Welcome back to the latest installment of King’s Court! It has been a while since I have posted one of these, so I decided it was a good time to do so. I graduate from college on Saturday and couldn’t be more excited. I want to thank Wilson Tarpeh and the rest of the MMOS staff for everything they have done for me thus far. This site has allowed me to express my sports views and I will be forever thankful for that.
This week was a football heavy edition in the “Court.” The NFL was full of drama and excitement this weekend and was one of the best in recent memory. Various storylines came out of the wild week in the NFL. The Heisman Trophy will be awarded this weekend, who will take home the prestigious prize? Baseball says goodbye to a great pitcher.
“Court is now in session.”
Farewell, Roy Halladay
On Monday, Roy Halladay announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. He is arguably the best pitcher I have seen in the past decade of watching baseball. He retired with a record of 203-105, a 3.38 ERA, and 2,117 strikeouts. Halladay is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer in five years when he is eligible. To add to his dominance, he went out and tossed a no-hitter in his first career playoff appearance in 2010. That same year, he threw a perfect game during the regular season. Halladay won the Cy Young Award in both the National and American Leagues. The longtime Toronto Blue Jay will be forever remembered for his dominance on the mound. It’s sad to see him go, but at least he knew when to hang up the cleats.
Super Bowl 48 in the Snow?
This wild week in the National Football League provided us for a great discussion about the weather of the Super Bowl this season. Week 14 had a snow falling all over the place, making for fun and wild games, as well as great visuals. I would love to see this kind of snow at the Super Bowl. It would make for one of the most memorable Super Bowls in NFL history. Both the teams would be playing under the same circumstances, so it wouldn’t obstruct the competition of play. I’m sick of seeing the Super Bowl played in cities where it doesn’t snow. Bring on the snow!
If I had a vote for the Heisman Trophy, my vote would be for Florida State’s Jameis Winston. He has had an incredible season thus far. He still has one big goal left to achieve: winning the BCS National Title. Winston will lead his No. 1 ranked Seminoles into battle against the No. 2 ranked Auburn Tigers. Winston is the likely favorite to win the award now that he has been cleared from the sexual assault charges. He has set freshman records for passing yards (3,820) and touchdowns (38). There are three other quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel – Texas A&M, AJ McCarron – Alabama, Jordan Lynch – Northern Illinois). Running backs Tre Mason (Auburn) and Andre Williams (Boston College) were also invited to the Heisman ceremony. Winston will win the Heisman and then go on to win the National Championship.
The game of football is a violent and dangerous one, each and every player that signs up to play knows that. The athletes of today are bigger, faster, and stronger than ever. Unfortunately injuries happen each and every week. This week’s biggest injury was to New England Patriot’s tight end, Rob Gronkowski. TJ Ward of the Cleveland Browns went low on Gronkowski in what was a clean hit. The hit was to the knee area and Gronk tore his ACL, ending his season. Ward said after the game that he wasn’t trying to hurt Gronk, but rather try to avoid a fine for hitting around the head, something he has been fined for a couple times. The defensive players are put in a tough position. Either hit high and get fined or hit low and risk injury to someone else. The NFL will look to review its rules, something I think they should do. Safety should be the number one thing the NFL focuses on. I’m not saying make a ton of restriction where all hits will be penalized, but rather make a better target zone for defensive players to hit, without jeopardizing the competition. Gronkowski is one of 41 players this season that have suffered season-ending knee injuries. That is a 64 percent increase since 2011.
The Craziness of Week 14
I have been talking about Week 14 in the NFL this whole post and rightfully so. This may have been the greatest Sunday of football I have ever watched. The snow, the crazy endings, the high scoring, the storyline, they were all excellent to watch as a fan and as a writer. On Sunday, in 14 games, teams combined to score 88 touchdowns, the most in any single day of the league’s existence. Five of those touchdowns came in the final 2:05 of the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings game. The two teams combined for five lead changes that had the works of a kickoff return and a 79-yard td reception. With four seconds left, Joe Flacco found rookie Marlon Brown in the back of the end zone for the final lead change. Matt Prater of the Denver Broncos set a new NFL record by kicking a 64-yard field goal in Denver. In all of the wild scoring outbursts, seven teams failed to score at least 20 points, including the 49ers and Seahawks who combined for 36 points, with San Francisco winning 19-17 on a late field goal.
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“Court is adjourned”