The UFC travels to Brazil to close out their 2014 season and in the middle of a big few months of the UFC schedule. This card will not feature some of the big names that are coming up in the schedule but it will be a night of legends against up and comers. It is the constant story in the UFC as top names continue to take on the new rising stars in hopes to extend their time and to remain among the best fighters in the UFC.
Well the honeymoon phase is over in Cleveland after Johnny Manziel got his first start for the Browns in Week 15. There had been plenty of build up after Manziel dropped to 23 in the 2014 draft despite his great playmaking ability in college. He was not considered the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft though. His size scared many and his multiple issues off of the field made a lot of teams pass on him.
As the NCAA Football world took a bit of a break with the season coming to a close and only one game on the docket. That game was the annual Army-Navy game in the NCAA in a tradition that dates back decades. The tradition is the one week where the Army Black Knights and Navy Midshipmen take over the NCAA world with their rivalry game. No other games are played on the week as two of the oldest teams face off as both hope to get closer to winning the Commander in Chief’s Trophy, an award given out to the winner of the three-team series between Army, Navy, and Air Force.
The heavyweights got back to work on Saturday when UFC on FOX 13 featured three main card fights between some of the top heavyweights in the division. With Cain Velasquez on the sidelines for the time being after injuries have derailed his hopes of defending his belt. I the meantime the rest of the division is trying to figure themselves out. It has been a strange weight class in the last few years as the UFC has gone away from the usual recipe for combat sports.
When tragedy strikes and someone passes away the effect is felt by anyone who was helped by that person. Generally that means family and friends who have lived or worked alongside that person who are effected by the death. When that death reaches into the public space the list of people effected grows beyond the immediate friends and family. When that death is a hockey player in one of the most loyal and dedicated fan bases in the world that list grows to an entire province.
The UFC returns to FOX for another big fight card that will only continue a huge few months for the UFC. A week after a double-header that saw one title change hands and a day after a new Ultimate Fighter and champion is crowned will be a matchup of two heavyweight contenders. It may not be the title fights that will mark the next few months in the UFC but it is a very important fight. One fighter who has continued to move up in the rankings only to see title shots slip away for any number of reasons. The other fighter is a former champion with an eye on returning to the top of the heavyweight division.
The Battle of the Bay has not been the usual close battle that many fans have hoped for time and time again. A big part of that is the evolution of the 49ers into one of the elite teams of the NFL. They have been close multiple times in the last few years to winning a Super Bowl but have fallen just short. Despite their inability to win the big game the Niners have remained one of the most dangerous teams in the NFL and have consistently been the better team in their matchups with Oakland.
The time that everyone was waiting for in this season of the NCAA is finally here as the first ever playoff teams are in place. After rivalry week the top teams in the NCAA got one last chance to prove whether or not they belong in the College Football Playoff. Championship week was the last chance for teams to get a win on the season and take home a title that could help them make the top four in the College Football Rankings. The Top four in the rankings heading into the week needed to win ad those standing outside needed to win in impressive fashion to get into the top four.