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#SPORTS! Tonya Harding talks about the Nancy Kerrigan attack on ABC, Trouble for Rich Rodriguez, and MORE

The St Louis Blues picked up a win last night and it took a little extra hockey and some pretty impressive goaltending from friend of the Rizz Show Carter Hutton.  After goals from Vladimir Tarasenko and Vladimir Sobotka, the Blues headed to overtime.  A puck that bounced off the post, and was almost a sure thing to be redirected in the net, somehow was stopped by what could be a save of the year candidate from Hutton.  There is a link on the blog, you gotta watch it.  The game headed to shootouts after neither team scored in OT and Brayden Schenn and Tarasenko both scored and Carter Hutton made two great stops, the team picked up the 3-2 win.  The next game for the Blues has the Vegas Golden Knights making their first trip to the STL.  Puck drops on Thursday at 7:00PM.
 

ABC is airing a two-hour special next week called "Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story", where TONYA HARDING finally admits she knew "something was up" before the NANCY KERRIGAN attack happened. Tonya's ex-husband Jeff Gillooly planned the attack with two friends.  They hired a guy named Shane Stant, who bashed Nancy's knee with a police baton after a practice session at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1994.  Back in 2013, Gillooly claimed Tonya knew all about it.  She's always said that's not true. Now there's a new preview for the special where she admits she overheard them talking about taking out a competitor to make sure she made the Olympics. It sounds like she's still not admitting she did anything wrong though.  She claims she confronted them about it, and still says she never helped with the planning.  The Tonya Harding episode airs NEXT Thursday. 

Arizona fired Rich Rodriguez as head football coach tonight after a former athletics department employee accused him of sexual harassment; a university investigation into those accusations found “information” that led the department to be “concerned,” according to a statement from the university. Per the university, the investigation was closed last week after specific harassment claims could not be proven with the given evidence.  Rodriguez reportedly was fired without cause and the original terms of his contract will be honored, meaning that he should receive his full $6.3 million buyout.
 

So, over the weekend, some NFL teams made the playoffs…which is awesome..and some NFL coaches lost their job.  First the good news.  Lets talk NFL playoff action for this upcoming weekend.  On Saturday, the Titans will play the Chiefs in the early game and the Rams will take on the Falcons during the late game.  On Sunday, the Jags take on the Bills in the early game with the Saints hosting the Panthers in the late game. 

 

Now…on to the bad news.  First off, Bruce Arians from the Arizona Cardinals has announced he will be retiring.  The Bears fired John Fox.  The Raides fired Jack Del Rio, the Colts fired Chuck Pagano, and the Lions have fired Jim Caldwell

 

Other personnel changes in the NFL…Carson Palmer, a 14 year veteran who played with the Bengals, Raiders,  and most recently the Cardinals announced his retirement.  He finishes with a 92-88-1 record.   In his career he tossed for 46K yards and 294 touchdowns. 

Mizzou Basketball is back on the court tonight after a long break.  The teams hasn’t played since December 23rd where they lost to Illinois.  Now, they take on the Gamecocks in South Carolina.  Tip-off is scheduled for 8PM.

 

A Man's Obituary Blames His Death on the "Hopeless Condition" of the Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns just had the worst two-year stretch of any team in NFL history.  And the nonstop losing can affect the fan base.  REALLY affect them.
 
An 80-year-old man named Paul Stark from Mansfield, Ohio died last week.  And in his obituary, his cause of death was, quote, "a brief illness, exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns."
 
If he'd made it to Sunday, they wouldn't have given him the faith to pull through.  The Browns lost their final game of the season, which gives them an 0-and-16 record for the season, and makes them 1-and-31 over the past two years. 

11 Bold Sports Predictions for 2018

 A couple lists of 'Bold Sports Predictions for 2018' are making the rounds online . . . and they're good, even though one of them is that Tom Brady and the New England Patriots make it back to the Super Bowl, which seems about as UN-bold as you can get.  Love him or hate him, it's hard to bet against him.
 
Regardless, here are some highlights from the lists:

1.  Baseball:  Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals wins the MVP and then lands with the Chicago Cubs after the season in free agency.  The 'boldest' part is that this would require Bryce to somehow stay healthy for the whole season.
Another prediction is that Nationals ace pitcher Max Scherzer wins his THIRD-straight Cy Young Award, which hasn't happened since Randy Johnson won four in a row in the early 2000s.
2.  Basketball:  LeBron James wins the MVP and stays put in Cleveland, despite being a free agent again this summer.
3.  Football:  The L.A. Rams get to the Super Bowl. 
Apparently, the writer meant for this to happen in the 2018 season for the 2019 Super Bowl . . . but the Rams ARE in the postseason this year, and will play the Atlanta Falcons in a Wild Card game this weekend. To do it THIS winter, they'd also have to get past the Minnesota Vikings, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the New Orleans Saints in the NFC.
4.  Golf:  Tiger Woods posts a Top 10 finish at a Major.  They say, quote, "An outright win may be bit too optimistic, but the chance that the 14-time Major winner could crack a top 10 is in play . . . if his health abides."  He hasn't actually WON one in 10 years.
5.  Basketball:  The NBA repeals 'one-and-done' rule, which forces high school basketball stars to play at least one year in college before being eligible for the NBA draft.  But it's unclear which direction they'll go . . . they could let high schoolers enter the draft, or EXTEND the rule to make it a two-year waiting period.
6.  Hockey:  The Vegas Golden Knights make the playoffs in their debut season, which frankly looks like a CERTAINTY at this point.  More interestingly, the 1994 Florida Panthers have the record for most points in an inaugural season with 83, although they missed the playoffs by a point.  The Golden Knights are poised to smash that record.
7.  Wrestling:  John Cena wins record 17th World Championship.  For now, he's tied with Ric Flair at 16 apiece.  Cena has 13 WWE Championships and 3 World Heavyweight Championships . . . while Flair has 8 NWA World Heavyweight Championships, 6 WCW Championships, and 2 WWE Championships.
8.  Basketball:  The Golden State Warriors do NOT win the NBA Finals. 
As unstoppable as they can be at their best, there are more legitimate challengers in the West than in the previous three years:  The Houston Rockets, the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the San Antonio Spurs are all looking good.  And of course, there's Cleveland, where LeBron has been having a stellar season, and they're just now getting Isaiah Thomas back from injury.
9.  Tennis:  Serena Williams comes back in a big way and wins all four Grand Slams . . . after taking time off for her pregnancy last year.  Also, Roger Federer wins yet another Grand Slam.  He's turning 37 this year . . . and his next one would be his record 20th Grand Slam title.
10.  NASCAR:  Jimmie Johnson wins a record eighth NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series title, and then retires.
11.  Football:  The Cleveland Browns win a game.  It may sound crazy, but remember, NFL teams ACCIDENTALLY win games all the time in the NFL.  And at least for now, the Browns are still considered an NFL team.
 

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