This is about to become my daily post of all the big upsets and big news every day, but to start it off, I will go over the whole past week of crazy things that have happened in the main sports!
Monday - 1/27/13
The Toronto Raptors' Patrick Patterson hit a huge 12-foot jumper to take the lead over the Brooklyn Nets 104-103, a lead that would stand after Paul Pierce would miss a 29-foot three-point desperation shot. Kyle Lowry was an absolute beast in this game as he finished with 31 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and 5 steals.
The Thunder and their superstar Kevin Durant would win 111-109 over the Atlanta Hawks after Durant would nail a 12-foot game winning shot with less than a second left to pull it out. Durant went off all game, he had 41 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks.
Texas A&M has been considering a statue of Johnny Manziel at Kyle Field along with retiring his number (a number that their top recruit Speedy Noil just so happens to want).
The 40,000 ticket allotment reserved for Tennessee for its 2016 game against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway have already been claimed, leading the Volunteers to request even more for the highly-anticipated "Battle at Bristol."
Tuesday - 1/28/13
The Los Angeles Angels signed Carlos Pena and Brennan Boesch to minor league contracts.
It isn't often you see a game winning 3 shot with 1:28 left in the game, but that is exactly what happened in this game when John Wall hit a 26 foot three-point shot to give the Washington Wizards an 88-85 lead. After that they only allowed the Golden State Warriors even get two shots off for the rest of the game (two missed three's by Curry). Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat both grabbed over 10 rebounds but neither scored over 10 points. The Wizards had a pretty small rotation as only 9 got on the court.
Michigan State barely survived an overtime thriller in Iowa against the Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes got two shots at the win and couldn't capitalize on last second chances in regulation or OT. Matt Costello had a double double for the Spartans with 11 points and 12 rebounds in just 28 minutes.
Despite what the 5 point difference indicates in the 87-82 LSU over Kentucky win, LSU handled the Wildcats in this matchup, the only reason the margin was dwindled was because of their lackluster free throw shooting in the final minute and a half, they were up 12 before that debacle started and still did more than enough to pull out the win. Julius Randle had an off night as he was 3-11 with only 6 points and 5 rebounds. The big men for LSU played a big part in that as Shavon Coleman and Johnny O'Bryant III had a combined 43 points and 18 rebounds.
In the matchup between Baylor and West Virginia, it was the new guys (WV) vs. the struggling team trying to get their legs under them in conference play (BU). Baylor was showing from the start their lackluster defense as WV was getting plenty of open shots, but the Bears were able to keep it close because the Mountaineers couldn't take advantage with a 40% FG% in the game. The Mountaineers were able to take advantage of a soft interior with a game winning layup at the 3 second mark though and that was the nail in the coffin for the Bears. Jefferson and Austin were soft down low as they only COMBINED for 12 points and 10 rebounds down low in 47 combined minutes of play. This game would eventually drop Baylor out of the Top 25.
Wednesday - 1/29/13
The Pistons @ Hawks game was postponed due to bad weather. Yea an indoor game....the roads were that bad in the Atlanta area.
In the Rockets at Mavs game, the Mavs narrowed the margin down to 2 with 22 seconds left but couldn't capitalize as Calderon missed two straight three's in the closing seconds. Donatas Motiejunas who just so happened to grab the game ending defensive rebound, also had a double double for the Rockets on a Harden-less night with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki still had a heroic effort for the Mavs in the loss with 38 points and 17 rebounds.
In this Philadelphia 76ers-Boston Celtics matchup, Evan Turner would break Bostons' hearts with a clutch 7 foot shot with less than a second left. Every starter on the 76ers had at least 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Evan Turner's game winner overshadowed his otherwise mediocre shooting performance including an 0-5 mark from beyond the arc.
The Charlotte Bobcats barely overcame the Denver Nuggets in a 101-98 thriller where Timofey Mozgov gave everything he had in the fleeting seconds of the game for the Nuggets but just couldn't quite get the ball in the basket. Al Jefferson was clutch at the end as well as terrific all game long with 35 points and 11 rebounds.
The Arizona Wildcats would barely survive the scare Stanford gave em. It was a one point game with just 5 seconds left, but Nick Johnson would come through and make both free throws to get it to three and force a tie at best. With one second left Chasson Randle gave it a shot but couldn't connect with the three and the Wildcats remained undefeated. Josh Huestis had a double double for the Cardinal in the loss. Nick Johnson and T.J. McConnell combined for 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists.
St. Bonaventure would hand the reeling UMass Minutemen their third loss of the season with a convincing 78-65 showing for the Bonnies. St. Bonaventure's really found a way to get to the charity line and make it count as they went 30-34 on free throws. The Bonnies outrebounded the Minutemen 45-35. Marquise Simmons nearly pulled out a double double for the Bonnies as he had 10 points and 9 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Penn State pulled out a huge 71-70 overtime win against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus. This was all about Penn State and their junior guard D.J. Newbill just being clutch on the road. D.J. Newbill hit the necessary three to tie it with 13 seconds left in regulation and then they barely held off a feisty Ohio State offensive possession that was only stopped by the clock and not a defensive stop by the Nittany Lions. In overtime Newbillhit the big time shot again but this time it was just a jumper with only 2 seconds left to take the lead at the tail end of overtime to win it! D.J. Newbill finished with 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Tim Frazier also had a decent night for Penn State with 8 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Thursday - 1/30/13
Cincinnati pulled out a huge 69-66 win in Louisville against the defending champion Cardinals. Sean Kilpatrick hit four huge free throws for the Bearcats in the final nine seconds to turn a 1 point lead into an eventual three point lead (his four free throws bookended 2 terry Rozier LOU FT's). They had kept a good lead most of the game until Louisville made a furious rally late in the second half to make it a close game for Cincinnati. Sean Kilpatrick finished with 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was 11-11 on FT's for the game.
Friday - 1/31/13
The Rangers announced the retirement of longtime captain and fan favorite Michael Young. The 37 year-old veteran said his time in Texas was the best 13 years of his life. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he wants to discuss having Young do something within the organization, though it's unclear what at this stage. Rangers manager Ron Washington, who managed Young for six seasons, spoke about Young's professionalism and class. "He was an ultimate teammate," Washington said. "What that means is that he's a person that came to the ballpark every single day and performed to the best of his ability within a team concept. That's exactly what Michael was about." Washington said Young supported the manager constantly and set an important example for everyone in the organization. Young retires as one of the greatest all-time Rangers, a legacy built both on and off the field. Young played 12 full seasons in a Rangers uniform before finishing his career last season split between the Philadelphia Phillies and Dodgers. His name is all over the club's record book. No Ranger has played in more games than Young's 1,823 in a Texas uniform. He has a franchise-best 2,230 hits, 415 doubles, 55 triples and 1,085 runs. Young was a seven-time All-Star, won the AL batting title in 2005, and finished in the top-10 of the AL MVP voting twice (2004, '11). He was the All-Star Game MVP in 2006, and won a Gold Glove at shortstop in '08. He finished his career with a .300 average and was one of the more durable players in the league, never appearing on the disabled list and averaging 155 games played in his 12 full seasons in the majors. Young started his career at second base, but moved to shortstop in 2004 to make room for Alfonso Soriano. He slid over to third base when the club promoted Elvis Andrus up from Double-A to start at shortstop for the 2009 season. Young ended his stay in Texas with two years as the club's designated hitter and super-utility player. The moves didn't seem to impact his bat, which was as consistent as anyone in the league. Young had more than 200 hits six times, including five straight seasons from 2003 to 2007. For now Young will ride off into the sunset, until the Hall of Fame comes calling.
The Dallas Mavericks won 107-103 in a close one over the Sacramento Kings. The Mavs were in pretty good control but the Kings put pressure where the Mavs had to keep delivering late in the 4th quarter. The Mavs shot pretty good at the charity line where they were 29-36, that was the key in holding the Kings at bay. Dirk was also huge again for the Mavs, he had 34 points and 5 rebounds on the night.
Saturday - 2/1/13
The Pacers almost blew this game but managed to win 97-96, they were saved by the bell. Deron Williams made 25-foot three to make it a 1 point game, and then Paul Pierce stole the next inbound but he couldn't get a shot off in time to win it. Kevin Garnett had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Kings would find a way to lose a close game against a Texas opponent for the second straight night as the Spurs got the better of em in a 95-93 win. Once again the Kings were trying to play catch up in the last minute, and once again they couldn't pull out the comeback in time. Rudy Gay had an awesome night for the Kings in their loss as he finished with 23 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals. The championship veteran duo of Duncan and Parker each had double doubles. Parker had 18 points and 10 assists while Duncan had 23 points and 17 rebounds.
Lilliard and Batum both came through in the final seconds to finish off the key 106-103 win for the Portland Trail Blazers over the Toronto Raptors. Lilliard hit an 6-foot jumper with 11 seconds left while Batum iced the final seconds with free throws to clinch it. DeMar DeRozan had a double double in the loss for the Raptors with 36 points and 12 assists. LaMarcus Aldridge had a double-double for the Blazers with 27 points and 15 rebounds, while Lilliard also had a big night with 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 assists.
Baylor who was 1-5 and falling off the Big 12 map found their way back on it with a huge 76-70 upset over Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The Baylors established their permanent lead at the 3:36 mark in the second half. Franklin, O'Neal, and Heslip all put up points to hold up the lead after that point while the Cowboys and Marcus Smart turned the ball over and missed frustrating shots as they watched their game slip away to the underdog. Cory Jefferson who had been struggling along with the Bears overall play in the Big 12 showed up in the big upset with a double double to boot as he finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Heslip led the scoring charge with 20 points as he made 6-13 three's.
The Texas Longhorns have been a revelation this year as they are 17-4 and 6-2 now in the Big 12. Their latest heroic was taking down the Jayhawks while holding super-prospects Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins to a combined 15 points on 5-21 shooting in 55 combined minutes of play. Cameron Ridley and Demarcus Holland took care of the boards for the 'Horns as they had 10 and 11 rebounds apiece. Isaiah Taylor and Jonathan Holmes led the scoring charge 23 and 22 points each respectively. Continue to watch for the Longhorns as a possible March Madness and Big 12 Title dark horse.
The California Golden Bears finally took down the Pac-12 basketball giant of 2014 (Arizona) as they won 60-58 after a huge game-winning Justin Cobbs jumper with 2 seconds left. Brandon Ashley of the Wildcats would get injured just 2 minutes in and eventually be ruled out for the season after this game. Aaron Gordon would pull 13 rebounds for Arizona but lack with only 8 points. David Kravish would finish with a double-double for Cal with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Ohio State would pull out a huge win in Wisconsin as Aaron Craft's 2nd free throw with 1:36 left in the game would give them their first lead since the 13:20 mark of the second half. They stayed in the game and then took advantage of that lead with good defense for the remainder of the game. There weren't any strong individual statistical performances in this 59-58 low scoring game. The best rebounding job was Lenzelle Smith Jr. of Ohio State with 10 rebounds but he only had a measly 2 points go with it.
The marquee matchup of this huge Saturday of college basketball was Duke vs. Syracuse and it lived up to every bit of the hype. This game kept going back and forth even going into overtime after Rasheed Sulaimon hit a last second three for the Blue Devils to tie it at 78. Dumb fouls at the end of OT were the eventual downfall for Duke as Tyler Ennis made both free throws to take a 90-89 Syracuse lead with 6 seconds left after an Andre Dawkins foul. Then Matt Jones committed another foul on C.J. Fair who hit one of his two FT's. By then the Blue Devils needed a desperation 3 to tie and Quinn Cook couldn't deliver as time ran out on the Blue Devils. Syracuse would keep their undefeated status assuring their spot as the new #1 team in the nation after Cal's upset over Arizona.
The Virginia Cavaliers continued their strong ACC surge with a win at Pitt over the ranked Panthers. The Cavaliers used a clutch Malcolm Brogdon three with 2 seconds left to pull out the 48-45 win in the low scoring game. Akil Mitchell had a double double for the Cavaliers with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
The Super Bowl was a much bigger blowout than I think anybody honestly expected. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl crown by punishing Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8. That masterful defense, the NFL's stingiest, never let the five-time MVP get going, disarming the highest-scoring offense in league history. Seattle (16-3) was too quick, too physical and just too good for Denver. What was hyped as a classic matchup between an unstoppable offense and a miserly defense turned into a rout. A perfect picture of Seattle's dominance was a 69-yard interception return touchdown by linebacker Malcolm Smith to make it 22-0, and Percy Harvin's sensational 87-yard kickoff return to open the second half. The loss by the Broncos again raised questions about Manning's ability to win the biggest games. He is 11-12 in the postseason, 1-2 in Super Bowls. He never looked comfortable against a defense some will begin comparing to the 1985 Bears and 2000 Ravens ; other NFL champions who had runaway Super Bowl victories. Seattle forced four turnovers; Denver had 26 all season. All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman left with a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. He celebrated on crutches. Russell Wilson became the first QB to pass for at least 200 yards, 2 TDs and complete 70 percent of his passes in a Super Bowl win without being named MVP.