February 8, 2016

Defense leads Denver to Super Bowl victory (AUDIO)

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

The Denver Bronco’s asked their defense to win the biggest game of the season and for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to manage the game.  The result was a 24-10 victory.

Manning’s 56.6 passer rating was only slightly better than Cam Newton (55.4).  He completed just 13 of 23 for 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.  Hardly the type of numbers you would associate with a Super Bowl win.

But the Broncos simply asked Manning to not lose the game.  Don’t turn the ball over, like the Carolina Panthers did four times (three by Cam Newton).  Denver’s offense may have been boring to watch, but the Bronco’s coaching staff wasn’t worried about style points.  They were worried more about winning a Super Bowl.

To pull that off, the Broncos would have to put the game in the hands of their defense.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been coaching for 40 years, as an assistant, a head coach and now a coordinator.  He’s help build one of the league’s top defenses and they showed just how good they are by holding down the Panthers. [Read more…]

Marquette women drop second straight

MarquetteGoldenEagles2The Marquette women’s basketball team dropped its second straight Big East contest, falling to Villanova 81-60 in Philadelphia on Sunday.

The Wildcats scored the games first 17 points and led by seven at halftime.  Villanova then pulled away in the second half as Alex Louin scored a career-high 28 points in the contest.

The Wildcats shot 57-percent from the field for the game, while holding the Golden Eagles to 44-percent.

Natisha Hiedeman scored 15 to lead Marquette, which dropped to six-and-seven in the Big East Conference and eleven-and-13 overall.

Hall of Fame means Favre’s journey is complete

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre became the 24th member of the organization to be voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and just the fifth to do it in his first year of eligibility.

Favre became the 74th individual to be voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility overall.  He’s joined by former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene who ranks third all-time in sacks while playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers.

This class also includes receiver Marvin Harrison, quarterback Ken Stabler, tackle Orlando Pace, guard Dick Stanfel, coach Tony Dungy and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

Unlike the other members of this class, Brett Favre is directly responsible for reviving an organization that had gone through a couple of decades of losing. [Read more…]

Coghlin logs his 500th coaching victory

Tim Coghlin

Tim Coghlin

St. Norbert College men’s hockey coach Tim Coghlin won his 500th career game on Saturday.  The Green Knights blanked Northland College in a NCHA contest as Coghlin became the third-fastest coach in NCAA hockey history for all divisions to reach 500 career wins.

Coghlin’s 500th win came in his 680th game.  He is the 25th coach in NCAA history to win 500 games, but only John Rolli of UMass-Dartmouth (658 games) and Bob Peters of Bemidji State (677 games) have accomplished the milestone in fewer games.

Tony Kujava recorded his eighth shutout of the season for the Green Knights (18-2-1, 14-2 NCHA).

Desbiens sets Wisconsin record

Ann-Renee Desbiens (Photo by David Stluka)

Ann-Renee Desbiens (Photo by David Stluka)

Goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens set a Wisconsin record with her 15th shutout of the season as the second-ranked Badger women’s hockey team completed a sweep of Ohio State 2-0 on Saturday.

Desbiens leads the nation with a goals-against average of point-61, a save percentage of point-966 and those 15 shutouts.

Sophomore Baylee Wellhausen and freshman Sam Cogan scored goals for the Badgers (28-1-1, 22-1-1-1 WCHA) who have own 10 games in a row and are at the top of the W-C-H-A standings.

Wisconsin returns home to face Minnesota State-Mankato next weekend.