Tuesday, the Detroit Tigers signed first baseman Prince Fielder to a whopping nine-year/ $214 million contract. This is a huge signing for the Tigers, who won the AL Central Division in 2011, before losing in the ALCS to the Texas Rangers.
Fielder joins a team that already has one of the best pitchers in baseball, 2011 AL Cy Young/Most Valuable Player award winner Justin Verlander, and a potent lineup that includes Miguel Cabrera, one of the best all around hitters in baseball.
Last season, Cabrera batted .344, with 30 homeruns and 105 RBI, while Fielder hit .299, with 38 HR and 120 RBI for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Sunday night, the New York Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers 20-17 in a thrilling overtime contest at Candlestick Park. With that win, the Giants are now a perfect 5-0 in NFC Championship Games. New York advances to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, where they will face the New England Patriots.
New York vs. New England will be a rematch of Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Arizona, where the Giants upset the previously undefeated Patriots 17-14.
These two teams also met earlier this season, with the Giants winning 24-20 in Foxborough.
One more fact to consider, the quarterback matchup between Eli Manning and Tom Brady will only be the fifth time in Super Bowl history that each team’s starting QB enters the game with a Super Bowl victory on their resume.
Thursday night’s marquee NBA matchup involves the Miami Heat hosting the Los Angeles Lakers at AmericanAirlines Arena. Of course, anytime these two teams play, it becomes all about Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James.
A lot of people debate who the better of the two is, but when considering Kobe's five championships, as compared to LeBron’s zero, Kobe usually wins that debate.
Lately, LeBron owns the regular season edge against Kobe, as he has won their last four meetings (two with the Cavs and two with the Heat).
The Lakers, now coached by former Cavs head man Mike Brown, are catching Miami at a good time. With Dwyane Wade already sidelined due to a right ankle sprain, LeBron is listed as a game-time decision, because of the flu.
Saturday night, the New England Patriots demolished Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos 45-10. With that win, the Patriots advanced to their sixth AFC Championship Game during the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era and their eighth overall.
In their five previous appearances, Brady and Belichick have a 4-1 record. These successes have propelled the Pats to three Super Bowl victories.
This Sunday, the Patriots host the Ravens with a trip to Indianapolis at stake. New England has history on their side, holding a 6-1 all-time record in AFC Championship games, including a 3-0 mark at home.
The last game of this weekend’s divisional playoffs features the Green Bay Packers hosting the New York Giants at Lambeau Field. This is the Packers first home playoff game since the 2008 NFC Championship Game classic, which some people dubbed "Ice Bowl II." The temperature was an incredible minus-23 degrees wind chill at kickoff.
In that legendary game, Eli Manning and the Giants defeated the favored Packers 23-20 in overtime.
Lawrence Tynes nailed a 47-yard game-winning field goal, after Brett Favre threw an ill-timed interception. That pass would turn out to be Brett Favre's final throw in Green Bay.
Monday night, #2 Alabama beat #1 LSU 21-0 in the BCS National Championship Game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Since the BCS was formed in 1998, Alabama became the first team to record a shutout in a BCS bowl. This was also the first time that LSU has been shutout since 2002, when ironically it was Alabama who held them scoreless.
Remarkably, Alabama now owns 14 total national championships (eight AP titles), with Nick Saban possessing three titles as a head coach (two with Bama & one with LSU).
The Crimson Tide also became the first non independent team, since the 1936 Minnesota Golden Gophers, to win the national championship without winning their conference title.
Wildcard weekend featured little drama, until late Sunday, when the 8-8 Broncos upset the 12-4 Steelers 29-23. Tim Tebow's 80-yard touchdown strike to Demaryius Thomas in overtime brought back memories of John Elway's Mile High magic in Denver.
The game is already considered an instant classic!
With the Texans, Saints, Giants and Broncos winning their games, home teams went 4-0 in the Wildcard round for the first time since 2006.