TV and film were in the spotlight at the 76th Golden Globes Sunday. Several ladies stole the show (including the Fiji water woman) with Carol Burnett, Sandra Oh, Regina Kina and Glenn Close all delivering powerful messages.
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Let’s take a look at who delivered on the field…
Here are three things you need to know:
1) The NFL Playoffs are rolling ahead to the second round and Philly fans can’t stop smiling
2) Clemson is college football’s National Champion for the second time in three years
3) Midway through the NBA season the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets continue to surprise
National Football League (NFL)
The NFL playoffs kicked off this weekend with four Wildcard round games.
Ever heard the phrase “football is a game of inches?” Philadelphia and Chicago fans couldn’t agree more. Sunday the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles traveled to the Windy City to take on the Chicago Bears and it all came down to a field goal with just seconds remaining. The Bears’ Cody Parkey’s 43-yard attempt hit the side bar and then the crossbar, and finally bounced out sealing a 16-15 Eagles win.
The miss devastated Bears fans and sent Eagles faithful into a frenzy. Yuengling and cheesesteaks all around!
Sunday’s early game saw the Los Angeles Chargers travel across the country and hold off a late rally to beat the Baltimore Ravens.
Saturday the state of Texas was in the spotlight. The Houston Texans lost at home to the Indianapolis Colts but the Dallas Cowboys saved Lone Star state pride by edging the Seattle Seahawks 24-22.
Pass the wings…waiting patiently are the top two teams in each conference (New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams in the NFC and Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots in the AFC), who all earned a week off.
Get your popcorn ready for next week’s playoff games:
Indianapolis Colts @ Kansas City Chiefs, Saturday @ 4:35pm ET
Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams, Saturday @ 8:15pm ET
Los Angeles Chargers @ New England Patriots, Sunday @ 1:05pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles @ New Orleans Saints, Sunday @ 4:40pm ET
Seen this movie before? When the title game matchup of #1 Alabama and #2 Clemson was set last week, college football fans were channeling their inner New York Yankees legend Yogi Berra who famously said: “It’s like Deja-Vu all over again.” Why? The teams met three straight years in the college football playoffs with Alabama taking home two national championships and Clemson one.
Young and talented…Clemson dominated Alabama to win Monday night’s battle in California 44-16 and secure its second national title in the last three years. Impressively, Clemson prevailed despite losing three players to NCAA suspension. The Tigers were led by a couple true freshman with great storylines: quarterback Trevor Lawrence (347 passing yards, 3 TDs) and wide receiver Justyn Ross (153 receiving yards, 1 TD).
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney now looks like a genius after benching his senior starting quarterback Kelly Bryant (who subsequently transferred to Missouri) in favor of Lawrence at the beginning of the season. Ross grew up in Alabama and was one of the new prize recruits not to play for the hometown Crimson Tide.
Look for these two programs to be in the mix for the national championship again next year.
National Basketball Association (NBA)
The NBA is nearly half-way through its regular season, and unpredictable as ever. In the East, the Milwaukee Bucks are the surprise of the conference, led by their 6’11” mega-star and MVP candidate, Giannis Antetokounmpo, affectionately known as the “The Greek Freak”
Source: Clutch Points
The Denver Nuggets, a team some expected to miss the playoffs entirely, leading the Western Conference. The Nuggets don’t have much breathing room, though, as six teams are within four games of the top spot, including the Houston Rockets, winners of 12 of their last 13 games.
Timing is everything. Ask Minnesota Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau who was fired Sunday. Coaches get fired all the time, right? Yes, but the timing here was noteworthy as the pink slip was delivered just moments after a 108-86 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, which put the T-Wolves at 19-21 for the season.
College basketball’s shining star is 6’7” Zion Williamson. The freakishly athletic freshman is delivering the goods leading #1 Duke averaging 19.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game and has NBA fans drooling at the prospect of seeing his rim rattling dunks next year as a pro.
The top-10 had three casualties Saturday as Kansas, Nevada and Florida State all lost.
Here is the new top-5 ranking:
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