9.02.2014

Vols Win Big In Opener




Tennessee was fired up. You could tell it was a new year and Vols head coach Butch Jones had the team ready to go. As Tennessee simply dominated Utah State en route to a 38-7 win Sunday night in Neyland Statium, the orange nation had a lot to be happy about.

Sure, you could make the argument that Utah State was not strong. However, there were a lot of people that said the Aggies would prove to be a stiff test for the young Vols. Some even predicted the Vols to be upset by the visiting Mountain West opponent.

If it wasn’t apparent that the new look Tennessee team was ready from the opening kickoff, you were watching a different game. The Vols were fired up, and it showed. Tennessee put on a show in front of the sold out 102, 455 crowd – the first time a season opener has been sold out since 2007.

Vols senior quarterback Justin Worley was able to manage the offense and the A.J. Johnson led defense was able to shut down the Aggies team led by darkhorse Heisman candidate Chuckie Keeton.

Worley threw three touchdown passes and completed 27 of 38 passes for 273 yards on the night. Two of his three touchdown passes went to new Vols: Freshman Jalen Hurd and junior-college transfer Von Pearson. Utilizing those two weapons as well as an experienced tight end in Brendan Downs, who caught Worley’s first touchdown pass, enabled the Vols to capitalize.

The defense was led by Johnson, who forced a fumble on special teams, recorded an interception and finished with nine tackles.

Having Johnson on the field was huge for the Vols defense, but putting him on special teams to lead that unit was brilliant. Johnson was often times to first one down the field, and he fired up the team the entire game.

There were many strong performances Sunday night, but Johnson’s was probably the most impactful. Here is a player that decided to return for his senior season. Having a opening season performance like this validates his reason for returning to the Vols.

Utah State may not have played like the team many thought they would see Sunday night, but regardless of their performance, the Vols were ready to play.



8.28.2014

Peyton Manning Fined For Taunting, Doesn't Care

When a NFL player gets fined, I don't normally think much of it. It's just another game, another day. NFL fines have become common amongst the game due to the league's continuing effort to make the game safer. However, when a player such as Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning gets fined for taunting, it grabs my attention.

Manning was fined $8,258 for taunting Houston safety D.J. Swearinger following a 29-yard touchdown pass to Emmanuel Sanders during Saturday's pre-season game.

Swearinger, known around the league as one of the premier trash talkers, caused Broncos receiver Wes Welker to leave the game due to a hit that caused a concussion earlier in the game.



Manning's comments when asked about the incident were:
"I accept it," Manning said. "Money well spent."

The Broncos players have to love the fact that Manning stood up for Welker like that. A football team is a family and Manning made sure he did his part to stand up for Welker after he suffered the injury earlier in the game.

8.23.2014

Manny Machado Out For Season


Baltimore Orioles Manny Machado will have season-ending surgery on his right knee. According to reports, the star third-baseman will have the surgery within a week to repair the knee.

Machado had season-ending surgery last year on his left knee and began this season on the disabled list as he recovered from that injury.

Machado hit .278 with 12 home runs and 32 RBIs this season for the Orioles. In addition to his solid offensive production, he is arguably the best fielding third-baseman in the game. The absence of Machado will definitely hurt the first-place Orioles during the final stretch of the season.

Having already lost catcher Matt Wieters for the season, the Orioles will be forced to rely on a lot of other players to pick up the production. Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty have filled in at third base in Machado's absence. Fortunately the Orioles are packed with depth, but it is hard to say Baltimore will be able to match Machado's offensive and defensive production.

8.16.2014

NFL Network To Feature Redskins' Great Sean Taylor In 'A Football Life' Series


Former Washington Redskins' safety, Sean Taylor, will be featured in the NFL Network series 'A Football Life' this fall. The episode is tentatively scheduled to air on September 26.

The series is documentary based that examines some of game's icons and stars behind the scenes on and off the field.

Taylor, who was fatally shot in his home in 2007, was one of the game's best. Who knows how great he could have been. As a Redskins fan, I loved watching Taylor play. He was my favorite player, and he will continue to be the best safety to ever suit up in the NFL in my eyes. His death was devastating to his friends, family and the entire NFL and its fans. The ability Taylor had on the field has yet to be duplicated and it never will be. He will always be remembered and always honored. It was a privilege  to watch Taylor suit up for the Redskins and something I will always cherish. He will forever be a Redskins great.

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