Von Miller

The Denver Broncos defeated the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game 20-18 in a large part due to the superlative performance of Von Miller. Miller harassed Tom Brady all day and generally disrupted the Patriot offense at every opportunity.

Miller had two and a half sacks as well as two tackles for losses. His constant penetration frustrated the Patriot passing game as Denver was able to do the unthinkable and get pressure on Brady even on his short drops. The Denver secondary had a lot to do with this as they blanketed the New England receivers and forced Brady to go through his progressions to secondary receivers, thus allowing the pass rush to get to the quarterback.

The #1 ranked Bronco defense now takes on the Carolina Panthers in the Super Bowl.

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Von Miller

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Von Miller

Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey turned in a historic performance against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Rose Bowl as his Stanford Cardinal won in a blowout, 45-16.

McCaffrey, the son of former NFL receiver Ed McCaffrey, showed all of his game as he rushed for 172 on 18 carries, caught 4 passes for 105 yards (including a 75 yard TD on the game’s first play), and tallied another 91 yards on punt and kickoff returns. His 368 total yards were a Rose Bowl record.

The talented back demonstrated exceptional speed and moves while also showing a capability to catch the ball out of the backfield and excel on special teams. Such all-around performances are rare in big time college football as players grow more specialized.

A sophomore, McCaffrey will undoubtedly be the Heisman trophy favorite next season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers faced their toughest test coming down the stretch run to the playoffs as the AFC West-leading Denver Broncos paid a visit to the Steel City. The Steeler offense was in top form as Pittsburgh won the game 34-27 after falling behind 27-7 in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown were spectacular with Big Ben completing 40 of 55 passes for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns. Brown did his usual amazing job with 16 receptions for 189 yards and 2 TD’s.

The Steelers now need to focus on the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns as they battle for a wild card playoff sport in the AFC. From the look of this game, no one is going to want to face Pittsburgh’s prolific offense in the playoffs.

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CSE played the company’s Christmas party, the complete show can be seen here.

Lineup:

Paul McRae: Guitar and Vocals
Mick Sinha: Guitar
Ed Beingessner: Bass
Corey Ling: Drums
Tanya Ruppell: Vocals
Tom Elliott: Vocals

Setlist:

I Can’t Explain
I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
C’mon Everybody
Christmas, Baby, Please Come Home
Day Tripper
Snoopy’s Christmas
Tweeter and the Customer Support Man


“The Martian”, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is a blueprint on how to adapt a complex, hard sci-fi novel to the big screen. Retaining the key elements of the book and resisting the urge to make major plot or character modifications (Mark is single in the movie, despite alluding to a different marital status in the trailer), “The Martian” is an entertaining romp through the travails faced by an astronaut stranded on Mars. The deadpan humor of astronaut Mark Watney from the book is translated beautifully to the big screen.

With a tremendous performance by Damon as well as solid supporting work by Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, and Donald Glover, the movie sets a great pace and keeps it up for the duration. Great special effects and sound round out the picture that ranks as one of the most fun to see movies of the year.

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