The Broncos and Patriots are talking trash, the Blackhawks haven’t lost since 2015, Lane Kiffin could be joining Chip Kelly in San Francisco, and season seven of Archer has a premiere date. That and much more here at the Wednesday Cheat Sheet. Giddy up…
OMG The Broncos and Patriots are saying mean things about each other leading up to the
Prom AFC Championship Game
Tuesday morning on SportsCenter, Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris was asked about how to defend Rob Gronkowski in preparation for the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.
“You gotta hit him low, man — hit him in his knees,” Harris told ESPN. “That’s the best chance you have of hitting him. You’ve got to attack him like any other man. You just come take his legs out or hold on and wait for everybody, wait for the gang to come on and gang tackle him.”
Welp, Gronk responded on Twitter, in very Gronk fashion:
Heard their whole team is good at giving low blows 😜🏈 https://t.co/nDOsOwkvki
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) January 19, 2016
Take that tweet how you’d like, but it’s surprising (and probably a bit questionable) that the Broncos actually retweeted it, and followed up with these two tweets:
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 20, 2016
Keep in mind that Gronk also suffered a knee injury in the final three minutes against the Broncos in November. The Patriots were leading 21-17 and driving when he got hurt, and the Broncos went on to come back and win.
And then we had Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith saying Tom Brady is a crybaby.
“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said, per The Gazette. “Every time he gets sacked he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.'”
The New York Daily News responded… by making this very creepy, chest and belly-haired, “CryBrady” for Wednesday’s sports back page:
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) January 20, 2016
This weekend’s games just need to get here already. And then we’ll have two weeks of this nonsense for the Super Bowl!
Blackhawks win franchise-record 12th straight game; Patrick Kane ties his career-high for goals scored in a season
The Chicago Blackhawks have still not lost a game in 2016. Really. They beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Tuesday night for their 12th consecutive win (they last lost December 27th), a franchise record.
Pretty scary stuff given the Blackhawks are the defending champs and have won three of the last six Stanley Cups. And what’s especially scary is how good Patrick Kane is right now.
That was his NHL-leading 30th goal of the season (he also leads the league in assists and points)… already tying his career-high in goals scored in a season (scored 30 in 2009-2010). There are still 33 Blackhawks games to go. Barring injury, Kane looks like he’s going to add a Hart Trophy to his many career achievements (like three Stanley Cups and a Conn Smythe trophy).
– Big news for MLB fans that are considering MLB.TV and only really care about watching one team: MLB offers single-team packages, lower MLB.TV rates in antitrust suit settlement.
MLB was reportedly ready to offer single-team packages for MLB.tv for the 2016 season, but this deal makes it official and puts a number on the package. Access to one team’s entire season of games will cost fans $84.99, and for an additional $10 (with an authenticated login), viewers can watch “in-market” games involving that particular team which previously would have been subject to local blackout rules.
– Could Lane Kiffin be joining Chip Kelly in San Francisco? The 49ers have contacted Kiffin about the offensive coordinator position.
– The Internet is discovering new Making a Murderer evidence.
One last breath of gratuitous procrastination
This dog (that happens to be blind, apparently) is very, very happy to get a treat.