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During a pre-season match between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins, Johnny Manziel gave the Redskins’ bench the middle finger towards the end of the third quarter.

Manziel was in a position battle for the starting quarterback position versus Brian Hoyer.

Some of the Browns players were in defense of Manziel. Cornerback Joe Haden said “Manziel was a target of verbal abuse throughout the game from Redskins players and fans alike.” While that does not completely justify his actions, it does show that there were mitigating factors.

Manziel clearly did not expect the cameras to be on him as he jogged away from the Redskins bench after a third-quarter play and raised his middle finger towards the bench.

The rookie QB referred to his gesture as a lapse in judgement. Manziel later stated “I should have been smarter. It was a Monday Night Football game. There’s always words exchanged on the football field.”

When Coach Mike Pettine was asked if this incident will factor into the quarterback decision, he said: “It’s whoever gives us the best chance to win the opener will be the starter.”

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Mo’ne Davis, Little League Superstar

The 13 year old ace throws up to 70mph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This month’s biggest story revolves around a three-sport athlete in baseball, basketball, and soccer, a 13-year-old pitcher with a seventy-mile per hour fastball, and a girl?

Mo’ne Davis of the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, has taken the nation by storm. She’s not only playing with boys in the 13-year-old age group, but dominating them. Davis just pitched back-to-back two hit shutout games.

Davis is the 18th girl to compete in the Little League World Series, except she is making history by becoming the first female to pitch a shutout. The Taney Dragons have also made Philadelphia history becoming the first Little League to represent the city in the series. The country has taken notice and she’s headlined ESPN, ABC, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Sports Illustrated.

An honors student at Chestnut Hill Academy, Davis shows the confidence needed to play in a sport dominated by males. Cool, calm, and collected it’s hard to believe Davis is 13, by the way she carries herself in interviews. Davis even called out superstar pitcher Clayton Kershaw to a pitch off in an interview with ESPN-w. Kershaw accepted and the pitch off could be well on the way.

“Hey Mo’ne, just wanted to say congratulations on making it to Williamsport,” Kershaw said in a video posted by ESPN-w. “That’s awesome, such a cool thing for you to get to do. Such a fun opportunity, and I heard you’re ready for a pitch-off. I don’t know exactly what that means, but I’m prepared. I’m ready for whenever you can make it out to L.A., just let me know.”

The Little League World Series has seen a gradual increase in popularity seemingly ever year. Players have the spotlight placed on them during introductions, where they talk about their favorite players, pregame ritual, and interests. The series really highlights their unique personalities. Clayton Broeder of the Pearson, Texas squad told Sports Illustrated he is hoping to steal Kate Upton from Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander.

Needless to say these young athletes are very ambitious. After high school Davis wants to play point guard at her dream school UConn, before turning pro. She may be well on her way, after receiving an encouraging phone call from their coach Geno Auriemma. Davis told the New York Times she received some tough love. After Auriemma wished her luck he told her “get more hits,” since hitting isn’t  one of her strengths. Mo’ne Davis and the Taney Dragons will look to continue their winning Wednesday evening against Las Vegas.

 

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