Dan Reeves Dead at 77

Dan Reeves, who appeared in nine Super Bowls as a player, assistant coach, and head coach, died at his home in Atlanta on Saturday. He was 77.

Reeves began his 38-year NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys when they signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1965. He thrived once team injuries gave him a chance to play as a running back, and over his eight-year career, he totaled 1,990 rushing yards, 1,693 receiving yards, and 42 touchdowns.

Reeves is one of only ten coaches to have won at least 190 regular-season games in his career, and he guided two teams — the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons — to the Super Bowl and was the head coach of the New York Giants for four seasons.

Reeves is one of only nine coaches in NFL history with 200 total wins.

Sports Throwback Thursday: Tracy McGrady’s 13 Points in 35 Seconds

Seventeen years ago, Tracy McGrady did the unthinkable: he dropped 13 points in the last 35 seconds of a game against the Spurs to win it for the Rockets.

The game was televised on NBA on TNT. The play-by-play announced for this game was the legend Marv Albert. No one expected what was about to happen in the last minute of the game. The game was pretty much over. Rockets have no chance to come back and win. T-Mac had other ideas.

McGrady got the ball one more time after Spurs guard Devin Brown fell down in the corner of the Spurs’ frontcourt with 7.9 seconds remaining, the Spurs leading 80-78. T-Mac hit the game-winner with a three. The crowd went crazy.

The Spurs were stunned. They squandered a 10-point lead to the Rockets with 1:02 remaining – and it got snatched away by McGrady’s heroics.

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.

Red Wings Shut Down Oilers

The Detroit Red Wings took on the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night. The Red Wings performance in the first half had many of us surprised.

Red Wings jumped early in the game and had a 3-0 lead over an outstanding team like Edmonton. Red Wings left wing Vladislav Namestnikov scored the first two goals of the game. Red Wings defenseman Maritz Seider scored a goal on an empty net to give the Red Wings a 4-2 lead, which turned out to be the final score. Seider should be a contender to win the Calder trophy and could be a future Norris Trophy winner.

Edmonton had a chance to win the game if they didn’t play so lousy in the first half.

Red Wings are looking pretty impressive so far this season. They have a 3-game winning streak, improving to 7-5.

Rangers’ Rollercoaster in Canada

New York Rangers have been having a rollercoaster during their road trip in Canada. The Rangers were embarrassed by the Calgary Flames, losing 6-0. Rangers have also lost twice in overtime, to Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers.

The Rangers’ schedule is about to get lighter in the coming weeks, with three of their four games played at home. Regardless, the Rangers can’t make any excuses. They need to beat those teams from Canada. The Rangers have a 6-3 record in the season. Rangers will take on the red hot, undefeated Florida Panthers in the garden tonight at 7pm.

Sports Throwback Thursday: 1991 NLCS Braves vs. Pirates

Welcome to Sports Throwback Thursday! Today’s edition belongs to the 1991 National League Championship Series Game 7 between the Atlanta Braves and Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates twenty-game winner John Smiley went against Braves’ John Smoltz.

The 1991 Pittsburgh Pirates were the most talented team compared to 1990 and 1992. I believe Jim Leyland said this in an interview. Pirates had talented players like the Killer Bees (Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla) and centerfielder Andy Van Slyke.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, there would be no celebration in Pittsburgh that night. John Smoltz shut out the Pirates offense and got some run support from Brian Hunter.

After Atlanta had gone 26+2⁄3 innings without scoring, the Pirates themselves went the final 22+1⁄3 innings without scoring. That streak would reach 30 innings before José Lind snapped it with a home run in the eighth inning of Game 1 in the 1992 NLCS.

Avery won the Series MVP award. The Braves starter did not allow a run, giving up nine hits and walking four while striking out 17.

The Atlanta Braves were in last place the year before. Braves made their first World Series appearance since 1958 and first since moving to Atlanta in 1966. Braves would go on to lose to the Minnesota Twins in the World Series in 7 games.

Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves would face each other in an NLCS rematch the following year. Pirates were three outs away from advancing to the World Series but lost in a heartbreaking Game 7 as the Braves rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the 9th inning.

Pirates wouldn’t make the playoffs again until 2013.

Teddy Bridgewater’s Redemption

Denver Broncos quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is having a season of redemption so far. Bridgewater has battled injuries and lost his starting quarterback job in the last, but he’s determined and focused than ever this season.

Bridgewater led the Broncos to a 23-13 win at Jacksonville yesterday. Broncos improve to 2-0 in the season. According to The Denver Post, Bridgewater became the first NFL quarterback since Brees three years ago to open a season with two games of two passing touchdowns, no picks, and a 75% completion rate (with a minimum of 12 attempts).

Ryan Braun Retires

Ryan Braun announces his retirement from the game of Baseball. Braun spent his entire 14-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers. Braun won the 2011 NL MVP and helped them reach the postseason for a couple of seasons.

The Brewers took the Dodgers to seven games in that NLCS before falling to the NL champions. Milwaukee made the postseason each year from 2018 to 2020.

He was one of the best players in the league from 2007 to 2012. Everything took a turn when he got suspended midway through the 2013 season for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Since 2013, Braun hasn’t been the same player that he was once. It was sad to see this happen because he was one of my favorite players in the late 2000s.

Braun is the Brewers’ all-time leader in home runs (352).

Nils Lundkvist Ready to Rumble

This past weekend, Nils Lundkvist, a 2018 first-round pick, worked out at the New York Rangers development camp.

After waiting for three years, Lundkvist will get a big opportunity to showcase his talent and prove that the Rangers were right about him.

Lundkvist has impeccable puck-moving skills and vision. He won the Borje Salming Award as the SHL’s best defenseman after posting 32 points in 52 games for Lulea before playing for Team Sweden at the World Championships.

Insane Finish at Overtime

It came very close. It came so close for the game to end with a tie. The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Minnesota Vikings 27-24 with a field goal. There was no time left on the clock.

Bengals quarterback Joe Burrows came back with a vengeance after going down with an ACL injury last season. Burrows completed 20 of his 27 passes with two touchdowns and threw for 261 yards.

The game’s biggest play came down to 39 seconds left in overtime—fourth-and-a-chain-link from the Bengals own 48. Burrow stares into the Double-A Gap, where Zimmer has seemingly sent every player that ever played for him during his six seasons as the Bengals defensive coordinator. Burrow checks to a pass and a long one that floats to tight end C.J. Uzomah that turns into the 32-yard play. The play of the game set up Evan McPherson’s winning field goal. It is the only regular-season game in NFL history with last-play scores in both regulation and overtime.

Bengals will fly to “The Windy City” to take on the Chicago Bears in Week 2.