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The NFL is top dog when it comes to TV ratings, but could their days on top be numbered?
The NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears matchup on Monday night only received an 8.3 overnight rating which is an 11 percent drop from last year’s week two Monday night matchup with the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts
SportsBusiness Daily also reported that it was the lowest week two Monday night rating since 2009 and possibly further back.
The biggest speculation as to why could be that players have been taking a knee during the national anthem to protest violence against black Americans but others will argue that the Monday night games thus far have lacked bigger stars and fan favorites.
This isn’t cause for concern as the NFL is the most watched televised sporting event in the later part of the year. It is still on top by a large margin but don’t think they haven’t noticed.
In the first round of the 2016 AFL Postseason, the Cleveland Gladiators hang on in the fourth quarter to beat the LA KISS on Sunday 56-52. With the win, the Gladiators advanced to the 2016 National Conference Championship Game vs. the Arizona Rattlers with the opening kickoff set for 9:30 pm EST on Saturday, August 13th in Phoenix, AZ with a trip to ArenaBowl XXIX on the line.
The Gladiators took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Cleveland QB Arvell Nelson connected with FB P.K. Manley for a 21-yard score before LA tied the game on a two-yard Rory Nixon rushing touchdown.
The very next Gladiators possession, Cleveland’s Larry Beavers returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards for a touchdown and on the very next KISS drive, LA QB Nathan Stanley was intercepted by Glads DB Joe Powell in the end zone before Powell ran it back 50 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-6 Cleveland.
Stanley found WR Donovan Morgan on a 44-yard pitch-and-catch to start the second quarter to make it 20-12 Gladiators before a long scoring drought ended with a four-yard Stanley-to-D.J. Stephens pass that drew the KISS within a point at 20-19 with four minutes remaining in the half.
Manley responded with a four-yard rushing score on Cleveland’s next possession to make it 27-19 before LA capped the second quarter with a seven-yard Stanley-to-Morgan passing TD made it a one-point game at the half.
In the third quarter, a nine-yard Nixon rushing score for LA led to a 27-yard connection between Stanley and Morgan that made it 39-27 KISS. The Gladiators got back in it moments later when Nelson found Cleveland WR Collin Taylor in the end zone from 16 yards out to make it 39-34 KISS and extend Taylor’s franchise-record streak to 33 consecutive games with at least one touchdown reception.
In the fourth quarter, LA started fast with a two-yard Nixon rushing touchdown that pushed the KISS lead to 46-34 before the Gladiators rattled off three straight scores, starting with a 27-yard Nelson TD strike to Devin Wilson that came on 4th and 15. Cleveland turned that momentum into a defensive stop that led to a lengthy drive for a one-yard Nelson rushing touchdown with a successful two-point conversion.
Beavers added a second special teams score with just 30 seconds remaining in the game when he recovered a Gladiators kickoff off the KISS net and ran it in for a critically-important score. Leading 56-46 in the final minute, Cleveland allowed an eight-yard Stanley-to-Fred Williams TD pass, but held on for the victory.
Next up for the Gladiators, it’s the National Conference Championship Game vs. the Arizona Rattlers with full coverage, live from Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ..
The Cleveland Gladiators (7-9) and the LA KISS (7-9) will meet in the first round of the AFL postseason. LA won the home-and-home series by a combined seven points. Cleveland were only a thrown interception and missed two-point conversion away from being on the winning side of those games. Cleveland and LA will meet in San Diego, Calif., today at 6 PM EST in the first round of the postseason. The winner will advance to play in the National Conference Championship.
In both games, the Gladiators actually accumulated more total offense than the KISS and currently rank 4th in the league, averaging 277.4 yards per game. The KISS rank 6th with 263.9 yards per game. Gladiators QB Arvell Nelson is currently fourth in the AFL with 3,245 passing yards and 70 touchdowns to go with his 212 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. In his only start against the KISS in Week 16, Nelson dismantled the KISS secondary for 333 passing yards and eight total touchdowns with two rushing. His receiving core with Collin Taylor has 110 receptions, 1,437 yards, 32 touchdowns and Quentin Sims who recorded 92 receptions, 1,112 yards, 27 touchdowns despite not even starting the season. Fellow wideouts Larry Beavers and Devin Wilson have added 965 yards and 17 touchdowns..
KISS QB Nathan Stanley, who is out with an injury, will rely on backup Pete Thomas to take his place under center for the KISS. Thomas has started five games this season, throwing for 2,086 yards and 42 touchdowns to only eight interceptions. His primary target is WR Donovan Morgan, who remained in the top 10 in all categories with 113 receptions, 1,462 yards and 41 touchdowns. WR D.J. Stephens has provided a solid second option, catching 77 passes for 915 yards and 16 touchdowns, while Brandon Collins has did his part catching 65 passes for 739 yards and 12 scores. Pete Thomas has yet to face the Gladiator defense.
Defensively, both games have come down to turnovers. In Week 3, the Gladiators and KISS traded scores through three quarters until a late interception by the KISS put Cleveland in an 11-point deficit with four minutes left, and the KISS would hang on for a 47-42 win. In Week 16, the KISS defense forced one interception and a turnover on downs, and Cleveland had to play catch-up. A wild fourth quarter ensued where the teams combined for 54 total points, but a crucial Gladiators two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful with one minute left in the game that allowed LA to hold on for the 63-61 win.
The Dallas Cowboys backup QB Kellen Moore out for an extended time with a broken ankle, Dallas is desperate for another signal caller to take his place. With Nick Foles signing with the Kansas City Chiefs early this morning, they now turn to Cleveland and are asking about Josh McCown.
McCown is in a quarterback battle with Robert Griffin III and from what has been rumored from camp, the job looks like it’s RGIII’s to lose. This may mean a potential move for the 37 year old veteran. McCown was the season starter last year for Cleveland before getting injured in the teams first possession of the game against the New York Jets. He played eight games and threw for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.
Cleveland is heard to be “reluctant” about trading McCown and shouldn’t expect much from a trade if they do make an offer but Dallas could be desperate and could throw in something like two late round picks. Veteran Michael Vick has stated that he is ready to play for the Cowboys, but Jerry Jones said they would explore trades before talking to Vick.
I do not think it would be the best thing to trade McCown with such a young roster that is in the beginning of a rebuild. He can be a mentor to RGIII and Cody Kessler and actually have a positive outcome unlike his situation with Johnny Manziel. There’s too much knowledge and experience in him to give up in a low ball trade but if Dallas wants to offer a bit more than a low draft pick, I’m willing to listen.
The Cleveland Indians wasted no time today trying to get the lead against the Baltimore Orioles. After a 6-4 loss at home yesterday, Cleveland came out on a mission and looking to take over the top spot on the AL Central.
Yan Gomes scored three times in the win. A solid outing by Danny Salazar only allowed two runs in six innings. The team had 13 hits total against a pretty good pitching rotation.
Salazar (5-3) had his worst start of the season last game but came up big even though he allowed 6 hits. Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6) was charged with six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Three runs in the first were counted as unearned runs due to Orioles third baseman Pedro Alvarez.
This is the first time since 2013 that Cleveland has been alone at the top of the standings in the AL Central. Hopefully the good fortune sticks around for the team as they look to get back to playoff form.
Clevelands big three came through with flying colors in this game. LeBron notched his first 30+ point game of the entire 2016 playoffs and tacked on six assists and 11 rebound. Good enough for a double double. Kyrie was phenomenal on both sides of the ball with 30 points, playoff career high nine assists, one block and three steals.
Kevin Love showed that he can produce on the road in the playoffs. He had 20 points, four assists and 12 rebounds for another postseason double double. J.R. Smith made his usual ridiculous contested three point shots to add on 15 points.
Nothing but praise for the Toronto Raptors. This team battled in two seven game series against Indiana and Miami and left everything they had on the floor in every game. They were only one game behind the Cavs in the standings for a reason. The fans are unbelievable. Even late in the fourth quarter, when the game seemed to be out of hand, they stayed until the very end chanting “Let’s go Raptors!” and even after the loss, they chanted “we the north.” They did an amazing job against the Cavs and the rest of the teams they faced in the playoffs.
DeMar DeRozen (20 points, three assists and three rebounds) is a phenomenal player and was on the All Start team representing the east for a reason. An outstanding performance from Kyle Lowry (35 points, three assists and three rebounds) brought Toronto back from 21 points down in the third quarter to cut the Cavs lead to 8. Lowry had 18 points in that quarter alone.
The Cavaliers now wait patiently for the Western Conference to conclude as defending champs Golden State Warriors go into Oklahoma City Thunder where the Thunder have a chance to end the series at home being up 3-2 in the series.