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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian
NHL

NHL’s Florida Panthers reach franchise’s all-time record low attendance

It’s hard for an NHL team to attract fans to games when it’s about 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, but the Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning don’t seem to have any problem doing it. However, it’s a totally different story for the Florida Panthers, who play in the community of Sunrise, which is close to Fort Lauderdale. The Panthers have been struggling for a few seasons now, both in the team’s performance on the ice and by putting fans in the seats.

Things reached an all-time low for the club on Monday, October 13 though when just 7,311 fans showed up for their 1-0 loss to the Ottawa senators. Television reporters who were at the contest remarked that there were perhaps between just 3,000 and 4,000 people at the BT&T Center. It’s not too surprising that the club doesn’t get larger attendances since they’ve finished in 29th place in the 30-team league for the past two seasons and have made the postseason just one time since 2000.

 
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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian
NFL

Peyton Manning sets new NFL touchdown-pass record

As most NFL fans predicted, Denver Broncos’ quarterback Peyton Manning set a new league record for touchdown passes on October 19 when he connected for his 509th, which broke the old mark of 508 set by Brett Favre. The 38-year-old Manning threw four touchdown passes in the game against the San Francisco 49ers and Denver went on to win it by a score of 42-17. The record-breaking pass was caught by receiver Demaryius Thomas as Manning went into the game with 506 touchdown passes and left it with 510.

Manning set the new record in 246 regular-season games while it took Favre 56 more contests to reach 208. Many experts figured Manning’s career was all but over when he was cut from the Indianapolis Colts back in March of 2012. However, he was released from the team due to medical reasons, not his playing form. The quarterback underwent four neck surgeries and a spinal-fusion operation. It appeared that he wouldn’t be able to recover properly and stand up to the physical punishment of the sport.

 
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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian

Klinsmann: “MLS isn’t good enough for national players”

Major League Soccer (MLS) Commissioner Don Garber and Jurgen Klinsmann, the head coach of the America’s Men’s National Soccer Team, have been trading barbs back and forth in the media after Klinsmann recently criticized the league. Klinsmann, a former player and manager of the German national team, let it be known in no uncertain terms that he doesn’t really think U.S. players are developing or improving while playing in MLS.

Klinsmann mentioned Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley and wondered if these players were doing themselves any favours by leaving top European clubs to join MLS squads. The 31-year-old Dempsey previously played in the English Premier League with London-based clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, but left England last year to sign with the Seattle Sounders.

 
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Added October 21st, 2014 by Ian
NFL

Joseph Randle makes deal with underwear company after shoplifting

For most people, crime doesn’t pay, but that isn’t exactly the case for running back Joseph Randle of the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL player was recently arrested for shoplifting at the Stonebriar Center Shopping Mall in Frisco Texas, and was then rewarded with a contract from a clothing company. For some unknown reason Randle decided it was a good idea to steal two-pairs of Polo underwear and a bottle of cologne.

Police said they were called to the store by the location’s security personnel after they detained the 22-year-old football player. They then took him to Frisco City Jail where he was charged with a Class B misdemeanor for stealing items worth between $50 and $500. He was then released after a bond was posted.

 
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Added October 14th, 2014 by Ian
NFL

Ravens’ QB Joe Flacco sets NFL history with five fastest TD passes

Another modern-day NFL record was broken on October 12 when Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback Joe Flacco threw the five fastest touchdown passes in history since NFL and AFL merged back in 1966. Flacco managed to connect on a career-high five TD passes in the first 17 minutes of the Ravens’ 48-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Flacco achieved the feat 12 minutes faster than anybody else as the fifth pass came in the second minute of the second quarter. No other quarterback has managed to connect on five TD passes until the first-half’s two-minute warning had sounded. Ben Roethlisberger held the previous record as he threw for five TDs in 28 minutes and nine seconds in a game against Baltimore in 2007.

 
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Added October 7th, 2014 by Ian
NFL

NFL’s Thursday Night Football not competitive

 
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