April 2017

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The second round of the NFL draft got underway along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia on Friday night. League commissioner Roger Goodell is famously a target of fans ire, and he regularly gets booed while stepping to the podium on draft nights. Goodell had a plan — and maybe it was tongue in cheek — to circumvent this problem for himself on Friday. He brought along a local legend.

Goodell walked to the draft stage alongside former Eagles quarterback and current Guy On TV Who Really Loves Philadelphia Ron Jaworski. He was booed anyway; the presence of Jaworski did little to quell the peoples outburst toward the commish.

Aaron Donald Jersey Jaworski did his best to be a loyal hype man, while Goodell took the fans voracious jeering in stride as well as he could have. This was fine.

At 61 and 211 pounds, Wilson is a big, physical cornerback who, to some, resembles a linebacker and thrives in big matchups. He shadows receivers well, tracking routes step for step. His fluid hips prevent many gaps in coverage, making even quick outs a tough sell. According to Pro Football Focus, this led to just 16 receptions against him last fall — or just 1.2 per game.

Hes aggressive near the line of scrimmage and explodes toward the ball when its heading his way, leading to three interceptions and six pass breakups on just 49 targets in 2016. Hes also able to use that aggression to shed blocks and attack runners, where he tackles well.

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Jabrill Peppers was selected in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 25 overall pick.

Peppers was understandably excited for the next step in his football playing career, and celebrated with some dancing that was flawless in its execution.

The Browns will certainly be hoping that Peppers is that elusive and quick on the football field by the time the 2017 season comes along. Peppers leads us to believe that will primarily be at safety. The Browns got a first-round pick next year out of this selection, and that makes the pick get a higher grade. Picking Peppers though is a wild selection, though. He doesnt have a real position, so it seemed like he wouldve made sense in a defense with more pieces already in place. Still, hes an interesting building block and a bold choice for a team that continues to add early draft picks.
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Getting the rangiest safety in the draft is one hell of a way for Chris Ballard to begin his tenure as the Colts general manager. The safety position was a mosh of Andrew Williamson, T.J. Green and Clayton Geathers, so Hooker will presumably go straight to the top of the heap and take over at free safety.
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This is a big surprise, but boy does it make sense. Since drafting Marcus Mariota there hasnt been much of an effort to surround him with weapons, but now they get the top receiver in the draft. Davis was a little unheralded due to his competition and injuries, but hes a big-bodied receiver who can make the big plays.

There was talk that Jamal Adams could go as early as No. 2 overall, so getting him outside the top five is good value even though safeties dont typically go this early. The Jets pass defense needs help and Adams will plug in right away and help, and probably boost the run defense as well.

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2014’s NBA playoffs rendition of Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber” is without a doubt in this world the best intro song ever made. The lyrics were flawlessly stupid and three years later we still remember it in all its glory.

Before we are introduced to 2017’s hit, let’s take a look at some of the most memorable ensembles of the past five years.

Execution: This was definitely the best theme song in terms of it actually being a good song. The graphics were corny but also ahead of their time so no complaints there. This was certainly good, but forgettable in terms of the video. Could have used some dancing athletes.

Execution: Somehow this 2013 video looks and feels like it was made 30 years ago and I’m here for it. The Joakim Noah chest pounds, the LeBron moves, the excessive Howard dancing… Well done.

The Pacers, reluctant to leave Cleveland’s shooters open for three, were hesitant to give Teague help when he was isolated. This seek-and-destroy offense is nothing new for Cleveland — we’ve seen the Cavs employ this same tactic against Steph Curry and Isaiah Thomas.

If Indiana wants to steal Game 2 they’ll need to stop switching everything on defense, or bring over a double team to give poor Jeff Teague a break.

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Senior defensive end Jalyn Holmes will soon have a stepdad, and hes got his coach to thank for making his final spring game truly special.
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This video by Cleveland.com details how Holmes was able to sneak away from the team at halftime and head up to the stands to watch his mother, Tasha, get proposed to by her fiance, Vaughn Parker.

Winner: Patriots. Raiola has been a steady starter at center through a long career, and Bell was a dynamite rookie who never lived up to early expectations with the Steelers. Light was a three-time Pro Bowler, one-time All-Pro, and anchor of an offensive line that won three Super Bowls.

Womens Anthony Davis Jersey There were approximately 40 of Tashas family and friends on hand at the game to see the special moment. Holmes came into the stands with some teammates and they spoofed an interview. Then Parker got down on one knee.

According to the video, the couple met while Holmes was a high schooler and his mom needed some advice after the young man was involved in a fight. The original plan was to propose later Saturday night, but on Meyers urging the proposal happened during the game. We wish them both the best in wedded Buckeye bliss.

But we still didnt know how he would do if given another chance. Accorded a team and a franchise that was in complete sync with his ideas, DAntonis coaching career has come full circle. Coaches rarely get third acts in this profession, and fewer still thrive with that opportunity.

The Rockets had one of the most prolific offenses in history and were six points better offensively per 100 possessions than last season. That helped translate into 14 more wins than the previous campaign, as Houston went from playoff bottom-feeder to arguably the third-best team in the league.

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia pitched an inning for Double-A Binghamton on Monday as he prepares to return from a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.

Familia worked a 1-2-3 sixth inning against Portland in his second appearance this season, throwing six of his nine pitches for strikes. He is eligible to return to New York’s roster Thursday, when the team wraps up a three-game home series against Philadelphia.

Familia’s suspension stems from an altercation with his wife last fall. He was arrested Oct. 31 on a simple assault charge, but prosecutors later dropped the case. Under the domestic violence policy, a player can be disciplined absent a criminal conviction

Limited Kids Sean Couturier Jersey Familia can participate in up to six minor league games while serving the penalty. Still, you need field stretchers out wide, and a lot will be expected of junior wideout A.J. Richardson, a former mid-three-star who caught a 31-yard pass in the opening game of 2016 but only caught one more the rest of the year. He had four receptions for 74 yards in Boise State鈥檚 spring game. Modster and Butler, meanwhile, had six for 44.

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The goal should be to make the Dolphins one dimensional. Take away the run, and make these receivers get open consistently. The Chargers should play a lot of Cover 1, where the corners can just play, instead of think. Let them know that they have help over the top and in the middle (where there would be a robber helping), so they can sit on routes and protect the sideline.

Be sure to check out SB Nation’s team blogs, The Phinsider and Bolts From the Blue, for more analysis and highlights from the game.

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Before Kevin Wilson’s time as the head coach at Indiana, his reputation was built on two major achievements.

The first was coordinating a spread offense at Northwestern that ran over Michigan’s defense and caught the attention of coaches and media everywhere. The next was coaching the legendary 2008 Oklahoma offense that changed the way everyone saw tempo.

The biggest question mark of them all with this decision is: What will the players do? There’s an ever-growing list of NHL players who have spoken out in support of professionals attending the Olympics. They include: Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, and Connor McDavid, just to name a few.

Now that the Olympics ship has sailed officially for the NHL, that puts players and owners in a rough spot. Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said he supports Ovechkin’s decision to go play for Team Russia. Players like Erik Karlsson will have a rougher time, however, as Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk would only have allowed the Ottawa defenseman to go if he was playing for Team Canada.

Just after the news broke, the NHL sent out a memo that teams are not allowed to comment on individual player-by-player cases and that the league will “deal with it.” Reportedly, the NHL will block owners from giving permission to individual players.

A declining quarterback like Schaub facing an elevated pressure level is never a good recipe, and Keenum has likewise struggled in completing a mere 41 percent of his throws under pressure.


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Jaycee Horn, the son of former NFL star Joe Horn, is a cornerback to watch. In March alone, the current three-star picked up offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Ohio State. The 6’0, 175-pounder showed good hips for his size and stuck with many top receivers.

Tru Thompson, of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson is a name to know for 2019. The 6’0, 320-pound Thompson faced some of the best upperclassmen offensive line prospects in the country, and actually won a rep against Deontrey Hill. He is committed to Florida State.

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But it was an extraordinary home run, something that could go on Trout’s cover letter if he needed to send his résumé out and look for a job. This is a baseball player who is as talented as baseball players can be made, and he used a nearly perfect swing. It came on a pitch that probably should have been approached with a much different swing, so it’s almost as if Trout was showing off.

When Charlie Strong brought Sterlin Gilbert to Texas last year to save his offense, the 37-year-old son of the air raid brought a younger brother of sorts, 27-year-old receivers coach Andrew Sowder. When the experiment failed, Gilbert followed Strong to USF, and Sowder got a call from Brennan and headed west.

Had the Spartans established that level earlier, they could have maybe eked out six wins and another bowl berth and saved Caragher’s job. Instead, a series of egg-layings — most notably a 34-17 home loss to Hawaii — did the Spartans in.

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The Minnesota Vikings will roll with Christian Ponder for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, head coach Leslie Frazier announced Wednesday. The decision comes just a few days after Ponder was pulled for throwing two interceptions against the Seattle Seahawks. He was replaced by Matt Cassel, who struggled as much or more during the loss.

The Vikings’ quarterback situation is as muddy as any in the league. The team also has Josh Freeman, who is being paid $2.83 million this season to effectively warm the bench. None of the team’s three options have yet to prove himself capable of consistent production, though Ponder is arguably the best. He played well in Week 10 against the Washington Redskins, shaking off an early pick to throw two touchdown passes before leaving with a dislocated shoulder.
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What this move tells me, more than anything, is that John Idzik trusts Rex Ryan. When Idzik is trying to rebuild this team from the ground up, giving Ryan a toy like this that’s very much questionable to have anything left shows me that he trusts him to coach Reed back to a glimmer of his glory days.
Reed played 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before leaving to join the Houston Texans in free agency during the 2017 offseason. He was released mid-way through his first season with the team shortly after he criticized team’s coaching.

Game Mens Walt Aikens Jersey Indianapolis Colts pass rusher Erik Walden wasn’t ejected for a headbutt of helmetless Delanie Walker on Thursday night, but if it was up to Walker, he certainly would have been. Walker told reporters after the game that the move was “bush league” and that he should have been tossed from the game. Walden finished the game with a sack, while Walker tallied 10 receptions for 91 yards and a touchdown.

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