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Kevin Hart was too drunk to hold back an F-bomb from the NFL Network interview he crashed

Feb
28

A VERY drunk Kevin Hart crashed the NFL Network’s postgame interview set, which is proof that persistence always pays off. That’s a good lil lesson for the kids out there! Kevin is just a fantastic influence.

We’re very lucky to have this guy as part of the team — I’ve been drinkin’! [laughter] I’m on cloud nine! I started the celebration already. Philadelphia is a great city. I hope this is an example of what we can do. We gave a fuck—

We’re keeping track of the dilly dilly commercials during the Super Bowl broadcast. Less than two minutes into the second quarter, we’ve had two.

It’s tears, you’re crying because you want the Eagles to win, her mom reminds her.

It’s a great video because you can tell Haley is a real Eagles superfan (she has her reasons why the Eagles should win down to a science). And her woozy state is just making it all come out at once.

Luckily for Haley, the Eagles saw the video and have offered her tickets to the Super Bowl.

I AM OFFICIALLY GOING TO THE SUPERBOWLLLLLL, she wrote on her Facebook page, according to the Post Courier Online.

So while the personnel is mostly different, and the defense is significantly less stingy between the 20s, this Patriots team shares plenty of similarities with the one that derailed Philadelphia’s Super Bowl hopes 13 years ago. The biggest is the 40-year-old behind center, who will be looking to add another layer of concrete to the foundation he’s set as the greatest quarterback of all time. The 2005 Eagles struggled to slow him down in a two-touchdown performance. The 2018 version of the team is built to pressure an aging quarterback and get revenge.

In 2015, after moving from the Redskins to the Raiders after just two games, Amerson finished tied for the NFL lead in passes defensed with 26. He also had four interceptions that season.

The Chiefs signed former Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis midseason last year, but released him earlier this month, leaving room for Amerson.
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Keenan Allen rebounded from 2 season-ending injuries to earn 2017 NFL Comeback Player of the Year

Feb
27

The injury bug was well-acquainted with Keenan Allen before this season. Allen suffered a season-ending kidney injury in Nov. 2015. During the Chargers’ season opener in 2016, Allen tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season.

But Allen burst back onto the scene in a big way in 2017. That’s why he is the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year, the league announced Saturday.

Allen possesses a rare blend of size, speed, athleticism, and route-running prowess. At 6’2, he has the speed to run deep routes. But he can also run intermediate routes to move the chains on third downs. Just watch how No. 13 lines up in the slot, catches the ball, and turns upfield for a first down against the Buffalo Bills.

Allen only caught six touchdown passes this season, but he’s always a threat to score. He doesn’t have to run deep routes to score. Once Allen catches the ball and cuts upfield, he is almost impossible to tackle. The Dallas Cowboys witnessed that firsthand.

Hawks: Failed to score at least 100 points after seven consecutive games over the century mark, the best such stretch since a streak of nine games in 2016. . F/C John Collins has 143 offensive rebounds, which leads all NBA rookies. The next closest player is Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons at 100. . G Dennis Schroder, the team’s leading scorer at 19.5 points per game, is one of just three players in the league to amass at least 90 steals and 40 blocks. The Pacers’ Victor Oladipo and Simmons are the other two.

Pacers: Improved to 21-11 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and assured themselves of a winning record at home for the 29th consecutive season, the longest such streak in the NBA. . New Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich, hired 12 days ago, was in attendance and received rousing applause when he was shown on the arena’s video screens. . Oladipo extended his franchise-record steal streak to 42 games with an opening-quarter theft.bears_081-223x223

The 33-year-old Sanchez had a career-worst 6.41 ERA in 2017 and even spent some time in the minor leagues.

Feb
25

Over the past three years, his cumulative ERA was 5.67. He allowed 85 home runs in 88 appearances over 415 2/3 innings. Last season, which he described as a roller coaster, he developed hamstring trouble. Then he got hit on the calf with a batted ball.

Through it all, he was the same guy every single day. That’s tough to ask for in this game, Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd said. I was really, truly grateful for how he led me and how he helped me on and off the field.

Kenworthy struggled in the finals, and couldn’t put down a complete run in three attempts. Ligety struggled in both of his giant slalom runs and was quickly out of contention for the podium.

In the first of two runs, Nick Goepper and Gus Kenworthy of the United States struggled. Goepper had a score of 59.00 after the first run, while Kenworthy had a score of 35.00. The first run finished with Oystein Braaten of Norway in first after posting a score of 95.00. Evan McEachran had a score of 89.40 for second, while Andri Ragettli of Switzerland was in third with a score of 85.50.

Pujols said he shed 13 to 15 pounds, and he looks in noticeably better shape — though he won’t say how much he weighs. That’s between him and his trainers, he said. Unlike the previous two winters when he was limited because of foot surgeries, Pujols was able to work out this offseason.

It’s good to have a normal offseason where I don’t have to go to physical therapy. Just get yourself in a gym and get yourself ready for spring training, he said Friday. I’m in better shape for sure.

Putting aside Pollock’s penchant for visiting the disabled list, if the science comes to fruition, he stands to run a little more. In his favor is manager Torey Lovullo isn’t shy about giving the green light. Last season, the Snakes slithered to the seventh-most steals in the league. Pinging Pollock elsewhere while adding five steals drops him only about $1, equating to 10 draft spots. Of course, the injury risk matters, but Pollock could be a discounted source for speed.

Marte isn’t on the shallower mixed league radar, but he makes for an interesting point. The batting average on balls in play (BABIP) of hard-hit balls exceeds that of soft-hit balls. bears_034

Who has the best chance at taking down the Astros?

Feb
22

Like the Chicago Cubs going into last season, the Houston Astros enter the 2018 season as the favorites to win the World Series and become the first team to repeat since the 1998-2000 Yankees. But as we talked about in this space last year, there’s a lot that can go wrong, which is why, over the past 40 years, only four World Series championships were earned by the reigning champ (the others were the 1993 Blue Jays and 1978 Yankees).

They can beckon or drive people away. They can be an indicator of joy or the centerpiece of resting bitch face. They’re fickle, but when executed well can be someone’s best tool. More often than not they don’t get the respect they deserve. There are a lot of eyebrows out there that are depressingly underserved or over-groomed.

Adam Rippon’s eyebrows are one of the best sets of eyebrows I’ve ever seen.

Rippon is the darling of the Winter Games so far, with interview after interview and many of his tweets providing fans with a bevy of amazing new catchphrases that are bound to live on long past his moment in the Olympic spotlight. From glamazon bitch ready for the runway to not being able to explain the witchcraft of his age-defying success, every soundbite seems to be better than the last.

The 20-year-old Medrano was 5-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 12 games, 10 of them starts, in the Dominican Summer League last year. He was signed by Texas as an undrafted free agent in 2016.

Later in the draft I did my usual thing, seeking value, getting a decent base of innings, waiting on saves, loading up on offense and then seeking more value. Don’t know why nobody seemed to want the likes of Kyle Hendricks, Nomar Mazara, Brett Gardner and Mark Melancon, but I did! It’s not reaching for Yoan Moncada or Aaron Sanchez if you’re a believer. And never worry about any site’s ADP. Time will tell, I suppose.

Tristan H. Cockcroft: This mock occurred early in spring training, in a season when many free agents remained on the market well beyond the opening of camps, and those players still without teams stood out. Yes, there’s great risk that Jake Arrieta, Greg Holland, Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb will end up in unfavorable situations for their fantasy value, but aren’t the odds also at least good that each will wind up in roles that will give them fighting chances at repeating (or at least approaching) their 2017 value?royals_036

Pederson and Favre were members of the 1996 Packers team that defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl that year.

Feb
16

On the eve of Super Bowl 52, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre delivered a special message to the Eagles while advising the players about what it’s going to take to hold off the Patriots.

“I congratulated them on the year they’ve had; it’s a wonderful year. And just encouraged them to enjoy the moment,” Favre told NBC Sports Philadelphia of his speech.

“My success as an NFL player is in part because of our connection and friendship. He was kind of like my second eyes, and I trusted him tremendously. So when Doug asked me, I sorta laughed,” Favre said of speaking to the team. “But when I realized he was serious, I was honored.”

According to a report from ESPN, it appears the organization is making moves in their scouting department to ensure they are prepared heading into the draft. Former Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan joined the franchise as a personnel consultant to help with this year’s draft, according to unidentified league sources.

McCloughan will help the Browns navigate through the 12 picks they have in the 2018 draft, including the No. 1 and No. 4 overall choices and five picks in the first two rounds.

The report also weighed speculation around whether the Browns will draft a quarterback for their top pick and who it might be. McCloughan has publicly praised Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. However, according to team sources, there’s no clear favorite if the team were to go with a quarterback. It’s still expected Browns general manager John Dorsey will evaluate the top candidates.

Roethlisberger faced sexual assault allegations in 2008 and 2010, the latter of which prompted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to hand down a four-game suspension. As a result, Big Ben inherited another unsavory nickname (you know what it is), and this hasn’t gone away. Cincinnati revived all that with a radio spot that targeted Roethlisberger.bills_032

The Cardinals, who are ranked last in rushing yards and yards per carry, are hoping Peterson is the answer to their rushing woes.

Feb
13

Less than a week after the tape was confiscated, Goodell on Sept. 13 issued an emergency order compelling the Pats to fork over any other tapes. Yet before receiving any of them, he handed down his punishment: taking away the Pats’ first-round draft pick the next year, while fining the team $250,000 and Belichick — who claimed he simply misinterpreted the rulebook and never used video to gain a competitive advantage — the league maximum $500,000.

On Sept. 20, the NFL announced the Pats handed over six tapes and two days later said little about what the recordings contained — only that they had been destroyed.

“When somebody has a hit that looks suspicious, it takes the league three to four days of looking at a tape, then they -issue a fine,” O’Leary said.

Fueled by the stellar play of Pro Bowlers Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara and the timely contributions of Marcus Williams and Ryan Ramczyk, the Saints have emerged as legitimate title contenders in the NFC.

“I’ll be lying to you to say that I didn’t want a change of scenery after four weeks of seeing how things played out,” Peterson told Arizona reporters this week. “So, yeah, it was something that I was praying about … and the prayer was answered.”

Less than five months after the 9/11 attacks, U2 performed the most meaningful halftime show in Super Bowl history. The band’s touching tribute featured the colors of the American flag and the names of those who perished.

One word — theatrics. This show had so much show. Katy Perry entered the stadium on a giant gold tiger, surrounded by glowing orbs on the field. Add pyrotechnics, an incredible digital stage and the now-viral Left Shark, and the mega-pop star’s performance was pure entertainment.

The incredible magic of “Purple Rain” in the purple rain. Prince battled strong winds and heavy rain during his performance at Super Bowl 41 in Miami and didn’t miss a step. With his purple love symbol lighting up the wet field, this halftime show was more than memorable. It was iconic.

Before Michael Jackson, the Super Bowl halftime show was just a long bathroom break. The King of Pop changed that in 1993 with this epic performance.

From a James Earl Jones introduction to MJ stunt doubles popping up above the jumbotrons around the stadium, there is no topping this spectacular show. The moment also marked the first time in Super Bowl history that ratings increased between halves during the game.bills_006

The Packers were heavy favorites in Super Bowl XXXII over John Elway and the Broncos.

Feb
10

Green Bay won seven games against playoff teams, and quarterback Brett Favre had won his third consecutive NFL MVP award. But Elway finally got his first Super Bowl win, beating the Packers in a 31-24 thriller.

NFL MVP Shaun Alexander broke the single-season touchdown record, Matt Hasselbeck led the NFC in passer rating and the defense led the league with 50 sacks. They still lost 21-10 to the wild-card Steelers in Super Bowl XL, which featured multiple controversial calls against Seattle.

“Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!”

However, some players are concerned that their statements of concern about police brutality and social injustice are becoming muddled. Michael Bennett, who has continued to kneel during the anthem, and Seattle Seahawks teammate Doug Baldwin reminded CNN viewers Wednesday night of the message begun by Kaepernick, one they said was not aimed at the military.

Now they’re doing all the little things, and Pearl sees a team that has bought in, a team that trusts and respects one another.

“You don’t mind sharing the ball,” he said. “You don’t mind sharing minutes. You don’t mind taking a little less to get a little more.”

Hearing Pearl gush about this team — and make no mistake, he’s gushing when he talks about players such as forward Desean Murray, who he says exemplifies the team’s selfless identity — paints a rosy picture of basketball on The Plains.

Like those late-’90s teams, the late-’80s Vikings are an overlooked bunch. Perhaps they’re way less remembered, too, given the time elapsed and the way our memories have been shortened by the salary-cap era. Under Jerry Burns, Minnesota went to the NFC title game in 1987, coming a dropped pass away from the organization’s fifth Super Bowl berth. They would put together stellar ’88 and ’89 seasons, only to fall to the champion 49ers in both years.
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Rookie QB Mitchell Trubisky had some good moments Monday night in his first NFL start.

Feb
07

The Chargers went on the road to beat the Giants for their first victory of the season. But after playing in front of opposing teams’ fans at StubHub Center, does it even make a difference where they play?

One of them was not the late interception that he threw to set up the Vikings’ winning FG. No one should have expected any miracles right away. This will be a long process with ups and downs. But Trubisky provided enough glimpses of his talent to believe he just might get there eventually.

The Shrine Game this year will feature multiple second- and third-round picks, including a pair of defensive backs that at one time were considered first-round prospects: the FBS’s all-time sack leader, and a Memphis quarterback with plenty of NFL starting potential.

Reports from Optimum Scouting staff members Dan Matney, Ben Natan, Filip Prus and Christian Page are used in this ranking of the top 20 players at this year’s East-West Shine Game.

A rare senior standout for a usually sophomore- and junior-loaded Ohio State secondary, Webb is a converted cornerback with awesome athleticism and versatility. He is fluid enough to hold up in man coverage at the next level, and he possesses the traits to patrol the middle of the field in a Cover 3 scheme, too.

For as talented as he is in coverage, Webb’s best skills might be as a tackler. He flies downhill and displays good body control when he’s at this top speed. He will look to show that during Shrine Game practices.

The New England Patriots have happier memories, of course, but all they need do is look at the 283 gems (get it?) in their Super Bowl rings. So forgive the Falcons if some Patriots have established residence in the recesses of their minds since February, a situation that only makes the rematch Sunday night in Gillette Stadium more interesting.jaguars_043

The change to having players and coaches on the sideline for the anthem was made in 2009.

Feb
05

“It would certainly have to be considered very strongly,” said an official with an NFL franchise who is familiar with the thinking of that team’s owner on the matter.

The current league policy says that players must be on the sideline for the anthem. It suggests but does not require that players stand for the anthem.

And here’s why you should really appreciate the forthcoming triumph: The Patriots’ core won’t ever be the same again. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is all set to coach the Colts, while defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s in line to take over the Lions. (Both are great hires.) Brady, while still playing at an MVP level, is 40 years old. I’m not sure when the drop-off will come — many a talking head have ended up looking stupid trying to play that game — but it is indeed coming. “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” was a work of fiction, after all.

It’s natural for many of you to root against this kind of annual superiority. But admit to yourself that the venom is rooted in pure jealously. And after you do that, take the time to respect — and soak in — the greatness we’re all witnessing here. You’re actually going to miss this whenever it ends. So embrace it. Appreciate it.

Military uniforms are the vestments of these priests of freedom. Watch carefully on Thanksgiving Day: Every opening ceremony and commercial break and NFL halftime show will feature iconic clips of military personnel either at the game or in the field; they will be held up as our way of saying “thank you.” To them we owe our warm homes and overflowing tables and all of the consumer goods we’ll pursue with abandon on Black Friday.

But this year, as protests by players continue, the pigskin spectacle will be particularly fraught. Those who don’t worship in just the right way will be scorned, probably by the president himself.

This was the first time Lillard and Allen have spoken in such a capacity, however. The meeting, which sources described as a productive, open forum to share opinions and express concerns, could also lead to more sit-downs in the future.

During the gathering, Allen also sought answers.jaguars_084

The confetti remained on the field hours after the Patriots had gone home and the Jaguars had flown into their offseason.

Feb
02

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that team owners will discuss a plan when they meet next week for dealing with the raging national controversy over players’ protests during the national anthem, adding that while the league respects the right of its players to express their opinions, it believes they should stand during the playing of the anthem.

While stopping short of saying the NFL would require its players to stand, Goodell strongly suggested in a letter to NFL teams that at next week’s meeting the league would propose to owners that players be required to do so, while also providing a platform to recognize their community activism.

I mean, I don’t think anyone can ever take those for granted. These are pretty amazing times for all of us — fans included, players, coaches, everyone. It’s very special.”

So much about the next two weeks will be familiar for the Patriots, providing them an unquestioned advantage over the Philadelphia Eagles, their opponents for Super Bowl LII. They have one more, too: Brady expects to get his stiches out this week.

Baez signed for $3 million in the Padres’ epic July 2 free-agent class, but I don’t think anyone expected the kind of performance the the 6-foot-8 right-hander showed this summer in low-A Fort Wayne. Baez arrived in the Midwest League on July 4 for his first start outside of the Arizona Rookie League and punched out 34 percent of batters he faced while walking just eight men across 10 starts there.

He will hit 98 mph and pitch comfortably in the mid-90s with good angle thanks to his height, showing an above-average to plus changeup and a slurvy curveball that comes and goes start to start. His extension gets him a little extra hop on his fastball in the zone, which so far has allowed him to miss bats with the pitch.

The Padres were cautious about innings in his first pro season, but Baez, who just turned 22, needs to be challenged this year with better competition, as he has No. 2 upside but simply overpowered the younger low-A hitters he faced last year.
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