Kevin White’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Official Chicago Bears Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

This was supposed to be his year. Do or die he was going to prove once and for all he is not a bust. The Chicago Bears 2015 number one draft pick, Kevin White, has been riddled with a series of unfortunate injury events that has swallowed up any NFL career dream he may have had.

With a fractured scapula, he is gone for the season and placed on IR.  What a travesty.

White redshirted in 2010 at Lackawanna College, hoping it would set the stage for a spectacular season. But due to a missed financial aid deadline, he was ineligible. This forced him to sit out the second season. (Event #1) But, he waited patiently and became a sensational senior at West Virginia.

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Titans fall to Raiders at home: Titans 16-26 Raiders

Official Tennessee Titans Reporter

By Karen Christensen // @ksc47

After a dismal pre-season with only one win over the Carolina Panthers (and two of the four pre-season games with no Titan touchdown); hopes were high that they Titans would start this year off with a win.

The Titans had the home field advantage and yes, the Titan fans are showing up now.  I know that the team has complained in the past that there are more opposing fans at every home game but this game there was plenty of two-tone blue in the stands on Sunday.   Nashville Mayor, Megan Berry, was at the game, and the entire Nashville Predators hockey team were present as they symbolic 12th man.

Nissan Stadium got an update last year, the practice facility at St. Thomas Sportspark got an update this year. The GM Jon Robinson has been wheeling and dealing and trying to fill in any weak spots that were noted last year with free agents and a few high performing rookies. Tons of support for our home team. So if you shake all that up and stir it together you’ll get a winning team, right?  Well almost. Continue reading “Titans fall to Raiders at home: Titans 16-26 Raiders”

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Fantasy Football Update Week 1

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Fantasy Football Reporter

Week 1 is in the books.


Highlights from each league

Originals League: KikoWalk had an amazing 161.07 points with a surprising 41 of them coming from the Jacksonville Jaguars defense. Drago Unchained earned second spot with a big game from rookie RB Leonard Fournette, also from the Jaguars. Kareem Hunt‘s amazing 47.6 stats gave Bongs over Brussel Sprouts a comfortable third place finish.

Female Free #1: Tops in our league was Gpodawund with 140.84 points. Again, RB Kareem Hunt from the Kansas City Chiefs helped her win with his 43.1 point day. Golden Tate Bridge was a close second. Her top scorers being the LA Rams defense with 28 points.

Female Free #2: BrownLee produced an unbelievable 170.08 points in Week 1! She has an incredible overall team, complete with Kareem Hunt, who was outstanding. Tough to compete against that.

Female BuyIn: Defending champ, The McGibblets, is tops in the league after Week 1 with 147.42 points. Her ‘Chiefsiest’ performer was Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill with 23.3 points. The irony here is that on her bench, from the same team, is Kareem Hunt!!

Coed BuyIn: Scoring in at 134.98 points, and in first place, is Pink Panthers. Thanks to Kareem Hunt and QB Derek Carr, she remained at the top of the pack in the first week of action.

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Patriots Shocked in 42-27 loss to KC Chiefs

By Traci McCartney // @traciamc

Thursday, September 7: 42-27 Loss

It was supposed to be a celebratory night. The New England Patriots had prepared a spectacle to unveil the brand new Super Bowl championship banner from their unlikely victory against the Atlanta Falcons this past February. They brought back standout players from each victory before, and the atmosphere was electric at Gillette Stadium.

The first game in a new football season is always so exciting, and a home opener after winning a Super Bowl just takes it to another level. The Patriots with Tom Brady at the helm are, after all, almost unbeatable at home.  They had seemingly had a great offseason adding some offensive weapons to Brady’s arsenal, especially important with the season ending loss of Julian Edelman to a torn ACL in preseason. But Thursday night was like going to bed and having the best dream, to being woken up from a nightmare.

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Philadelphia Eagles: Week 1 Recap

By Roxaan Herrera // @roxaaneh

Sunday, September 10: 30-17 Win

I have a bad habit of overthinking everything. I tend to over-analyze essentially every portion of my life. It can be unhealthy and it rises my anxiety level to an ultimate high. I’ve noticed that it gets worse during fall. Gee, I wonder why…

My Philadelphia Eagles never fail to make their football games interesting. There always has to be added drama of some sort. Sure, Doug Pederson, let’s throw in a fancy play in the middle of the game and shake things up by going off the normal playbook and into your “Risky Plays” playbook and give all Eagles fans a heart attack feeling by making questionable play calls Week 1 right when your players are driving down the field effectively and calmly. I’m sure it’s just a tactic of yours, Coach Pederson, to keep us fans on our toes as you test out these questionable calls that put our players at risk only to reel it back in and come out with a win.

Which is why I have vowed to not focus on the negatives this year and remain optimistic, regardless of wins or losses. I mean, I’m always an optimistic fan. I will always defend my team, and sometimes emotions get the better of me and all logic goes out the window.

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Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season

By Neta Davis // @ND622

Thursday, September 7: 42-27 Win

“It’s happening again—another national game and another national embarrassment,” I thought as the New England Patriots marched down the field and easily scored the first touchdown of the game. 

And then RB Kareem Hunt, very talked up in the Kansas City press, fumbled his first NFL carry–the epitome of a facepalm moment.  I grimaced as the quarter continued and the Patriots seemed to be on offense again instantly, marching down the field for their second touchdown.  When replay showed the catch wasn’t in control and the six points nullified, it gave me a little peace. 

Then, the Kansas City Chiefs defense made a spectacular stop on a fourth-and-one play.  “Well, at least the defense is looking respectful,” I admitted.  Then the Chiefs went 90 yards and scored, tying the game, and holding the Patriots to a field goal on their next score but allowing another touchdown 15 minutes later.  Right before the half, KC scored another touchdown.  Now the butterflies in my stomach were going to town.

There are a few teams in the NFL that haven’t had it easy nor made it easy on themselves, never meeting their potential and not pulling through in the critical moments like key games and playoffs.  The Chiefs are one of those teams.  Having not won a Super Bowl in almost 50 years and very rarely making it through to the higher eschelons of the playoffs, they have deservedly earned the adjective “Chiefsiest”—as in last year’s Pittsburgh game was the Chiefsiest thing ever—developing and playing to your potential during the season and then putting on a disappointing performance when least affordable.  

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But, something happened at Foxborough.  The Chiefs started believing in themselves, and kept themselves in the game.  Keeping the score within a winning gap through the first half.  And Hunt kept getting the ball and atoning; Alex Smith had something to prove, and boy did they both shine. Continue reading “Welcome to the 2017 NFL Season”

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Green Bay Packers Control The Field in Season Opener

By Lucy Rendler-Kaplan // @LUCYrk78

Sunday, September 10: 9-17 Win

Phew! For the first half of the Green Bay Packers season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, it was quite the nail-biter. While Green Bay has been able to take the win over Seattle for the past three seasons at Lambeau Field, I’m still always nervous when facing the Seahawks.

As it always is when the NFC North superstars face each other, it was an exciting game, aptly named the “Game of the Week”. From the surprising ejection of Jeremy Lane early in the game, to BOTH the offense and defense playing at the highest caliber, to Martellus Bennett taking a 15-yard penalty for standing up for Aaron Rodgers, there was no shortage of things to keep an eye on.

I love Aaron Rodgers. Anytime I mention him, I am quick to note that I find him to be the best quarterback in the entire league. And as a Chicagoan, I also absolutely love Martellus Bennett. I was heartbroken to see him leave my city, and haven’t stopped beaming since he was signed to Green Bay.

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Baltimore Ravens Dominate Week 1

Official Baltimore Ravens Reporter

By Yvette James // @lissalisa29

Sunday, September 10: 20-0 Win


The Baltimore Ravens opened up on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and came out with a divisional win. On a day where we didn’t know how the offense would hold up giving the fact that Joe Flacco hadn’t played at all during the preseason, Joe managed the game as a playmaker should. The line only allowed Joe to be sacked one time.

The run game was not abandoned which was a good thing. Seeing both Terrance West and Buck Allen split carries was refreshing. Both ran well. It was good to see one of our wide receivers score a touchdown. Hopefully we will see more from our passing attack. The coaches did a wonderful game plan coming into week 1 because there have been plenty of times where we have gone into Cincy and come away with a loss. That has ended.

Joe seemed to settle into the game as it progressed along. Joe showed no signs of any lingering back problems or pain even when he got sacked. He completed 9-17 passes for 121 yards. The passing highlight was the 48 yard touchdown from Jeremy Maclin that gave us a 10-0 score in the first half. 

The run game was displayed as a two headed monster with both West and Allen sharing the load. We ran the ball 47 times with an astounding 157 yards in rushing which was done by not abandoning the run game. With the Ravens controlling the game by running the ball, the passing game wasn’t need that much. Once Joe gets back in sync with the receivers it will open up more in due time.

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Welcome to the Family

By Sueli Loiola // @Su_firstavenger

The Green Bay Packers sign Ahmad Brooks. He’s 33 years old and an 11 year veteran of the NFL, certainly he’s at the top of his career. He has great experience as an outside linebacker. He’s very versatile and strong. The Packers have played against him in the past. For that reason, the team really know who this guy is.

Ahmad Brooks started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006. Then, he played for the San Francisco 49ers for nine years. He played 120/128 regular season, recorded 333 tackles, 51 ½ tackles, 11 forced fumbles and three interceptions, according to his total numbers during his eleven years in the league. As we can see, he’s definitely a strong player who can bring all his strength to the linebacker position. Can you all imagine how strong the defense can be this season? Imagine Nick Perry, Clay Matthews and now, Brooks. It’s such an amazing defense, right! At least, the fans can have some excitement about the team and why not, there is huge potential.

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Fantasy Football Weekly Update

Fantasy Football Reporter

By Liz Panucci // @PanucciLiz

Welcome to the first edition of 2017 NFL Fantasy Football Weekly Updates. My goal is to keep you abreast of the weekly winners in each of our 6 leagues. Players who have produced top fantasy numbers will also be highlighted. I’ll be sure to share a tip each week or direct you to a professional fantasy football analyst, so stick around.

Highlights from each league

Originals League: This league has been around for many years. The teams are mostly ladies who have been with us, as in house reporters. There are 12 teams. As Sharona just said – My Team Looks Good On Paper.  The live draft was Sunday, September 3 via

Female Free #1: Always a popular one. This is a league of 10 teams. Golden Tate Bridge and Victorious Secrets are two of the names. The live draft was Sunday, August 27 via Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Female Free #2: We had to make a second league this year! Again, a league of 10 teams. Many new ladies joined this league. Team TriSARAHtops looks like a true contender. The live draft was Wednesday, August 30 via Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Female BuyIn: This is a $20 buyin league – winner take all. The champ, Page Denny, is back to defend her title. Only 8 teams in this league but it will be a good fight til the end. The live draft was Sunday, August 27 via Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Coed Free: Men love to get in on the action with us. Ten teams in this league. Fun names are 50 Shades of Browns and I Ansah to No One. The live draft was Monday, August 28 via Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

Coed BuyIn: Another $20 buyin league. These are great for couples. A league of 10 teams with names such as They Siemian Rollin’. Live draft was Tuesday, August 29 via Yahoo Fantasy Sports.

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