Archive - January 2015

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Capitals Prevail in D.C.’s 2015 Winter Classic
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Super Bowl XLIX – A Battle of Former and Current NFL Dynasties
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Baseball Writers Elect Remarkable Class of 2015 to the Hall of Fame
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Remarkable Upset Names the Ohio State Buckeyes 2014 National Champions
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Ravens and Colts Move On in NFL Postseason
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Cowboys and Panthers to Advance to Divisional Round
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2014 NFL Playoffs: Stage Set for NFC Showdown

Capitals Prevail in D.C.’s 2015 Winter Classic

TroyBrouwer_WinterClassicThe Winter Classic has quickly transformed into one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. Since 2008, a different city has hosted the NHL Winter Classic on New Years Day, a nostalgic outdoor hockey game played in some of the countries most iconic baseball and football stadiums. As the hype and viewers of the game have been growing rapidly with each passing season, the 2015 Winter Classic was not short on excitement.

The 2015 Winter Classic was held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., one of the newest ballparks in Major League Baseball. The hometown Washington Capitals played host to Western Conference juggernauts, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Caps started the game firing on all cylinders, netting two goals in under 12 minutes. A Patrick Sharp power play goal put the Blackhawks on the board to end the first period with a 2-1 score. Just moments into the second, Chicago’s Brandon Saad netted his ninth of the year to tie the game up and set the stage for a dramatic ending. After 19 minutes and 27 seconds of back and forth hockey in the third period, Troy Brouwer capped off a Washington victory with a power play goal assisted by Alexander Ovechkin and Mike Green. The 3-2 victory for the Caps will prove valuable as the season goes on, as Washington is currently in a position to earn an Eastern Conference Wild Card bid.

Celebrate the Capitals 2015 Winter Classic victory for life and preserve every unforgettable play from the thrilling match-up by shopping the exclusive selection of Winter Classic collectibles. From autographed photos of Troy Brouwer’s game-winning goal to autographed Capitals Winter Classic jerseys, NHL fans and sports memorabilia collectors can take home a piece of hockey history. Check out some of the unique hockey collectibles from the Winter Class below and shop the full product offering, here.

  • 2015 Winter Classic Washington Capitals vs. Chicago Blackhawks Plaque

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  • Alex Ovechkin Winter Classic Capitals Jersey with GR8 Inscription

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  • Tom Wilson Autographed 2015 Winter Classic Puck

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  • Signed Eric Fehr 2015 Winter Classic Photo

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  • Limited Edition Alex Ovechkin, Troy Brouwer, & Eric Fehr Signed Winter Classic In-Focus

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  • Autographed Troy Brouwer 2015 Winter Classic Jersey

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  • John Carlson Autographed 2015 Winter Classic Puck

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  • Signed John Carlson Washington Capitals Winter Classic Jersey

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  • Alex Ovechkin Signed 2015 Winter Class Hockey Puck

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  • Autographed Troy Brouwer Winter Classic Photo with Game-Winning Goal Inscription

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Super Bowl XLIX – A Battle of Former and Current NFL Dynasties

NFCChampsSince 30 NFL teams have been eliminated from contention, just two remain standing for a chance to take home the coveted Lombardi Trophy as the 2015 Super Bowl Champion. After a season full of huge hits, unforgettable catches, and legendary match-ups, the stage is set for an epic Super Bowl XLIX match-up between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks that will go down at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on February 1st.

Entering the NFC Championship Game, it took just 15 minutes to question whether the Seahawks were capable of remaining in the game, let alone repeating as Super Bowl champions. Throughout the first two quarters of the game, the NFC’s number one seed scored no points and struggled to keep their defense off the field against the Green Bay Packers. A fake field goal touchdown late in the third quarter provided Seattle with an ounce of hope late, but the Seahawks found themselves down by double digits until only minutes remained on the clock. As the two minute warning approached, Russell Wilson scrambled in to the end zone and the Seahawks followed it up with a incredible onside kick recovery. With the perfect opportunity for Marshawn Lynch to go “beast mode” on Green Bay, the Seahawks running back bust open a 25-yard touchdown run to give Seattle the lead. Regardless of the Seahawks miraculous comeback, all hope was not lost for the Packers with Aaron Rodgers at the helm to orchestrate a quick drive to set up kicker Mason Crosby for an 48-yard field goal to force overtime. After winning the coin toss before the start of overtime, Wilson left his performance in the first three quarters of play behind and led the Seahawks to a game-winning touchdown drive to win the heart-pounding contest with a score of 28-22.

AFCChampionsMeanwhile in Foxborough, two AFC rivals were pitted again each other with higher stakes than usual for a trip to the 2015 Super Bowl. Fresh off an upset of the Denver Broncos, Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts took on Tom Brady and a Patriots team that cruised through the entire season to the Conference Championship. From the very beginning, New England completely dominated the field, while the Colts fell deeper into misery. Only four minutes into the game, Patriot’s mid-season free agent running back LeGarrette Blount made it the end zone for the first of three times and there was no stopping him from that point on. While running for 148 yards, Blount opened up the passing game for Brady to throw for 226 yards and three touchdowns for the win. Seven Patriots player caught passes during the AFC Championship Game for a 45-7 dismantling of the Colts to bring Tom Brady to his sixth Super Bowl for a chance at his fourth championship ring.

On Sunday February 1st, Phoenix, Arizona will play host a Super Bowl that will go down in NFL history. As the Patriots look to their future Hall of Fame quarterback to bring New England its fourth title and reclaim its place at the top of the league, the newly dominant Seahawks strive to add to their legacy and bring Seattle another Lombardi Trophy. In just two weeks, the match-up of the season will answer every football fan’s questions and declare either the Seattle Seahawks or the New England Patriots as the greatest team in the NFL.

Baseball Writers Elect Remarkable Class of 2015 to the Hall of Fame

PedroMartinez_HOFThe ballots have been counted and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America has elected yet another incredible class to players to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 2015. The Hall of Fame Class of 2015 features class will include two members of the 3,000 Strikeout Club, a member of the elusive 3,000 Hit Club, and a former player that recorded an amazing 300 wins.

Standing just under six feet tall and weighing a around 170 pounds during his glory days, Pedro Martinez served as a living reminder that big things can come in small packages. Throughout his memorable career, Martinez wrote his name in MLB history as one of the most powerful pitchers of all time. Playing with five franchises throughout his 18 seasons in the MLB, Martinez is best remember for spending his prime with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. In addition to winning an astounding three Cy Young Awards in only four years and leading the league in ERA five times, the Hall of Fame’s newest member was a crucial member of the 2004 Boston Red Sox team that broke the Curse of Bambino and brought Boston its first World Series in over 80 years.

Widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in Major League history Craig Biggio was lifelong member of the Houston Astros and made a career out of making clutch hits while preventing them in the field. The retired infielder holds numerous Astros franchise records, including runs, hits, doubles, and games played. The seven-time All-Star racked up 3,060 hits throughout his career and won four Gold Glove Awards, but his true claim to fame in Houston is bringing the Astros their first ever National League pennant.

JohnSmoltzHOFFew pitchers in baseball history have had as much success on the mound as the legendary John Smoltz. The long-time member of the Atlanta Braves is the only MLB player ever to record over 200 wins and 150 saves. The do-it-all man on the mound headlined the Braves bullpen throughout his tenure in Atlanta and led the franchise to an incredible five National League pennants, as well as a 1995 World Series victory. Throughout his extraordinary 21 seasons in the League, Smoltz was an eight-time All-Star that took home the 1996 National League Cy Young Award and became the 16th member of the 3,000 strikeout club.

When Randy Johnson wasn’t intimidating batters with his commanding 6’10” stature, he was doing it with his trademark fast balls. “The Big Unit” spent three decades playing in the major leagues and earned ten MLB All-Star Game appearances while playing for the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. Ranking second all-time in the MLB for strikeouts with 4,875, Johnson is one of just a few pitchers to ever win more than 300 career games. While collecting an outstanding five Cy Young Awards, Randy Johnson wrote history for the Diamondbacks and led Arizona to its first and only World Series Championship.

All of the Baseball’s newest Hall of Fame members took the game to new heights during their playing days and will always be celebrated as some of the most premier athletes of all-time. Congratulate the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and commemorate some of the best MLB players in baseball history forever by shopping the unique selection of 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame memorabilia with each MLB legend’s autograph.

Remarkable Upset Names the Ohio State Buckeyes 2014 National Champions

14nationalchampThe College National Championship on Monday January 12, 014 was the moment football fans have been waiting for over the course of years. AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the home to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship, would play host to match-up between Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota at the helm of a dominant Oregon Ducks team and an Ohio State squad that overcame great odds for a chance at the title.

For the right to play for the CFP Championship, the Oregon Ducks destroyed the defending champion Florida State Seminoles in the Rose Bowl. In a match-up between the two previous Heisman winners, Marcus Mariota dominated the Seminoles’ defense throughout the entire game. After a 59-20 romping of Florida State, the Ducks seemed like they were on pace to win the first college football national championship in University of Oregon history.

Meanwhile, the Ohio State Buckeyes pulled off a huge upset over the number one seed Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl for the trip to the championship. In second start of quarterback Cardale Jones’ career, he threw for 243 yards and ran for an additional 43. Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott also broke onto the scene of the national stage while posting an incredible 230 yards, which featured a pivotal 85-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to seal an Ohio State victory.

Monday night provided a title game that college football fans across the country will remember for many years. The Buckeyes jumped to an early 21-7 lead in the second quarter and went in to the half with double-digits separating them from Oregon’s upbeat and oftentimes unstoppable offense. Not going down without a fight, the Ducks bounced back in the third quarter, bringing the score to within one point, but the Ohio State offense would prove too much for Oregon. For the win, Ezekiel Elliot commanded the field, while Cardale Jones threw just seven incompletions in his third ever start and proved to the world that “third-string quarterback” is nothing but a title.

Upon winning the 2014 College Football Playoff National Championship, the Buckeyes made NCAA history and brought the Ohio State University its eighth title. In a 42-20 victory, Jones became the first Buckeye signal caller to win three postseason games, Elliot set a career high with 246 rushing yards for an Ohio State record, and Urban Meyer won his third national championship.

Ravens and Colts Move On in NFL Postseason

flaccoIn two of the most intriguing matchups of the 2015 postseason, the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens were both victorious in Wild Card Weekend behind stellar play from their respective quarterbacks. The Colts defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 26-10 in Indianapolis and the Ravens took down the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 at Heinz Field.

Steelers versus Ravens has quickly emerged as the elite rivalry game in the NFL. Both teams are prided by their hard-hitting defenses, who are not afraid to lay the lumber against a divisional opposing offense. However, in 2014 the Steelers have been carried by their offense, which ranked first in the AFC in yards per game. Pittsburgh’s defense would have their work cut out for them in this game, as they faced one of the league’s best postseason quarterbacks in Joe Flacco. In an underwhelming first half, Ravens held a 10-9 lead behind a Bernard Pierce touchdown run and Justin Tucker field goal. Despite having such a high tempo offense, Pittsburgh would only find the end zone one time in this contest, as Ben Roethlisberger found Martavis Bryant for a six-yard strike in the third. Behind a turnover-free game from their quarterback, Baltimore upset Pittsburgh with a double-digit win in on the road. The Ravens will face the New England Patriots next weekend in Foxborough for a shot at the AFC Championship Game.

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Behind head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton, the Bengals have seen a tremendous amount of regular season success in Cincinnati. However, with their Pro Bowl quarterback under center, Cincy has yet to win to win a game in the NFL postseason. The Bengals would hit the road to Indianapolis where they would face the Colts and their elite young quarterback Andrew Luck. Unfortunately for Bengals fans it would be more of the same from their head coach and quarterback. Indianapolis came out of the gates firing with an opening drive touchdown and a pair of field goals from future Hall of Famer Adam Vinatieri. Rookie running back Jeremy Hill would be the only Bengal to find the end zone on Sunday afternoon, as the Colts shut down Cincinnati’s offense in the second half with 13 unanswered points scored and none allowed. Luck added to his impressive on-field resume with 376 passing yards and no interceptions thrown. Indy will travel to Denver next week where they will take on their former fan favorite Peyton Manning and his Broncos squad.

The AFC postseason is about to get even more interesting as the Ravens and the Colts look to take on two of the best teams in the NFL respectively. The Patriots and the Broncos are both tough teams to beat in general, but with a trip to Super Bowl XLIX at stake, Baltimore and Indianapolis have a difficult task ahead of them. Football fans better gear up for a thrilling divisional round, because the road to Glendale is about to get very interesting.

Cowboys and Panthers to Advance to Divisional Round

newtonsuperman In two incredibly strange games this weekend, the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers have each moved on past Wild Card Weekend to play for a shot to make the NFC Championship Game in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. While Carolina defeated Arizona in one of the sloppiest playoff games in recent memory, Dallas’ defeat of the Detroit Lions has sparked controversy over a questionable call by officials.

The 7-8-1 Carolina Panthers became only the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. They hosted the NFC Wild Card winning Arizona Cardinals who made the playoffs with an 11-5 record. From the get go, this matchup was filled with punts and turnovers galore. However, despite sloppy play and even sloppier weather, the Carolina Panthers defense was absolutely stifling. Arizona held a one point lead at the half but would go on to be shut out for the rest of the game, recording only 12 yards of total offense in the third and fourth quarters combined. Defensive captain Luke Kuechly would serve as the hero for the Carolina Panthers, recording 10 total tackles, two pass deflections, and an interception en route to the best team defensive effort in NFL playoff history and the Panthers first playoff victory since 2005. Carolina will face the number one seed Seattle Seahawks at Century Link Field next weekend.

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Sunday in Jerry World, the Dallas Cowboys hosted the Detroit Lions in a playoff game that will be questioned for quite some time. From the first whistle, Detroit looked in control and on pace for an upset of the NFC East champs. Matt Stafford entered the contest winless against teams with winning records on the road, but with a 10-point lead and momentum entering the second half in Dallas, the ex-Georgia Bulldog looked certain to correct that record. DeMarco Murray and Terrance Williams found the end zone and Dan Bailey nailed a field goal to result in a 20-17 Lions lead late in the fourth quarter. On a crucial third down towards the end of the game, a flag thrown on an evident defensive pass interference call against the Cowboys was picked up by a referee after the call. This picked up flag forced Detroit to punt, which led to a Tony Romo game-winning touchdown pass to Terrance Williams. With the win, Dallas advances to the Frozen Tundra where they will face the Green Bay Packers.

As the NFC postseason heads into the divisional round, football fans everywhere are gearing up for even more thrilling NFL action an the suspense of which two teams will compete at the Conference Championship. With Super Bowl XLIX getting even closer, the competition is fiercer than ever, which will provide for even more great match-ups with teams fighting to the very end so don’t miss am minute of the action coming next weekend.

2014 NFL Playoffs: Stage Set for NFC Showdown

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32 teams entered the 2014 NFL season, bust just 12 remain. With the door officially closed on the regular season, a dozen teams enter the heart of winter ready to take home one of the most coveted prizes in all of sport, the Vince Lombardi Trophy. In the National Football Conference, six teams with different stories are set to take the field in hopes of being crowned the next Super Bowl champion.

Earning first round byes are the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers. The Seahawks looked all but ready to defend their Super Bowl crown to start the year. A championship hangover loomed over Seattle as the Seahawks began the year with a 3-3 record. However, since Week 7 the Seahawks have gone 9-1 and are certainly retaking their form from a year ago. A similar story took place in the heart of Wisconsin, as the Green Bay Packers didn’t quite get off to a hot start themselves either. After dropping two of their first three matchups, QB Aaron Rodgers told fans to “R-E-L-A-X” and that the Pack would get back on track. Sure enough the former MVP was right, as Green Bay and their high tempo offense proved to be one of the hottest teams in the NFL to end the year.

The NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys will face the Wild Card winning Detroit Lions in Jerry World this upcoming weekend. America’s Team lost defensive juggernaut Sean Lee in training camp and many football experts claimed Dallas would be home to one of the worst defenses in NFL history. However, the Cowboys didn’t let the loss of their star linebacker slow them down. Behind a stellar offensive line, Tony Romo was able to put together one of the greatest seasons of his career as Dallas cruised to a 12-4 record and division title. The Detroit Lions look to be back after a sub-par 7-9 season a year ago. Quarterback Matthew Stafford and wide receiver Calvin Johnson are clicking on all cylinders while the D-Town D made their name as the stingiest defense in the NFL.

In arguably the most intriguing first round battle of the playoffs the 7-8-1 NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams saw incredibly strange years of their own. The Arizona Cardinals jumped out to an early 9-1 record and looked like they may win the Super Bowl at their home stadium in February. However, after a season ending injury to starting quarterback Carson Palmer and then another serious injury to backup Drew Stanton, the Cardinals have been struggling to find a snap taker that will lead them to the Promised Land. The Panthers on the other hand are making a rare NFL postseason appearance with a losing record. No NFC South team finished with a record of .500 or better, but the Panthers seemed to turn it on at the right time to end the year. Cam Newton led Carolina to their first back-to-back playoff appearance in franchise history after bouncing back from an injury sustained from a highway car crash several weeks ago.

From the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks and the unlikely postseason contender Carolina Panthers, no team is safe in the playoffs, so be sure to cheer on your favorite NFC team on the road to Super Bowl XLIX as the postseason battle begins. Gear up for the 2014 NFL playoffs and weeks of excitement as the remaining NFC competitors fight for the chance to play in Glendale at the coveted championship.

 

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