Things on the court may not be going well for Kobe Bryant, but at least his personal life just got better. This couple has had a rocky past since 2003 when Kobe admitted to cheating on Vanessa with a 19-year-old girl who claimed that it was not consensual. Kobe escaped those charges almost as well as he escapes defenders on the court, except it cost him $4 million. Remember that ring he bought Vanessa? Well I certainly do and that is how you apologize to a woman scorned!
Things seemed to be going well for the couple up until last year when Vanessa filed for divorce citing ‘irreconcilable differences’. Apparently Kobe just couldn’t stay faithful. However, that was a year ago and things have changed severely. The Lakers are awful and Kobe is no longer single. The couple took to Instagram and announced their reconciliation. “We are pleased to announce that we have reconciled. Our divorce action will be dismissed. We are looking forward to our future together.” Great news for Kobe, but the Lakers still won’t make the playoffs. You just can’t win them all.
The Broncos may have lost, but Peyton Manning still had the class to say goodbye to a future Hall of Famer. Peyton Manning and Ray Lewis may be similar in age, but their careers are in completely different places. Manning was looking to reestablish his presence in the NFL after taking a year off due to a neck surgery, his fourth over his career. While Lewis is also recovering from an injury, he has decided this is it for him. It is either now or never for Lewis to win another Super Bowl, something he has not done since 2000. Well, Manning will luckily get another chance at Super Bowl glory while Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens advanced to the AFC Conference Game. Never being a sore loser, Manning went up to Lewis in the Ravens’ locker room to wish him luck in the playoffs and whatever he chooses to do after. He took his entire family there, but the media was already gone which made it extra special. It was a beautiful moment between two of the game’s best players. Future players can learn a thing or two from these two legends.
The first time these two teams met this season, it was a bad day for Houston fans. The Texans talked all week about how big this game was and Tom Brady showed how he performs in big games. If they thought Brady was lethal in the regular season, they don’t know the monster they will face today when its playoff time in Foxborough. Tom Brady and company live for these moments and usually flourishes in them. The Texans? Well, they did win last week against Cincinnati, but they have not come up big in big games. It is quite a shame because they have such a talented squad with Arian Foster, Andre Johnson, and JJ Watt.
January games in Gillette Stadium are what Tom Brady dreams of. The Texans might not get embarrassed again, but Brady isn’t losing. He is having yet another MVP year and one of his favorite targets, Rob Gronkowski, is playing today. Sorry, Houston, but today is just not your day. Texans or Patriots, who you takin?
One team has everything to prove, while the other has already exceeded ,. The Atlanta Falcons know how to make the playoffs; they just haven’t figured out how to win yet. However, the Falcons have been playing better than ever and Matt Ryan is having his best season. They will need Ryan to have a great game against this physical Seahawks’ defense. The Seahawks are a totally different story. Everybody knows that quarterback Russell Wilson is not only a rookie, but was chosen in the sixth round. He has led his team all season, including a win last week against the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card Round. However, during that game, they lost Chris Clemons a defensive lineman with double digit sacks in the regular season to a torn ACL.
If Atlanta loses this game, it would result in huge changes there. This team is making its fourth playoff appearance and if they can’t figure it out yet, then something has to change. I don’t think Atlanta will win, but I think they will put up a fight until the last second of the game. I think this game will be decided by no more than three points. Seattle is just too hot and we saw the Carolina Panthers beat the Falcons with Cam Newton’s run ability similar to Wilson’s style of play. I’m sorry Atlanta, but I think you are one and done again. Seattle or Atlanta, who you takin to meet the 49ers?
It is Peyton Manning’s first playoff game for Denver and it could potentially be Ray Lewis’ last game ever. Everyone knows what’s on the line, and nobody wants to be sent home with nothing. For Peyton it would be a magical way to end his comeback year and for Lewis it would be the perfect ending to a great career. These two men have met many times , Peyton was Indianapolis, but he has always had the Ravens’ number. The most memorable loss came when the Colts’ won 15-6 in the 2006 divisional round in which they went on to win the Super Bowl.
People are predicting the weather to be a major factor, but I can’t see that. These teams are veterans and have played in cold weather plenty of times. It will only be a problem for the fans who are preparing to watch the game at the stadium. However, if this game becomes all about offense, I don’t see Joe Flacco keeping pace with the future Hall of Famer. The Broncos should win this one pretty easily as long as Peyton plays at the same rate he has been playing at all year. Unfortunately, this will be the last time we see Ray Lewis on the field. Broncos or Ravens, who you takin?
No Pau Gasol. No Dwight Howard. How are the Lakers’ chances looking? Not too good. Especially since they are on a five game losing streak looking to play the defending Western Conference Champions, Oklahoma City Thunder. So if the Lakers don’t play on playing defense tonight, things will get ugly. At least the Lakers will have point guard Steve Nash this time around. Last time these two teams met in Oklahoma, Nash and Gasol were both out and the Lakers lost 114-108.
This won’t be a close game, UNLESS that team that played Brooklyn showed up. However, that seems highly unlikely. There is much else to say about this game considering how badly injured this Los Angeles team is and how poorly they have played. OKC definitely wins this one and puts the Lakers even further down in the standings. Lakers or Thunder, who you takin?
What started as trash talking on the court, has spiraled into all kinds of real life drama. On Monday night, the Boston Celtics played the New York Knicks and words were exchanged throughout the entire game between Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett. Part of Garnett’s game is psychological by trying to get into a player’s mind. Needless to say, Melo was having an off night and KG’s words started to affect him. Apparently KG made a comment about Anthony’s wife along the lines of, [your wife] “tastes like Honey Nut Cheerios”. Not the most clever line by KG, but it clearly worked because Anthony got so mad after that he waited for Garnett to walk out of Boston’s tunnel onto the team bus.
This resulted in Melo being suspended for a game, but the news that is coming out now, is even more revealing. It looked like Melo was not fully present at the game, like he had his mind elsewhere. Rumors are swirling that Melo and his wife Lala are currently on a break after they hit a rough patch in their marriage. The split reportedly happened about two months ago. The two have yet to comment on the split rumors, but it seems like this would make the most sense. Together or not, at least we get a brand new season of Lala’s Full Court Life! Don’t get too excited.