John's Weekly Sports Wrap-Up: Super Bowl, Football Hall of Famers, and NBA Trade Deadline
Chiefs Win Super Bowl LIV
On Sunday evening, the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Fransico 49ers 31-20 to win their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. It wasn't easy as the Chiefs found themselves trailing by 10 with less than 7 minutes left, but Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes made big play after big play to guide a 21-point offensive explosion in the final 6:13 to win the game by 11. The win gives Head Coach Andy Reid his first Super Bowl title after over 20 years of coming up short as a head coach.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Announces 20 New Members
As part of the festivities around the Super Bowl and its centennial celebration, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced a larger class than normal for the 2020 class. Notable inductees included former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former president and administrator of NFL Films Steve Sabol, former Rams receiver Issac Bruce, former Broncos Saftey Steve Atwater, and former Colts running back Edgerrin James. All of the new inductees will be given their gold jackets in August at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
NBA Trade Deadline Madness
Thursday was the NBA's trade deadline, and it saw multiple notable players moved to new teams. A four-team deal on Wednesday night saw former Houston Rockets big man Clint Capela moved to the Atlanta Hawks. After months in exile, Andre Iguodala was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Miami Heat for Justise Winslow. Former number one overall pick Andrew Wiggins was sent from the Timberwolves to the Golden State Warriors for former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell. Finally, 2-time All-Star and 3-time rebounding champion Andre Drummond was dealt from the Detroit Pistons to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What to Watch This Weekend
The XFL which lasted only one season in 2001 will attempt to make a resurgence starting this weekend. The league features 8 teams, with players who were unable to make a career in the NFL and are looking for a fresh start. League owner Vince McMahon has said he wants the league to have a faster and simpler feel to the NFL. The first game of the season kicks off at 1p.m. on Saturday and will be broadcast on ABC. Also on Saturday, in a major SEC showdown for conference supremacy #18 LSU travels to #11 Auburn, as the two teams battle for seeding in the SEC Tournament in March.