Friday's Scores: Flyers 4, Devils 3 (OT); St. Joe's 80, Columbia 78; UNLV 80, #15 Oregon 69; Bowling Green 34, Northern Illinois 14 (MAC Championship); Knicks 108, Nets 91; Rockets 100, Mavericks 96; Pelicans 114, Cavaliers 108 (OT); Islanders 2, Blues 1 (SO); Flames 5, Ducks 4 (OT); Oilers 2, Stars 1 (OT); Ducks 1, Sharks 0
Saturday's Scores: #19 Houston 24, #22 Temple 13 (American Championship); Blue Jackets 4, Flyers 1; Nuggets 108, 76ers 105; Wisconsin 76, Temple 60; Drexel 66, La Salle 53; George Mason 63, Penn 44; Parkland 16, La Salle 13 (OT); #1 Clemson 45, #10 North Carolina 37 (ACC Championship); #2 Alabama 29, #18 Florida 15 (SEC Championship); #5 Michigan State 16, #4 Iowa 13 (Big Ten Championship); #7 Stanford 41, #20 USC 22 (Pac-12 Championship); Texas 23, #17 Baylor 17; Western Kentucky 45, Southern Mississippi 28 (Conference USA Championship); San Diego State 27, Air Force 24 (Mountain West Championship); #4 Kansas 75, Harvard 69; #19 Arizona 68, #13 Gonzaga 63; Georgetown 79, #14 Syracuse 72; Arizona State 67, #18 Texas A&M 54; #23 Providence 74, Rhode Island 72; Warriors 112, Raptors 109; Hornets 102, Bulls 96; Spurs 108, Celtics 105; Jazz 112, Pacers 119 (OT); Clippers 103, Magic 101; Jets 2, Capitals 1 (OT); Kings 5, Penguins 3; Senators 3, Islanders 2 (OT); Hurricanes 3, Canadiens 2; Maple Leafs 4, Blues 1
Sunday's Scores: Eagles 35, Patriots 28; Jets 23, Giants 20 (OT); Bills 30, Texans 21; 49ers 26, Bears 20 (OT); Panthers 41, Saints 38; #9 North Carolina 98, Davidson 65; #25 Baylor 69, #16 Vanderbilt 67; Saint Mary's 70, UC Irvine 60; UCLA 83, Long Beach State 76; Warriors 114, Nets 98; Blackhawks 3, Jets 1; Devils 4, Panthers 2; Rangers 4, Senators 1; Ducks 2, Penguins 1
Today's Schedule: Spurs @ 76ers - 7 PM (CSN / 97.5 The Fanatic); #6 Oklahoma vs. #8 Villanova (from Pearl Harbor) - 7 PM (FS1); Predators @ Bruins - 7 PM; Celtics @ Pelicans - 8 PM (NBATV); Cowboys @ Redskins - 8:30 PM (ESPN); #15 Oregon vs. Navy (from Pearl Harbor) - 9:45 PM (FS1)
WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED FROM 4:25-7:35 LAST NIGHT?
But here's what happened. It didn't look good early, mainly because of the Eagle o-line committing so many penalties. But the offense did show signs of improvement with the return of Sam Bradford. And they did it with running backs Darren Sproles and Kenjon "Kenjawn" Barner. DeMarco Murray had only eight carries for 24 yards, with his longest carry of 19 yards in the 4th quarter. But the Eagles were down 14 midway through the 2nd quarter.
And this was the first weird moment of the game. Bill Belichick decided to go with the pooch kick, but failed and the Eagles got great field position. It would result on a Bradford throw to Zach Ertz for the game's first score.
#22 TEMPLE FALLS IN AAC TITLE GAME TO #19 HOUSTON, WILL TAKE ON TOLEDO IN BOCA RATON BOWL
As for the Owls, they fell to #24 in the College Football Playoff rankings and will take on Toledo, who was ranked for some time during the season, in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl at Florida Atlantic University. It'll be the team's first bowl game since defeating Wyoming in the 2011 New Mexico Bowl. Associate head coach and offensive coordinator Jason Candle was promoted to head coach after former coach Matt Campbell took the head coach job at Iowa State. (REPORT)
FLYERS SPLIT WEEKEND; BEAT DEVILS IN OT, FALL TO BLUE JACKETS
The changes didn't help for the Flyers, as they returned to their early-November form in a 4-1 loss to Columbus. Nick Foligno had two goals, while former Flyer Scott Hartnell also scored a goal. Former Flyer (and my favorite goalie) Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall in net, only giving up a goal to Michal Raffl. Yet Shayne Gostisbehere continues to excite:
The Flyers host the New York Islanders Tuesday night. They won't have Luke Schenn however, as he's out for two weeks. He went down in Saturday's game awkwardly and didn't return:
SIXERS LOSE AGAIN, THIS TIME TO DENVER. BUT TONY "GOATEN" WROTEN RETURNS!
The Sixers host the San Antonio Spurs tonight at The Center. Jahlil Okafor returns from his two-game suspension as well. (RECAP)
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP
- Temple fell to Wisconsin on the road in a nationally televised game 76-60. Jaylen Bond led the Owls with 12 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Levan Shawn Alston Jr. had 11 of his own, while Trey Lowe scored 10. For the Badgers, Nigel Hayes led all scorers with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while Bronson Koenig wasn't far behind with 17. Temple takes on Penn at The Palestra Wednesday night in a Big 5 showdown. (RECAP)
- Bruiser Flint became the first Dragons head coach to beat every Big 5 team as his Dragons defeated La Salle 66-53. Tavon Allen led all scorers with 25 points for Drexel, while Rodney Williams had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, along with two blocks. For the Explorers, Jordan Price led the way again with 19 points, while Cleon Roberts had 11. The Dragons are off this week, but return to action next Tuesday as they travel to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. La Salle is also off until Sunday, as they'll take on Villanova at the Main Line in a Big 5 showdown. (DREXEL RECAP) (LA SALLE RECAP)
- Senior Aaron Brown had a career night as the Hawks squeaked past Columbia 70-68 in New York Friday night. Brown had a career-high 26 points and five rebounds, while Isaiah Miles had 15 points and seven rebounds, while DeAndre' Bembry had 12 points, nine boards, and eight assists. For the Lions, Maodo Lo and Alex Rosenberg each had 21 points, while Jeff Coby had 11 points and five rebounds, while Grant Mullins scored 10 and dished out four assists. The Hawks return to Hawk Hill tomorrow night, as they take on their second straight Ivy League foe in Princeton. (RECAP)
- The Quakers got off to their third straight slow start, but couldn't rebound enough as they fell to George Mason 63-44 in Virginia. Darien Nelson-Henry had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards, while Antonio Woods also scored 10. The remaining players all scored five or less points in the game, including Sam Jones. For the Patriots, Jaire Grayer had a game-high 20 points and six rebounds, while Otis Livingston had 12 points, while Marquise Moore scored 11. Center Shevon Thompson had 12 rebounds. Penn is back in action Wednesday as they host Temple in a Big 5 matchup at The Palestra. (RECAP)
LA SALLE FALLS TO PARKLAND; REFS WERE BAD, SOME PARENTS EVEN WORSE
Now to my rants. The first to the refs. I watched Aaron Carter's Periscopes and some of the calls and no-calls that were made really blew my mind, along with Carter's. You could even hear La Salle Athletic Director Joe Parisi and athletic trainer Dave Crowe outraged over some of the decisions. Especially this pass interference call in the 4th quarter on 4th down:
Now, the parents. There's a time when you should stop taunting at the other school and their students about them losing a game. It's fine to do it when you're in high school (or college) and maybe a few years after if you know some of the kids. But when a parent has kids or can have kids, it shouldn't go on, especially in an age where everything is out there once you hit the send button.
Exhibit A with what I think is a Prep parent by the name of "Chuck Bill":
And then there's Exhibit B. This time, it's supposedly the mother of a Parkland football player by the name of "Kim Monkiewicz.: This is what she said in a reply to the pass interference video:
So here's a lesson for anyone out there: when we say everything is out there, everything is out there. Sometimes, you might think that things are deleted and nobody did anything, but odds are someone did something. Like this. So be smart about how you use social media, especially any students that read this. The best thing to do is to not retaliate, but if you feel like you should, don't look dumb doing so. It could fire back in the future.
Congrats to her kid and to Parkland for winning. Great for her kid being part of a special team like that. But try to be a role model for your kid too.