Kenny Rice – “THE BEST AND THE WORST IN A DICKENS OF A SPORTS WEEK”
February 5, 2015
It was the best in sports and it was the worst in sports. Perhaps the great Mr. Dickens would agree with that in a revisit of moments not to be forgotten (even if they aren’t memorable in the way fans wanted).
SUPER BOWL had a record setting audience of any TV show ever. It also gave us the most scrutinized play in not only NFL, but sports history. Seattle coach Pete Carroll elected to pass rather than give the ball to Marshawn Lynch with three downs and a timeout left and a yard away from repeating as champs. Instead New England quarterback Tom Brady got his fourth ring joining the very elite fraternity of Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.
ANDERSON SILVA, arguably the greatest MMA fighter ever, returned from a shattered leg and a year off to dominate Nick Diaz and give UFC fans hope “The Spider” might have one more title shot. Excitement turned to shock when it was announced Silva tested positive for steroids which might end his career if there is a suspension attached. It has tarnished a heretofore outstanding image. Adding to the marred event, Diaz tested positive for marijuana for a third time leaving his future with the UFC in question.
JOHNNY MANZIEL the Cleveland Browns rookie QB said he was entering rehab. For those critics of the former Heisman trophy winner, it was both validation and admiration as he appears to be making the most mature choice in his young life.
JOSH GORDON was suspended for one year, without pay, by the Browns. Gordon already had two suspensions from the league. For a season of controversy sometimes the league gets it right and sends a message to other pro organizations that eventually someone has to get serious. Listening Nevada State Athletic Commission and MMA world in general?
LANCE ARMSTRONG had done a reasonable job of staying off the radar after the biggest scandal in cycling history until the vehicle he was driving hit two parked cars in Aspen, Colorado. Not only didn’t he report the accident immediately, he then let his girlfriend take the initial fall. If at first you practice to deceive you will likely to it again. He was cited by police, a modest victory for morality.
It was a week like no other in the still early stages of 2015 and one hard to top or bottom depending on who is looking.
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