Monthly Archives: March 2017

Ben Roethlisberger will be without another offensive weapon.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders left the game Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Lions with a foot injury and will not return, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala.
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Detroit needs a win in order to extend its lead in the NFC North, while the Steelers are playing out a disappointing season with playoffs being close to an impossibility.

These two teams are headed in opposite directions. The Saints stayed in control of first place by knocking off the San Francisco 49ers, 23-20. They were 3-point favorites and managed to hit on the Vegas lucky number, covering the spread perfectly. New Orleans improved to 8-2 on the season and 6-3-1 against the spread. The Saints are still two games behind the Seahawks in the race for home-field advantage, but stay in good position for a first-round bye.

The Falcons’ season continues to circle the drain after losing their fourth straight game. This time, they fell to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 41-28. The Falcons were 2.5-point underdogs and never came close to covering. They drop to 2-8 in the standings and 2-8 against the spread.

Womens Brett Lawrie Jersey Much has been made of Peyton Manning’s stellar season and Julius Thomas’ breakout year — but Demaryius Thomas has become a cliff note in the Denver Broncos season. It’s easy to quantify just how good he has been in 2017: 914 yards, on pace for over 1,300 while adding nine total touchdowns.

His combination of size and speed pairs perfectly with Manning’s deep passing sensibilities, which is a large reason why Denver can still gain over 400 yard against one of the NFL’s top defenses.

The Kansas City Chiefs have to be disappointed with their performance on Sunday night.

NFL picks, Week 11: Experts’ picks for all 15 games

It’s a busy week in the NFL and SB Nation’s experts made their picks for the entire slate of games.

Week 10 was full of upsets, making it an unkind week for NFL experts picking games. Few, if any, predicted Tennessee to lose to Jacksonville, Indianapolis to lose to St. Louis or even Miami to lose to Tampa Bay. With a full slate of games on the schedule this week, we’ll have to wait and see if the experts fare any better.

The week gets off to a quick start with Indianapolis and Tennessee battling for the AFC South on Thursday night. If the Titans win, they will trail the Colts by just one game in the division race. A Colts win would give them a three-game cushion and could go a long way toward securing the division title. Five of SB Nation’s six experts expect just that, picking the Colts.

The game between the Colts and Titans isn’t the only contest with playoff implications. Kansas City will travel to Denver with the winner walking away with the lead in the AFC West and the No. 1 seed in the AFC. SB Nation’s six experts were divided, with four picking Denver and two picking the Chiefs.

A 49ers loss could result in as big as a 3.5-game lead for Seattle in the NFC West with five to play. Four of SB Nation’s experts picked New Orleans with two picking the 49ers.

New England is 7-2, but only one expert is picking the Patriots on the road against Carolina. The Panthers may have the best defense in the NFL. They have also won five straight games, including a 10-9 road win at San Francisco last week.

Our panel consists of: David Fucillo, SB Nation’s fantasy guru; Stephen White, retired NFL defensive end and SB Nation NFL contributor; Jason Chilton, SB Nation NFL contributor; Joel Thorman, manager of SB Nation NFL blogs; and Ryan Van Bibber, SB Nation’s NFL editor; Matt Ufford, editorial producer, SB Nation studios.

Packers announce Scott Tolzien as Week 11 starter against Giants

Elite Ben Heeney Jersey For 15 years the Green Bay Packers only started one quarterback and they’ve rarely had to play without Aaron Rodgers over the last six years, but head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Scott Tolzien will start in Week 11 against the New York Giants, per Adam Schefter. That will make Tolzien the third starting quarterback for the Packers in the last three weeks.
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However, Incognito has declared himself innocent of any real bullying, claiming that he and Martin were actually friends and the reported threats were nothing more than normal locker room banter. Martin abruptly left the team on Oct. 28 after an incident in the team’s cafeteria where his fellow offensive linemen reportedly refused to sit next to the second-year player.

Martin has also alleged he was physically attacked by another teammate and that his sister was also brought up in the hazing.

The Dolphins have not played since Martin went public. They face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week on Monday Night Football on ESPN.

Down fourteen points, the Bills forced a punt on Pittsburgh’s first possession. Or did Pittsburgh choose to punt, knowing that E.J. Manuel would throw a pick on the very next play? Believe whatever you want, friend. Believe whatever you want.

This was not an especially dazzling return for Manuel, who only averaged 3.38 yards on 44 touches. Of course, it gets even worse when you take out the last Buffalo drive, which started at 4:34 in the fourth quarter after the Steelers had taken a twenty point lead. Without that series, Manuel’s numbers drop to 62 yards on 31 touches. Though a two yard average is still probably an improvement over Trent Edwards.

Maple Leafs defenseman Roman Polak suspended 2 games for boarding Oliver Bjorkstrand

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The Toronto Maple Leafs will be down a defenseman for two games after Roman Polak was ejected from their game against the Blue Jackets on Wednesday night.

The NHL’s Department of Player Safety had a hearing with Polak on Thursday morning and gave him a two-game suspension.

Alshon Jeffery says Carson Wentz had lot to do with decision to come to #Eagles??

Harrison Smith Youth Jersey It was the best decision for me and my family. Also, it’s a great situation, he told CSN Philly. [Carson Wentz] had a lot to do with my decision. He’s a great quarterback. I mean, the sky’s the limit for him, I think he’s going to be a future MVP.

Wentz didn’t put up MVP-caliber numbers last year, but perhaps with Smith, Jeffery and Jordan Matthews on the field he can make a case in 2017.

Georgetown’s firing of Thompson III will probably have some effects on its relationship with his father. When you think of Georgetown and Big East basketball, it evokes images of John Thompson Jr. on the sidelines and many former players have stayed loyal to the legendary coach. This firing definitely threw an awkward wrench in this decades-long relationship.

Now that Thompson III is out, it will be interesting to see how alumni react to the news, as well as recruiting ramifications. L.J. Peak declared for the NBA draft prior to the firing, forgoing his senior season, and will sign with an agent.

Keep an eye out on this job, as the Thompson’s have done well to keep the program out of trouble and Georgetown is still an attractive job in a basketball-focused conference.

NFL free agency: Giants get Eli Manning insurance by signing Geno Smith

Geno Smith will remain in New York as he is expected to sign with the Giants, according to ESPN.

Tyreke Evans Kids Jersey According to NFL Media, the former Jets QB will take a physical with the team over the weekend and likely sign Monday. The 26-year-old will be brought in to compete for the backup quarterback position behind Eli Manning with Keith Wenning and Josh Johnson.
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Vaakanainen has the tools to become a strong puck-moving defenseman. Right now, he feels like a safe player destined to at least become a quality top-six talent. Arizona might bet on the former.

Bowers seems like a Jonathan Toews clone: great two-way play with a great shot and great hockey senses. The only question is how high his ceiling is. That question didn鈥檛 exist with Toews, and it doesn鈥檛 exist with the other centers taken ahead of Bowers.

A smart, crafty winger, but one-dimensional right now. Columbus鈥?Stanley Cup window is just opening, so they have time to let a player like Elvenes work on developing his all-around game. The tools are there, though.

Here is a risk: a player with the Strome family pedigree and a physical brand of play, but poor foot-speed keeping his ceiling low.

If St. Louis goes all-around with their first pick, they can afford to go all-skill with Lind at 31. Lind might be one of the better goal-scorers in the first round as far as instinct goes. It is just a matter of whether he can get stronger.

Mike Hopkins’ hiring at Washington is another reason why ‘coach-in-waiting’ is meaningless

Mike Hopkins was supposed to be Jim Boeheim’s successor. The Syracuse graduate had put in 20 years with the Orange coaching staff, filling in for Boeheim during the veteran leader’s suspension in 2015-16. His hard work earned him the title Head Coach-Designate that June. But once the opportunity to write his own script surfaced, Hopkins determined he wasn’t happy being someone’s plan B.

Instead, he left the only college he’s ever known for the opportunity to lead the Washington Huskies back to respectability. UW turned to the Syracuse assistant four days after firing head coach Lorenzo Romar. While Hopkins will have his hands full balancing a potential player exodus, the lure of a Power 5 position at a program proven to draw five-star talent was too much to pass up.

Texas’ once-proud tradition has also gone off the rails, though it’s unclear if Muschamp would have been the man to keep it on track. The Longhorns went 16-21 in three years of Charlie Strong’s leadership in Austin before he was fired for the unforgivable sin of losing to Kansas. Muschamp has had his share of mistakes — he was terminated by Florida after four years and a 28-21 run — but showed promise after helping turn South Carolina around in 2016.

On Saturday, the Cleveland Cavaliers rested LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love against the Los Angeles Clippers. It was the second straight week where an ABC televised game didn’t feature a team’s stars, after the Golden State Warriors sat Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala in a game against the San Antonio Spurs, despite all four being healthy.28

Marshawn Lynch playing at home in Oakland is how his career should end

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The patron saint of shoot your shot is Kobe Bryant, a man who lived for difficult and ill-advised jumpers. He took Michael Jordan¡¯s quote that ¡°you miss 100 percent of the shots you don¡¯t take¡± to heart and missed more shots than anyone in NBA history. His name is synonymous with shooting shots of any kind in everyday life. You shoot a piece of paper into the trash from far away? Kobe! A fadeaway jumper with a defender¡¯s hand in your face in a game of 21? Kobe!

In the NBA today, no one exemplifies shooting your shot like Stephen Curry. It doesn¡¯t matter if he¡¯s 38-feet from the basket or facing multiple defenders off the dribble: He just lets it fly. One of the best college equivalents was BYU¡¯s Jimmer Fredette, back when he looked at the halfcourt line like it was the charity stripe.

What Cannady and Princeton didn¡¯t realize is that shooting your shot is a mantra for when things seem impossible, best used by people who can do impossible things. It is well-suited for when there¡¯s nothing to lose and a lot to gain. Unless you¡¯ve made a living doing the absurd, shooting your shot should be reserved for when your back is against the wall and you have no choice. Otherwise, you¡¯re just being dumb.

Jason Spezza Kids Jersey During Marshawn Lynch¡¯s time in Seattle, there were always a few assumptions that seemed destined to come true. The first and most obvious: He was going to try and run over someone, usually multiple someones, while on the field.

But beyond that, there was an assumption about how it would end. Marshawn was either going to just walk away one day because he felt like it or go home to Oakland for a retirement tour to wind down.

He chose the former, retiring in the middle of the Broncos Super Bowl win in 2016 by tweeting a photo of his cleats on a power line. The timing was a bit surprising in the moment, but it all made sense.

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Markelle Fultz officially declares for the 2017 NBA draft

Markelle Fultz, as expected, has declared for the 2017 NBA draft. The possible No. 1 pick out of Washington announced his intention to leave school after his freshman season.

In the course of Knight’s interview with Patrick, the question of a ceremonial return to the program’s campus he helmed for 29 years came up. Knight had some off-putting things to say about Indiana and university history. Patrick asked why “we” — do we? — want Knight to return to Assembly Hall so much. Here’s the coach’s response:

“Well, I think I’ve always really enjoyed the fans, I always will … On my dying day, I will think about how great the fans at Indiana were. And as far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. With that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”
Knight wasn’t finished, though, as Patrick leaned in to point out that most, if not all, of those in the university’s administration at the time are no longer there.

“I hope they’re all dead,” said Knight, sitting petulantly on a 16-year grudge that he caused in the first place. “Well, some of them are …” replied Patrick, to which Knight abruptly interjected, “Well, I hope the rest of them go.”

Yes, Bob Knight coached some legendary Indiana teams for 29 years. Yes, Bob Knight won the university three national championships in basketball. Yes, former players still sing his praises, with Isiah Thomas most recently petitioning him to return to Assembly Hall in late November 2016. But it’s probably time for the university and fans to venerate other former Indiana players and coaches, and let Knight stew in peace.11