(PICS) It was a ‘Celebration’ of the pageantry and life that is HBCU football

(PICS) It was a ‘Celebration’ of the pageantry and life that is HBCU football

by Angela Davis|@jerseygirlsport|@ladyadavis

Jersey Girl Sports fam, the first of half of the Celebration Bowl found the Grambling State University Tigers and North Carolina A&T Aggies almost scoreless. The defense dominated on both sides of the ball, so the game didn’t have offensive excitement on the field, but it was all fun in the stands!

If you’ve never been to an HBCU football game, I can tell you that what happens in the stands is as exciting as what happens on the field. Between the bands and the fans, it’s a good time!

Here are some of the best moments from the first half of the game:

The Aggies are looking to complete their undefeated season with a championship win, while the Grambling Tigers are hoping to repeat their championship.

Enjoy the game!

 

Forbes’ list of most valuable sports teams shows soccer still reigns supreme; Football gaining ground

The may be “America’s Team” but the Dallas Cowboys aren’t the most valuable. In fact, among Forbes list of most valuable sports teams, soccer teams made up 4 of the top 10 – a bold reminder of how lucrative and profitable soccer is in the world, and it’s potential to growth in the United States. 

Here’s the the top ten most valuable sports teams in the world:

1. Manchester United – Soccer $2.3 billion

2. Real Madrid – Soccer $1.88 billion

3. NY Yankess – Baseball $1.85 billion

4. Dallas Cowboys- Football $1.85 billion

5. Washington Redskins – Football $1.56 billion

6. L.A. Dodgers – Baseball $1.4 billion

7. New England Patriots – Football $1.4 billion

8. Barcelona – Soccer $1.31 billion

9. NY Giants – Football $1.3 billion

10. Arsenal – Soccer $1.29 billion

While baseball  only accounted for two of top 20 spots, to no surprise football (American football) held 11 of the 20 spots. This is indicative of the NFL’s increasing popularity. The quest to take the NFL ‘across the pond’ to England is still an annual game with the goal of driving more international fans.

Don’t hold your breath. Soccer still reigns as king among sports fans globally, but the NFL may be slowly but surely gaining ground. What’s also not surprising is the lack of the MLB’s presence. Baseball is still a popular sport, but is no longer ‘America’s favorite pastime’. 

The other opportunity is the chance for soccer to become bigger in the United States. MLS is growing in presence and with the most major cities having or acquiring an MLS team, it may not be long before soccer finally becomes a popular U.S. sport.

In the meantime, the NFL is king in the U.S. and soccer may be the only sport able to dethrone it.

What do you think?

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

~Angela Davis

Baltimore Ravens, Jah Reid Arrested After Fight At Strip Club

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens tackle Jah Reid faces misdemeanor charges following a fight at a strip club in Key West, Florida.

Key West police say the fight broke out early Sunday at the Red Garter strip club when 21-year-old Edmond Mussa accidentally bumped into Reid. The two then exchanged words and 25-year-old Reid head-butted Mussa.

Police say Reid continued attacking Mussa until he fell on the ground. He then began kicking Mussa. When a security guard tried to break up the fight, Reid punched him in the face.

Reid, who is 6-foot-7 and weighs 340 pounds, told officers the security guard tried to choke him.

He’s charged with two counts of battery.

 

Courtesy of the Associated Press 

Former Atlanta Falcons, Thomas Howard, Dies In Car Crash Only Days After Being Cut

Thomas Howard, NFL linebacker who was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last week died in a car crash Monday morning in Oakland, California after losing control and slamming his BMW 750Li into the back of a semi.

Officials say that Howard was going in-excess of 100 mph before making impact. They continued to report that Howard’s car went airborne and flew across the center median, where he collided with a Chevy Monte Carlo and a Honda CR-V.

Both Howard and the driver of the Honda,  Zeng Long Liu, 64 died at the scene. While the driver of the Chevy was transported to a nearby hospital, and the condition of the semi driver is unknown.

Howard was drafted back in 2006 by the Oakland Raiders, then went on to play for the Bengals and was recently cut by the Atlanta Falcons.

“It is shocking and very sad,” Texas-El Paso athletics director Bob Stull said about Howard on the school’s sports department web site.

 

“His story was inspiring. He came here as a walk-on defensive back and through hard work and dedication developed into one of the greatest linebackers in school history. He was enjoying a tremendous NFL career.

 

“More than anything, though, Thomas was a fine young man, personable and engaging. He always had a smile on his face. He returned to El Paso frequently and was always eager to give back to UTEP. He was a superb alum and friend of the university. It’s just hard to believe that he’s gone. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

 

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

Denver Broncos’ John Moffitt Ends NFL Career Because He’s ‘Not Happy’

They many believe above all else happiness is the key to everything, and for Denver Broncos‘ Offensive Lineman John Moffitt that must be one his beliefs as well.

Moffitt informed the Broncos’ that after the bye week we will NOT be returning to the team or to the NFL. That’s right Moffitt is walking away and retiring from the NFL. Moffitt explained his sudden decision to retire to the Associated Press by says…

“I just really thought about it and decided I’m not happy. I’m not happy at all.” And I think it’s really madness to risk your body, risk your well-being and risk your happiness for money.

 

“Everybody, they just don’t get it and they think it’s crazy. But I think what I was doing is crazy.”

 

“I just want to be happy.” And I find that people that have the least in life are sometimes the happiest. And I don’t have the least in life. I have enough in life. And I won’t sacrifice my health for that.

 

“I’m not trying to be the poster boy for ‘Oh, I thought I should leave because of concussions.’ I’m just saying, it’s a valid point. I love the game and I respect the game and everybody who plays it knows what they risk and I knew what I risked when I played, and I’m no longer willing to risk it.”

 

“Once you tear away all the illusions of it, it’s hard work. And it’s dangerous work. And you’re away from your family. And it’s not good for families. It’s very tough on families,” he said, according to the AP.

There are not many that wouldn’t give up their left arm to play in the National Football League, but to play and then give it up for something that you feel so strongly about says so much for the character of Moffitt.

Your Jersey Girlfriend,

Marcelle English

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