NFL Week 12 Games
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Houston 20 Indianapolis 17
Sunday November 24, 2019
Detroit @ Washington 1:00pm
Tampa Bay @ Atlanta 1:00pm
Giants @ Chicago 1:00pm
Miami @ Cleveland 1:00pm
Carolina @ New Orleans 1:00pm
Oakland @ Jets 1:00pm
Seattle @ Philadelphia 1:00pm
Denver @ Buffalo 1:00pm
Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati 1:00pm
Jacksonville @ Tennessee 4:05pm
Dallas @ New England 4:25pm
Green Bay @ San Francisco 8:20pm
Monday November 25, 2019
Baltimore @ Rams 8:15pm
All game times Eastern
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#1 Duke 87 California 52
#12 Texas Tech 72 Tennessee State 57
#14 Arizona 71 South Dakota State 64
#17 Villanova 98 Middle Tennessee 69
#18 Xavier 73 Towson 51
Georgetown 82 #22 Texas 66
#24 Baylor 76 Ohio 53
Notre Dame 64 Toledo 62 OT
Miami Florida 74 Missouri State 70
Mississippi State 80 Tulane 66
Florida 70 St. Joseph 62
Kent State 89 Concord 59
Loyola Marymount 78 Air Force 64
Akron 82 Youngstown State 60
Appalachian 64 Charlotte 55
Clemson 87 Alabama A&M 51
Iowa 83 N. Florida 68
Western Carolina 96 Jacksonville 94 2OT
Omaha 85 Washington State 77
UC Riverside 76 Redlands 44
Drake 74 Lehigh 58
Marshall 91 Howard 63
Illinois Chicago 72 Robert Morris 62
Oklahoma 91 Maryland Eastern Shore 64
TCU 59 UC Irvine 58
Wisconsin 88 Green Bay 70
New Mexico 78 New Mexico State 77
Wyoming 69 Louisiana 61 OT
Lamar 74 Utah Valley 68
Hofstra 88 UCLA 78
Connecticut 79 Buffalo 68
Stanford 81 William & Mary 50
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TV SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 22
North Carolina A&T vs. Nicholls (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN
Eastern Michigan vs. UMBC (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Rhode Island vs. North Texas (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 4:30 p.m. | CBSSN
George Mason at No. 6 Maryland | 7 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Mount St. Mary’s at No. 9 Kentucky | 7 p.m. | SEC Network
Fort Wayne at No. 10 Ohio State | 7 p.m.
LSU vs. No. 15 Utah State (Montego Bay, Jamaica) | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
McNeese at Richmond | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Gardner-Webb at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | SEC Network+
Radford at Bradley | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Morehead State at Butler | 7 p.m. | FS1
Columbia International at Furman | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Wake Forest vs. Davidson (Charlotte, NC) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Albany at Quinnipiac | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Missouri Science & Technology at SE Missouri State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
South Carolina State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Western Michigan at Oklahoma State | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth vs. Kennesaw State (Orlando, FL) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Houston at No. 11 Oregon | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota at Arkansas | 9 p.m. | SEC Network
Montana at No. 25 Washington | 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 23
No. 7 Virginia vs. UMass (Uncasville, CT) | 12 p.m. | ESPNN
Florida A&M at No. 13 Seton Hall | 12 p.m. | FS2
DePaul at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Bucknell at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Ole Miss at No. 16 Memphis | 1 p.m. | ESPN3
Little Rock at N.C. State | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Youngstown State at South Carolina Upstate | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Washington at High Point | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
St. Francis (PA) at Florida State | 2 p.m. | ACC Network
Delaware State at East Tennessee State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Northwestern Ohio at Toledo | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Charleston at UCF | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
Robert Morris at Marquette | 2 p.m. | FS2
Arizona State vs. St. John’s (Uncasville, CT) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Grambling at Oregon State | 2:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Northern Illinois at SIU-Edwardsville | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Oral Roberts at Wichita State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Troy at Samford | 3 p.m. | ESPN3
Howard at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Army at Binghamton | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Penn at Providence | 4 p.m. | FS2
NJIT at Brown | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Mercer at UIC | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Belmont at Saint Louis | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Rider vs. Columbia (Uncasville, CT) | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Iona vs. Kennesaw State (Orlando, FL) | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Utah Valley at North Dakota State | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Presbyterian at Quinnipiac | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Florida Gulf Coast at No. 21 VCU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
The Citadel at Marist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas Southern at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Vermont vs. Central Connecticut State (Uncasville, CT) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
CSU Bakersfield at No. 8 Gonzaga | 8 p.m.
SE Louisiana at Austin Peay | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Jacksonville State at Purdue | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Stetson vs. Monmouth (Orlando, FL) | 8:30 p.m. | ESPN3
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
#2 Baylor 90 Lamar 28
#5 South Carolina 112 South Carolina Upstate 32
#7 Oregon State 95 Southern Utah 45
#8 Louisville 86 Chattanooga 37
#10 Mississippi State 92 Jackson State 53
#13 Kentucky 79 Morehead State 54
#25 West Virginia 82 Coppin State 47
Southeast Missouri 58 Fort Wayne 48
Central Michigan 81 Dayton 80 OT
Alabama Birmingham 80 Auburn 75
Boston College 66 Rhode Island 55
Duke 85 Idaho State 66
James Madison 66 Georgetown 59
Georgia 76 Mercer 60
Penn State 68 Clemson 55
Villanova 63 Manhattan 51
Northern Kentucky 57 Omaha 40
Ohio State 75 Kent State 65
Austin Peay 80 Evansville 64
Illinois 65 Pine Bluff 50
Northwestern 69 Valparaiso 48
Louisiana 65 New Orleans 60
Alabama 74 S. Alabama 62
Tulsa 67 Oral Roberts 65
South Dakota 72 Missouri 56
South Dakota State 60 Montana State 50
BYU 71 Fresno State 65
California 74 San Diego State 48
San Jose State 95 Buffalo 88
Milwaukee 137 Portland 129
New Orleans 124 Phoenix 121
Fri Nov 22, 2019
Atlanta @ Detroit 7:00 pm FS-DET
Charlotte @ Washington 7:00 pm NBCS-DC
Sacramento @ Brooklyn 7:30 pm NBCS-CA
Miami @ Chicago 8:00 pm SUN
LA Lakers @ Oklahoma City 8:00 pm SportsNet LA
San Antonio @ Philadelphia 8:00 pm ESPN
Cleveland @ Dallas 8:30 pm FS-OH
Boston @ Denver 9:00 pm ALT
Golden State @ Utah 9:00 pm NBCS-BA
Houston @ LA Clippers 10:30 pm ESPN
Sat Nov 23, 2019
Phoenix @ Minnesota 5:00 pm FS-N+
Chicago @ Charlotte 7:00 pm NBCS-CHI+
Orlando @ Indiana 7:00 pm FS-IN
Toronto @ Atlanta 7:30 pm FS-SE
San Antonio @ New York 7:30 pm MSG
Miami @ Philadelphia 7:30 pm SUN
Portland @ Cleveland 8:00 pm FS-OH
LA Lakers @ Memphis 8:00 pm FS-SE
Detroit @ Milwaukee 8:30 pm FS-WI
New Orleans @ Utah 9:00 pm NBA TV
Boston 3 Buffalo 2
Florida 5 Anaheim 4
Philadelphia 5 Carolina 3
Columbus 5 Detroit 4
NY Islanders 4 Pittsburgh 3
St. Louis 5 Calgary 0
Vancouver 6 Nashville 3
Minnesota 3 Colorado 2
Tampa Bay 4 Chicago 2
Dallas 5 Winnipeg 3
Toronto 3 Arizona 1
San Jose 2 Vegas 1
Los Angeles 5 Edmonton 1
November 22, 2019
NY Rangers (47%) @ Ottawa (53%) 7:30PM
New Jersey (35%) @ Pittsburgh (65%) 7:00PM
* Estimated win probability in parentheses.
All game times Eastern
TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Sat Nov 23rd
(11) Minnesota @ Northwestern 12:00 PM
(22) Oklahoma State @ West Virginia 12:00 PM
(9) Penn State @ (2) Ohio State 12:00 PM
Samford @ (16) Auburn 12:00 PM
Illinois @ (19) Iowa 12:00 PM
Western Carolina @ (5) Alabama 12:00 PM
Texas State @ (23) Appalachian State 2:00 PM
Boston College @ (15) Notre Dame 2:00 PM
(24) Texas A&M @ (4) Georgia 3:00 PM
Pittsburgh @ (25) Virginia Tech 3:00 PM
(21) Southern Methodist @ Navy 3:00 PM
Texas @ (13) Baylor 3:00 PM
(12) Michigan @ Indiana 3:00 PM
(18) Memphis @ South Florida 4:00 PM
Purdue @ (14) Wisconsin 4:00 PM
Arkansas @ (1) Louisiana State 7:00 PM
Temple @ (17) Cincinnati 7:00 PM
(6) Oregon @ Arizona State 7:00 PM
Texas Christian @ (8) Oklahoma 8:00 PM
(7) Utah @ Arizona 10:00 PM
(20) Boise State @ Utah State 10:00 PM
All game times Eastern
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE
Friday, Nov. 22
Colorado State at Wyoming | 9:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Saturday, Nov. 23
Penn State at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX
Kansas at Iowa State | 12 p.m. | FSN
Ball State at Kent State | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Liberty at Virginia | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Western Carolina at Alabama | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Samford at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Minnesota at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | ABC
East Carolina at UConn | 12 p.m. | ESPN3
Michigan State at Rutgers | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma State at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
UCF at Tulane | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Illinois at Iowa | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
BYU at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports
Air Force at New Mexico | 2 p.m. | ESPN3
South Alabama at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Boston College at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC
Texas State at Appalachian State | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Georgia Southern at Arkansas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas A&M at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
UCLA at Southern California | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Nebraska at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
North Texas at Rice | 3:30 p.m. | NFL Network
Western Kentucky at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Marshall at Charlotte | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Mercer at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network Alternate
Louisiana Tech at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
UT Martin at Kentucky | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Michigan at Indiana | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Texas at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
Purdue at Wisconsin | 4 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at UNLV | 4 p.m. | AT&T Sportsnet
Syracuse at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Memphis at South Florida | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
California at Stanford | 4 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
UTEP at New Mexico State | 4 p.m. | FloSports
Old Dominion at Middle Tennessee | 4:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Troy at Louisiana | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Coastal Carolina at UL Monroe | 5 p.m. | ESPN3
Florida Atlantic at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Arkansas at LSU | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kansas State at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | FS1
Temple at Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Miami at Florida International | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Tennessee at Missouri | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Duke at Wake Forest | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Abilene Christian at Mississippi State | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network Alternate
Oregon at Arizona State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
TCU at Oklahoma | 8 p.m. | FOX
Oregon State at Washington State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Networks
Utah at Arizona | 10 p.m. | FS1
Washington at Colorado | 10 p.m. | ESPN
Nevada at Fresno State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Boise State at Utah State | 10:30p.m. | CBSSN
San Diego State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | Spectrum Sports
MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER NCAA TOURNAMENT – FIRST ROUND
Wright State 3 Notre Dame 2
West Virginia 5 Butler 1
Kentucky 2 Loyola Chicago 1 2OT
New Hampshire 1 Fairleigh Dickinson 0
Boston College 3 Yale 0
Charlotte 3 Mercer 1
Campbell 3 James Madison 1
Maryland 4 Iona 0
Coastal Carolina 3 North Carolina State 2 2OT
Pittsburgh 2 Lehigh 0
Providence 2 New Jersey Institute of Technology 0
Syracuse 3 Rhode Island 2
Missouri State 1 Denver 0
Louisville 4 S. Florida 1
Seattle 3 Loyola Marymount 1
Cal Santa Barbara 3 California 1
WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER NCAA TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND
North Carolina State 2 Arkansas 1
BYU 4 Louisville 0
INDIANA FOOTBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS
Merrillville [11-1] at Carmel [9-3]
Ben Davis [8-4] at Center Grove [7-5]
Fort Wayne Dwenger [11-1] at Valparaiso [12-0]
Bloomington South [8-4] at New Palestine [12-0]
Hobart [11-2] at East Noble [13-0]
Mount Vernon (Fortville) [11-2] at Evansville Memorial [11-1]
Indianapolis Chatard [12-1] at Mishawaka Marian [12-1]
Heritage Hills [13-0] at Danville [8-5]
Andrean [10-3] at Eastbrook [11-2]
Western Boone [12-1] at Triton Central [10-3]
Adams Central [12-1] at Lafayette Central Catholic [10-3]
West Washington [12-1] at Indianapolis Lutheran [12-0]
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Harrison 63 W. Lafayette 33
Friday, Nov. 22
Columbia City at Marion, 7:30 pm
Kokomo at Manual, 6 pm
New Castle at Central, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 23
Connersville at Anderson, 7:30 pm
Logansport at Richmond , 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 22
Centerville at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Northeastern at Union City , 7:30 pm
Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Winchester at Tri , 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 23
Centerville at Knightstown, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Jay County at Winchester, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Lincoln, 7:30 pm
Tri at Henryville, 6:30 pm
Union City at South Adams, 7:30 pm
Eastern Hancock 57 Cowan 45
Friday, Nov. 22
Delta at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Blue River, 7:30 pm
Wes-Del at Burris, 6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 23
Cowan at Alexandria, 7:30 pm
Daleville at Wapahani, 7:30 pm
Hagerstown at Randolph Southern, 7:30 pm
Shenandoah at Lincoln, 7:30 pm
Friday, Nov. 22
Batesville at Seymour, 7:30 pm
Centerville at Connersville, 7:30 pm
Greensburg at South Decatur, 7:30 pm
South Ripley at Lawrenceburg, 7:30 pm
Union County at Franklin County, 7:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 23
Batesville at South Ripley, 7:30 pm
Beech Grove at Rushville, 7:30 pm
Connersville at Anderson, 7:30 pm
Franklin County at Switzerland County, 7:30 pm
Southwestern at South Dearborn, 7:30 pm
Hopkins has 2 TDs, Texans beat Colts 20-17 to top AFC South
Determined to bounce back from an embarrassing loss, the Houston Texans used big performances from Deshaun Watson and DeAndre Hopkins and solid defense to beat the Indianapolis Colts and move into first place in the AFC South.
Watson threw two touchdown passes to Hopkins and finished with 298 yards to help the Texans to the 20-17 win Thursday night.
The Texans (7-4), who were routed by Baltimore 41-7 on Sunday, trailed by four early in the fourth quarter when Hopkins got in front of Pierre Desir and stretched out to haul in a 30-yard reception for a 20-17 lead. The Texans got things going on that drive with a 33-yard run by Carlos Hyde.
“It was a good team win,” coach Bill O’Brien said. “Guys came in here on Monday to turn the page and were very focused … this week and it showed up on the field.”
Houston’s defense stepped up after the touchdown by Hopkins, forcing a punt on the next drive before stopping the Colts (6-5) on fourth-and-7 with 3 minutes left. Jacoby Brissett threw for 129 yards, and came up a yard shy of a first down on Indy’s fourth-down attempt late in the fourth quarter.
“There’s still plenty of football left, and we’re far from out of this thing,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “This was a playoff atmosphere. Obviously, it was a good opportunity for us to take sole possession and have a sweep of Houston, but it didn’t work out that way.”
Hopkins finished with 94 yards receiving and his first TD reception came on a 35-yard grab in the second quarter.
Will Fuller, who returned after sitting out three games with a hamstring injury, had seven catches for 140 yards for the Texans.
“Anytime we have a healthy Will … he’s been a very productive guy,” O’Brien said. “He’s made chunk plays for us, touchdowns, and he’s a great player. And when we get him as a part of our offense it really helps us and it opens up a lot of different things.”
Watson was able to complete several long throws on Thursday including ones for 51 and 44 yards to Fuller.
“I was able to put enough air on the ball and let our guys make plays and that’s what they get paid to do, that’s what they love do,” Watson said. “Just give them a chance and most likely they’re going to come down with it.”
T.Y. Hilton had topped 100 receiving yards in four of his last six games against the Texans and entered averaging 133.3 receiving yards in seven career games at NRG Stadium. He wasn’t a factor, finishing with just 18 yards receiving in his return after missing three games with a calf injury. Reich said Hilton was limited on Thursday and that they wanted to keep him under 30 plays.
There were about 6 minutes left in the third quarter when Jonathan Williams, who helped fill in for injured starter Marlon Mack, wriggled away from three defenders and dashed 13 yards for a touchdown to put the Colts up 17-10.
Fuller had a 51-yard reception on the first play of Houston’s next drive, but the Texans couldn’t move the ball after that and settled for a 36-yard field goal to cut the lead to four.
Garrett’s suspension for helmet attack upheld after appeal
Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it.
Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals officer who decided the severe penalty on the Cleveland Browns star defensive end is fair.
One of the league’s most dominant edge rushers, Garrett is banned for the final six regular-season games and playoffs – if Cleveland qualifies – for pulling off Rudolph’s helmet and cracking him with it in the closing seconds of the Browns’ 21-7 win over their AFC North rival last week.
On Wednesday, Garrett attended his appeals hearing in New York and made his case to former player James Thrash for a reduction of his penalty, which will damage Cleveland’s season and stain the 24-year-old’s budding career.
Thrash didn’t find enough compelling evidence to lessen Garrett’s punishment, which will keep him off the field until 2020 – at the earliest.
As part of his historic suspension for using his helmet “as a weapon,” Garrett must also meet with Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office before he can be reinstated. He’s been fined $45,623.
Appeals officer Derrick Brooks, a Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, did reduce the suspension for Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey from three games to two for punching and kicking Garrett following the shocking assault on Rudolph, who earlier this week said he “should have done a better job keeping my composure in that situation.”
Brooks also upheld a $35,096 fine for Pouncey, who will miss the Steelers’ rematch with the Browns on Dec. 1 at Heinz Field, where the atmosphere is intense for every game between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.
Garrett’s violent act – he pulled Rudolph’s helmet off and clobbered him with it – on national TV and its aftermath have been a dominant topic since it happened. The story took a new twist when ESPN, using anonymous sources, first reported that Garrett told the league during his meeting with Thrash that Rudolph used a racial slur just before the brawl erupted.
Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rudolph “vehemently denies” the report. Rudolph had been scheduled to speak to reporters after practice but declined shortly after the report surfaced.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett’s claim and “found no such evidence.”
Garrett stood by his claims about Rudolph in a posting on his Twitter account.
Steelers QB Rudolph denies report he used racial slur
The on-field fight between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has turned into a war of words off it, with Rudolph denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before their now infamous confrontation last week.
ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Garrett told the NFL during the appeal of his indefinite suspension Rudolph used a racial slur just before a confrontation between the two players that included Garrett ripping off Rudolph’s helmet and then hitting the quarterback in the head with it.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league investigated Garrett’s claim and “found no such evidence” of the slur. The NFL upheld Garrett’s indefinite suspension on Thursday, though the accusation added another complex layer to an already emotionally charged rivalry, with members of both clubs rising to the defense of their teammates.
“I was never sure what provoked Myles in the first place,” Browns guard Joel Bitonio said. “Obviously something was provoking him, if it was in the pile or not and I think it just shows that he was provoked and if it was a racial slur, if it was something else that was said, something was said to kind of make it, it always takes two to tango. Most times people don’t just freak out on that and we understand that, but we’ll see what happens from here.”
Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens said he supports Garrett “in every way possible” but did not comment when asked if Garrett told Kitchens about the slur in the aftermath of the fight. Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson said Garrett “wouldn’t lie on nothing like that” but later added “(Rudolph) could have called him anything. I don’t know.”
Rudolph was scheduled to speak to reporters on Thursday but declined shortly after the ESPN report surfaced. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rudolph “vehemently denies” the allegation. Rudolph, who has not yet been disciplined for his role in the fight, spoke about the incident on Wednesday, saying there was “no acceptable excuse” for his behavior while adding he “definitely didn’t say anything that escalated” the situation.
Garrett stood by his claims with a posting on his Twitter account.
Report: NFL Films did not have any players mic’d up for Browns-Steelers game
Myles Garrett has accused Mason Rudolph of using a racial slur during last week’s ugly altercation between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, but it may be difficult to find evidence that shows exactly what was said.
Garrett met with the NFL on Wednesday to appeal his indefinite suspension, and he told league officials that he lost his cool after Rudolph called him a racial slur. That immediately left some wondering if any players might have been wearing microphones during the game. Timothy Burke, who is an audio/video expert formerly of Deadspin, reports that no individual players were mic’ed up for the Thursday night showdown.
There was a thought that the NFL would be able to check the audio from the game to determine what exactly it was that Rudolph said to Garrett. That may still be possible, but it won’t be as easy as it would have been if Rudolph, Garrett or another nearby player were wearing a microphone.
Rudolph has adamantly denied using any racist language, and his attorney called the allegation from Garrett worse than the act of clubbing the QB over the head with a helmet. Garrett has not yet made the accusation publicly, and he did not appear to hint at it immediately after the scrum.
Players on both the Browns and Steelers have said they did not hear Rudolph use a racial slur. Garrett’s indefinite suspension has been upheld by the NFL, so the league either doesn’t believe Garrett or did not feel being called a racial slur would excuse his actions regardless.
MLB probing Astros back to ’17, ‘firm’ discipline possible
Major League Baseball has widened its investigation of alleged sign stealing by the Houston Astros and will probe activity by the team over the past three seasons.
After the conclusion of owners meetings Thursday, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said MLB will “investigate the Astros situation as thoroughly as humanly possible.” The probe includes the team’s firing of an assistant general manager during the World Series for clubhouse comments directed at female reporters, behavior the club at first accused Sports Illustrated of fabricating.
“That investigation is going to encompass not only what we know about `17, but also `18 and ’19,” Manfred said. “To the extent we are talking to people all over the industry, former employees, competitors, whatever. To the extent that we find other leads, we’re going to follow these leads.”
Manfred has said for now the Astros are the only team being investigated for cheating allegations.
“Our clubs, all 30 of them, recognize that the integrity of the competition on the field is crucial to what we do every day,” he said. “I think that there’s wide support across the industry for the idea that when we have a problem in this area, there should be firm, serious disciplinary action that discourages people from engaging in this type of behavior.”
Oakland pitcher Mike Fiers told The Athletic in a story last week that while he was playing with the Astros during their 2017 World Series championship season the team stole signs during home games by using a camera positioned in center field. During this year’s playoffs, Houston players were suspected of whistling in the dugout to communicate pitch selection to batters.
Asked if he wished more had been done before Fiers spoke out publicly, Manfred said baseball has chased every lead it has received to the “the extent that we felt was investigatively possible.”
“Obviously, an individual breaking what is a pretty firm commitment to silence about what goes on in dugouts and in clubhouses is a big break in an investigation, provides an opportunity to push forward that we haven’t had previously,” Manfred said.
Manfred fined the Boston Red Sox in September 2017 for using an Apple Watch to steal signals from New York Yankees catchers.
“It’s a challenge for our sport and all sports to regulate the use of that technology in a way that makes sure that we have integrity in our play,” he said.
When the Red Sox were fined, only weeks before the Astros won their first World Series title, Manfred said all 30 clubs were notified that future violations would be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.
“I wrote what I wrote because I did not believe that the discipline that have been handed out in the past were in line with the significance of the issues that we deal dealing with,” he said. “I viewed them with a particular level of seriousness.”
As whether he felt that was sufficient and his message received, Manfred responded: “Well, we know at least one instance it probably wasn’t heeded.”
Krzyzewski wins 217th game with Duke ranked No. 1 in romp
Mike Krzyzewski is about to become No. 1 at winning at No. 1.
He has to share that milestone for at least one more game with the Wizard of Westwood.
Krzyzewski coached a No. 1-ranked Duke team to victory for the 217th time, matching John Wooden for that career record in the Blue Devils’ 87-52 romp over California on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden.
Krzyzewski is 217-34 when the Blue Devils hold the top spot, a mark they hit this week in The Associated Press poll. Wooden went 217-11 with UCLA as the top-ranked team.
“I would think most games he (coached) he was No. 1,” Krzyzewski said. “Any time you’re mentioned along anything he did is a pretty big compliment.”
Krzyzewski can set the record Friday night at MSG if the Blue Devils (5-0) knock off Georgetown in the final of the 2K Empire Classic. The Hoyas defeated No. 22 Texas 82-66 in the opener.
The Blue Devils climbed a spot after unranked Evansville pulled off the season’s biggest surprise so far by stunning previous No. 1 Kentucky.
Duke is ranked No. 1 for the 143rd week, extending its own record, and has the top spot in the AP poll for the 20th season under Krzyzewski, also a record.
Vernon Carey led Duke with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Carey scored 21 points in the first half, one point better than the best in his brief career, set a game earlier against Georgia State.
“He’s the focal point of our offense right now,” Krzyzewski said. “He’s making passes, he can put the ball on the floor. He’s playing through contact, has a good touch.”
Jack White and Tre Jones hit consecutive 3s in the first half to help stretch a nine-point lead to 19 at halftime, and the Blue Devils never looked back. Duke fans filled the Garden, the program’s home in the Northeast. The Blue Devils opened the season here with a win over Kansas and they beat Cal for their 37th career win at MSG.
This game could have been played anywhere and the outcome would surely be the same.
The play of the game for Duke came on Alex O’Connell’s driving, one-handed dunk down the lane in the second half that woke up the sleepy crowd. That made it 57-32 and the cheers continued as the dunk was replayed heading into a timeout.
The loudest ovation came for former Duke star and Knicks rookie RJ Barrett, who flashed a gaudy championship ring – the type of jewelry the Knicks haven’t seen around the city in decades.
The Blue Devils are heavy on freshmen again after replacing one batch of one-and-done players with another. Carey, a five-star recruit who inherited Zion Williamson’s No. 1 jersey, made 11 of 18 shots and checked out with Duke holding a 27-point lead.
Catcher Yasmani Grandal, White Sox reach $73M, 4-year deal
Yasmani Grandal saw a young team stocked with promising pitchers and hitters. He envisioned a bright future for the Chicago White Sox, and he chose to be part of it.
No longer burdened by draft-pick compensation, Grandal found the multiyear contract he failed to get last offseason. The All-Star catcher agreed Thursday to a $73 million, four-year contract with the White Sox.
“There’s a lot of young talent,” Grandal said. “The way I looked at it, this team could be a dark horse in the next year or so.”
Grandal turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last November. A team signing him during the 2018-19 offseason would have lost a top amateur draft pick and he found a slow market. He agreed in January to a deal with Milwaukee that guaranteed $18.25 million: a $16 million salary for 2019 and a $16 million mutual option for 2020 with a $2.25 million buyout.
“Exciting day for us around here, being able to add one of the elite talents at a premium position,” general manager Rick Hahn said.
Selected for the All-Star team for the second time, the 31-year-old hit .246 and had career bests with 28 homers and 77 RBIs. He declined to exercise his part of the option and became a free agent again.
A free agent may only be given a qualifying offer once, so there was no draft-pick compensation attached this offseason. Chicago’s deal will pay him $18.25 million annually.
“Unlike last year around this time, where the market was kind of completely nonexistent, this year was just slightly different,” Grandal said. “It seemed like there were several teams that were working hard within their limits to be able to compete. There were several teams that were really interested. The one thing that kind of stood out the most for me is the White Sox. I love their professionalism, their preparation and the direction of the program.”
Antetokounmpo has triple-double, Bucks beat Trail Blazers
The Milwaukee crowd greeted Carmelo Anthony with a loud ovation when the 10-time All-Star was introduced before the game. It cheered louder after the Bucks extended their winning streak to six straight.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had his second triple-double of the season and Milwaukee beat Anthony and the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers 137-129 on Thursday night.
“Giannis is Giannis,” Anthony said about the reining MVP. “He’s a tough check. I thought tonight we actually did a pretty good job. Even though he had a triple-double, when you look at that, it’s like `Oh, he had a hell of a game.’ But I thought, for the most part, we were back on him. We loaded up on him. He got some and-1s, he got going a little bit. … He found some guys, they made some 3s, kind of opened the game up.”
Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 19 rebounds and a career-high 15 assists to lead the Bucks to their seventh win in the last nine games against Portland.
“I couldn’t get going offensively,” Antetokounmpo said. “Shots weren’t falling and they were showing a lot of crowds. I tried to find my teammates and they were in the right spots. They were able to knock down shots and to roll hard. I just did half of the work and my teammates did the rest.”
Antetokounmpo, who also had a triple-double in the season opener, became the first player in franchise history to record a game with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists. The 6-foot-11 forward has 16 career triple-doubles. Milwaukee is 14-2 in those games.
Eric Bledsoe added 30 points and six assists in the Bucks’ highest-scoring game of the season.
After scoring 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting in 24 minutes in his season debut Tuesday night against the Pelicans, Anthony had 10 points in the first half Thursday. Anthony finished with 18 points (6-of-15 shooting) and seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, who were without Hassan Whiteside (hip), Damian Lillard (back), Zach Collins (shoulder) and Jusuf Nurkic (leg).
Reports: Oklahoma State QB Sanders out for season
Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders will miss the rest of the season after having thumb surgery this week.
ESPN, The Oklahoman and The Sports Animal reported the news on Thursday. Oklahoma State did not immediately confirm the report when contacted by The Associated Press.
Sanders set Oklahoma State’s freshman record for passing yards in a season with 2,065 and ran for 625 yards. He left last Saturday’s game against Kansas in the third quarter with a right (throwing) hand injury, and he wore a light brace after the game. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said at the time that the move was a precaution and he wanted to give Dru Brown a chance to play. Brown stepped in and completed 3 of 5 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Brown, a graduate transfer, passed for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter at Hawaii.
Islanders beat Penguins 4-3 in OT, point streak at 16
Brock Nelson came through in overtime again for the New York Islanders.
Nelson scored his second goal of the game at 4:16 of the extra period, lifting the Islanders to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night to extend their point streak to a franchise-record 16 games.
Nelson, who also scored the overtime winner at Pittsburgh two nights earlier, got a pass from Mathew Barzal on the left side on a rush, cut across the front of a goal to avoid a defender and draw goalie Matt Murray out of position, and then backhanded it into the right side for his eighth.
“Good win by us, sticking with it. It was nice to get the win in overtime,” said the 28-year-old Nelson, a 2010 first-round draft pick who was playing his 500th NHL game. “We’ve won a number of different ways now on this run.”
Anthony Beauvillier had a goal and an assist, Scott Mayfield also scored, and Barzal had two assists to help the Islanders – who haven’t lost in regulation since Oct. 11 – improve to 15-0-1 during their streak while winning their fifth straight since an overtime loss to the Penguins here on Nov. 7.
New York had earned points in 15 straight games three times previously, the last during a franchise-record 15-game win streak in the 1981-82 season – before overtime or shootouts. That win streak came during the heyday of their run of four straight Stanley Cup titles from 1980-83.
Thomas Greiss stopped 23 shots for his eighth straight win – all coming during the Islanders’ streak – and ninth of the season.
“This team comes to work, comes to compete every night,” Islanders coach Barry Trotz said. “We understand the importance of the right way to play.”
Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist, and Brian Rust and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins. Murray finished with 20 saves.
Barrie, Engvall lead Maple Leafs to 3-1 win over Coyotes
Tyson Barrie and rookie Pierre Engvall came through to help new Toronto Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe get a win in his NHL coaching debut.
Barrie scored his first goal of the season, Engvall got the first of his career and the Maple Leafs snapped a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
“Pretty special night for a lot of guys here,” said Toronto’s Auston Matthews, who also scored back in his hometown. “And a big two points with everything that’s been going on the past couple of weeks and the past 36 hours.”
Frederik Andersen stopped 30 shots to help the Maple Leafs end an 0-5-1 skid one day after Keefe replaced the fired Mike Babcock.
“The guys went out and played with confidence,” Keefe said. “We had to find our way through the first period. I thought we had really good energy on the bench.”
Not everything was perfect in his first game behind the bench in the NHL, though.
“I was a little behind on making my line changes,” said Keefe, who was in his fifth season as coach of the AHL’s Toronto Marlies when he was promoted. “I’d like to speed that up a bit. But the players took care of me well there.”
Some Maple Leafs players saw the coaching change as a chance for a new start.
“He came in with a really fresh attitude,” Barrie said. “We know we weren’t meeting expectations and we need to be better.”
Vinnie Hinostraza scored with 17 seconds left for Arizona to spoil Andersen’s shutout bid. Darcy Kuemper finished with 29 saves. The Coyotes had won four of their previous five games.
“Too many mistakes and we didn’t really defend good enough,” Arizona’s Oliver Ekman-Larsson said.
Barrie got the scoring started with 46 seconds left in the first period, beating Kuemper under the right glove after coming down the right side from the point with open ice.
Butler MBB Welcomes Morehead State to Hinkle Friday Night
The Bulldogs conclude an early homestand, welcoming Morehead State to Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday night. The game is an on-campus match-up as part of the 2019 Hall of Fame Classic. Butler will travel to Kansas City for two games, beginning with a Monday night match-up with Missouri.
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THE SERIES: The two programs have met only once previously. That contest was less than two years ago (Dec. 19, 2017) at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler won, 85-69. Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Kamar Baldwin had 12 points and eight rebounds.
- Butler has won 54 consecutive non-conference home games (second-longest active streak nationally behind Duke)
- After being limited due to a rib cartilage injury in his first two games, Kamar Baldwin has scored 50 points in the last two games.
- By committing only 8.0 turnovers per game, Butler is second in the nation in that category.
- Butler has limited its first four opponents to an average of 54.3 points per game, which is 15th nationally.
- Butler’s opponents have hit only 23.2 percent from behind the arc this season, the 12th-best defensive effort in the nation.
- Butler’s 2.06 assist/turnover ratio is third nationally.
- Butler had a 25-2 advantage on points off turnovers vs. Minnesota.
- Aaron Thompson leads the BIG EAST (and is 12th nationally) at 7.3 assists per game.
- Baldwin is up to No. 15 on Butler’s all-time scoring list with 1,510 career points.
- Bryce Nze had double-doubles in his two career games as a Bulldog.
- Sean McDermott (at 58.8 percent) is 13th nationally in three-point percentage.
- McDermott led Butler with 26 points (10-11 FG; 4-5 3FG) in the Nov. 6 win over IUPUI, one point shy of his career-high.
- In Bryce Golden’s first career start, he posted career-highs of 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists vs. IUPUI.
- Butler finished the game against IUPUI with only six available players.
- The Bulldogs return four of their top six scorers from 2018-19.
- Butler posted a 12-4 record at Hinkle Fieldhouse in 2018-19.
- Twenty-five of Butler’s 31 regular season games in 2019-20 are scheduled against power conference opponents.
- Butler has made the postseason in 13 of the last 14 seasons.
- Thompson’s 142 assists in 2018-19 are 10th on Butler’s single-season list.
Big Ten Hockey Weekly
- All seven schools will be in action this weekend, highlighted by a top-15 matchup in conference play as No. 6/5 Penn State will play host to No. 11/11 Ohio State. Elsewhere this weekend, No. 3/3 Notre Dame will hit the road to face Michigan State, Minnesota will welcome No. 16/- Wisconsin, and Michigan will travel to New Hampshire for a non-conference series …
- A pair of contests will appear live on television this weekend, with both games of the Minnesota-Wisconsin series being carried by FOX Regional networks. The series opener between the Gophers and the Badgers will appear on FS North and FS Wisconsin, while Saturday’s series finale will air on FS North+ and FS Wisconsin+. Four of the remaining games will be streamed on BTN+ …
- Four Big Ten teams appear in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Notre Dame is ranked No. 3 in both polls, followed by Penn State at No. 6/5. Ohio State checks in at No. 11/11, while Wisconsin is No. 16 in the USCHO.com poll. Michigan and Wisconsin are both receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll …
- Since the 2013-14 season, six Big Ten schools (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) have been ranked in the top five of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Those six teams have combined to be ranked in the top five of both polls a total of 122 times, with at least one top-five team in 99 out of 160 weeks …
- Big Ten teams currently occupy three of the top 10 positions on the national scoring list, including two of the top five positions among teams who have played at least 10 games. Penn State ranks third with 4.73 goals per game, followed by Notre Dame at No. 7 with 3.80 goals per contest and Wisconsin at No. 9, scoring 3.67 goals per contest …
- Three Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 15 nationally in save percentage this season. Michigan State’s John Lethemon leads the conference and ranks ninth nationally with a .936 save percentage, followed by Ohio State’s Tommy Nappier (10th, .935) and Penn State’s Peyton Jones (12th; .934) …
- Any regular season conference game that remains tied after regulation will play the NCAA-mandated five-minute, 5-on-5 sudden-death overtime period. If the game remains tied, the two teams will then play a five-minute, 3-on-3 sudden-death overtime period. If the game is still tied following both overtime periods, then the game will move to a sudden-death shootout …
- Teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation or the 5-on-5 overtime period. If the game is tied following the 5-on-5 overtime, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout …
- The 2019-20 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 70 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 27 national broadcasts to be carried on BTN, seven broadcasts on NBCSN, three broadcasts on NHL Network, two on ESPNU, and a game on FS1 …
- Every televised game on BTN can be streamed on the FOX Sports app. All games broadcast by FOX Sports Regional Networks can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app for authenticated subscribers to the broadcasting regional network, or on BTN+. All games televised on an ESPN network will also be available to stream on the ESPN App.
Has The NFL Increased Drug Testing This Season?
There are two high-profile players in the National Football League who believe they are begin targeted by the league under the drug testing policy. While the two players, Le’Veon Bell of the New York Jets and Odell Beckham, Jr. of the Cleveland Browns, have voiced their frustration, is it possible there is a very simple, yet strange reason why they as well as other players, are being subjected to extra drug tests this season? I think I might have the answer, and it is one that has Roger Goodell’s fingerprints all over it.
Le’Veon Bell held out for the entire 2018 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and after signing his free agent contract with the New York Jets, missed the team’s spring team activities, where often players are drug tested. During the team’s preseason training camp this summer, Bell was pulled off the practice field twice to provide drug testing samples; and the running back took to social media on Wednesday after it was reported he was subjected to his fifth test for human-growth hormones in the last ten weeks. As you might guess, Bell wasn’t happy when it posted: “@NFL I’m not doing another after today, whatever y’all lookin for it obviously ain’t there & I’m not about to keep allowing y’all to stick me with those dirty ass needles..find the players who really do that HGH BS & get off me.”
Shortly after the Myles Garrett/Mason Rudolph incident on Thursday Night Football last week, Odell Beckham, Jr. has bigger issues on his mind, namely being picked for another PED drug test, which, according to the Cleveland Browns wide receiver, was his second in four days. Beckham, while a member of the New York Giants last season, also called out the NFL for “randomly” selecting him for an abnormal number of drug tests. According to the collective bargaining agreement, players can be tested up to two dozen times a calendar year if their name is selected by a computer overseen by an independent administrator who carries out the blood and urine testing that is done. Only ten players are tested each week, with each having three hours after receiving notice that their name has come up to submit the sample required.
While the NFL and Players’ Association did jointly announce last season there were no players being targeted by the independent administrator, it is also unknown to most how “random” the names of the players who come up every week for testing truly are. With enough grey area surrounding the program to allow for some non-random randomness, couldn’t you see Roger Goodell sitting in his office requesting to bother some high-profile players as part of his on-going negotiations with the Players’ Association for their new collective bargaining agreement? Would it be just like good ole’ Roger to drive Odell Beckham, Jr. crazy this year with fines over his non-conforming shoes, or his choice of game-wore watches while also throwing a few more drug test his way for good measure?
With everything from the side of the postgame buffet to drug testing up for discussion, the NFL is not above such pettiness to make a point that they are in control of things with the players subject to their whim as almost every turn, including the whims of Goodell, who might lose some of his powers under the next CBA. Don’t think it is possible; then why are these two players, and likely many others, so upset that they are being tested if the rules are so hard, fast and true. There is a human element in every system, and when Roger Goodell is one of those humans, strange things tend to happen.
How Much Has Tua Tagovailoa’s Stock Dropped After Injury?
With his 2019 season over at Alabama, Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is facing a decision: Should he return to college and play there in 2020, or enter the NFL Draft this spring six months after suffering a dislocated hip, and not be selected as high as his talent would allow? In order to answer this question, Tagovailoa must think like an NFL team and ask himself if he is worth taking in the first round despite all his recent injuries, or is returning to college and taking the chance that he can make it through the season the better way to go. Some NFL scouts have weighed in on this question, and perhaps indirectly offered their advice.
Before this season, Tua Tagovailoa was considered to be a sure-fire high first-round pick, with only how the team’s lined up on draft night determining how soon his name would be called. Now, after having ankle surgery in back-to-back season, and then suffering his season-ending dislocated hip that also required an operation, Tagovailoa is facing an uncertain future. When asked by www.al.com where the Crimson Tide quarterback might be drafted in 2020, some NFL talent evaluators offered their opinion.
“Right now, I’d still say top-15 for him,” one unnamed scout said; adding, “Every year, you have 15 blue-chip players, and he’s one of them.”
“Let’s just say he did fall out of the top-five or top-10. I think there would be a pretty big scramble to take him, even if you had to redshirt him next year,” said another talent evaluator. This person also told the website that Tagovailoa, “May not go top two or three just because there’s uncertainty there and some reservations with all the injuries. But, like Miami and ‘Tanking for Tua,’ they’ve won a couple games and are going to be picking third or fourth probably. Would he get past a team like that? I don’t know.”
With the emergence of Lamar Jackson in Baltimore, teams might be looking for the “next Lamar,” a quarterback who can run and throw, making it more difficult for defenses to deal with him as a duel threat. For Tagovailoa, however, his injuries might force him to put aside his running back in favor of beating teams from the pocket once he enters the NFL; making him slightly less valuable as a player, and not as likely to be selected as high on draft night.
I already thought that once Tua Tagovailoa had his second ankle surgery (giving him one on each foot in just over a calendar year), that his draft stock began to fall. Now, with the uncertainty of how he will response to surgery to repair a dislocated hip, coupled with his inability to workout for teams before the draft, there will be more questions marks surrounding this player than almost any other in next year’s quarterback class. While it only takes one team to roll the dice on any given player, grabbing the money now would make the most sense for Tagovailoa, because he least he will have something in case he can’t play at the next level; but an NFL general manager will going to be risking his job on a player could is already three operations into a career before it has even started.
Will an NFL teams take a chance on Tua Tagovailoa? Yes, because it only takes one team to get drafted; however, that team would never be one that I worked for or, hopefully, rooted for, because he has short life expectancy written all over his body, making him a no-go for me, especially with millions of dollars and the next five years of my franchise on the line.
NFL Week 12 Preview
Several important games appear on this week’s NFL schedule as the teams that are on a playoff push look to keep their momentum going, while those teams who are ahead of them need to win to keep their position in the postseason safe for another week. With almost every day on the schedule involving a team we might see play come January, here are my quick takes on every game on the Week 12 schedule in the National Football League.
Miami (2-8) @ Cleveland (4-6): Will this be the second straight season that Baker Mayfield will put together a second half that will leave Browns’ fans and the media asking if he has turned the corner; or will they actually figure out that he only knows one way to play the game, and when he can’t, he has nothing in his tool box to fall back on? The Dolphins still play hard in most games, and just lack the talent to push past the finish line with a win; and with one less quarterback atop next year’s draft, seeing how the team coaches the rest of the way will be interesting to watch. Cleveland is a better team and should win, helping the Browns’ 2020 hype balloon to inflate as if it was taking part in the Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Detroit (3-6-1) @ Washington (1-9): Two teams that have a lot of work to do in the offseason face off in this game, and with more complaining about how Bill Callahan is running practice, Washington has already mailed in this season knowing changes are on the way. With Matthew Stafford likely out for the rest of the season, whoever plays at quarterback this week might have a great way to show off their talents for his next head coach, either in Detroit or another city. With Washington already making vacation plans, the Lions should do enough to win in this game, in what should only be watched by family, close friends, and gamblers.
Oakland (6-4) @ NY Jets (3-7): The Raiders head East riding a three-game winning streak that has put them on the edge of the playoff picture, while their host, the Jets, has only won their games when facing NFC East teams. Jon Gruden’s Gang might be feasting on the weaker teams on their schedule, because their last three games have been against the Lions, Chargers and Bengals after losses to Green Bay and Houston. This game, however, is another one of those games that they need to have before their showdown with Kansas City for a chance to take control of the AFC West. Gang Green will fight hard, and often jumps out to a fast start, which, against a team traveling east, should make this game interesting for a while; however, as much of a goof ball Gruden is, he is a much better head coach than Adam Gase is, give me the Raiders.
NY Giants (2-8) @ Chicago (4-6): How much better of a team would the Bears be with Eli Manning at quarterback? Perhaps the two-time winning quarterback will bring a few business cards and copies of his resume to the Windy City to pass around this week. With reports that star running back Saquon Barkley is hurt and should be shut down by the Giants, Chicago’s defense might be able to feast on a New York offense that have less weapons than the London police. The Bears will outscore the Giants on defense, and won’t need much from their offense to win; likely only asking them not to lose the game so they can win it, which they will with ease.
Carolina (5-5) @ New Orleans (8-2): The Panthers have seen the wheels come off in recent weeks, losing to San Francisco, Green Bay, and even Atlanta, as fans and media are calling for Cam Newton’s return in 2020 at quarterback. The Saints looked flat against the Falcons two weeks ago, a team they face against on Thanksgiving night, but bounced back against Tampa Bay in their last game, and face two games in five days beginning with this one on Sunday. Drew Brees would love to get a bye week in the playoffs, something he doesn’t currently have as the third seed in the NFC; however, two wins between now and Thanksgiving night would put some pressure on second seeded Green Bay heading into December. Carolina hasn’t played well against good teams this year, a trend that will continue on Sunday as New Orleans wins big.
Seattle (8-2) @ Philadelphia (5-5): Another western playoff contender comes East this week with the Seahawks still flying behind San Francisco, leaving them only a Wild-Card spot after ten games. Seattle did defeat the 49ers before their bye week, and a win this week will build on that momentum ahead of their primetime showdown with Minnesota after Thanksgiving. The Eagles gave Tom Brady fits on offense last week; however, Seattle has more talented players than Tom Brady does, making this week’s task much more difficult. With the Seahawks well rested and needing this game more, I will take Seattle in another low scoring game that Russell Wilson will be asked to win late, and succeed at doing yet again.
Tampa Bay (3-7) @ Atlanta (3-7): All of a sudden the Falcons are flying high, with road wins at New Orleans and Carolina, these two teams at the bottom of the NFC South are going in opposite directions. Jameis Winston leads the NFL in interceptions, and the Bucs’ quarterback is likely playing out the string this season before he needs to find a new home for next season. Meanwhile, Matt Ryan is trying to show that he is still the quarterback to lead the Falcons despite the offense falling apart around him for the last three years. I am taking the hot team to in this one; watch the Dirty Birds fly high over Tampa Bay’s ship for a win Sunday.
Denver (4-7) @ Buffalo (7-3): How do the Broncos follow up their trip to the westerns shores of the Great Lakes, where they coughed up a 20-0 lead at Minnesota last week now that they are facing a Bills team looking to keep pace with the AFC playoff pack? Buffalo might be locked into the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs since they are still two games back of New England as the sixth seeded Houston is more worried about winning their division right now. Denver has ridden the emotional roller coaster all season, with last week being the worst stomach dropping dip of their year. The Bills Mafia needs this win and will get it since I think the Broncos died last week, never to recover again in 2019.
Pittsburgh (5-5) @ Cincinnati (0-10): Lost in last Thursday’s Myles Garrett meltdown was the fact that Cleveland knocked the Steelers out of a playoff spot by beating them, leaving Mike Tomlin very little room for error the rest of the season if they want to play football in January. There’s only one team who has officially been eliminated from playoff consideration, and that’s the Bengals, who are only competing with Washington for the top spot on next year’s draft board. After dispatching Cincinnati this week, the Steelers have a rematch with the Browns at the end of Thanksgiving weekend, so assuming they don’t look past the Bengals in this game, Pittsburgh will be ready next week to take the Browns to the woodshed and build a two-game winning streak. Pittsburgh wins this game and quickly shifts focus to next week in the postgame press conference.
Jacksonville (4-6) @ Tennessee (5-5): The Titans play four of their last six games within their own division, meaning that if they don’t win the AFC South, they will have a huge role in who does. The return of Nick Foles was fruitless for the Jaguars last week has they lost to the Colts, knocking them to the bottom of their division with little hope of moving up. Ryan Tannehill has done enough to get Tennessee to this point, now it is time for him to play a little bit over his talent level and see if he can push the Titans into the playoff picture by stringing some wins together. For this week, at least, the Titans’ quarterback is up to the challenge and should move Tennessee over .500 with a win and put the Jaguars out of their misery for the 2019 season.
Dallas (6-4) @ New England (9-1): The Paper Cowboys have winning their games against mostly bad teams, while losing to the better teams like Green Bay, Minnesota and New Orleans. The Patriots are winning with their defense since their offense has failed to score more than 20 points in three games this year. I have zero faith in Jason Garrett on the road in any important game, and even if Bill Belichick only uses half is brain, the Fox of Foxborough is still a better coach than the Red Head of Big D. If New England’s defense plays well, the Patriots’ offense will do enough to complement their play and win this game by ten points; however, if Dallas can keep the New England defense working by converting third downs, they the Cowboys might steal a road game they have no business winning. It will stay close most of the evening; however, I think New England wins, with a late defensive turnover creating the final score.
Green Bay (8-2) @ San Francisco (9-1): This would be the NFC Championship match up based on the current playoff seeding, which is why NBC said they will flex this game to Sunday night as quickly as they could two weeks ago. The Packers are coming off their bye week and have plenty of time to see how Seattle defeated the 49ers two weeks ago, with Aaron Rodgers likely needed to perform as well as Russell Wilson did in order to take this game. San Francisco needs to hope that the Packers don’t employ an offense like Arizona did over in recent weeks, a scheme that pushed the 49ers to the limit in their last two victories since Halloween night. I would sign for this game being for the conference title right now; however, I think most of the league doesn’t think San Francisco is ready for the big stage yet. And while this game might be a passing of the torch from Aaron Rodgers to Jimmy Garoppolo, the Green Bay quarterback still has a few things to teach the young star, with class in session this Sunday night, give me the Packers to pull off the mild upset and take over the NFC’s top playoff spot.
Baltimore (8-2) @ LA Rams (6-4): It has been a month since the Rams have posted more than 20 points in a game, a total they will need to defeat MVP front-runner Lamar Jackson this week. By contrast, it has been over a month since Baltimore didn’t leave the field with at least 30 points on the scoreboard when the clock ready triple zeros. Even with Todd Gurley playing better at running back, it is hard to figure out what’s going on with Rams quarterback Jared Goff, who it seems the NFL has determined how to defeat, with him and head coach Sean McVay unable to find a counter move. With the best coach and best player in the game, there is no way I am picking against the Ravens this week; and with next week’s matchup against San Francisco on the horizon as they flight home into Tuesday’s sunrise, the hype machine will be fueled up and ready to go as soon as the 9-2 team from Baltimore lands to begin Thanksgiving week in the National Football League.
Irish Fall To Wright State In NCAA Tournament
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame fell to Wright State by a final score of 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Alumni Stadium on Thursday evening. The Irish finish the season with a record of 10-8-1.
Notre Dame’s goals both came from headers, as Jack Lynn scored in the 51st minute and John Rea nodded one in during the 85th minute.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish faced a 1-0 deficit at the half due to Wright State scoring the opening goal off a header in the 27th minute from Alex Hummel.
Notre Dame created a few great chances in the opening 45 minutes of play but were unable to capitalize. In the first minute Jack Lynn sent a driving low effort on target but the Raiders goalkeeper pushed the ball past the post for a corner kick.
In the 20th minute the Irish came within inches of scoring. Senan Farrelly sent a dangerous cross into the box. Lynn had space and headed a shot that glanced off the far woodwork and then went out for a goal kick.
The Irish came out of the halftime break on the front foot and managed to equalize at 1-1 in the 51st minute. Dumas had his cross deflect right to an open Lynn, who buried his header for his 10th goal of the season.
The Raiders took the lead back in the 70th minute scoring from a cut back pass to Zion Beaton who placed his shot past the keeper to make it 2-1. Less than two minutes later the Raiders doubled their lead off a strike from Deri Corfe to go on top 3-1.
Notre Dame kept fighting, trying to get back in the match. After a couple big saves from Wright State’s keeper the Irish managed to pull within one in the 85th minute. After earning a free kick, Dumas whipped in a great cross and Rea nodded it home to make the score 3-2.
The Irish generated a couple more scoring chances off set pieces in the final minutes but were unable to find the back of the net, giving Wright State the victory.
HEAD COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the team’s performance…
“We are disappointed not to be moving on. Credit to Wright State they created some good chances and took them well and we couldn’t finish ours off. Overall, I am really proud of the group. Tonight, I am proud of them, for the season, I am proud of them. They have dealt with a lot of adversity really well.
“Truly summing this team up, they fought to the very end and we had a chance to tie it up. They kept going and kept going and I think it says a lot about this group of young men.”
On the senior captains and senior class…
“The captain group along with the seniors have done so much for the program. It is a program with a lot of pride and a lot of tradition and I think they were great leaders for us and I couldn’t be prouder of the way they led the group this year.”
TODAY IN SPORTS-1986
LAS VEGAS, Nev.-After only 20 years 4 months and 22 days, Mike Tyson needed only 5 minutes 35 seconds tonight to justify what his late mentor, Cus D’Amato, told him several years ago. “If you stay with me,” D’Amato said, “you’ll be the youngest heavyweight boxing champion in boxing history.”
D’Amato died a year ago at age 77 of pneumonia. But after Tyson won the World Boxing Council title tonight by battering Trevor Berbick in a second-round knockout, the 2211û4-pound champion smiled through the gap in his teeth. “Cus is up there talking to all the great fighters,” Tyson said, “and saying, “This boy did it.'”
Until tonight, Floyd Patterson, who was D’Amato’s first famous protégé’, had been the youngest heavyweight champion. Thirty years ago almost to the day, Patterson was five weeks short of his 22d birthday when he knocked out 42-year-old Archie Moore in the fifth round at the Chicago Stadium. But now Tyson has his crown. “I’m the youngest heavyweight champion in the world,” Tyson told his comanager, Jimmy Jacobs, in the ring, “and I’m going to be the oldest.”
At that moment, Berbick was trying to regain his equilibrium after Mills Lane, the referee, had wrapped his arms around the 33-year-old Jamaican at 2:35 of the second round. Berbick had been knocked down early in the round with a left hook and bounced up instantly. But when slammed on the right temple by a left hook, Berbick froze momentarily. In a delayed reaction, he toppled to the middle of the blue canvas. When he tried to get up, his legs wouldn’t work. He sprawled into the ropes near his corner. Trying to get up again, he flopped into the middle of the ring. Still wobbling, he finally regained his feet, but the referee moved in to stop the fight. “Berbick was up,” Lane said later, “but to allow somebody to get hit in that condition, that’s criminal.”
Berbick must have felt he was back home in his native Jamaica, trying to find shelter from a hurricane. From the opening bell, Tyson had assaulted him, mostly with the left hook that has now crumpled 26 opponents in his 28‚0 record. “But the first time I thought I hurt him,” Tyson said later, “was with a left jab early in the first round.”
Berbick’s mistake was his bravado. Instead of trying to box Tyson, as his trainer Angelo Dundee had suggested, Berbick stood in front of the reform-school graduate, well within punching range. “I was trying to prove to myself that I could take his best shot,” Berbick said later. “He punches pretty hard.”
The young Mike Tyson was unquestionably one of the greatest heavyweight champions, allowing his opponents no quarter in the ring. But after his loss to James (Buster) Douglas in his 10th title defense in 1990 (see Feb. 11), Tyson’s career and personal life unraveled. He was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years in prison. In his fifth bout after his 1995 return, he was disqualified in a title fight for biting both ears of the champion, Evander Holyfield
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1890 The American Association expels the Philadelphia Athletics, who lost the last 22 games of the season, for violating the league’s constitution. The Quakers, a team which had played the 1890 season in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ in the defunct Players’ League, replaces the ousted financially-strapped franchise.
1908 In the first game between a Japanese and an American professional team, the Reach All-Americans defeat Waseda University in Tokyo, 5-0. The sporting goods company sponsored team, which mainly consists of minor leaguers from the Pacific Coast League, will win all 17 games they played in Japan, before moving on to participate in contests in the Philippines and Hawaii.
1932 Charlie Gelbert shatters his leg in a hunting accident. The Cardinals’ shortstop will return as a part-time infielder in 1935, playing until 1940.
1934 The Cubs trade Guy Bush, Jim Weaver, and Babe Herman to the Pirates for Larry French and Fred Lindstrom.
1954 The Pirates purchase the contract of Roberto Clemente from Montreal, the Dodgers’ AAA farm club.
1957 In a controversial vote, Yankee outfielder Mickey Mantle edges out Red Sox superstar Ted Williams to win the American League MVP. In spite of the ‘Splendid Splinter’ leading the league with a .388 average and 38 home runs, as well as a stunning .731 slugging average, two Chicago writers still list him in the ninth and tenth places on their ballots.
1957 After 22 seasons, Larry Goetz is unwillingly ‘retired’ as a National League umpire by Warren Giles. The discharged arbitrator had been critical of the Senior Circuit because of the league’s refusal to include umps in the players’ pension fund.
1960 The American League proposes an expansion to nine teams in both leagues with interleague play. If the National League agrees, the Junior Circuit will delay its plans for a Los Angeles franchise.
1961 Frank Robinson becomes the first Reds’ player to win the National League MVP award since first baseman Frank McCormick copped the honor after the 1940 season. The 26 year-old right fielder gets all of the writers’ 15 first-place votes, easily outpointing Orlando Cepeda, 219-117.
1967 Rod Carew (.292, 8, 51) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award. The Twins second baseman, receiving 19 of 20 first-place votes, easily outdistances Reggie Smith of the Red Sox.
1968 Johnny Bench, who kept his freshman status by missing the final three games of the 1967 season due to a hand injury, is named the National League’s Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins. The 20 year-old Reds’ catcher edges Mets’ southpaw Jerry Koosman for the award when Chicago American veteran scribe Jim Enright splits his choice because he “couldn’t vote for one and ignore the other.”
1971 The Indians’ freshman first baseman, Chris Chambliss (.275, 9, 48), wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 11 of 24 first-place votes cast by the BBWAA. The runner-up is Bill Parsons, named on five writers’ ballots after compiling a 13-17 record along with a 3.20 ERA for the Brewers this season.
1972 Johnny Bench wins his second National League MVP award in the last three years. The runner-up is Cubs’ left fielder Billy Williams.
1977 Expo outfielder Andre Dawson (.282, 19, 65) wins the National League Rookie of the Year Award by a single vote over the Mets’ Steve Henderson (.297, 12, 65). New York obtained Henderson in the Seaver trade with the Reds.
1977 The Yankees sign free-agent Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage to a six-year 2.75 million dollar contract. The future Hall of Famer closer had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season.
1977 Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team’s first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his five years in Los Angeles.
1978 Second baseman Lou Whitaker (.285, 3, 58) wins the American League Rookie of the Year award. The distant runner-up is Brewers’ second baseman Paul Molitor.
1982 Steve Sax (.282, 4, 47) becomes the fourth consecutive Dodger to win the National League Rookie of the Year award. Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, and Fernando Valenzuela had been the previous winners.
1983 Ron Kittle (.254, 35, 100) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, beating out Indians’ infielder Julio Franco (.273, 8, 80) and Orioles’ hurler Mike Boddicker (16-8, 2.77). The free-swinging White Sox outfielder struck out a league-leading 150 times.
1984 Mariner first baseman/DH Alvin Davis (.284, 27, 116) wins the American League Rookie of the Year Award, easily outdistancing his teammate, southpaw Mark Langston, and Twins’ outfielder Kirby Puckett.
1986 A groundbreaking ceremony is held to build what will eventually be known as Tropicana Field, a venue for hosting baseball fans from Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, before securing a major league franchise. The Florida Suncoast Dome, the ballpark’s original name, will be completed in 1990, but will not field a MLB team until eight years later when the expansion Devil Rays play their first game, although, at various times during the interim, it’s rumored the White Sox, Mariners, and Giants are making plans to be tenants in the Pinellas County facility.
1989 Kirby Puckett becomes the first major league player ever to sign a contract that calls for an average salary of $3 million per year when he inks a pact with the Twins for $9 million over three years.
1996 The soil is poured at Tropicana Field, making it the first dirt infield on an artificial-turf field since Busch Stadium in 1975. Typically, dirt is usually only found around the bases and home plate when synthetic grass is employed.
2000 Although offered more money by three other clubs, switch-hitting shortstop Jose Valentin elects to stay with the White Sox, signing a three-year deal with a fourth-year option worth $5 million a year.
2003 The oldest player in the major leagues next season could still be Jesse Orosco (2-2, 7.68). The 46 year-old southpaw reliever agrees to a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks and will earn an $800,000 salary when he is added to the big league roster.
2004 At a lunchtime celebration at Union Station, which includes a protest, the recently relocated Washington National League franchise announces its new name, logo, and colors. Using the official original name of the district’s team which used the nickname the Senators from 1901-56, the club clad in red, white, blue, and gold will be known as the Nationals.
2006 The Dodgers sign free-agent Juan Pierre to a five-year, $44 million deal. The speedy center fielder did not miss a game during his last four seasons playing with Florida and Chicago.
2010 Joey Votto, receiving 31 of 32 first-place votes, is the overwhelming choice of the BBWAA to be the National League’s Most Valuable Player. The Reds’ first baseman, who helped Cincinnati reach the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, hit .324 and led the major leagues with a .424 on-base percentage.
2011 Major League Baseball and the Players Association sign a memorandum of understanding on a new five-year Basic Agreement, ensuring fans of uninterrupted baseball through the 2016 season. The new deal includes mandatory testing of blood for HGH, 15 teams in each league by 2013, another round of playoffs, two more wild-card teams, and the expansion of the use of instant replay.
2011 Ryan Braun (.332, 33, 111) becomes the first Brewer selected as the Most Valuable Player since1989 when Robin Yount won the award. The Milwaukee left fielder, who was listed first on 20 ballots and second on the rest of the 32 writers’ ballots, outpointed runner-up LA’s Matt Kemp (.324, 39, 126) in the overall voting, 388-332.
2016 President Barack Obama awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to broadcaster Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for the past 67 seasons. The recently retired play-by-play announcer joins other baseball notables, including Hank Aaron, Moe Berg, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial, to have received the nation’s highest civilian honor.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY
1932 World Series
New York Yankees (4) vs Chicago Cubs (0)
Anger, emotion and controversy were the big stories of the 1932 Series and that was before the first pitch was ever even thrown. Babe Ruth, the most beloved (and hated) player in all of baseball, lived up to his reputation by ripping apart the Chicago Cubs organization in the press while sticking up for one of his former teammates.
Remembering the contributions of shortstop Mark Koenig to the Yankees’ great teams of 1926-1928, several New York players berated the National League champions for only offering him a half-share of the World Series payoff. Although he had been a late-season acquisition, the former Yankee had batted .353 in thirty-three games for his new team and many felt that he was being cheated.
Chicago tempers were also flared by the return of Joe McCarthy, who had been fired by the Cubs after the 1930 season. Many around the league had felt that the Yank’s new skipper had been unfairly treated after winning the pennant in ’29 and taking his team to second place the following year. However, many of his supporters quickly turned on him after he accepted a position with the hated American League powerhouse. Two years later he walked back onto Wrigley Field in a New York uniform determined to get the “last laugh” over his former employer. He certainly had the advantage this time as the Yankees won the first two games back home in the Bronx and were now locked in a 4-4 stalemate. What would follow has become one of the most memorable and controversial moments in the history of baseball…
With one out in the fifth, Babe Ruth stepped up to the plate and prepared to stare down Chicago’s Charlie Root. “The Bambino” had launched a three-run rocket off of the Cub’s veteran in the first, but took a called strike on the first pitch. Two balls and another strike followed as “The Babe” acknowledged it with a raised hand. Confident that a “K” was coming, the Cubs fans started taunting Ruth from the stands. As the noise level rose to a deafening roar, Ruth pointed to center field (although some contest that he was pointing back at Root) and prepared his wind-up.
Whatever the gesture, it certainly silenced the fans as he delivered the next pitch over the centerfield wall for the go-ahead score. Even Lou Gehrig (who was on-deck at the time) maintained that Ruth had definitely “called his shot” although Root wasn’t buying into the “Sultan of Swing” sensationalism. He was quoted as saying, “If he had, I would have knocked him down with the next pitch.” Ruth never expounded upon the matter and was content with another contribution to baseball folklore. It still remains a mystery.
Gehrig and Ruth both traded two-homer days in a close Game 3 that ended 7-5 in the Yankees’ favor. New York prepared the next day to close out the Cubs for their third consecutive sweep, but did not get off to a good start as they fell behind 4-1 when Chicago’s Frank Demaree knocked a three-run homer in the first. Despite the Cubs’ strong start, New York stormed back, thanks in part to the bat of Tony Lazzeri who had two, two-run homers during a late Yankees rally. In a game that was tied 5-5 for six innings, the Yanks wound up with a 13-6 win and another World Championship.
Although Ruth’s “called shot” was the most widely contested and celebrated moment of the 1932 Series, it was Lou Gehrig who was without a doubt, the biggest hitter. Gehrig went nine-for-seventeen with a .529 average, slugged three homers, scored nine runs and tallied eight RBIs. He was backed up by Bill Dickey, who batted .438, Earle Combs, who hit .375 and Joe Sewell and “the Babe” who both finished with a .333 average. Strangely, the “called shot” would be Ruth’s last homerun in World Series play.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S BEST GAMES
Boise State 43, Oklahoma 42
Jan. 1, 2007; Glendale, Ariz.; Fiesta Bowl
Oklahoma was merely a 7 1/2-point favorite, and No. 8 Boise State was ranked two spots ahead of the Sooners in the BCS standings, owning an undefeated record. And yet the David vs. Goliath story was irresistible. Oklahoma had won seven national championships. Boise State didn’t even start playing at the FBS level until 1996. It was a member of the WAC. It had a first-year coach, Chris Petersen. It had played one power conference opponent, Oregon State. The era of Internet recruiting databases made it easy to see that Oklahoma’s roster was littered with blue-chip recruits; Boise State’s was anything but that. All of that is merely the set-up for one of the craziest games ever, one in which Boise State fully embraced its quirky, team-with-the-blue-turf underdog status and went for broke as creatively as possible in the biggest game the school ever played.
The Broncos showed they belonged early, building a 28-10 lead by the middle of the third quarter that included two long TD passes and a pick-six. But the game changed when Boise State let a bouncing punt hit a player, creating a live-ball situation as Oklahoma recovered. Adrian Peterson quickly scored a TD, and an early fourth-quarter field goal cut the deficit to eight. After a fumble and four punts, the game went off the rails to become one of the most memorable ever. Paul Thompson threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Quentin Chaney. After penalties on both teams, Oklahoma converted for the tying two on its third attempt. On the next play from scrimmage, Jared Zabransky’s pass toward the sideline was intercepted by Marcus Walker and returned 34 yards for a touchdown, putting Oklahoma ahead by seven with just 1:02 left.
After a long completion, Boise State faced a desperation situation: fourth-and-18 and the 50, 18 seconds left. The call was a hook-and-ladder, executed to perfection: Zabransky to Drisan James, who pitched back to Jerard Rabb. By the time Oklahoma’s defenders could change direction, it was too late. Rabb sprinted to the end zone, and the PAT sent it to OT. Oklahoma immediately answered the improbable heroics, as Peterson broke off a 25-yard TD on the first play of OT. Boise State soon found itself in another desperation situation: fourth-and-two at the six-yard line. Petersen boldly called for receiver Vinny Perretta to get the snap as Zabransky shifted wide. Perretta rolled right on an option and tossed a perfect ball to Derek Schouman for the touchdown. Boise State couldn’t resist rolling the dice once more and going for two and the win. Zabransky took the snap and looked like he’d throw right to a group of receivers. Instead, he placed the ball behind his back, a Statue of Liberty play, and Ian Johnson took the handoff and followed blockers into the end zone for the winning score. An improbable sequence of highs and lows, of bold play calls, all capped by Johnson proposing to his cheerleader girlfriend live on Fox after scoring the winning two points. A college football night that will never be forgotten.
SUPER BOWL HISTORY
1991: Super Bowl 26
Result: Washington Redskins 37 Buffalo Bills 24
MVP: Mark Rypien (QB, Washington)
Summary: Joe Gibbs became the only coach to win three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks. This time it was Rypien, who went 18/33 for 292 yards. The game started on a shaky note for the Bills when Thomas couldn’t find his helmet. It went downhill from there. The Redskins led 17-0 by half and the lead grew to 24-0 and then 37-10 in the second half. Jim Kelly was sacked five times and intercepted four more.
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New England Patriots||9||1||0||.900||0.0||287||108||4 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||6 – 1 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||8||2||0||.800||0.0||341||196||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||6 W|
|Houston Texans||7||4||0||.636||0.0||265||249||4 – 1 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||4||0||.636||0.0||308||256||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|Buffalo Bills||7||3||0||.700||0.0||211||170||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 2 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Oakland Raiders||6||4||0||.600||0.0||225||250||5 – 1 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||3 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||6||5||0||.545||0.5||244||226||4 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||5 – 5 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||5||5||0||.500||1.0||200||202||4 – 2 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|Tennessee Titans||5||5||0||.500||1.0||203||197||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||4||6||0||.400||2.0||192||228||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||4||6||0||.400||2.0||189||222||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||4 – 4 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||7||0||.364||2.5||224||218||2 – 4 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||2 L|
|Denver Broncos||3||7||0||.300||3.0||172||197||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||1 L|
|New York Jets||3||7||0||.300||3.0||164||255||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 4 – 0||2 W|
|Miami Dolphins||2||8||0||.200||4.0||139||305||1 – 5 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||2 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||10||0||.000||6.0||147||276||0 – 4 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||10 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||9||1||0||.900||0.0||295||155||4 – 1 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||6 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Green Bay Packers||8||2||0||.800||0.0||250||205||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 1 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|New Orleans Saints||8||2||0||.800||0.0||238||199||4 – 1 – 0||4 – 1 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||6||4||0||.600||0.0||286||197||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 3 – 0||4 – 0 – 0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||8||2||0||.800||0.0||275||254||3 – 2 – 0||5 – 0 – 0||5 – 1 – 0||3 – 0 – 0||3 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||8||3||0||.727||0.0||289||205||5 – 0 – 0||3 – 3 – 0||6 – 2 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||6||4||0||.600||1.5||243||198||3 – 2 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||4 – 3 – 0||0 – 2 – 0||1 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||5||5||0||.500||2.5||234||230||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||1 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||5||5||0||.500||2.5||228||257||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 2 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||2 L|
|Chicago Bears||4||6||0||.400||3.5||169||174||2 – 3 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||2 – 1 – 0||1 L|
|Detroit Lions||3||6||1||.350||4.0||244||272||2 – 3 – 0||1 – 3 – 1||2 – 4 – 1||0 – 3 – 0||3 L|
|Arizona Cardinals||3||7||1||.318||4.5||248||317||1 – 3 – 1||2 – 4 – 0||2 – 6 – 1||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||3||7||0||.300||4.5||220||262||1 – 3 – 0||2 – 4 – 0||3 – 4 – 0||2 – 0 – 0||2 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||7||0||.300||4.5||277||313||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 3 – 0||3 – 6 – 0||1 – 3 – 0||1 L|
|New York Giants||2||8||0||.200||5.5||203||289||1 – 4 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||2 – 5 – 0||1 – 2 – 0||6 L|
|Washington Redskins||1||9||0||.100||6.5||125||253||0 – 5 – 0||1 – 4 – 0||0 – 6 – 0||0 – 3 – 0||4 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 Milwaukee||12||3||.800||—||4-1||8-2||4-0||7-2||9-1||6 W|
|2 Boston||11||3||.786||0.5||5-0||6-3||3-1||7-1||8-2||1 L|
|3 Miami||10||3||.769||1.0||6-0||4-3||2-0||6-0||8-2||4 W|
|4 Toronto||10||4||.714||1.5||6-0||4-4||0-1||5-2||7-3||2 W|
|5 Philadelphia||9||5||.643||2.5||5-0||4-5||2-0||7-1||5-5||2 W|
|6 Indiana||8||6||.571||3.5||5-2||3-4||3-4||7-5||7-3||1 W|
|7 Brooklyn||6||8||.429||5.5||4-3||2-5||1-0||3-3||5-5||1 W|
|8 Orlando||6||8||.429||5.5||6-3||0-5||1-1||4-5||4-6||1 L|
|9 Charlotte||6||9||.400||6.0||3-4||3-5||–||4-4||4-6||2 L|
|10 Chicago||5||10||.333||7.0||3-5||2-5||2-4||4-8||4-6||1 W|
|11 Washington||4||8||.333||6.5||2-3||2-5||0-1||1-4||3-7||1 W|
|12 Atlanta||4||10||.286||7.5||2-5||2-5||1-2||2-5||2-8||4 L|
|13 Cleveland||4||10||.286||7.5||2-4||2-6||2-2||4-9||2-8||5 L|
|14 Detroit||4||10||.286||7.5||3-3||1-7||2-3||4-9||2-8||5 L|
|15 New York||4||11||.267||8.0||3-4||1-7||0-4||2-9||3-7||1 L|
|W||L||Pct||Conf GB||Home||Road||Div||Conf||Last 10||Streak|
|1 LA Lakers||12||2||.857||—||8-1||4-1||3-1||8-1||9-1||5 W|
|2 Denver||10||3||.769||1.5||5-2||5-1||2-0||6-2||7-3||3 W|
|3 Houston||11||4||.733||1.5||6-1||5-3||3-0||8-1||8-2||1 L|
|4 LA Clippers||10||5||.667||2.5||9-1||1-4||2-1||6-4||7-3||3 W|
|5 Dallas||9||5||.643||3.0||5-3||4-2||3-0||5-2||6-4||3 W|
|6 Utah||9||5||.643||3.0||6-1||3-4||2-1||6-5||6-4||1 W|
|7 Minnesota||8||7||.533||4.5||3-5||5-2||1-2||3-4||4-6||1 L|
|8 Phoenix||7||7||.500||5.0||5-5||2-2||3-2||4-5||5-5||3 L|
|9 Sacramento||6||7||.462||5.5||4-3||2-4||1-2||3-5||6-4||2 W|
|10 New Orleans||6||9||.400||6.5||4-4||2-5||0-3||5-5||5-5||3 W|
|11 Memphis||5||9||.357||7.0||3-6||2-3||1-2||3-6||4-6||2 L|
|12 Oklahoma City||5||9||.357||7.0||5-3||0-6||0-2||3-6||4-6||2 L|
|13 San Antonio||5||10||.333||7.5||4-4||1-6||0-2||3-6||1-9||7 L|
|14 Portland||5||11||.313||8.0||1-4||4-7||1-1||4-7||2-8||3 L|
|15 Golden State||3||13||.188||10.0||1-6||2-7||0-3||3-11||2-8||1 L|
|1 Washington Capitals||24||16||4||4||36||13||90||73||6-2-3||10-2-1||7-2-1|
|2 Boston Bruins||22||14||3||5||33||14||78||56||8-0-4||6-3-1||5-2-3|
|3 New York Islanders||20||16||3||1||33||14||67||49||10-2-1||6-1-0||9-0-1|
|4 Florida Panthers||22||12||5||5||29||9||84||80||6-2-2||6-3-3||7-2-1|
|5 Carolina Hurricanes||22||13||8||1||27||12||77||66||7-4-0||6-4-1||5-5-0|
|6 Montreal Canadiens||22||11||6||5||27||9||75||69||6-3-2||5-3-3||5-2-3|
|7 Pittsburgh Penguins||22||11||7||4||26||10||74||59||7-3-2||4-4-2||4-2-4|
|8 Philadelphia Flyers||22||11||7||4||26||8||68||68||6-1-3||5-6-1||5-2-3|
|9 Toronto Maple Leafs||24||10||10||4||24||9||76||82||6-3-4||4-7-0||4-5-1|
|10 Buffalo Sabres||22||10||9||3||23||9||62||66||6-3-2||4-6-1||1-7-2|
|11 Tampa Bay Lightning||19||10||7||2||22||9||69||64||4-2-1||6-5-1||5-4-1|
|12 Columbus Blue Jackets||21||9||8||4||22||9||55||69||6-5-1||3-3-3||4-4-2|
|13 Ottawa Senators||22||10||11||1||21||10||61||70||6-4-0||4-7-1||7-3-0|
|14 New York Rangers||19||9||8||2||20||9||64||67||6-4-2||3-4-0||6-3-1|
|15 New Jersey Devils||20||7||9||4||18||6||51||74||3-4-4||4-5-0||5-4-1|
|16 Detroit Red Wings||24||7||14||3||17||7||58||91||4-6-1||3-8-2||3-5-2|
|1 St. Louis Blues||23||14||4||5||33||14||70||62||7-2-3||7-2-2||7-1-2|
|2 Edmonton Oilers||24||14||7||3||31||13||77||68||7-2-2||7-5-1||5-3-2|
|3 Colorado Avalanche||22||13||7||2||28||13||78||64||6-2-1||7-5-1||5-5-0|
|4 Dallas Stars||23||13||8||2||28||13||66||56||7-3-1||6-5-1||9-0-1|
|5 Arizona Coyotes||23||13||8||2||28||10||65||52||6-5-0||7-3-2||5-4-1|
|6 Vancouver Canucks||23||11||8||4||26||9||76||68||5-2-3||6-6-1||3-5-2|
|7 Winnipeg Jets||23||13||9||1||27||11||64||70||5-5-1||8-4-0||7-2-1|
|8 Vegas Golden Knights||24||11||9||4||26||9||73||69||6-4-3||5-5-1||3-4-3|
|9 Anaheim Ducks||23||10||10||3||23||10||63||69||6-4-2||4-6-1||3-4-3|
|10 San Jose Sharks||23||11||11||1||23||9||67||79||7-5-0||4-6-1||7-3-0|
|11 Calgary Flames||25||10||12||3||23||8||62||78||6-3-2||4-9-1||3-6-1|
|12 Chicago Blackhawks||22||9||9||4||22||9||65||67||6-5-2||3-4-2||6-3-1|
|13 Nashville Predators||21||9||9||3||21||9||74||74||6-5-2||3-4-1||2-6-2|
|14 Minnesota Wild||22||9||11||2||20||9||60||72||5-1-2||4-10-0||5-3-2|
|15 Los Angeles Kings||22||9||12||1||19||9||58||76||7-4-0||2-8-1||5-4-1|