Monday, December 15, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 12.15.14 #Browns #Kobe #Kings #Mariota

By @cleeverizon

- Did we watch a bunch of UPS workers playing football or the Cleveland Browns?

Let's start here, Johnny Manziel made it to Cleveland Browns stadium at 10:57am. That's 3 minutes prior to the 11:00am time that Browns players are required to be at the stadium. So he was on time, he was tracked using his tracking number which is #2. All eyes were on Johnny as he came out to the field to warmup, but he was caught wearing Beats By Dre headphones. This is a violation of NFL rules barring players to wear them before or after games due to the partnership they have with Bose. So expect Manziel to get fined by the league.

In his not so hot debut, Johnny was 10/18 for 80 yards and 2 interceptions in the game. The defense didn't keep the Bengals offense off the field. Cincinnati held the ball for 39 minutes in the game, leaving the Browns only 21 minutes on offense and not being able to get into rhythm. The "Nati" rushed for a total 224 yards with rookie Jeremy Hill gaining 103 yards in the first half and finishing with total of 148 in the game. Despite the woes of the game, the biggest improvement you will see with a rookie quarterback is the progression he makes from his first game to his second game.

- In a stunner, late last night Michael Malone was fired as the coach of the Sacramento Kings. It's said that even though the team got out to a hot start, the team is currently at 11-13, which did not meet ownership's expectations. Malone was in his second season as Kings coach. After star center DeMarcus Cousins was removed from the lineup with viral meningitis, the Kings have gone 2-7 in their last nine games which led to Malone's end. Assistant Tyrone Corbin will take over as the interim coach. Corbin had a 112-146 record as the coach of the Utah Jazz.

- Kobe Bryant moves into 3rd place on the NBA scoring list passing Michael Jordan. Bryant now has 32,293 points. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) have more career points than Bryant.

- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota won the 2014 Heisman trophy. He is the first player in school history to do so. Mariota had 788 first place votes and received the second highest percentage of possible points in Heisman trophy history behind Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith(2005). Mariota leads the league in passing rating (186.2) and 5th in average yards per game (342.5). The Oregon Ducks won this year's PAC-12 championship. Mariota has one more year of eligibility left and has not decided if he will declare for the 2015 NFL draft.

- Former Cavs player and #1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins won the NBA rookie of the month for November. He's averaging 11.6ppg (2nd among rookies), 3.7 rebounds, 1.13 steals in 15 games. In November, he was first in scoring, steals and minutes, along with being second in blocks and third in rebounds (among rookies).

- The New England Patriots clinched their 6th straight AFC East crown while Denver won their 4th straight AFC West title and the Colts clinched their 2nd straight AFC South crown. The NFC has no division winners as of yet.

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