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– Cameron Wallace is a blog contributor for Gold Star Games, a leading tailgate gear supplier.

 

When two teams of explosive offensiveness coupled with a hard-hitting defense come together, you get last night’s game between the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers.  While I am a Giants fan, I wasn’t impressed with last night’s game in the least bit!  When the Giants played last week, they made the efforts of the Packers look laughable.  This week, they themselves were almost the joke.

 

I’m NOT a 49ers fan, due to the horrible things I’ve heard coming from 49er fans about their fan base and Candlestick Park, things they are PROUD of by the way!  One of my friends, who is  in his 60’s and has been a 49ers fan for a long time, told me of the antics of Candlestick Park!  He told me they had fun doing things like starting fights, taking and burning memorabilia from fans of the opposite team and being generally rude, inconsiderate, and unsportsmanlike.  I’m not saying they’re the worst, I’m pretty sure that still goes to the Raiders, but the 49ers are pretty bad.

 

However, when it comes to playing, the 49ers have it.  They’re not always good, and their dynasty is LONG past, however they’ve had many playoff appearances, they’ve won five Super Bowls, and they have a pretty impressive roster of retired players.  That said, there was no excuse for many of the things last night that cost the 49ers the game, and honestly speaking, the Giants have little to do with their failings.

 

I’d like to start with the Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty enacted after the 49ers first touchdown, the one called on #85-Vernon Davis.  I can understand how one would get excited after scoring a touchdown, but did he really have to jump up on a camaraman’s stand?  It was only the first touchdown of the game!  Not only did he give the Giants fifteen yards with his silly behavior, he made himself look like a fool who can’t control himself!  I could understand if it had been the winning touchdown, sending them off to the Super Bowl.  That kind of excitement is hard to contain, but during the middle of the First Quarter it just looks boastful.

 

I’m confident that both teams were hurt by the number of penalties!  Unsportsmanlike Conduct, Illegal Use of Hands, Unnecessary Roughness, Offensive Holding, False Starts… and the most avoidable was the Invalid Fair Catch Signal given to the Giants’ #36-Will Blackmon!  I wasn’t even aware there WAS a penalty for that!  How hard is it to just catch the ball?  Even if he had tried to run it, he would have gotten more yards than he actually received!

 

The Giants received nine penalties for the game, just three less than the 49ers, losing sixty yards to the 49ers fifty.  Yet, the penalty handed out most often was for delay of game, five times the entire game!  I don’t think it’s too much to expect a team that can claim to be “Professional” to manage a play clock!  Twenty-five to forty seconds isn’t all that long, but for millions of dollars and a Championship on the line, I think it’s ample time to say what you need to and hike the ball.

 

With both teams so highly praised this year, I was appalled to see them so over-rated.  Perhaps it was the weather that made the ball so hard to hold onto, or maybe it was just the players having a bad day, but to me it looked like the 49ers couldn’t help but injure their own players and kick the ball to the other team, the Giants were begging for penalties and Eli Manning just looked lost on the field for most of the game.

 

Even with the Giants winning, sending them to the Super Bowl, their chances look slim when compared to the New England Patriots.  With Tom Brady in peak condition, the Patriots are a formidable foe.  Admittedly, the last time these two teams faced off in the Super Bowl, the Giants got lucky with that pass to David Tyree, leading to the touchdown winning the game, thanks to Plaxico Burress.  Yet, neither of those players play for the Giants anymore.  New York is going to have to step up their game, study their routes and PRAY for another win.

 

It’s only a matter of time before the Super Bowl, and with the teams decided, they have two weeks to rest up.  We, as fans, hope for the injured to heal, and for the Super Bowl to be a good game, no matter the outcome.  With Madonna headlining, at least we’ll get good music this year, unlike the featured Black Eyed Peas last year.  I’m going to root for the Giants, even though their chances are slim, and the rest is up to them!

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Florida Prosecutors Offer to Drop Robert Kraft’s Solicitation Charges

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Prosecutors in Florida have offered to drop solicitation of prostitution charges against New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft if he agrees to admit that he would have been proven guilty had he gone to trial to fight the charges, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Andrew Beaton.

Kraft, 77, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of first-degree solicitation after he was allegedly caught on camera paying for, and receiving, oral and manual sex at the infamous Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida.

One of the incidents allegedly occurred back in January on the morning of the Patriots’ AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, which the Patriots won en route to their Super Bowl victory.

According to the report, prosecutors have offered the same deal to the other men charged in the sting. Beaton considered the offer “unusual” (h/t NBC Sports Boston).

Additionally, if Kraft decides to take the deal, the Patriots owner will have to complete an education course about prostitution, complete 100 hours of community service, and undergo screening for sexually transmitted diseases.

According to ESPN, Kraft is one of 200 people that allegedly engaged in sex acts at Florida massage parlors that were targeted in the sting.

Kraft has denied the allegations.

 

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Under Investigation

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, according to the Kansas City Star’s Steve Vockrodt and Brooke Pryor.

Per the report, the team is aware that law enforcement is currently investigating Hill, adding that the Kansas Department of Children and Families is also investigating Hill.

“I can only confirm we received a report and an investigation is ongoing,” Mike Deines, spokesperson for DCF, said.

The Kansas City Star has obtained a police report from the Overland Park Police Department regarding a battery incident that lists a juvenile as being the victim, along with Hill’s fiancee, Crystal Espinal, listed under “others involved.”

While the report was dated as last Thursday, the exact date of the incident remains unclear, per the report.

“The club is aware of the investigation involving Tyreek Hill,” the Chiefs said in a statement to The Star. “We’re in the process of gathering information and have been in contact with the league and local authorities. We’ll have no further comment at this time.”

KCTV 5 obtained another Overland Park police report dated March 5th, a report of child abuse or neglect that was closed 3 days later when authorities declined to prosecute.

Hill has a troubling history. Back in 2014, Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, who at that time was eight weeks pregnant with their son. Hill pleaded guilt to domestic assault and batter by strangulation later in 2015.

The Chiefs have seen Hill blossom into a star, and they have been negotiating a contract extension with Hill that would make him the highest paid wideout in NFL history, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

 

 

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WR Cole Beasley Signs Deal with Buffalo

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In the NFL, free agency has been wild in 2019. A lot of big name players getting big contracts with new teams. Now, add another big name player to the list.

Down in Dallas, free agent wide receiver Cole Beasley has been trying to make an offer to Dallas to sign a multi-year contract for $20 million. Well, today, he accepted a deal with the AFC East Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the contract is for 4-year $29 million, $14.4 million guaranteed.

Cole Beasley, who is 29-years old grew up in Houston, Texas and went to high school in Little Elm, Texas. From 2008-2011, Beasley played Wide Receiver at SMU in Dallas. In 2012, Cole signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Here are Cole Beasley’s numbers during his time in Dallas:

  • Caught 71 percent of the passes
  • Targeted 449 times
  • 319 passes caught
  • 130 passes dropped
  • 3,271 reception yards
  • 23 Touchdowns

For many Cowboys fans, he will be missed on the field and the sidelines.

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