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  • High school football coach 'told players to taunt boy with lesbian parents on the opposing...

    10/20/2017 8:30:08 AM PDT · by Morgana · 81 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 20 2017 | Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: High school football coach 'told players to taunt boy with lesbian parents on the opposing team by asking him "who's your daddy?"' A high school football coach has been accused of telling players to taunt a boy on the opposing team during a game about his lesbian mothers. Duane Greaton, 49, left his position at Gray-New Gloucester High School in Gray, Maine, as a result of the allegations this week. He allegedly instructed the boys on his team to taunt a teenager from Yarmouth High School, their opponents, during their game last Friday. Players said that before the...
  • Predicting the winner of every Week 8 college football game, from Penn State-Michigan to UTSA-Rice

    10/20/2017 5:29:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 2 replies
    SB Nation ^ | October 19, 2017 | Bill Connelly
    Below are picks and projections using the S&P+ projections you can find in full in the Football Study Hall stat profiles. See the bottom of the post for more detail about these. The spread (listed in parentheses) is shown next to S&P+’s pick for each game. When S&P+ predicts a push (a tie with Vegas, basically), I’m listing the pick on the side that S&P+ would’ve picked, if teams could score in decimals. This document breaks games (and S&P+’s season performance to date) out into their decimal glory. There wasn’t just a ton of glory for S&P+ in Week 7....
  • Michael Bennett says Colin Kaepernick resolution needed before more talks with owners

    10/19/2017 11:30:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 79 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 19, 2017 | Brady Henderson
    Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett said that before NFL players and the league can move forward with their conversations about working together on social causes, the issue of Colin Kaepernick's unemployment must be addressed. "I think the first step to even being able to even have a conversation is making sure that Colin Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play in the NFL," Bennett said Wednesday. "I think before we even negotiate anything about whether we sit, whether we stand [during the national anthem], it should be a negotiation about opening up the doors for Colin Kaepernick and giving him...
  • San Antonio Spurs Preach ‘Equality’ Over JumboTron During Pregame Ceremony

    10/19/2017 11:29:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Real Clear Sports ^ | October 18, 2017 | Will Levith
    Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have doubled down on President Trump. Just days after Popovich called the president a “soulless coward” for accusing former presidents of not calling families of fallen soldiers (a complete fabrication, it turns out), before yesterday’s home opener, the team played a video over its scoreboard calling for unity. It was played immediately after players stood for the national anthem, and while it played, players from both the Spurs and visiting Minnesota Timberwolves locked arms, per ESPN. (Former Spurs’ stars Tim Duncan and David Robinson were in attendance and also locked arms with players.)
  • Seahawks DE Michael Bennett: Jerry Jones Threat to Sit Kneelers ‘Reminded Me of the Dred Scott Case’

    10/19/2017 6:08:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 18, 2017 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett compared Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’s decision to sit players who do not stand for the national anthem to the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision. “It reminded me of the Dred Scott case: You’re property, so you don’t have the ability to be a person first,” Bennett told reporters Wednesday. “I think that in this generation, I think that sends the wrong message to young kids and young people all across the world that your employer doesn’t see you as a human being, they see you as a piece of property, and if that’s...
  • Aaron Hernandez's estate sues NFL helmet manufacturer for his 'horrendous existence' [tr]

    10/19/2017 4:52:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 19, 2017 | Matthew Wright
    The attorneys for Aaron Hernandez have refiled their case against the NFL and its former helmet manufacturer, saying the New England Patriots player suffered a 'horrendous existence.' An 86-page civil complaint was filed on Monday at the Norfolk Superior Court in Dedham, Massachusetts. It claimed that the NFL and Riddell - based in Illinois - were liable for the extensive head trauma Hernandez suffered which ultimately lead to him having CTE.
  • Bush's Super Bowl Socks to Be Auctioned by Catholic Diocese

    10/18/2017 3:53:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    KOB4 ^ | October 18, 2017
    The New England Patriots may have left Super Bowl LI with the Lombardi Trophy, but someone else is going home with presidential socks. Former Republican President George H.W. Bush is giving a pair of socks he wore to the Super Bowl to a Roman Catholic Diocese in Maine so they can be auctioned off. Bush wore the red, white and blue socks while performing the ceremonial coin toss with his wife Barbara Bush at Super Bowl LI in February.
  • League Championship Series off to good starts on FS1/Fox and TBS

    10/18/2017 3:23:06 PM PDT · by seastay · 6 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | 10-16-2017 | Ken Fang
    With teams from four top ten local TV markets (New York #1, LA #2, Chicago #3 and Houston #7), MLB’s TV partners are seeing good numbers for the American League and National League Championship Series. Even though Fox Sports did not get its dream scenario of Red Sox-Yankees in the American League, it’s still riding a New York wave from the first two ALCS games. Game 1 on FS1 in primetime averaged almost 6.2 million viewers, up 50% from last year’s Toronto-Cleveland Game 1 on TBS, which drew 4.1 million. One big caveat from last year is that Toronto doesn’t...
  • This 9-Year-Old Completed Thru-Hiking's Triple Crown

    10/18/2017 2:31:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Outside ^ | Oct 16, 2017 | Jonathon Olivier
    Christian Thomas, aka Buddy Backpacker, finished the Continental Divide Trail on September 18, becoming the youngest person to complete all three of the nation's longest hiking trailsn September 18, nine-year-old Christian Thomas stood in front of Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park with his parents, Andrea Rego and Dion Pagonis. The family from Crested Butte, Colorado, had just finished a 1,200-mile section hike of the Continental Divide Trail, the last leg on their journey to say they officially walked its length. Having finished both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail in 2014, this was the third long-distance...
  • The ‘Worst Game’ in NFL History Was the Best Game Lawrence Taylor Ever Played

    10/18/2017 9:01:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    SI ^ | October 18, 2017 | Ben Baskin
    Brian McClure was sitting in the quarterbacks meeting room, running through the Bills’ game plan on Wednesday, October 14, 1987— exactly 30 years ago this week. It was nearing the end of the NFL players’ strike, but in four days McClure, Buffalo’s replacement QB, was set to make his first professional start, against the Giants. Then a coach came bursting through the doors breathless, with an update. Lawrence Taylor, the Lawrence Taylor, had just crossed the picket line. Yes, the coach said after the inevitable follow-up question. Taylor would be suiting up on Sunday. In that moment, two words came...
  • Report: Rick Pitino Files Lawsuit Against Adidas

    10/18/2017 7:49:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    SI ^ | October 17, 2017 | Daniel Rapaport
    Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has filed lawsuits against Adidas America, Inc. and Adidas North America, Inc. claiming damages caused by the company's bribing of recruits, reports ESPN's Jay Bilas. The crux of Pitino's lawsuit is the coach's assertion that he had no knowledge of Adidas' alleged bribes, and the their corrupt activity resulted in his firing, which was made official Monday.
  • NFL ratings continue fall, latest Nielsen numbers show

    10/18/2017 6:28:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 18, 2017 | Darren Rovell
    Through the first six weeks of the NFL season, total viewership of games is down 7.5 percent, compared with the first six weeks of 2016. An average of 15 million people watched games for the first six weeks this year, compared with 16.2 million people through Week 6 last season, according to metrics from Nielsen
  • NFL Announces Plans to ‘Promote Social Change and Address Inequalities in Our Communities’

    10/17/2017 10:17:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 17, 2017 | 3:46 PM EDT | Craig Bannister
    National Football League (NFL) owners, executives, players and union leaders announced Tuesday that they’re making plans to “utilize our platform” to effectuate “social change.” The NFL and NFL Players Association released a joint statement after a meeting Monday that discussed, among other things, players’ National Anthem protests at games. The statement declares their joint plans to use the NFL’s platform to change society and “address inequalities in our communities.” […] On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell used his platform to promote Senate legislation. Goodell and Seattle Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin issued a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck...
  • Monday Night Football ratings hit season low as NFL owners meet in New York to address...

    10/17/2017 7:48:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | October 17 2017 | Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Matthew Wright For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Monday Night Football ratings hit season low as NFL owners meet in New York to address ongoing controversy surrounding players protesting during the national anthem The Tennessee Titans won their Week 6 game against the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, but the real losers may be ESPN and the NFL, which suffered through the lowest-rated 'Monday Night Football' game of the season. MNF, which is broadcast by ESPN, had been losing viewers throughout the season, but Monday’s 6.1 rating in metered markets was its lowest of the 2017 season, according toDeadline.com. (In other words: 6.1 percent of households in...
  • Read the Congressional Black Caucus’ letter to the NFL about police brutality

    10/17/2017 1:29:32 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    SB Nation ^ | October 16, 2017 | Tyler Tynes
    Cedric Richmond, a New Orleanian Democrat and head of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent the National Football League a letter Monday morning urging team owners to consider the stances of protesting black players in terms of patriotism and combating police brutality.
  • ‘Monday Night Football’ Ratings Fall To Season Low As Titans Break Colts’ Streak

    10/17/2017 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    deadline.com ^ | October 17, 2017 7:01am | by Dominic Patten
    It felt like a little bit of history was being made on Monday Night Football as the Tennessee Titans finally snapped their streak of 11 consecutive losses to the Indianapolis Colts. However, as social media sparked with ESPN not showing the playing of the national anthem, another type of history was also being made: Last night’s primetime broadcast of the Titans’ 36-22 victory stumbled to a season low with a 6.1 in metered market results. In a season stained by overall ratings declines and political controversy, that NFL Week 6 rating is down 13% from the early numbers of the...
  • Hannah Mouncey's (had his) AFLW draft application rejected

    10/17/2017 8:24:29 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    sporting news ^ | October 17, 2017 | Tom Naghten
    Transgender footballer Hannah Mouncey's application for the AFLW draft has been rejected. Mouncey, who played for Ainslie in the AFL Canberra women's competition, was denied on the grounds that the physical disparity would give her an unfair advantage. "The AFL has made a decision that the physical disparity between Hannah and other AFLW players is significant, in that it would have an effect on the AFLW competition and give rise to an unreasonable advantage," an AFL statement read. "The subcommittee’s decision took into account the stage of maturity of the AFLW competition, its current player cohort and Ms Mouncey’s individual...
  • Colin Kaepernick reportedly filed collusion grievance after Titans snubbed him

    10/17/2017 5:21:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 16, 2017 | Ryan Wilson
    Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in the offseason and has been a free agent ever since -- even though he said last month that he's "ready now" to play in the NFL. Depending on who you ask, Kaepernick's fate isn't about him being blackballed for kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest social injustice, but is simply a function of poor play in recent years.
  • Mandatory Title: NFL LIVE THREAD Week 7

    10/17/2017 3:43:19 AM PDT · by Bender2 · 38 replies
    Mandatory Title: NFL LIVE THREAD Week 7 Thursday, Oct 19, 2017 Kansas City at Oakland 8:25 pm CBS Oakland Coliseum Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 Arizona at L.A. Rams 1:00 pm FOX Twickenham Stadium Baltimore at Minnesota 1:00 pm CBS U.S. Bank Stadium Carolina at Chicago 1:00 pm FOX Soldier Field Jacksonville at Indianapolis 1:00 pm CBS Lucas Oil Stadium New Orleans at Green Bay 1:00 p FOX Lambeau Field N.Y. Jets at Miami 1:00 pm FOX Hard Rock Stadium Tampa Bay at Buffalo 1:00 pm FOX New Era Field Tennessee at Cleveland 1:00 pm CBS FirstEnergy Stadium Dallas at San...
  • Sean Payton: 'Misunderstanding' when fans booed during moment of silence

    10/16/2017 5:15:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 28 replies
    http://www.nola.com/ ^ | 10/16/17 | Josh Katzenstein
    Before the New Orleans Saints' victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, there was a peculiar moment leading up to the national anthem at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In the Saints' previous game, a Week 4 win over the Miami Dolphins in London, the entire team kneeled before the anthem and then stood during the song. Some players were kneeling again before the anthem on Sunday -- before the flag was even unraveled -- and many fans booed the choice. What made the situation so odd on Sunday was the timing. The Superdome public address announcer requested a moment of silence...