PED’s still problematic in Baseball

Names mentioned in report include A-Rod

It turns out Rodriguez was only telling the partial truth.
A Miami nurtritional clinic, Biogenesis, was becoming suspiscious to investigators. It turns out if was performance-enhancing substatance distributor and the clinic was forced to close down. Products distritbuted included Human Growth Hormone, which is banned by MLB (and illegal). A New York Times report includes names that were on a customer list. These names include Alex Rodriguez, Gio Gonzalez, and Nelson Cruz. Cruz and Gonzalez were not connected with PED’s in MLB prior to the reports. Rodriguez confessed to using banned substances in the past but indicated he hasn’t used any since 2003. But the report mentions dates as late as 2009, for transactions with Biogenesis.


Ravens Punch Ticket to New Orleans, Super Bowl

“Harbaugh Bowl” is Set

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New England Patriots 28-13 in the AFC Championship. The game was a rematch from last year’s AFC Championship, in which New England won by three points. But this time was very different. WR Anquan Boldin caught two TD passes for Baltimore. While QB Tom Brady and the Pats’ had 13-7 lead at halftime, they were scoreless in the second half. Baltimore scored three straight TD’s and the Ravens will play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. This means that siblings will coach against each other for the first time in Super Bowl History. Jim Harbaugh will lead the 49ers against his older brother’s (John) Ravens. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 3.

49ers to the Super Bowl

In the NFC Championship, the Atlanta Falcons faced the San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons were led by QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones. Atlanta jumped out to a 17-0 lead. But by halftime the score was 24-14, with QB Colin Kaepernick’s TD pass. In the 2nd half, the Falcons were held scoreless. But RB Frank Gore and RB LeMichael James each scored touchdowns for the 49ers, allowing them to reach Super Bowl XLVII. San Francisco will play either Baltimore or New England.

Divisional Round

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Ravens 38 Broncos 35 2OT

It took two overtimes and a shootout in high altitude, but the Baltimore Ravens pulled off the upset. It was 35-28 in the 4th quarter with :31 remaining, with the Ravens trailing. QB Joe Flacco fired a hail mary to WR Jacoby Jones, a 70-yard TD strike.  The first overtime period was scoreless, meaning a second overtime was needed (Playoff game). Early in the second OT, the Ravens were able to capitalize off of a interception of QB Peyton Manning in the prior OT, to set up a 47-yard field by Justin Tucker. Tucker sent the kick through the uprights, and sent the Ravens to the AFC Championship.

Patriots 41 Texans 28

The Houston Texans could simply not keep up with the Patriots’ Offense. While the Texans returned the opening kickoff to inside the Pats’ 20, the Texans didn’t have much more momentum. New England scored at will, leading 38-13 at one point.

Falcons 30 Seahawks 28

Falcons were up by twenty, then blew the lead. Atlanta needed a late field goal by K Matt Bryant, to win.

49ers 45 Packers 31

San Francisco QB Colin Kapernick went wild by running for over 180 yards, a single-game record for a QB, leading the 49ers to victory.

Tide Rolls

Source: Mike Ehrmann

The Discover BCS National Championship pitted #1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Alabama at Sunlife Stadium in Miami, FL. With over 80,000 people in attendance, the game was expected to be competitive even though Alabama was favored by 7. But the Tide had other plans as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead early. At Halftime, the lead was 28-0. Fans wishing for a competitive game, were out of luck (unless they saw AJ McCarron’s girlfriend). More than half of the attendance were Notre Dame fans. But despite their support, the Fighting Irish were losing 35-0 in the third quarter. Late in the game, the teams exchanged two touchdowns, leaving the final score: Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14. The Crimson Tide have now won 15 National Titles, and 3 of the last 4. Alabama coach Nick Saban won his fourth National Title. Notre Dame was the first independent team to play in the BCS National Championship. There were two controversial calls early in the game. One involved a Notre Dame incomplete catch that appeared to be a catch, and the other was questionable ND interference with a punt returner. However, the lopsided score made these rulings fairly insignificant.

Source: AP
TIde RB Eddie Lacy was MVP, as he had two rushing touchdowns. Alabama QB AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes, dissecting the Irish defense at will. Two of those passes were caught by WR Amari Cooper. In the end, only two TD’s were scored by ND, a run by QB Everett Golson and a pass from Golson to WR Theo Riddick. It should be noted that BOTH teams had outstanding seasons. ND: 12-1 ALA:13-1

Sugar Bowl: Cards Crush Gators; Other Bowls

Allstate Sugar Bowl
The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators 33-23 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. But from the first play, Louisville led the game and did not look back. By halftime, Louisville led 23-10, and was up 33-10 before Florida scored two late meaningless TD’s. Cardinals QB Teddy Bridgewater proved he was the real deal, by shredding Florida’s defense, throwing for 2 TD’s. Louisville and Florida both finish the entire season at 11-2.
Charlie Strong and Teddy Bridgewater talk about Louisville's win in the Sugar Bowl.

Discover Orange Bowl
Northern Illinois faced Florida State in Miami as huge underdogs. In the third quarter, a Martel Moore TD catch brought the game to a 17-10 game, with FSU leading. After a recovered onside kick, the Huskies were on the move before QB Jordan Lynch threw a drive-killing interception. Two FSU TD’s later allowed the Seminoles to pull away late in the 4th Quarter. FSU QB E.J. Manuel would finish his career with 4 consecutive bowl victories.
The stars of Florida State's Orange Bowl win talk after beating NIU.

Rose Bowl Game Pres. by VIZIO
Wisconsin could not overcome the hole they dug in Pasadena, losing to Stanford 20-14. Interim Coach Barry Alvarez (yes, the former coach) led his team in the Rose Bowl, after Coach Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. Stanford Coach David Shaw had more luck as his team finished 12-2, Wisconsin was 8-6Coach David Shaw reacts after Stanford's Rose Bowl win.

Outback Bowl
South Carolina survived Michigan in an exciting contest, 33-28. A highlight of the game was a devastating hit by Jadeveon Clowney which caused a fumble, and was recovered by Clowney.

Capital One Bowl
The Georgia Bulldogs beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 45-31 in Jacksonville, FL. QB Aaron Murray threw for 427 yards and 5 TD’s, easily deserving the game’s MVP award.

Heart of Dallas Bowl
Oklahoma State dominated Purdue in an easy 58-14 victory. Gator Bowl
Minnesota could not hold off Northwestern, as the Wildcats won 34-20. Northwestern was able to win their first bowl game in ages.

Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Clemson defeated LSU 25-24 on a last-second field goal. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd threw for over 300 yards and two TD’s in a thrilling matchup.