Fun Fact of the Day: New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has racked up 24 playoff wins during his illustrious career, giving him more playoff wins than 28 NFL teams.
Trouble in Cleveland… Last night the reigning NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, giving them their 5th loss in 7 games. Needless to say, superstar LeBron James was not happy about it. What’s going on? They’re tiiiired. LeBron complained about the grueling regular season schedule and how the Cavs need more “bodies” to give the team more depth when he and Kyrie Irving need rest or, God forbid, are out for injury.
Seen and Heard
Some sage advice from an unlikely source. Troubled former NFL QB Johnny Manziel took to Twitter to offer his (unsolicited) advice to new President Trump. He tweeted that Trump “responds to everything that’s said about him when there is REAL S*** going on in the world” and “Yo @POTUS even I know to stay away from the notifications section on Twitter. S*** will drive you crazy, lead the country and let them hate.” Afterwards Johnny may have taken some of his own advice, because he deleted his Twitter account. Could this be a new more serious Johnny Football? Last season, Johnny got dropped by the Cleveland Browns because of possible assault charges and crazy partying. Recently, he’s promised that he’s quit drinking and he hopes a team will take a chance on him so he can get back to football.
Spotlight on Chris Hogan
During Sunday night’s AFC Championship game, New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan had the best game of his career with 9 receptions, 180 receiving yards, and 2 touchdowns. You’ll be hearing more about his breakout performance before the Super Bowl, so here’s what you should know about Chris:
A lax beginning. As a high schooler, colleges tried to recruit Chris to play football and lacrosse. He decided to go to Penn State, where he played lacrosse for 3 years. After he graduated, he decided to give football a second try and he put together some old high school highlights. Monmouth took the bait, so Hogan played there for 1 season, only making 12 catches for 147 yards all season.
Making it in the pros. Even though he had an itty-bitty college football resume, Chris was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent. He was dropped and picked up by 2 more teams, before settling in with the Buffalo Bills. With the Bills, Chris showed some serious potential. Reggie Bush even gave him the nickname “7-Eleven,” because he was “always open.” Chris also managed to snag the attention of New England Pats coach Bill Belichick, whom we all know has a freakish knack of getting and developing underrated players with great fundamentals. The Pats offered Chris more money than the Bills and the rest is history.