The One Where We Have Middle-School Gym Flashbacks

Super Bowl Countdown: T-10 days

Fun Fact of the Day: The last time Broncos QB Peyton Manning and Panthers QB Cam Newton met was back in 2012.  The Broncos won 36-14 and Cam was sacked 7 times.  This time things may look a bit different...


Today's Rundown

TENNIS

Lucky #7.  #1-ranked Serena Williams is going to her 7th Australian Open Finals this weekend.  She will take on #7 Angelique Kerber.  Things look pretty good for Serena because she has won the Australian Open every single time she’s reached the semifinals.  If she wins, she will tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles!  Find out what happened in the men’s semifinals match in today’s Spotlight.

 

NFL

Please don’t let me be last…  Yesterday, the teams for the Pro Bowl were selected.  The Pro Bowl is the NFL’s All-Star game.  Players are voted in by the players, the coaches, and football fans, with alternates selected for players who are injured or can’t play because they are practicing for the Super Bowl next week.  Past Football Hall of Famers Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice are this year’s coaches for the two teams.  Last night, they went through and picked their teams’ players middle-school-gym style.  Who were the cool, popular jocks?  QBs Russell Wilson and Eli Manning were the first two selected.  Who skipped gym class?  All 7 New England Patriots Pro Bowlers decided to pass on the game, because they would rather prepare for next season than get injured in this meaningless game. 


Spotlight on the Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer rivalry

Last night Novak Djokovic defeated Roger Federer in the Australian Open semifinals.  This was the 45th time these two have played each other.  Before yesterday’s match, they were tied 22-22. 

Tell me more about this Novak Djokovic…  Djokovic (pronounced “joke-a-vich”) is the current #1 ranked player in the world and he has won a record 5 Australian Open titles.  He is known for his aggressive baseline play and for having the best backhand in the game today. Fun fact:  Djokovic is aptly named, because he is known for being a bit of a jokester.  He frequently impersonates other famous players on the court—it’s not always super flattering.

Tell me more about this Roger Federer… Federer is known as being one of the greatest players of all time.  He has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles and he has been continuously ranked in the top 10 players since 2002.  Now at 34, his stamina is waning a bit.  He hasn’t won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, so this may have been one of his last chances to prove that he’s still got it.  Fun fact: Federer is married to former Tennis player Mirka Vavrinec, and they have two sets of identical twins.  Seriously. Imagine all the twin pranks they can pull.

Now, Djokovic will face either Andy Murray or Milos Raonic in the Australian Open Finals this weekend.


Seen and Heard

Coach Killer!  Yesterday, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James tried to defend himself against claims that he influenced getting the Cavs head coach fired.  Just last week, the Cavs dumped their head coach David Blatt, despite the team making it to the NBA Finals last year and having the best record in the Eastern Conference this season.  Some suspect that this move was because James is really tight with Blatt’s replacement Tyronn Lue.  Now, James has taken to the mic and tried to clear his good name.