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Watch: High school football player’s epic post game interview

Lauren Mickler, of TWC News Austin, was part of one of the greatest post game interviews that the world has ever seen. Apollos Hester, wide receiver for East View High School in Georgetown, Texas, was asked by Mickler how the game went, and his reply was truly inspirational. Watch the complete interview and feel inspired for yourself. This interview took place after East View defeated...
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Terrell Suggs fined by NFL for wearing gladiator helmet before game

AP Photo/Nick Wass The NFL has confirmed that it has fined Terrell Suggs for wearing a gladiator helmet during the Baltimore Ravens pre-game warmups. “I thought we needed a boost,” Suggs said. “We couldn’t afford to start slow.” The fine stems from the Ravens Thursday night match up against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which the Ravens won 26 to 6. Suggs will be fined $5,512...
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Watch: Brian Hartline celebrates touchdown with golf shot

Brian Hartline golf celebration https://t.co/ORfiqudJnh — gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 21, 2014 Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill in the third quarter of the Dolphins 34-15 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs, and Hartline’s TD celebration was an instant classic. After scoring the touchdown, Hartline pulled...
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10 Greatest NFL Players that Retired Too Early

(Credit: playmakeronline.com) The NFL is  a violent sport, so it shouldn’t be any wonder that the average career length is a mere 3.5 years. It also isn’t surprising that some players decide to retire early, unwilling to press their luck and risk serious injury for the chance to earn more cash.  It isn’t worth it sometimes — even if a player avoids the big injury, all...
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Dallas Cowboys win at the Edward Jones Dome

Caption (credit: www.dubsism.wp.com) The Dallas Cowboys roared into the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri fully intent on leaving with a 2-1 record. DeMarco Murray fumbled the ball away again to start off the first drive, that is three in three games, his total fumbles now equal last year’s season totals. Tony Romo threw a pick six and things were looking gloomy for the...
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WATCH: Mark Wahlberg leaves Robert Kraft hanging

Actor Mark Wahlberg was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Growing up in Massachusetts, Wahlberg become a Patriots fan. When you’re a celebrity, you get special treatment and during today’s Raiders at Patriots game, Wahlberg is sitting with Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. After a second quarter touchdown to Rob Gronkowski, Kraft looked to celebrate with none other than Mark Wahlberg...
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WATCH: Andy Dalton catches touchdown on trick play

After today’s Bengals vs Titans game, a few more defensive coordinators might be asking “who is that number 14 on the field catching touchdowns?” For the second straight week, the Bengals ran a trick play that worked to perfection. Last week, it was a pass from receiver Mohammad Sanu to Brandon Tate for 50-yards. This week, it was Sanu on a 18-yard pass to quarterback Andy...
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Three things to watch: Patriots vs Raiders

1. How will Stevan Ridley follow up his Week Two performance? Against the Minnesota Vikings, Stevan Ridley rushed for 101 yards on 25 carries and scored a touchdown. His performance earned him a nomination to be the FedEx Ground running back of the week. The Oakland Raiders are ranked 32nd in Week Three’s Power Rankings, and they are ranked 32nd in rush defense, allowing 200 rushing...
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Illinois offers free tickets after football game’s delay

During today’s Texas State at Illinois game, there was a lightning delay that lasted nearly two hours. During the delay, the University of Illinois’ Twitter page offered free attendance to anyone who showed up at the gates following the delay. Just to confirm, when we resume play ANYONE and EVERYONE will be allowed in Memorial Stadium. You do not need a ticket. #Freefootball...
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Preview – week 3 Dallas vs St Louis

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) This week’s preview will feature the Cowboys vs the Rams. Sunday’s match up at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis will begin at 12 noon Central Time/10am Pacific Time. This will be the third game of the season and only one team will escape the battle with a 2-1 record. The Cowboys will be without defensive end Anthony Spencer and it looks...
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Rock Solid: Top 5 fantasy defenses and special teams for week 3

Dont’a Hightower tackles Cordarrelle Patterson during the Patriots win over the Vikings (Ann Heisenfelt/AP Photo) Some fantasy owners got a great surprise during week 2 of the NFL when the Patriots and the Bills both scored more than 20 points, according to ESPN standard scoring.  While the Seahawks and Saints really disappointed by scoring -1 and 1 point respectively.  I had...
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Murray leads the league

Caption (credit: www.fancloud.com) DeMarco Murray has feasted on the St. Louis defense in his two prior games against the Rams. The best two individual days of his career have been in games where he dominated the Rams’ defense. In two meetings Murray rushed for 253 and 175 yards, that is an average of 214 yards per game against St. Louis. Nothing St. Louis has done so far this...
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Atlanta Falcons have record setting game against Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AP Photo Thursday Night Football was a night of record breaking for the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons beat down on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won 56 to 14. What were the Falcons able to do against the Buccaneers during this nationally televised game? Devin Hester broke Deion Sander’s record for most return touchdowns in NFL history with 20. Matt Ryan, before being taken out in...
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Watch: Devin Hester sets return touchdown record

Devin Hester returned a punt 62 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to break Deion Sanders record for most return touchdowns in NFL History. Hester, who before Thursday night’s game was tied with Sanders, had 19 total touchdowns, 13 punt return touchdowns, five kick off return touchdowns and one missed field goal returned for a touchdown. Earlier in the game, Hester had a 20...
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Concerning the Giants defense

(Credit: rsenetwork.net) I had high hopes for the Big Blue’s defense this year. I honestly thought they would find a way to slow down  Calvin Johnson. I also thought they would fin a way to pressure second-string quarterback Drew Stanton in New York’s home opener. This was going to be the season that the defensive backfield wasn’t a liability, with veterans at every position...
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Steve Smith, Sr. trolls Ray Rice about elevator on Twitter

With all of the negative things popping up in the NFL world this week, from more domestic violence cases to child abuse, one player decided to shed some comedic positive light on the situation. By now, everyone knows that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice KO’ed his wife in an elevator. That is, unless you live in a cave. Current Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr...
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Solitary Confinement: Sherman Redefines Shutdown Corner

t’s lonely being the best. Just ask Richard Sherman, who spent the week one game against Green Bay all by himself on the left side of the field. Well, not entirely. He had Jarrett Boykin to keep him company. Boykin was tasked as the sacrificial lamb, lined up against Sherman almost every snap. He ran his assigned routes but never received a pass from Aaron Rodgers. In fact, no...
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College Football Top 25 Upset Alerts: Week 4

Here are four match-ups for week 4 to keep an eye on that might be a lot closer than you think:  4.  No. 5 Auburn @ No. 22 Kansas State Jonathan Ford photo by AP Photo, Jake Waters photo by USA Today No. 5 Auburn faces their biggest challenge yet as they go into Bill Snyder Family Stadium to take on the 20th ranked Kansas State Wildcats in what might be the biggest game in the...
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Under Center: Top 5 Fantasy Quarterbacks for Week 3

12 percent of teams that start 0-2 make the playoffs. This is a stat that I’ve heard a number of times this past week, and it captures the NFL after week 2 pretty well.  We’re still a long way from this season being over, but teams that start the year 0-2 usually are who we thought they were — a team that won’t make the playoffs. But look at it from a fantasy perspective...
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The Cowboys Quiet Game

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) There is a side show that no one seems to talk about in Dallas and I call it the Quiet Game. While we all talk about the offenses’ big play potential and the defense’s improvements, we seldom ever have to talk about the kicking portion of the Cowboy’s game. Dan Bailey has been terrific since he won the job from former athletic kicker...
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Over the middle: Top 5 wide receivers Week Three

1. Brandon Marshall AP Photo If you were one of the unlucky Fantasy Football players who kept Brandon Marshall on your bench that week, then you were very unlucky. Here is the best tip that you will ever get for Week Three, DON’T SIT MARSHALL AGAINST THE JETS. According to ESPN, Marshall is averaging approximately 20 points per game, which is ranks him third among all NFL receivers...
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In the backfield: Top five fantasy running backs of Week 3

Week 2 provided quite the shake up in the fantasy world, and the running backs were affected drastically.  You have backups who are now starters, and even backups who are outshining their starting counterparts, giving fantasy owners fits across the nation.  We’ll do our best to walk you through it, because in these times when you feel like the world is against you and you’re...
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Down the Seam: Top 5 Fantasy tight ends for Week 3

Last week was killer for tight ends in fantasy leagues around the world. Some guys were lucky and started names like Antonio Gates and Delanie Walker,  who were nowhere on fantasy radars – and names like Vernon Davis and Rob Gronkowski were held relatively in check. Lets hope this week is better for our top five guys! 5. Martellus Bennett #455467370 / gettyimages.com Bennett...
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The Lone Star Wave

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) With Rod Marinelli’s “wave defense” the Dallas Cowboys, after two games, have turned the tides on opposing offenses. This squad plays with an intensity that was not seen with last season’s group of defenders. I have said all along, this summer until now, that this is not only going to be a wave defense, this will be the Tsunami defense...
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WATCH: Skydiver lands at midfield in Ralph Wilson Stadium before game

(Credit: ESPN) Sunday afternoon was electric for the Buffalo Bills, and their fans. Jim Kelly was on hand and received a standing ovation from the crowd, and there was excitement in the air before the game against the Miami Dolphins following the Bills’ huge road win at Chicago week one. Too add to the festivities, a skydiver took to the air, and landed right at midfield of Ralph...
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