Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Latest News

I couldn't really devote a whole page to all of these topics, so I'm putting them together. Notre Dame beat #1 Syracuse 67-58 on Saturday, ending the 'Cuse's run at number one and their 20-game winning streak. In sadder news, Joe Paterno, a great football coach, maybe the best ever, died on Sunday at the age of 85. Also on Sunday, the New York Giants beat the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in overtime, and the New England Patriots beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-20, when Billy Cundiff missed a field goal with 15 seconds left (He blamed the miss on the scoreboard). If Jay Cutler had never gotten hurt, the Giants probably wouldn't be going to the Super Bowl. I think Cutler's team, the Chicago Bears would probably have faced off with the Green Bay Packers at some point in the playoffs, and the 49ers would have been in the mix as well. This would have all but eliminated the 9-7 Giants. It just goes to show you the importance of a starting quarterback (for other examples google the 2011 Indianapolis Colts). Prince Fielder signed a 9 year/$214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. This contract is the 4th-largest contract in MLB history. Fielder, whose father Cecil played for the Tigers, is from Detroit and will bolster a lineup that made it to the ALCS last year. Also today, the Oakland Raiders found their new head coach, Dennis Allen, someone that at least has the possibility to survive the harsh pressure put on the last few Raiders coaches.

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