The 2-9 Seattle Seahawks may have gotten their running game back in order, but they still seem like a bird in the pan for the 7-4 Dallas Cowboys. Wide receiver Terrell Owens exploded for 213 yards and a TD last week after being held to under 83 yards for the last five games. Romo has led the Cowboys to back-to-back Thanksgiving day wins, by an average of over 29 points. With their starting QB back on the field, the Cowboys seem poised to make a run for a playoff spot.
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The Celtics and Bruins are at the top of their leagues, and Boston fans face a tough decision on which game to watch tonight. The Bruins are six points ahead of division rival Montreal, and share the Eastern Conference lead with the New York Rangers (with three games in hand). The Celtics have 5.5 games on the Philadelphia 76ers in the Atlantic division, and a 1.5 game lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins will face off against the Sabres in Buffalo at 7:00pm. The Black and Gold look to continue their reign as the NHL’s best in goals against, facing a team that they have already dominated twice this season.
The Celtics tip off against the Golden State Warriors at the Garden at 7:30pm. The C’s have won their last five, and are looking to secure their second 6-game winning steak of the young season. Golden State looks to break a 3-game losing streak, and have bested the reigning champion Celtics 4 of the last 5 times the teams have met.
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The 10-1 Tennessee Titans will face the 0-11 Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving. The Lions, a turkey-day football staple, have struggled mightily this season. Despite a solid season so far from young gun Calvin Johnson (48 catches for 905 yards, 18.9 avg per, 8 tds) the Lions have been plagued by injuries. Quarterback John Kitna’s season ended early, and second-string QB went down with a thumb injury, and the previously-retired Daunte Culpepper was ineffective as a replacement. To add insult to injury, Culpepper’s replacement Drew Stanton left the last Lions game with a concussion.
Despite losing their last game, Tennessee has lived up to the name of Titans this season. The Titans have bested the Jaguars (twice), Vikings, Ravens, Colts, Packers, and have only lost to the steaking New York Jets. Veteran QB Kerry Collins has has helped lead Tennessee to their best start in team history. The Titans are currently tied with the New York Giants for the best record in the NFL at 10-1.
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is on pace to break Dan Marino’s single-season passing yards record. Brees has already thrown for 3,574 yards, and has 5 more games to reach Marino’s record of 5,084. His big night on Monday brought him even closer. Brees was 20-26 with 323 passing yards and four touchdowns. The New Orleans dominated the Green Bay Packers 51- 29, including a Saint’ franchise record 54th touchdown by veteran running back Deuce McAllister.
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The 1-10 Washington Wizards have fired head coach Eddie Jordan. The Wizards’ director of player development Ed Tapscott has been selected to coach the team on an interim basis. The Wizards have struggled so far this year, without star Gilbert Arenas and role-player Brendan Haywood. Tapscott will make his coaching debut against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night at the Verizon Center in DC.
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One positive thing seems to have come out of the September 19th plane crash that killed four people and seriously injured DJ AM and Travis Barker. Barker’s old friends and fellow Blink 182 members Mark Hoppus and Tom Delonge have reconnected since the tragedy. Hoppus commented on the situation on his blog:
” ‘Does this mean a Blink-182 reunion?’ The answer is none of us know. We haven’t talked about it at all. Right now it’s just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect and let the past be the past. The events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. Life is too short.”
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On Sunday the Arizona Cardinals attempted something that had not been successfully pulled off since 1968 – a free kick field goal. Players, fans, coaches, and even the refs seemed to be confused about the specifics as it was occurring. Although rare, the free kick can be a useful way to parlay a bad punt into three fast points.
A team may attempt a free kick after fielding a ball on a fair catch (even if the clock runs out during the kicking play). The kicker may not use a tee, and the defense must stay back ten yards from the line of scrimmage. Cards kicker Neil Rackers failed in his attempt, and the New York Giants finished the first half with a 17-12 lead (in a game they would ultimately win.
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USA Today Sports Weekly recently released a list ranking all MLB franchises by a number of criteria (including on-field performance and front office business). The Boston Red Sox secured the top spot; thanks in part to five postseason trips in the past two years, two World Series titles, one rookie of the year and multiple Cy Young Award candidates, a healthy mix of high profile veterans and successful home-grown rookies, and maintaining and improving Fenway Park. The ownership group, helmed by John Henry, Tom Werner, and Larry Lucchino, has turned the Red Sox into a very successful brand name.
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Outkast’s Andre 3000 and Big Boi are nearly done prepping their new solo albums. After those albums are out the door, the duo have plans to work on a new Outkast record. It what would be the first true Outkast album since 2000′s Stankonia (Speakerboxx/The Love Below essentially being solo albums for each member packaged together). No timetable for touring or a release has been announced.
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