Josh Helmuth delivers the top sports stories of the weekend!
What a weekend it was in football, with both conference championship games ending in dramatic fashion, both the Patriots and Giants punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with wins over the 49ers and Ravens. The Ravens' Billy Cundif missed a 32 yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime, giving New England the 23-20 win. Meanwhile, the 49ers lost in overtime to the Giants 20-17, after San Francisco's Kyle Williams fumbled a punt, giving New York the opportunity to boot a game winning 31 yard field goal to take the win. Tom Brady has gots to be ready for some vindication, with the New York Football Giants and his Patriots facing head to head, it's a rematch of the Super Bowl in 2008 when the Giants stunned New England, and the rest of the world, by defeating the Patriots 17-14 , ending their bid for a perfect season.
Penn State's Joe Paterno passed away at the age of 85 on Sunday, ending his bout with lung cancer. The winningest football coach in Division 1 history, had 409 victories and two national championships over 46 years in Happy Valley. It was just a little more than 2 months ago when Paterno was fired amid the child sex abuse scandal that rocked the sports world, for failing to report his knowledge to police. JoePa stated 'I wish I had done more.'
Former Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel is being considered for the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts. Colts owner Jim Ersay has reportedly met with Tressel twice and hopes to decide on a new coach this upcoming week. Tressel was hired this past September by the Colts as a game day consultant. Indianapolis is trying to rebound from a very disappointing 2-14 season that had to get by all year without their star Peyton Manning.
And in the wrap up, Cleveland Indians pitcher Fausto Carmona got arrested in his native Dominican Republic for using a false identity — his real name being Roberto Hernandez Heredia, and he's 31, not 28, and Florida State upsets Duke again (as it seems to be an annual kryptonite for the Blue Devils) this time ending Duke's 45 game home win streak.
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