Living the Dream with Ryan Spadola

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to catch a pass from an NFL quarterback or to play football against players you grew up idolizing on TV? It sounds like something we only dream of when playing football with our friends in our back yard. For Ryan Spadola this dream is a reality. Ryan Spadola is from Howell, New Jersey and is currently signed as a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. On Ryan’s most recent trip back home I was able to catch up with him and get a look inside the life of an NFL player.

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Like most kids, Ryan’s football journey started in his back yard with his friends.  Ryan’s Dad introduced him to the Howell Pop Warner League when he was very young. Surprisingly enough, Ryan admitted to me that “At first, football practice was something that I dreaded.”  In his tenure with the Howell Pop Warner League, Ryan was able to play on many championships teams.  This sparked his interest and carried him into playing football at Freehold Township High School.  In Ryan’s high school career, he lettered in track and football where he set the school’s single season reception record with 44 receptions.  In track, Spadola was just as good, breaking records in the Javelin and other events like the 55, 200, 400 meter runs. Spadola also became a member of New Jersey’s top 100 superstar athletes and the top 170 Athletes in the country. For Spadola “playing football and track was just for fun”. The NFL was just a dream he had in the back of his mind. When Ryan graduated high school in 2009 he was not offered a scholarship to play in college. This would have crushed most people, but not Ryan. He told me that “not getting a scholarship gave me the fuel I needed to prove people wrong, something I’ve been doing my whole career.”  Ryan speculates that he didn’t get a scholarship because people didn’t think he could perform on the next level.  Ryan said that this opportunity gave him “the extra drive I needed to have those breakout seasons and make it to the NFL.”  At Lehigh University, Ryan thrived, breaking the records for both single season receiving yards and reception yards.  By the end of his career at Lehigh, Ryan was second all-time in career receptions and yards.  All of Ryan’s hard work paid off when he was signed by the Jets in 2013. During the preseason, Spadola continued the pattern that he started in high school and lead the Jets in receptions. Ryan ended the preseason with a bang when he had a 70 year catch and run which led to a game winning field goal. When I asked what it was like to play in a game in the NFL, Ryan simply said “the feeling is indescribable”. As a member of both the Jets and the Dolphins, Ryan has had the opportunity to play against players like Packman Jones, Darrelle Revis and AJ Green, but Spadola says that the coolest thing about being a Pro is “being able to give back and be a role model for kids that are in the same position I was in.”

I would like to thank Mr. Spadola for doing this interview with me.  I wish him the best of luck in years to come and I hope to see his name on the ProBowl roster someday.  He truly is living the dream.

 

 

Cool videos

See Ryan’s ESPN special.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9960044

More moves from Ryan Spadola

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snsnOAVHkkQ

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Do you know your Stars and Stripes who struck Gold in Sochi?

Hello my fellow Americans, welcome to another Olympic edition of Fanaticsport. In the 9 days since the start of winter Olympic s  there has been a lot of amazing moments for the USA .  In this post I twill give you a recap of all the gold medals for the U.S. A. thus far. We only have four gold medals but don’t fret America we are in second place in medals over all take a look.

 

Gold medalists for America

Sage Katzenberg Men’s Slope style (skiing)

 On February 8th   Sage Katzenberg became the first Gold Medalist of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Katzenberg put the USA in the lead in the Gold Mental category with his performance in the Slope Style.  The   Slope style is an event where snow boarders go off jumps and perform tricks in an attempt to score the highest point total. Each snowboarder gets awarded points by a panel of judges, for style and difficulty of the snowboarders run. On Katzenberg’s first run he was able to score 93.50. This score was able to hold up and won him the first gold medal of the 2014 Olympics.

Sage Kotsenburg

 

 

Jamie Anderson woman’s slope style

  On February 9th Jamie Anderson made history for the U.S.A team.  Anderson took home the gold in one of Sochi’s newest events, the woman’s slope style. On Jamie Anderson’s gold medal run she scored 95.25 beating out sliver medalist from Finland, Enni Rukajarvi by almost three points.

 

Joss Christensen Men’s Slope Style

Joss Christensen helps the U.S.A complete the sweep of the podium in the Men’s slope style on Friday.  Just like in the Women’s slope style the men are scored on difficulty and style.  On his gold medal-winning run, he scored 95.8 points. He also shared the podium with fellow Americans Gus Kentworthy and Nicholas Goepper. This became the U.S.A.’s first sweep of the podium since 2002, and America third sweep of all time. This is probably one of the greatest stories from the 2014 Winter Olympics because his Father died in August and Christensen dedicated his gold medal run to his father.

 

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Kaitlyn Farrington Woman’s half pipe

On Wednesday February 12, Kaitlyn Farrington brought home the gold in the in Woman’s half Pipe.  A competitor can earn points in the half pipe the same way you do in the other events. Each contestant is scored on the style difficulty and height of their jump.   Farrington scored 91.75 to upset two former gold medalist, Torah Bright and Kelly Clark.   It was an amazing run.   Its in another language but check out the run.

 

Shout out

To the USA hockey team, for there 3-2 win over Russia today.

 

Cool videos

The stars of the winter Olympics revile their tricks

 

goal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s it for this edition of Fanaticsport. Be on the lookout for my next post when I interview a mysterious  sport star!   Be sure to fallow me on twitter @Fanaticsport_.  until next time USA USA USA!!!!  Fanaticsport out .

 

 

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Follow America chase for the podium in Sochi

The last time the Olympics were held on Russian soil was in the 1980 summer Olympics. These games came in the midst of the cold war. The USA National team didn’t not attend these games out of protest of Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan.  USA and Russia has since then buried the hatchet, and in 2014 the Olympics are being Held in Sochi  Russia.

What’s new for these games?

This year the winter games have some new events. These events include the men and  women’s halfpipe, the ski slope style and snowboarding slopestyle. One of the most exciting new events this year will be the girls hockey tournament. Its going to be so awesome!

Favorite’s for the Winter Olympics

The Boston Globe gives a synopsis of the top American competitors to watch in the 2014 Olympics. To view this list click on the following link  http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/03/americans-watch-winter-olympics/o9tJopHhUKG73tjZKsYrMN/story.html

Olympic Schedule

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If you want  a complete schedule  click here.

 

http://www.sochi2014.com/en

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cool trailer

 

 

 

 

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oddest Super Bowl ever !!!

 Hey sports fans, welcome to another edition of Fanaticsport. I hope you all enjoyed the Super Bowl last night. In this post I will give you a quick recap of the game just in case you missed it. I will also give you my thoughts on what makes this Super Bowl one the oddest games in the history of the NFL.  

 

 

Game summary   

Super Bowl 48 started off started off with a bang. Twelve-seconds into the game there was a rare miscommunication between Payton Manning and his offensive line, and this caused the ball to be snapped unexpectedly,  The ball was then recovered in the end zone for a safety. With the safety, the Seahawks took a 2-0 lead over the Broncos, With This safety the Seahawks  broke the record for the quickest points scored in a Super Bowl. On the ensuing drive, the Seahawks were able to score a field goal to go up 5-0. At this point the Broncos were sill in the game, they just needed one touchdown and they would be back in business. Unfortunately the Broncos couldn’t get anything going offensively. By the end of the first quarter the Seahawks l  8-0. 

In second quarter it was still all Seahawks. On their first drive of the second quarter the Seahawks were able to score their first touchdown of the night on a one yard  pass to Marshawn Lynch, making the score 15-0 after the extra point. The Bronco’s offense looked like it was heating up on their next drive. The Bronco’s drove all the way down to the Seahawks 35 yard line.  The Bronco’s finally looked like they were going to score and cut into the Seahawks lead.   On the next play the Broncos tried to set up a screen pass to Knowshon Moreno. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Malcolm Smith was able to Intercept this pass and return it for a 69-yard touchdown.  The Seahawks took a 22-point lead going into halftime.

At half time the coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll, stressed that the game was not over and that the Seahawks still had to keep up the intensity.  The Seahawks did exactly what their coach told them to do. Percy Harvin returned the opening kick of the second half 87 yards for the touchdown. With this touchdown the Seahawks became the first team since the 1940 Bears to score in the first minute of each half in a playoff game. The defensive problems continued for the Broncos, with less than two minutes to go in the third quarter, The Seahawks scored again increasing their lead to 36 points. The Bronco’s were able to end the quarter on a high note, scoring a touchdown and completing the two point conversion to make the score 36-8.   In the fourth quarter The Seahawks added insult to injury scoring one more touchdown and than running out the clock to win the game 43-8.

Did Denver just have a bad game or is Seattle just that good? 

     I think that this game was a combination of both these things. Let’s not forget that Denver had the number one offense in the league.  According to Elise sports bureau  “ The Bronco’s recorded the second-highest scoring average in NFL history during the 2013 regular season. Denver scored an average of 37.9 points per game this season, a mark exceeded by only the 1950 Los Angeles Rams (38.8).”  So as you can see, the Bronco’s are not a bad team by any means. The Seattle Defense just played extremely well last night. If you recall from my last post I said that the Seahawks would have to rely heavily on there secondary and their defensive line to put pressure on Manning. I thought if they could do that they would win. The Seahawks were able to do just what I predicted.  They put so much pressure on Manning that he had no time to read the defense, this forced him to make bad choices and throw interceptions. The amazing thing about that is they put all that pressure on Manning with just four down linemen. In other words they didn’t blitz the whole game, that’s what makes them so good and allows them to cause so many turnovers. I think it’s safe to say they broke the Omaha code.        

 

 

Top 5 Super bowl commercials of 2014

 

  1. I want wings like that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ns-p0BdUB5o

 

 

 4.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5192E9Pnfo 

 

Seinfeld!

 

3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhmpTxLhqzU

 

Tebow

2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTaH-OtUv94

 

1. This guys a real hero. 

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7L5QByvXOQ&src_vid=wuSjsLA9Jdo&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_870538141

 That’s it for this post. Be sure to keep a look out for my Olympic converge.

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Can you break the Omaha code?

Hey sports fans! Welcome to a special Super Bowl edition of Fanaticsport. In this post I will go over everything you need to know so that you can look like a stud at your Super Bowl party.

 

                This year the Super Bowl is in my backyard at MetLife stadium in New Jersey.    This is the first time in the history of the NFL that the Super Bowl will be played in a cold weather climate. In 19731973 Tulane Stadium  in Louisiana set the record for the coldest Super bowl ever  played, at 39 degrees Fortunately for both teams, This the weather is supposed to be in the some where in the forties by game time. Even if the temp did fall to under 39 degrees the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos are no strangers to the cold.

  Before I go into who I think is going to win, Let me first explain the strengths and weakness of each team.   

 

The cover ages

 

The Denver Broncos mainly run a for three defense this means that there are three linemen and four line backers, as shown in the picture below.      

 

 

 

  This coverage only works if the defensive line is able to create holes in the offensive line. Once that happens this defense is really hard to stop because of the overwhelming pressure that the linebackers cause. This pressure will be key in containing a mobile quarterback like Russell Wilson.  Now the four three is not the only Defensive package they use this just one of the main staples of their defense

 

 

Defensive coverage for the Seahawks

 

 The   Seattle Seahawks run a 4/3 hybrid this means they use both this means they can ether have  3 down linemen and four line backer’s but the can change it based on how much pressure or coverage they need.  If I were the coach  I would  run more of the 3/4 because the more line backers you have the harder  it will be  for Payton  Manning to throw the ball .  Through the season this hybrid defense has been really successful. They are the number one defense in the game they all so lead the league in interceptions with 28.

 

 

 

  Offensives Schemes

 

Denver

 

 

Denver’s offense does not have a set offensive sachem. This is partly because of the brain of Payton Manning. When he gets up to the line reads the defense, like any other Quarterback would do. What’s different about Manning is in almost every play he yells the words Omaha, Omaha. Now this could mean a number of things. He could be calling an audible or calling out coverage’s or it could just be a dummy call. This is just one facet of the Bronco’s offense. All of this happens before the ball is snapped.   Once the ball is snapped, Denver is even better. They use star running backs     Knowshon Moreno and Montee Ball to run up the middle and tire out the defensive line. This allows for the Broncos to set up the play action pass and set up screen passes.  Then when you least expect it, Denver takes a shot down field, this is what makes Denver the number one offence in the game.   

 

Seattle

 

What makes the Seattle Seahawks offense so effective is their quarterback Russell Wilson’s ability to extend plays by moving the ball outside the pocket.  When Wilson runs the ball he averages 5.6 yards per carry. When Wilson is out of the pocket he is able to read the defense better. This helps him find holes in the defense and score touchdowns. Russell   Wilson is smart. He doesn’t run unnecessarily. Out of Wilson’s 27 touchdowns only one of them was a rushing touchdown.  Wilson leaves most of the running to Marshawn Lynch.  They call him the beast and with good reason, Lynch averages about 4.2 yard per carry,  in the post season he is averaging about five.  With Russell Wilson at the helm along with Lynch and star reserves like   Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin the Seahawks are really hard to beat.

 

Keys to the game

 

 

Denver

 

If Denver wants to win the Super Bowl they will have to start with the offensive line. Most people would say that the game lies in the hands of Payton Manning but if he has no time to read the defense and throw the ball, the Denver Broncos offense is crippled.

 

 

 

Seahawks

 

 The key for the Seahawks to win this game falls on the secondary of the Seahawks.  The secondary  nicknamed  “ the legion of boom”  for their hard hitting play. As a group will have to find a way to put pressure on Manning and create turnovers. If they can do that they will win the game.

 

 

My thoughts

 

I think that the Seattle Seahawks will be able to finally break the Omaha code think that Richard Sherman will be able to finally prove that he is the best corner in the game. I think that the Seahawks offense is going to be too much for the defense of the Broncos. Those two reasons are why I think the Seahawks will win 28-21.

 

Cool videos

 

 Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aREc7fcUhrc

 

 

Bad lip reading part 2. Lol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRqKYXcL-2U

 

 

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AFC and NFC Championship!

Hey sports fans! Welcome back to the NFL playoff edition of Fanaticsport. In this post I will be giving you my thoughts on the AFC and NFC Championship games

 

The NFC Championship game

Patriots vs. Broncos

Coming into this game the biggest question mark was the Denver Broncos defense. We all know that Payton Manning has one of the best strategic minds in football history. He can go up against any team in the league and find holes in the defense giving him a way to win the game. The one Achilles heel of this Bronco’s team has been their defense.  Against the San Diego Charges the defense played well, only allowing 3.6 yards per carry. They did however let the Chargers gain 7.5 yards per pass. In the fourth quarter the Chargers relied heavily on their passing game to stage a comeback, pulling within a touchdown of the Broncos.   Fortunately for the Broncos, they were able to hold onto the lead and win the game 24-17. After that game, the biggest question I had was, if the Broncos allowed the Chargers to come back, how would they fair against a team with more offensive weapons like the Patriots. Well, the Denver defense came to play on Sunday.  They held Tom Brady and the Patriots offense to only three points through 3 quarters with the Patriots only touchdown coming with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter  .  They also held Tom Brady to only 256 yards through the air and only 64 yards rushing.  Once again Payton Manning had a field day throwing for 400 yards.  Peyton did an amazing job of spreading the football around, every single receiver on that offense had at least one catch in that game.   Denver’s all around great day both offensively and defensively powered them to Super Bowl with a 26- 16 win.

 

AFC championship

 

San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks

I saved this game for last because it was, in my option, the best of the two games. The last time these two teams met, the 49ers were embarrassed by the Seahawks 29-3. In round two, the 49ers were out for revenge. The 49ers came on strong right out of the gate, scoring three points on their first drive.  The Niners were able to build on that lead taking a ten nothing lead with 10 minutes left in the half. The Seahawks were able to score three before the end of the half to cut the 49ers lead down to seven.

 

In the second half, things began to heat up. With 9 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter the Seahawks were still down by 7 and needed to change the momentum of the game. So Pete Carroll gambled and decided to go for it on fourth and twelve.  It paid off. Running back Marshawn Lynch took the hand-off and ran 40 yards to a Seahawks touchdown. After the extra point, the score was tied 10-10, but this lead didn’t hold up for long. Three minutes later Colin Kaepernick threw a 26 yd Pass to Anquan Boldin to take the lead 17-10 . The Seahawks were able to tack on three more. Going into the fourth quarter the score was 17-13.   The Seahawks must have made some changes during the quarter break because two minutes into the fourth quarter, Russell Wilson threw a bomb to Jermaine Kearse for a touchdown. After the extra point the Seahawks lead 20-17.  The game came down to the last drive. Kaepernick and the 49ers offense drove down the field.  The game came down to one play from the Seahawks 18 yard line. Colin Kaepernick dropped back into the shot gun and threw a pass intended for Michel Crabtree. It was intercepted by  cornerback  Richard Sherman. This secured the win for the Seahawks. Off the turn over, the Seahawks  were able to  score three to win the game 23-17. My hat off to the 49ers. I thought it would be a blow out. The teams were neck and neck in almost every category.

Take a look.

 

Total Yards

308

308

Yards per play

5.7

5.3

Total Drives

11

11

Passing

147

193

Comp – Att

14-24

16-25

Yards per pass

6.1

7.7

Interceptions thrown

2

0

Sacks – Yards Lost

2-6

4-22

Rushing

161

115

 

The only category that wasn’t neck and neck was the passing yards. Over all, it was a amazing game.

 

 

After the game antics

 

After the game, Richard Sherman went to go shake hands with Crabtree. Crabtree wouldn’t shake his hand, Sherman being really hyped up, made a choking sign to Crabtree who then and pushed Sherman’s head away. In a post game interview, Sherman went on a rant about how he was the best in the game. Now everyone’s judging him and calling him a Thug. I think everyone needs to remember that it takes two to be in a argument and there are things that were said that the public are not privy to.   I’m going to post the first interview and his press conference, you decide whether he’s a thug or not.

 

Interview 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsfobrgccOg

Interview 2.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5q2ny2fpzVc

 

Cool videos

 

Wow this is amazing.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6XUVjK9W4o

 

Only in England.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HW4J-RiCZ2Q

That’s it for this post. be sure to keep an eye out for my next post on the Super Bowl. See you next time.

 

 

 

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2014 BCS Championship

 
 
Hey sports fans! Welcome to another edition of Fanaticsport. In this post I will be covering the BCS game. Last year,  if you recall, the BCS game was between Alabama and my favorite team Notre Dame. Unfortunately for me, I picked Notre Dame to win and they got crushed.  In 2014 I’m hoping to redeem myself. This year,  I’m going with the favorite Florida State to beat Auburn . Before I get into why, let me set the stage.
 
 
Florida State Seminoles are coming into the BCS game 13-0. This perfect season can be attributed to the strong offensive attack of the Seminoles.  The Seminoles are trying to become the third   team since 1950 to outscore all their opponents by 14 points or more.  This offensive success has a lot to do with the Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston. With a win tonight he would become the first freshmen to ever win the BCS  and the Heisman in the same year.  What makes Winston so great is  his ability to read the defense and identify weak spots and capitalize on them. Even though he is only a freshman he  plays with the poise of a seasoned veteran. Winston isn’t the only threat that Auburn has to worry about. The Seminoles have three receivers with 50 catches for over 900 yards. The Seminoles are just as dangerous on the ground; they have three running backs  who combined for 500 yards and 8 touchdowns.  Having a balanced attack offense  helps a team move the ball quickly up the field  and this puts more pressure on the defense.  During the season the Seminoles have had 18 touchdowns on three drives or less.
 
 
The Auburn Tigers are coming into the BCS game with a 12-1 record, suffering their only loss at the hands of LSU. Last week the Tigers defeated Alabama in the final seconds of the forth quarter in one of the best college games I have seen in a really long time. With a win tonight, Auburn can become the first team ever to win the AP national title  after being unranked in the preseason.In 8 out of the last 11 BCS games, the number two ranked team has upset the number one ranked team, the number two ranked team has upset the number one ranked team,  If this pattern continues  that would mean the Tigers would win tonight. The Tigers have some weapons of their own. Tre Mason is one of the Tigers prominent rushers with 1621 rushing yards. The reason why he has so many rushing yards is because the Tigers run the ball 70 percent of the time. Being able to run the ball so much, allows the Tigers to control the pace of the game. Also running the ball so much allows the Tigers to set up the play action pass. I believe that if the Tigers want to win, they will to control the pace of the game. They can only do this if they can run the ball well.
 
 So the big question, who do I think is going to win the game.  I think that Flordia State will be too much offensively for the Tigers. I think that Winston will have a great game and be able to pick apart the secondary of Auburn.  if Auburn has any chance of winning this game it will have to be through their run game.

 

Cool videos

 The ball never touches the ground

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol4H0fixIDY

 Don’t touch the BCS trophy lol.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wZAWKvFMno

 

 Top ten trick plays in college football history.

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wZAWKvFMno

 

 

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TOP TEN Sports moments of 2013

  
 
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR and welcome to Fanaticsport.   In this post I will be counting down the top ten best sports moments of 2013. Check it out.
 
10- College basketball Florida Gulf Coast
 
 
 
 
 
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles were put on the map this year when they entered the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. The team entered the tournament as a 15 seed and everyone expected them to get crushed by by Georgetown, the number 2 Seed.  In what some people called the greatest upset of all time, the Eagles came out of the game victorious,winning 68-58. In the next round they were able to defeat San Diego State 81-71. With this win, the Eagles became the first 15 Seed to advance to the Sweet 16.   Unfortunately they lost to the University of Florida 62 -50.  The Eagles won an Espy Award for best comeback  and, in my opinion, they were the most exciting team to watch because of their high energy dunks and the way they played with so much heart.
 
 9- Notre Dame vs. Louisville
 
 
 
 
 
 
This  game between # 25 Notre Dame and # 11 Louisville was the longest game in the history of the NCAA. In this five-overtime thriller, both teams had numerous chances to end the game before the fifth over time, but couldn’t. During the game there were 32 lead changes and 16 ties but Notre Dame was able to come out on top when Pat Connaughtonz made a free throw in the final seconds of the game to win the game 104-101.  This was by far the most exciting college game of the year.
 
 8 –Murray- Wimbledon 2013
 
 
 
 
 I don’t know much about tennis, but I do know that winning Wimbledon is a huge deal.  On July 7, 2013 Andy Murray became the first British native to win Wimbledon in 77 years. He also became the first person ever to win Wimbledon and a Gold Medal in the same year.
 
7 -Silva vs. Weidman UFC
 
 
 
 
 
 
I normally don’t watch the UFC but after I heard about what happened in this fight I decided that this had to be one of the top sports moments of 2013. When Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman first met, Silva was undefeated. He began to taunt with Weidman by sticking out his neck. That was a fatal mistake because Weidman caught Silva with a hook and knocked him out. On the 29th (29th of Desember  the two met again. This time the fight lasted until the second round when Silva threw a kick that was blocked by Weidman. On impact, Silva’s leg broke and Weidman was able to win the fight.
 
Take a look at the block the broke Silva’s leg. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nClbDDyyUwg
 
 
 6 -Auburn vs. Alabama- College Football
 
 
 
 
 
 
This game between Alabama and Auburn, was one of the best games of the year. It was an amazing back and forth battle. It all came down to the final second of fourth quarter, when Alabama head coach Nick Saban decided to try for a 57 yard field goal with their undefeated season on the line. In a shocking turn of events the field goal kick was missed and was returned by Auburn’s Chris Davis for a 100 yard touchdown. Auburn won 34-28! Check it out
 
 
 
5- Diana Nyad -long distance swimmer
 
 
 
On September 2, 2013, 64-year-old Diana Nyad completed a 110-mile swim from Cuba to the coast of Florida. This incredible feat took fifty-six hours, through jellyfish infested water. This swim broke the record for the longest swim ever without a shark cage.  I give Nyad so much credit for not giving up. This was her fifth try and she finally did it.  As she stepped on the beach she shouted  ”we should never, ever give up.”
 
4. -Jack Hoffman -College football
 
 
 
 Every spring, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have a scrimmage with their team to get ready the upcoming season.  This year the spring game, as its called, was extremely special, because of a young boy named Jack Hoffman. Jack, who has been a Nebraska fan all his life, is seven and suffering from brain cancer. This year, the coach decided to put Jack in the game .  Jack was able to take a hand off and run the ball 69 yards for the touchdown. Check out the video, it’s awesome! Jack went down as the leading rusher in the game. Check out the touchdown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_7Osqi9HaA
 
3.-Matt Prater and Payton Manning  - NFL records
 
 
 
Denver Broncos Kicker  Matt Prater broke the  record for the longest field goal kick  in the history of the NFL. The previous record of 63 yards was held by Tom Dempsey. Prater beat Dempsey out by one yard, kicking a 64 yard field goal against the Titans. Last week,  Payton Manning broke the record for most touchdowns  in a season with 55. This record was  previously held by Tom Brady. check out the record seting kick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WK6nT-KcPg

2.- Carlos Burle

 
 
Carlos Burle set the record this year for the biggest wave ever surfed. The wave measured 100 feet high and was located off the coast of Nazare Portugal. Burle was able to break the old record by 22 feet.  This is amazing! It’s like something out of the movie Point Break. Check it out.
 
 1- Mariano Rivera ‘s last game.
 
 
 
Mariano Rivera is the last player in MLB to ever wear number 42.In his seventeen-year career as a closer Marino has accomplished a lot. He holds the record for the most saves ever with 652. He also has finished in the top three in CY young voting five times and been on the all-star team 13 times.  Mariano is the best closer in baseball. That is why I picked him  being taken out of the game by Jeter and Petitte,  the number one sports moment of 2013.  
 
 
 
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Fanaticsport spotlight!!!

 

Welcome to a special addition of Fanaticsport. In this post I will be conducting my first my first interview ever with two incredible soccer players from my school Madison Dunn and Hayley Pascoal.

The season

Before I start, let me begin by giving you some background on the Patriot soccer season.  The Patriots had an amazing season this year going 11-3-1 winning games against tough rivals like Howell and   Manalapan. These two Captains played an Integral role in the patriot success this year. By the end of the season, senior forward Madi Dunn had scored a total of 6 goals along with 8 assists. On the other side of the ball Hayley Pasoal was like a wall in goal, racking up a whopping 83 saves to cap off her senior season.

The Interview

The first thing I needed to know was the how the girls got involved in soccer. I was expecting a run of the mill story, but was surprised to hear that the girls’ soccer journey started in a very unusual way.   Their soccer experience began after signups for the Township soccer league. Unfortunately for them they were too late. Instead of waiting until next year, Madi’s Dad started his own team and the girls have been playing ever since.  I was interested to know what it was like for the girls going from playing on the school team as freshmen to becoming captains of the team in their senior year.  They said that freshmen year they got hooked because of the energy of the team and how good they were that year. From then on they knew they wanted to be a part of the team. The girls both continued to work extremely hard and this year their hard work paid off when the head coach named them both Captains of the team. Hayley, speaking for both girls, stated “this was a huge honor because not every senior becomes a captain.”  There were many exciting games this season but the win the double overtime win over Brick Memorial took the cake. I asked the girls to take me back to that game.  They explained that it was special game for the whole team because it was Senior Day.  With the score tied 2-2 Township player Kat Gugliotta beat a defender to set up a corner kick by Mimi Nowak which was headed in by Madi. Hayley said “that game was so special because it was Senior Day and everyone that was involved in that play to win the game was a senior.”

 

Madi and Hayley both got recruited to play college soccer. I never understood how this process worked, so the girls gave me some insight into it. First, colleges come to see you play. If they like you they will contact you and invite you to take a look at the school. Then, if you like the school and want to go there they offer you a scholarship. The players stressed that it is most important that you like the school first and that athletics comes second. With the girls success in high school and because they were   going on to play in college, I was wondering if the girls had any plans to play after college. “No but soccer will always be a part of our lives, whether we are playing, coaching or just watching the game.”

 

   I would like to thank Madi and Hayley for being my first interviewees and wish them the best of luck in college!

 

Cool videos

This is awesome   did you know Kevin Hart can ball?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di5DlPO5-Tk

 

Who do you think won! Check it out Ali vs Jordan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_uOtAkEf6U

 

Craziest hockey goal. It was a Christmas Miracle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aBnQ-jA3tE

 

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“The game” The Biggest Rivalry In Sports

Hello college football fans. With college football season coming to an end, it was time for one of the greatest rivalries in sports the Michigan – Ohio State game! I don’t usually cover this game but the game was so exciting I couldn’t resist.

 

The history

 

This rivalry, nicknamed “The game”, has been played since 1897. Each year the teams rotate the game between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio. Although the teams have played each other since 1897, the first time they met as conference rivals was in 1918. In the early years of the rivalry Michigan was dominant.  The first time the two teams met, Michigan won in a blowout, 36 -0. Michigan didn’t lose again until 1919. This rivalry has seen many great players and coaches, like Michigan QB and Heisman trophy winner Tom Harman and Hall of famer Bo Schemechler. Ohio state has had some greats too, like Coach Woody Hayes and Heisman trophy winner   Vic Janowicz. Throughout   the years the game has been a tug of war of epic proportions. Historically Michigan has had the upper hand, leading the series 58 – 44- 6, although Ohio State has won the last two matchups.

 

 

The Game

 

Now that you know a brief history, you can understand the animosity that these two teams have for each other.  For the second year in a row, Ohio State Buckeyes came into this game undefeated. Michigan   came into this game with a decent record of   7-5.  The Michigan Wolverines struck first with a one yard touchdown run by QB Devin Gardner, putting the wolverines up 7-0. With   five minutes to go in the first quarter, Braxton Miller of the Ohio State Buckeyes, threw a 53 yard bomb to Devin Smith to tie the game. Three minutes later the Wolverines took the lead on a four yard touchdown run by Fitzgerald Toussaint.  But the Buckeye offense wasn’t done yet. You would think, that being a QB, Miller could only throw, but sadly you would be wrong.  With 55 seconds left he took it himself 53 yards for the touchdown to tie the game 14-14.  On the opening kickoff of the second quarter the game began to get chippy. At the end of the kickoff there was little a scrum with some pushing and shoving. This is normal for football, but things got out of hand when Dontre Wilson got his helmet ripped off by Royce Jenkins-Stone from Ohio State. It really got ugly when Marcus Hall from the Buckeyes started throwing punches.   Tell me if you understand that logic, why would you throw a punch at someone who has a helmet on?  I really have to hand it to Hall. He handled the ejection with class. He even saluted the  Michigan fans  with two middle fingers as he left the game. No class whatsoever! The Buckeyes were able to use that as motivation and were scored on that drive, but by the end of the second the score was tied again 21-21.  In the third quarter it looked like Ohio State was finally taking control of the game. They had a 14 point lead and it looked they were going to run away with the game leading 35-21.  Michigan didn’t give up, they came out in the fourth and scored early, closing the gap to within one touchdown making the score 35-28.  On the next drive Michigan was able to force a fumble and recover the ball on the 40 yard line.   It wasn’t long before Michigan tied it up @ 35-35. With 2:20 to go in the fourth, Ohio’s Carlos Hyde ran for a one yard touchdown to finish off Michigan, or so they thought. On the last drive of the Michigan was able to score to come within one.  Now the coach for Michigan, Brady Hoke,made a gutsy call to go for the win. Sadly for the Wolverines they were unsuccessful and fall to the unbeaten Buckeyes 42-41.

 

 

 

Cool videos

 

This guy is awesome #soccer skill

. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151556079421607&set=vb.143976278999448&type=2&theat

 

Best sports commercial ever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KMUnqB_NiU

 

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