Besides actual games today, there hasn’t been much news in the world of sports, but let’s look at some stories anyways:
Brady Named NFL MVP: Not surprisingly, Tom Brady was named NFL MVP for the first time in his career. Brady had one of the greatest seasons by a quarterback in NFL history. He had a single-season NFL record 50 touchdown passes, a league-leading 4806 yards passing, and only 8 interceptions. He also led the league in completion percentage and passer rating at 68.9% and 117.2 respectively. He received 49 of 50 votes with Brett Farve receiving the other vote (likely from a Green Bay reporter). Brady led the Patriots to a perfect regular season and hopes to continue into he playoffs
Wild Card Weekend: The Redskins visited the Seahawks and Jacksonville travelled to Pittsburgh in the two wild card games today. In the first game, the Seahawks led the Redskins 13-0 entering the fourth quarter when the game became a circus. 2:22 into the 4th quarter, the Redskins had taken a 14-13 lead and recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. After Washington kicker missed a 30 yard field goal, Seattle drove down the field, scored, and completed a 2-point conversion to take a 21-14 lead. When Redskins QB Todd Collins threw his first interception of the year, Marcus Trufant took it 78 yards back for a touchdown. Another interception by Collins with 30 seconds left in the game ended it. The Seahawks defeat the Redskins 35-14. In the other Wild Card game today, the Jaguars have used an interception return for a touchdown and a 96 yard kickoff return to give themselves a 21-7 lead at the half. Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw 3 interceptions in the first half and he is going to need to have a great second half for Pittsburgh to stay in this game.
College Basketball Galore: Saturday means a lot of college basketball games. Kansas dominated Boston College 85-60. Oregon upset Arizona 84-74, proving that both teams are terrible. Oregon has had a brutal beginning to the season, losing multiple easy games, while Arizona has had just as weak a start. Butler beat Valparaiso 73-65 in a battle of Horizon league heavyweights. It is a great resume win for Butler, but I expect both these teams to make a big impact in the NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt stayed undefeated by beating UMass 97-88. Normally, a victory over Massachusetts wouldn’t mean much, but the Minutemen have a good team and will be very competitive in the A-10. In the one game between ranked teams today, number 14 Texas showed its strength with a 81-62 victory over 24 St. Mary’s. St Mary’s has cracked the Top 25 twice this year, but the Longhorns dominated St. Mary’s and they will need a couple of good victories to get back into it.
As I said, very few stories today, but lots of good games. Back tomorrow with more.