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This Week in Sports :: January 1-4, 2008

New England finishes off the season undefeated and an old NBA rivalry is rekindled. Check out what else happened this week!

New England Invincible

The New England Patriots capped off an unbelievable season by defeating the New York Giants in a close game Saturday night. The victory gave the Patriots the first undefeated NFL season since the Miami Dolphins did it in 1972. Superstars Tom Brady and Randy Moss also broke individual records during that final game that made the Patriots 16-0. Brady's 65-yard pass to Moss for a touchdown in the fourth quarter set the NFL season record for passing touchdowns in a season of 50 for Brady, and most caught touchdowns of 23 for Moss. On Thursday, coach Bill Belichick was named the Coach of the Year by the AP. Whether the Patriots win the Super Bowl from here will determine if they are better than the legendary '72 Dolphins as the best team in NFL history.

Lakers vs. Celtics

One of the greatest rivalries in NBA history is back. For the first time since the Larry Bird and Magic Johnson era, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers are both championship contenders. On Sunday, Kevin Garnett and the Celtics rolled into L.A. to play Kobe Bryant and the Lakers for the first times this season. Although it was at Staples Center, the Celtics crushed L.A. 110-91 on Sunday night. Both teams wore throwback uniforms and the Lakers took it a step higher by wearing the short shorts that players used to play in during the 1980s!

Cameron Fired

New Miami Dolphins GM Bill Parcells wasted no time in making changes. On Wednesday, Parcells fired Dolphins' head coach Cam Cameron after he coached the team to a dismal 1-15 record. The record was the worst in franchise history under the first year coach. It is unclear who Parcells will choose to replace him, but the rumor is he might tap into his old stomping grounds, the Dallas Cowboys, where he coached last. Cowboys' assistant Tony Sparano appears to be the early favorite.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • Chinese star Yi Jianlian of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kevin Durant of the Seattle Supersonics have been chosen as the NBA's top rookies for December 2007.
  • The Tennessee Titans win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday ended the Cleveland Browns' hopes of getting a wild card berth in the playoffs. Despite falling short, the Browns had an overachieving season finished an impressive 10-6.
  • Heading into the final week of voting for the NHL All Star Game, Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadians defenseman Andrei Markov are the top vote getters.
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Are the 2007 Patriots the Best NFL Team Ever?

  • Yes. They are better than the 1972 Dolphins.
  • No. The 1972 Dolphins are way better.
  • Maybe. It is too close to tell.
  • I don't like football!

Sports In The Forums

Lolly20 posted in Xtreme Sports:
of coarse girls can be stronger than boys but some are not :wave
reply 2 days
How the game works: you roast the favorite american football player of the person above you  EXAMPLE: Mathew Stafford LIONS QB USER BELOW: hes the worst qb in nfl did you know that? Ok first person to reply roasts my player:  Favorite NFL Player: Antonio Brown #84 Pittsburgh Steelers
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Lolly20 posted in Cheerleading:
as long as they r happy i think it is fine :)
reply 6 days
A recent comment on a video gave me this idea , of writing about this whole scenario  the comment was something like this Messi + Ronaldo = Zlatan It was something that made me happy , cuz i'm a Zlatan fan myself , but keeping that aside I'll be honest in stating the reasons due to which Zlatan is considered better among fans  1st - Tired of Messi vs Ronaldo ; For those of you tired of the endless Messi vs Ronaldo debate Zlatan is the middle way , when Zlatan was asked for a word to describe Messi and Ronaldo  he said for Messi - Fantastic , for Ronaldo - Good ( he'd definitely prefer messi since he was in barca , so definitely against Real Madrid , but i'll skip that ) , but when asked about one word for Zlatan - "WOW!" that was his answer 2nd - If you believe in extraordinary and Jaw-dropping stuff; If we talk about Messi and Ronaldo we'll think constant goal scorers and team players and who deliver something great evry time the team needs it , but Zlatan he may also score regularly not as frequent as Messi or Ronaldo , but every time he scores it's another jaw dropping goal , whether that 32 yard bicycle kick vs England or extraordinary volleys Zlatan is Zlatan 3rd Zlatan does things nobody does; You won't see Ronaldo having fun with reporters or Messi bad mouthing his manager even when he is wrong , Zlatan doesn't cares,  like who can forget the epic reply to Arsene Wenger on asking Zlatan to play a trial game , -" ZLATAN doesn't do Auditions" If some of you guys don't agree with me no problem , everybody has their own opinion , and if you don't agree with me cuz you don't know about any of those Zlatan goals or interviews , then you should definitely search the internet for - Extraordinary Zlatan  ZLATAN may had not won the -ballon d'or , but has won large no of trophies and league titles  search for zlatan ibrahimovic - titles and trophies for that
reply 10 days
Well for me, I think totally! Inside that is. When a guy says girls can't play sports I think THEY can't be cheerleaders. But if a guy says girls CAN play sports, yep, they could be cheerleaders
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