Monthly Archives: February 2018

Eagles fans will not be getting unlimited Bud Light at the Super Bowl parade

Eagles tackle Lane Johnson promised the city of Philadelphia free beer if the Eagles won the Super Bowl back in August. Later that afternoon, Bud Light agreed that if the Eagles won, they’d back up that promise.

While Bud Light will be offering beer at the Eagles’ parade on Thursday, it won’t be all-you-can-drink as initially believed. Philly Mag spoke with a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch, who described how it’s going to work:

The rep says that the company is giving away one free Bud Light per person 21 and up at bars along the parade route, which covers quite a bit of ground. On Monday, the city confirmed that the Super Bowl parade in Philly is currently slated to go from way down at Broad and Pattison in South Philadelphia all the way up to the Art Museum. There are a lot of bars along the way. There won’t be free Bud Light at all of them.

Pereira also waded into the debate surrounding the NFL’s catch rule, even harking back to the infamous 2014 Dez Bryant non-catch.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has previously signaled the league’s intent to revisit the catch rule this offseason, and Pereira has made it clear that changes must be made.

Under my proposal, said Pereira, and what I think the rule ought to change to be, then I think Dez Bryant’s catch was a catch.

Fans throughout the star-studded crowd reacted with varying levels of bemusement and enthusiasm while her languid, two-plus-minute version of the song continued. Although Fergie was on pitch, her tempo, musical accompaniment and sexy delivery were not exactly typical for a sporting event or a patriotic song.

Golden State All-Star Draymond Green captured the mood — and became an instant GIF — when he was shown open-mouthed on the scoreboard and the television broadcast in apparent confusion over the unique vocal stylings. Green then chuckled to himself after realizing he was on TV.

After a forceful finish, Fergie finally got big cheers when she shouted, “Let’s play some basketball!”

The Grammy Award-winning singer, born Stacy Ann Ferguson, is from nearby Hacienda Heights, California.jaguars_088-223x223

Someone accidentally showed off Tom Brady’s prewritten NFL MVP acceptance speech at a Patriots presser

Tom Brady won the NFL’s MVP award for a third time in his career on Saturday.

However, before then, somebody was spotted at a Patriots presser with Brady’s pre-written speech during Super Bowl week:

Brady was already named the MVP by the Pro Football Writers of America, and while he’s got five Super Bowls on his resume, he’s got just two NFL MVP awards. In his 16 starts this season, the Patriots went 13-3 while he threw for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns, and eight interceptions.

Defenseman Michal Kempny, acquired this week from the Chicago Blackhawks, made his Capitals debut and was on ice for each of Washington’s two even-strength goals against.

“He was fine,” coach Barry Trotz told the team’s website regarding Kempny’s debut. “There are going to be a lot of things you’re going to like about Michal. I thought for his debut he did all right.”

On Monday in Buffalo, John Carlson had a goal and an assist and Philipp Grubauer made 32 saves in Washington’s 3-2 win.

Despite their clean bill of health that included news that star tight end Rob Gronkowski would play, the betting line has remained steady with New England going off as 4.5-point favorites at sportsbooks monitored by The opening line of New England -6 was almost immediately bet down to -4.5 and has stuck there all week in the final moments leading up to the game.

The spread is an interesting one. Both teams enter this game with identical 15-3 SU and 12-6 ATS records. During the regular season, the Eagles allowed one less point on defense at 295 than the Patriots did at 296, and on offense the Patriots scored one more point than the Eagles at 458 to 457.

New England and Philadelphia are seemingly evenly matched, so this spread simply boils down to Nick Foles not getting the same respect as Carson Wentz may have and New England’s reputation as an unbeatable force.

The Patriots are a perfect 13-0 SU and ATS in their last 13 games as a favorite of seven points or less per the OddsShark NFL Database. But in the Super Bowl, six of New England’s last seven appearances have been decided by four points or less, with the only exception being last year’s overtime win against Atlanta.bears_083-223x223

Phelps hoping for healthy season in Mariners’ bullpen

When Seattle traded for reliever David Phelps last July, Mariners manager Scott Servais believed his team was adding a player that could help the team reach the postseason.

In deeper formats where it might be tougher to secure saves during the season, then I will likely bypass the top-100 closers — I always do — and take four or five lesser relief pitchers with the hope a few perform well and secure roles.

That appears likely to change in 2017-18, with Xavier currently leading the league by a game and a half and staring down a very manageable slate to end the regular season. Saturday’s tussle between the two league front-runners has monster ramifications not just for which team is going to win the league, but for which is more likely to hear its name called as a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday.

If Xavier takes down Nova on Saturday (something it hasn’t had a whole lot of success doing since joining the league), then the race should be about over. If the Wildcats continue their dominance over X, then we’ll all go back to wondering if any other team is capable of winning a title in the new Big East.

Alex Presley and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract, and the outfielder will report of major league spring training.

The 32-year-old has a .263 average in eight seasons with Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Houston, Milwaukee and Detroit. He hit .314 with 3 home runs and 20 RBI in 71 games for the Tigers in 2017.

Sure enough, the Mountaineers’ FBS residence began as feared. In their first FBS contest, a symbolic meeting with Michigan (whom they famously upset in 2007), they lost by 38. And Michigan wasn’t even that good. Appalachian State lost to Southern Miss and fellow FBS newbies Georgia Southern and South Alabama, then got upset by Liberty for good measure. The team was 1-5, and both Satterfield’s tenure (he was 5-14 to that point) and the FBS jump were looking like really bad ideas.

He struck out 96 batters in relief, tied for ninth most in the game, yet that’s all he earned last season?

Kahnle’s breakthrough was not only completely legitimate, it supported his skill set as one of the 15 most closer-worthy pitchers in baseball (and that could be understating it). Thanks in large part to a mechanical tweak — shortening the leg kick in his delivery — he was able to slash his walk rate by more than half, while boosting his average fastball velocity to a career-high 97.8 mph. And yet he might not even start the year as one of the first three relievers in saves on his own team.

But the Thunder chose cap flexibility and avoiding luxury-tax payments instead of keeping its core together. They traded James Harden to Houston for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and a pair of first-round picks. Houston, not Cleveland, is now the biggest threat to Golden State’s championship hopes, while Westbrook is the only pillar of OKC’s Big 4 remaining, though they have ostensibly successfully rebuilt around him.

The Warriors will face a similar predicament soon: Cough up the cash or sacrifice everything they’ve built to evade hefty luxury tax fees. They are already paying a bigger luxury tax bill than any team in the league, but that may change in the years to come, especially if the core as is fails to fend off the Rockets.

Remember: Thompson told The Vertical’s Shams Charania he felt Kind of disrespected that people keep using the term sacrifice to describe me and describe us. We all want to see each other do well. But I’m not sacrificing shit because my game isn’t changing.

Must they run their mouths like that? Ingraham said in the segment. Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously. Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids: This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.

I actually laughed first when I saw the reports. Then I watched the videos and saw how it was put off. I had no idea who she is or what she do, but she won in that case because now I know who she is. For her to go up there and say what she said… First of al I would have had a little more respect for her if she wrote those words, she probably said t right off the teleprompter but that’s ok.

In the aftermath of the Redskins’ move to trade Alex Smith away from the Chiefs, the team is now considering placing its franchise tag on Kirk Cousins.

According to a report from ESPN, the decision would allow the franchise to “recoup some of the compensation” going to the Chiefs that will be traded away when they acquire quarterback Smith once the new league year begins in March.

There is one reason Cousins might not accept the tag and that is if there’s no sign he could get a long-term deal from the team where he’s potentially traded.

Cousins did say earlier this week (via he does “expect to be a free agent,” and he is projected as the top free-agent quarterback available. However, working around a franchise tag might limit Washington’s leverage.

Cousins, 29, enters his seventh NFL season in 2018. Throughout his career, he has thrown for 16,206 yards and 99 touchdowns with 55 interceptions.

Kramer, whom Vince Lombardi once called the best guard in football, had been regarded as the most overlooked player from the 1960s Packers teams that won five championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls. No player had been a finalist more than Kramer without receiving induction into the Hall.

Now 82 years old, Kramer was a three-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro selection over an 11-year career for Lombardi’s Packers. He is perhaps best known for the key block that paved the way for Bart Starr’s game-winning quarterback sneak to beat the Cowboys in the 1967 NFL championship game, otherwise known as the Ice Bowl. Kramer was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1975.

Kramer is the 25th Packers player inducted in Canton and 12th from Green Bay’s championship teams of the 1960s. He was named to the league’s 50th Anniversary team and was the only member of that group not already in the Hall of Fame.bills_035

So how far Brady has come to be the awesome competitor he is now isn’t a knock — it’s another feather in his helmet.

Peyton Manning and Brett Favre put up gaudy statistics during their careers. But Brady is catching up fast, even though he was not asked to light it up for the Patriots early in his career. All seven of his 30-plus TD pass seasons have come after age 30.

Brady has climbed up to No. 3 on the all-time passing touchdowns list, tied with Brees with 488. He’s third all time in career passer rating with his 97.6. He’s also fourth in career passing yards with 66,159. But what’s most amazing: He has played in more than two full seasons worth of playoff games — an NFL record 36. He’s 27-9 in those games.

Surviving and thriving in football is physically demanding, especially in contrast to other sports. And for Brady to also maintain mental advantages is downright unfair. It comes back to his mindset, his best natural talent.

“I love this sport. I admire all the guys who’ve played before me and I realize how hard it is,” Brady said. “I grew up a fan of Joe Montana, Steve Young, Dan Marino, John Elway and Warren Moon and watched them all. I loved watching football highlights, watching guys’ techniques, dropbacks and throws.

“They paved the way for us quarterbacks today. We’re paving the way for quarterbacks of the future. I’m a hell of a lot older than most of the guys in the league now, so there’s a lot of guys who are probably looking at me like I used to look at them.”

Watch all three “Dilly Dilly!” commercials in order below. “Ye Old Pep Talk” is scheduled to air during the first quarter of Super Bowl 52; “The Bud Knight” will air during the second quarter.

Tom Brady did not need to lead the Patriots to victory last year in Super Bowl 51 to strengthen his position as the greatest NFL quarterback of all time.

“One for the thumb,” though, has a nice ring to it. Brady’s fifth title also stamped his status as the NFL’s best overall player.

Leave it to the Saints’ Drew Brees, another excellent, older quarterback, to remind us what Brady has done. Keep in mind Brees, no doubt an elite quarterback, has one ring with New Orleans. In comparison, Brady’s accomplishments seem all the more impressive.

The Buffalo Bills made a surprising move last week, benching Tyrod Taylor and announcing that they’d start rookie Nate Peterman.

As President Trump called for NFL owners to suspend or fire players who protested the national anthem, players and coaches answered defiantly Sunday morning, with most members of the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars either standing with their arms locked in solidarity or taking a knee on the field.

Ravens Coach John Harbaugh joined his players, locking arms, and Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, a Pakistani American billionaire and businessman, joined his players before the game’s kickoff at 9:30 a.m. in London’s Wembley Stadium. Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis also took a knee during the anthem.

The Texans beat Arizona 31-21, but lost runing back D’Onta Foreman, who was carted off with a leg injury in the fourth quarter.

That decision went about as poor as possible, as Peterman threw five, count ’em, five first-half interceptions. Taylor entered in the second half, but it was took late for a reasonable attempt at a comeback. The Chargers won, 54-24.

“If Colin Kaepernick is NOT on a roster at the beginning of camp and the regular season, his effective banishment from the NFL will be a MAJOR topic of conversation about the NFL among sports columnists, broadcasters, pundits, pontificators, and opinion makers, and the public so long as he is not in the League and it will become the ONLY conversation every time a starting QB is injured, unable to play, and replaced by a “back up” who [is] lesser skilled than Kaepernick,” Edwards wrote, in part. “In consequence, the focus will not be on the games, not on the star athletes, and not on the marque matchups to the degree desired, strategically marketed, or normally expected.”

But should the two sides buck expectations and reach a mutually agreeable long-term deal, in which the salary cap ramification of Cousins’s contract can be spread over the life of a four- or five-year contract, the team can devote what remains under the cap to other pressing needs.

That should start with the defensive line.jaguars_086

If Jay Cutler is rusty, he didn’t show it during his first action of the preseason Thursday night against the Ravens.

The former Bears quarterback played a total of two series for Miami and went 3 for 6 for 24 yards.

Cutler joined the team on a one-year, $10 million deal after expected Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill suffered a torn ACL. The former Bears quarterback retired this offseason and took a position at Fox as an analyst for the network’s football coverage, but ultimately passed on that gig when Gase offered him the quarterback job in Miami.

Whatever happens between now and the end of the season has absolutely nothing to do with whether QB Kirk Cousins remains in Washington. The Redskins have had plenty of time to know what they have in Cousins, and Cousins has had plenty of time to figure out what he thinks about the team. It comes down to financial considerations now. The negotiating history between both parties and the numbers involved for Cousins to be franchise-tagged again make it difficult to believe that he will be a Redskin next season.

Tua Tagovailoa is the rightful talk of Alabama’s fifth national title during the Nick Saban era. Just don’t forget about the all-time performance put on by defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. The former top recruit set up camp in Georgia’s backfield for the duration of the game.

He was a force against the run, which is always the case, and more important for his draft stock, he got after quarterback Jake Fromm often.

Although Payne is a true junior with room to grow, he undoubtedly made the most of the intense playoff spotlight. The first round now seems likely for Payne, not a best-case scenario.

Jaguars-Broncos did not attract a ton of notice because that Divisional Round postseason classic was played on a Saturday. The football world’s eyes were on the NFL’s other newly minted franchise, the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were taking on the Cowboys the next day, trying to prevent Dallas from winning an unprecedented fourth Super Bowl in five years. jaguars_046

Lockhart, in a Friday conference call with reporters, called “any attempt to paint Aaron Hernandez as a victim” misguided.

“A football junkie,” was how Jeremy Pruitt remembered Ramsey. The head coach at the University of Tennessee coached defensive backs at Florida State when Ramsey came to Tallahassee. “He was a sponge; you couldn’t give him enough information.”

Which is to suggest he didn’t say much. No promises of a national title or a place on the All-America team, both of which he accomplished in three seasons. But over time, Ramsey grew bolder. He was good, and he knew it, so as he’d point out years later before the AFC championship: “Why not say it?”

At ACC media day one year, Ramsey carried a microphone and interviewed — taunted might be more accurate — other teams’ players. “How’s it feel to let us come back on y’all like that?” he asked a Louisville player, before mimicking a Boston College player’s accent, before reminding a Georgia Tech player of Florida State’s victory against the Yellow Jackets in the ACC championship game.

The lawsuit says the Patriots performed preseason exams of Hernandez and should have recognized signs of cognitive impairment. The NFL was “fully aware of the damage that could be inflicted from repetitive impact injuries and failed to disclose, treat or protect him from the danger of such damage,” the complaint states.

“There are a number of issues,” Lockhart said. “We just saw this last night. At first blush, there are several things that jump out.”

For a president whose administration is in chaos even according to members of his own party, keeping support from his base seems to be crucial. But continuing to attack Americans for expressing one of the privileges that comes with citizenship could continue to hurt him with demographics that have long been unsupportive of his politics.

Despite Trump continuing to suggest that the protests disrespect the flag, black Americans — a group that overwhelmingly voted against him in 2016 and continues to give him low approval markings — disagree.


Oklahoma chipped away and got within striking range.

The Sooners intentionally fouled Azubuike, a 41-percent free-throw shooter coming in, several times. He missed all five of his free throws in the final 3:37 to help the Sooners get back into the game.

“It was definitely frustrating because we didn’t really get a chance to run anything,” Graham said. “But I guess it was pretty smart on them doing that.”

The Texans went back to Tom Savage as their starter. He started the season opener but lasted only a half before O’Brien went to Watson. Things weren’t any better this time around, as Savage completed only 19 of 44 passes last Sunday and the Texans lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Their record dropped to 3-5, and they fell two games behind the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South. Savage is to start again Sunday in Los Angeles against the Rams.

The Packers have played two full games since Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. McCarthy, in reacting testily to a reporter’s question about Kaepernick following Rogers’s injury, spoke of the three years that he had invested in coaching Rodgers’s backup, Brett Hundley.

But Hundley has totaled only 332 passing yards in two games as the fill-in starter for Rodgers. The Packers have lost both games and, with their record at 4-4, are two games in back of the first-place Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North.

But what, exactly, is Davis getting for the reported 10-year, $100 million contract he will give Gruden?

Gruden has not coached since 2008. In a league that evolves year to year, that is an eternity. He has studied tape and met with players, particularly quarterbacks, in his role as a broadcaster. But he has not coached the generation of players coming out with the current college skill set. He has not run a team under the practice rules that were put in place with the current collective bargaining agreement. There are certainly adjustments ahead for Gruden.

A 5-0 start gave way to a 1-6 downward spiral, which gave way to a 4-0 finish. Which version of the Chiefs will be on display during the postseason? It’s impossible to know. Even so, it’s difficult to envision them losing at home to the upstart Titans. A victory this weekend might send the Chiefs back to New England, where they won the NFL’s season-opening game in stunning fashion to quickly end any notion of the Patriots chasing a 19-0 season.jaguars_006