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The Friday 5: January 24th

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Welcome to Miami

The stage is set for Super Bowl LIV. In the AFC, it will be Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs, while the NFC will be repped by Jimmy Garoppolo and the San Francisco 49ers. Kansas City will be the home team.

The Chiefs beat the Cinderella Tennessee Titans behind Mahomes’ arm and legs to advance to the big game, while the 49ers dismantled the Green Bay Packers behind their elite defense and Raheem Mostert’s 220 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns. 

The Super Bowl takes place on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 PM EST/3:30 PM PST. It will air on FOX. Halftime will be JLo and Shakira. In other words, it’s gonna be lit. 


Eli Manning Retires

After 16 seasons, New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning is retiring from the NFL. Manning, who appeared in four games this season, was benched in 2019 in favor of rookie QB Daniel Jones.

Manning is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP. Both Super Bowl victories (Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI) came against the New England Patriots and both were fourth-quarter comebacks. 

The 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner was 8-4 in the postseason in his career, with 400 passes, 242 completions, 2,815 yards and 18 touchdown passes, all Giants’ playoff records. In addition, Manning is seventh in NFL history in completions (4,895), yards (57,023) and touchdown passes (366).

“From the very first moment, I did it my way,” Manning said. “I couldn’t be someone other than who I am. Undoubtedly, I would have made the fans, the media, even the front office more comfortable if I was a more ‘rah-rah guy,’ but that’s not me. Ultimately, I choose to believe that my teammates and the fans learned to appreciate that. They knew what they got was pure, unadulterated Eli.”

Now, the Hall of Fame debate begins (well it’s been going on since the retirement was announced). Congrats on a great career, Eli!


Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has turned himself into the Hollywood, Florida Police Department, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Brown and his trainer are accused of attacking the driver of a moving company truck. The charges against Brown are burglary with battery, burglary and criminal mischief.

According to court documents, Brown threw a rock at the truck and then forcibly entered the truck and attacked the driver over a payment dispute. 

Recently, Brown had another run-in with the Hollywood police when he live-streamed video of himself yelling profane insults at Chelsie Kyriss, the mother of his children, with his children present. He also called officers explicit names. It was after this that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, severed ties with Brown until he seeks help.

This afternoon, Brown was released from jail on $110,00 bond and is required to wear an ankle monitor.


Pro Bowl

The NFL’s Pro Bowl takes place this Sunday, January 26 at 3 PM EST/noon PST from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL. 

John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens’ coaching staff will coach the AFC, who has won the last three Pro Bowls, while Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff will coach the NFC. This works out well as the starting quarterbacks are Lamar Jackson and Russell Wilson. 

Fans can watch on ABC and ESPN.



The New Orleans Pelicans lost, 121-117, to the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night, but Pelicans’ fans were happy anyway, because they finally got to see #1 pick Zion Williamson, who missed the first three months of the season with a torn meniscus.

Williamson started slow, scoring two points in the first half. But once the fourth-quarter hit, so did the star. In three minutes and 29 seconds, Williams scored 17 consecutive points, which included four 3-pointers. So, yeah, he lived up to the hype and Pelicans’ fans hope he can get their team to the playoffs, starting tonight when they take on the Denver Nuggets.

Tracy Sandler

Tracy Sandler

I created Fangirl Sports Network as a place for female sports fans to follow their favorite teams with content and coverage that speaks directly to females. It started with one and then eight and now 32 NFL Fangirls and 15 NBA Fangirls.