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Congratulations to The New England Patriots on their stunning FIFTH Super Bowl win over The Atlanta Falcons!

 

Via New York Times:

When James White sneaked into the end zone from 2 yards away, completing a 34-28 victory (IN OVERTIME) that defied the bounds of credulity and secured the Patriots’ fifth title, his teammates stormed onto the field, flung their helmets and hugged anyone who moved.

Across the field, the Falcons watched from their sideline as if fossilized in amber, too exhausted and dumbstruck to move.

The Patriots trailed by 25 points with 2 minutes 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter — and by 19 with 9:48 left in regulation — and they won.

They won because of Dont’a Hightower’s critical strip-sack and Julian Edelman’s Velcro hands and the clock management and coaching of a maestro, Bill Belichick, but mostly because of a truism that has beleaguered the league’s other 31 teams for 16 years running: the Patriots have Brady, and no one else does, not even the Falcons, who boasted the N.F.L.’s most valuable player in Matt Ryan.

Not including their 3-second possession at the end of regulation, the Patriots, after mustering only a field goal on their first seven drives, scored on their final five possessions.

“At halftime, I would say we weren’t down at all,” Brady said. “We were disappointed in the way we played, and we knew that we could go out and do a lot better in the second half.”  read more here

 

 

As a Ravens fan, I’m deeply saddened to see Steve Smith Sr. go.

He’s shocked Ravens fans with his recent announcement to retire, making the upcoming game against the Cincinnati Bengals the last game of his career.

Via Sports Illustrated:

Smith, 37, has played 16 seasons and sits in seventh place on the NFL’s all-time career receiving yards list with 14,697 yards. He has 67 receptions for 765 yards and five touchdowns in 2016.

“I’m about 89 percent sure,” Smith said.

Smith finishes his career having played in five Pro Bowls and two Super Bowls. In 2005, he led the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns and remains the lone wide receiver since 1992 to accomplish the triple crown. Smith is also one of just 14 receivers with more than 1,000 career receptions.

Click here for Smith’s press conference

 

 

 

Former NFL player, Keion Carpenter died Thursday morning in a Florida hospital. The former Buffalo Bills/Atlanta Falcons player was only 39-years-old.

According to Yahoo Sports, Carpenter was vacationing in Florida with family when he took a freak fall while playing with his son.

Via Yahoo Sports:

Carpenter was on vacation with his family in south Florida when he fell while playing with his son. A cousin, Jamila Smith, told the Baltimore Sun, “They were running to the car when (Carpenter) slipped, fell, hit his head and slipped into a coma. It was just a freak accident. He was always healthy; he went to the doctor, ate well and worked out.”

Listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, Carpenter entered the league in 1999 with the Bills as an undrafted rookie out of Virginia Tech. He played three seasons with Buffalo, playing in 37 games, and starting 22 in his second and third seasons with the team. Buffalo traded Carpenter to Atlanta in 2002.

He spent four years with the Falcons, starting 39 of 46 games. Carpenter missed the entire 2004 season due to a torn ACL, but returned the next year to start 15 games. It would be his final NFL season.

In all, Carpenter played 83 games (61 starts), with 14 interceptions, one of them returned for a touchdown, and 198 total tackles.

A Baltimore native, Carpenter was both the quarterback and star safety at Woodlawn High, known for his 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash, and was also a standout basketball player.

At Virginia Tech, Carpenter was a special-teams phenom, blocking a school-record six punts, his final one coming in his last game with the team, the 1998 Music City Bowl.

In a statement, former Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said of Carpenter, “Cheryl and I were saddened to learn of the passing of Keion Carpenter. Keion was the one of the rocks around which we built our program at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. He was a tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense. More importantly, he had a heart of gold. His work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech spirit. Our condolences to Keion’s family on the loss of a great Hokie.”

After retiring from the NFL, Carpenter founded The Carpenter House in Baltimore; according to the foundation’s website, among its goals were “to support the development of healthy homes and environments for low income children to thrive and reach their highest potential for academic success…Our goal is to invest in, build and inspire communities of change.”

One of the programs at The Carpenter House is Shutdown Academy, which combined classroom instruction with football and cheerleading instruction. Carpenter founded Shutdown Academy with Aaron Maybin and Bryant Johnson, two other Baltimore natives who went on to the NFL.

 

Sending prayers to the entire Carpenter family, Keion will be sorely missed.

I was hoping the Baltimore Ravens Cornerback would pull through…

It was recently reported that Tray Walker of the Baltimore Ravens was critically injured after crashing his motorcycle into an SUV Thursday night in Liberty City, Florida. The 23-year-old player died from his injuries Friday, according to his agent Ron Butler.

Via ESPN:

Walker was heading westbound on Northwest 75th Street on a Honda dirt bike when he collided with a Ford Escape heading southbound on Northwest 21st Avenue, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. and police said Walker’s bike did not have lights and that he was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the driver of the Ford Escape stayed on the scene and was cooperating with detectives. Walker was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial in critical condition, according to police.

Walker was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2015. He played only eight snaps on defense as a rookie, making one tackle.

 

Rest in Peace, Tray.

Baltimore Ravens Cornerback, Tray Walker (No. 25) was critically injured after crashing his motorcycle into an SUV. The accident happened Thursday night in Liberty City, Florida. The 23-year-old is currently in critical condition at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, a team spokesman said.

Via ESPN:

Walker was heading westbound on Northwest 75th Street on a Honda dirt bike when he collided with a Ford Escape heading southbound on Northwest 21st Avenue, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department. The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m., and police said Walker’s bike did not have lights and that he was wearing dark clothing.

Police said the driver of the Ford Escape stayed on the scene and was cooperating with detectives. Walker was taken to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial in critical condition, according to police.

Walker was a fourth-round pick of the Ravens in 2015. He played only eight snaps on defense as a rookie, making one tackle.

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens organization released a statement.

“Oh, my God, this is devastating news,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our prayers and hopes are with Tray and his family tonight.”

 

The moment finally arrived.

The moment we’ve all anticipated since Beyonce’s announcement to perform at Superbowl 50’s half-time show with Coldplay. Even more so, since she dropped the “Formation” video. There was much speculation if she would even ‘steal the show’. However, Superbowl viewers were pleasantly surprised at the performances individually and collectively!

Coldplay gave us spectacular performances of a few of their hits! Bruno rocked the house as we knew he would with “Uptown Funk” while giving us 1980s flavor. Beyonce, of course, gave us an electrifying performance of “Formation”. Was it just me? Or did her performance symbolize Michael Jackson’s SB performance and the armory scene from the Spike Lee movie, ‘Chi-raq’?  I was totally feelin’ her dancers dressed as black panthers and I absolutely loved the dance-off between her and Bruno!

Enough with just readin’ about it

See for yourself below!

Queen Bey, Beyonce, has just dropped a bomb of a video on us and the slayage of all of it is of epic proportions!

“Formation” is the hot new single from her upcoming album and how clever is she to do this the day before her Superbowl half-time performance with Coldplay?

Before anyone negatively critique this single, I want you all to really listen to what Beyonce is conveying with the video’s treatment.

She’s spreading a message visually with symbolisms of #BlackLivesMatter, the power of black excellence, and female empowerment. At least, that’s what I get from her video. Even Blue Ivy makes a cute little appearance!

Ladies, get into formation!

Press play below and tell us what you think of Beyonce’s video!

As told by CNN:

With Manning’s two touchdown passes to tight end Owen Daniels and a late escape by the Denver Broncos defense, the Broncos defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 in the AFC Championship Game Sunday at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, advancing to Super Bowl 50!

The Broncos will face the Carolina Panthers, who beat the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 in the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte Sunday. 

Superbowl 50 will take place Sunday, Feb. 7th, 6:30 PM on CBS

Check out this interesting commentary on both teams by Youtuber, DomisLive NEWS

 

Which team do you pick to take home the Superbowl trophy? Answer in poll below!

 

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Anthony Wayne Smith, former defensive end for the Oakland Raiders, will spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for committing murder of three people;  torture killings of two brothers in 1999 and the 2001 slaying of another man.

As told by Fox Sports:

A Los Angeles County jury convicted Smith, 48, in November of three counts of murder with special circumstances of torture, kidnapping and multiple murders.

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on a fourth murder charge, involving the slaying of Smith’s friend Maurilio Ponce.

Prosecutors said Smith was sentenced to three consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.

They said Smith posed as a police officer to kidnap brothers Ricky and Kevin Nettles from their Los Angeles car wash business on Nov. 10, 1999 before killing them.

Smith was also accused of kidnapping Dennis Henderson on June 24, 2001, from the Mar Vista section of Los Angeles before beating and stabbing him to death.

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Prosecutors said Ponce was lured to an Antelope Valley desert highway in 2008 where he was beaten and shot after a business deal went bad.

No motives were given for the other killings.

The Nettles brothers’ bodies were found about eight miles apart. Both had U-shaped branding burns on their cheeks, and Ricky Nettles had numerous burns across his abdomen and feet.

Prosecutors said Henderson’s body was found in a rental car and had more than 40 non-fatal stab wounds inflicted before his throat was slashed.

This is horrible

 

 

As told by NFL.Com

Appearing Friday on Seattle’s KIRO-AM, general manager John Schneider said he is under the impression that Lynch is leaning toward retirement after a disappointing 2015 season. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added he’s under that impression as well.

Schneider said the Seahawks intend to “treat (Lynch) with as much respect as we possibly can here and give him a little leeway to kind of find his way in terms of what he wants to do.”
Coach Pete Carroll acknowledged early this week that Lynch’s future in Seattle is up in the air.

“It is very clear he’s not going to be a member of the Seahawks for $11.5 million, which is his salary for 2016,” Rapoport explained on Friday’s edition of Around The NFL, adding that Lynch is unlikely to accept a pay cut.

Read more here

It’s always awesome for public figures to take the time to speak to those who looks up to them. Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, joins Steve as they talk to Christina, a single mom, struggling to keep her son, Jonathan, out  of trouble.

“I’m tired of young black men making mothers cry!”

Watch the video below. Ray gets real deep!