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The Friday 5: September 18th

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Seahawks vs. Patriots

Where were you on Feb. 1, 2015 when Pete Carroll chose not to give Marshawn Lynch the ball and Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to give the New England Patriots victory in Super Bowl XLIX? No matter where you were then, you’ll probably be watching the Super Bowl rematch on Sunday Night Football at home. It’s Russell Wilson vs. Cam Newton, as both teams stand at 1-0.


Wilson looked very Russell Wilson against the Falcons in Week One, as he was 31-of-25 for 344 yards and four touchdowns in the Seahawks, 38-25, win over Atlanta. Meanwhile, Cam’s return to QB1 status was a success. Newton was 15-of-19 for 155 yards, with 75 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns.


Seattle has Jamal Adams at safety, and that’s the same Jamal Adams who played the Patriots twice-a-year for three years, so that doesn’t hurt the Seahawks’ defense. Two fun quarterbacks. Two top coaches. This will be a tough game, but I’m giving the win to Seahawks (trust me, it pains me to do it).


Other Key Week 2 NFL Matchups

Last night’s Thursday Night Football Battle for Ohio saw the Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-30. The game also showed everyone that Bengals’ QB Joe Burrow is the real deal. Now, if only they could get him an offensive line that can actually block for him.


More Week 2 Matchups To Watch:

Rams (1-0) @ Eagles (0-1)

Panthers (0-1) @ Buccaneers (0-1)

Chiefs (1-0) @ Chargers (0-1)

Ravens (1-0) @ Texans (0-1)



Saints (1-0) @ Raiders (1-0) for the first game at the brand new Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada


The NBA’s Final Four

So that was an epic collapse by the Los Angeles Clippers, huh? Well, no time to dwell on it, because the NBA Conference Finals are here and the bubble is, um, bubbling.


Eastern Conference

In the East, the Miami Heat are up 2-0 on the Boston Celtics, and no one wearing a green uniform is real happy about it. After their 106-101 loss last night, things got heated (pun intended) in the Celtics locker room, where yelling could be heard. Per ESPN, head coach Brad Stevens met with Jayson Tatum, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart late last night to talk it out. Game three is tomorrow at 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT.


Western Conference

The head-to-head battle for Tinseltown is going to have to wait, after the Denver Nuggets came back from a 3-1 series deficit for the second time in this postseason, this one earning them a trip to the Western Conference Finals. Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic now go up against LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and stopping the latter two will be the key for Denver. Can Cinderella get a ticket to the Finals ball? We’ll find out starting tonight at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT.


Two-Time NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo

The Milwaukee Bucks had a disappointing postseason exit, but at least they’ve got the NBA’s MVP, again.


For the second straight year, Gianni Antetokounmpo has been named the league’s Most Valuable Player. He is the first player to win the award back-to-back since the Warriors’ Steph Curry did it in 2015-2016. LeBron James came in second in voting, while James Harden came in third.


MLB Playoffs

The MLB playoffs start in less than two weeks, and so far, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago White Sox, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees have clinched spots. However, the Dodgers did it first, just had to get that in.


Anyhoo, the best-of-three Wild Card round starts Tuesday, Sept. 29. All Wild Card rounds will be played in the home ballpark of the better seed, and then it’s bubble time once each division series starts.


The best-of-five ALDS will be played in LA and San Diego, while the NLDS will be played in Houston and Arlington. The NLCS will be played in Arlington, Texas, and the ALCS will be played in San Diego.


And then it’s time for the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Having trouble keeping track? Don’t worry, we’ll remind you. We have miles to go before we reach home (plate).

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.