Month: June 2017

Sports media punches Odell Beckham Jr., abandons his ship of fools

The sports media is abandoning ship on Odell Beckham Jr.

With Beckham dropping three passes, including a possible TD, in the Giants’ 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers, the media narrative on him is shifting from new Jerry Rice to cancerous, team-destroying Terrell Owens.

I would advise Beckham and other Giants receivers who spent their day off on that boat in Miami to turn off their TVs and radios and not read the papers today.

Because the media pack is in full cry. Their target is Beckham. Not the other receivers on his ship of fools.

Against the Giants, Rodgers kept a play alive for nine seconds before drifting to his left and firing to Davante Adams. The Packers receivers are so skilled in the scramble drill and Adams gave Rodgers just enough of a window to get the ball past cornerback Coty Sensabaugh.

The Cowboys sacked Rodgers once in their October victory. Surprisingly it came Cheap International Soccer Jerseys on a three-man rush late. Benson Mayowa, Ryan Davis and David Irving did a good job of keeping Rodgers in the pocket. Irving powered through the double-team of center JC Tretter and guard T.J. Lang to get to Rodgers and create a fumble.

Two of the Cowboysbest defensive efforts came in Week 14 and 15 against the Giants Cheap Hockey Jerseys Youth and Buccaneers. While the Giants handed the Cowboys a 10-7 loss Dec. 11, New York had just 260 yards of offense.

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NFL conference championships: Patriots, Falcons betting favorites

The home teams in the NFL’s conference championship games are favored to advance to Super Bowl 51.

The Patriots are six-point favorites over the Steelers in the AFC game (6:40 p.m. ET, CBS), according to The Falcons are a four-point choice over Aaron Rodgers and the red-hot Packers in the NFC game (3:05 p.m. ET, Fox).

Home favorites were 6-0 against the spread in the 2017 NFL playoffs prior to Sunday, when the Packers (+5) and Steelers (+2) won outright as road underdogs.

The woman who accused Elliott of abusing her in July in Cheap Goalie Jerseys Soccer Columbus, Ohio, also alleged the two were involved in a previous physical altercation. She called police on Feb. 12 when the two were in South Florida, where Elliott was training for the NFL Draft. Elliott was not arrested and, according to the incident report, the officers saw no signs of injury before the accuser declined to go to the hospital.

Elliott has maintained his innocence and says he’s been compliant with investigators. Cowboys Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys owner Jerry Jones also isn’t concerned with the ongoing league investigation.

The league doesn’t expect any resolution will be reached before the season ends, so any potential discipline for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy would be for the 2017 season.

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NFL requests more information from Ezekiel Elliott regarding assault accusations

Ezekiel Elliott isn’t out of the woods yet.

The NFL has requested more information from the Cowboys running back regarding the assault accusations made by his ex-girlfriend in July, ESPN reported Sunday.

According to the report, the league submitted a series of follow-up questions Cheap European Soccer Jerseys to the rookie in the last month and he is still in the process of responding to them.

The top-seeded Pats covered a 16.5-point spread Saturday in their AFC divisional round victory over the Texans. They’ll have a much tougher task vs. the No. 3 Steelers, who advanced to the title game Sunday with an 18-16 victory in Kansas City.

The Falcons, the NFC’s No. 2 seed, had little trouble covering their number (-6.5) against the Seahawks. The fourth-seeded Packers moved to 2-0 ATS in the postseason Sunday with a 34-31 win over the Cowboys in the best game of the 2017 NFL playoffs.

The over-under totals indicate next weekend’s games could be high-scoring affairs. The Cheap Football Practice Jerseys Packers-Falcons game at the Georgia Dome has a total of 60, one of the largest O/U numbers of the season. Steelers-Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., has a total of 50.

Both games are rematches from the regular season, and the over-under was 1-1 in those contests. The Falcons (-3) edged the Packers 33-32 (OVER 51) in Atlanta in Week 8. The Patriots (-7.5) topped the Steelers 27-16 (UNDER 49.5) in Pittsburgh in Week 7. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger missed the game because of a knee injury.

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Roger Goodell called ‘fraud,’ ‘coward’ by ex-Pats after tweet from Kansas City

It just took us honestly a few days to understand where he’s going to hit the hole and what he’s looking for, Packers center Corey Linsley said. Being in communication with him, telling him and giving him advice, he’s been very receptive to that.

The biggest thing is communication, all the time. Letting him know what we’re doing up front and him being able to adjust his vision or plan off that.

But even when the play design, his blocking or his own vision fails him, Montgomery is elusive enough to make defenders miss in the backfield. He rarely loses yards on rushing attempts.

Roger Goodell is in Kansas City for Sunday night’s AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs. If the NFL commissioner wants to watch the winner in the AFC championship game next weekend (and if he doesn’t want to return to Atlanta for the NFC title game), he’ll have to go to Foxborough.

Goodell was tight with Patriots owner Robert Kraft, but that’s up for debate after Goodell, after more than a year of ham-handedness, suspended Tom Brady four games for Deflategate (never mind the Pats went 3-1 in that span this season). Put it this way: It wouldn’t be a shock if the owner’s suite is closed to the commish.

Just before halftime: probably too early to say game over, especially knowing Aaron Rodgers’ capabilities. But Julio Jones’ receiving touchdown with three seconds to play in the first half felt like an early dagger, especially since it came after a dropped interception in the end zone. Jones’ five-yard grab capped a nine-play drive after Rodgers’ interception, and the Falcons made it look easy. The Packers were Cheap Dog Jerseys in Cheap Eagles Jerseys big trouble going into the break. 24-0, Falcons.

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank breaks out awkward dance in locker room

Arthur Blank should probably stick to his day job.

After all, it’s working pretty well for the Falcons owner, considering his team is one win away from representing the NFC in Super Bowl 51 after upending the Seahawks. While his team looked Cheap Bruins Jerseys great, his dancing skills are something he should definitely work on this offseason.

All things considered, it’s awesome to see Blank celebrating with a jubilant Falcons team. Hopefully he gives us a few more of these jewels this season, and if not, maybe next.

Brady led the Patriots to their first Super Bowl victory in 2001 and has been the Super Bowl MVP Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys three times to go with two league MVP awards. He credited New England’s sustained success to ‘mental toughness.’

‘We’ve won a lot of different ways under a lot of different circumstances,’ said Brady, who missed the first four games of the 2016 season only to watch the Patriots go 3-1 in his absence.

‘It doesn’t happen overnight,’ Belichick said this week. ‘There’s no switch that you can flip. It comes through a lot of hard work, a lot of meetings, a lot of communication on how we’re going to do things and then a lot of on the field execution at actually doing them at a good competitive level so that we can gain confidence in each other as a unit as to how that’s going to happen in a live game situation.

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Jeremy Maclin could once again play alongside LeSean McCoy if he signs with Bills

Jeremy Maclin is looking for a place to land after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday. Maclin’s former teammate with the Philadelphia Eagles, LeSean McCoy, is lobbying for Maclin to join him in Buffalo, and the Bills are reportedly on board with the idea, too.

The tight end returned amid chatter of possible retirement to play all 16 games Cheap Jerseys MLB China in 2016 and rack up 86 receptions for 729 yards with two touchdowns. But the hip injury suffered Friday could derail Pitta’s career once again:

According to the Ravens, the injury was suffered without contact. Pitta stretched to make a catch, went to the turf, but couldn’t put weight on his leg when he attempted to stand back up. While the team hasn’t revealed the severity of the injury yet, the reaction from reporters and teammates has been solemn:

“I am not getting as many questions about my hip,” Pitta said just last week, via “I feel good. I got to have a full offseason of just normal preparation. It feels good – feeling healthy.”

Losing Pitta is a terrible end to an already bad week for the Ravens, after the team Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal lost cornerback Tavon Young to a torn ACL on Thursday. Wide receiver Michael Campanaro, defensive lineman Carl Davis, and cornerback Sheldon Price are also dealing with injuries suffered during OTAs.

The Ravens signed tight end Benjamin Watson to a two-year deal in 2016 but lost him last year to a torn Achilles in preseason. If Baltimore is without Pitta, the team will have to turn to Watson, Crockett Gillmore, and Maxx Williams to step up at tight end.

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Mike Zimmer returns to work after recovering from 8th eye surgery

After missing two weeks to recover from eye surgery, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer returns to work on his 61st birthday, according to the team’s Twitter page.

It took eight different eye surgeries to repair a detached retina that Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer suffered during the 2016 season. On May 22, the team announced that Zimmer will be taking some time away during OTAs to fully recover.

“As the Vikings begin OTA practices, Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to recovering from eye surgery and restoring his health,” the statement from general manager Rick Spielman read. “We all agree Mike’s health is the priority and we believe rest and recovery are in his best interest for the long term. We anticipate Mike back on the field in a few weeks.”

“When I left Kansas City, I was still at the top. It’s just the injuries,” Charles said. “So as long as I can control the injuries — and you really can’t control it — the best thing to do is just wish for good luck.”

Charles tore his ACL in 2015 and then hurt the same knee the following year, ending a prolific career in Kansas City where he rushed for 7,260 yards.

However, it’s unlikely that the Broncos will lean on Charles to carry a heavy workload, at Cheap Jerseys In UK least not right away. It’s more likely that it will be a running back by committee situation, with Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys Charles splitting carries with the young players he wants to help develop.

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Bill Belichick addresses Tom Brady concussion story, stays true to form

When Patriots coach Bill Belichick spoke with media last month, about a week after Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bündchen, revealed the New England quarterback may or may not have played through an unreported concussion last season, reporters were criticized for failing to ask questions about Bündchen’s comments.

On Tuesday, before the first practice of New England’s mandatory minicamp, ESPN’s Mike Reiss finally brought up the Brady concussion story with Belichick.

“Is it something that can be negative to the health of our players? Listen, you’re ingesting smoke, so that’s not usually a very positive thing that people would say,” Goodell said. “It does have an addictive nature. There are a lot of compounds in marijuana that may not be healthy for the players long-term. All of those things have to be considered.

“It’s not as simple as someone just wants to feel better after a game. We really want to help our players in that circumstance, but I want to make sure that the negative Cheap Elite NFL Jerseys consequences aren’t something that we’ll be held accountable for some years down the road.”

The NFL and NFLPA did agree on a revamped substances-of-abuse policy in 2014 that lessened punishment for failed marijuana tests.

It now takes four positive tests to trigger a four-game suspension as opposed Cheap Football Jerseys to three games under the previous rules. The threshold that can trigger a positive test also was slightly raised, and fines were lessened.

Atallah, though, said the NFLPA would like even more leeway for its members.

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Buccaneers QB Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t the backup yet, Dirk Koetter says

We could dissect a summer quarterback competition between Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg, but let’s be honest. There’s no point.

Instead, take a quick detour and check out our 2018 mock draft, in which the Jets finally solve their longstanding QB issue. That’s where the team appears to be looking, after all.

As for New York’s current QBs, McCown has the best chance to win the starting job for Week 1 due in part to his familiarity with new quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. In addition, McCown’s experience presumably helps in a new offense predicated on quick passes as part of an effort to cut down on turnovers. The veteran stopgap reportedly has been getting the most first-team reps at OTAs.

Even if McCown begins the season as the No. 1, don’t be surprised if Petty and Hackenberg get some starts later in the year just for the hell of it.

Will Ryan Fitzpatrick be the second-in-command quarterback for the Buccaneers? Not so fast, coach Dirk Koetter said.

“Not necessarily,” Koetter said to reporters on whether Fitzpatrick is guaranteed the backup position. “He’s got the experience factor, that’s for sure, but Ryan Griffin’s had a really good offseason. He’s throwing the ball tremendous.

“We’ll see how it plays out. We love Fitzpatrick’s experience. He’s been here three Wholesale Jerseys Cheap weeks where Griffin’s been here two-and-a-half years. That’s another good battle.”

Fitzpatrick signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Buccaneers last Very Cheap Jerseys month after he was released from the Jets. Considering Fitzpatrick has 12 NFL seasons under his belt, it was assumed he would be behind Jameis Winston on the depth chart.

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Aldon Smith likely done with Raiders if police probe moves forward

Aldon Smith’s latest legal issues could end his tenure with the Raiders.

The linebacker is under investigation by San Francisco police after a possible domestic incident last weekend, reported Monday. SN’s Alex Marvez notes the Raiders have a zero-tolerance policy with regard to domestic violence. If police find reason to believe Smith committed a crime, the team would likely cut ties with Smith soon after.

“The rules regarding the [negotiating list] are outlined in our by-laws,” a league official said. “A team has exclusive rights to a player on their [negotiating list]. Therefore that player could not be Cheap Infant NFL Jerseys contacted by, worked out by, or negotiate with another club unless consent is given.”

When asked about working out Manziel, Roughriders president and CEO Craig Reynolds declined to comment. However, coach and general manager Chris Jones said the team did not work out Manziel.

The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner went to rehab last month and said multiple times he was intent on playing football again. Given his antics during his time with the Browns, the 24-year-old might have to prove he is serious about playing with a detour to Canada.

In his 13th NHL season, Joe Sakic earned his first Hart Trophy while setting a career high in goals. He also led the league in plus-minus (+45) and game-winning scores. Though Brodeur’s stellar numbers didn’t approach his best statistical season, he led the league in wins and finished third in Vezina Trophy voting. Sakic scored on Brodeur four times over a seven-game Stanley Cup series to earn his second career Cup title.

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