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The National Sports Beat with Brad Pye Jr.

Brad Pye Jr. | 1/26/2017, midnight

Los Angeles, CA--Notes, quotes and things picked up on the run from coast-to-coast and all the stops in between and beyond.

The Super Bowl L1 will feature the winner of the NFC Green Bay Packers vs. the Atlanta Falcons and the AFC Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots.

Here is how this foursome earned their Super Bowl LI tickets to Houston. A Texas Classic. Atlanta Falcons beat Green Bay Packers 44-21 for the NFC Championship.

The New England Patriots beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 for the AFC Championship.

The Chicago Cubs 108-year wait and the Kansas City Royals’ up and down play had the MLB world at its feet until the exciting end,

The 2017 Super Bowl teams are set, the NBA Playoff series, and MLB Spring Camps should be in view.

The Patriots qualified for their 9th trip to the Super Bowl.

Will the LeBron James and Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry and his Golden State Warriors split their season series and be all even when their playoff series gets under way. The Warriors knocked off the Cavs, 126-91 on Jan. 16. Both teams have won on their home courts this season.

Most prognosticators picked the duo to battle for the NBA Championships for the third straight year.

And the beat continues!

The cost of tickets for Super Bowl LI (51) slipped, because QB Dak Prescott and rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys will not be there, Green Bay Packers won a 34-31 thriller to locked up the doors to the Stadium and prevented owner Jerry Jones and his sons the most disappointed family in the state of Texas.

Only one of the four AFC or NFC teams had a black head coach (Steelers’ Mike Tomlin). Neither team has a black QB.

The L.A. Chargers’ new head coach Anthony Lynn, the ex-Buffalo Bills Offensive Coordinator and one game interim head coach has 17-years as an assistant NFL coach.

The late Bill Walsh, the highly successful San Francisco ‘49ers Super Bowl championship coach gave him his first coaching job. And the late Hall of Fame coach Al Davis as one of his assistants. Bill Walsh hired the late Dennis Green as his first black assistants at Stanford.

So you can see the L.A. Chargers’ Anthony Lynn has learned from some the greats of the game.

And the beat continues!

Three members of color are members of 2017 class of Hall of Fame inductees. They are Tim Raines, ex-L.A. Angel Vladimir Guerrero.

Now hear this! Ken Griffey Jr. received 99.3% of the votes for the 2016 class, three votes short of last year’s votes tally. Raines needed the only three more votes to become the only other player to be elected unanimously. Other players who could be voted unanimously of the votes are Derek Jeter, Chipper Jones, Mariano Rivera and Vladimir Guerrero.

And the beat continues!

The team from the city of Ohio to improve its 30-11 record had the same mark last season.

The L.A. Clippers seven game winning streak was snapped by the Minnesota Timberwolves and their 7-1-foot star Kari-Anthony Towns who scored 37 points, 27 in the second half.