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There are two big issues the supposed fix doesn’t address. One, the Patriots easily could be 0-4 in Super Bowls since Spygate.

“A perfect storm of issues” led to Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler being benched for Super Bowl 52, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday evening.

Butler, who because of illness arrived in Minneapolis a day after the rest of the Patriots, apparently didn’t practice well and, in a final complicating factor, violated a team rule “believed to be related to curfew,” according to the report.

Teams and coaches have always embraced the underdog role. The Eagles and Pederson brought it to a new level, as the team was motivated by the disrespect shown by oddsmakers who had the sixth-seeded Falcons and then the Vikings favored over the top-seeded Eagles.

The dog masks were a cute prop, but they sent a message of how the team and the proud city of Philadelphia felt when they were written off as injuries mounted. Besides Wentz, the Eagles lost All-Pro tackle Jason Peters, middle linebacker (and defensive signal caller) Jordan Hicks, elusive running back Darren Sproles, special teams captain Nick Maragos and kicker Caleb Sturgis.

They lost twice to the Giants, and unless you believe Seattle’s Russell Wilson intentionally tossed an interception at the goal line and Atlanta offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan threw the game with play-calling, there is no cheat code for those New England victories. Had the Patriots lost those two games, the narrative around Belichick and Brady would be a hell of a lot different.

Two, there is never a good explanation for the entanglements within Goodell’s web. Does Goodell instruct officials not to call penalties on the Patriots? Do Belichick and Brady have knowledge of the situation? Is a ref patting Brady on the shoulder indicative of a league-wide conspiracy that if uncovered would destroy the NFL? If such conspiracy existed, millions would never watch again.bills_028

Bennett said he has remained in touch with Kaepernick on a weekly basis and wants to see Kaepernick signed by an NFL team.

“I’m hoping he has an opportunity to play,” Bennett said. “Obviously I believe that he’s had an impact in the country. You see what he started, taking a knee, and how he’s affected the communities from young children to even older Americans and finding a way to have an impact. I believe that if this conversation is happening with the commissioner and happening with our employers, his job situation should be brought up and it should have some kind of resolution.”

Bennett was among a group of eight Seahawks players in uniform who sat on the bench on the team’s sideline during the anthem Sunday. He said the status of Kaepernick is not the only issue of concern for the players.

Kenny Stills, WR, Dolphins: Stills is still widely available (owned in 44 percent of ESPN leagues) and while he won’t likely duplicate his 180-yard effort in Week 11 (with a touchdown), he has tallied more than 65 yards in four of the past five weeks and has been outperforming DeVante Parker. Stills has been better with Matt Moore at quarterback, and with Moore looking like he will be starting again in Week 12, that bodes well for Stills. Even if the ailing Cutler (see above) manages to start, Stills still warrants consideration if you’re in need of an WR2 or flex play.

Gruden has made no secret of his interest in Carr, and this is where the Raiders will be on the surest footing. Gruden’s acumen is in getting the most out of quarterbacks — he brought Rich Gannon to the greatest heights of his career and then won a Super Bowl in a season in which he used Brad Johnson, Rob Johnson and Shaun King as starters. And Gruden has surely paid the closest attention to the evolution of offensive play over the years he has been gone.

Hernandez’s professional career was not a long one. He played 44 NFL games, including the playoffs, in three seasons for the Patriots before he was arrested at age 23. He also played in 40 games in three seasons at the University of Florida, but research has found that football players suffer from CTE regardless of how long they play the game or what level they reach. Recent studies suggest that the accumulation of smaller hits can damage the brain as much — if not more — as the head-rattling collisions that might result in concussions.

Bradley talks frequently about focusing only on what he can control.

He started to learn that years ago, when his career kicked off amid accusations of nepotism. He can’t change what people think. He can only learn, regroup and do his best. And there’s no way at this point he can soothe the hurt south of the border.

“I don’t spend two seconds worrying about any of this stuff. I leave that to everybody on the outside to comment on, to discuss. Ultimately it’s noise—needless noise—distraction,” he told reporters following the game at Red Bull Arena.

What he can do Saturday is help ease the pain from TFC’s loss in last year’s final, bringing a championship to a city that’s rarely, if ever, been ambivalent about him. He’s appreciated and adored, and he aims to return the favor.

I want to be the ace.” Stroman, 24, is only 5-foot-8, but he is a high-performance pitcher peak condition.As as he’s got body feeling great and I can train hard during the offseason and I still the game, I am going to come back and play as hard as I can.Moving to plays beyond the dunk, his scoring percentages dipped to a mere 58% from the field, but he led the team with a 15 per game scoring average.

Bet on it. The NFL, traditionally opposed to gambling as a threat to the game’s integrity, is certainly “evolving” on this issue. The league has embraced fantasy, invested in gaming integrity companies and now, of course, allowed the Raiders to move to the country’s gambling epicenter, Las Vegas. Meanwhile on the legal front the league is fighting the implementation of sports betting in New Jersey in the U.S. Supreme Court. Having attended the Court hearing this month, I predict a favorable outcome for New Jersey, which would set the stage for other states to jump in and permit sports betting. Along with other leagues, however, the NFL could continue to lobby for a federal solution. The clock is running, with a game-changing SCOTUS decision due in the spring. We are certainly at a moment in time for the NFL and gambling.

The financial future of quarterbacks such as Jimmy Garoppolo (I still don’t understand why the 49ers didn’t negotiate a contract upon the trade), Case Keenum, Kirk Cousins and perhaps Alex Smith. And, of course, Colin Kaepernick.

Whether, with leadership of the NFL and NFLPA secured for the future, there will be meaningful negotiations towards a new CBA.

He ranked 35th amongst all tackles Pass Blocking Efficiency on; not good, but not awful.I had no clue .Puck retreived by Cammalleri.

Pavel is a player who defined what it meant to be a skilled forward and a two-way player.He recorded 135 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven interceptions during that stretch.The Packer fans I know uncle and friends can actually have a civilized discussion about how we think the Vikings and Packers do each year.

The Raiders held on to defeat the Dolphins 27-24 in Miami on Sunday night.

The Dolphins scored a touchdown and followed with a successful two-point conversion to cut the margin to three in the final two minutes, but Oakland recovered the ensuing onside kick and ran out the clock to secure the victory.

After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden indicated that Thompson has a fractured fibula and will require surgery.

Things slowing down for Garoppolo: Jimmy Garoppolo watched the 49ers’ loss from the sideline, with C.J. Beathard somehow surviving a game in which he was sacked five times and hit on 16 occasions. Asked about his first week as a Niner and his adjustment to the playbook, Garoppolo said: “It was a bit of a whirlwind, but it’s starting to slow down, though.” Given the 49ers’ porous offensive line, Kyle Shanahan may be hesitant to put Garoppolo in regardless of how quickly he adapts.

The Seahawks got shocked by the other team from Washington, as Seattle’s one-dimensional offensive ways caught up to it a bit. On this short week, though, the Seahawks face a secondary that can be shredded. Expect them to shut down Adrian Peterson and rattle Drew Stanton while Russell Wilson rebounds with more big plays and less mistakes.

Texans receiver Will Fuller injured his ribs in Sunday’s 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Patriots special teams captain Matthew Slater (hamstring) left Sunday night’s game against the Broncos and did not return.

The Saints had not have five rushing touchdowns in a game since 1979. They got a franchise-record six in their 47-10 rout of the Bills. Mark Ingram led the way with three scores and 131 rushing yards, but even quarterback Drew Brees ran one in from 7 yards out. nike_steelers_3449


Saints control NFC South, but Panthers, Falcons in position to steal division

The NFC South was touted by some as the best division in the NFL before the 2017 season. It has been even stronger than expected, with the potential of three teams from the division making the playoffs. Consider that after Week 10, New Orleans, Carolina and Atlanta have a combined points differential of plus-154.

“It is different,” Fox said. “His brother [LaMelo] is the most famous high school player ever.”

Walters is less impressed.

“I don’t think anyone takes [Big Baller Brand] really seriously,” he said. “Have they sold shoes more than to curious people? I have friends that have sold that much on their own.”

In turn, the Jaguars can be put even in more control of game flow, meaning Bortles can improve as a better “game manager” than Peyton Manning was when the Broncos won it all going defense-heavy just two seasons ago.

From introducing a $495 signature sneaker to changing his shoes – and brand – every game at summer league, Lonzo Ball’s entry into the signature sneaker market is like nothing we’ve ever seen. What does it all mean for the multi-billion dollar industry?

The stars shined bright this week, as Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and LeBron James all rocked special-edition sneakers. But who had the best pair?
Ultimately, there was a familiarity and love for the Swoosh’s sneakers that drove Fox’s decision.nike_steelers_1978

After holding off the Cardinals last Thursday, the Seahawks have a mini-bye before hosting the Falcons on Monday.

“We got some nice 2-point conversions,” said Wentz, who was 14 of 27 for 168 yards. “Now we’ve got to go back to the drawing board with our 2-point plays.”

The Cowboys appeared to have fixed the problems of missing injured left tackle Tyron Smith and 2016 All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee from a week earlier, when they allowed eight sacks of Prescott along with three Atlanta scoring drives following Lee’s injury in a 27-7 loss to the Falcons.

But after protecting Prescott fairly well before halftime, Dallas allowed three sacks and 180 of Philadelphia’s season-high 215 yards rushing in the second half. Lee’s replacement at weakside linebacker, Anthony Hitchens, left with a groin injury after halftime.

Prescott was 18 of 31 for 145 yards for a career-worst 30.4 passer rating before backup Cooper Rush took mop-up duty.

If Del Rio actually calls up (or signs) an actual cornerback this week and plays Melifonwu at safety for the majority of his snaps on Sunday, the rookie will get a chance to show his closing speed and athletic ability against the Broncos… in the high altitude of Denver’s Mile High Stadium.

Hammered by the Steelers last Thursday in one of their worst games of the season, the Titans have had a couple extra days to stew while getting ready for Sunday’s game in Indianapolis.

The Ravens have three shutouts this season and three of the previous four teams to accomplish the feat during that span won the Super Bowl in that season.

The 2017 Chiefs are looking like the 2016 Vikings, who started 5-0 only to miss the playoffs. Kansas City looks to snap its skid Sunday against the Bills.nike_steelers_715

Mark Emmert says public losing confidence in NCAA

The American public is losing confidence in the governance of collegiate athletics, NCAA president Mark Emmert said Monday, creating a significant problem for his organization.

Emmert cited data collected by the NCAA showing that 79 percent of people polled said big schools put money ahead of student-athletes, 69 percent considered those universities more of a problem than the solution, and 51 percent said the NCAA is part of the problem.

“The NCAA members, my staff and those schools have got to get our arms around it fast,” Emmert said. “I don’t think this is some little blip that’s going to go away over time. This is a real question of whether or not the universities and colleges, through the association, can manage their affairs.

“And I don’t think anybody should take it lightly. I’m sure not.”

Beernerdness: While I limp to the finish line of Sober October (29 days down, two to go, and it hasn’t been too bad, thanks to my wife/partner in temperance), I thank all of you for helping fill the column with your beer choices. It’s Nathan Gross of Raleigh, N.C., today: “I am lucky with the sheer number of great breweries in my backyard, but one that has stood out to me is an new-ish brewery in Charlotte, Blue Blaze Brewing.

The beer is really amazing. I’m a hop-head, but Blue Blaze’s Black Blaze Milk Stout really has me hooked. It’s got a coffee-like taste to it that isn’t off-putting and gives it enough depth to make it really interesting, whether you like coffee or even stouts at all. It’s not overly heavy and you can drink more than one in a sitting, which you can’t say about most stouts.” Excellent job, Nathan. Thanks.

Alex Bregman, you can play third base for my team any day. What a defender.flames_112

Lehtonen used to have some of the most innovative pop-culture masks in hockey

Since he won in the Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 car at Kansas, that team will run for the owners championship — likely with Ryan Preece behind the wheel. Bell will be in the JGR No. 20, which also hopes to be among the final four in contention for the owners title.

Bell is used to running in multiple divisions on a weekend, as he has often done it at USAC and other sprint-car events.

There’s really nothing scarier than seeing a mild-mannered, completely average goalie suddenly being devoured by a ghost dinosaur.

Lehtonen used to have some of the most innovative pop-culture masks in hockey, including a beauty that featured The Bride from “Kill Bill” and Lil Jon. This one, which centers around Heath Ledger’s Joker, is his most frightening — in particular when Lehtonen would ask if you’d like to see his disappearing-goalie-stick trick.

But Steve Kerr chose to get cute, and left Javale McGee on the bench even while his team was bleeding points. There was no reason for McGee to play the same number of minutes as Thicc Klay Thompson. Mike Brown would have had JaVale in the game at the very least for offense-defense switches down the stretch. Instead, Ryan Anderson was allowed to roam free to the tune of three offensive rebounds.

It was shocking that McGee didn’t play in the wake of injuries to Green and Andre Iguodala. The Warriors were exposed as a thin team on Tuesday. When Golden State is reduced to playing with only three Hall-of-Famers at a time, the Dubs absolutely crumble under the pressure.

Bottom line: When the game is hanging in the balance, you want a champion on the court. McGee should have been out there.

Bower said he used to be a scratch golfer, and he has won several tournaments and a club championship. He said he has adapted to the committee’s system relativcanadiens_757_597548fd896a91fe-180x180ely easily, “although it took time to get used to the process.” This year, Bower said he is “fine-tuning my routine and applying an extensive amount of data to make sure we make the best decision.”

NFL players, other outraged athletes react to Texans owner Bob McNair’s ‘inmates’ comment

ESPN reported Friday morning that Houston Texans owner Robert McNair made recent comments in which he compared NFL players to prison inmates at an NFL owners meeting in mid-October.

Kerr was also asked his opinion on the Colin Kaepernick situation and ongoing protests during the national anthem in the NFL.

A last-minute pick-six in the Dallas-Washington game also went against the books. With the Cowboys leading 26-19 with 21 seconds to play, Dallas safety Byron Jones returned an interception for a touchdown, pushing the final score over the posted total of 46.5 and causing loud groans in the sportsbook office at the Westgate SuperBook.

“That hurt,” Westgate assistant manager Ed Salmons said. “We needed the under.”

“In tonight’s appearance he saved our butt on numerous occasions,” Carlyle said. “We told him not to accept being here as a backup. We want him to compete. That’s where the competition between the two goaltenders is unique. But it’s a benefit to us if we can have a 1-A and 1-B.”

Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf left the game in the second period with what Carlyle described as an upper-body injury and will be evaluated on Monday.

“I thought (Carolina) had great jump in the second period and that was a hard one to grind out,” said Miller, who had three point-blank saves in the overtime. “We were able to hold onto it and that was nice.”

Corey Perry scored the only goal in the shootout.

The question is whether Sean Payton will be comfortable handing the ball to his best running back with the game on the line down the road. The Saints’ coach benched Ingram for nearly a full game last year after fumbling issues.