Sports Dogs Podcast: NFL Championship Sunday

He’s Baaack! After his incredible prediction of the Bengals advancing last weekend, Scott “The Predictor” Bradley joins R-Dog to break down this Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship games. Plus some thoughts on Brady and Rodgers, and the WFT name change.

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Sports Dogs Podcast: NFL Championship Sunday

Sports: Monday, February 8, 2021

Brady And Bucs Win SB 55, Young & Smith Garner NFL Awards, Caps Drop Third Straight

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won Super Bowl 55 yesterday in dominating fashion by a score of 31-9over the Kansas City Chiefs at Raymond James Stadium. Tom Brady threw 3 touchdown passes, including 2 to familiar target Rob Gronkowski, and the Tampa Bay defense kept Patrick Mahomes and the KC offense out of the end zone for the entire contest. Brady picked up his record fifth Super Bowl MVP award and becomes just the second quarterback to win a Super Bowl with 2 different teams.

Over the weekend, the league handed out it’s NFL Honors awards and Washington’s Chase Young was named Defensive Rookie of the Year, while WFT quarterback Alex Smith was named Comeback Player of the Year. Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers earned his third MVP award.

Peyton Manning leads the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021, which was also named this weekend. Also joining Manning among the 8 inductees are Charles Woodson and Calvin Johnson.

To the NHL, where the Washington Capitals lost their third straight game yesterday, a 7-4 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers. Philly broke 4-4 tie with a 3-goal third period, as the Caps fell to 6-3-3 on the season. Alex Ovechkin had 2 goals and 2 assists for the Capitals, who return to the ice tomorrow at 6 against the Flyers.

On the Shenandoah University docket, Men’s Basketball will play at Hampden-Sydney tonight at 7, while the Hornet Women entertain Ferrum this evening at 7 at the Wilkins Center.

Sports: Monday, January 25, 2021

Super Bowl Matchup Is Set, Caps Lose (Again) In Shootout, College Hoop

The Kansas City Chiefs will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55, after both teams won their respective conference championships yesterday. In the NFC title game, the Bucs held off Green Bay 31-26, depite 3 Tom Brady interceptions. Aaron Rodgers threw for 346 yards and 3 scores in the loss. Tampa Bay becomes the first team to host a Super Bowl in it’s home stadium.

In the nightcap, the Chiefs spotted the Buffalo Bills an early 9-0 lead, but stormed back for a 38-24 win in the AFC Championship game. Patrick Mahomes, cleared to play after last week’s concussion, passed for 325 yards and 3 scores, as Kansas City returns to the Super Bowl for a second straight year. The game will be played February 7th, and you can catch the play-by-play on The River 95-3 and CBS Sports Radio 1450.

The Washington Capitals lost to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday 4-3, in a game that was once again decided in the shootout round. Despite the loss, the 3-0-3 Caps picked up a point, and have now earned at least a point in all 6 of their games so far. Justin Schultz scored his first goal as a Capital, with Nick Backstrom lighting the lamp for the tying goal in the third. John Walton has the call of the Backstrom goal, courtesy of the Capitals Radio Network. Washington is back in action tomorrow night when they take on the Islanders. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.

In college basketball tonight, number-13 Virginia hosts Syracuse at 7, while number-14 WVU entertains 12th ranked Texas Tech at 9. ON Saturday, the Shenandoah men fell to Bridgewater 81-65.

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Greetings from The Booth!

Knock on wood, it looks like we’re finally going to play some basketball at Shenandoah University! Starting today, the Hornet men will play a limited Winter schedule and will open today against Mary Baldwin at The Wilkins Center. No fans will be permitted at Wilkins, but be sure to listen to the action on The River 95-3…and check out my Sports Dogs Podcast this week on this website as coach Adam Walsh previews the season.

(because of the unpredictability of COVID-19, the sports situation at SU remains fluid, so stay tuned, and we’ll keep you up to date)

Well, we’re down to the NFL’s “Final Four” as we approach Championship Weekend. The AFC title game will match the Buffalo Bills against the Kansas City Chiefs. As of early this week, KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes was still in concussion protocol, and may miss the game. That would certainly even the playing field, but don’t sell the Bills short. Buffalo is a very good football team. They belong in this contest.

The NFC game gives us a matchup of 2 of the NFL’s best QBs in Aaron Rodgers of the Packers and Tom Brady (the GOAT), who is trying to get another ring, this time with Tampa Bay. With Rodgers’ home base being Green Bay, and Brady having played all those years in New England, both are used to playing in harsh weather conditions. With a winter storm predicted for Green Bay this weekend, we could have one of those classic “snow games.”

Which brings me to this: former NFL great Kurt Warner said this week that he is in favor of having the playoffs played indoors in a domed venue. While this would make for pristine playing conditions, we would miss out on some great moments.

Growing up, I loved the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikes played in the old “Met” in Minneapolis, and it always seemed to be snowing there. Quarterback Joe Kapp was a favorite of mine, along with the “Purple People Eaters” defense, but what I remember most were the snow banks all around the field, and the flamethrowers which tried in vain to soften up the frozen tundra. The Vikings were hard to beat at home in December.

And without the elements, we would have missed out on the iconic “Ice Bowl” in 1967, as Bart Starr of the Packers scored on a quarterback sneak on the concrete-like surface of Lambeau to beat the Cowboys in the NFL Championship Game in 16-below temperatures.

I could go on-and-on with examples: the Fog Bowl, The Tuck-Rule Game, and the Freezer Bowl 1981 AFC Championship, played in 40-below wind chills in Cincinnati. Point is, football isn’t meant to be played in perfect conditions, and the backdrop of snow, sleet, and arctic wind chills is part of NFL lore.

Easy for me to say, when I’m under a comforter and glued to my 55-inch HD television…

Enjoy the games this weekend…and GO HORNETS!