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  • BSP 2016 Highlights:The NFL


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    BSP 2016 Highlights:The NFL

    Author Danielle McCartan Eric Webb Matt Berkson Nicole Monique Scott Thompson

    What makes a great sports year? Do we define a sports year when the unthinkable becomes reality? When we say goodbye to greatness? Do we define the world of sports with the motto “anything could happen”? As we turn the page on 2016 in to 2017, the contributors of Back Sports Page look back at the year that was 2016 with their highlights and memories. Today we start with the NFL:

  • Players React to Ryan Rumors in Buffalo


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    Players React to Ryan Rumors in Buffalo

    Rex On The Hot Seat!!

    Author Bill Keagle

    Going into Week 16, the Buffalo Bills have a small chance of making the playoffs. Although not mathematically eliminated, it hasn’t stopped the rumors swirling about the future of the Head Coach Rex Ryan. Ownership hasn’t come out and said one way or another but players have voiced their opinions on the rumors:

  • Giants-Lions Post Game Reaction


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    Giants-Lions Post Game Reaction

    Comments from Both Teams

    Author Randy Zellea

    We have post game reaction from the Giants 17-6 win over the Lions. We have comments from Coach McAdoo, Victor Cruz, Eli Manning, Jonathan Cassilias, Landon Collins, Leon Hall, DRC, Damien Harrison, Justin Pugh from the Giants.

    We also have comments from Matthew Stafford Coach Caldwell, Golden Tate, Zach Zenner, and Glover Quinn from the lions discussing the loss.

  • Big Blue Report: Taming the Lions


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    Big Blue Report: Taming the Lions

    Looking to the Final Home Game of the Season!!

    Author Randy Zellea

    Looking Back Against the Cowboys:

    The fans of the Giants understood why Jerry Reese put as much attention in the defenses during the offseason as he did. The defense forced three turnovers and held the Cowboys to seven points. Giants Head Coach Ben McAdoo was happy with the team’s effort: “What we did well, tremendous effort by the defense all night. We stayed in the moment the entire 60 minutes of the ball game. I really thought we put our foot down in the second half of the game. We tackled fundamentally sound. We held the offense to seven points, minimized explosive gains and forced turnovers. What we need to work on, we need to keep them under 100 yards rushing and keep them out of field goal range at the end of the first half.”

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BSP 2016 Highlights:The NFL

Written by Nicole Monique, Matt Berkson, Danielle McCartan, Scott Thompson, Eric Webb on Monday, 16 January 2017. Posted in Football

BSP 2016 Highlights:The NFL

What makes a great sports year? Do we define a sports year when the unthinkable becomes reality? When we say goodbye to greatness? Do we define the world of sports with the motto “anything could happen”? As we turn the page on 2016 in to 2017, the contributors of Back Sports Page look back at the year that was 2016 with their highlights and memories. Today we start with the NFL:

Danielle McCartan (Pro Sports Rundown): Tom Brady's 4 game suspension is upheld. After a long-fought battle over under-inflated footballs, the NFL imposed a 4 game suspension on the New England Patriots' future Hall-Of-Fame quarterback. I still remain skeptical about the entire situation. However, in the record books, as baseball sluggers have asterisks next to their names for PED usage, I believe Brady should have one next to his to signify this scandal that tarnished the NFL's integrity.

Matthew Berkson (Back Sports Page): The top story in the NFL for 2016 has to be Commissioner Roger Goodell. He’s the captain of the NFL’s ship and his decisions, and abuse of power, should have him on the hot seat. However given how the NFL continues to print money, the owners aren’t motivated to change anything. To me, Goodell doesn’t come off as the brightest guy in the room, but whatever the reason, his actions in terms of how he/the league has handled domestic abuse cases among its players is totally appalling.

Tom Brady was suspended for 4 games for messing with football air pressure. Josh Brown was suspended for ONE games for admitting to beating his wife (and that was only after severe public pressure).

Maybe the NFL is a massive metaphor for the society we live in, but we need to start putting health and care for one another at the top of the list. Goodell continues to prove himself more of a figurehead just pushing the financial agendas of the owners, or a poor decision-maker incapable of coming up with just solutions.

And what may be the biggest metaphor for society so far…For continually dropping the ball when it comes to leading the latest sports business, Roger Goodell gets paid over 30 million dollars a year.

Scott Thompson (Beast of the East Sports): Being a Giants fan, it's hard to admit this one but no doubt the biggest story in the NFL this regular season has to be the rookie combo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys. While Elliott lived up to his hype entering his rookie year, Prescott stole the show taking the starting position from Tony Romo. Two rookies led americas team to 13 wins making the future of the cowboys extremely bright

Steve Saunders (Back Sports Page) The Rams return to tinsel town with a major splash, trading up to the top spot to draft Jared Goff and jump to a 3-1 start...then win one more game the entire rest of the season

Ryan Morik (Beast of the East Sports): NFL Watching Peyton Manning go out on top was the best NFL moment of 2016. Throughout his career, people always said "Peyton was not made for the playoffs." "He's a regular season quarterback." Whether he was made for the playoffs or not, it is without question that he is still one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Sure, he was picked up by a phenomenal Broncos defense, and he didn't even win Super Bowl MVP honors, but to know that one of the GOATs won his final game, a Super Bowl, there's no better way to go out.

David Mignano (Back Sports Page): NFL: While the story capped off the 2015 season the best NFL moment of 2016 was Peyton Manning finishing his glorious career with a Super Bowl victory. While he was certainly not at the head of this effort there is no denying that this was a story book ending for one of the game’s greatest. He was the face of the NFL for decades and the poster child for how an NFL player should be, his only blemish was a large number of playoff failures. Getting over the hump this last time and getting that second ring should put to rest any Peyton naysayers. He is arguably the greatest QB of all time and he went out on the grandest of fashions.

Eric Webb (Back Sports Page): I think the biggest NFL story of the year, besides the Panthers losing the Super Bowl after going 15-1, was Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protests. It was the topic of conversation for a few weeks and forced people to think beyond sports. I personally didn’t mind it because in a time where racial injustice seems commonplace it’s important to emphasize how a public figure can use their platform for the greater good.

Nicole Monique (That's What She Said Sports): 2016 was an interesting year for the National Football League. First, the continuation of deflategate - Tom Brady missed the first four games of the season and guess what New England survived and so did America. Thankfully deflategate is over (we hope.)

The defending Super Bowl Champions started the season without their previous starting quarterback – Peyton Manning. Speaking of Peyton Manning, he too had an interesting season before he officially retired. He was benched, accused of using PED’s but then ultimately won his 2nd Super Bowl ring. Now that’s how you leave and head to Canton.

The NFL also saw referees go nuts with the unsportsmanlike penalty which slowed down the game considerably. The “No Fun League” took a turn for the worse with the NFL turning athletes into robots. We get it you don’t want football players to celebrate anything – but the ref’s took it a level where it just wasn’t fun anymore. The NFL used to have personalities that were fun to watch and it made the game wildly entertaining. In 2016 it almost seemed that it was almost a job to watch football – the games were less entertaining and too long. Which leads me to the other big NFL story of 2016 – too much of a good thing.

The NFL kicked off on Thursday’s, then you had Sunday morning (with teams playing in London) Sunday all day, Sunday evening and then Monday night. Not to mention most football fans also enjoyed watching college football on Saturdays. It was truly too much of a thing and sometimes not so good. Some Thursdays you were stuck watching Jacksonville or the LA Rams. No one wants to spend 4-6 hours watching the Jaguars do anything (sorry Jacksonville fans but you know it’s the truth) so with all the this the NFL is “thinking” about ending Thursday and I say PLEASE DO.

Lastly, the season started with NFL.com reporter Steve Wyche noticing San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason sitting on the sidelines during the National Anthem. Wyche asking Kaepernick “why?” became not only one of the most talked about NFL stories of 2016 but sports stories of the year. Kaepernick was leading his own protest against the anthem which started a conversation that some didn’t want to have. Regardless of what side you were on – it was the kind of conversation needed especially during the election year we just experienced.

About the Author

Nicole Monique

That's What SHE Said Sports is a dream come true. When Nicole was little she wanted to be an actress, win the Heisman Trophy and be a Quarterback in the NFL. Over the years the dream changed (she didn't get the Heisman) but she stayed true to what she loved - writing, radio, TV and sports. When she decided to go back to school to get her MBA she knew it was time for "Sports talk Her way!"

Created in January 2012 and launched in May 2012 - That's What SHE Said Sports gives Nicole the opportunity to do a sports show the way she has always wanted combining sports, pop culture, interviews and feature stories. It has also created a platform for Nicole to highlight those who don't always get the attention they deserve like female athletes or women in sports who are making a difference.

The That's What SHE Said Sports podcast kicked off in January 2013 bringing you what's hot in sports, pop culture and her signature BEASTS and BUSTERS of the week and having fun because at the end of the day she's just a regular sports fans. NICOLE has been on ESPN 3 and featured on CNN's HLN Weekend Express to discuss women and the Super Bowl http://www.hlntv.com/video/2015/01/31/women-football-super-bowl-patriots-seahawks ; she's also had shows on AM 1100 and 920 the Answer in Atlanta.

Nicole can now be heard weekly on various platforms such as her website, Twitter, Facebook along with Back Sports Page, TSPN.ca and SoundCloud. SO what's next? The sky's the limit and "That's What SHE Said!"


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Matt Berkson

Matt Berkson

Matt Berkson was raised in Long Island, but don't let that fool you…He's really a nice guy.  He has been a passionate sports fan since very young cultivating a natural hometown affinity for the New York Islanders…And a not so rational love of the Seattle Seahawks after seeing them vs the Miami Dolphins in an Orange Bowl playoff game in 1983.  Growing up from there he was always involved in sports whether it was playing baseball, basketball, or hockey, or wagering on one of them or more.  Matt then attended two major athletic colleges:  The University of Miami and The University of Michigan, which added his his roster of favorite teams.  Since then Matt has been playing fantasy football for 20+ years with multiple championships including the 2013 season where he won all four of his football leagues worth roughly $8,500 in prize money.  Most recently he has engaged in the daily fantasy circuit and provides his overall thoughts and opinions on football and sports via his Twitter handle @AFootballFriend.  Currently he resides in New York City and is a part-time therapist if you want to reach out to him for any of your psychological needs.  


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Danielle McCartan

Danielle McCartan

Eric Webb

Eric Webb

Eric has been a fan of the NBA since he was a child, and has only become a more objective and wise fan as the years go on.

From playing basketball in his adolescent years to covering it for a blog called Get on the Ball Sports, the sport has always been a major interest in his life.

A resident of South Orange, New Jersey, he is an avid fan of the New York Sports, particularly the Knicks, Nets and Giants.

Eric has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from The Pennsylvania State University and currently works as a reporter for The Giant Insider.

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