You can bet a number of members of Kappa Alpha Psi will be watching the NFC championship game Sunday (3 p.m. FOX) between the San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons. Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers brilliant young quarterback, is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Kaepernick became a NUPE during his playing days at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Kaepernick, a second-year quarterback, was nothing short of sensational in the 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers last week in the NFC Divisional playoff game. Kaepernick led the 49ers to 579 total net yards, the fourth-most by any team in a playoff game in NFL history.
He set the tone for the 49ers big win accounting for four total touchdowns (two rushing, two passing) and 444 of San Francisco’s 579 total yards. In addition to his 263 passing yards, Kaepernick rushed for 181 yards, the most ever by a quarterback in an NFL game, regular season and playoffs included.
Jim Caldwell, the Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator, is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. The Ravens are coming off a stunning 38-35 double overtime victory over the Denver Broncos. Baltimore will visit the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 20 where both teams will meet in the AFC championship game (6:30 p.m. CBS).
Bernard Hopkins to face Tavoris Cloud March 9
Bernard Hopkins, future boxing Hall of Famer, just celebrated his 48th birthday on Jan. 15 and in celebration he will continue his record setting career on March 9 by clashing with undefeated IBF light heavyweight world champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. in a bout that will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
“Some people are trying to write my destiny, but when you see a guy that has a track record that has proven to be more right than wrong over 28 years,” Hopkins said. “Cloud has to say that he has a challenge. In reality, he is going to have to train harder than he ever has before.”
One of the most compelling figures in boxing history, Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) is also one of the greatest fighters ever. He is the longest reigning middleweight champion ever with 20 successful title defenses over the course of his 10-year reign, including his history-making victory over Felix “Tito” Trinidad. After 40, as a light heavyweight champion with his wins over Antonio Tarver, Winky Wright, Kelly Pavlik and Roy Jones Jr. In May 2011, he made history again by defeating Jean Pascal for the WBC Light Heavyweight World championship, becoming the oldest fighter (48 years, 54 days) to win a world title.
Al Shrier 60th anniversary celebration during Penn game
Temple athletics will celebrate 60 years of the most decorated sports information director in the history of intercollegiate athletics during its men’s basketball game against Penn on Jan. 23, announced Temple director of athletics Bill Bradshaw.
“There is no more beloved figure in Temple University, or for that matter Philadelphia collegiate athletics than Al Shrier,” Bradshaw said. “Al graduated from Temple in 1953 and never left, dedicating his life to promoting what is positive in college athletics and in particular Temple student-athletes and coaches. He is the epitome of Temple Made.”
Commemorative document bags, a Shrier trademark, will be given out to the first 2,000 fans that attend the game. There will also be a pregame reception honoring the iconic athletic administrator.
The longest active College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) member, Shrier received the organization’s Arch Ward Award, presented to the best SID in the nation, in 2010. It is one of many honors in his legendary career. He is a member of the CoSIDA Hall of Fame, the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Big 5 Hall of Fame, the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.