12.14.15: ‘Tis the Season

Is it the holidays yet? We’re almost there. In the meantime, let’s enjoy this video teaching us about the sports science of floating as we count down the days!

QUIPS FOR THIS WEEK

NFL

Sunday night football featured the return of the Gronk as the New England Patriots steamrolled the Houston Texans with a 27-6 win.

So about the rest of Week 14… the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Buffalo Bills 23-20, the Washington Redskins defeated the Chicago Bears 24-21, andthe Seattle Seahawks looked strong against the Baltimore Ravens with a 35-6 win while the Denver Broncos struggled in a loss to the Oakland Raiders 12-15. Oh, and the Carolina Panthers  remain undefeated after a dominating win over the Atlanta Falcons 38-0 and the Green Bay Packers collected a good victory over the Dallas Cowboys 28-7.

Monday Night Football features the New York Giants v. the Miami Dolphins at 8:30pm on ESPN.

College Football

Derrick Henry of Alabama was named an AP All-American and is also this year’s winner of the elusive Heisman Trophy.

Also get excited because it’s almost time for the bowl games! Once again, the entire schedule can be found here.

NBA

The streak may be over as the Golden State Warriors lost their 25th game (and 7th game on the road) to the Milwaukee Bucks 95-108 but the Dubs still look mighty impressive at 24-1. The Warriors will be back in action against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

The Washington Wizards will be without Bradley Beal for at least 2 weeks as he recovers from a stress reaction in his fibula.

In other injury news, the Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping/expecting that Kyrie Irving  will return to action soon.

College Basketball

What do you need to know about college basketball this past weekend?

Exams are mostly over so college hoops should be picking up with some games around the holidays before conference play picks up. Next Saturday in particular should be pretty fun as #8 Duke takes on #25 Utah, #10 Virginia plays #9 Villanova and #3 UNC goes up against UCLA.

Soccer

On Saturday in the Premier League, Manchester City scored a 2-1 win against Swansea City, and AFC Bournemouth won 2-1 against Manchester United. On Sunday, the Liverpool/West Bromwich Albion match ended with a 2-2 draw, and Arsenal beat Aston Villa 2-0 to climb to the top of the table.

The UEFA Euro 2016 Group Stage draw is complete, and you can check it out here.

NHL

Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks just keeps scoring. After the Blackhawks’ Sunday night win against the Vancouver Canucks, he extended his points streak to 26 games (surpassing Sidney Crosby’s 25-game streak in 2010-11 for the longest in the league).

In other (almost) record-setting news, the Florida Panthers’ Jaromir Jagr’s next goal will propel him to 4th place on the NHL goals list, over Marcel Dionne.

 

JUST FOR FUN

He’s baaack
Iman Shumpert announced his return to the Cavs’ lineup with this Batman cartoon

STORIES FOR INSIGHTS, COOL FACTOR + DEBATE

Are you ready to rumble?
NBA Predictions
What to expect out of the league’s best teams this season

Reflection
Abby Wambach on retirement
The intersection between Abby the soccer player and the rest of who she is

Open for business
New Yorkers can still access DraftKings and FanDuel
They’re operating under an emergency temporary stay in the state, which will probably last through the end of the year

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