The first quarter of the NFL season is in the books, and what a ride it’s been. Teams like the Chiefs, the Rams, and the Bears have all shown to be Super Bowl caliber contenders behind high octane offenses, led by above young and talented quarterbacks, and superb defenses. Then, the Bengals and Titans who are both 3-1 and are finding ways to grind out wins, no matter how ugly. It’s only been 4 weeks though, and any number of things can still happen in what remains of the always unpredictable NFL season. Last year we saw how the Chiefs looked like a lock to make the Super Bowl and then had what you could call a complete and total breakdown midway through the season, eventually losing to the Titans in the wild-card game due to a Marcus Mariota self-touchdown. Either way, Week 4 was basically a microcosm of what’s been happening all year; Jared Goff led the Rams to a huge win over one of the best defenses in the league, the Bengals were able to outduel the Falcons in one of the best games of the season, Mitchell Trubisky seems to be fitting into the mold of a franchise quarterback, and the Titans beat the defending Super Bowl champions in an ugly, gritty game.
Week 3 in the NFL gave the people what they wanted… a Browns win. Even if you couldn’t care less about the Browns, you were happy to see the winless streak end. It had been 635 days since the Browns beat the SAN DIEGO Chargers on Christmas eve 2016. The Browns win was so monumental that it overshadowed impressive performances like a wild shootout in Atlanta featuring Drew Brees and Matty Ice, the Bills beating the Vikings in the most unexpected result of the young season so far, the Chiefs and Pat Mahomes doing what they do best, and SuperCam Newton leading his team past the Bengals.
Oh, how the football gods have blessed us. Being an NFL fan is basically an addiction; after getting a little taste of all its glory in week 1, we were all itching for more and more and more. Football now has become the only reason that Mondays are bearable, Thursday nights are sweeter than Friday nights, and staying up after 10 pm on a weeknight is acceptable. Week 2 of football means fantasy leagues are in full swing, and going to work actually means stalking the waiver wire. This week included referee controversies along with another (!) tie in the north, the Jaguars getting their revenge, Patrick Mahomes basically doing whatever he pleased to the Steelers defense, and the Rams looking like the favorites in the NFC.
Finally, after seven long, gruesome months of watching mundane replays, tailgating the NFL Draft, getting excited over practice squad signings, football is officially back. When the Super Bowl LII Champion Eagles opened up the 2018 season in Lincoln Financial Field, and unveiled the championship banner it marked the start of 17 emotion filled weeks; 266 action-packed games; 15,950 minutes of pure ecstasy; 957,600 seconds of chicken wing eating happiness that can’t be interrupted (except on bye weeks). From now until February, Sundays (Mondays and Thursdays) are for NFL football. Week 1 of the NFL season was packed with storylines and stand-out performances, as rookies Saquon Barkley, and Sam Darnold made their highly awaited debuts, Aaron Rodgers somehow beat a team on one leg, and the Browns broke their losing record by… not winning. If you missed out on anything this weekend (which the only plausible reason is that you live under a rock) don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered.
The 2018-19 Premier League season will be one of the most anticipated seasons in recent history for England’s top flight. The reigning champions, Manchester City, dominated the league from the get-go and set countless records in the process. Liverpool, who finished 4th, reached the Champions League Final while becoming one of the most dominating attacks in the all of Europe. Usual contenders Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham all had respectable seasons except they were diminished by the record-setting season that City produced. Apart from the top-6, other teams that are on the rise and look to make some noise are newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers, along with Crystal Palace and Burnley who qualified for Europa League last season with a surprising 7th place finish. Below we take a more in-depth look at the teams that will be contending for the top spot in the Premier League as well as those that will be battling it out for qualification in Europe.
The MLS All-Star game is a fantastic event for soccer fans across the country. This exhibition gives them the opportunity to watch the best players from around the league showcase their talents, not against each other like all other North American All-Star Game formats, but against European giants. This season, the MLS All-Stars took on reigning Serie A champions, Juventus……and their reserves. Fans had to pay insane ticket prices to watch la Vecchia Signora’s grandkids play against the MLS All-Stars.
The game has the potential to be a spectacle, the fans are always loud, and the vision to grow the league is looking so far into the future that not even Marty McFly can see it, but the end product is just “okay”. The game itself wasn’t even exciting until Josef Martinez scored the equalizer in front of his home crowd Atlanta United fans, which lead to him receiving the MVP award for the game. But even after Juve scored the winning penalty, the players didn’t really seem to care about the result which raises the question, why should the fans?
On May 4th, 2018 Albert Pujols joined an illustrious group by becoming just the 4th player in MLB history to record 600 home runs and 3,000 hits in their career. The other players who achieved this incredible feat are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez. Albert is already considered one of the greatest players ever, and certainly one of, if not, the best right-handed hitter of all-time. Ranking in the top-10 in career home runs, RBI and doubles, Pujols has already established a legacy that will land him in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown once his career comes to an end. And for memorabilia collectors, this equates to a tremendous increase in value and worth. Commemorative memorabilia that celebrates milestones from a players career is especially valuable and makes for incredible pieces to showcase. Our Albert Pujols 3,000 Hits Collection has something for every collector, including a guaranteed authentic Albert Pujols signed baseball enclosed in a commemorative 3,000 Hits Display Case.
Whenever anyone thinks of Rick Monday, they usually don’t consider his 19-year MLB career, or that he was a two-time All-Star, or being a World Series champion; they usually recognize him as “the man who saved the flag”. The moment happened in the middle a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Monday’s visiting Chicago Cubs. Monday, who served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Monday was playing center field at the time that the two men, a father, and son, ran onto the field during the inning threw the American flag on the ground and proceeded to douse it in lighter fluid. But before they could light the flag on fire, Rick Monday came sprinting in and snagged it off the ground. The crowd gave him a standing ovation and the Dodger Stadium scoreboard flashed the message, “RICK MONDAY…YOU MADE A GREAT PLAY…”. He would come up to the plate to hit in the top half of the 5th inning and received yet another standing ovation from the fans. Rick Monday would return to Los Angeles, this time as a member of the Dodgers and help the club win the 1981 World Series.
The date was April 15th, 2013, the 116th running of the annual Boston Marathon. The Marathon was going smoothly, just like every other year until 2:49 pm when two bombs exploded 12 seconds apart at the finish line injuring at least 246 people and killing three. Although that was one of the most tragic days in American history, the community of Boston came together and became “Boston Strong”. Five days after the attack, the Red Sox returned home and honored the victims of the horrific bombing attack prior to the start of the game. It was also David Ortiz’s return to the Red Sox line up after starting that season on the DL. With emotions running high, Ortiz walked out to the middle of the infield and delivered a speech for the ages. This was a moment that would endear Ortiz in the hearts of every Bostonian and solidify his legendary status in Boston forever.
With the 2018 World Cup on the horizon, that means that the Panini FIFA World Cup Sticker Collection is back! The worldwide phenomenon that is the sticker collection gives soccer fans from all over the globe to partake in this tradition, and this is now the 12th set that Panini has since produced since their original set for the 1970 World Cup. Whether your an old or young fan of the game, collecting these stickers has no age limits. The goal is to collect every sticker and to fill your album with every player from all 32 teams as well as stadiums from around Russia where the games will be played.