Brian Kelly Leaving Notre Dame

Brian Kelly is leaving the program to take the head coaching job at LSU. That left the Notre Dame coaching job vacant for the first time since Charlie Weis was fired exactly 12 years ago to the day on Nov. 30, 2009.

Notre Dame is in the hunt for a College Football Playoff spot or one of the best New Year’s Six bowl games out there. 

Notre Dame finished its regular season with a strong 11-1 record.

Sunday Sports Shorts

After nearly two decades of almost complete domination, heartbreak and humiliation, the University of Michigan finally found a way to beat its archrival Ohio State. The win sends the Wolverines (11-1) to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis for the first time ever and keeps the school’s bid for a first-ever College Football playoff berth alive. It was also coach Jim Harbaugh’s first victory over Ohio State since returning to his alma mater in 2015.

The New York Yankees should consider changing the “shave your beard” policy. The “Yankee Way” just feels so outdated. Players are more outspoken than ever. And that’s not always a bad thing. Recently, there’s a picture with Aaron Judge with a beard and it looks great on him. Yankees need to give some freedom and change these rules.

It’s early in the season, but Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls are the best team in the East so far. Also, they are very exciting to watch. Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan, perhaps the NBA’s most potent fourth-quarter duo. Kyle Lowry, one of the craftiest point guards still making life miserable for you and your coaching staff. Heat defeated the Bulls 107-104 on Saturday night.

Edmonton Oilers defeated the Las Vegas Knights, 3-2. Oilers got goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zach Hyman, and Jesse Puljujarvi — all on rapid counter attack plays — to open a 3-0 lead. Mikko Koskinen took care of the rest with a top notch display of goaltending. With the road win coupled with Calgary’s home loss to Winnipeg, the Oilers moved back into first place in the Pacific with 30 points in 20 games.

Navy vs. Temple Preview

Temple (3-8) returns to Lincoln Financial Field for the final game of the 2021 regular season to take on the Navy Midshipmen on Nov. 27 at 12:00pm. 

The Owls lost a tightly close game in last year’s season opener when they faced off against the Midshipmen, falling 31-29.

The last time Navy traveled to Lincoln Financial Field to take on Temple was four years ago in 2017, when the Owls defeated the Midshipmen 34-26. Quarterback Frank Nutile threw for 289 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Owls are trying to snap a 6-game losing streak.

2021 WWE Survivor Series Reaction

The 2022 WWE Survivor Series took place last night in Barclays Center. Two things stood out the most from last night’s event: Roman Reigns defeated Big E, and Randy Orton broke Kane’s record.

Randy Orton, also known as “The Viper” and “Legend Killer,” broke Kane’s record for most PPV matches in WWE history tonight at Survivor Series. Orton made his Survivor Series debut in 2003, and we have watched him grow into an incredible star in the business. A future Hall of Famer has accomplished so much in his career, and this one is even more special. Randy Orton surpassed Kane, The Undertaker, Triple H, John Cena in the list.

In the main event, Roman Reigns defeated Big E to close out the night. Roman is just flat-out exceptional as a heel. It fits him so well, and he proved it once again last night against the crowd. We need to recognize the Roman Reigns vs. The Rock teaser throughout the show. It made things even more enjoyable when Roman Reigns delivered a Rock Bottom to Big E, causing Barclays to chant “Rocky!” However, the night came to a close without any sign of Dwayne Johnson. A future match between two cousins would be fun to watch. The match might not be great, but it could be part of WWE history if it gets made.

Photo Credit to: The Indian Express

Sunday Sports Shorts

Major League Baseball could be heading to a lockout in the future. Why? There are three significant issues. The three issues are the following:

-getting players paid earlier
-tanking and competitive balance, and future of the on-field product
-future of the on-field product

Miami Heat continues to lose late leads in the fourth quarter. Miami led as many as 16 over the Washington Wizards. The Wizards rallied back to beat the Miami Heat, 103-100. Kyle Kuzma hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute for the Wizards.

Utah was in complete control against Oregon on Saturday night. Utah clinched the Pac-12 South with a 38-7 victory. Oregon finished with just 294 total yards, averaging only 2.7 yards per rush. Quarterback Cam Rising completed 10 of his 18 passes and threw for 178 yards.

Edmonton Oilers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks, 5-2 on Saturday. The Oilers’ three stars of the game were Kailer Yamamoto, Warren Foegele, and Philip Broberg combined for 3 points. Oilers improve to 13-4.

Friars Improve to 4-0

On Thursday, the Providence College men’s basketball team defeated the University of New Hampshire, 69-58. The Friars improve to 4-0 in the season.

Three players finished in double-figures for the Providence Friars – Guard Al Durham finished with a game-high 19 points. Center Nate Watson contributed 17 points and four rebounds in the game. Forward Noah Horchler registered a double-double, with 10 points and 12 rebounds.

The Friars travel to the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for the Roman Legends Classic. The Friars face Northwestern University in their first match-up on Monday, Nov. 22. Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN+.

Photo Credit to: Ryan Feeney

Sports Throwback Thursday: Jack Sikma

Today’s Sports Throwback Thursday belongs to the hall of Famer Jack Sikma. One of the best centers of his generation.

Not too many people know or have forgotten about Jack Sikma. He was a terrific professional basketball player. In his college career at Illinois Wesleyan, Sikma is the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,272 points) and rebounder (1,405). In his last three seasons, the Titans won College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin championships and advanced to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics tournament in Kansas City. Sikma was a three-time NAIA All-American and was the top vote-getter as an Associated Press College Division All-American as a senior when he averaged 27.0 points and 15.4 rebounds. In four years, his teams went 83-32, and he was chosen as the CCIW’s most outstanding player for three straight years.

Sikma was the No. 8 pick in the first round of the 1977 NBA draft by the Seattle SuperSonics. Sikma scored 17,287 points, got 10,816 rebounds in the NBA, and was a key player on Seattle’s 1979 NBA championship team. He holds Seattle’s team records for rebounds (7,729) and free throws made (3,044).

Sikma is the only center to have led the NBA in free-throw shooting percentage, converting 92.2 percent in 1987-88 with the Milwaukee Bucks. His jersey has been retired by Illinois Wesleyan and the Seattle SuperSonics.

In 1999, Sikma became a member of the CoSIDA Academic All-American Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017, the NAIA Hall of Fame, and was a member of the NAIA 50th & 75th All-Anniversary Teams. In 2019, Sikma joined the fraternity of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

The impressive illustrious career that Jack Sikma made for himself. All work ethic, talent, and commitment.

Noah Syndergaard Signs With The Angels

Thor’s era in New York has come to an end. Pitcher Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed on a one-year, $21 million contract.

A huge upgrade for the Angels. Syndergaard, 29, has spent the last seven seasons with the New York Mets. In 2015, he finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting after putting up a 3.24 ERA with 166 strikeouts over 24 starts and 150 innings. 2015 is also the year the Mets reached the World Series, and Noah pitched a solid Game 3 against the Kansas City Royals. His sophomore year was even more impressive: over 30 starts and 183.2 innings, he had a 2.60 ERA with 218 strikeouts.

Syndergaard battled through injuries during the 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021 seasons. The Angels are taking a risk with Noah, but a 1-year contract is a smart business move. It’s a fresh start for Noah, and he’ll get that with the Angels. A one-year deal gives him the opportunity to reestablish himself.

Blue Jays Sign Jose Berrios To Seven-Year Extension

The Blue Jays have signed an extension with star right-hander Jose Berrios, covering the 2022-2028 seasons, pending a physical. He will be guaranteed $131 mil over the length of the deal. Berrios will opt-out after the fifth year of the deal and has limited no-trade protection.

At July’s trade deadline, the 27-year-old was acquired from the Twins, set to reach free agency after the 2022 season. Instead, the Blue Jays will keep him around for an extended stay, hoping that he anchors their rotation well into the future. This extension runs through 2028, which will be his age-34 season.

Before that trade, Berrios had spent his entire career in the Twins organization since they selected him in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft.

Berrios could be a solid No. 2 starter for the Blue Jays. We don’t know what will happen with Robbie Ray; therefore, the Jays needed to wine and dine Berrios. Jays have the offense, but they need pitching to win titles. Blue Jays need to start focusing more on the pitching aspect this offseason.