🏈 Doubleheader Drama!

Two MNF thrillers, Week 14 injury roundup, Shohei Ohtani, NBA, NHL, and more...

Rise and Shine! Monday Night Football’s doubleheader was supposed to produce a pair of duds. Instead, we got a couple of classics. In the biggest upset of the season, Will Levis and the Titans pulled off a miracle in Miami, stunning the Dolphins with an improbable late-game comeback. Meanwhile, the Italian Stallion, Tommy DeVito, cheffed up a game-winning drive of gabagool, capping the Giants’ three-course meal of vitamin Ws. We’ll recap last night’s dramatic doubleheader and then step inside the Blitz Blue Medical Tent for a Week 14 injury roundup. On the hardwood, the Pistons are making the wrong kind of history, the Magic are saying “Expecto Patronum” to expectations, and Luka Doncic is that dude. Finally, we’ll recap every NHL game, and Shohei Ohtani may not be as rich as you think… yet. Let’s go!

WTF Stat: Last night, the Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak on Monday Night Football while also handing the Packers their first loss in December under HC Matt LaFleur - New York hadn’t won on Monday night since 2018, and LaFleur is now 16-1 in December with Green Bay.

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⚾️ Dodgers P/OF Shohei Ohtani will defer $68M of his annual $70M salary until after the completion of his record-setting 10-year, $700M contract, giving the team additional cash flow and payroll flexibility to build around him - the deferred money will be paid out without interest from 2034 to 2043

🏈 North Carolina QB Drake Maye has officially declared for the 2024 NFL Draft and will not play in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl against West Virginia on Dec. 27 - Maye, a redshirt sophomore, is a projected top-three pick

⚽️ Clemson men’s soccer defeated Notre Dame 2-1 in the College Cup Final to win their second national championship in three seasons and their fourth in program history

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Photo: Remember the Titans | Source: USA Today

NFL - Monday Night Football

  • Tennessee Titans (5-8) 28, Miami Dolphins (9-4) 27: The Titans may have their guy. With the game tied 13-13 in the 4th quarter, Tennessee had a disastrous two minutes as a muffed punt and a miss-exchanged pitch deep in their own territory set up two Raheem Mostert (21 CAR, 96 YDS, 2 TDs) touchdowns, giving Miami a 14-point lead with 4:34 remaining. But Will Levis (23/38, 327 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM) didn’t blink and found DeAndre Hopkins (7 REC, 124 YDS, 1 TD) less than a minute later for a quick score (plus a two-point conversion) before leading the Titans back down the field to set up Derrick Henry’s (17 CAR, 1 REC, 51 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs) go-ahead touchdown with 1:49 remaining, and Tennessee’s defense withstood Miami’s final drive to stun Tua Tagovailoa (23/33, 240 YDS, 1 FUM) and the Fins on their home field, marking the biggest upset of the season - Miami was a 13.5-point favorite, Tyreek Hill (4 REC, 61 YDS) left the game with an ankle injury but returned in the second half, and it’s the Titans’ first road win of the year

  • New York Giants (5-8) 24, Green Bay Packers (6-7) 22: The Italian Job. Saquon Barkley (20 CAR, 3 REC, 101 Tot. YDS, 2 TDs, 1 FUM) was sensational but had a costly fumble late in the 4th quarter to set up Jordan Love’s (25/39, 218 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM) go-ahead touchdown pass with 1:33 remaining. However, rookie backup QB Tommy “Cutlets” DeVito (17/21, 10 CAR, 229 Tot. YDS, 1 TD) led the G-Men into field goal range on the ensuing drive, where Randy Bullock (1/2 FG, 3/3 XP) sunk a game-winning, 37-yard field goal as time expired, giving New York their third straight win - the Giants forced three turnovers, and DeVito went 10-for-11 for 110 yards and one touchdown in the second half while improving to 3-1 as a starter

See the full box scores here and the current NFL standings here.

Blitz Medical Tent - Notable Week 14 Injuries

  • Chargers QB Justin Herbert is doubtful for Thursday night’s game against the Raiders and will reportedly undergo surgery today to repair his fractured right index finger, which he injured in Sunday’s loss to the Broncos - Easton Stick is expected to start Thursday if Herbert can’t go

  • Texans QB CJ Stroud suffered a concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Jets, and his status for next week’s game against the Titans is in doubt - Stroud is currently listed as questionable

  • Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is questionable for Thursday night’s game against the Chargers after suffering a quad injury in Sunday’s loss to the Vikings - Jacobs was a non-participant in yesterday’s practice

  • Vikings WR Justin Jefferson is considered day-to-day after suffering a chest injury in Sunday’s win against the Raiders - Jefferson took a huge hit in his return from a seven-game absence due to a hamstring injury, and Minnesota will play at Cincinnati next week

  • Ravens S Kyle Hamilton is considered day-to-day after suffering a sprained MCL in Sunday’s win over the Rams - it was first reported that Hamilton was week-to-week, but HC John Harbaugh said otherwise and believes he has a chance to play next week against the Jaguars

See more Week 14 injuries here.

Photo: Detroit Down Bad | Source: USA Today

NBA - Top Games

  • Indiana Pacers 131, Detroit Pistons 123: The Pistons have lost 20 straight games. Yes, 20. Tyrese Haliburton (14 PTS, 5 REB, 16 AST) was dishing out dimes like they were homemade and led the Pacers to a bounceback win over Cade Cunningham (23 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST) and a helpless Detroit squad following Indiana’s loss in the NBA In-Season Tournament final on Friday - the Pistons’ losing streak is the longest single-season slide in franchise history and matches the NBA's longest since the Rockets dropped 20 straight in 2020-21

  • Milwaukee Bucks 133, Chicago Bulls 129 (OT): In a back-and-forth 4th quarter, DeMar DeRozan (41 PTS, 14-30 FG, 11 AST) sunk a tough game-tying floater with three ticks left to force OT, but Giannis Antetokounmpo (32 PTS, 14-18 FT, 12 REB, 6 AST) and the Bucks were too much in the extra frame, and Damian Lillard (14 PTS, 3-17 FG, 9 AST) made up for his cold shooting night by knocking down a pair free throws with 10 seconds remaining to put the game away - Bulls PG Coby White (33 PTS, 6-10 3PT, 6 REB, 4 AST) dropped a season-high

  • Orlando Magic 104, Cleveland Cavaliers 94: Don’t look now, but the Orlando Magic are tied with the Bucks for the second-best record in the East at 16-7 and improved to 8-2 in their last 10 games as Paolo Banchero (20 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST) and company outscored Cleveland 30-15 in the 3rd quarter to take down the Cavs despite Darius Garland’s (36 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST) monster night

  • Dallas Mavericks 120, Memphis Grizzlies 113: Luka Doncic (35 PTS, 8 REB, 6 AST, 2 BLK, 2 STL) continues to post silly numbers, and the Mavs outpaced Jaren Jackson Jr. (41 PTS, 6-10 3PT, 4 REB) and the Grizzlies in Memphis for their third straight win - Dallas (13-8) currently holds the fourth-best record in the West

See the full NBA scoreboard here and the current standings here.

NHL - All Games

  • Dallas Stars 5, Detroit Red Wings 3: Miro Heiskanen (2 G, 1 A) and Joe Pavelski (1 G) each had power-play bingos, and the Stars scored a pair of goals in all three periods to overcome a 1-0 deficit and rout the Red Wings in Dallas, handing the Winged Wheels their third loss in a row

  • New York Islanders 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (OT): John Tavares (1 G, 1 A) notched his 1,000 career point by assisting on Morgan Rielly’s (1 G) game-tying goal with six seconds left in regulation, but Bo Horvat (1 G) ended the Leafs’ celebration shortly thereafter, roofing the game-winner 46 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders their third consecutive dub - New York is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games

  • Buffalo Sabres 5, Arizona Coyotes 2: Kyle Okposo (1 G, 2 A) and Eric Robinson (1 G, 2 A) each had busy nights on the stat sheet, and the Sabres used a three-goal 2nd period to coast past Eric Robinson (1 G, 2 A) and the Coyotes in Buffalo for a much-needed victory

  • Colorado Avalanche 6, Calgary Flames 5: After allowing four goals in the 2nd period, the Avalanche rattled off three straight scores in the 3rd, capped by Nathan MacKinnon’s (1 G, 1 A) go-ahead gino with 4:30 on the clock to steal one from Nazem Kadri (1 G, 1 A) and Calgary in Colorado

See the full NHL scoreboard here and the current standings here.

Men’s College Basketball - Top Game

  • NCAAM | #10 Gonzaga 78, Mississippi Valley State 40: Following their upset loss on Saturday at the hands of Washington, Braden Huff (17 PTS, 4 REB) and the Zags got back in the win column with an easy W against the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, who have a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,600 students - it was the only ranked game of the night in both men’s and women’s college hoops

See the full men’s scoreboard here and the full women’s scoreboard here.

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What percent of his 10-year, $700 million contract will Shohei Ohtani get in the next 10 years?

A. 1.2%

B. 2.8%

C. 3.6%

D. 4.0%

Photo: Johnny Manziel, 2012 | Source: USA Today

On December 12, 2012, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel won the 78th Heisman Trophy Award. Manziel became the first freshman to win the award, capturing it as a redshirt freshman after bursting onto the scene and getting dubbed the nickname "Johnny Football." Although he began the season in relative obscurity as a first-year starter, Manziel gained national attention in late September by breaking Archie Manning's 43-year-old, single-game SEC record of total offense (540 yards) with 557 yards in a win over Arkansas. Two games later, Manziel surpassed his own record against No. 24 Louisiana Tech by racking up 576 total yards, becoming the first player in SEC history to have two 500-plus-yard games in one season. But Johnny Football’s true "Heisman Moment" came when he led the Aggies to a 29-24 upset over No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, totaling 345 yards and two touchdown passes while ripping off several highlight-reel plays. Manziel finished the season with 3,419 passing yards for 24 touchdowns while adding 1,181 rushing yards and 19 scores on the ground. At age 20, he is the second-youngest player to win the Heisman, trailing only 19-year-old Mark Ingram - regardless of his NFL resume, Johnny Football remains one of the most electric college quarterbacks ever.


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B. 2.8%. Although Ohtani’s historic $700 million deal will have him play for the Dodgers for the next 10 years, he's going to receive 97.2% of his money in the following 10 years. The Dodgers will pay Ohtani just $2 million per season for the next decade through 2033 (the period he’s actually playing for the team under this contract). Then in the following 10 years, starting in 2034, he’s to receive one lump-sum check for $68 million every July 1 - there’s no front-loading or back-loading in either set of payments, just $2 million flat for one decade, then $68 million flat the next. And Ohtani agreed not to charge any interest on those deferred payments.

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The Pistons aren’t the only NBA team with a depressingly long losing streak: The Spurs have lost 17 games in a row.