Monday Morning Weekend Wrap-Up
Weekends have become less about relaxing and more about using the time to catch up on things around the house, time with family and friends, child obligations, and what not so we figured we'd start a new thing here at 630 the Fan: the Weekend Wrap-Up. We'll give you a quick recap of what you may have missed in sports over the weekend so you can impress your co-workers and friends with your sports knowledge. You'll be known as the office sports guru in no time.
Here's what you need to know from this weekend:
Kobe or MJ?
Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan on the all-time scoring list. Bryant now sits at number three on the list with 32,310 career points, only behind Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. It'll be interesting to see how much longer the Black Mamba plays and where he finishes. Definitely one of the most impressive NBA careers in history without a doubt, but in my opinon Jordan is still the best player of all-time.
Marcus Mariota's historic Heisman win
The 80th Heisman Trophy winner was announced Saturday night in New York City. The finalists were Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. Mariota won with 90% of the vote - the second largest margin of victory since they started calculating these things. Melvin Gordon came in second, followed by Cooper, JT Barrett (Ohio State QB), and last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Barrett and Winston were not present at the ceremony. Mariota gave a moving, emotional acceptance speech as he became the first player born in Hawaii and the first player from the University of Oregon to win the Heisman trophy.
Oregon will face Florida State in the Rose Bowl as part of the first College Football Playoff.
NFL Playoff Winners and Losers
Patriots, Broncos, and Colts all clinched division titles this weekend. Patriots grabbed their sixth consecutive AFC East title and Broncos their fourth consecutive AFC West title. Even though New England and Denver have the same record, New England holds the tie breaker over Denver due to their head-to-head record. The Colts snagged their second-consecutive AFC South title and have never missed the playoffs since Andrew Luck came along.
The Arizona Cardinals also clinched a playoff spot, but as far as which one remains to be seen. The Seattle Seahawks moved a step closer to snatching the NFC West away from Arizona with a win over the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers were eliminated from playoff contention with that loss in Seattle. The Seahawks head to Arizona to face the Cardinals next week on Sunday Night Football, a game that will likely decide the winner of the NFC West.
Johnny Manziel experienced his first career NFL start this week against the Bengals and it was less than exciting. Manziel finished 10 of 18 for 80 yards, two interceptions, three sacks, and no touchdowns. The Bills also beat the Packers, sending the Pack tumbling down the playoff ladder. The Lions beat the Vikings, putting Detroit in first place in the NFC North, which means the Pack are currently "in the hunt" for a playoff spot.
Here are the current playoff standings (pending Monday Night Football):
1. Arizona Cardinals (11-3)
2. Detroit Lions (10-4)
3. Dallas Cowboys (10-4)
4. Carolina Panthers (5-8-1)
5. Seattle Seahawks (10-4)
6. Green Bay Packers (10-4)
In the hunt: Philadelphia Eagles (9-5), New Orleans Saints (5-8), Atlanta Falcons (5-9)
1. New England Patriots (11-3)
2. Denver Broncos (11-3)
3. Indianapolis Colts (10-4)
4. Cincinnati Bengals (9-4-1)
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5)
6. Baltimore Ravens (9-5)
In the hunt: Kansas City Chiefs (8-6), San Diego Chargers (8-6), Buffalo Bills (8-6)