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Gold Is A Girl’s New Best Friend

There is no stopping Team USA as the women’s ice hockey team brought home the gold in the Pyeonchang Winter Olympics on February 21st. This is the first time since 1998 that the U.S. has beat out Canada for the win, which happened in overtime on Wednesday.

There was an intense back and forth with the Americans scoring in the first and third rounds and the Canadians scoring twice in the second. Team USA definitely dominated possession of the puck in the second period. However, in overtime, player Megan Killer was hit with a penalty for an illegal play, giving Canada the upper hand. Both teams showed top notch skills making the outcome incredibly unpredictable
For the fans, this was an emotional match on both sides complete with roaring chanting show downs for their respective teams. They were just as hungry as the players for that gold medal win.

After a close game, with a score of 2-2 in regulation time, everything came down to a sudden-death shootout. Even though Canada’s star goalie, Shannon Szabados, showed her amazing skills in the 3-hour game it was USA goalie, Madeline Rooney who made that last winning save.

We did it 🥇

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The U.S. has now racked up 8 gold medals behind Germany, Canada, and Norway. With a 21-medal total, it’s soon to be determined how Team USA will continue in these final days of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

#AboutYesterday

On yesterday,  I attended The Spirit of Frederick Douglass lecture at the Gwinnett  Justice & Administration Center.

Former  Atlanta Hawks player Mike Glenn has an exhibit that is on display and it focuses on the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass. Glenn also has on display some of his personal collection of African American history memorabilia for this year’s Black History month recognition.

During the The Spirit of Frederick Douglass lecture, historian Michael E. Crutcher Sr.  did a compelling , soul-stirring portrayal of abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

This year marks Gwinnett County’s bicentennial year, one part of the exhibit display — which will also feature some local history — will remain available to the public long after Black History Month ends.

#BlackHistoryMonth2018

All Around Awesome for the All Stars

Yet again, this NBA All-Star weekend was nothing short of awesome as Team Stephen and Team LeBron geared up to battle it out on Sunday February 18th.

Friday night kicked off the events for the weekend with the NBA All-Stars Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles. Team Clippers (75) took the victory over Team Lakers (66) led by Quavo from the Migos. Also featured on the team was actor Michael B. Jordan, television personality Nick Cannon, and Stranger Things actor Caleb McLaughlin. Team Lakers starred Black-Ish actor Anthony Anderson, singer Jamie Foxx, and Masters Champion Bubba Watson.

Saturday evening was All Star Night which featured three main events: the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the JBL Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk. In the first event, Stephen Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets, took home the trophy for his with his major skills. When it came to the second event, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns made history as he shot 28 points, winning the three-point contest. And Lastly, Donovan Mitchell, from the Utah Jazz, and his impressive second dunk over his son, his little sister, and comedian Kevin Hart, was the proclaimed winner of the dunk contest.

On Sunday, LeBron James gave an MVP worthy performance, leading Team LeBron for a victory over Team Stephen in the 67th NBA All Star Championship Game. With a 148-point James, Kevin Durant, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Russel Westbrook dominated on defense and proved their champion status.

Atlanta Dream Re-Signs Forward Damiris Dantas

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have entered in to a new contract with forward Damiris Dantas, the team announced Wednesday.

“I am thrilled to announce the signing of Damiris Dantas,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “DD has the size, skill, and strength to score in a variety of ways for us. She can knock down the three, attack the basket off the dribble or score on the low block.

“I am excited to see how her game grows as she enters her fourth WNBA season.”

Dream Sign Forward Adaora Elonu to Training Camp Contract

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream have signed forward Adaora Elonu to a training camp contract, the team announced Tuesday.

“I am excited to see what Adaora can do in our camp,” head coach Nicki Collen said. “She is a versatile forward that is comfortable on the perimeter or in the post. I believe her greatest strength is her ability to defend multiple positions.”

Elonu, who currently plays for CB Avenida in the Spanish League, was a four-year letterwinner for Texas A&M and a member of the 2010-11 National Championship team. In Spain, Elonu is averaging 10.3 points and 3.2 rebounds for the first-place squad. She has played even better against EuroLeague competition, leading her team with 12.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Who Runs The World, Girls!

The women of the U.S. are kicking butt and taking names this year at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea and the whole world is taking notice.
Representing for the ladies was Chloe Kim who scored a gold medal on the half pipe this week. On top of that, she became the youngest women ever to win an Olympic gold medal in snowboarding at only 17 years old.

In the snowboarding slopestyle competition, athlete Jamie Anderson become a returning champ as she took home the Gold again for the United States. In her first run of the competition, Anderson led the scoreboard with 83 points for the win.

Mirai Nagasau, also raised a big applause when she became the first American women ever to land a triple axel in figure skating. At only 24, this was a personal best and she took home third place overall representing Team USA.

These fabulous ladies did not disappoint, and the U.S. is rooting for them as we continue with Day 6 of the Winter Olympic Games.

Dream Announces 2018 Schedule

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Dream will tip off its first season under head coach Nicki Collen on the road against the Dallas Wings on Sunday, May 20 as part of #WNBAAllDay and WNBA Tip-Off powered by Verizon, according to the 2018 WNBA schedule, which was released Thursday by league officials.

Collen and the Dream will make their first appearance at home on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 6 p.m. against the Wings, at McCamish Pavilion on the Georgia Tech campus.

Full 2018 Schedule Here

“I’m excited about my first year as a head coach in the best professional league in the world,” Collen said. “The nature of the condensed schedule makes this season daunting for every team in this league.  The are no nights off in the WNBA.  Playing 34 games in 92 days will be a challenge to us, and will require a discipline to scouting, recovery, and will put a premium on having a deeper bench.”

Welcome to the Pistons! Would You Like A Shirt?

Rebounds? Check. Assists? Check. Jersey? Ummm….
Aside from a minor wardrobe mishap, Blake Griffin rocked his debut on February 1st with the Detroit Pistons, who claimed a 104 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. The star was traded earlier this week from the LA Clippers, and may still be acclimating to his new environment after forgetting his jersey at the beginning of the second-half.

However, Griffin still managed to deliver a great performance scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds with an additional 5 assists. He also showed off his growing chemistry with teammates Anthony Tolliver and Andre Drummond, who welcomed the All-Star forward warmly.

This is an interesting development for Detroit (24-26) going into their next few games at Little Caesar’s Arena. As the Pistons expand their playbook with Griffin, they will continue to reap the benefits of their recent trade.

Super Bowl Predictions: Who Is Favored for the 2018 Win?

It’s time to place those bets because the Super Bowl Championship game is right around the corner.

There’s plenty of buzz around which of the two NFL competitors battling it out will take home that Lombardi Trophy, and both the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, each with their own strengths, have an interesting game ahead of them.

The Patriots will be appearing in their 10th Super Bowl appearance with Tom Brady leading the pack for his 8th appearance at the championship. There is no doubt that the Patriots have plenty of experience in addition to bringing a strong offensive line to the table. Brady himself has been debated as one of the best quarterbacks of all time and he definitely will use this opportunity to again showcase his impeccable leadership capabilities.

In 2005 these two teams went head-to-head with the Patriots winning by only 3 points but the Eagles have seen plenty of change since then.

There was some concern about the Eagles season after quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL and his LCL, removing him for the season. However, Nick Foles proved he could pull-off a great performance after winning against the Minnesota Vikings and carrying his team to the championships. This game will be a great opportunity to see if the Eagles can continue to execute this kind of adaptive skill and offensive ability.

Both teams enter Super Bowl 52 with a strong defense, but with these two top performing quarterbacks, neither is infallible.

It remains to be seen who will come out on top of this championship game, however both teams’ respective strengths give them decent chances at victory. Either way, the crowds will definitely be roaring at Bank Stadium on the upcoming night of February 4th.