a pep talk at halftime. They started to play classic Barça football with great passing and controlled possession.

Luis Suarez began the scoring in the 54′ on a great counter attack led by Ivan Rakatic who passed it to Sergio Roberto who then provided a perfect little cross to Suarez who put it in the back of the net with a hard low driven shot. The best player in the world, Lionel Messi scored the second in the 64′ on a penalty kick that resulted from a hand ball on the goal line which of course led to a red card for Dani Carvajal. Lastly, defender Aleix Vidal who came on in the 90′ just as fresh defending legs found himself in prime position in the middle of the box and received a pass from Messi. Vidal shot it on the ground underneath a diving Keylor Navas (Real Madrid’s goalkeeper) to make it 3-0 in the 90+3′ and to just rub it in the face of Madrid, which I loved to witness. And, of course I can’t forget to leave out the German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, who once again put on a clinic making some huge saves and adding another clean sheet to his résumé. #ForçaBarça

Highlights here

Monday Night Football

Last night, 12/4/18, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals played another high intensity, hard hitting and borderline brutal game. Steelers star linebacker Ryan Shazier was left motionless on the floor from the waist down after he tackled an opposing player with the crown of his helmet. He has a history of doing this, and this time it really backfired in a big way. There’s no report yet on his condition, but we do know its something pretty serious because he was carted off the field and sent immediately to the hospital.

You would think both teams would dial it down a bit after seeing their fellow NFL brother go down, but it was quite the opposite to say the least. Steelers wide receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster, put a huge blindside block on the controversial Bengals linebacker, Vontaze Burfict, which had him leave the field on a cart as well. Smith-Schuster has been suspended one game for his actions. Lastly, Bengals safety George Iloka laid out Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown with an illegal hit as Brown was making a touchdown reception. That hit resulted in a one game suspension for Iloka. All in all, this game was one of the most intense games I can remember and I couldn’t keep my eyes off it. Its like we went back into the 80’s and saw true smash mouth football which we definitely don’t see nearly as much do to new rules and regulations.

FINAL CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS

The final day of college football was definitely an entertaining one. We saw Wisconsin and Auburn blow their chance to compete in the final four playoff and Georgia and Alabama jump their way back in. Some people thought Ohio State would find their way in after beating undefeated and number 4 ranked Wisconsin yesterday in the big 10 championship, but their two losses out weighed it.

The final rankings are as such

  1. Clemson
  2. Oklahoma
  3. Georgia
  4. Alabama

The first round with be played on 1/1/18. Oklahoma vs. Georgia at 5 p.m. eastern and Clemson vs. Alabama at 8:45 p.m. eastern.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACHING FRENZY

The gift of drama and controversy that just keeps on giving. With the college football season not even over yet, there have been hirings, firings and constant rumors. Lets start at Tennessee, where there’s more drama about coaches than a MTV reality show. Most of you remember the whole Lane Kiffin debacle and quite honestly, it hasnt got much better. The Vols recently fired head coach Butch Jones who was accused of covering sexual harassment accusations against some of his players a couple years back, but he was producing wins on the field so the AD and boosters kept him on the payroll. That all soon crumbled and Tennessee were underperforming and the fans and boosters clambering for a change. This all came full circle when the school offered their head coaching gig to ex NFL and Rutgers Univ. head coach Greg Schiano. As Schiano was in transit to Tennessee to sign his new contract, fans flooded the university protesting the soon to be signee by saying he had knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky child rape case at Penn State. Although Schiano was never included in the investigation and has repeatedly denied any knowledge of the situation, the Vols fans still put that against him to the point where the school had to rescind their offer and move on to find another replacement for their vacancy. So you’re telling me that the school, fans and boosters were ok with keeping Butch Jones around after what he allegedly covered up, but went crazy in a bad way about hiring a guy who was never involved in the Penn State child rape case. Seems pretty contradictory to me. I think they just want a better coach and used that against him to stop the hiring. Mike Leach of Washington State looks to be the guy Tennessee wants now.

As for Jimbo Fisher (Florida State), he’s most likely on his way to Texas A&M and SEC country for a reportedly 10 year 75 million dollar deal. It is yet to be seen who Florida State will replace Fisher with. Nebraska almost has has the signature of UCF head coach Scott Frost, who has the Golden Knights undefeated and ranked #12 in the country. After firing underperforming coach Jim Mora Jr., UCLA hired one of the most coveted coaches on the market. His name…Chip Kelly, who returns to the Pac-12 where he had major success at Oregon, taking them all the way to the national championship game. UCLA is hoping to get the same kind of success out of Chip, which in my eyes they can. He brings an up tempo high scoring offensive playbook that will haunt any defensive coordinator. Look out for UCLA to take off in the near future.

CFB PLAYOFF RANKINGS

1. Clemson – The reining national champs are on top after Alabama lost.

2. Auburn – Even with two losses, they have beaten two number one ranked teams in Georgia and Alabama.

3. Oklahoma – They can score with the best of them all thanks to the Heisman trophy favorite, Baker Mayfield.

4. Wisconsin – The only remaining undefeated power 5 school

NFL week 12 recap

The Eagles keep flying high by beating down the Bears 31-3 to improve to 10-1. Even with the headline trade for running back Jay Ajayi, he still playing second fiddle to LaGarrette Blount who keeps proving he’s a legit no.1 RB. Making philly’s victory even sweeter was their division rival Cowboys getting embarrassed on thanksgiving to the LA Chargers 28-6. Chargers QB Philip Rivers showing up huge going 27/33 for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns. The biggest beneficiary of that was Keenen Allen with 11 receptions for 172 yards and 1 touchdown. Case Keenum is definitely making a case to continue to be the no.1 QB in Minnesota, beating the Lions 30-23. The Patriots keep on rolling beating the Dolphins 35-17 while the Chiefs keep stumbling by losing their 5th out of their last 6 games and feeling the heat from the Chargers who are miraculously only 1 game behind them in the AFC west division. The Steelers almost lost to a Brett Hundley led Packers 31-28. The Packers have been struggling mightily since their superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone a few weeks back. Last and definitely least (I’m a Chargers fan) the Raiders and Broncos literally fight for a victory as Michael Crabtree (Raiders) and Aqib Talib (Broncos) came to blows early in the first half and were both selfishly ejected from the game. Maybe that helped spark the Raiders to basically a must win 21-14 to keep them in playoff contention while the Broncos season is all the but over as they fall to 3-8. As for monday night football, the Houston Texans visit the Baltimore Ravens who are a 7.5 point favorite. Im picking the Ravens to cover and win outright.