Can the Eagles Win Without Wentz?

Week 14 was full of exciting games, so let’s get into it. There was a lot to talk about, but here are some of the big stories of the week.

Two of the NFC’s top teams met over the weekend in a matchup that could have some impact over final seeding come playoff time. The Rams played host to the Eagles, and the two highest scoring teams in the NFL did not disappoint. For a while it looked like the Eagles were going to run away with it, as Wentz threw 3 touchdown passes in the half and built a 24-14 lead. Wentz got the Eagles on the board once again, throwing a touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffrey late in the third quarter, but it was a play that happened just before that has everybody talking.

The Eagles managed to hold on and won the game 43-35, and have officially locked up the top spot in the NFC East, but lost their star quarterback in the process. Read more

The Rookie Report – Top Ten Freshman in the Calder Trophy Race

I always find the Calder Memorial Trophy to be one of the most intriguing award races throughout the course of an NHL season. Rookie players are volatile and predicting their value at the start of the campaign is incredibly difficult. This is why we see some rookies come straight out of the draft to enjoy immediate success, others develop in the minor leagues until properly seasoned, some are hidden gems from the college ranks or overseas, and some just frankly come out of nowhere. Every hockey player dreams of having their name etched on a trophy that has been won by Barret Jackman (2002-2003) and Andrew Raycroft (2003-2004) so without further ado, let us take a look at the top rookies in the NHL so far this year. Read more

It’s Jimmy G Time in San Francisco

The new era in San Francisco has officially arrived and it looks like the 49ers might have found their new franchise quarterback.

After riding the pine for a few weeks while learning a new playbook, Kyle Shanahan handed to reins to the new face of the franchise in Jimmy Garoppolo. With just one win on the season the 49ers really had nothing to lose, and with Garoppolo’s rookie contract expiring after this season they need to figure out what they actually have. Read more

Ah-nuh-NO-bee

Norman Powell,

DeMarre Carroll,

Terrence Ross,

Rudy Gay,

Landry Fields,

Rasual Butler,

Linas Kleiza,

Hedo Turkoglu,

Jamario Moon,

Jason Kapono,

Morris Peterson,

Joey Graham.

Wow. What a trip down memory lane that list is for a Raptors fan. A total mish-mash of characters that just spews ineptitude and mediocrity. You may be wondering why I decided to remind you of these players that quite frankly are very forgettable (or memorable for the wrong reasons). Well you see, each of these players has one thing in common: they have each started a regular season opening game at Small Forward for the Toronto Raptors. Read more

The Candidates for Team Canada in Pyeongchang: KHL Edition

With the World Juniors around the corner and Olympics closely following, Canadian hockey fans are waiting on bated breath to see who will represent us in Pyeongchang…

Without the NHL’s participation in the Olympics, one of the most anticipated international hockey tournaments of the year will likely turn into the Spengler Cup with better media coverage.

With the potential exclusion of Russia at the Olympics the field could be wide open. The Americans will send an NCAA all star squad, while Sweden and Finland will scrounge from their professional leagues to fill out their rosters. But given the sheer volume and reach of their hockey program, there are plenty of options at Canada’s disposal.

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The National Houdini League

The NHL season is a harrowing grind. With a strenuous 82 game schedule spanning
seven months there is a massive amount of hockey yet to be played. With that being said, I am now going to overreact to the first few months of the NHL season and ignore what I just said. Here are some of the biggest surprises in the NHL at the season’s quarter-mark. Read more

Finally Some Meaningful Thursday Football

Gone are the days of Thursday Night Football just being for Thanksgiving. Instead, we’re stuck with boring Thursday games all season long. But now, with the season winding down these games are finally starting to mean something, and Thanksgiving Football brought along plenty of excitement this year.

First, the Vikings held on to beat the Lions 30-23, although the game didn’t end without some controversy. It looked like the Lions had tied the game after blocking and returning a Kai Forbath field goal attempt for a touchdown which would have brought them within an extra point of tying the game. But it was all for nothing, as the refs called Darius Slay for jumping offside before blocking the kick, allowing the Vikings to take a knee to end the game. With the win, the Vikings moved to 9-2 and have complete control of the NFC North.

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