Monthly Archives: February 2018

The pair of stabbings notwithstanding, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said the parade went off mostly “without a hitch,” per the report.

Two people were stabbed during the Eagles’ Super Bowl parade in Philadelphia Thursday, the Associated Press reported. The victims are expected to survive.

While there were also four police cars dented by people climbing on them, an assault by a woman on a police officer, two arrests for assault and a damaged Jumbotron, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross characterized the foul play as minor.

So there was no more fitting way for the 2017 NFL season to end than with those Eagles hoisting the Lombardi Trophy — with the same passion that several of them thrust their fists in the air, and launched themselves into negotiations with owners about supporting their causes, and declared their intent to put their money, time and minds where their fists (and shoulder clasps) were.

It’s not about football. Kaepernick has taken a team to a Super Bowl. He had 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions last season. He has not yet turned 30. No, he is not an MVP-caliber player. Maybe he never was. Perhaps he is not even starting-quality now. But he certainly belongs on a roster.

The ’90s Cowboys were loved or loathed, and “The Playmaker” was at the front of all that. Irvin was arrested on charges of drug possession in 1996, and everybody remembers Irvin showing up for the hearing in a full-length mink coat.

Irvin became the go-to for guys who couldn’t wait for the Cowboys’ dynasty to fall, and Eagles fans booed Irvin when he was carted off the field after suffering a career-ending injury.

Peterson faced charges of felony child abuse before he pleaded no Cheap NFL Jerseys USA contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, and he was NFL Jerseys Nike suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season as a result. Peterson returned in 2015 and rushed for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns, but the suspension was still fresh in mind.

That made me wonder what Girard, who died in 2007 at 74 — after 21 years on WPIX he resigned in 1995 never again to be seen on TV when he wouldn’t accept a no-good-reason demotion to weekends — would do today with NFL highlights on Monday nights.

The Browns clinched the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft on Christmas Eve. They secured the fourth overall pick on New Year’s Eve.

The Eagles now have the final pick of the first round following their 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl 52. The Patriots will pick 31st.

The Colts did the Browns a favor in Week 17 of the regular season with their 22-13 win over the Texans (4-12). Thanks to a draft-day trade, the Browns own the Texans’ first-round pick, which is fourth overall after they lost to the Colts. That trade allowed the Texans to move up from 25th to 12th to select former Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The Browns then took Jabrill Peppers with the 25th pick.

The Jaguars went from the fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft to a final four pick in the 2018 draft by reaching the AFC championship game. After losing to the Patriots, they will have the fourth-to-last pick in the first round — 29th overall.

The first 20 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft were set before the playoffs. Picks 21-24 were decided after the wild-card round. Picks 25-38 were locked in with the divisional round. The Chiefs (10-6), who won the AFC West, do not own a first-round pick after trading it to Buffalo (9-7) to move up to 10th in the 2017 draft to select former Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. The Bills will pick consecutively at 21 and 22.

As was the case for Quinn when he left New England for Detroit, Patricia will be working in a new environment for the first time in his NFL coaching career. In other words, the “Patriot Way,” a loose term to describe the personnel, coaching and preparation philosophy under Belichick in New England, is the only NFL philosophy these guys know.

“I have learned immensely from (Belichick’s) detailed leadership approach to the game, which has certainly shaped me into the football coach that Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale I am today,” Patricia said Monday in a statement after he was announced as Lions coach. “Quite simply, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work with, who NHL Jerseys Wholesale I believe, is the greatest coach in NFL history.”

We’ve seen almost everybody else in the conference try. Denver, led by Peyton Manning, is the only AFC team to beat New England in the playoffs the last five seasons. Jacksonville, Tennessee, Houston, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore and Indianapolis have tried. The Steelers and Jaguars are better bets right now, but not by that much. We’ve seen all those movies.

Barkley is likely the top talent in the draft this year and a decent bet to go No. 1 overall despite the position he plays.

Siciliano rushes over to the screen when he sees Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters pick up the penalty flag and throw it into the stands, and can’t believe where it lands. “Oh! We’ve got [three] kids in yarmulkes with a flag! Man, oh man!”

Of all the day’s plays, this one’s special for the 43-year-old son of an Italian father and Jewish mother from Reston, Va.

The Bengals were smart to keep Marvin Lewis. When the Cincinnati Bengals announced Marvin Lewis agreed to a two-year contract extension, the Twitterverse was outraged at the prospect of a coach with zero playoff wins in 15 seasons keeping his job. Bengals president Mike Brown was criticized for remaining with the status quo instead of pursuing a hot candidate to get the franchise over the hump as a title contender. While I certainly understand the disappointment and outrage expressed from Bengals fans clamoring for a championship banner in Paul Brown Stadium, I believe the team made the right move to retain Lewis as its head coach.

“Of course, the NFL does the opposite — with a Nor’easter climbing the East Coast. Does the NFL stand for No Feasible Logic?”

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State. The Colts will be looking for a new bell-cow back despite there being no proof that Frank Gore isn’t a warlock who has defeated the slow march of time, and if Barkley is there at No. 3, he could be the top name on the board for the Colts. It wouldn’t be too shocking to see them go pass-rusher or offensive lineman either.

28. Pete Carroll, coach, Seahawks (20): A young-looking 64, he’s now the NFL’s oldest coach after Tom Coughlin was forced to retire by the Giants. His Week 2 return to the L.A. Coliseum — where he led USC to so much success before exiting in a scandal-ridden cloud — will be fun to watch.

For example, in 2015, as the Bills’ coach, Ryan sent linebacker IK Enemkpali out to serve as one-game coin-toss captain before a game against the Jets, Ryan’s and Enemkpali’s former team. Ryan was fired by the Jets; Enemkpali was released after sucker-punching/cheap-shotting teammate Geno Smith, breaking his jaw. Pure class, that Ryan.

That’s why Gruden could be more comfortable Cheap Bike Jerseys watching Cousins walk out the door and handing the QB1 job to Colt McCoy. While you’re Cheap Chelsea Jerseys likely snickering at the suggestion of the eighth-year pro taking over as the team’s starter, you should remember he almost swiped the job from Cousins and Robert Griffin III in 2014 when he completed 71.1 percent of his passes for 1,057 yards and compiled a 4:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio in five appearances (four starts).

Reid has an 8-3 record against his former assistants, which makes for a tough matchup for Pederson.

“I love the city of Philadelphia,” Reid told reporters this week. “I love my time there with the organization. You don’t stay some place for 14 years and not have a fondness for a place. And I always wish them the best, except when we play them. I’m always pulling for the Eagles. Always pulling for them.”

“I just can’t get caught up in that record,’’ Pederson said. “I can’t get caught up on who’s on the other sideline. I just have to focus on my job and getting our team ready to play.”

Texans’ opener… There were reports Monday that the Jaguars were informed their season-opening game Sunday against the Texans will be played in Houston, as scheduled. The Texans reaffirmed that after previously expressing their preference for that. Their stadium did not sustain significant damage in the flooding that ravaged the city during and after Hurricane Harvey.

If there had been a need for the game to be moved, the Jaguars and Texans could have switched their Week 1 and Week 15 games so that Sunday’s contest would be played in Jacksonville and the Dec. 17 game would be played in Houston. That would have left the Texans playing their first three games of the season on the road, and Houston would not have had to be ready to host a game until Oct. 1. Alternatively, the Alamodome in San Antonio offered to host this weekend’s game.

“One fact still remains: They haven’t won a Super Bowl since they got caught. They are cheaters,” Williams said in August.

He was referring to Spygate, when the New England Patriots were busted for illegally videotaping the Jets’ defensive signals during the first game of the 2007 season.

Then, as now with a series of disturbing incidents of domestic violence, the NFL seemed more interested in covering up the problem than investigating it.

“It really shows you what’s truly important to the NFL — and that’s ‘duck and cover,’?” said Bryan O’Leary, author of the book “Spygate: The Untold Story.”

And that’s why certain allegations — including that the Pats were using a Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys radio frequency outside the NFL’s purview to -illegally communicate information to quarterback Tom Brady during the game — were seemingly ignored, O’Leary says.

The Jets play their archrivals again this Thursday, and Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys some fans are still fuming about the advantage the Patriots had over them — and that it was never fully probed.

“I just don’t understand it,” said lifelong Jets fan Ira Lieberfarb, 60. “They got caught cheating, and it should have been investigated in more -detail. I find it very strange.”

Bortles ended up playing four offensive possessions, and let’s just say that things didn’t go well for the Jags.

The Saints are the most complete team left in the tournament, with equal strength through the air and on the rug — plus a solid kicking game, to boot (mostly because of the punter). That said, they wouldn’t have sniffed advancement if Drew Brees hadn’t made at least eight highly difficult throws with perfect ball placement against the Panthers. Troy Aikman referred to Brees’ accuracy repeatedly, noting how important it is to “put the ball where you want to.” Which is precisely what Brees did on plays that were well-covered by the Carolina secondary.

“F—— keep that s— in-bounds bro,” Robinson said after Bortles sailed a pass out of bounds.

On all four possessions, the Jaguars were forced to punt. The Buccaneers led Jacksonville 12-0 at halftime, and the Jags were lucky that it was that close. The Bucs outgained Jacksonville 240-59, and held the Jaguars to just 1 rushing yard on seven attempts in a game that Tampa won 12-8.

Thielen’s career trend suggests he was due to break out in 2017, but nobody could have guessed the fourth-year wideout would end up with 1,276 yards receiving on 91 receptions Best Cheap Jerseys From China and a Pro Bowl selection this season. His production Buy Cheap Jerseys Online in crucial situations has gone a long way toward the Vikings’ success.

Kendricks has been a force in the middle of the Eagles’ defense for years, and he enjoyed another standout season in 2017, amassing 51 tackles (plus 22 assisted), two sacks and six passes defensed.

Per 82games.com, the Milwaukee Bucks’ defense has allowed 117.6 points per 100 possessions with Giannis Antetokounmpo off the court. Meanwhile, their Monday opponents, the Phoenix Suns, allow 112.1 points per 100 possessions, tied for second-most in the NBA. With Antetokounmpo out of the game, this one projects as a scoring fest with huge numbers allowed by terrible defenses on both sides. This would seem to be an excellent game to find potential streamers or to stock your DFS teams with on Monday night.

The Bills had a week off to try to digest their pre-bye loss to the Bengals.

They return to face the Buccaneers at an opportune time, with Jameis Winston plagued by a shoulder injury.

Just when it seems like the appropriate time to give up on Jay Cutler and go with Matt Moore at QB, something happens like the improbable comeback in Atlanta. The Dolphins are on the heels of the Patriots in the tighter-than-expected AFC East, and any game within the division is going to be meaningful for the foreseeable future.

There’s no question that the loss of Elliott, who rushed for over 100 yards in three of his last four games, comes at a bad time for the Cowboys, who are now 5-4 and staring up at the 8-1 Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East. They caught a break, however, with the Redskins falling to the Vikings, 38-30, which pushed Washington back below .500.

Kyle Shanahan finally wins: The San Francisco 49ers entered Sunday flirting with mathematically elimination from the playoffs if they were to lose to the New York Giants and fall to 0-10, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Joe Ferreira. That would have been the earliest a team had been eliminated since the Denver Broncos in 1967. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

The running game didn’t really get revved up Monday night until Derrick Henry’s 72-yard TD romp in the closing moments, and QB Marcus Mariota wasn’t Cheap Euro Jerseys moving around all that well. But Mariota had a productive night throwing the ball, especially in the second half, and the Titans finally found a way to beat the Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys Colts after losing to them 11 straight times.

“You don’t have to, in football, like what your coach [says] or like what you’re doing,” Jones, 75, who if he is serious about firing Goodell would need 24 of 32 votes to do so, said last month. “You have to buy into it, though. But you don’t necessarily have to like it. As a matter of fact, about 95 percent of anything I’ve ever done in football was work and, if you will, painful.”