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June 1st, 2020

More cancellations in sports.

The Boston Marathon will not be run this year.

The Basketball Hall of Fame inductions, with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and the late Eddie Sutton among others, will be held in 2021.

Not much in the sports world. UFC saw Gilbert Burns look impressive against former champ Tyron Woodley.

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May 26th 2020

There were sports over the Memorial Day weekend.

Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning edged Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a charity golf event in Florida. Over five million people watched it on TV and the contest raised millions for charity.

Brad Keselowski on the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.

Memorial Day I hope people took a moment to pray for all those that have lost their lives in representing the RED  WHITE & BLUE. 

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May 18th, 2020

I miss my sports! At least we had a little on Sunday.

Kevin Harvick won at Darlington. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson won the charity skins event.

More cancellations. The 2020 Hall of Fame Open and the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Induction Ceremony will not take place this July as a result of COVID-19.

We did get NASCAR back, golf and more UFC. Hopefully more will return soon.

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May 11th, 2020

It was another slow sports week. Fortunately the NFL and UFC kept fans busy.

Justin Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson and Henry Cejudo defeated Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in Jacksonville. It was nice to have a live sporting event.

The NFL schedule was released. The defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs open the season against the Houston Texans in a playoff rematch.

I’m excited as Tom Brady and Drew Brees are scheduled to meet in week one. The Bucs and the Saints should we awesome baby!

Let’s hope we can start the season on time!

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May 4, 2020

Another slow sports week.

A couple of quarterbacks signed contracts. Jameis Winston went to New Orleans while Andy Dalton landed in Dallas.

A major coaching change as Steve Forbes, who won 30 games at East Tennessee State last season, was hired at wake Forest. He took over for Danny Manning.

More cancellations were announced, including the Little League World Series and the NBA Draft lottery.

 

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April 27, 2020

Lots of sports news this week.

Congrats to LSU’s Joe Burrow, the top pick in the NFL draft. He will shine as a Bengal. Chase Young went second to Washington.

There were a handful of trades, including Trent Williams going to the Niners.

News from women’s basketball as Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw retired.

Baseball news as Alex Cora was suspended for the 2020 season.

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April 20th, 2020

Another week of no sports in the books. 
I have been watching concerts on TV. I did see a little of the WNBA draft and was happy for Sabrina Ionescu.
This week will be exciting with the NFL draft.
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April 13, 2020

Some sports news this week. The college basketball awards were announced.

Dayton's Obi Toppin wins the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award over Luka Garza.

Garza won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award for best center; Payton Pritchard won the Bob Cousy Award for best point guard; Myles Powell won the Jerry west Award for best shooting guard; and Villanova’s Saddiq Bey won the Julius Erving Award.

The NFL’s All-Decade Team was also announced. Among the stars from 2010-19 included Tom Brady, Adrian Peterson, Aaron Rodgers and Aaron Donald made the list.

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April 6, 2020

Another tough week for the sports world. A number of events were postponed or cancelled, led by Wimbledon.

One positive was the announcement of the newest class of the Basketball Hall of Fame. The late, great Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens and Patrick Baumann will be inducted in Springfield. Congrats to a great group.

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March 30, 2020

This would have been the week we looked at the Final Four.

Instead we are talking about a virus.

At least there was some sports news. More NFL free agent signings. College basketball players declaring for the draft. Others transferring. Coaching changes. 
Sports figures made major donations towards helping the coronavirus struggle. Drew Bree, Steve Ballmer, LeBron James and Mark Cuban were among the many to give.
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March 23, 2020

While most sports were silenced during the pandemic, the NFL was very busy.

There were plenty of free agent signings, led by Tom Brady going to the Bucs. The Colts added Phllip Rivers, the Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater. The Saints re-signed Drew Brees.

In one day, several big names were traded. DeAndre Hopkins, David Johnson, Stefan Diggs and DeForest Buckner were all dealt.

Others like Todd Gurley were let go and signed elsewhere. Gurley landed in Atlanta.

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March 16th 2020

March 12, 2020 is a day college hoops fans will never forget.

In fact, fans of all sports were shocked by various cancellations.

There was no other choice by the NCAA but to cancel Mach Madness.

My heart goes out to all the players, coaches and fans, etc. that dreamed of being part of this magical tournament. However, this is the time where sports had to take the back seat to the concerns of public health. Salute seniors like Markus Howard of Marquette, Myles Powell of Seton Hall, Payton Pritchard of Oregon and Cassius Winston of Michigan State, who played their last game.

Luka Garza of Iowa was a junior and Obi Toppin of Dayton was a sophomore. They have remaining eligibility, but odds are they will enter the NBA Draft.

I have often said March Madness is one of the greatest sporting events. This year it was sent to the sidelines.

There was other news as Rick Pitino is back on the sidelines. He accepted the Iona job and I believe he will have them as a mid-major power within three years.

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March 9, 2020

I had a blast calling the Kansas-Texas Tech game. Lubbock had an electric atmosphere.

The Jayhawks have the best duo in America in Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike and they led Kansas to the winner’s circle for the 16th straight time.

Tickets were punched for the big dance. Congrats to Utah State, upset winners over San Diego State, and Belmont of the OVC for getting the first two.

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March 2, 2020

I had a blast calling two games this weekend.

The atmosphere at Dayton was incredible. The Flyers extended their win streak to 18, clinching the A-10 regular season title by beating Davidson. Obi Toppin showed why he is a player of the year candidate, dunking, passing, defending, scoring. He was brilliant.

Then we called a great Duke-Virginia game. The Cavs moved to within a game of first in the ACC. It was a defensive duel and Jay Huff has a special performance, scoring and blocking shots. His 12 rejections were two short of Ralph Sampson’s school record.

Duke was held to a season-low 50 points.

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February 24, 2020

It was an exciting sports weekend.

Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State saw long win streaks snapped. Kansas got a big win at Baylor, led by Uduoka Azuibuike with 23 points and 19 rebounds. BYU blew out Gonzaga while UNLV handed the Aztecs their first loss of the season.

I called the Florida-Kentucky game and I love going to Rupp Arena. Big Blue Nation is such a passionate fan base.

Tyson Fury was so impressive in a seventh round TKO over Deontay Wilder.

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February 17, 2020

It was a busy basketball weekend.

The NBA All-Star game in Chicago had many memorable moments.

Team LeBron and Team Giannis put on a show.

The dunk contest had controversy with Derrick Jones Jr. of Miami beating Aaron Gordon of Orlando. Buddy Hield won the three-point shooting contest while Bam Adebayo won the Skills Challenge.

In college hoops, I called Duke’s impressive win over Notre Dame. Vernon Carey was impressive inside.

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February 10, 2020

It was a very powerful, emotional and historic day as Robert Montgomery returned to Assembly Hall for the first time since September 10 , 2000!

Now Indiana needs to put a statue in from of Assembly Hall to honor The General.

Meanwhile I enjoyed calling the game which saw Purdue get a big road win.

The NBA trade deadline had a lot of activity. Among the players moving included Andrew Wiggins, Andre Drummond, Andre Iguodala, Marcus Morris, D’Angelo Russell, Clint Capela, Jae Crowder and John Henson.

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February 3, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl in Miami

It was great for Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes and the comeback kids. They rallied from 20-10 down to prevail.

Congrats to the new class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Edgerrin James, Steve Atwater, Steve Hutchinson, Troy Polamalu and Isaac Bruce are worthy of the honor.

I had a great time at The Phog calling Kansas’ win over Texas Tech. Both teams are so well-coached.

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January 27th, 2020

The entire Sports World mourning the passing of Kobe and those with him in the helicopter crash including his 13 year old girl Gianna. What a terrible tragedy.

 

I was very impressed watching the number one team in America, the Baylor Bears. Scott Drew’s team was impressive in a win at Florida.

The Bears play hard on both ends of the court. They are outstanding defensively and do a great job on the offensive glass. Freddie Gillespie is one of the best stories in college basketball. He came from Division III Carleton College to become a factor.

I believe Baylor is a legitimate Final Four contender.

The Australian Open has had some drama. Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios winning dramatic four=hour matches. Serena Williams was upset in the third round. It is the first major of the year.

One week til the Super Bowl. I like Kansas City to win the game.

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January 20, 2020

The Tennessee Titans have become a huge story. Beating the Patriots and Ravens in consecutive weeks is special.

Derrick Henry has been putting up monster numbers. The Titan defense has been making big plays, including stopping Lamar Jackson twice on fourth-and-one plays.

Then there was Kansas City. The Texans led by 24 points, only to give up 51 and lose by 20.

College basketball saw a lot of great moments. Clemson snapped a 0-59 streak at Chapel hill, winning at North Carolina. Baylor won for the first time at Allen Field House, impressively beating Kansas. Syracuse won at Virginia after being humiliated by the Cavs earlier in the season.

I called the Memphis-South Florida game. Great to see Penny Hardaway and Brian Gregory. It was a tough loss for USF, which had a 14-point lead in the second half.

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Quote of the Week

“We need to take this Coronavirus seriously. Listen to the experts."

-Dick Vitale