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Today's Rundown

NFL

Entertaining but Meaningless Monday Night Game.   The Detroit Lions beat the New Orleans Saints in last night's game (35-27).  While it was a competitive game, neither team is in playoff contention, so you won't hear too much buzz about this one.  Here is what you need to know:  The Lions were out to an early lead at the end of the first half with the score at 28-3, but the Saints managed to come back and make the game competitive in the second half.  Despite the loss, Saint's QB Drew Brees passed an impressive landmark, throwing for more than 60,000 career passing yards, only the 4th quarterback in history!  Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees has led the League in most touchdowns by a QB.  Congrats to Drew!

NBA

Kevin Garnett Holds it Together for One More Gino Time.  The Boston Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves last night in an inconsequential game.  What made it interesting was that power forward Garnett was returning to Boston for what may be his last season in the NBA.  What are some things you should know about future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett?  He is one of few remaining players in the league from his generation, who have been playing in the League for nearly two decades (peers include Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce).  He went straight to the NBA out of high school and was drafted by the Timberwolves, where he began his epic career and where he is again today.  However, from 2007-2013, Garnett played for the Celtics, where he fell in love with the "Gino" Time video tradition.  During blowout games, the Celtics will play the Gino Time video to get the fans hyped up for the end of the game.  The video features old footage from American Bandstand, including a quintessential mustachioed man wearing a really tight-tee with the word "Gino."  Last night, the Celtics played the Gino Time video to a standing ovation in tribute to Garnett, and he had to look away to keep from getting emotional.


Spotlight on Odell Beckham Jr's 1-Game Suspension

Beckham, who you probably remember for superhuman one-handed catches like this, is a remarkable wide receiver for the Giants.  However, during this Sunday's game against the undefeated Panthers, he went completely berserk on Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, who was defending him throughout the game.  Beckham committed 3 different personal fouls against Norman, the most egregious being this horrific helmet-to-helmet targeting, which was lucky not to result in serious injury.  The NFL announced Monday that it would suspend Beckham for 1 game, and Beckham is appealing that decision.

There is still a lot of chatter about what happened to set Beckham off.  Rumors suggest that Panthers players taunted Beckham with anti-gay slurs and aggressive trash talk throughout the game.  Additionally, there are may have been a pre-game scuffle between the teams with some threatening to end Beckham's career with a baseball bat.

Whatever happens with Beckham's appeal tomorrow, you will definitely hear more about this.  Because of the NFL's new focus on concussions, it was really important for them to take corrective action against Beckham.  Now the Giants playoff chances are looking pretty shaky, because Beckham may be sitting out this last week of the regular season.  You have to wonder what could have possibly set him off, and was it really worth it?


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Bowl Games. There are two college football bowl games today:  (1) the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on the blue astroturf of Albertson's Stadium between Akron and Utah State, with Utah State favored to win thanks to its athletic QB Chuckie Keeton; and (2) the Boca Raton Bowl between Toledo and Temple, with Temple favored to win thanks to its impressive defense.  These two games (and most of the other bowl games) are not meaningful in terms of rankings or the championship, but they do offer bragging rights, and you can be sure that alums will be tuning in to cheer on their alma maters!

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