Joe Paterno is dead at 85. The winningest coach in college history passed away a little after 9:30 AM EST on Sunday from complications of lung cancer. Paterno had been in the hospital since January13 and was reported to be grave late Saturday night. Paterno was fired after 46 years and 409 wins after a sex-scandal involving former DC Jerry Sandusky came to light. A full RIP on Joe Pa will be available here after 6:00 PM EST tonight.
Kicks decides Conference Championship Games
The Patriots and Giants will meet in two weeks at Super Bowl 46 in Indianapolis. The game will be a rematch of Super Bowl 42 won by the Giants 17-14 spoiling the Patriots perfect season. The teams met this year with the Giants coming away with a 24-20 win. Peyton Manning was 20-39 for 250 yards and 2 TDs including a one-yarder to Jake Ballard with 00:15 seconds left for the win. New England hasn’t lost since reeling off ten straight wins. The Patriots opened as 3.5 point favorites with a total of 54. Early money has made the Pats 4 and the total 55.
The Patriots punched their ticket to Indy with a 23-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore kicker Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yard FG with 11 seconds left that would have tied the game for the Black Birds. Tom Brady had the worst game of his season throwing for just 250 years and two picks. For the first time in 36 games, Brady didn’t throw a touchdown. Joe Flacco was 22-36 for 306 yards and two scores while Ray Rice was held to 67 yards on 21 carries.
The Giants moved on with a 31-yard FG in OT to sending the G-Men to the fifth Super Bowl in franchise history. Eli Manning threw for a career high 316 yards on 32-58 passing with two scores. Eli is now tied for the NFL record of six playoff road wins. Making the performance all the more impressive was that it was done in a cold driving rain and that Manning was sacked six times and hit an additional twelve. Vernon Davis provided all the 49er offense with two TD catches. San Francisco went 1-13 on third down with the one coming on the final play of regulation.
Sunday night, Oregon HC Chip Kelly looked to be headed to Tampa Bay to coach the Bucs. Monday morning he changed his mind and will remain in Eugene with the Quack Attack. Tampa Bay sources say the Kelly had his heart in college football and just couldn’t pull the trigger. The Bucs will have to go back to the drawing board with previous candidates Mike Sherman (seemingly the early favorite to land the job), Mike Zimmer, Rob Chudzinski, John Gray and Marty Schottenheimer and Brad Childress.
In Hot Stove League action, the San Francisco Giants are working on multi-year deals with franchise pitchers Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. “The Freak” turned down a 5-years $100 million dollar deal creating more urgency with Cain who is the more likely to stay in the Bay Area. Lincecum wants an eight-year deal or a two-year deal in the low $40 millions. Lincecum requested an arbitration record $21.5 million for a non free agent and the Giants countered at $17 million for 2012.
In Sunday’s NBA action, the Pacers sumped the Lakers 98-86 at the Staples Center despite 33 points from Kobe Bryant. Roy Hibbert lead a balanced Indy attack with 18 points, eight in the fourth quarter. The Bucks got a rare road win in South Beach beating the Heat 91-82 behind Brandon Jennings 23 points. Lebron had 28 and 13 for the Heat, Chris Bosh added 23 for Miami. Dwayne Wade sat out his seventh game with a sprained ankle.
(NBA) Orlando -4 over Boston
The Magic haven’t played since Friday while this is the Celtics fourth game in six nights so big edge Orlando in the legs department. On top of that, Rondo and Ray Allen are dinged and Beantown doesn’t have anyone in the paint that can deal with D12. Beantown just 4-5 at home, 3-6 vs the points, and 0-3 SU and ATS in second of B2Bs which makes sense cosidering the age of the Boston Three Party. Orlando has won six of seven and in a couple of good tech spots including 6-0 ATS run off a game vs the West and a 14-5 ATS run in roadies after 3+ road games. The Magic rolls.
(CBB) Virginia Commonwealth -13 over Hofstra
VCU is 12-2 in their L14 and starting to exert dominance in the Colonial. The Rams have won seven straightin the series and the last six on this floor, five by 12 points or more. Hofstra is 1-7 in conference getting their win Saturday vs James Madison. VCU has won their L4 games by 13+ points and CAA DD faves are 9-4 so the roof to the basement is substantial. VCU won the first meeting 80-63 (-7) on Long Island so this one could get very ugly. VCU or nothing.