Monthly Archives: January 2018

We’ve got a long way to go, a lot of work to do, and we’re anxious to get after it.

The Giants (3-13), who ended the season with an 18-10 win over the Redskins, will pick second overall while the Colts (4-12) have the third pick. The Broncos (5-11), Osweiler’s current team, will select fifth.

It’s the Coliseum, he said. This place is cavernous. It’ll swallow up 65,000, 70,000 people.

The Rams announced a crowd of 74,300 fans in the stadium that seats nearly 94,000 people. Kroenke, a Missouri native who ended the team’s 21-year stay in St. Louis by moving the team back to Los Angeles in 2016, said L.A. fans will come around when the team moves into its new Inglewood stadium in 2020.

Kroenke used St. Louis, which is suing Kroenke and the NFL to recoup money spent in its failed attempt to keep the team, as an example to prove his point. He said the team won over fans in St. Louis in 1999 during the run to a Super Bowl title and the same can happen in Los Angeles.

Absolutely, he said. I believe that strong. We’ve won them before, so let’s go do that again. How soon? I don’t know.

Kroenke said the excitement in Los Angeles can be similar to what the Vikings have experienced since moving into U.S. Bank Stadium in 2016.

Have you been up there? Kroenke said of the Vikings’ new venue, which will be the site of Super Bowl LII. That is a true home-field advantage because it’s so loud, it’s packed, it’s new.

Pink solidifies the talent that will be performing at Super Bowl LII. The NFL announced in October that Justin Timberlake would be performing at halftime of the game.

If he even needed them. Butler has actually blitzed less frequently—this is Blitzburgh no more—relying on interior pressure from Heyward and Tuitt, along with this season’s first-round selection, outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Fewer blitzes mean that “Coach Butts,” as his players affectionately call him, can drop more defenders into coverage—and that’s a blueprint for beating Brady.

We can’t talk about a Patriots game without the elephant in the room: the Brady-Belichick feud. It’s hilarious, but we think they can probably hold it together for a couple of more years until no amount of kale and electrolytes will save Tom Brady from Father Time’s ravages.

The Steelers were first to reach out to the free agent, and the interest was mutual. Haden had connected with Tomlin at the 2010 NFL combine, and his college teammates from Florida (tackle Marcus Gilbert and center Maurkice Pouncey) raved about Pittsburgh’s locker room. Haden says he turned down higher offers from three teams to sign a three-year, $27 million contract with only $5.8 million guaranteed at signing.patriots_111_e084710f0aec37c6-180x180

All Stefon Diggs could say after his game-winning TD was ‘damn that sh*t feel good’

The Minnesota Vikings advanced to the NFC Championship game after Stefon Diggs’ miraculous game-winning reception.

While the Titans did jump, it appeared the Patriots’ center moved his head quickly, causing them to move.

The Patriots would take the first down, and move into Titans territory, eventually scoring with a Chris Hogan touchdown reception from Tom Brady with 1:52 left in the first half.

It’s not the way the Titans were hoping to finish out the first half, after getting off to a relatively good start after leading the first quarter 7-0.

Depending on how the game goes, we might see this call come back to bite the Titans.

Caitlin: “I’m dying over here, and you’re like, ‘Ohhh, this game is so good!’” (In his defense, the Bucs did kick a last-second field goal to beat the Panthers that evening.)

It may not have had the stakes of last March’s Sweet 16 dagger over Wisconsin, but Florida’s Chris Chiozza had one of this season’s more unusual game-winners when he picked off a pass in the backcourt and broke away for a layup to beat Missouri.

Shoutout to Grambling State’s Shakyla Hill for a quadruple-double against Alabama State last Thursday. She finished with 15 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, and made LeBron take notice in the process.

You’re not going to find many acceptance speeches better than Oprah’s at last night’s Golden Globes. If you didn’t watch it then, do it now.

Early in the second half, he gave an official a hug after he was pulled away from Rishard Matthews on a play in which the Titans were called for a delay of game.

Sticking in New Orleans, Saints right guard Larry Warford has been a monster free agent signing. Here, Warford is pulling to the right on a G-lead play. The flag is for the fullback. Warford doesn’t get a flag because he keeps running his feet to finish his block. If he had stopped his feet and finished by shoving, he probably gets a flag.

Moving right along to Los Angeles, where the Rams offense just wasn’t as explosive as usual. Credit the Falcons defense for playing fast. It looked ready from the jump. Rams left guard Rodger Saffold is always ready for a disrespectful block. Here, he helps Andrew Whitworth on the double team and then gets a full slab with the center!

Tackles getting out on screens have a difficult job. They have to avoid the defensive end, then get out flat to have a great angle on the defender they are going to block. Jack Conklin clears the defensive end and makes his way to his defender. He’s a tad upfield, but that doesn’t matter because Darrelle Revis isn’t moving anywhere. So Conklin moves him for himself.patriots_095_b8715aa64e07df38-180x180

We were lucky at a point in his life where the stars aligned for us given the age of his kids

A lot of not-famous coaches were not chased by the NFL mob (Noll for one), so I’d much rather be sure of the franchise architect than pursue whoever this year’s Golden Coach is. Giants president/co-owner John Mara said Monday he would use former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi as a resource in his search. Accorsi has been there. He knows that time is on the Giants’ side.

Despite splitting playing time with Mark Ingram, Kamara is only the third rookie in NFL history, and the first in more than 30 years, to have more than 800 receiving yards and 700 rushing yards. Per Pro Football Focus, he had the third most yards per passing route run, behind only Julio Jones and Antonio Brown, two of the premier actual wide receivers in the NFL. His PFF “elusive” rating—meaning his “success beyond the point of being helped by his blockers”—is the best in the league. As a receiver, his 81 catches rank 13th in the league and second for running backs, behind only Le’Veon Bell, who averages 2.5 fewer yards per reception than Kamara. As a running back, his 6.1 yards per carry led the NFL. And his 14 total touchdowns were second in the league. He is only the second rookie, after Gale Sayers in 1965, to have at least five touchdowns both receiving and rushing, plus a kickoff return TD.

Kamara’s ability to make defenders miss is hard for even him to describe. He says that when he has the ball in his hands he goes into “Matrix mode.” The play slows down around him, everything becomes clearer, and he’s able to see “ten steps ahead.” He’s not worried about the defender who’s currently trying to tackle him, because he already knows how he’s going to evade him. He’s thinking about the next would-be tackler. “I’m diagnosing moves before I make them,” he says. “Ten yards down the field—I’m thinking about what I’m going to do when I get there.”

Romo was spot-on the entire time. That’s the best part about watching any game that he calls: He still is a quarterback, and he gets us to view the game through the same eyes as the quarterbacks on the field, from Brady to Blake Bortles. We get to live a little more vicariously through the players on the field, adding a layer to the TV experience that very few (if any?) sports announcers are able to do.

Payton signaled for two coaches’ challenges in a four-play span despite having no replay evidence to suggest officials had botched either call. He unsurprisingly lost both, losing two timeouts in the process and ensuring he’d go the majority of the fourth quarter without the ability to question anymore officiating mistakes in the Divisional Round of the 2018 playoffs.patriots_080_1ed06ae118e66f0c-180x180

NFL playoffs 2018: Bracket and schedule update after Falcons vs. Rams

The NFL playoffs wrapped up its first day of action, with two Wild Card round games in the books. Sunday features two more games before we move on to the Divisional round.

The Tennessee Titans started the playoffs by digging out of a 18-point hole to come back and beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-21. Leading the way was running back Derrick Henry who rumbled to 156 yards on 23 carries.

While Popovich’s rant was surely intended to stand up for Leonard, rally his troops, and bring much-needed attention to a play that needed to be legislated out of the game, his laments were also reflective of the overwhelming challenges posed by the Kevin Durant/Stephen Curry Warriors. “9.75 people out of 10 figure the Warriors will beat the Spurs,” the legendary coach moaned. “Well, we’ve had a pretty damn good season. We’ve played fairly well in the playoffs. I think we’re getting better. And we’re up 23 points in the third quarter against Golden State and Kawhi goes down—like that—and you want to know if our chances are less and how we feel? That’s how we feel.”

The tensest moment in Kevin Durant’s first season with the Warriors came during a January loss to the Grizzlies, when Draymond Green excoriated him for settling for a contested isolation three-pointer late in the game, rather than involving Stephen Curry in a pick-and-roll or running the offense. “I’m kind of thrilled that we lost,” Green said afterwards, pointing out that needed corrections might not take place otherwise. For Durant, this had all the makings of the New Guy Nightmare: A star out of place in Basketball Shangri-La due to bad habits accumulated from years of playing a more individualistic style.

In hindsight, the momentum did shift. The Chiefs never came close to getting it back. They were shut out after halftime and managed all of 61 yards an offense that was missing Travis Kelce after his late-first-half concussion, but had every other piece from one of the most efficient and dangerous offenses in the game, the one that couldn’t be stopped in the first half, right down to the final seconds.

The draft is scheduled for April 26-28 in Arlington, Texas.

Flowers has a long, slender body, high shoulders and long arms. He craves anticipating and cutting off underneath plays in front of him, and because of that, he can get caught biting by QBs with gifted eye manipulation. He often pops up in the screen at the conclusion of plays thanks to his relentless motor in pursuit.

When tackling in the open field, Flowers uses his length and technique to consistently wrap up. He compares in body type and play style to George Iloka and is best suited for playing as a box safety in a Cover 3 or 3-4 defense. Flowers will enter the league as a reliable rotational player, making a mark in special teams. He eventually can work his way to being a starter.patriots_006_c363dffbedfb2e3f-180x180

They will adjust to legal sports betting because they’ve already adjusted in dozens of little ways to illegal sports betting.

Absent the public morals argument, there really isn’t much of a case to be made against generalized sports betting. If New Jersey prevails, much of the gambling being done on sporting events now will be taxed and regulated. (Both sides conceded that under-the-table wagering will continue because of American ingenuity in turning a buck. What are fantasy sports if not a more sophisticated, Internet-friendly form of gambling?) There is a serious argument to be made about how much of the national economy we want to turn into a casino.

TBD is the obvious problem.If there’s one thing the Wild lack right now on their deep roster, it’s a truly deadly goal scorer, as they should finish 2016 without a 30-goal .He has a degree international economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a business degree from Carleton University .

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Then, after helping Toronto FC lift and celebrate its first Supporters’ Shield, the pain had subsided enough to warrant a walk. Outside, the vibe felt totally different—perhaps a bit foreign.

“Just going to get a coffee and seeing somebody in a TFC shirt, and hear them say how much [the Shield] means to them, how well the team’s done, I’m just reminded how special the club and the city are, and the opportunity I have,” Altidore said. “I was lucky to be able to bounce back and go out there and represent the city well, and keep these fans happy.”

However, Woodley’s absence, the Steelers drafted outside linebacker the first round, Jones, while also focusing on getting 2010nd round pick, OLB Worilds, on the field as well.Austintown property on list for 1 sale Published: 2 17:05 YOUNGSTOWN The crumbling Woodside Lake dam and a portion of the lake it impounds will be among the forfeited real-estate parcels to be auctioned to the highest bidder at a 1 auditor’s sale.When I came back through McMahon looked at me and he said to me ‘I couldn’t believe I’ve had you right under nose all this time.’ That’s how it stabears_081-223x223rted.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has advocated for a legalized gambling framework for years.

What would a win for New Jersey look likeIt depends on whether it comes from a declaration that PASPA is unconstitutional or a New Jersey-specific ruling allowing that state’s partial repeal while keeping PASPA on the books. In either case, New Jersey would start implementing sports betting literally the moment the decision comes down. And if PASPA is declared unconstitutional, it would start a chain reaction with other states poised to immediately jump in (Pennsylvania, New York, Mississippi and Connecticut are set up and ready to start allowing bets to be taken, upon this result). If the ruling is New Jersey-specific, each state will analyze whether to take the “New Jersey route” and partially, or fully, repeal one of its own laws.

His lack of aggressiveness is what got him trouble the league.What was the difference?Donald chuckled when asked whether he warranted extra attention from the 49ers.

The Bucks get rid of Plumlee’s ugly contract after they signed the former Duke center this past summer to a four-year, $50 million deal .It certainly intensified when the family moved to Roseville, just outside of Sacramento, and began measuring themselves against nearby Oakmont.You want more offense?26 shares of the stock were exchanged.The Phillies feel he’s not ready yet.

The first time, Fingers struck out the Reds’ Johnny Bench.Bishop allowed two goals on 29 shots the Lightning’s win Colorado on .As it stands now, Kreider’s career 0 points-per-game average through 248 career regular is lower than Schwartz but basically even with Palmieri .However, that’s something I would never want to coach out of him.

This is a slight upgrade for the Thunder, whose normal jersey set is the worst in the league. But again, too much gray, and the chest stripe comes across as childish—and not in a nostalgic way. OKC’s whole color scheme needs an overhaul.

After playing it bold with their first three uniforms, the Wolves get a monochrome look for their City jerseys. I don’t get it. There are no risks here, and nothing to represent Minnesota’s newfound verve as an up-and-coming contender. Why not go with something purple for Prince? Or maybe a callback to the mid-aughts? Or maybe next time Nike won’t overthink it and will make an alternate uniform with three wolves howling at the moon.

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He put up 447 total yards and 5 touchdowns against Mississippi State and crossed the 100-yard on the three other contests.His health is more important than getting back onto the field.And whether the two swimmers fully realized it or not, wagging the finger, they honored a different athlete from a different sport altogether: Dikembe Mutombo.Sponsors: Reps.NFL Super Bowl officials were Minneapolis last week to peruse the Vikings stadium, which host next ‘s big game.Vereen is signed through 2017 but could be a release candidate this .

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The gloating and chest-beating now comes off as premature and unwise.

Punched by a team that kept its cool while the Jaguars — a team that had drawn the aforementioned Seahawks into an ugly meltdown in Jacksonville — dissolved into several mini-meltdowns themselves. Players jawed on the sidelines in the first half and committed foolish personal fouls late, including a headbutt on that final series in which the 49ers sealed it.

Suddenly, “exposed” no longer just applied to its previous victims.

In the big picture, the way they got handled may not mean anything, or change anything. The Jaguars were going to be something of a blank slate going into the playoffs anyway: it’s their first trip in 10 years, since the Jack Del Rio-David Garrard days. One could bet on the way they smothered the Steelers in October, intercepting Ben Roethlisberger five times, and see them going deep in the playoffs.

That would mean betting on that defense, led by their four Pro Bowlers and the two, at least, who likely deserved it, too. The ones who were at the top of the NFL rankings in numerous categories all season. Defense should always be the constant, the stabilizer, even for inexperienced teams.

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Lundy told me it would take a month, maybe even six weeks, of hard work, but that the knee would eventually come around.Gross had coached a lot for Special Olympics, and someone asked him to be on the YMCA Challenger board.That’s his sport.His teammates happily highlighted that point late Saturday night.

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No pertinent follow-up questions flushed out the minutia ?a disservice to Robertson, more than anything .I wanted to come blazing right away but it didn’t happen,” Bjugstad said.It was his team.Smith’s sister suggested she compete the Pageant, event she had already participated and lost multiple times.I think other teams took notice of that.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in May of 2014 that Minnesota and its new stadium would host the Super Bowl in 2018.

Super Bowl 52 will be played in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium, which will have just finished hosting its second Minnesota Vikings season after being built in time for the 2016 NFL season.

The stadium seats 66,200 but can be expanded to fit up to 70,000 people.

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While rumors circulated that Joseph would be fired after one season, Broncos players voiced their support of Joseph following Sunday’s game. Elway clearly listened and tweeted Monday that he and the Broncos believe in Joseph as the team’s coach.

Luck spent six weeks in Europe this fall working with a trainer, but claimed he did not receive any injections. Luck has stated that he plans on being ready for the start of next season.

Shurmur got a raw deal with his first opportunity because it came in Cleveland. But he has rebuilt his equity with his strong stints in Philadelphia and Minnesota. If the Giants choose to keep Steve Spagnuolo as their defensive coordinator, he and Shurmur worked together with the Rams before. Shurmur also has appeal in helping develop Manning’s successor.

Speaking of Spags, the team liked him enough to bring him back in his current role (and name him interim head coach after McAdoo’s firing). And when healthier and when not being dragged down by their offense, the Giants can retain their defensive strength. Spagnuolo’s second head-coaching chance has yet to come post-Rams, but New York staying in-house is his best chance.astros_036

Steelers OC Todd Haley reportedly injured, escorted from bar on New Year’s Eve

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was shoved outside a bar near Heinz Field on New Year’s Eve, fell down and injured his hip, according to

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Haley’s wife, Christine, was involved in a “minor scuffle” at the Tequila Cowboy restaurant and bar near Heinz Field. According to the Post-Gazette, police say the Haleys were escorted out of the establishment. He was apparently shoved after leaving, resulting in the fall.

Once again, Bortles has to avoid messing up and giving the Bills a chance. If he stays upright, uses his legs, leans on Leonard Fournette and the rest of the running game and avoids turnovers, the Jaguars should move on.

“This week’s a little bit more about us, about doing the things that we can do better, about each individual player and coach trying to look for areas of improvement for himself or his group or what he does,” Belichick said. “Hopefully, be able to apply that in some way to whoever our next opponent is. There are a lot of things that if we do better it doesn’t really matter who the opponent is. There are just things that we need to understand better, or execute better, or just practice and get a better timing and maybe relationship, or things like that on those plays that would help us no matter who we play. I think those are some of the things that we’ll spend a little more time on this week.”

Jacksonville forced 33 turnovers in the regular season, second best in the NFL. In 2016, they forced only 13 turnovers, second-to-last in the NFL.

Since coming to Buffalo in 2015, Bills RB LeSean McCoy leads the NFL in rushing with 3,300 yards.

Jags RB Leonard Fournette finished the regular season with 1,040 yards rushing, the second-most rushing yards by a rookie in Jaguars franchise history (Fred Taylor, 1,223 yards in 1998).lions_017