By: Chris Taylor
(Picture via fansided.com)
The Cleveland Browns used the 22nd pick of this year’s NFL Draft to select quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M, much to the delight of their fans.
Johnny has been referred to as “Money” Manziel, which is appropriate, as that’s exactly what he’s bringing to the Browns organization.
Just 12 hours after Cleveland had selected Manziel in the first-round of the 2014 draft, the team sold more than 1,500 new season tickets.
If that stat wasn’t enough to impress you, then how about this: Since being selected by Cleveland, the Johnny Manziel Browns jersey has been the hottest selling item on NFLShop.com.
The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has brought a level of excitement to Cleveland that the city hasn’t seen since the Cavaliers drafted future NBA super-star Lebron James in 2003.
“Johnny Football” will now battle Brian Hoyer for the Browns starting quarterback position this offseason.
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By: Chris Taylor
The New York Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins by a score of 3-1 on Sunday evening, thus forcing tonight’s winner-takes-all game seven.
Martin St. Louis scored game 6’s first goal on Sunday, tipping a puck passed Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury just minutes into the opening period.
The Rangers would add a second-goal shortly thereafter, when Carl Hagelin slipped a backhand shot passed the outstretched Penguins goalie.
Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist posted 36 saves while giving up just one goal in game 6, securing New York with the 3-1 home victory.
New York, who lost games 2, 3 and 4 to Pittsburgh, will now try and complete the unlikely comeback by defeating the Pens in game 7 tonight.
This will mark the seventeenth time that the Rangers have come back to tie a series at 3-3, this after falling behind 3-1 in the opening 4 games.
Unfortunately for New York fans, the Rangers have never won a game 7 in any of their previous 16 attempts in this situation.
Meanwhile, the Penguins will likely lean on superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin to get the job done in tonight’s do or die game 7.
Game 7 takes place at 7pm ET live from the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.
Be sure to come watch this win or go home game 7 live at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations this evening!
By: Chris Taylor
A key lightweight bout will take place at July’s ‘UFC on FOX 12’ event in San Jose, as UFC officials announced today that former Strikeforce champion Josh Thomson will take on Michael “The Menace” Johnson.
Josh Thomson was last seen in action at January’s ‘UFC on FOX 10’ event, where he lost a controversial split-decision to former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Prior to that fight, Thomson defeated the always-tough Nate Diaz via TKO in April of 2013.
Meanwhile, Michael Johnson most recently fought at March’s ‘UFC Fight Night’ event in London, where he earned a unanimous decision win over Melvin Guillard. That victory marked Johnson’s third-straight, as he had scored previous wins over Gleison Tibau and Joe Lauzon respectively.
The UFC on FOX 12 event takes place July 26 live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The main card is set to air on FOX, following the prelims which show on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The UFC on FOX 12 card now includes the following contests:
Anthony Johnson vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Josh Thomson vs. Michael Johnson
By: Chris Taylor
The UFC returns to the city of Cincinnati tomorrow night for ‘UFC Fight Night 40,’ an event headlined by a welterweight clash between Matt Brown (18-11 MMA, 11-5 UFC) and Erick Silva (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC).
Matt “The Immortal” Brown will enter tomorrow night’s main event on the heels of a six-fight win streak. Brown’s most recent effort saw him score a first-round knockout win over Mike Pyle at August’s ‘UFC Fight Night 26’ event in Boston. The Ohio native will definitely have home field advantage when he squares off with Silva Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Brazilian bomber Erick Silva is also coming off a first-round knockout victory, which he earned over Takenori Sato at February’s ‘UFC Fight Night’ event in Brazil. Prior to that bout, Silva was KO’d by Korean star Dong-Hyun Kim in October of 2013.
The official ‘UFC Fight Night 40’ card includes the following contests:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
- Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva
- Lorenz Larkin vs. Constantinos Philippou
- Daron Cruickshank vs. Erik Koch
- William Macario vs. Neil Magny
- Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts
- Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal
- Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Darrell Montague
- Yan Cabral vs. Alexander Yakovlev
- Johnny Eduardo vs. Eddie Wineland
PRELIMINARY CARD (Preliminary card, 6:30 p.m. ET)
- Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz
- Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall
- Anthony Lapsley vs. Albert Tumenov
Be sure to come watch ‘UFC Fight Night 40’ live tomorrow night at one of Kauai’s Kalapaki Joe’s locations!