DAILY LINKS: Clemson dominates Alabama for second title in 3 years

Dabo Swinney & Trevor Lawrence

Clemson, Trevor Lawrence win national championship over Alabama – ESPN
In what was a jaw-dropping, dominating performance Monday night on the sport’s biggest stage, Clemson asserted itself as the best team in the country with a 44-16 victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T.

Linda’s Back, And Kaplan Thinks The Chargers Will Win The Super Bowl
After the Chargers playoff win over the Ravens, Scott Kaplan is now convinced the Bolts will win the Super Bowl… but a certain super fan of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady says no way!

Jim Trotter joined Ben & Woods: “I Think (The Chargers) Have A Legitimate Shot To Go All The Way”
NFL Network’s Jim Trotter recaps a great weekend in the NFL with four Wildcard games. Can the Los Angeles Chargers really roll past New England and continue a run to the Super Bowl? Plus, how far can Dak Prescott take Dallas? And will this be the year that Don Coryell finally gets elected to the Hall of Fame?

Will Brinson joined Darren Smith: “The Chargers Defense Should Be The Story”
Will Brinson on why the Chargers defense is the story in their win over Baltimore, why the Ravens were right to stick with Lamar Jackson, why the Cowboys can beat the Rams and why Cody Parkey’s clanker led to a flurry of fake venmo accounts.

Cody Parkey

Bears kicker Cody Parkey’s miss officially changed to blocked field goal – USA Today
The acknowledgement won’t ease the pain for the Chicago Bears or Cody Parkey, but the NFL has ruled that the kicker’s missed 43-yard attempt in the final seconds of Sunday’s wild-card loss to the Philadelphia Eagles was actually a blocked field goal.

Destroying myths about eight 2018 NFL playoff teams in divisional round – ESPN
After 18 weeks of football, it’s incredible to think there are still unknowns and mysteries surrounding the remaining playoff teams. To a greater extent than any other American sport, football is still subject to simplistic stories of who wanted it more and arguments that don’t reflect what actually happened on the field. Football is a sport where myths are too easily told. Let’s destroy one myth for each of the eight remaining playoff teams, starting with what happened Sunday.

Packers expected to hire Titans OC Matt LaFleur as coach, sources say – ESPN
The Green Bay Packers are expected to hire Matt LaFleur as their next head coach, sources told ESPN. LaFleur spent last season as the Tennessee Titans’ offensive coordinator and previously worked under Sean McVay for the Los Angeles Rams and Kyle Shanahan with the Atlanta Falcons.

Kliff Kingsbury clear to interview with Cardinals, Jets – NFL
The saga of Kliff Kingsbury continues to evolve. The Arizona Cardinals are now able to interview the sought-after assistant for their vacant head coach position, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

San Diego Sports Association

73rd Annual Salute to the Champions
Join us as we celebrate San Diego’s top athletes and icons at the 73rd Annual Salute to the Champions Dinner, featuring Breitbard Hall of Famers Steve Fisher, Meb Keflezighi, Terry Norris, and more! Salute is hosted by the San Diego Sports Association on Thursday, January 31st at the San Diego Marriott La Jolla.

Giants, Crew have talked Bumgarner trade – MLB
It’s far from certain that the Giants will trade Madison Bumgarner before Spring Training. But if they do, Milwaukee is his most likely destination. The Brewers and Giants have had substantive communication about a Bumgarner trade this winter, sources say, and the Brewers are continuing their internal deliberations about how much they’re willing to give up in order to acquire the three-time World Series hero.

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