Running back Derrick Henry of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after being named the 81st Heisman Memorial Trophy Award winner during the 2015 Heisman Trophy Presentation at the Marriott Marquis on December 12, 2015 in New York City.

Welcome to The Cheat Sheet, a feature that will appear Monday through Friday here at The Comeback.

If you’re wondering why this is called the Cheat Sheet, well, knowing everything going on in sports takes dedication and time. Often life gets in the way so we’re here to get you caught up on everything to help you keep your credibility with friends, family, and co-workers as the go-to person for timely (and sometimes random) sports knowledge.

We will run down the top sports stories of the previous day — or if it’s a Monday, go through stories from the weekend — and bring it in a hopefully a more easy-reading way. We’ll also be sure to include pop culture topics and some random fun for “one last breath of gratuitous procrastination”.

Hopefully this daily primer can help keep you informed about what’s going on in the sports world and provide some early-morning entertainment at the same time.

Alabama RB Derrick Henry is your 2015 Heisman Trophy winner

Alabama Crimson Tide junior running back Derrick Henry was selected as the 81st winner of the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York, after running for 1,964 yards and 23 touchdowns over 339 carries on the season. Pretty amazing numbers at the running back position from a 6’3″, 242-pound man in the SEC.

The vote was one of the closest in years, though, with Henry edging out Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (yep, Ed’s son) and Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson for the honors (graphic via College Football Talk):

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After the ceremony, Henry checked his phone and found 500 text messages waiting. Ah, you know how that goes, right?

When Henry got to his phone after the ceremony, there were 500 text messages waiting.

“I didn’t go to sleep until I replied to every single message,” Henry said.

That pushed bed time back to 3 a.m.

“Some of those (texters) I didn’t even know,” Henry said. “I guess they got my number from somebody else. But I went on Twitter and there were a bunch of famous people reaching out to me. Kurt Warner reached out. It’s just been a blessing.”

Henry and Alabama take on the Michigan State Spartans on New Year’s Eve in the College Football Playoff. Fancy statistics have given the Crimson Tide a 42% chance of winning the four-team tournament.


The Golden State Warriors actually lost a basketball game

The Golden State Warriors played the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday, and lost, dropping their record to a crummy 24-1.

The loss also snaps Golden State’s 28-game winning streak, dating back to last season. That’s good for the second-longest winning streak in NBA history, behind only the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 straight wins.

The Internet, as always, came through with tremendous reactions to the Warriors’ loss. Examples:


Bengals QB Andy Dalton breaks thumb, “best case scenario” is a playoff return

ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reports that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton suffered a broken thumb in the team’s 33-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday:

Just when you think Dalton and the Bengals are actually looking like a real Super Bowl contender, something like this has to happen. Yet while in previous years the loss of Dalton wouldn’t have seemed like a very big deal (given that few people thought he was actually any good), he’s been really freaking good in 2015: 25 touchdown passes, just six interceptions, and an NFL-best 107.4 QB rating.

The Bengals are 10-3 and the No. 2 seed in the AFC, but one would assume their Super Bowl hopes are in big trouble if Dalton can’t return in the playoffs. Don’t fret, here comes A.J. McCarron to the rescue! The former Alabama quarterback replaced the injured Dalton on Sunday (McCarron was 22-32, 2 TD, 2 INT), and certainly isn’t lacking in confidence:

Hey, that’s the mentality you should have if you’re McCarron, but I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that things don’t go for him quite like they have for Tom Brady. In the football department, at least.


Khalil Mack records 5 sacks as the Raiders stun the Broncos in Denver

Many evaluators thought outside linebacker Khalil Mack was the top player of the 2014 NFL Draft, but he fell to the Oakland Raiders at the No. 5 overall pick. It appears those evaluators were on to something, as the University of Buffalo product is absolutely dominating in his second NFL season. Mack now leads the NFL with 14 sacks after an incredible five-sack effort on Sunday in the Raiders’ upset 15-12 victory over the Broncos in Denver.

That’s right, five sacks, tying a Raiders franchise record. I’m going to repeat one more time: five sacks, in one football game.

Mack even (literally) caught a penalty flag after drawing a holding penalty on the Broncos. The guy can do it all.

Things have gone quite a bit better so far in the NFL for Mack than they have for the guy taken four picks ahead of him:


The Panthers may never lose again, and the Falcons may never win again

The Carolina Panthers humiliated the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, 38-0, and the game basically summarizes things right now for each team.

The Panthers are now 13-0 and on top of the football world, while the Falcons have gone from a surprise contender on the upswing to frankly looking like hot garbage. Atlanta has now lost six consecutive games and is 6-7 after a 5-0 start. Their playoff hopes are pretty much gone, especially when you consider they have to play this same Panthers team in two weeks. Yikes.


New England is back to being the AFC’s No. 1 seed After the Bengals and Broncos lost on Sunday, New England took advantage with a 27-6 primetime win in Houston, and climbed back up to the No. 1 seed in the AFC.  Gronk is back and looks just fine after he wasn’t expected to play this week.

This is bad news for the rest of the AFC, as I think we all know deep down the Patriots are still the team to beat in the conference, even after a recent two-game slide. And we know it’s even more difficult to beat them if the road goes through New England.


Russell Wilson has now thrown for 16 TDs and no INTs over his last 4 games

The Seattle Seahawks are usually known for their run game, but with Marshawn Lynch being on the shelf with an injury, Seattle has depended on Russell Wilson more than usual to make plays in the passing game. And holy smokes is Wilson doing a good job at that. In the Seahawks’ 35-6 win over the Ravens on Sunday in Baltimore, Wilson threw five touchdowns and no interceptions.

Wilson has now thrown for 16 touchdowns and zero interceptions over his last four games, which all ended up being Seahawks wins. While it’s nearly impossible to keep playing this well, Seattle will likely continue to run the offense through his arm as impressive rookie back Thomas Rawls broke his ankle on Sunday and is done for the season.


UFC 194: Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds

The UFC 194 main event between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo took place on Saturday night, and it lasted a whopping 13 seconds, as McGregor knocked out Aldo with one punch:

Yes, that is a record for quickest title fight in UFC history. It’s also an unofficial record for worst title fight in UFC history. More like the Lame Event amirite.


Patrick Kane’s point streak is now at a ridiculous 26 games

Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane extended his point streak to 26 games with an assist in the Blackhawks’ 4-0 win over the Canucks on Sunday.

The 26-game streak is the longest point streak in the NHL since Mats Sundin had a 30-point streak for the Quebec Nordiques (RIP) in 1992-93. It’s also halfway to Wayne Gretzky’s all-time record of 51 points.

This dude has a Stanley Cup-winning goal, won a Conn Smythe, and overall has three Stanley Cup titles already. And it appears he’s only getting better. Scary.


We have a trailer for an Independence Day sequel

Folks, we have an Independence Day sequel on the way. Don’t act like this isn’t a big deal and like you don’t tune in for at least a half hour to the original every time it pops up on AMC.

It’s been 20 years, as Jeff Goldblum alludes to in the trailer for the sequel, titled Independence Day: Resurgence:

We had a bearded Bill Pullman in there too, along with several other cast members from the original. But…Will Smith is nowhere to be found.


Quick Hits

– Ole Miss star DL Robert Nkemdiche fell from a hotel window, but is apparently fine. This is a really weird story that has a lot of natural follow-up questions.

-The FIFA corruption scandal continues to just get uglier, and now media companies such as FOX and DirecTV are being looked at for any involvement in the scandal. What a mess.

– Yep, Jordan Spieth can do the Happy Gilmore swing. Doing the bull dance. Feeling the flow.

– Detroit Tigers reliever Bruce Rondon is getting into brawls in the Venezuelan League. Probably not what the Tigers had in mind when they sent him there to get some extra work over the offseason.

Johnny Manziel signed a $100 bill for a fan because of course he did.

– There was an awesome spin-o-rama goal in Switzerland.

Michelle Wie went swimming with sharks using no cage. In a related story, we can now consider Michelle Wie a crazy person.


One last breath of gratuitous procrastination

You know you want to watch this dog riding a tortoise and you know you want to watch it all day.


About Matt Clapp

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