The One Where I’m Getting the Hang of This

Today's Rundown

NFL

Brock’s Bucking Broncos (20-17).  QB Brock Osweiler led the Broncos to victory in overtime last night against the Cincinnati Bengals.  At first, things didn’t look very promising for Pretty Boy Osweiler.  The Bengals went into halftime with a 14-3 lead and the Broncos home audience was heard booing as the team retreated to the locker rooms.  But in the second half of the game, the Broncos turned it up a notch, with a fast-paced, no-huddle offense (exactly as it sounds, the QB calls the plays without huddling all the players together which leaves the defense with less time to prepare).  Soon the Broncos tied things up at 17-17.  They even had a chance of winning the game with a field goal in the final seconds, but the Broncos kicker Brandon McManus completely missed the goalposts.  His field goal fail sent the game into overtime.  McManus was able to redeem himself by making his next field goal attempt sending the Broncos up by 3.  The game ended when Bengals QB A.J. McCarron fumbled a snap and the Broncos recovered the ball. 

Meanwhile Broncos QB Peyton Manning, who has been out the past 6 games for foot injury, watched part of the game from the sidelines but had a lot of other things on his mind.  


Spotlight on MJ's message to Kobe

Last night, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Los Angeles Lakers, which is no big story because the Lakers have been terrible this year.  But as part of future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant’s (Lakers Shooting Guard) farewell tour, legend Michael Jordan recorded a touching message which played before last night’s game. 

Um, what is this Charlotte connection?  Michael Jordan is a part-owner and Chairman of the Hornets.  Kobe was first drafted by Charlotte and then almost immediately traded to the Lakers where he spent the rest of his career.

I’m not crying, it’s just raining on my face.  MJ had some really nice things to say about Kobe, including that he is “like a little brother” and that he’s had an “unbelievable career.”  He also gave Kobe a bit of advice, in his final season to “just have fun” and “enjoy it.”  Some Lakers fans probably groaned upon hearing that advice, because Kobe continued to put up abysmal numbers in last night's game, making just 25% of his shots.  But more on that for another day!


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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Not awkward at all.  Be sure to tune in for today’s bowl game between LSU and Texas Tech.  This will be LSU Head Coach Les Miles’s first game since the hullabaloo that he might be dismissed before the 2016 season.  The rumors started swirling when LSU lost 3 games in a row this past season.  The situation escalated when there was no reassuring comment from LSU.  Miles was only confirmed to stay on as Head Coach after he won the last game of the season against Texas A&M.  In addition to all the drama, today’s game should be fun to watch, because both teams are dominant at offense.  Be sure to keep an eye out for RB Leonard Fournette who was in the Heisman conversation, and will be able to put up lots of points against Texas Tech’s worst running defense in the country. 

Grin and bear it.  The UNC Tar Heels will take on the Baylor Bears today in the Russell Athletic Bowl.  Both teams normally have stellar offenses, but Baylor will be down to its 3rd string QB Chris Johnson and missing stars WR Corey Coleman and RB Shock Linwood.  Let’s see what the Bears are able to put together against the Heels.