Monthly Archives: May 2017

James Harrison is casually working the hell out of his hips on Instagram

Mowins typically does play-by-play at the college level for women’s sports, but has plenty of experience calling college football games. She first got the call to do play-by-play regularly for Western Athletic Conference games back in 2005. Mowins said at the time that she had been inspired by CBS’ decision to incorporate former Miss America Phyllis George into its The NFL Today cast.

That’s when the seed was planted, Mowins said, via USA Today’s Michael Hiestand. I didn’t know a lot about the politics of putting a woman on the air. I just saw one.

Some items that once belonged to Kaepernick were donated to the Smithsonian last year by sociologist Harry Edwards. And although they are currently not on display yet, Edwards urged Smithsonian director Lonnie Bunch to feature the items, including a jersey Kaepernick wore during his protest, as soon as possible:

I said, Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick … Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.’
The items are expected to be on rotation in an exhibit within 2 years, according to USA Today.
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Game Mens Trey Flowers Jersey Kaepernick is currently a free agent who may land with the Seattle Seahawks as a backup to Russell Wilson. In the meantime, Kaepernick is keeping busy sending food and goods to Somalia and supplying suits to those recently released from prison.

Jose Bautista, Blue Jays and Spider-Man have more in common than you think

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With the Blue Jays’ reported re-signing of Bautista to a one-year, $18 million deal, it reaffirmed the one thing we already knew about both parties: Much like your friendly neighborhood superhero and his black Venom suit, the relationship between Bautista and the Blue Jays is symbiotic.
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Obviously, Bautista’s anger isn’t amplified by a fantastical space organism molded onto a super-suit like in the comic books, but the connection between Toronto and the web-slinger is too strong to pass up.

While Bautista wasn’t plunked by a radioactive baseball that gave him his superpowers, Toronto is the closest thing to a spider bite he’ll get. His career high for home runs prior to his move to The 6 was 16, and he had yet to evolve into the power threat he is today.

It was what I looked forward to every day (in high school), Ramczyk told co-host Geoff Schwartz and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. It was kind of intriguing. I thought it would be cool to do that as a full-time job. That was kind of how it got started.

Because he temporarily snuffed his gridiron torch, some NFL teams might call into question just how committed he is to playing the game. But the sacrifices Ramczyk made to resume his football pursuits should dispel those potential knocks.

Titans’ Marcus Mariota a ‘week or two’ away from running

Marcus Mariota is on the verge of getting his stride back.

The Titans’ third-year quarterback discussed his offseason rehabilitation and the progress he’s made since breaking his leg at the end of last season, saying he’s close to being able to run again.

“Joe’s young, man, and he made a mistake,” Vick said, via NJ Advance Media. “Let’s be honest, you rarely see guys having encounters like that. It should never happen. I would never condone it. I don’t think it’s right at all.

“But in terms of his football career, if he could go back and think about it before he actually made that gesture towards that girl, he wouldn’t have done it. Not if he knew what he would be dealing with now. бн I think he has learned from it. Hopefully, he’s humbled by what happened to him.”

Vick was a three-time Pro Bowl selection with the Falcons before missing the entire 2007 and 2008 NFL seasons in the wake of the dogfighting scandal. He played seven more years in the NFL after getting out of prison and has taken numerous steps to repair his image along the way.

A lesser player likely wouldn’t have been able to resume his career like Vick did, and the former quarterback sees some parallels in Mixon’s situation.

“Joe got an opportunity because he’s an exceptional talent,” Vick said. “Others don’t get that opportunity.”

Baltimore is also where, four years ago, Ogden went bankrupt.

His first post-playing career venture, a successful, fast-growing and award-winning construction company, had been destroyed in the fallout of one disastrous job. At one point both of his cars had been repossessed, and he was reduced to doing janitorial work in a Raleigh, N.C., apartment building to pay his bills — as he waited with fingers crossed that a lifeline to the players union would get answered.


Cubs 2017 spring training: Reporting dates, schedule, what to watch

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The Cubs’ hold spring training in Mesa, Ariz., as members of the Cactus league. They play at Sloan Park, and tickets are available at its website.

Youth Marshawn Lynch Jersey The 2017 schedule has the Cubs opening the season April 2 in St. Louis against the Cardinals at 8:35 p.m. ESPN will televise the game.

The new look-bullpen is also something to monitor, as Wade Davis dealt with nagging injuries and Koji Uehara turns 42 in April. So they’re re-tooling of the bullpen might work well in the short term, but could come back to bite them later in the season.

Trubisky’s hometown Browns sit at draft positions No. 1 and No. 12 overall. The No. 2 pick is held by the 49ers, who at UNC’s Pro Day were represented by no less than new general manager John Lynch. The Jets, Cardinals and Chiefs are lined up for meetings. The Bears, Texans and Saints also are interested.

But wherever Trubisky goes, and whoever else that team has at QB, it would do right by the youngster to groom him behind a veteran.

Along with his inexperience, Trubisky is the latest prolific, athletic passer to transition from a college shotgun spread to more pro-style pocket duty. Although Trubisky feels he’s ahead of the game on that front, Fedora laid it out as a real challenge.

Kaepernick didn’t seem to care that his actions and political statements would hurt his future earning power in the NFL. If he can accept taking lesser money, he shouldn’t see settling for second in Seattle as a lesser move, but rather a necessary one that can turn into a blessing.

The Seahawks’ job for several seasons was to stop Kaepernick. Don’t be shocked if they’re soon charged with restarting him as their backup.

MLB gets it wrong — again — with change to intentional walk rule

I’m running out of clouds to yell at (and I’m not that old) when it comes to Major League Baseball. The commissioner and the players association keep changing rules, and the changes aren’t for the better.

The announcement Tuesday that intentional walks will no longer require actual pitches being thrown is the latest miscue.

Beginning this season, hitters will be told to Take your base or something to that effect when they get near the batter’s box. Just like that, they’ll make their way to first base. It’s all in the name of shaving seconds off the times of games, you know. And yes, we are talking seconds.

Thomas Vanek Youth Jersey The roster move comes the day after the Browns acquired Osweiler from the Texans along with a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Griffin, who turned 27 last month, has played in only 14 games over the past three seasons because of injuries. One of those 14 games was noteworthy last season because it was the Browns’ only victory — 20-17 against the Chargers — in a 1-15 season.

Griffin has never been able to recapture the electrifying style he showed as a rookie with the Redskins in a rookie season in 2012 that ended with an ACL injury in the playoffs.

Bradford wasn’t better in the new system, and Foles was further damaged with no shot to succeed with the Rams’ shaky supporting cast. Kelly piled on the Jackson decision by also not wanting to re-sign Jeremy Maclin in ’15, leaving Philadelphia with one of the league’s worst wideout corps.

Angels outfielder Mike Trout continued to prove why he’s currently the best hitter in baseball in a 6-3 win against the Rangers. Trout went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, a home run, two RBIs and a walk to raise his average to .355 for the season.
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Kris Bryant gets married, earns second ring in less than a year

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Kris Bryant brought the North Side of Chicago a ring, so in turn he gave one to his longtime girlfriend.

The 25-year-old Cubs third baseman is fresh off winning a World Series and bringing the Cubs their first ring in 108 years, and how do you follow that up? By wedding the woman of your dreams, of course!

Bryant’s last 365 days keeps giving. He followed up his 2015 Rookie of the Year campaign with a National League MVP award for 2016, and of course, a World Series victory to cap it off.

You can see more pictures from Mr. and Mrs. Bryant’s special day here. Hopefully the Bryants share 108-plus years of happiness to make up for the century of sadness Cubs fans faced.

We tried to get to know each other, talk about what he thought it could be, should be, and how we were going to go about executing, Diamond said. So everybody was going to have to get to know each other quickly.

Both men were enthusiastic, but there was an air of mystery over the whole thing.

I don’t think any of us knew what it was going to turn out to be, Torre said.

Jack Mewhort Authentic Jersey What Torre did know was that Diamond and his crew, through their ubiquity, would essentially become an extension of his team 鈥?strangers given access to the clubhouse brotherhood, and faces with which the team would have to get comfortable.

It would be a little like guerilla filmmaking for Diamond and his crew. The general mantra: stick to the outline, but be flexible.

Jerome ‘The Bus’ Bettis confirms he’s out at ESPN

UPDATE: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerome The Bus Bettis confirmed Sporting News’ exclusive story that he’s out at ESPN.

While not directly addressing the layoffs at ESPN, the likable Bettis on Monday thanked the network for his four years.

PREVIOUS: More bad news out of ESPN: Jerome Bettis is out as an NFL analyst, sources told Sporting News on Sunday.
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The Pro Football Hall of Famer lost his gig as part of ESPN’s recent layoff of 100 analysts, anchors and online writers, said sources. Among the big names who have lost their jobs: Trent Dilfer, Ed Werder, Danny Kanell, Jayson Stark, Britt McHenry, Marc Stein, Andy Katz and Jade McCarthy.

ESPN declined to comment on Bettis’ dismissal. Bettis could not be reached for comment.

ESPN LAYOFFS: Updated list of biggest names let go

Nicknamed The Bus, Bettis joined ESPN in 2013. He appeared on NFL Live and SportsCenter as well as ESPN Radio. Before joining ESPN, Bettis worked for NBC Sports and NFL Network.

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Eli Manning had to tell Giants draft pick Davis Webb not to call him ‘sir’

Eli Manning still has a boyish look to him at the advanced age of 36, and he’s not quite ready to take on the role of elder statesman for the Giants.

Look no further than the introductory conversation Manning had with Davis Webb, his latest potential heir apparent, after New York took the California quarterback in the third round of the NFL Draft.

According to the police report (via, Anderson is accused of fighting with security at the Rolling Loud music festival and was asked to leave. When he refused, a Miami police lieutenant got involved and when he instructed Anderson to sit down on the ground, “he tensed his body and pushed [the lieutenant]. [Anderson] was redirected to the ground and continued to fight with police and security.”

The Jets issued a statement Monday (via Newsday) saying, “We are aware of the situation. This is a pending legal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”

As an undrafted rookie last season, Anderson — a 6-3, 190-pounder out of Temple — had 42 catches for 587 yards and two touchdowns in 2016.

This is not how the Patriots have been known to spend in their backfield, and it seems odd with White still in the fold. But Gillislee is a big upgrade over Blount, and Burkhead, who once had to fill in at wide receiver in a playoff game for Cincinnati, can be a stronger, more durable receiving back than oft-injured Dion Lewis.

Fresh, healthier legs, combined with the dependable White, will give the Patriots even better balance and support for Brady.


we actually have more evidence to present.

Elite Sidney Crosby Jersey My initial viewing of the play was that Rondo intentionally waited too long to trip Crowder and thus was only joking around, but after a few more watches, I can see how it’s not conclusive. I informally polled the SB Nation newsroom, and several people thought it there was legitimate intention behind the trip.

Elite Matt Jones Jersey That sounds about right. From this angle, it totally looks like it could have been intentional. From another, maybe it would be clear that Rondo was just messing around. Perhaps that was his intention to start with, and he got closer than he meant to actually tripping him.

All that said, we actually have more evidence to present. In 2016, Rondo appeared to pull this same move.

Maybe that contributed to a notion of the air raid as a gimmicky offense whose players couldn’t succeed in the pros. But NFL offenses have opened up considerably in the past five years, and now there’s less difference between a regular NFL offense and a college spread. Lots of teams line up with three and four receivers, running option routes over the middle and streaks down the sidelines. Shotgun snaps have never been more popular.

They’ve always stolen a lot of ideas. A lot of college coaches have gravitated toward going to that level, and they take the ideas with ‘em.

Andy Reid’s been a professional coach for decades — he was also a grad assistant under BYU’s Edwards and chose two air raid-ish QBs, Nick Foles and Kevin Kolb, in Philly — but the point remains. The kind of ship Mahomes captained at Texas Tech is probably what he’ll eventually do in Kansas City, albeit with fewer attempts. It’s unlikely that Mahomes is asked to take many under-center snaps and then drop back seven steps while reading defenses for long periods of time.

To succeed, Mahomes will need the right fit. But who doesn’t?

The Rockets were unbelievably good in Game 1 against the Spurs

The Houston Rockets are good. We’ve known it all season, but now it’s real. It’s really real. James Harden is a basketball savant and this team just destroyed the Spurs in San Antonio for Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals.

The Rockets won Game 1, 126-99, handing Gregg Popovich one of his worst playoff loss since 2007. The domination started early for Houston, going into the half with a 69-39 lead. A 30-point lead at halftime against the Spurs. The Rockets are good.

The Rockets ended the night hitting 22 three-pointers and, honestly, would have hit a lot more but their starters didn’t play the final 12 minutes. They finished the night with an efficient 30 assists on 40 shots as a team. Whew.

Nick Castellanos Youth Jersey We saw on Monday night exactly how dangerous the Rockets could be. It all came together and there was nothing the Spurs could do about it. It will be interesting to see how the Spurs respond.
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In a series that has been dominated by the home team, Atlanta came the closest to a road upset with a respectable performance and an ATS win as 6-point underdogs in Game 5. There are no style points awarded in the postseason however, and the Hawks now find themselves in a must-win game at home in Game 6.

Atlanta is 4-0 SU and ATS in its last four games as a postseason home favorite and is averaging 112.3 points per game in its last three games as one.

Friday night’s total is set at 210 points. The UNDER is 14-4-1 in the Hawks’ last 19 playoff home games.

Atlanta won its first two home games in this series by double digits, but all of the pressure is now turned on the Hawks as they fight for their playoff lives. If Washington hopes to close out the series on the road, it will need to come up with an answer for Dennis Schroder, who has torched the Wizards for 24.4 points per game in this series.