Monthly Archives: April 2017

Giancarlo Stanton hit his first two homers of the 2017 season on Wednesday

The NBA postseason begins with four games, and we’ll keep track for you the whole way. So far, Cleveland nearly fell to Indiana, while the Bucks made a big statement in Toronto. San Antonio dominated the third quarter to rout Memphis after a tight first half.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his first two homers of the 2017 season on Wednesday, and a fan went jumping into the outfield pool at Marlins Park to retrieve the second of those as a souvenir.

Speaking of extreme starts to the year, Michael Baumann looks at the Blue Jays and Diamondbacks and wonders when it’s no longer too early to panic or plan for the playoffs.

The Cubs received their World Series rings, and they cost $70,000 each. Hey, when you went over a century without a win, you know you have to make the ring you get count.

Mack was selected with the No. 2 pick by the Rams, and never missed a game over a brilliant, 184-game career. The guard made 11 Pro Bowls in 13 seasons and is the definition of a dependable offensive linemen. He set a high standard for other Michigan offensive linemen to follow.

Stephenson probably isn’t going to keep playing like this — but who knows?!

You probably know that Stephenson played his first four seasons in Indiana, taking a key role in his final year there when he played 35 minutes and was an instrumental part of the Pacers’ 2013-14 team that won the Eastern Conference.

Since that moment, Stephenson has averaged 8.1 points on a terrible 48 percent True Shooting Percentage with six different teams. The most recent one is Indiana, who picked him up with seven games left in the season. Despite having one solid game, Stephenson hasn’t really been all that good — he scored double digits only once in the six games he played, with just 41 percent shooting.

For Steelers’ Dan Rooney, father’s footsteps were not too big to fill

Saying that the Rooney name has always been attached to the Pittsburgh Steelers doesnt say enough. The Rooney name was there before the Steelers name was — the team that Art Rooney founded in 1933 was named the Pirates, just like the baseball team. They became the Steelers in 1936.

That Antetokounmpo is 611, and has his absurd wingspan, and has smooth athleticism, and can dribble like a guard, all adds up to a player that the NBA really has never encountered before. Weve seen big men who dribble, or ones who can jump out of the gym, or ones that have arms that stretch into the cosmos — just never all three at once. Antetokounmpo is a true unicorn, and hes 22 years old.

The Royals of 2018 will not resemble the Royals of 2015. The three offseasons that will have separated them might as well be geological epochs, slowly but dramatically reshaping the landscape. The beloved championship team will be remembered in T-shirts and posters, bobbleheads and Blu-rays.

And there Alex Gordon will be, waving.

Authentic Mens Joe Thomas Jersey This is the offseason of reckoning for the Royals, with Eric Hosmer, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, and Jason Vargas free agents to-be. Maybe I didnt need to italicize the and on that last sentence, but you get the point. If the era of contending Royals baseball is going to continue, its going to look a lot different.
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Jaguars eying Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman

Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman recently has emerged as a hot name in the 2017 NFL Draft and has had a number of private workouts with teams. They’ll continue early this week.

Limited Mens Ryan Succop Jersey Peterman will work out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday, a source tells Sporting News. Want to reflect on a time when Belichick absolutely botched a draft day trade? Then 2006 is the year for you. New England sent its second-round pick and the third-rounder it had acquired from the Ravens the year prior to Green Bay for the 36th overall pick. The Patriots grabbed Florida wideout Chad Jackson with their choice. The Packers took Greg Jennings and Jason Spitz. Spitz spent three years as a starting offensive lineman in Wisconsin, while Jennings caught 53 touchdown passes in seven seasons with the franchise.

A graduate transfer from Tennessee, Petermans two years at Pitt saw him play in 26 games with 24 starts. Last season, he threw for 2,855 yards with 27 touchdowns and led the ACC in passing efficiency.

Peterman during Senior Bowl practices showed good arm strength and accuracy. He also showcased his ability to get out of the pocket, not a surprise to Pitt fans who saw him become the teams third leading rusher last year.
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Jaguars executive Tom Coughlin hasnt ruled out drafting a quarterback this year, and his comments throughout the offseason have not exactly been ringing endorsements of incumbent starter Blake Bortles.

Easter Bunny viciously attacks President Roosevelt during fun run in Washington, D.C.

Fans in attendance were stunned to witness the brazen attack and questions are being raised about the quality of ballpark security, who seemed unmoved to intervene and apprehend the bunny.
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The attribute those in hockey want most this time of year is experience. Experience is what gets teams over the edge. Experience is what helps teams get through tough times in a playoff series. Experience is what helps a team close out a series.
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That’s the theory anyway. Analysts have noted that this isn’t the first time Roosevelt has been attacked by an anthropomorphized rabbit. In 2015, a similar bunny leaped off a table and tackled Teddy from behind, allowing William Howard Taft to seize victory.

National security advisers are currently trying to ascertain if this latest bunny attack was perpetrated by the same member of the Leporidae family, or whether these are two rabbits driven by a dark desire to topple the 26th president of the United States.

So far, it’s been a tough go for experience.

This weekend saw the young, highly skilled and fearless Toronto Maple Leafs beat the favored Washington Capitals in a Game 2 thriller that went to double overtime. This weekend saw the experienced San Jose Sharks blink first in a scoreless game against the Edmonton Oilers, with Zack Kassian scoring the game’s only goal in the third period, opening a 2-1 series lead for the Oilers.

There’s only 1 great choice for NBA Coach of the Year

Every NBA award will be controversial this season. For some awards, this is the case every year. But the tight MVP race, the bizarre Rookie of the Year contest, and the always-confusing Most Improved Player battle should all bring out the knives.

And I bet at least one of them is shared by a lot of you dear readers. For the sake of catharsis, let’s go through each of them together. A little international hockey “Stages of Grief” forced upon us by the owners of the teams you love to root for.

A win-and-you’re-in game. For all the marbles. Season, division title, and a playoff spot were all on the line. Romo went 21-of-39 for 183 yards and put up a 55.8 passer rating. Longest pass of the game was from Witten to Owens and to this very day I still don’t think that was a drawn up play. Dallas got its ass WHUPPED. 44-6.

Favre-led Vikes steamroll the Cowboys 34-3 and for the second season in a row, Dallas gets sent home with Romo failing to lead his offense to a touchdown or hit 200 yards passing.

The Hawks’ amazing comeback to beat Cleveland also put them in the driver’s seat to secure the No. 5 seed. The Bucks must win out and hope the Hawks lose out to flip the standings.

Current tiebreaker: The Hawks-Bucks head-to-head is 2-2, but Atlanta will have the better conference record, so they in effect have a two-game lead.

Lillard’s second half surge has been instrumental to Portland’s postseason recovery, and this win should solidify their recovery of the No. 8 seed from Denver. The win puts them up by two in the win column, and the Nuggets would have to at least win two of their final three games.

Utah, with Defensive Player of the Year candidate , is also one of the league’s best defenses, making this even more impressive.

Tony Romo said ‘never say never,’ and 5 other ways he didn’t rule out a possible return to the NFL

Tony Romo held an introductory press conference over the phone with Chairman of CBS Sports Sean McManus on Tuesday afternoon. It came less than a couple of hours after he was formally announced as the network’s new lead NFL game analyst.

While on the phone with reporters, Romo answered questions about the Houston Texans, which was one of the teams most often considered as a landing spot for him, as well as whether or not he was fully retired from football.

The Cowboys had varying levels of success with Romo under center. In three seasons, he led the team to 11 wins or more, and in four others, the team won just eight with him as QB. The Cowboys came close in the 2014 NFC Divisional round but ultimately fell short.

Jernigan, 24, was a second-round pick in 2014 and mostly contributed as a rotational player before stepping in as a full-time starter for Baltimore in 2016. With 2017 serving as the last year on his contract and the Ravens recently giving Brandon Williams a five-year, $54 million deal, Jernigan was almost certainly entering his final season in Baltimore.
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Elite Womens Luca Sbisa Jersey That made him an expendable piece for a team that didn’t see Jernigan as crucial to the its defensive success. It also gives the Ravens a pair of early third-round selections, setting up for a big draft for a team that needs help on offense and in its secondary.

In Philadelphia, Jernigan may be a better fit where he’ll pair with Fletcher Cox on the interior of the Eagles defensive line. Cox earned Pro Bowl nods in each of the last two season with 16 sacks over the span, and that could serve to bolster the play of Jernigan who is a stout run defender and has 14 career sacks over three years.

With Bennie Logan leaving to join the Kansas City Chiefs, the Eagles now have a replacement to fill out the defensive line for the 2017 season.

We’re going to assume that all three of Oregon’s top players are heading to the league

When Sir Sandford Fleming proposed worldwide time zones in 1879, the Scottish-Canadian inventor probably wasn’t thinking of sports. Fast-forward 138 years and this is a serious concern. Each region had its own pros and cons, which means it’s time to finally settle the argument: Which time zone is the best for watching sports?

For the purposes of this argument, we’re going to be focusing on the six U.S. time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Western, Hawaii, and Alaska. Here are our final rankings after much discussion:

Authentic Womens Johan Franzen Jersey We’re going to assume that all three of Oregon’s top players are heading to the league, and hand the final spot in these rankings to another Pac-12 that will be searching for a way to reload. Steve Alford brings in another loaded recruiting class, but it doesn’t include a player anywhere near as transformative as Lonzo Ball was. Still, if Aaron Holiday chooses to stick around, the Bruins should be back in the tournament with a respectable seed.

Tom Izzo’s not going to let his program go through another season like the one it just endured, even if was injury-riddled and somewhat saved near the end. With Miles Bridges about to be a lottery pick, the biggest issue for Michigan State is going to be finding at least one bona-fide star out of a large group of players who have been solid, but not spectacular so far in their careers.

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Jets vs. Bills 2017 game preview: Rushing and defense keys for Empire State showdown

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The Bills, meanwhile, are in the division’s cellar at 3-7 and are coming off three consecutive losses, including last week’s 23-10 defeat to Pittsburgh.

This pick started to become popular a couple of weeks ago, and it does make some sense. As a tight end, Howard grades out better than any player at the position in the past several years. He can do everything, and would give the Jacksonville offense a terrific security blanket.