Sports Blurbals

By Joe Cahill
January 17, 2011


The New York Jets advanced to their second-consecutive A.F.C. Championship game after squashing the New England Patriots, 28-21.  Coach Rex Ryan said the Jan. 16 game was the second-most important game in the team’s franchise history, second only to the Jets’ appearance in Superbowl III.  Quarterback Mark Sanchez led the team in an underdog victory after a commanding performance in the fourth quarter, completing a fade to receiver Santonio Holmes to bring the team to 21-11.  Bart Scott, Jets linebacker, was ecstatic after the win during an interview with Sal Palaontonio. He claimed that nobody believed in them and now they proved that they can beat the best. Along with the great rivalry between these two powerful organizations, the game was also significant due to the amount of trash talking that occured before the game. Jets defensive back Antonio Cromartie called out Tom Brady by calling him a profane word. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker was removied from his starting position by Coach Bill Belichick after he participated in the some press conference antics earlier in the week. From the very beginning it was a game to remember. The Jets now face Pittsburgh for the A.F.C. Championship, and potentially their first Superbowl since
Read Original Story at NYTimes | Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

The Clippers managed to put a halt on the Laker’s seven-game winning streak, winning 99-92.  The win was tainted, however, as competition between Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom escalated into a brawl resulting in four ejections.  Griffin scored 18 points and 15 rebounds while Eric Gordon walked away with 30 points.  Despite Kobe Bryant’s 27 points and nine rebounds, the Lakers couldn’t touch the Clippers in the fourth quarter.  The win marks the Clippers’ ninth consecutive win in 13 games.

Read Original Story at SportsIllustrated | Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011


The Philadelphia Phillies bypassed salary arbitration to sign outfielder Ben Francisco to a one-year, $1.175 million contract.  Francisco, 29, swung .268 with a total of six home runs and 28 RBIs in last season’s 88 games.  He has accumulated a .263 batting average, 39 home runs and 140 RBIs in his career.  Francisco’s new contract with the Phillies includes performance and award bonuses.  “I feel like I can go out there and do great things,” said Francisco.  “I want to go out there and show them that I can.”  Kyle Kendrick, right-hander for the Phillies, is now the sole team member up for salary arbitration.

Read Original Story at | Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011


The Philadelphia Flyers hosted New York Rangers Sunday night and skated away with a 3-2 win late in the third period. After leading into the third period of the game 3-0 with goals scored by Jeff Carter, Ville Leino, and captain Mike Richards, the Fly-boys watched that the lead slowly diminish when the Rangers Wojtek Wolski and Derek Stepan each scored a goal against goaltender Brian Boucher to make it a one goal game late in the period. However, Philadelphia was able to hold off the Rangers and continue on their battle to become first in the league over the Vancouver Canucks. Vancouver leads the league with a total of 64 points while the Philadelphia Flyers are right on their tail with a total of 63.  The Flyers have five more upcoming games before the NHL All Star break the last weekend of January.

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Head coach Ken Bone has indefinitely suspended Reggie Moore, point guard for the Washington State Cougars.  Moore received two misdemeanor citations in December for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.  The citations came after a Dec. 11 search of Moore’s dorm room, according to Whitman County Prosectors.    Moore faces charges that carry minimums of one day in jail and fines ranging from $250-$5000.

Read original story from ESPN | Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

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