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Will Cyborg Make Weight?

By LaDonna Williams

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This Saturday, UFC 95 will take place in Brazil. It will be on FS1 at 6pm central time. UFC fans will see Cris Cyborg fight Lina Lansberg in the main event. Cyborg needs to make weight (140 lbs.) by Friday’s weigh in. She needs to cut 20 lbs. to be exact. Her nutritional consultant George Lockhart has decided for her to use birth control to cut the weight. This is one of the first times that the UFC has heard about the method being used. The public was put aware of this by Cyborg posting her training video on YouTube. The UFC is monitoring the situation very closely.

 

Back to the fight, Cyborg vs Lansberg maybe a good fight. Lansberg will be making her UFC debut on Saturday. She is a Muay Thai style fighter and a great striker. She isn’t the greatest wrestler so her take down game isn’t the best. She maybe one of the best strikers that Cyborg has faced in a while. With that being said I don’t know how she will beat Cyborg on Saturday. This fight may end up in an early KO by Cyborg. We all know Cyborg is a beast in striking, take downs, wrestling and kicks.

Other fights on the main card are Renan Barao vs. Philippe Nover, Roy Nelson vs. Antonio Silva, Francisco Trinaldo vs. Paul Felder, Thiago Santos vs. Eric Spicely, and Godofredo Pepey vs. Mike de la Torre.

Who Needs a Running Back?

By LaDonna Williams14361441_10154526886119805_8005955062667035998_o

The excited was great this past weekend and Thursday night NFL games. There were some crazy endings, blowouts and a Seattle team that can’t seem to beat the rams. During Sunday’s games it felt like a good number of running backs went down with injury. Let’s talk about the NFL injury report.

Injuries

Vikings Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus. If he wants a partial repair he will be out 4 weeks. If he decides a full repair he will be out 4 months.

Chargers RB Danny Woodhead tore his ACL out for the season

Panthers Jonathan Stewart with a hamstring injury expected to miss a week or two.

Lions RB Ameer Abdullah left the game with a sprained foot. He did get xrays and they came back negative.

Browns QB Josh McCown has a shoulder injury, how much time he will miss unknown. They did name Cody Kessler as a starter

Broncos LB DeMarcus Ware out 4-5 weeks after breaking his forearm.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo left Sunday’s game with a shoulder injury. There have been different reports how long he will be out. So I will guess 2-6 weeks. Rookie Jacoby Brissett will be the starter for the next 2 weeks, until Brady comes back. Julian Edleman is number 2 QB.

Dolphins RB Arian Foster left Sunday’s game with a groin injury. Will miss week 3.

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls left Sunday’s game with a leg injury.

Redskins T Kedric Golston placed on IR with a hamstring injury.

Suspensions, Cuts and Signings

Lions cut TE Andrew Quarless after 2 game suspension. (He never played a game with them.)

Bengals claim 2016 3rd round CB KelVarae Russell after being cut by the Chiefs.

Rams DT Michael Brokers agree to 3-year $33M extension

Bills fire OC Greg Roman

News Around the NFL

Seahawks lose 2017 5th round pick, 1 weeks of OTAs for offseason violations. Fined$400k and Carroll fined $200k.

LaDainian Tomlinson, Hines Ward, Donovan McNabb nominated for 2017 Pro Football HOF class.

Panthers OL Trai Turner fined $9,115 for taunting in week 1.

Cowboys DE Randy Gregory drops his 10-game suspension appeal. Will be available to come back week 15.

Broncos S Darian Stewart fined $18,231 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Broncos LB Brandon Marshall fined $24,309 for helmet to-helmet hit on Cam Newton.

Packers and LT David Bakhtiari agree to 4-year/$51.67M extension.

Scores

Jets 37

Bills 31

Bengals 16

Steelers 24

Titan 16

Lions 15

Ravens 25

Browns 20

Cowboys 27

Redskins 23

Saints 13

Giants 16

49ers 27

Panthers 46

Dolphins 24

Patriots 31

Chiefs 12

Texans 19

Seahawks 3

Rams 9

Buccaneers 7

Cardinals 40

Jaguars 14

Chargers 38

Falcons 35

Raiders 28

Colts 20

Broncos 34

Packers 14

Vikings 17

 

 

 

 

 

NFL Fantasy Week 3 Rankings

By LaDonna Williams

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Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees vs Atl
  2. Cam Newton vs Min
  3. Ben Roethlisberger vs Phi
  4. Matt Ryan at NO
  5. Aaron Rodgers vs Det
  6. Carson Palmer at Buf
  7. Eli Manning vs Was
  8. Derek Carr at Ten
  9. Andrew Luck vs SD
  10. Blake Bortles vs Bal

Notes: Dak Prescott had a good first two games. He is facing the Bears this Sunday. Also Rookie Trevor Siemian has had impressive first two games as well, Broncos are playing at Cincy.

Runningbacks

  1. David Johnson at Buf
  2. DeAngelo Williams vs Phi
  3. Ezekiel Elliott vs Chi
  4. Melvin Gordon at Ind
  5. Matt Forte at KC
  6. Lamar Miller at NE
  7. J. Anderson at Cin
  8. Eddie Lacy vs Det
  9. Demarco Murray vs Oak
  10. Todd Gurley at TB

Notes: With some many RB’s that have gotten hurt last weekend. You may want to look into some backups. Vikings Matt Asiata, Carolina Fozzy Whittaker, Dolphins Jay Ajayi, TB Charles Sims. Also think about starting NE LeGarrette Blount vs Texans.

Wide receivers

  1. Antonio Brown vs Phi
  2. Julio Jones at NO
  3. Odell Beckham Jr. vs Was
  4. Dez Bryant vs Chi
  5. DeAndre Hopkins at NE
  6. Brandin Cooks vs Atl
  7. Mike Evans vs LA
  8. Kelvin Benjamin vs Min
  9. Amari Cooper at Ten
  10. Alshon Jeffery at Dal

Notes: SD Travis Benjamin has been getting the ball more since Keenen went down. Also it looks like Vikings Diggs is one of Bradford’s favorite targets. I can’t forget Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald.

Tight Ends

  1. Jordan Reed at NYG
  2. Greg Olsen vs Min
  3. Delanie Walker vs Oak
  4. Travis Kelce vs NYJ
  5. Julius Thomas vs Bal
  6. Dennis Pitta at Jac
  7. Eric Ebron at GB
  8. Jason Witten vs Chi
  9. Dwayne Allen vs SD
  10. Martellus Bennett vs Hou

Notes: Still it’s unclear if Rob Gronkowski will be back this week.

Kicker

  1. Adam Vinateri vs SD
  2. Dan Bailey vs Chi
  3. Chandler Catanzaro at Buf
  4. Justin Tucker at Jac
  5. Stephen Gostkowski vs Hou
  6. Matt Bryant at NO
  7. Mason Crosby vs Det
  8. Graham Gano vs Min
  9. Steven Hauschka vs SF
  10. Josh Brown vs Was

Defense

  1. Denver Broncos vs Cin
  2. Seattle Seahawks vs SF
  3. Carolina Panthers vs Min
  4. Arizona Cardinals at Buf
  5. Houston Texans at NE
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers at Phi
  7. Cincinnati Bengals at Den
  8. Kansas City Chiefs vs NYJ
  9. Miami Dolphins vs Cle
  10. New England Patriots vs Hou

 

 

Is There Still a Revis Island?

By LaDonna Williams

Once upon a time a young man named Darrelle Revis entered the league in 2007. He came on to the NFL scene and was a beast. His first year he let teams know do not throw to the player in his area because he will intercept the ball or defend it so the player won’t get the ball. Over the years his numbers went up tackles, INTs, assists tackles and touchdowns.

Now let’s move fast forward to 2016. Last week, the first game of the year, the Jets played the Bengals. It was a great match up fans were waiting for AJ Green vs Revis Island. Unfortunately, the Bengals won that game in a very low scoring game, but that isn’t the surprising part. The surprise was Green had 180 yards and a touchdown. Yes, you read that number right. How? This was up against one of the best cornerbacks in the game. Revis response he is out of shape. Is the new way of saying I sucked and Green was better than me that game? Or is it saying I’m getting old and these young players are faster than me? NFL and especially Jets fans want to know how that happened.

On Thursday night and the Bills just lost to the Jets. One of the matchups people were looking for was Bills Sammy Watkins vs Revis Island. Yes, Watkins isn’t a 100% healthy, but last year he had one of his best games last season against Revis. During the game Watkins wasn’t even Revis problem. It was Marquise Goodwin. Goodwin somehow managed to get out of the island and score an 84-yard touchdown. So what will be his excuse this week?

Let’s face it NFL fans Revis Island is no more. His island is now becoming more like Florida, where people go, have a good time and leave after they are through. He isn’t the Revis that we are all used to seeing. Now he is just becoming another mediocre CB that no one is afraid of playing.

Fantasy Football Week 2 Rankings

By LaDonna Williams

Week 2 rankings

QB’s

  1. Cam vs 49ers
  2. Flacco vs Browns
  3. Carr vs Falcons
  4. Dalton at Steelers
  5. Roethlisberger vs Bengals
  6. Palmer vs Buccaneers
  7. Wentz vs Bears
  8. Bortles at Chargers
  9. Brees at NYG
  10. Stafford vs Titans

Notes: Garoppolo threw 264 yards 1 TD last week. Patriots are playing the Dolphins I can see him on the list for QB’s this week.

RB

  1. Johnson vs Buccaneers
  2. Anderson vs Colts
  3. Freeman vs Raiders
  4. Mccoy at Jets
  5. Ware at Texans
  6. Gurley vs Seahawks
  7. Forsett vs Browns
  8. Murray vs Lions
  9. Peterson vs GB
  10. Elliott vs Redskins

Notes: Jamaal Charles maybe inactive for week 2.

WR

  1. Beckham Jr. vs Saints
  2. Cooper at Falcons
  3. Brown vs Bengals
  4. Jones vs Raiders
  5. Green vs Steelers
  6. Cooks at Giants
  7. Evans at Cardinals
  8. Fitzgerald vs Buccaneers
  9. Matthews vs Bears
  10. Hopkins vs Chiefs

Notes: Although Dez Bryant was held to 8 yards last weekend. Don’t expect that to happen 2 weeks in a row.

TE

  1. Olsen at 49ers
  2. Kelce at Texans
  3. Reed vs Cowboys
  4. Thomas at Chargers
  5. Witten at Redskins
  6. Barnidge vs Ravens
  7. Bennett vs Dolphins
  8. Gates vs Jaguars
  9. Ebron at Titans
  10. Seferian-Jenkins at Cardinals

Notes: Rob Gronkowski is still week to week. His status for starting this week is still unknown.

Def

  1. Broncos vs Colts
  2. Seahawks at Rams
  3. Cardinals vs Buccaneers
  4. Panthers vs 49ers
  5. Texans vs Chiefs
  6. Jets at Bills
  7. Raiders vs Falcons
  8. Ravens at Browns
  9. Patriots vs Dolphins
  10. Packers at Vikings

Happy Football Week!

By LaDonna Williams

News Around the NFL

Jordy Nelson started in this week’s game vs Jags.

Matt Jones started this week vs Steelers.

Seahawks tight end did not play in game 1 vs Dolphins.

Bills OL Seantrel Henderson suspended for 4 games for violating substance abuse policy.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski says his injury is still bothering him. He didn’t play in Sunday night’s game.

Rumor has it Marshawn Lynch is up in the air about his retirement. Will he be coming back this season?

Ravens fans expect to see Terrell Suggs playing but not Elvis Dumervil.

RG3 named team captain of the Browns.

Saints have released cornerback Cortland Finnegan, who they signed last month.

Miami wide receiver DeVante Parker to miss game one.

The rumor that was floating around yesterday Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was going to retire after this season. This is a lie. He just signed an extension.

Jaguars running back Chris Ivory was out for yesterday’s game because he woke up in pain and went to the hospital. Sources say he will be fine.

The charges have been dropped from Cowboys rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott. There were too many conflicting stories and no evidence against him

Rams first round pick Jared Goff will be inactive for Monday night’s game.

Saints running back CJ Spiller was inactive vs Raiders.

For a complete inactive list for Sundays games click here. 

Injuries

Raiders right tackle Menelik Watson left Sunday’s game with a groin injury.

Saints place 1st round defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins on IR, he will be eligible to play week 9.

Raider place defensive end Mario Edwards on IR.

Saints cornerback Delvin Breaux broke his fibula on Sunday vs Raiders.

Seahawks rookie offensive lineman Germain Ifedi suffered an ankle injury this week in practice. He will be out for a few weeks.

Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa dealing with an injury. He may not be making his debut this week.

Miami wide receiver DeVante Parker to miss game one.

Cowboys running back Darren McFadden put on the reserve/non-football related injury list. He has to miss six weeks.

Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen carted off from the game yesterday. Team fears he tore his ACL.

Texans linebacker Brian Cushing tore his MCL. He will be out for six weeks

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson may miss some time with ankle injury.

Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins may miss some time; he is still dealing with foot injury he had surgery on.

Cardinals right guard Evan Mathis was carted off the field from Sunday night game.

Cleveland quarterback RGIII sprained his shoulder in the game vs the Eagles. He is getting more tests done. He says he is fine. The injury is in his non throwing shoulder. Update, the Browns just placed him on injured reserved

Demaryius Thomas left Thursday Night  game with hip injury.

Zach Ertz displaced a rib vs Browns. Will be out for a few weeks.

Packer corner back Sam Shields diagnosed with his second concussion in less than 9 months.

Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith out for the year after tearing his ACL on Sunday.

Contract extensions and signings

Steelers guard David DeCastro agreed to a 5-year, $50 million extension.

Rams sign cornerback Stevie Williams.

Several Cowboys have reconstructed their contract Jason Witten, Orlando Scandrick, and Sean Lee.

Lions and Theo Riddick agree to a contract extension. It’s worth $12.75 M for 3-years. As well their punter Sam Martin.

Denver and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders agree to a 3-year, $33 million deal. Which $26.9 million is guaranteed.

Ravens cut running back Justin Forsett last week and now he is back. After injuries to other running backs it was a no brainer they need him.

Saints and Drew Brees agree to 5-year deal that automatically voids to two years and it pays out $44.25 million fully guaranteed over the next two seasons.

Bears and guard Kyle Long agree to a 4-year extension.

Saints bring back veteran guard Jahri Evans. They also signed corner back Sterling Moore.

Bills sign wide receiver Brandon Tate.

Bucs and wide receiver Cecil Shorts agree to a 1-year deal.

Things That Make You Say Hmm!

49ers linebacker Bruce Miller arrested for assault Sunday after punching a 70-year old man in the face. He has been released by the team. Now he is facing seven felony charges. 

Scores

Thursday Night

Denver 21 vs Carolina 20

Sunday Day

Packers 27 vs Jags 23

 Vikings 25 vs Titans 16

Dolphins 10 vs Seahawks 12

Bills 7 Vs Ravens 13

 Bengals 23 vs Jets 22

 Lions 39 vs Colts 35

Bears 14 vs Texans 23

Raiders 35 vs Saints 34

Giants 20 vs Cowboys 19

Browns 10 vs Eagles 29

 Chargers 27 vs Chiefs 33

Buccaneers 31 vs Falcons 24

Sunday Night  

Patriots 23 vs Cardinals 21

 Monday Night

  Steelers 38 vs Redskins 16

 Niners 28 vs Rams 0



Breaking the Mold

By LaDonna Williams

As a woman that loves sports, especially football I feel like I am a rare gem. I am not saying I am the only woman that watches sports, because I know plenty of women that watch every sport out there.  I also know some men that don’t watch sports at all.

This blog may piss off some ladies and men that don’t watch sports, but you all need to listen. There is nothing worse than a nagging spouse during a sports game. You had the whole morning, or afternoon depending on when the game comes on to address your issues. Don’t come at us during the game. The game we are watching we probably already had it mapped out in our head what we are wearing, eating and where we are watching the game before the game actually came on.

For me, watching a game is a way for me to be loud, yelling at the television, or jumping up and down without getting judgement from others. I am a trash talking girl when I watch a sports game on tv or live. If you don’t want your spouse to be loud during a game. Then don’t get mad when they leave and go somewhere to watch it. Don’t text ask what we are doing when you know dang well the game is on. If it’s not a life threatening situation, don’t call or text just to nag.

Break the mold spouses, allow your other half to watch the game in peace. Watch the game with us and try to learn what the heck is actually going on. Just ask questions during commercials or replays so we won’t miss nothing.

Allow us to enjoy our games, especially football season. We only have it from August through February.