Football season has officially come to a close following Super Bowl 50, but the game provided fans with some more NFL history and a possible feel good story. The other football (soccer) also gave us some stunning results, and even the UFC pitched in a spot on the list. College basketball also proved that we could be in for a treat when March Madness tips off, because no team seems to be able to stay in the No. 1 slot this season.
10. Marshawn Lynch retires
The Seattle Seahawks will miss the many runs of the Beast Mode era, but Thomas Rawls appears to be ready to take over for Lynch in the Seattle backfield. In true Lynch fashion, he posted a picture of cleats hanging with no words, only a peace sign. He will be missed after only playing for nine seasons, but he knows his body and heart better than anyone else.
9. LeSean McCoy allegedly involved in assault
The Buffalo Bills running back is in some trouble with the law after allegedly helping assault two off-duty police officers in Philadelphia early Sunday morning. This isn’t his first off-the-field incident and he could be facing a suspension from the NFL in the near future.
8. Golden State Warriors pass another test in the West
The Warriors played against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night, and they did what they do best — win. Yet another test provided by the Western Conference was passed with relative ease. The Warriors are on pace to surpass the Chicago Bulls for most wins in a season, and the second half of the season should be a good one as they get closer to the end of their quest.
7. Cam Newton storms out of post-Super Bowl press conference
After being visibly frustrated by the Denver Broncos‘ defense in Super Bowl 50, Cam could only handle so much during his post-game press conference. After giving a few short answers, Cam decided he would cut things off and walk out of his press conference. On Monday, he faced some harsh words from almost everyone, but it is what it is. If I lost the Super Bowl, I probably could relate with how he felt.
6. U.S. men’s soccer uses another late goal to gain a win
The United States Men’s National Team is figuring out how to keep things close in their recent games, and then put a late dagger in the heart of their opponent. It happened in a win over Iceland last week, and it happened against Canada for the second consecutive game.
5. Liverpool’s late second half meltdown
Liverpool has been inconsistent at times this season, but Saturday’s game against Sunderland was a nightmare for the club. After taking a 2-0 lead in the second half, Liverpool allowed Sunderland to walk out of Anfield with a 2-2 draw. Thanks to two late goals for the away club, Liverpool was left thinking about what could have been.
4. NCAA sees another No. 1 fall
The No. 1 spot in the men’s college basketball Top 25 is a position that many teams have had this season, but no one seems to be able to stay in. Oklahoma was the latest team to be in the top spot and they were able to stay there for a few days before being knocked off by Kansas State 80-69.
3. Leicester City increase their lead in Premier League
Jamie Vardy and Co. have stormed to the top of the table this season in the Premier League and Saturday’s win over Manchester City increased that lead at the top. Vardy did not net a goal in the match, but Riyad Mahrez scored a brilliant goal and two Robert Huth goals would give the Foxes a 3-1 win.
2. Stephen Thompson KO’s Johny Hendricks
Thompson was able to shock Hendricks with a first round knockout and there was nothing that the former welterweight champion could do about it. It may not be the biggest upset in the history of the UFC, but Thompson has definitely become a contender following his big win over Hendricks.
1. Peyton Manning, Broncos win Super Bowl 50
Manning has become the first player to win a Super Bowl for two different teams in NFL history, and now might be the best time for him to end his career and walk away from the game of football. While this win was different than most for Manning, a big reason he added another Super Bowl title is because of Von Miller and the Broncos’ first-ranked defense. The Broncos once again proved that defense wins championships.