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LeBron James has beef with the brewery whose bottle he held in Game 1

LeBron James does not want you to use his image or likeness without consulting his legal team first. Especially not if you’re Great Lakes Brewing Company.

James picked up a bottle of the brand’s Dortmunder Gold beer during the Cavaliers’ Game 1 playoff semifinals victory over the Raptors on Monday. He stopped just short of taking a sip, later conceding he’s more of a red wine person than a beer connoisseur.
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But the next day, Great Lakes Brewing Co. used the incident to its advantage, tweeting a cardboard cutout photo of James with the beer in-hand as part of a promo for $1 and $2 drinks. They later deleted the tweet, but James’ team is considering legal action, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon.

Turns out, Great Lakes Brewing Co. is the same company that named the Quitness beer after James when he left Cleveland for the Miami Heat in 2010. They detailed the brew as a dry hopped India pale ale that leaves a bitter aftertaste, perfectly describing the mood of Cleveland sports fans these days.
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James said he had bigger things to worry about, like contending for a championship, according to Vardon.

This is about the last thing I’m trying to worry about right now, my agent and my legal team will take care of it, but yeah I know (Great Lakes) is trying to benefit off of me, James told Cleveland.com. And I heard they were the same company that made all those ‘Quitness’ beers, and now they’re trying to benefit off me this way? Yeah, it’s pretty funny.

Lattimore’s injury history is the key concern about his future in the NFL.

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With that, it’s time to go through a collection of truck sticks. These run roughly in chronological order, starting with Fournette’s freshman season in 2014 and continuing through his junior season, last year.

Lattimore’s injury history is the key concern about his future in the NFL. The hamstring injuries plagued him in high school and were severe enough to require surgery on his left hamstring in his redshirt freshman season with the Buckeyes. An injury to the right hamstring severely limited him in his redshirt sophomore year.

He stayed healthy throughout the 2016 season, but it was the only year he started at Ohio State. That lack of experience is another concern with Lattimore.

Lattimore was also injured at the combine, and while it was initially reported to be a hamstring injury, Lattimore refuted that:

The difference for Lattimore in his final season at Ohio State was a shift in the way he approached stretching and strength and conditioning. The Saints should create a plan for Lattimore to keep him loose and healthy enough to reach the same heights he did last year.

Especially quarterback Steve McNair, who Cook represented and who Fisher coached for the bulk of McNair’s career. Cook’s and Fisher’s bond over McNair remains strong.

“Bus called and I went, back in February,’’ Fisher said. “I flew from L.A. to Houston and drove over to the Texas A&M campus. It wasn’t that long after I had been let go by the Rams and it was the first and only thing I have done with football since.

“We met for about eight hours. There was a feeling out period. He was a little nervous at first. But he settled down and I could see his confidence. We talked about what happens on draft day, after draft day with OTAs, through the summer and into camp. We talked about the combine.’’
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The Tennessee Vols just had an NFL draft pick for the first time since 2014

In 2015 and 2016, every other program anywhere near Tennessee’s historic stature was represented. Out of 65 power schools, the only three others to lack picks in this period were Colorado (which was bad for a decade), Iowa State (whose draft history is amazingly terrible), and North Carolina (uhh, I dunno).

In 2017, Derek Barnett became the man to break the drought, going at No. 14 to Eagles.

The end of the Derek Dooley era further exposed a horrific shortcoming in UT’s recruiting, which Butch Jones has since patched up with four straight top-20 classes, but not before two straight drafts’ worth of comedy.
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Thorman: The Chiefs need to come out of this draft with a quarterback of the future and Davis Webb is the highest rated one left on the board. Clearly there are some question marks, especially with his college offenses, or else he would be drafted in the first round. You’re basing this on what you hope he becomes, not what he is. That’s because Andy Reid believes he can coach up whoever they give him and that’s what he’ll do with Webb. Alex Smith is under contract for 2017 and 2018, depending, so this is the perfect developmental spot.
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Analysis: Webb is far from a value pick for me. I have him rated as the 84th overall player in the NFL draft this year. However, if there is a position you reach on, it’s quarterback. The justification is simple. If Webb can be developed properly, it doesn’t matter where he was picked. Webb can sit for a year or two behind Smith, bulk up, and shed some of the air raid play style qualities he possesses. He’s the fifth quarterback in this class because he has a nice size/arm strength combination, is a quick decision maker in the pocket and has excellent ball placement.