John's Weekly Sports Wrap-Up: Super Bowl, Baseball Hall of Fame, and Eli Manning
Super Bowl LIV Matchup Set After Conference Championship Games
The AFC and NFC Conference Championship games took place on Sunday with two spots in Super Bowl LIV on the line.
In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Tennessee Titans. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns, and rushed for another, as he guided the Chiefs to a 35-24 win, and their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years.
In the NFC, the San Fransico 49ers hosted the Green Bay Packers in a matchup of the NFC's top two seeds. The 49ers rolled to an early 27-0 lead at halftime. Running back Raheem Mostert racked up 220 rushing yards on 29 carries and scored 4 touchdowns to help seal the 37-20 San Fransisco win.
Baseball Hall of Fame Announces 2020 Class
On Tuesday night, the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed two new inductees into Cooperstown, New York. In a live broadcast on the MLB Network, Derek Jeter and Larry Walker were announced as the latest inductees into the Hall of Fame.
Jeter received 99.7% of the vote in his first year on the ballot, coming just one vote shy of becoming just the second player ever to be unanimously elected. Jeter spent the entirety of his entire 20-year playing career with the New York Yankees, winning 5 World Series Titles, earning 14 All-Star bids, 5 Gold Gloves, and 5 Silver Sluggers.
Walker received 76.7% of the vote in hist tenth and final year eligible. Known as a 5-tool threat, Walker spent 16 seasons in the big leagues, playing for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Walker was a 5-time All-Star, who won 3 Silver Sluggers, and 7 Gold Gloves. He claimed National League MVP honors in 1997 and was a 3-time MLB batting champion.
Jeter and Walker will both be inducted into Cooperstown on July 26.
Eli Manning Announces Retirement After 16 Years
On Wednesday it was announced that New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was retiring from the NFL at the age of 39. Manning spent all 16 of his seasons playing for the Giants, winning two Super Bowls and claiming MVP honors in both of them, one of just five players to do this. Manning entered the league in 2004 being selected by the San Diego Chargers with the number overall pick before being traded to the Giants. Manning finishes his career 7th all-time on the NFL passing yards list.
What to Watch This Weekend
In major College Basketball, the SEC and Big 12 collide for the SEC-Big 12 Challenge. Notable matchups include #15 Kentucky traveling to #18 Texas Tech, #3 Kansas hosting Tennessee, and #1 Baylor traveling to play Florida. In the NHL, Hockey's best will take to the ice in St. Louis to compete in the various events surrounding NHL All-Star Weekend. On Sunday, the NFL's brightest stars will compete in the NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida for conference bragging rights.