November 28, 2014

Badgers roll into semifinals in he Bahamas

MotionW_2ColorThe 2nd ranked Wisconsin Badgers shot 56% from the field and cruised to a 72-43 win over UAB in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday night in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

The Badgers got 16 points, 8 rebounds, three blocks and three assists from center Frank Kaminsky.  Duje Dukan nad 11 points and Josh Gasser 10 to lead the Badgers.

Wisconsin shot 56% from the field to improve to 5-0.  The Badgers move into today’s semifinals against Georgetown at 2:30pm (ESPN).

The Hoyas knocked off No. 18 Florida 66-65 in overtime.  The first semifinal of the day features a pair of unranked teams, Butler (4-0) vs. Oklahoma (3-1).

Butler advanced by beating No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 and Oklahoma knocked off No. 22 UCLA 75-66.

Lacy named NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy has been named the NFC’s Offensive Player of the Week.  Lacy had 138 yards from scrimmage, including 125 rushing yards, and scored a pair of touchdowns in the Packers 24-21 win at Minnesota.

Lacy opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run, then gave Green Bay an 11-point lead with a 10-yard touchdown catch off a shovel pass with 8:34 remaining in the game.

After the Vikings cut the Packers’ lead to three with 3:28 left in the game, Lacy ran five consecutive times to gain 27 yards and two first downs to seal the victory by running out the clock.

Lacy, who rushed for 105 yards against Minnesota in week 5, joins Gale Sayers, Walter Payton, Billy Sims and Barry Sanders as the only players in NFL history to have two 100-yard rushing games against the Vikings in a single season.

This is Lacy’s second career Player of the Week Award.  He last received the honor in Week 15 last season.

Jordy Nelson gets some S.I. love

Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Packers WR Jordy Nelson

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson is a fan favorite of the Packers and a favorite target of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.  Nelson’s outstanding season has landed him a cover story in Sports Illustrated.

Tim Layden takes a look at Nelson’s back story, analyzing his outstanding numbers and gives fair-warning to the New England Patriots.  The corn-fed kid that the Packers imported from the Heartland to the Dairyland is the NFL’s most dangerous deep threat.  In his eyes, this season’s biggest game is an easy, and obvious call:  bet the farm on Green Bay.

“Jordy is a hardworking farm boy.  His physical skill set is second to none, but he’s smart, he works at his craft, he studies the game.  He’s a hardworking farm boy in his life, and he’s hardworking farm boy on the field.”  (Greg Jennings, former Packers and current Vikings receiver)

“First, great strength and combative hand technique to get off the line of scrimmage.  Second, he’s fast.  They underestimate him…Seriously, a lot of it has to do with the fact that guys look at him and say, ‘O.K., he’s a white guy; he can’t be that good.’  Well, he is that go0d.”  (Packers’ receivers coach Edgar Bennett)

 

Eddie Lacy is strong in Packers win over the Vikings (Video)

Eddie Lacy

Eddie Lacy

Minnesota had just scored a touchdown and converted a two-point conversion, crawling to within three points of the Green Bay Packers.  After Mike Neal’s late hit on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater on the two-point try, the Vikings would be kicking off from the 50-yard line.  At that point, an on-side kick made perfect sense.

Instead, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decided to pin the Packers deep, challenging his defense to stop the Packers ground attack, get the ball back and try to tie or win the game.  Neither of the final two scenario’s took place because the Packers never gave the ball back.

The Vikings couldn’t stop Eddie Lacy and the Packers offensive line.  When the Packers got the ball back, Lacy rushed five straight times for a total of 27 yards and the Packers salted away the victory. [Read more…]

Clay Matthews pipes make an appearance in upcoming “Pitch Perfect 2″ (Video)

Just saw the YouTube movie trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2″.  I was told Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and his biceps had a small part in the upcoming movie.  Have a look for yourself!