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  • NFL owners vote 31-1 to approve Raiders move to Las Vegas

    03/27/2017 11:48:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 24, 2017 | Paul Gutierrez
    The Oakland Raiders will move to Las Vegas after garnering enough votes from NFL owners on Monday to relocate to Southern Nevada. The Raiders received 31 of 32 votes to approve the move, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Twenty-four votes were needed. The Miami Dolphins were the only team to vote against the move, a source told Schefter.
  • Ex-Penn State president convicted of child endangerment for failing to protect Jerry Sandusky's....

    03/25/2017 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    daily mail uk ^ | march 24, 2017 | STAFF
    FULL TITLE: Ex-Penn State president convicted of child endangerment for failing to protect Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse victims Penn State University's former president Graham Spanier has been convicted of child endangerment over his handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. A jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, found Spanier guilty of one count of child endangerment. They determined that he was responsible for victims who were sexually assaulted by former Penn State assistant football coach Sandusky in a school locker room shower in 2001. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach, was convicted of abusing 10 boys in 2012. He is behind...
  • Former KU and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers is battling dementia

    03/20/2017 3:47:04 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 36 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | MARCH 18, 2017 | Vahe Gregorian
    WAKARUSA, IND. More than 50 years after Gale Sayers, the “Kansas Comet,” inspired awe as a Jayhawk, he was honored in January in Topeka by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas as one of its Kansans of the Year. At a table near the front, Sayers was seated next to his wife, Ardythe, as a mesmerizing KU-produced tribute played. ************ But Ardie Sayers has come to believe its onset was years before that — possibly even as far back as when he returned to Kansas in a fund-raising capacity for a time in 2009. While she considers Sayers, 73,...
  • Colin Kaepernick update: some teams ‘genuinely hate him’

    03/17/2017 5:06:01 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 68 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | March 17, 2017 | Cam Inman
    “First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent. “Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or (President) Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings. “Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a...
  • Former USC and Raiders QB Todd Marinovich pleads guilty to trespassing

    03/16/2017 7:40:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 15, 2017 | Nick Bromberg
    Former USC and Los Angeles Raiders quarterback Todd Marinovich could avoid jail time after pleading guilty to charges he was nakedly trespassing in someone’s backyard while possessing drugs. Marinovich, 47, was found unclothed in the backyard of someone’s house in the Los Angeles area in August. Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts regarding charges of public nudity, drug possession and trespassing.
  • Dash cam footage shows cops sack Oklahoma player Baker Mayfield as he ran from them [tr]

    03/13/2017 10:23:48 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2017 | Hannah Parry
    Dash cam footage has captured the moment an Oklahoma Sooners quarterback was tackled by cops into a concrete wall after he tried to flee from police officers while drunk. Baker Mayfield was arrested in Fayetteville, Arkansas on February 25 on misdemeanor complaints of public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing. Footage from the dashboard camera of a cop car shows the 21-year-old being interviewed by police following an incident at a restaurant that involved Mayfield.
  • NFL abuse of painkillers and other drugs described in court filings

    03/10/2017 3:21:46 AM PST · by C19fan · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 9, 2017 | Rick Maese
    National Football League teams violated federal laws governing prescription drugs, disregarded guidance from the Drug Enforcement Administration on how to store, track, transport and distribute controlled substances, and plied their players with powerful painkillers and anti-inflammatories each season, according to sealed court documents contained in a federal lawsuit filed by former players. The sealed material, which was reviewed by The Washington Post, provides a rare look into the league’s relationship with drugs and how team doctors manage the pain inherent in a bruising sport to keep players on the field.
  • Vanity: Opening Day of NFL Free Agency

    03/09/2017 1:09:42 PM PST · by C19fan · 20 replies ^ | March 9, 2017 | Me
    The clock has struck 4 pm. It is a business new year for the NFL and teams can start officially signing free agents.
  • Texans ship Osweiler to Cleveland.

    03/09/2017 12:50:18 PM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 9, 2017 | Adam Schefter
    Texans ship Osweiler to Cleveland.Houston trades QB Brock Osweiler, a second-round pick and a sixth-round pick to Cleveland for a fourth round pick, league sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Browns take on the QB's $16M salary.
  • Report: Bears, Mike Glennon to sign three-year, $43.5 million deal

    03/09/2017 6:55:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 16 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | March 9, 2017 | Michael David Smith
    he Bears and Mike Glennon appear to be on the verge of a deal that will make Glennon the team’s starting quarterback, at a salary that sounds like a lot but is lower than most starting quarterbacks make. Glennon is expected to get a three-year deal with an annual average of $14.5 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. That puts Glennon’s total deal at $43.5 million, although there’s no word on how much of that is guaranteed and no other details about the structure of the contract.
  • Cowboys to release all-time leading passer Tony Romo on Thursday

    03/08/2017 11:25:26 AM PST · by C19fan · 35 replies
    ESPN ^ | March 8, 2017 | Todd Archer and Adam Schefter
    Tony Romo will soon no longer be a Dallas Cowboy. The Cowboys will release the franchise's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns on Thursday, sources told ESPN, allowing him the chance to sign with another team if he desires while removing any doubt that they have the utmost faith in Dak Prescott.
  • Judge: Federal lawsuit against Baylor University can proceed

    03/07/2017 8:09:36 PM PST · by PAR35 · 31 replies
    AP via Marietta Daily Journal ^ | 3/7/17 | JUAN A. LOZANO
    HOUSTON (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Baylor University by 10 women alleging they were sexually assaulted while students can proceed, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The women, identified as "Jane Doe" plaintiffs, allege Baylor was indifferent to or ignored claims of sexual assault and didn't enforce federal general discrimination protections. Baylor had sought to have the lawsuit dismissed, arguing the former students' allegations were insufficient to state a claim of liability and the women had failed to plausibly allege they were subjected to "further" harassment after reporting their initial sexual assaults. -snip- Pitman did dismiss claims for four of...
  • Las Vegas Raiders back on? Team reportedly secures financing for new stadium

    03/07/2017 7:26:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 6, 2017 | Frank Schwab
    Perhaps the Oakland Raiders have figured out their new stadium situation after all. The plan for the Raiders to move to Las Vegas seemed to be in danger once casino mogul Sheldon Adelson walked back his $650 million pledge. But Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News said that the Raiders informed the NFL that Bank of America will complete the financing for the stadium plan. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network confirmed that report.
  • Browns strongly considering Mitch Trubisky No. 1 overall, sources say

    03/03/2017 9:59:13 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies ^ | March 3, 2017 | Mary Kay Cabot
    The Browns are strongly considering drafting hometown boy Mitch Trubisky No. 1 overall, league sources tell Trubisky, the Mentor, Ohio, native, checked off one of Hue Jackson's major boxes Thursday when he measured 6-foot-2 1/8 at the NFL Combine.
  • Jets planning to cut WR Brandon Marshall, Decker could go, too

    03/03/2017 3:09:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 3, 2017 | Manish Menhta, and John Healy
    Another one bites the dust. The Jets continued their offseason purge Thursday night and now appear to be heading toward a completely new wide receiver corps. The team is planning to cut wide receiver Brandon Marshall after two seasons with Gang Green, according to a source.
  • Colin Kaepernick a hypocrite as he ends national anthem protest now that he needs a new job

    03/02/2017 12:23:38 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ebebezer Samuel
    Just in time to go get his next NFL contract, Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest is done. On Thursday morning, according to ESPN, Kaepernick, who spent all of last season kneeling during the national anthem in a polarizing and impactful protest of police brutality and minority oppression, is suddenly done kneeling. "Kaepernick no longer wants the past method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources," ESPN's Adam Schefter wrote.
  • Colin Kaepernick will reportedly stand for national anthem next season

    03/02/2017 9:56:31 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 2, 2017 | Frank Schwab
    Colin Kaepernick hired new agents, which was reported this week. The agents told teams Kaepernick would be opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract to become a free agent, news that broke Wednesday. On Thursday, ESPN reported that Kaepernick would stand for the national anthem in 2017. All of these things are related, of course.
  • Report: Scot McCloughan sent home by Washington, not running team

    03/02/2017 3:43:47 AM PST · by C19fan · 10 replies
    Larry Brown Sports ^ | March 2, 2017 | Larry Brown
    Remember the report from early February that said Washington was not letting GM Scot McCloughan speak with the media? Apparently that was only the tip of the iceberg. The Washington Post’s Mike Jones reported on Wednesday that McCloughan is not at the NFL Combine, which seems curious considering it is the biggest scouting event of the season. When asked about McCloughan’s absence, the team said it was due to family matters, while McCloughan said it was because of a death in the family.

    03/01/2017 8:25:01 AM PST · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 28, 2017 | Paul Mirengoff
    If your answer is, “you can’t be serious,” you’re not fully in tune with the contemporary landscape. On the other hand, your common sense quotient is high. The NFL scouting combine is basically an audition by more than 300 of the best collegiate football players who are eligible for the NFL draft. They come to Indianapolis each year to undergo on-field workouts, medical testing, interviews, and psychological testing.
  • NFL Network’s “The Conversation” on protests is a remarkable product for a league network

    02/28/2017 12:21:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Awful Announicng ^ | February 27, 2017 | Andrew Bucholtz
    Athlete activism and the NFL anthem protests in particular have received lots of looks from sports media, but the latest outlet to produce an in-depth documentary on the subject is a surprising one: NFL Network. “The Conversation”, which premiered Sunday night as part of the network’s NFL 360 series (and which will re-air Monday at 9 p.m. Eastern), is an excellent hour-long examination of those protests from all sides. The documentary involves NFLN’s Jeffri Chadiha travelling the country and talking to players who participated, fans, businessmen and police officers upset with them, military members, a law professor, a famed sociologist,...
  • The Conversation: Kaepernick's stand still resonating

    02/27/2017 12:00:17 PM PST · by C19fan · 27 replies ^ | February 27,2017 | Jeffri Chadiha
    It's been roughly six months since San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protest went public, and things haven't been the same since. More NFL players decided to follow his lead in bringing attention to the issue of unarmed African-Americans dying at the hands of police. Athletes in other sports also joined in, while police officers, military veterans and ordinary citizens talked about the problem from their own perspectives. There was plenty of dialogue and debate, fury and frustration. But what became clear in all this is something even Kaepernick couldn't have known: The world of sports was the...
  • Breaking down the charges against Jets CB Darrelle Revis, plus a look at the next legal steps

    02/17/2017 3:15:59 AM PST · by C19fan · 7 replies
    SI ^ | February 16, 2017 | Michael McCann
    New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been charged with felonies for his alleged role in an altercation that took place in Pittsburgh last Sunday. According to a statement released by the Pittsburgh Police Department (PPD), the incident began when an unnamed 22-year old man recognized Revis while walking at around 2:30 am. He then approached Revis, who hails from nearby Aliquippa, Pa., to see if it was really Revis. Revis confirmed his identity to the man.
  • Media pretty excited about Patriots players skipping White House visit because they don’t like Trump

    02/14/2017 11:12:04 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 26 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/14/17 | Dan Calabrese
    Up-to-the-minute coverage! Just to bring you the very latest, it’s now six! I don’t want you to miss any updates. Not that you would, with NBC, the Washington Post, NESN and the New York Times all breathlessly covering this story in the past few days. If you’re a New England Patriot and you don’t want to go to the White House because you hate Trump, you’re very big news. Here’s the report the nation needs to fend off the fall of the republic, courtesy of The Hill:
  • Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is not a fan of Trump's newest executive order

    02/09/2017 12:49:32 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | February 9, 2017 | Rob Tornoe
    Eagles safety Malcom Jenkins isn’t one to keep his opinions to himself. Jenkins was one of many NFL players who visibly protested during the playing of the national anthem, raising his fist in protest before many Eagles games this season. On Thursday, Jenkins took to Twitter to blast President Trump for signing an executive order that seeks to increase penalties for those who commit violence against state and federal police, but makes no mention of those killed by law enforcement...
  • Obama accepted $30,000 in gifts during his last year in the White House – including a replica Super

    02/07/2017 9:40:00 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | 2/7/17 | Nikki Schwab
    Full title.............................Obama accepted $30,000 in gifts during his last year in the White House – including a replica Super Bowl trophy..............During his last year in office, President Barack Obama accepted $30,000 worth of personal gifts, including a replica of the Vince Lombardi trophy,new disclosure forms reveal. The most valuable item was a five volume set of Obama's family genealogy, worth $8,300 and given to him by Thomas Monson, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah. Obama also received presents from celebrities, including comedian Whoopi Goldberg and baseball great Hank Aaron.
  • Patriots complete biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, win fifth title

    02/05/2017 7:34:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 233 replies
    CNN ^ | February 5, 2017 | Jill Martin
    For the first time, a Super Bowl needed overtime, and for the fifth time, the New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions. This time, it took the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to do it, defeating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 at NRG Stadium in Houston in Super Bowl LI. Atlanta had a 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter. But a costly Atlanta fumble by quarterback Matt Ryan with 8:31 left in the fourth quarter helped set up the Patriots to come all the way back. It was the first time the Falcons had turned the ball over in...
  • Houston Super Bowl‬/Trump Protestors Interviewed

    02/05/2017 10:26:05 AM PST · by Trumpnation · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/5/17 | JR
    Supporters/ Protestors in Houston outside the NRG stadium with their signs/ shirts everywhere. Opinions abound. You can't go to a football game without seeing people upset about President Trump, don't you know. They even brought live snakes to this protest. You can't make this stuff up, folks.
  • Super Bowl 51 game thread

    02/05/2017 9:38:51 AM PST · by mtrott · 984 replies
    Pick your winner, and then we can discuss as the game unfolds!
  • Rooting for Tom Brady used to be easy. Until Donald Trump came along.

    02/05/2017 9:08:06 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 28 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | February 3, 2017 | Luke O'Neil
    My father and I have a predictable routine when we speak on the phone, a not uncommon one around here in Massachusetts, it's safe to assume. After cataloging the well-being of various family members, the conversation inevitably turns to the latest on-the-field exploits of one Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. So talented. So handsome. My mother and I have a similar, albeit inverted routine of our own. There's one person we never talk about, if only to maintain a fragile semblance of civility: President Donald Trump. Brady can relate to that right now. If there's one thing that can reliably...
  • NFL Needs to Rename this game: SUPER CELEBS & ADS

    02/03/2017 3:49:00 PM PST · by Howie66 · 20 replies
    2-3-2017 | Self
    After this 2016 season which the NFL became even more about celebrity and overpaid players bound and determined to express their opinions about everything that has nothing at all to do with football or the human competition involved, I have decided to "take a knee", myself. Roger Goodell seems to be on a mission to turn the NFL to a sissified version of it's former self. Or, into the American version of soccer. Either way, the owners may be making a ton of money, the the heart and soul of the game is being trashed faster and more completely than...
  • NFL players' union expresses support for Muslim players in wake of Trump's travel ban

    02/03/2017 12:53:19 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 65 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/2/17 | Mark Maske
    The NFL Players Association expressed its support Thursday for Muslim players in the league amid the controversy generated by President Donald Trump's immigration order. NFLPA officials said the union reached out to the families of Muslim players in the NFL at the behest of Eric Winston, the veteran offensive lineman for the Cincinnati Bengals who serves as the union's president. About 15 players and their families were contacted, a union official said.
  • Tom Herman trying to explain below-average 2017 class

    02/02/2017 5:51:20 AM PST · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Fanrag ^ | February 1, 2017 | Wendell Barnhouse
    Honeymoons at the University of Texas are equal in length to the use of fax machines on National Signing Day. Tom Herman is well into his marriage as the Longhorns coach and the glow from his hiring has faded. That’s not to say that the excitement won’t return – after all, he has yet to coach a down for UT – but there are indications the love affair needs some rekindling.
  • Goldman Sachs joins Adelson exiting Raiders to Vegas deal

    02/01/2017 6:58:51 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | February 1, 2017 | Staff
    Prominent investment bank Goldman Sachs followed casino magnate Sheldon Adelson in backing out of the deal to build a Las Vegas stadium to lure the NFL's Oakland Raiders. The setbacks, detailed by newspaper reports in California and Las Vegas, raise doubts if the NFL club will ever call the US gambling hotbed home despite filing a request to that end with NFL owners.
  • Russell Wilson: Donald Trump might not last four years in the White House

    01/31/2017 7:58:22 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 113 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 31, 2017 | Ryan Wilson
    "...Just so you know, I voted for Hillary [Clinton]," Wilson said in the video. "But, when you think about it's only been, what, two weeks ... We've got to attack this issue here. Basically, I think that when you think about all the negativity that's happened within a 10-day period, or however many days it's been, it's already too much. It's already crazy, it's already affecting people's hearts and souls and lives in such a negative way, in my opinion. "Now you kind of recognize that people's feelings are getting hurt, people's lives getting changed, people are getting sent back...
  • Budweiser Debuts Pro-Immigration Super Bowl Ad

    01/31/2017 3:11:30 PM PST · by ErikJohnsky · 94 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/31 | JEROME HUDSON
    Budweiser has chosen the charged political issue of immigration as the subject of its Super Bowl LI commercial. The 60-second spot explains the origin story of the beer company’s immigrant co-founder, Adolphus Busch. The ad, titled “Born the Hard Way,” begins with a young, German-born Busch being told, “You’re not wanted here! Go back home!” The big budget production eventually sees Busch land on the shores of St. Louis where he built his mega-brewery.
  • NFL reporter fired for 'unprofessional' anti-Trump tweet as politics invades sports

    01/31/2017 11:48:56 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | January 31, 2017 | Rob Tornoe
    On Saturday, NFL reporter Bart Hubbuch lost his job at the New York Post. On Monday night, he revealed why. Hubbuch said he was fired from the Post, where he worked as a sports reporter since 2007, for a tweet comparing President Trump’s inauguration to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor....
  • Arthur Blank speaks out against Donald Trump at Super Bowl Opening Night

    01/31/2017 6:02:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    SB Nation ^ | January 31, 2017 | Harry Lyles Jr.
    Super Bowl Opening Night took place at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Monday, and a topic of conversation surrounding the event was President Donald Trump. Falcons owner Arthur Blank expressed concern about Trump because on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Trump’s commemorating statement did not specifically mention the six million Jews who were killed during World War II. Blank himself is Jewish
  • Raiders lose major Las Vegas backer but still plan on relocating there from Oakland [Adelson]

    01/31/2017 3:19:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 31, 2017 | Des Bieler
    The Raiders’ plan to move into a brand-new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas took a major hit Monday when an investor expected to contribute about a third of that amount angrily backed out. Nevertheless, the team reiterated its intention to relocate to that city from Oakland when the facility is ready, possibly in two to three years.
  • Body found burned in River North identified as veteran real estate attorney

    01/19/2017 4:28:56 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 36 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | January 19, 2017 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    A badly burned body found on the floor of a River North parking garage early Tuesday has been identified as a 60-year-old real estate attorney, officials said. Louis S. Cohen, 60, was of the 200 block of Ivy Lane in Highland Park, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Wednesday was pending and did not determine a cause and manner for Cohen’s death, the office said. Just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, police and fire crews responded to a fire in the 11th floor of a parking garage in the 300 block of North LaSalle Drive and found...
  • New Baylor lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by football players in 4 years, 'show 'em a good time' culture

    01/28/2017 8:02:05 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 51 replies
    Dallas Daily News ^ | 1-28-17 | Sara Mervosh
    A Baylor University graduate who says she was raped by football players in 2013 sued the university Friday. Her lawsuit includes an allegation that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape, including five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014 — an estimate that far exceeds the number previously provided by school officials.
  • Baylor lawsuit alleges 52 rapes by football players in 4 years, 'show 'em a good time' culture

    01/27/2017 7:10:04 PM PST · by dynachrome · 40 replies
    Dallas News ^ | 1-27-17 | Sarah Mervosh
    A Baylor University graduate who says she was raped by football players in 2013 sued the university Friday. Her lawsuit includes an allegation that 31 Baylor football players committed at least 52 acts of rape, including five gang rapes, between 2011 and 2014 — an estimate that far exceeds the number previously provided by school officials. Those figures could not be independently verified Friday, and Baylor officials declined to comment on their accuracy. The woman, identified in the suit by the pseudonym Elizabeth Doe, reports being gang raped by then-Baylor football players Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman after a party...
  • Peyton Manning needs to stay out of politics and away from President Trump

    01/27/2017 8:28:15 AM PST · by C19fan · 68 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 27, 2017 | Ebenezer Samuel
    The last thing the United States needs right now is another celebrity personality sticking a nose into politics, another person who has never lived the struggles of average Americans developing the policies to fix average lives. So of course right now is when Peyton Manning surfaces on the political scene, set to flank President Donald Trump at a Senate-House GOP retreat in Philadelphia that began Wednesday. Manning will reportedly speak at the event, part of a lineup that includes Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
  • The Patriot Way: Do You Want to Win a Super Bowl or Not?

    01/27/2017 7:44:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 55 replies
    SI ^ | January 27, 2017 | Robert Klemko
    Chris Long had a decision to make last spring. At 30 years old and several seasons removed from a spate of double-digit sack campaigns, he knew he wanted to leave the Rams, who hadn’t reached the playoffs in his eight NFL seasons. There were a handful of attractive options for the four-down defensive end, a former second overall pick who could be had on the cheap. The Lions, Cowboys and Falcons were all interested, but Long left money on the table and took a one-year deal with the Patriots for $2.3 million, with only $1 million guaranteed.

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  • Fans' mockery of Phil Simms reaches crescendo on social media

    01/24/2017 6:54:49 AM PST · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Sporting News ^ | January 23, 2017 | Michael McCarthy
    TV viewers could either laugh or cry at how lopsided the AFC and NFC championship games were Sunday, and they chose to laugh — mostly at the expense of poor Phil Simms of CBS Sports. Simms and, to a lesser extent, play-by-play partner Jim Nantz, have become popular targets on social media in recent years.
  • Tom Brady doesn’t understand why his friendship with Donald Trump is a ‘big deal’

    01/23/2017 11:15:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 35 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 1/24/17 | Nunzio Ingrassia
    Tom Brady has had to answer numerous questions about his friendship with President Donald Trump, whom the New England Patriots quarterback has been friends with for a number of years. And that didn’t change a day after Brady led the Patriots to Super Bowl LI. On Monday, Brady discussed his bond with the newly-elected president on his weekly interview with WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” show, somewhat understating his relationship with Trump. “I have called him, yes, in the past. Sometimes he calls me. Sometimes I call,” Brady said, via the show’s website. “But, again, that’s been someone I’ve known. I...
  • Roger Goodell has no choice but to go and watch Tom Brady play now in [tr] [USA Today Link Only]

    01/23/2017 7:41:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    USA Today [Link on Body] ^ | January 22, 2017 | Nancy Armour
  • Have These Been The Worst Playoffs In NFL History So Far?

    01/23/2017 6:37:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 48 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | January 22, 2017 | Bryan Altman
    For NFL fans around the country the playoffs is supposed to be the fruits reaped from the labor of a 16-game NFL season. It’s a grind, even for Patriots fans I’d imagine, and we’re supposed to be rewarded with the best of the best going head-to-head for 60 minutes, with constant, heart-wrenching drama and lead changes and plays we’ll tell stories about for generations to come. But the two blowouts in the conference championship round may have sealed the deal; this postseason might have been the worst one we’ve ever seen… at least in quite a while.
  • Falcons dominate Packers, advance to Super Bowl LI

    01/22/2017 4:26:50 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 39 replies
    NFL ^ | January 22, 2017 | Conor Orr
    For the first time since 1998, the Atlanta Falcons are going to the Super Bowl. Thanks to a beautifully dominant 44-21 beat down of the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, Matt Ryan and Co. left no question as to which team was best. After Green Bay's 11-second, three-and-out drive to start the second half, one which included a pair of drops from tight end Jared Cook, Falcons head coach Dan Quinn was caught in a moment of rare emotion on the sidelines. He was smiling ear-to-ear before snapping back into the typical blank coaching façade we've...