Joe Burrow, who was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals first overall in the 2020 NFL Draft , is a taken man.
The quarterback, who led LSU to a national championship and also won the Heisman Trophy, is dating Olivia Holzmacher.
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The couple met in 2017 while they were both attending Ohio State University and have been dating for two and a half years.
Their first photo on Instagram as boyfriend and girlfriend was posted on August 13, 2017.
Burrow left Ohio State in 2018 to transfer to LSU. Holzmacher studied data analytics and graduated in 2019, according to the New York Post .
Holzmacher could often be spotted on the sidelines of LSU games.
And she was by his side when he won the Heisman Trophy.
And she had a cardboard cutout at his first NFL game with the Bengals — because 2020 has been a weird year.
Jets’ injury mess is as bad as they feared
The signs weren’t encouraging all week, but Jets coach Adam Gase confirmed that wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman, as well as right tackle George Fant will not play in Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.
“Yeah, they’re not going to be able to go,” Gase said when asked about the two wideouts before practice Friday. “And (Fant) getting a concussion on Wednesday, he wouldn’t be able to clear the protocol (in time to play against the Colts).”
Gase added that neither Crowder (hamstring) nor Perriman (ankle) presently are considered candidates to be placed on injured reserve.
Center Connor McGovern (hamstring) also was slated to be limited in practice Friday and remains questionable to play, but Gase said, “We’ll see how he feels if he’s able to even be available in a backup role, that’s helpful for us, even in an emergency situation.”
Jerry Seinfeld can’t let go of his big issue with Mets booth
What’s the deal with “final strike” calls?
Jerry Seinfeld wants to know after he was evidently watching the Mets on Thursday night and once again picked a bone with Gary Cohen about the SNY broadcaster saying the Nationals were down to their last strike.
“Gary, you are the best,” Seinfeld tweeted. “But, it is not technically correct with 2 outs and 2 strikes in the 9th to say, ‘The Nats are down to their final strike.’ Because a base hit gives them at least 2 more strikes. It would be accurate to say, ‘The Mets NEED only one strike.’”
The comedian and longtime Mets fan’s grievance came as the Mets beat the Nationals 3-2 and kept their slim playoff hopes alive at least for one more day.
It’s not the first time Seinfeld, whose connection to the trio started with Keith Hernandez appearing on his show, has made this argument regarding the common baseball term. When he visited the SNY booth last season, he took it up directly with Cohen.
“You understand, that’s enhancing the drama of the moment, so that if the Mets pull it out, it feels like they’ve come back from the brink,” Cohen said.
“Is that really why you do it?” Seinfeld replied before the booth broke into laughter. “Are you just too lazy to say ‘potentially’ because it’s too many syllables. Maybe that’s the reason.”
Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa is a rare win-win situation for the UFC
More often than not, the UFC has a preferred winner when it comes to title fights. There’s always more of an appeal if someone like Conor McGregor or Jon Jones come out on top. Of course, the promotion will roll with whoever the winner is and press ahead. But don’t think for one minute that the biggest mixed martial arts promotion doesn’t have a preference for who it wants sitting on top of the organization.
That’s not the case at UFC 253, when Israel Adesanya and Paulo Costa meet.
For once, the UFC is in a situation where it really doesn’t matter who wins on “Fight Island” because both are extremely marketable and bring a unique set of tools to the table.
Israel Adesanya’s meteoric rise has come right on time for the promotion. With Conor McGregor being “retired,” Jon Jones out of action as he prepares a jump to heavyweight, Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo retired and Amanda Nunes out of action to be a mother, there’s a vacancy on the promotion’s top star.
Adesanya can adequately fill that void.
The 31-year-old kickboxer from New Zealand has a glowing personality, sense of humor, flair and ability to connect with a younger demographic due to his love of anime and Hip Hop. Since arriving in the UFC in 2018, Adesanya has been viewed as a can’t miss talent with his unique blend of charisma and fighting ability. Some billed him as the next Conor McGregor, but it is clear that he’s something else.
What Adesanya doesn’t do is play a role in order to get attention. Instead, he’s been just the right amount of entertaining without being egregiously pandering to an audience. Along the way, he has racked up eight wins in two and a half years over the likes of Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and Derek Brunson while snaring the middleweight title away from Robert Whittaker with a scintillating second-round knockout last October and securing his first title defense against Yoel Romero.
He’s been nothing short of impressive in his quest to face the best fighters available, and his status is still on the upswing as he prepares to step in the Octagon with one of the promotion’s most dangerous.
On the other side is a fighter who is the complete opposite of The Last Stylebender but also possesses the perfect blend of attributes to become a star.
What Paulo Costa lacks in fighting finesse, he more than makes up for with sheer brutality. Where Adesanya is a skinny kickboxer, Costa is a hulking wrecking machine. The 29-year-old from Brazil looks as if he’s chiseled from stone with a physique readily made for the cover of Muscle & Fitness while the head above the shoulders harnesses a face fit for TV. And when the fight begins, he’s an absolutely frightening force that pounds his opponents into smithereens.
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Thirteen wins, zero losses and every single one of those wins outside of his thrilling brawl with Yoel Romero have ended in less than two full rounds. It doesn’t take long for Borrachinha to impose his will on his opponents as he plows straight ahead and overwhelms them with a savage barrage of strikes.
Aesthetically, Paulo Costa is pleasing. In a sport with fans who yearn for their pint of blood, the Brazilian is more than willing to give it to them. The looks may jump off the page but it’s the physical presence and fighting spirit that have put him in a position to acquire his first UFC title. Should he be the first to knock off Adesanya, the UFC could collectively shrug and put their promotional energy behind a fighter who can crack open another world to them.
It’s rare, but the UFC is in a win-win situation on Saturday night. Unless the fight ends up being a stinker, the biggest mixed martial arts promotion in the world will have a star that it can push to the moon. And that’s really all it can ask for.
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