Archive - October 2014

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The San Francisco Giants are 2014 World Series Champions!
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NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama
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Fanatics Authentic Shows Stops in Philadelphia
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NFL Week 7 Begins to Separate the Contenders from the Pretenders
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Peyton Manning Furthers Legacy with NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns Record
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Tony Parker and the Spurs Gear Up to Repeat
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Week 6: Blowouts, Upsets, and the First Tie of the 2014 NFL Season
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2014 MLB League Championship Preview
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Peyton Manning’s 500
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The Sports Spectacular is Heading to Philadelphia

The San Francisco Giants are 2014 World Series Champions!

fa-2014wschampsAlthough it was the first time in almost 30 years that the Royals reached the championship, there would be no Cinderella ending to the 2014 World Series. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 in Game 7 crushing their high hopes of ending their championship drought and taking home their third championship in five seasons.

Despite being named top dog in the MLB once again, the Giants journey to the World Series was not an easy one. After getting off to a hot start, the Giants saw themselves lose ground in the NL West standings around the midway point of the season. Their cross-state rival Los Angeles Dodgers team quickly emerged as the immediate favorite to win the division and possibly the pennant with a loaded pitching staff highlighted by Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw.

As the season progressed and the Dodgers continued as favorites for the title, the San Francisco Giants did what they do best; win when it matters most. San Francisco won 14 games in the month of September to secure one of the two NL Wild Card spots. The Giants handed the Pittsburgh Pirates an 8-0 beating in the Wild Card play-in game to earn a best-of-five match-up against the Washington Nationals. Winning against the Nationals would not be nearly as easy as beating the Pirates, considering all three of the Giants’ NLDS victories were only by one run. Sealing a series win over Washington, San Francisco advanced to yet another National League Championship Series against the consistently dominant St. Louis Cardinals. During what seemed like it would be a tight series surprisingly ended in only five games, capped off by a Game Five Travis Ishikawa walk-off home run.

fa-wsbumgarnerNext up for the Giants was a World Series match-up against the Kansas City Royals, a team that had not seen the championship, let alone the postseason, since 1985. After six hard fought games that saw both blowout victories and crushing defeats, San Francisco and Kansas City would require seven games to determine a champion. Starting pitcher Tim Hudson was pulled from the game before completing two innings on the mound, causing the Giants bullpen to have to carry the weight of the team if they wanted to be crowned champions. Luckily for San Francisco, they had a man on their pitching staff by the name of Madison Bumgarner who was ready to win his team a World Series off of only two days rest. The Giants ace was spectacular in Game Seven, pitching five flawless innings of two hit baseball. Bumgarner got Kansas City pitcher Salvador Perez to pop up with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, sealing the 2014 World Series in the name of the San Francisco Giants.

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NFL Week 8: High Scores and High Drama

FA-RoethlisbergerRecordWeek 8 of the 2014 NFL season officially marks the half-way point for a good majority of NFL teams. With the playoffs quickly approaching and every team’s postseason hopes on the line, this week’s play brought no lack of drama. Sunday provided football fans with a number of nail biters and high scoring match-ups across the board to continue the excitement.

For Thursday night football, Week 8 kicked off with a showdown between two potential MVP candidates. While San Diego tends find success in the Mile High City, it was Peyton Manning and the Broncos that ended up on top, defeating Philip Rivers and the Chargers by a score of 35-21. Down in Florida, the Miami Dolphins rolled in to Jacksonville fresh off a big win and produced another stellar defensive performance. Jaguars’ quarterback Blake Bortles threw two interceptions for touchdowns against Miami as the Phins won big at 27-13. The St. Louis Rams couldn’t quite follow up their upset of Seattle with another victory, as the Kansas City Chiefs dominated the game and won by double digits. Arian Foster and the Houston Texans offense we’re too much for the Tennessee Titans with the debut of rookie quarterback Zach Mettenberger. The battle for the AFC North is bound to be a good one, as the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the otherwise dominant Ravens for the second time this year with a last minute touchdown run from Andy Dalton. Despite a rough start to the season, Tom Brady looks to be in peak form at just the right time, firing five touchdown passes with three of which to Rob Gronkowski in a 51-23 Patriots win over the Bears. In an AFC match-up, neither Geno Smith nor Michael Vick could get the job done under center for the New York Jets as they were destroyed by a solid Buffalo Bills defense. The Cleveland Browns easily shook off an embarrassing loss last week to the Jaguars with a 23-13 victory over the winless Oakland Raiders. Despite the fact that Indianapolis was beginning to look like the team to beat in the AFC, the Pittsburgh Steelers crushed the Colts 51-34 behind Ben Roethlisberger’s franchise record for 522 passing yards.

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Across the pond in London, Atlanta’s 21-0 halftime lead disappeared in 30 quick minutes as the Detroit Lions scored 22 unanswered points capped off by a game winning field goal from Matt Prater as time expired. Two of the league’s youngest quarterbacks squared off in Tampa Bay as Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings took down the Buccaneers with a game winning fumble return for a touchdown in overtime. After two straight losses and a week of locker room troubles, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in a must win game against the Carolina Panthers. With just minutes left to play in the game, Russell Wilson led Seattle on an 80-yard drive that resulted in a game winning touchdown thrown to Luke Willson. The Arizona Cardinals have proven themselves as the team to beat in the NFC West as they took down the previously 5-1 Philadelphia Eagles with a 24-20 win in the desert. Despite all of the thrilling match-ups over the course of the weekend, Sunday Night Football brought the best quarterback battle of the weekend as Drew Brees and the Saints hosted Aaron Rodgers and the streaking Packers. Brees came out on top of this one with a little help from running back Mark Ingram who ran for 172 yards and a touchdown to lead New Orleans to 44-23 victory. Then on Monday night, in what had all the makings of a blow out win at home, the smoking hot Dallas Cowboys were cooled down by not RG3, or even Kirk Cousins, but Colt McCoy and the Washington Redskins in a shocking overtime upset.

The coming weeks are time for many teams that are battling for a playoff spot to prove themselves and Week 9 will give rise to many key victories. The two best teams in the NFC will face each other as Arizona travels to Dallas, meanwhile, the two best quarterbacks of this generation will meet each other as Brady and the Patriots take on Manning and the Broncos.

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Fanatics Authentic Shows Stops in Philadelphia

MontanaFanatics Authentic took over the Greater Philadelphia Exposition Center at Oaks on the weekend of October 17th with an athlete lineup that brought sports fans three days filled with unforgettable events. This Fanatics Authentic show hosted big name headliners, such as Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose, and Steve Carlton, and a celebration of the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies World Champion reunion. With the rare chance to meet many of the top athletes across all professional sports, in addition to capturing once in a lifetime photos and see the creation of sports memorabilia, Philadelphia sports fans has the ultimate experience at this Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular.

At the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Philadelphia in October, the sports collectibles retailer provided sports fans and collectors with three exciting days of autograph signings and memorabilia events that featured a wide assortment of extraordinary athletes. In addition to world champion headliners, the Fanatics Authentic Philly show catered to fans of all loyalties, including athletes from all professional sports, teams, and major leagues. The lineup boasted a roster of dominant young players to Hall of Famers and sports legends. From honoring the Philadelphia’s1980 World Series victory with appearances by over 20 members of the Phillies championship team, to celebrating retired NBA champions and getting to know players from the 2014 NFL rookie class, all sports and collectors were able to meet the top names in the game. NFL legends, Joe Montana and Dan Marino spent a lot of time with fans, while Philadelphia Eagles star, LeSean McCoy, and Boxing icon, Mike Tyson, signed collectibles and posed for photos throughout the weekend.

Check out the behind the scenes look at the Philly Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular below:

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NFL Week 7 Begins to Separate the Contenders from the Pretenders

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Only ten more weeks remain in the 2014 NFL season after we wrapped up Week 7 with a number of games that came down to the wire. In both the NFC and AFC, football fans witnessed a number of records, upsets, and dominating performances.

Thursday Night Football gave football fans a traditional AFC East match-up that featured the rival New York Jets and New England Patriots. Despite a three touchdown day from Tom Brady, the Pats were able to hold off a scare from the Jets with a last second blocked kick. The Dolphins are continuing to look like a team that will stay in the playoff hunt as they secured a double digit win against the Bears behind Ryan Tannehill’s pair of touchdown passes. The Baltimore Ravens have continued their winning ways, this time taking down the struggling Atlanta Falcons who have yet to win a game on the road. Jaguars fans can now finally rejoice as Jacksonville destroyed the Cleveland Browns 24-6 to secure the team’s first win all year. Converted quarterback Denard Robinson started the game in the backfield for the Jags and ended the game with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown. A game that many predicted would be a prelude to the AFC championship ended up in a beat down as Andrew Luck and the Colts shut out the Cincinnati Bengals 27-0 in Indy. Rookie sensation Sammy Watkins came in huge for the Bills this weekend, finding the end zone late in the game to give Buffalo a victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Jamaal Charles passed Priest Holmes to become the Kansas City Chiefs all-time leading rusher on Sunday afternoon as KC squeaked by the Chargers for an upset win in San Diego. To cap off the evening, NFL fans across the world got the honor to witness history. With a second quarter strike to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most all-time touchdown passes and set the new mark at 510. Manning’s Denver team ended up winning big against San Francisco. In a Monday Night Football match-up, the Texans jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, but the Steelers relentlessly fought back with a few trick plays up their sleeves to defeat Houston at home.

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The NFC games had no lack of drama this weekend either. DeMarco Murray became the first running back to ever rush for 100+ yards in each of his first seven games as Dallas rolled through the New York Giants 31-21 in Big D. No Griffin, no Cousins, no problem. Third stringer Colt McCoy stepped in at QB for the Redskins and led Washington to a come from behind victory against the Tennessee Titans. In the most exhilarating game of the day, the St. Louis Rams relied on a bit of trickery to take down their conference rivals and defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks 28-26 in Seattle’s second consecutive loss this year. It looked like the New Orleans Saints would finally get on track with a big win against the Detroit Lions, but Matthew Stafford tossed two late fourth quarter touchdowns to secure a win for the 5-2 team from the Motor City. Carolina’s supposedly shut-down defense hasn’t looked too hot this year and received another beating as Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers rolled over the Panthers 38-17. The Arizona Cardinals have continued to make 2014 one of their best seasons yet as they won their fifth game of the year with a commanding 24-13 win against the lowly Raiders.

Next week features a big match-up of the birds as the Arizona Cardinals take on the Philadelphia Eagles as well as a Packers-Saints battle that is sure to be high scoring. When it comes to showing your pride for your favorite teams and players, look no further than the Fanatics Authentic NFL memorabilia selection. Home to hundreds of must-have authentic pieces, Fanatics Authentic is your can’t miss stop for the greatest pieces of autographed football memorabilia out there.

Peyton Manning Furthers Legacy with NFL All-Time Passing Touchdowns Record

FA-ManningTDRecordJust when his NFL career seemed to be approaching its end after multiple neck surgeries, Fanatics Authentic exclusive athlete Peyton Manning defied all odds to not only return to the NFL, but to do so and build an almost untouchable legacy. Since arriving in Denver, Manning has broken almost every NFL record for a quarterback, and on Sunday night, he wrote his name in football history once again as the league’s all-time passing touchdowns leader. Overcoming Brett Favre and his legendary NFL record for 508 career passing touchdowns, Manning took the number one spot on the list of top NFL passing touchdown leaders with a total of 510 passing touchdowns.

During the Denver Broncos’ 42-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on October 19th, Peyton Manning tied Favre’s NFL record with his 508th touchdown pass and then went on to break it. Late in the second quarter, Manning became the all-time NFL passing touchdowns leader with a touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas. As Manning surpassed the NFL career passing touchdown record, he also achieved the historic feat in just 246 regular season starts compared to the 302 it took Favre.

Peyton Manning entered the Sunday night match-up at only two touchdowns behind Brett Favre’s record and completed four touchdown passes to set the record-breaking mark at 510. Before his record-breaking pass, Manning recorded number 507 with a scoring pass to Emmanuel Sanders and went on to tie the NFL record with a 39-yard completion to Wes Welker. With three minutes and nine seconds remaining in the first half, the record-breaker went to Demaryius Thomas to give the Broncos a 21-3 lead that eventually resulted in a win.

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Following Manning’s historic touchdown pass, Sanders, Thomas, and Welker tossed the milestone football around in a game of keep-away before letting Manning hold the iconic ball before it would head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. After completing one more scoring pass to Thomas in the third quarter, Manning put the new NFL record at 510 career passing touchdowns. At his career 510 passing touchdowns, Peyton Manning is a colossal 135 passes ahead Drew Brees, who is the next active quarterback on the leader board at 374 scoring passes for his career. For the indefinite future, this record is Peyton Manning’s alone and sets the league’s quarterback standards at new heights. Peyton Manning is projected to reach north of 600 career passing touchdowns before he hangs up his cleats for the last time, which is an unfathomable number in league standings.

Regardless of Peyton Manning’s collection of prestigious NFL records, just one more significant record still remains in sight: Brett Favre’s NFL career passing yards record which stands at 71,838 career passing yards. Although Manning was 5,344 yards back before Denver’s game against San Francisco, the Broncos quarterback is projected to break the record before his eventual retirement if he can remain healthy and consistent into the 2015 NFL season. With over 40 individual NFL records, Peyton Manning is among the greatest ever to play the game and write his name in sports history as he chases his next feat.

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Tony Parker and the Spurs Gear Up to Repeat

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After winning the 2014 NBA Championship and dethroning the Miami Heat, Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs looks to defend their title as the 2014-2015 NBA season gets underway. Coming off of his fourth NBA Championship with the Spurs, Parker continues to anchor the San Antonio dynasty that seems to be never-ending and hopes to lead the team to another lengthy postseason run.

After reaching the playoffs for 17 consecutive seasons, falling just short of the title in Game 7 during 2013, and finally seeking their revenge in a 2014 NBA Finals sweep for the franchise’s fifth Larry O’Brien Trophy, the San Antonio Spurs are one of the most consistent teams in the league and the biggest threat in 2014. In addition to the Spurs’ Big Three with Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili, the rest of the San Antonio roster boasts veterans with all around talent and experience in the postseason. To add to the San Antonio Spurs domineering lineup and strong depth chart, the team has a synergy that has meshed well and produced big results for years. While many NBA teams made huge changes in the offseason, such as the relocation of LeBron James to Cleveland, the Spurs chose not to mess with a good thing and only added to their talent with first round 2014 NBA Draft pick, Kyle Anderson. As long as the San Antonio Spurs can remain healthy throughout the season, San Antonio will be favorites to win the West and make their third consecutive appearances at the NBA Finals. Under the lead of Greg Popovich and newly hired assistant coach Becky Hammon, former WNBA player, the San Antonio Spurs are in for another memorable year in the upcoming season.

As a franchise that has just about achieved it all, the Spurs have yet to repeat with back-to-back championships. A sixth NBA title for the Spurs would tie the franchise with the Bulls, put Tim Duncan in the Michael Jordan realm past Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson, and make the perfect send-off for Manu Ginolibi. As San Antonio embarks on its journey to make history with the start of the 2014 season, the Spurs are serious contenders as the top dog in the NBA until someone can find a way to knock them off.

Week 6: Blowouts, Upsets, and the First Tie of the 2014 NFL Season

FA-BengalsAlthough the 2014 NFL season isn’t even half way over yet, numerous teams are beginning to emerge as serious playoff threats while others are falling off the map. After a week of blowouts, upsets, and even a tie, Fanatics Authentic recaps the biggest headlines from Week 6 in the NFL.

The Indianapolis Colts jumped out to an early 24-0 start against the Houston Texans in the first quarter, but that didn’t stop Ryan Fitzpatrick’s squad from making it a close one. JJ Watt scored his third touchdown of the season to put him ahead of consistent offensive threats LeSean McCoy and Calvin Johnson, but Indy still held off Houston to a 33-28 win. In what turned out to be a snoozer, rookie sensation Blake Bortles led Jacksonville in both passing in rushing despite a 2-point loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Jets could get nothing going on the ground as Geno Smith led Gang Green with 11 (yes, you read that right) yards on the ground behind a miserable loss to the defending AFC champion Denver Broncos. The Cleveland Browns got revenge on their archrival Pittsburgh Steelers after a Week 1 loss and took down the black and gold with a big 21-point victory at home. Just about every NFL fan would have predicted a San Diego romping of the Oakland Raiders before the game on Sunday. Considering the Chargers look like legitimate AFC West contenders and the Raiders hadn’t won a game, it was a perfectly respectable expectation, but Oakland gave the Chargers all they could handle and San Diego barely escaped with a last minute victory. Tom Brady looks to be back to his old tricks as he tallied 4 passing touchdowns with over 360 yards in the air, as he led New England to a commanding win over the Buffalo Bills. In what was the most intriguing result of the weekend, the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers ended their high scoring match-up in a 37-37 tie. For a match-up between one of the biggest players this season in the Bengals against a Panthers team that still struggles to find its rhythm, its bizarre result really threw NFL fans, and even the players, for a loop.

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After coming off of three straight victories, the New York Giants were brought back down to Earth after getting shutout by the rolling Philadelphia Eagles 27-0. Packers fans may now finally be a little more relaxed after Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay to yet another big win, with a last-minute victory over the Miami Dolphins. Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco put together a record-breaking performance in a 48-17 win against the struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as he threw 5 touchdown passes in a shorter amount of time than any other NFL quarterback in league history. Theo Riddick’s 75 receiving yards helped the Detroit Lions to a 17-3 win over Minnesota, while the Washington Redskins were no match for the 4-1 Arizona Cardinals. After back-to-back losses, the Chicago Bears were able to get back on track as they defeated the Atlanta Falcons behind nearly 400 yards in the air from quarterback Jay Cutler. The defending Super Bowl champions finally met their match as they went up against a hot Dallas Cowboys team on Sunday afternoon. Despite being favorites to win the game by over a touchdown, the Seattle Seahawks came up short as Dallas improved to a 5-1 record. To cap things off for Week 6, Monday Night Football featured an NFC West battle, in which Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers took down the Rams in St. Louis in an exciting 31-17 win.

NFL fans are in for a real treat with a slate of games headlined by some of the league’s best rivalries next weekend. The Jets will play the Patriots for a thrilling Thursday Night Football, the Giants and Cowboys will square off on Sunday, and the Bengals will face the Colts in what may be a preview for this year’s AFC Championship Game. Gear up to support for your favorite NFL players and your Super Bowl hopefuls every Sunday as the competition gets even closer and separates the pretenders from the contenders.

2014 MLB League Championship Preview

Fanatics_BusterPoseyOctober is here and the competition in the MLB is seriously heating up with just four teams remaining in the running for the 2014 World Series title. The League Championship Series kicks off on Friday with an American League battle between the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals, while a heated National League rematch between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants begins on Saturday. With these two match-ups, the League Championship Series caters to every baseball fan’s desires with the ALCS featuring a tale of two small market franchises that look to take home their first title in around 30 years and the NLCS boasting a longtime rivalry between two teams that have completely dominated the National League for the last 5 years.

Neither competitor in the National League Championship Series is a stranger to this round of October play, considering the Cardinals prepare to compete in the NLCS for their fourth straight year with the Giants making their third appearance in five years. A rivalry has developed between these two MLB teams that have consistently fought for the past five seasons, as the 2014 World Series marks the fifth consecutive years that either San Francisco or St. Louis will represent the National League in the championship. After winning their division with a 90-72 record and eliminating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers from the playoffs, the St. Louis Cardinals prepare to seek retribution for a loss at last year’s World Series and look to claim their ninth NL pennant since 2000. Led by pitching ace Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals have depth on the pitching mound, reliable sluggers in Matt Holliday, Jhonny Peralta, and Matt Carpenter, and home field advantage for a slight upper hand in this series. As for the Cardinals opponent, it’s been a slightly magical journey to the NLCS for the San Francisco team that finished second in their division with an 88-74 record. After a dominating 8-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Giants then eliminated the Washington Nationals from the postseason in just four games. Buster Posey as a threat at the plate coupled with Pablo Sandoval’s notorious postseason heroics, the San Francisco Giants have the offensive power to shut down the Cardinal’s robust pitching staff, as well as a key playmaker in pitcher Tim Lincecum that could lead the team to its third World Series in the last five years. Considering both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have a similar playing style with a history of recurrent success in the playoffs, the NLCS couldn’t be more evenly matched and this match-up will definitely be long, low-scoring, and quite exciting.

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Meanwhile, for the American League Championship Series, both the Royals and the Orioles shocked baseball by remaining in the postseason through October. In addition to being two underdog teams, both Kansas City and Baltimore are yearning for their first championship since the 1980’s as teams that recorded the first and second most losses in the American League since 2000. Although these two teams have different strengths, each also has opposite weaknesses, that will provide for an interesting ALCS. While the Royals led the majors in stolen bases, the Orioles had the fewest, whereas Baltimore topped the league in home runs and Kansas City hit fewest. As the MLB’s biggest threat at bat, the Orioles have significant strength behind the plate with MLB home run leader Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones who is just getting on a roll, coupled with a strong defensive game. On the other hand, the Royals also have a solid game on both sides of the ball with an aggressive base running scheme and an outfield that has a knack for impressive catches, but a slightly stronger pitching rotation. Both National League contenders also swept their division series on their journey to the League Championship, but with home field advantage, the Baltimore Orioles have the huge benefit of kicking off the series at Camden Yards. Similar to their National League counterparts, the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals match-up should provide a long and interesting series, but instead, throughout this series MLB fans will be rooting for both teams to win.

Considering the League Championship Series offers two entirely different match-ups, one between a storied rivalry and another that pits two underdog teams against each other, this round of play is just a preview to what will set up for one of the most exciting World Series Championships in recent baseball history. Baseball fans, gear up for two exciting series between the four remaining postseason contenders because the road to the 2014 World Series is long and trying.

Peyton Manning’s 500

Manning_500Among football’s greatest players of all time, there is one record-breaking quarterback that has forever changed the game: Peyton Manning. As the 2014 NFL season began, many questioned Manning’s ability to live up to the remarkable year of football he produced in 2013 that feature multiple league records, such as seven touchdowns in a game and the fastest quarterback to reach 60,000 passing yards, but after five weeks of play, it’s clear the Broncos quarterback’s glory days are not a thing of the past.

On Sunday, October 5th during a Denver Broncos 41-20 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Peyton Manning threw his 500th career touchdown pass, becoming just the second quarterback in NFL history to reach such as feat and the fastest to do so in just 244 games. To close out the Broncos’ opening drive of the game, Julius Thomas caught a 7-yard scoring pass with just under 5 minutes left in the first quarter to mark Peyton Manning’s 500th career touchdown pass. With the completion of that touchdown pass, Manning further solidified his place in football, as he completed an epic performance by posting a career-high of 479 yards in a single-game and tying Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino for most career 400-yard games with 13.

Manning_5001To put Manning’s 500 touchdown milestone in perspective, the quarterback has posted more touchdown passes alone than Joe Namath, Troy Aikman, and Roger Staubach combined for a total of 491. As compared to an entire NFL franchise’s lineage of quarterbacks, it took 36 Cleveland Browns quarterbacks 28 seasons to match Manning’s 500 touchdown passes in 16 years. Additionally, four NFL teams, including the Panthers, Ravens, Texans, and Jaguars, still haven’t even recorded 400 touchdown passes in all of franchise history. For quarterbacks trailing Peyton Manning in career touchdown passes, like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, it would take them years to reach the elusive 500 club and requires no drop in their current performance.

At a total of 503 touchdown passes, Peyton Manning now sits second on the all-time list to Brett Favre with 508. Unlike Favre, who reached the 500 mark near the end of his dreadful final season in the NFL, Manning is still one of the best performers at quarterback and at the top of his game. Therefore, playing the way he is, Peyton Manning will dethrone Favre for the top spot on the NFL’s list of top touchdown passing quarterbacks in no time as he looks to lead the Broncos to another successful season.

The Sports Spectacular is Heading to Philadelphia

phillyheadlinersAfter visiting a handful of other cities throughout the 2014, the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will stop in Philadelphia for the weekend of October 17th in Philadelphia, while producing a collectibles convention of new proportions with bigger names and even more exciting events. In addition to hosting the 1980 Philadelphia Phillies team for a World Champion Reunion, Fanatics Authentic will bring sports fans together with over 50 other famous athletes to provide attendees with a weekend full of family fun and unforgettable memories that is completely free.

Over the weekend of October 17th through 19th, the Sports Spectacular will take over the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks with a plethora of prominent athletes and sports fans of all loyalties for three days of events. In addition to being able to meet their favorite professional athletes in person, fans and collectors can also see the first-hand creation of their own unique autographed sports collectibles during numerous autograph sessions, attend case breaks, visit the historic collectibles showcase, and even more. Along with show headliners from the World Champion Phillies Mike Schmidt, Steve Carlton, and Pete Rose, over 20 members of the 1980 World Series team will come together for a championship reunion. The athlete lineup for the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular also boasts prominent names from across all professional sports, including Philadelphia NFL stars Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy, Boxing legends Mike Tyson and Sugar Ray Leonard, as well as football Hall of Famers Dan Marino and Joe Montana. Aside from continuous athlete autograph signings, collectors and fans can also witness sports history at the rare baseball exhibit that features a Philadelphia Sports Legends display, the 2.8 million dollar T-206 Honus Wagner “Jumbo” baseball card, and a 100th anniversary Babe Ruth memorabilia collection.

All athletes that are schedule to attend the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular in Philadelphia will be available for autograph sessions and photo opportunities all weekend long to give fans the rare chance to get up close and personal with all of their sports heroes. General admission is free for everyone each day of the show, but die-hard sports fans and serious memorabilia collectors can get the ultimate show experience with a VIP package that includes an express line bracelet that allows you to jump the line for autograph signings, in addition to free autograph and raffle tickets. In order to provide fans with treasured memories from the event the ability to take home genuine autographed sports memorabilia, Fanatics Authentic also has a number of autograph, inscription, and photo-op tickets available for purchase at different price points based on each athlete. All sports collectibles signed by players at the event will also be fully certified by Fanatics Authentic and is fully backed with our serialized hologram sicker.

The Philadelphia Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, which is located at 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, Pennsylvania 19456. Although admission is free every day of the show from Friday through Sunday, tickets for autographs, inscriptions, and photo-ops can be purchased online or on-site at the show. For more information about the Fanatics Authentic Sports Spectacular at Philadelphia and to see the entire athlete line-up, click here.

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