Sportige The Sports Know-It-All Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:25:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tyson Fury Ends the era of Klitschko Heavyweight Dominance Sat, 28 Nov 2015 23:17:57 +0000 More ]]> Tyson Fury Ends the era of Klitschko Heavyweight Dominance

Despite fighting in Germany, which is the Lion’s den and where the Klitschko brothers have made it their boxing home, Tyson Fury won the IBF, WBO, IBO, & WBA (Super) Heavyweight with a unanimous decision against Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury might not be everyone’s cup of tea, and singing an Aerosmith song at the end of the fight was weird to say the least, but the 27-year old British anomaly might help breath some life into the Heavyweight division with his character, although his fighting style isn’t a whole lot better and more attractive than the technical excellence of the Klitschko brothers, dominating the division for over a decade.

It was the first loss for Wladimir since 2004, and has since slowly picked up title after title to unify the division, including after his brother retired to pursue a career in politics. But Fury, younger by 12 years, presented too much of a challenge. Big enough to not let Klitschko’s length be an issue and more powerful at this stage of his career, it was a rare occasion of seeing Klitschko without a single advantage in a fight except for experience.

Alas, it didn’t help him. The ringside judges scored the fight 115-112, 115-112, 116-111 in favor of Fury, who remains undefeated and probably would have gotten an even better score if it wasn’t for one point being taken off for a cheap shot from behind. He bloodied Klitschko’s face, who at the end had a hard time keeping his left eye open. Fury looked exhausted in the end, but Klitschko, knowing he’s going to need a knockout in the final round, just didn’t have anything left to get it.

Boxing is in a weird phase right now. The Heavyweight division has been without a star that’s capable of garnering some interest in the United States for a very long time. The Klitschko brothers stayed away from there mostly, fighting in Germany, where it was most profitable for them. Fury, a Brit, might be more suited to fit the international star role with an appeal to the American market, although the low quality all around of the division might make it difficult for him, at least in the next few years.

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Leicester vs Manchester United Goals & Highlights Sat, 28 Nov 2015 19:19:31 +0000 More ]]> Jamie Vardy goal

A 1-1 draw between Manchester United and Leicester is mostly helpful to Manchester City in the tight top of the table in the English Premier League, but Jamie Vardy scoring for the 11th consecutive league match is probably the most noteworthy moment from this match.

Because once again, the Louis van Gaal Manchester United seemed to bore everyone to death. Bastian Schweinsteiger did score off a corner kick before half time to equalize, but it was another match of slow ball movement and very few chances, as more and more people wonder why is Wayne Rooney still in the lineup.

Leicester played with spurts of enthusiasm, including in the closing minutes, when Leonardo Ulloa had a fantastic one on one chance he wasted a way with a poor shot that was stopped by David de Gea. It wasn’t enough to carry on with their absolutely crazy momentum, but an ambitious club doesn’t necessarily get greedy, and probably aren’t too disappointed with a draw that keeps them with the rest of the group (might be joined by Arsenal as well) at the top of the table.

Full Highlights


24′ – Jamie Vardy (Christian Fuchs assist), 1-0 Leicester

45′ – Bastian Schweinsteiger (Daley Blind assist), 1-1

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Goals & Highlights – Barcelona vs Real Sociedad Sat, 28 Nov 2015 16:50:20 +0000 More ]]> Neymar goal

In one of their easiest wins of the season, Barcelona romped through Real Sociedad 4-0 with a brace from Neymar and more goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi, his first goal since coming back from injury on his first start.

It was one of those matches that we’ve grown accustomed to in the Camp Nou over the last five or six seasons, with teams coming with a weird approach that’s neither defensive or too attacking, but leaving things quite open for the Barcelona midfield, and even more surprisingly for the Barcelona wings to exploit.

The first two goals came from Dani Alves (difficult to imagine his form over the last 18 months compared to the year before that), twice setting Neymar and Suarez up for goals from the right wing. Suarez’ goal, the second one, was extremely pleasing, coming from behind Messi and Neymar waiting in the box to hit it with a one touch volley into the net.

Messi scored his goal in injury time, with Neymar finding it quite easy to make his way inside the box while Messi was moving in from behind the broken defense to score his goal, for a perfect afternoon as far as Barcelona and the MSN scoring trio is concerned, completing a perfect week with wins against Real Madrid, Roma and Sociedad for dessert.


22′ – Neymar (Dani Alves assist), 1-0 Barcelona

41′ – Luis Suarez (Alves assist), 2-0 Barcelona

53′ – Neymar (Jeremy Mathieu assist), 3-0 Barcelona

91′ – Lionel Messi (Neymar assist), 4-0 Barcelona

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Charlotte Hornets – Jeremy Lin Getting Punished Means Losing Sat, 28 Nov 2015 13:00:31 +0000 More ]]> Jeremy Lin, LeBron James

The Charlotte Hornets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 95-90 for a number of reasons, and maybe mainly because Jeremy Lin wasn’t on the floor during most of the fourth quarter, in another bad decision from Steve Clifford regarding the most important player he has, although he doesn’t seem to realize or appreciate that fact.

LeBron James scored 25 points for the Cavaliers and Kevin Love added 18, while Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 18 points, followed by Nicolas Batum with 17. They shot just 41.3% from the field and 20% from beyond the arc, losing the game despite a nice lead early in the fourth quarter. Coincidence or not, it all started falling apart for them offensively the moment Lin was taken off the floor with 8:25 left in the game, introducing Walker back.

One of the guidelines in the book about rotations and managing players minutes is putting your best players and most effective lineup on the floor during the closing minutes of a close game. By making the mistake of punishing Lin for a turnover (for a second straight game), something Clifford wouldn’t do to almost any other player on his team, he might have cost himself the game, leaving out his best ball handler and passer when he needed him the most.

Unlike the previous game, which was a bad night for Lin, it wasn’t the case against the Cavaliers. Lin didn’t light the place up, but he looked good during his first stint on the floor and finished with 7 points and 5 assists in 20 minutes. He took good shots, but was unfortunate to get blocked on a couple of layups, although one of those was a foul. He crossed over LeBron James and “broke” his ankles, although didn’t hit the 3-point shot afterwards (should have taken it to the basket, where Lin is at his best) and set up Jeremy Lamb for another alley oop, something the two of them do quite well together.

Clifford continues to use Lin in weird minutes, leaving him out for too long and then surprised when it takes him time to warm up during his second stint on the floor. Obviously Lin needs some rest, but Clifford is mismanaging his minutes horribly in most of the last few games, and it’s not surprising to see inconsistent shooting from Lin when his head coach seems to be quite clueless in how to put him at the right times on the court in order to have the most influence.

The Hornets lost the game after Lin went out. They had a small lead but gave it up, allowing LeBron James and J.R. Smith to take over. The Hornets scored just 8 points in the final 10:12 of the game, another Lamb basket off of a Lin assist. The offense got stuck, the ball got stuck, players didn’t move. The same kind of complaints we heard from the guys and Clifford during the first week of the season. He should have figured it out by now; Lin on the floor helps that problem, even if he isn’t hitting everything he shoots and makes some mistakes along the way. Doing his best to crush his confidence (I’m sure he’s not doing it on purpose, but that’ll be the result of taking him off the floor for one mistake) won’t help the Hornets win any games. A Clifford with a contract extension should be making decisions with a cooler head, not blowing them like he did on this occasion.

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Friday Night College Football – Scores, Rankings & Playoff Implications Sat, 28 Nov 2015 12:15:29 +0000 More ]]> Iowa beat Nebraska

A busy Friday to get things going in rivalry week, with implications on the College Football Playoff and conference championship games. Iowa beat Nebraska to finish first in the Big Ten West, go to play for the Big Ten title game and keep their playoff hopes alive. TCU and Baylor won’t be winning the Big 12 or going to the playoff. Oregon and Washington felt good about hurting their rivals, Oregon State and Washington State hard on the final day of the season, while Houston beat Navy for the American Conference Championship Berth, while Western Michigan beating Toledo denied the Rockets of theirs.

#4 Iowa (12-0) 28  Nebraska (5-7) 20: The Hawkeyes finish the regular season with a 12-0 record. They were already going to the Big Ten Championship Game, but after winning in Lincoln, they’re going to that game knowing that winning it isn’t just going to be their first Big Ten championship since 2004, but clinching their ride into the College Football Playoff. It’s also their first undefeated record in conference play since the 2002 season, which ended with a loss in the Orange Bowl. In the game itself it was Jordan Canzeri who stood out, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns. His second touchdown with 6:43 to go in the third quarter put it a bit out of reach for the Cornhuskers, unable to come back from 11 points down, finishing Mike Riley’s season at a disappointing 5-7, with all but one of those losses by a single possession.

TCU beat Baylor

#7 Baylor (9-2) 21  #19 TCU (10-2) 28: A great game in the pouring Texas rain ended as Trevone Boykin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime of the game between these two fierce rivals, which are at the forefront of the Big 12 these days. The importance for TCU, out of the playoff race and the running for the Big 12 title, was screwing Baylor, making sure the Bears can’t win the conference, and won’t be playing in the playoffs as well, this time without the ability to whine about it.

#15 Navy (9-2) 31  Houston (11-1) 52: Turns out running the ball can’t get you to the championship game, so Navy turned to the air, but couldn’t keep up with Greg Ward (throwing three touchdown passes) who also ran for 83 yards and a touchdown. The meaning is simple: Houston go to the American Conference Championship game bouncing back from their first loss of the season to Connecticut, while Navy finish the regular season with a pass to their best bowl game in years (although their ranking will take a hit), but stumbled at the finish line, falling behind too much from the middle of the second quarter.

Oregon beat Oregon State

Oregon State (2-10) 42  #23 Oregon (9-3) 52: Oregon State put up more of a fight than they usually do in recent Civil War games, but dropped their sixth straight to the Ducks, finishing the season without a single Pac-12 win. Vernon Adams threw three touchdown passes while Royce Freeman ran for 167 yards and a couple of touchdowns, as Oregon can feel quite good about themselves despite not going as far as last year, winning their last six games, including against ranked Stanford and USC, making sure they’re not forgotten when it comes to the better bowl game invites.

#20 Washington State (8-4) 10  Washington (6-6) 45: The Cougars turned the ball over 7 times, with three of them returned for touchdowns. Myles Gaskin added to the hurting by running for two touchdowns and 138 yards. Mike Leach had his best season in Pullman, having WSU ranked for a short while, but the loss in the Apple Cup leaves a bitter taste at the end of this season, suggesting it’s a long road for Washington State before they’re taken seriously as contenders in the Pac-12 North. Washington? They’re just happy to become bowl eligible.

Western Michigan (7-5) 35  #24 Toledo (9-2) 30: Western Michigan opened up a lead Toledo couldn’t catch up with in the third quarter with two touchdown passes from Zach Terrell. While they finish the season on a positive note and above .500, they mostly screw Toledo out of the division title, which means Norther Illinois, the other team to beat Toledo this season, goes on to play for the MAC championship game.

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Awesome Adidas Black Friday Deals Fri, 27 Nov 2015 19:33:50 +0000 More ]]> The Black Friday sale Adidas is having for the national shopping holiday might be one of the best you’ll find online for sports clothes, fashion, men’s watches & women’s watches and accessories.

There’s a huge variety of products 50% off that make rummaging through the online store quite fun just to look at, but even better when you know you’ve saved a dollar or maybe even 50, depending on the product, and also others at a smaller discount, but still worth taking a look at and maybe ordering.

Adidas Damian Lillard Shoes

One of the best things off right now are sports shoes, like the Damian Lillard, the NBA & Portland Trail Blazers point guard, with his own Adidas line. His shoes are at $89.99 instead of $105, although that’s not the only deal you can find on Adidas shoes.

Bulls swingman jersey rose

The Adidas NBA shop is offering some pretty cool items, on sale and in general, like this Chicago Bulls Swingman Jersey (Derrick Rose) in this case.

Chicago Movember tee

When it comes to more general sales and specific discounts, Adidas are offering 50% off select fleeces, track suits, accessories and select jackets, with also a 2-for-$25 on some wonderful tees, like the Movember Tees that are correlated with each city’s NBA team.

Messi 15.2 cleats

Soccer cleats for men are also quite hot right now, be it the Lionel Messi cleats for both indoors and outdoor action, although they’re not limited to just playing. Most of these are good-looking enough to use as sneakers when you’re looking for that retro, three-stripe look.

Superstar Shoes Weave

Soccer shoes aren’t the only thing on sale. In general there’s up to 40% off on Men’s fashion, with great items like the Superstar shoes weave at great prices, this specific one for just $53.99 instead of the original price, $90.

Adidas The Superstar boots

There’s Adidas Snowboarding to choose from, with boots (like the Superstar) and some great looking stylish jackets for those cold, snowy mountain slopes.

Timberwolves on court snapback

The Men’s Accessories Shop is probably the coolest part of the Adidas online experience in my opinion, with NBA snapback hats, beanies of different teams in different sports, footballs, basketballs, scarfs and a lot of other cool things to help you look stylish while representing your team.

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6 Sports Video Games for Sale on Black Friday Deals Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:34:39 +0000 More ]]> Among the many things for sale on Black Friday Deals are video games, including those for sports fans like EA Sports’ NHL 16, FIFA 16 and Need for Speed, with Pro Evolution Soccer 2016, Forza Motorsport 6 and MLB 15: The Show also included. Considering the mayhem in stores right now, enhancing your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One experience from the comfort of your home is priceless.

NHL 16 & SteelBook for the Xbox One / PlayStation 4

NHL 16 Xbox One

EA Sports latest take on NHL simulation comes with an official SteelBook, an Amazon Exclusive. A SteelBook is a limited, high quality, premium metal case. Available for $39.99, saving you $20 from the original price.

FIFA 16 & SteelBook for the Xbox One / PlayStation 4 / Xbox 360 / PlayStation 3

Fifa 16 PS4


The best soccer/football game on the market, it comes with a feature of Interception Intelligence, so you can control how aggressive your teammates are on the ball.  Lionel Messi was motion captured to create an innovative dribble control system that gives players the freedom to decide not just how, but when to touch the ball. Available for $39.99, $20 less than the original price.

Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 – PlayStation 4 / Xbox One

PES 2016 PS4

Another soccer video game, the main competitor to EA Sports’ FIFA. The offers on the PlayStation consoles vary in price depending on console. It’s $29.99 for the Xbox One, saving $20, and $39.99 for the PlayStation 4, saving the same amount.

Need for Speed for Xbox One / PlayStation 4

Need for Speed


The latest edition of the racing-but-a-lot-more franchise by EA Sports is coming out on December 6, and pre-ordering it on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 comes with a pretty nice discount. There’s the standard, Deluxe and Steelbook versions, each offering a different price and discount. The standard one is at $34.99, saving $25.

Forza Motorsport 6 – Xbox One

Forza Motorsport 6

Another racing game with a lot of variations depending on the edition (Standard through VIP Membership) and be it Xbox One or Xbox One digital. The lowest price is $34.99, saving $25.

MLB 15: The Show

MLB The Show 15

On the PlayStation 4, the introduction of real time seasonal sun and shadows, revamped night lighting, and enhanced player personality help make MLB 15 The Show the most authentic baseball experience yet. On the PS4, it comes at a price of $19.99 for the standard deal (saving $10) while the loaded 10th anniversary edition comes at $58.89, saving you $11.10.

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9 Best Memes of Jay Cutler & the Chicago Bears Stunning Aaron Rodgers & the Green Bay Packers Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:30:50 +0000 More ]]> When Jay Cutler loses, meme makers are out of control. When he and the Chicago Bears beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in Lambeau Field? Everyone is just stunned.

Cutler has his first win as a Bears player in Lambeau Field, and the Bears have their first win on the road against the Packers since 2007. The aura of invincibility, fully deserved for Rodgers and the Packers against their biggest rivals, just got shattered.

The Bears are still probably not going to make the playoffs while the Packers will. And yet this is another example of how problematic the Packers Super Bowl hopes are this season, while for the Bears, with Cutler, there seems to be a decent present and maybe even a bright future.

And the biggest winners of all are the Minnesota Vikings. Without playing, they lead the division again.

Garbage looks the same Sad Packers Ceremony ruiner Remember Really Aaron Division leader on your day off What happened Packers lost Freezing coach

To feel like winners

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34 Best Memes of Tony Romo & the Dallas Cowboys Crushed by Cam Newton & the Carolina Panthers Fri, 27 Nov 2015 12:19:28 +0000 More ]]> The dreams of making the playoffs are over for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys, who’ll spend the time remaining browsing memes making fun of them for getting beaten at home by the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving.

Romo had an awful game before injuring his collarbone again, which means the season is over for him. He threw three interceptions in the first half, including two for touchdowns and in one instance two in a row.

Cam Newton didn’t have to work very hard – the defense did all the work, en route to a 33-14 win, which means the Panthers remain undefeated, and the Cowboys can now stick to reality, which is start planning for the 2016 season.

In the meantime, they can enjoy Matt Cassel at quarterback for the rest of the year, with no delusions of somehow turning their 3-8 record into something positive. Even in the terrible NFC East, they don’t stand a chance of making the postseason.

The division is ready Obamacare Romo couldn't wait Don't talk about playoffs Down 20-3 Choke drink Dab Fresh turnovers Better than the Cowboys Turnovers cook What if About a week ago Helmet intercepted Forgot how to drink Nex play interception Turnovers cherry flavor Romo's back Great Romo song More passes than Cam Cowboys fans watching the game Calling Manziel Cowboys season over Can't stop Cam Playoffs Romo He's back, and he's gone GOAT Xbox of PS4 We beat a 3-7 team Scouting for a new QB Clutch Romo Back in hiding Everyone's a Jordan Humble pie Brady joking about Romo

To feel like winners

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25 Best Memes of Chip Kelly & the Philadelphia Eagles Destroyed by the Detroit Lions Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:55:58 +0000 More ]]> Another awful loss for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, this time to the Detroit Lions, won’t result in a long list of memes making fun of them. It might end up with the team having a new head coach.

The Eagles give up more than 40 points two weeks in a row. This time at least it wasn’t at home, getting completely embarrassed by the Lions, who now have won four games in a row. All the criticism about Matthew Stafford or saying Calvin Johnson getting old? It didn’t look that way in their Thanksgiving win, something that doesn’t happen too often for the Lions over the last 15 years.

The only excuse Kelly has working for him is Mark Sanchez. It’s hard to get anything done right with him at quarterback, even though last season was decent with him at the helm for half the way. But Kelly had a vision for this team in 2015, and it didn’t include Sanchez at quarterback.

Both teams are now 4-7, which makes it possible, still, for both of them to make the playoffs. Considering the momentum both of them are on, it’s hard to believe the Eagles are in any way part of the playoff race, while the Lions suddenly have something to believe in.

West Philadelphia Meme Youtube uploads Murray don't want me man Eagles offense Lions Eagles Carrying L's Losing tradition Better than Sanchez The division is ready Don't need this anymore There's a chance Eagles thanksgiving Eagles Turkey Cooked Eagle Sad Eagles Crying together Chip needs help Shoot me Bad Trade Kicked off Destroying a franchise Division champions Eagles halloween costume gonna tackle or nah Hello haters

To feel like a winner after this Thanksgiving game.

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