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Baylor Honors Robert Griffin III

 

Photo Credits: Washington Post

Baylor University unveiled a bronze statue of current Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 had a brilliant career with the Baylor Bears winning the Heisman trophy in 2011, ahead fellow standout Andrew Luck. Luck and Griffin were drafted first and second respectively in the 2012 draft.

Griffin broke records and brought a lot of attention to the program. The statue will be placed outside of Baylor’s brand new McLane Stadium. For 65 years the Bears played games 4 miles away, from their Waco campus at Floyd-Casey Stadium. The new stadium became a reality after an increase in donations.

The unveiling is good news for Griffin, who has faced a lot of scrutiny in the aftermath of his rookie season. Griffin has battled injuries and turmoil with coaches Mike and Kyle Shannahan. Despite the praise Griffin was quick to deflect the attention praising his college coaches and teammates in an interview with the Washington Times.

“No, it wasn’t just me. If you look at the guys who came in with me, the guys who were there before we got here. They are all part of it, from Grant Teaff to coach (Art) Briles,” Griffin said, mentioning his former teammates. “They know we couldn’t have done it without each other.”

Prior to the Bears blowout win fans chanted “RG3” for three hours. The Bears hope to continue building their football program, with the hope of sending more players to the NFL. As for Griffin, he’ll look to rebound from a disappointing season week one against the Houston Texans.

St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam

Photo Credit: USA Today

The first openly gay player drafted in the NFL has been dropped by the St. Louis Rams.

ESPN writes:

“Sam’s efforts to become the first openly gay player in NFL history came up just short in a competition against undrafted rookie Ethan Westbrooks.

“Westbrooks is one of nine defensive linemen to land a roster spot.

“Sam officially hit waivers Saturday at 4 p.m. ET when all NFL teams had to trim their rosters down to the league-mandated 53 players. From there, the other 31 teams will have 24 hours to put in a claim for Sam.

“According to one league source, the Rams would like to bring Sam back to their 10-man practice squad.”

Sam, who played defensive end for Missouri in college, was selected 249th out of 256 in the May draft after coming out earlier in the year about his homosexuality.

Another NFL team could possibly sign Sam to its roster, or the defensive end could wind up back with the Rams, on their practice squad.

Sam has remained positive about the release and even took to Twitter to thank the Rams and the city of St. Louis. He also writes, “I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career.”

 

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Johnny Manziel makes obscene gesture during pre-season game

Photo Credit: Associated Press

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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Gal Gadot, the New and Improved Wonder Woman?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos from DC Entertainment’s upcoming film “Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice,” were released causing different reactions among fans. Surprisingly it’s not Batman (Ben Affleck) or Superman (Henry Cavill) that have fans buzzing. Instead it’s Wonder Woman who’s being portrayed by Israeli model, fitness trainer, and actress Gal Gadot.

Director Zac Snyder tweeted photos from San Diego Comic-Con showing an updated, and darker version of Wonder Woman. The new Wonder Woman will be ditching the traditional red, blue, and gold costume in favor of bronze armor.

Lynda Carter starred as Wonder Woman in “The New Adventures of Wonder Women,” television series from 1975 to 1979. Since then Wonder Woman has appeared in mostly animated television and movies, such as “Lego Batman.”

Gadot’s most notable role to date is Gisele from the popular “The Fast and Furious,” series. However portraying Wonder Woman is a much larger role, which may further increase her popularity.

Her casting has been controversial to diehard DC fans that claim she is not muscular enough to play the amazon hero. However she’s no stranger to staying in shape from her time as a model and trainer.

The jury is still out on the selection of Gadot, but the photos are definitely causing excitement. The Zack Snyder directed film is scheduled for release on May 6th, 2016.

 

 

 

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