NFL: Top 5 Monday Night Football Moments

Monday Night Football is America’s past time and it is here once more. Throughout the decades we have enjoyed thrillers, blowouts, and season changing games. Monday Night Football is the pinnacle of all weekly sports broadcasts. The ratings have always been dominant and continue to impress. Despite the rise of social media popularity, apps, and other avenues to receive live information about the game, the ratings for Monday Night Football upheld. ABC and ESPN have successfully created a sporting tradition to kept their viewers loyal and engaged.

Here are the top five moments from Monday Night Football. These moments have kept this sport entertaining and we hope to see more tonight!

Jason Pierre-Paul Hand Injury Is Worse Than Expected; Might Miss Entire Season

As the New York Giants prepare to begin their season against division rivals the Dallas Cowboys at Jerry World, much of the focus has been on Eli Manning‘s new contract and whether or not Odell Beckham Jr will have another spectacular grab. With that said, many in the Giants camp were optimistic about the return of all-pro defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul who severely damaged his right hand in a fireworks accident on July 4th.

JPP had to have his right index finger amputated but showed up to East Rutherford, NJ earlier this week in peak physical condition (minus his right hand) along with a very positive attitude. Upon further inspection by team doctors, it has been revealed that with the amputated finger, Pierre-Paul also has a fractured thumb, skin grafts and a portion of one of his other fingers missing. This of course has many in the Giants camp very concerned.

The Giants have a franchise tender waiting for a signature from Pierre-Paul, but he has yet to sign it, considering he was hoping for a new contract prior to the accident. Furthermore, if he were to sign the franchise tag contract, he would most likely be placed on the non-football injury list, which would result in him not being paid for the coming season. Pierre-Paul has told the teams front office that he is prepared to play if he is provided with a protective device for his hand, but that remains to be seen.

For time being, the New York Giants are not only concerned about his availability to play but also don’t want to shell out money on a player loaded with question marks.

The true question is, how would he sign the contract with one and a half fingers missing?Rocko Rathon

Photo Credit: AP

WR Julio Jones Signs 5-Year Extension With Atlanta Falcons For $71.25M And $47.5 M Guaranteed

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, 26, ranks as one of the top tier players at his position in the NFL. In the 2014 season, he re-wrote the teams record books when he raked in 1,593 receiving yards and a career-high 104 receptions. With one more year left on his original rookie contract, the Falcons most certainly took notice of his talents and rewarded him with a monumental 5 year deal for $71.25 Million, with $47.5 Million of it guaranteed.

Both parties had been negotiating a deal for quite some time but the talks stalled last week. During the weekend, the contract talks resumed and the deal was signed sealed and delivered.

Julio Jones

I didn’t have any doubt in my mind that we were going to get it done,” Jones said. “Whether it was this year or next year, we were going to get a deal done. I want to be a Falcon for the rest of my career, and Mr. Blank let it be known that he wanted me here as well.

With new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in tow, and all-pro quarterback Matt Ryan behind center, the Falcons look to build on the success they’ve enjoyed in recent years with Jones presumably set to finish out his career in a Falcons uniform.

Remember when the Falcons gave Mike Vick a $100 Million contract?Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

Osi Umenyiora Set To Sign 1-Day Contract To Retire As A NY Giant

One of the more prolific pass rushers of the past decade, Osi Umenyiora has decided to hang up the cleats, and in doing so will sign a 1 day contract with the New York Giants this coming Wednesday to retire officially as a member of the G-Men. Drafted by the Giants in 2003, Umenyiora was one of NY’s most feared pass rushers alongside Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, and most recently Jason Pierre-Paul.

Osi spent his last two seasons playing for the Atlanta Falcons, which saw his production on the field decline dramatically. Case in point, he tallied a mere 12 tackles and 2.5 sacks in all 16 games with the Falcons in 2014. This is a far cry from the numbers he put up as Giant, racking up 435 tackles, 35 forced fumbles, 14 fumble recoveries and 85 sacks, putting him 4th on the Giants all-time sacks list.

In his 11 year career, Osi definitely had tremedous highlights such as leading the NFL in sacks during the 2005 season with 14.5, being selected to two Pro Bowls, named to two All-Pro teams, and most notably snagging two Super Bowl rings with the NY Giants. Umenyiora pondered the idea of possibly making a return, with the Giants showing the most interest, but he ultimately decided his time on the field had run its course.

Won’t be surprised if we see him commentating on the sideline. Congrats on a great career!Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

WR Reggie Wayne Signs 1-Year Deal With New England Patriots

After spending 14 years in a Indianapolis Colts uniform, future Hall Of Famer Reggie Wayne has inked a one year contract with the New England Patriots. The news came as little surprise considering that it was revealed that Wayne had visited the Patriots facilities this morning (August 24), for a physical. Wayne became a free agent during the offseason when his contract expired with the Colts.

Though he has put up some gaudy statistics throughout his career playing alongside Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison in Indy, his numbers have waned in recent years, mostly due to frequent injuries. Ironically enough, the writing was on the wall for his departure after this past seasons AFC Championship game which paired the Colts against the eventual Super Bowl Champion Patriots. Wayne played the entire game without a single targeted throw in his direction.

The 36-year old veteran will be full of work as the Patriots receiving corp is currently reeling with injuries to Julian Edelman, Brandon Lafell and Aaron Dobson. With Tom Brady’s current legal dispute with the NFL still lingering, only time will tell if Wayne’s addition to New England will be impactful this season.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick

He’s certainly had a great career and has done a lot of things for the Colt organization, primarily playing on the left but then in more recent years being moved around to playing on the right and also in some slot situations,” Belichick said Monday on WEEI. “I think he has a lot of versatility and obviously he has a lot of experience, so we’ll just have to see how it goes.

As the old saying goes, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

The Things We Learn in Sports

Preseason football headlines the week of sports, and it couldn’t come at a better time. We are all desperate to just have a crumble of football back in our lives that we watch and see guys that will be cut in a few short weeks play on the field. A review of a few preseason moments highlights The Thing We Learned in Sports.

7) Rookies make their season debuts

Top two pick in the 2015 NFL draft Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were in action over the week. As expected both players struggled in the opening of their NFL careers. Maroita had two turnovers, one which was returned for a touchdown, and Winston threw an interception. However both players were able to rebound and lead their teams on touchdown drives. It’s the preseason so not too much can be read into both players’ performances; however, their coaches must love their ability to bounce back from rough starts.  Watch the top QB’s in the videos below

6) Trent Richardson can’t seem to find the hole
You remember Trent Richardson right; he’s the guy that people draft in fantasy football only to have him do nothing all season. Well if this clip isn’t enough to prove that he isn’t a player that should be high on any draft boards. Now with the Oakland Raiders, Richardson doesn’t seem to have the ideas to be an elite NFL running back. It just looks really bad for Richardson on this play.

5) LeBron is giving back

 Lebron James

 We tend to always mock athletes who just seem to have all this money, but don’t seem willing to do anything meaningful with it. LeBron James is attempting to buck that trend. James, the four-time NBA MVP and two-time NBA champion, is ready to give thousands of children a college education. According to Forbes, The LeBron James Family Foundation and the University of Akron will fund full scholarships for students who complete the foundation’s academic program, which James has been sponsoring for five years. James’ foundation will cover tuition starting in 2021 when this year’s crop of seventh graders graduate high school.

4) Philip Rivers and Chargers get contract done.

The Chargers and quarterback Philip Rivers inked a new deal late Saturday night. The 5-time pro bowler will likely end his career in San Diego, or Los Angeles if the team moves. The deal is for 4 years, $84 million with $65 million in guaranteed money, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Reports were that if a deal was not completed that the Chargers were going to place the franchise tag on Rivers, according to NFL network’s Ian Rapoport (via NFL Media PR).

 3) Tebow is back…..sorta

The Philadelphia Eagles played the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Eagles won the game 36-10, but the real story was able about Tim Tebow. Tebow scored a rushing touchdown when he keep the ball on a read-option play, and ran in from the 7-yard line. Tebow has been out of the NFL  for 2 seasons and is desperately trying to make the Eagles’ squad. A play like this might be able to keep him on the roster for a few more weeks.

2) Met’s Center Fielder has a cannon

For one night, baseball was cool. New York Mets’ CF Yoenis Cespedes made it happen on Saturday night. Cespedes was acquired from the Tigers at the trading deadline, and has changed life for his new team. On Saturday night, the National League found out that you don’t test this man. Watch as Cespedes guns down the base runner.

1) Mama said knock you out.

It seems like no matter what they do their will be a way for the Jets to screw something up. Starting QB Geno Smith had his jaw broken earlier this week by former teammate LB Ik Enemkpali, now on the Buffalo Bills. Smith will miss 6-10 weeks with the injury and may not reclaim his starting job once he is fully healed.  According to Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway, Smith returned to throwing over the weekend—just not yet with his teammates. Smith was seen tossing a football in the parking lot of his apartment complex in New Jersey, two days after undergoing surgery for a broken jaw. It is sad to believe that this situation all started from a 600 dollars.

New York Giants Interested In Former 49er Aldon Smith?

A few days ago, the San Fransisco 49ers released all-pro defensive end Aldon Smith from their roster. The move came as no surprise as it was a day after he had been arrested in Los Angeles for an alleged hit and run, driving under the influence and vandalism charges. This is not Smith’s first run in with the law, having been arrested several times since coming into the league in 2011, even serving a 9 game suspension last season after being arrested at LAX last year.

With all of the issues surrounding Smith, it is difficult to ignore the fact that he is one of the youngest all-pro’s currently playing in the NFL. He is arguably one of, if not, the best playing at his current position. Though they’ve supported him throughout all of his incidents, the 49ers were willing to part ways with him.

On the other end of the spectrum, the New York Football Giants have long been known as the family owned team that stays away from players with off the field issues, regardless their level of talent. Having won two Super Bowl trophies within the past decade, that formula might be working for them. But today it is being reported that the Giants are showing heavy interest in Aldon Smith. The G-Men clearly need a strong presence on their defensive line considering the July 4th accident involving Jason Pierre-Paul causing him to have his index finger amputated.


This would obviously be a different approach for the Giants, but surely their fans would not have a problem with such a big addition.

As a lifelong New York Giants fan, I hope this comes to fruition. They should also give hometown guy Ray Rice a look too. Just saying. This is the same franchise whose greatest player is Lawrence Taylor. C’mon guys.Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)

Steve Smith Will Call it a Career at the End of This Season

After playing most of his professional career with the Carolina Panthers, Steve Smith was forced to join the Baltimore Ravens last season. However, this season with the Ravens will be Smith’s last. According to Clifton Brown of CSN Balitmore, Smith will officially retire once his season is over.

Smith has put together an incredible career, ranking 14th on the all-time receiving yards list (13,262), and 18th in receptions (915). Smith is coming off a season where he caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six touchdowns. According to Pro Football Talk, the 36-year-old has been considering this move for a while now.

After being drafted out of Utah in the third round of the 2001 draft, Smith was able to make five Pro Bowls, and was able to overcome the stigma of beating up teammate Ken Lucas during practice to become somewhat of a leader with the Panthers, which included a 2003 SuperBowl appearance.

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The Things We Learn in Sports

Everything in life is temporary. From houses, cloths, cars, everything in life can be replaced. Athletes seem to be a group of people who still can’t understand this concept. Not matter how good the player, there will always be someone to take that spot away from them. Along with contracts being signed and fights in dugouts,  The Things We Learn in Sports this week deals with the idea that no is above being replaced.

7. Nick Foles and Rams agree to a new deal

Nick Foles and the Rams agreed to a two-year extension on Friday. Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal with worth 24 million.

Foles, 26, arrived in St. Louis this offseason via a trade from Philadelphia that sent Sam Bradford the other way. Foles spent his first three NFL seasons with the Eagles, experiencing largely up-and-down affairs that saw him look like a franchise quarterback one moment and borderline unplayable the next.

This basically gives Foles 2-years to prove that be can back to his 2013 form where he was a Pro-Bowl player.

6. Percy Harvin clears the air about the Seahawks situation.

Percy Harvin signed a 1-year deal with the Buffalo Bills this past offseason, and is trying to prove that he is still that elite player in this league. Harvin was a guest on ESPN’s First Take and address the situation that had the Super Bowl champion Seahawks trade him to the New York Jets. Harvin said that he had a problems with members of the receiving core. When he brought those problems to head coach Pete Carroll, Harvin says that he’s concerns weren’t heard. Watch as Harvin explains the situation in the video below.

5. Marshawn Lynch jokes about Super Bowl play on the “League”

Marshawn Lynch makes an appearance on the wildly popular show the “League”. Lynch plays himself, and makes fun of the situation that has been the biggest joke of the season. The episode, which will air September 9, features the running back hanging out on the beach as a business member of “Taco Corp.” along with a character named Taco MacArthur. Another dude, who’s Taco’s brother on the show, asks for a beer, and Lynch’s fellow bigwig insists on throwing it.“Just hand it to me,” Beast Mode begs. “No need to throw it, man. C’mon. … I could sleepwalk that thing to him, boy.” Then madness ensues. They should have just ran the ball.

4. It was all good just a week ago.

Seems like if you have a problem with a team or a player in the league, the place to go is on First Take. Brandon Marshall was traded from the Chicago Bears to the New York Jets in the offseason. Due to injuries, Marshall had a down season and , to his own admission, believe people are counting him out. The All-Pro receiver sat down at the debate desk where he explained the situation between him and Jay Cutler and his expecting for the season.

3. Tempers flare in Detroit

There’s rarely a time where baseball enters the The Things We Learn in Sports, unless it involves fights. The Detroit Tigers have traded away their second and third best players in David Price and Yoenis Cespedes, at the trade deadline, which indicated to their fans that they are in rebuilding mode. That means another 2 months of meaning less baseball. Usually the anger is directed at opponents, but Tigers teammates James McCann and Jose Iglesias went at each other in the dugout Friday night at Comerica Park. Watch the fight below.

2. A College football player is killed by police

Christian Taylor was shot and killed during a struggle after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership, authorities said per Taylor was a sophomore at Angelo State University in San Angelo. Officers were responding to a burglary call about 1 a.m. Friday in Arlington when they discovered someone had driven a vehicle through a front. Clearly some have voiced their outrage towards this situation.

More information will soon come alone.

1. Aldon Smith released by 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers release linebacker  Aldon Smith after he was arrested on accusations of, hit and run, DUI, and vandalism. This is the third time that the pro-bowl player has been arrested for and alcohol related incident. Smith was coming off a season where he was already suspended for 9 games because of off the field issues. Smith has a long road back if he wants to play football again.

NY Jets QB Geno Smith Thinks It Is “Hilarious” That He Has Been Ranked The Worst QB In The NFL

Going into his 3rd year in the NFL, New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith has had a tumultuous time in the NFL to say the least. Amassing some very abysmal numbers during his career, Smith has been one of the main targets by the media in regards to the Jets struggles on the field. Recently, 35 league insiders were asked by ESPN to rank all 32 NFL starting quarterbacks. Smith ranked dead last in the poll. Further adding insult, Geno was ranked prior to the 2014 season as well.

When asked about his ranking, Smith laughed it off.

I laugh at that. I laugh at it. It’s hilarious. It was hilarious last year, too. That doesn’t matter at this point. We’ve got to work on us as a team. That’s why I hate to talk about individual stuff, because it’s a team game. No matter what they rate me, wherever we finish at the end of the year is what’s most important.

Smith’s career statistics after two seasons is as follows.

  • 57.5 completion percentage
  • 6.88 yards per attempt
  • 25 touchdowns
  • 34 interceptions
  • 71.5 quarterback rating

With new head coach Todd Bowles at the helm, and new backup Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had a 95.3 QB rating last year, Smith needs to get his numbers up if he expects to keep his starting job.

The bright lights in New York may be a bit too hot for young Geno.Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)