Monthly Archives: February 2017

Here’s your buy-out candidates primer.

Kevin Durant apparently fits right into Silicon Valley.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Joel Embiid is going to play very little or not at all the remainder of the season. Which makes the Rookie of the Year race quite problematic. Not that that is the important thing here.

Matt Moore on whether the Celtics are being too patient.

There are regular arguments on the internet as to whether Kyrie Irving is great or merely good. As a fan of watching defenders get spun the hell out, I think he is great. Exhibit A: John Henson.

Cousins is reportedly looking for a deal with $50 to $60 million in guaranteed money ¡ª the going rate for franchise quarterbacks ¡ª spanning four or five years and worth as much as $110 million or more.

Cousins said he wanted to return to D.C. In January, he made it clear that he wants to be there for the long haul.

Kirk Cousins on returning to DC: “I’d love to build something in Washington, we’ll see if the decision-makers let that happen.”
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Most players do not want to play under the franchise tag in two consecutive seasons, but Cousins isn’t like most players in that regard. He said last month he would do what he did last year if Washington offered to franchise tag him: sign the tender and play.

“We will cross that bridge when we come to it, but I would probably do what I did last year,” he told ESPN. “I will sign it and play with it. I’m not afraid.”

Washington¡¯s team president Bruce Allen said Cousins “knows our intent. The goal is to get long term,” according to CSNMidAtlantic.com
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Cousins is the first quarterback and 14th player in league history to ever get the franchise tag in back-to-back seasons. He is also only the third quarterback, along with Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, to get it twice.

’92 Cowboys reunion celebrates anniversary of Jerry Jones purchase

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson reunited Saturday night to celebrate their first Super Bowl-winning team on the 28th anniversary of the day Jones bought the team, fired Tom Landry and hired his former Arkansas teammate as coach.

The reunion of the 1992 team, pitched as a 25th anniversary celebration, was engineered by quarterback Troy Aikman, who was joined by all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith and receiver Michael Irvin. The so-called “Triplets” won three titles in four years on their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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The battle for the AFC West is on. Remember when it was supposed to be the Broncos running away from everyone in their division and maybe the entire AFC? That could still happen, but it’s going to have to wait until at least Week 8 when the Chargers and Broncos face off for the first time this season. Until then, the Chargers will host the Jets, travel to Oakland and come back home to play the Chiefs — not a bad stretch of schedule. Denver gets to play the Jets too, but also has to face Arizona and San Francisco in the interim.

Panthers part ways with veteran fullback Mike Tolbert

The Carolina Panthers’ offseason rebuild began Tuesday.

The team announced it released fullback Mike Tolbert. The bowling-ball runner spent the last five seasons with the Panthers after four years with the San Diego Chargers.

“I feel very fortunate to have coached Mike for nearly his entire career,” head coach Ron Rivera said, via the team’s official website. “He was someone we targeted in 2012 because we felt he would be a good addition to our offense and he was very productive for us. He brought great energy and leadership to our locker room and I wish him the best.”

That game damaged Cutler’s reputation plenty, but not his wallet or the Bears’ faith. Three years later, he signed a seven-year, $126 million extension that included $54 million guaranteed. On the day the deal was announced, then-Bears general manager Phil Emery described Cutler as a “demonstrated winner” who proved he could “be the reason you win.”

Chicago Bears: General manager Ryan Pace served as team captain at Eastern Illinois during Romo’s 1999 freshman season. Three years later, Romo won the Walter Payton Award at Pace’s alma mater. That said, another Eastern Illinois star — Jimmy Garoppolo — is a more logical trade target for Pace’s rebuilding Bears.

Arizona Cardinals: Much like the Chiefs, the Cardinals have been a mainstay in the Romo rumor mill. Now that Carson Palmer has pledged to play at least one more season, though, the path to playing time in Bruce Arians’ offense is blocked.

DeMarcus Cousins trade FAKey questions on huge deal

The Sacramento Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans was both shocking and confusing. Here’s a simple FAQ to better understand it.

The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans in exchange for a package highlighted by Buddy Hield, a 2017 first-round pick and 2017 second-rounder, sources told ESPN.
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Elite Youth Kevin Byard Jersey The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers on Wednesday. The Vikings’ official website reports the third-year pro will become the fifth tight end on their roster, joining Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Ryan Otten.

Bostick was at the center of the Packers’ infamous failed onside kick recovery that gave the Seahawks an opportunity to complete a come-from-behind victory in the NFC Championship. Bostick couldn’t hang on to the kickoff after attempting to field it, and the Seahawks subsequently recovered and went on to win, 28-22.

It is clear they prioritized young prospects and draft picks and not established players. Not every team had that type of package to offer. The Lakers, for example, were a bidder. But they couldn’t trade their pick this season because it belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers, unless it’s in the top three picks. It is fair to guess that many teams that could’ve made better offers didn’t, which is a commentary on what Cousins’ reputation is in the league.

A lot of people dont even know this but yesterday in a major pathetic little cry for attention, the Tennessee Titans announced that there also moving to LA just to see if anyone would notice and no one cared at all, it was so sad.

Alex Reyes¡¯ injury is a bitter blow for the Cardinals

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The ultimate goal for nearly every team in spring training ¡ª other than getting prepared for the long and arduous regular season ¡ª is to get to Opening Day without any major injuries. Unfortunately for the St. Louis Cardinals, they didn’t even get through the first day of pitchers and catchers reporting without one of their players suffering an injury, and this one was a doozy. The Cardinals have a star pitching prospect in Alex Reyes, but they may have to do without him for the entire 2017 season and then some.

Limited Brooks Reed Jersey Reyes went in for an MRI and the results revealed that the 22-year-old prospect has a partially torn UCL and will probably need Tommy John surgery. As Jeff Passan noted, Reyes’ potential rotation mate Adam Wainwright pitched a few years with a partially torn UCL. However, when you consider the way that Reyes throws and the fact that he’s still a prized prospect, then it’s a safe bet that he’ll probably end up going under the knife in order to make sure that this is fixed for the long haul.

With that being said, this is a decent-sized blow to St. Louis and their postseason chances this year. If Reyes had a solid spring training and continued to build on his appearances from last season, then he would’ve definitely been an impact player in the Cardinals’ rotation for 2017. They’re going to need all of the help that they can get if they’re going to be a legitimate competitor to the Cubs in the NL Central and one of the frontrunners in the NL Wild Card battle. It was going to be a tough road to the postseason for the Cardinals this year, but the loss of one of their major league-ready top prospects is going to make things even tougher for St. Louis.

I thought he got into a rhythm in the second half and he was much better

“I thought that the first half was a combination of some missed assignments, he held the ball a little bit, could have been some better play calls by me in there,” O’Brien told reporters a day after the game. “It was a combination of just bad some offense obviously … I thought he got into a rhythm in the second half and he was much better. I think everybody could see that.”

But it’d be a stretch for the Texans to feel comfortable enough with the performance to enter the 2017 season with Savage as the perceived solution.

And if I would’ve known that before the game, I would’ve embarrassed myself almost as much as he embarrassed himself, and I would’ve led the chants. Because calling us whiners and that is kind of unprofessional. Classy broadcasters, like [the Detroit Pistons’] George Blaha and everybody else, wouldn’t even think to do something like that on TV. But saying our students couldn’t get in there, and he’s doing games for Michigan when his son’s there? That is a disappointment, and that is ridiculous.

Yes, the Dallas Cowboys struck gold with Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, but that’s the exception to the rule. Discount shopping for a quarterback results in many more misses than hits.

As owners of the No. 25 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Texans will likely have to settle for the second, third or fourth quarterback off the board. Trading up is an option, but there are quarterback-needy teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears in the top five, so the Texans still likely won’t get their top choice.

Dakich says a love of stuff, and he’s one of the more polarizing media voices in college basketball. That he’s at the center of an argument like this isn’t surprising.

NHL All-Star Game 2017 final score: Wayne Simmonds, Cam Atkinson lead Metropolitan to exhibition glory

On a team headlined by Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin and coach Wayne Gretzky, it was the underrated players that led the Metropolitan Division to a win in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

The Metropolitan took down the Atlantic and Pacific divisions in the 3-on-3 tournament on Sunday in Los Angeles to take home the $1 million prize, to be split between each of the team¡¯s players.

Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds, a former Kings player himself, was named MVP.

Blue Jackets winger Cam Atkinson finished with five points and three goals in his All-Star Game debut. Simmonds finished with two goals and an assist. Tyler Seguin led the Central Division with two points, Nikita Kucherov and Vincent Trocheck both finished with four for the Atlantic, and Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau led the Pacific with five points.

This team has lost more games then it has won. It¡¯s probably going to keep happening. For every nice win they get against Chicago there may be a close loss to Anaheim and a blowout loss to Arizona. Prepare yourself for that. Cope however you need to, be it alcohol or pictures of kittens.
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What if they do squeak into the playoffs? Are they going to make it past the first round? Even with Stamkos back, the probability of successfully navigating the playoffs is approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty to one.
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We, as a fan base, have to accept that this team just might not have it in them this year. We here will break down why once the pain goes away, but acceptance has to come first. In order to help with this possibility, I¡¯ve prepared a little guide.

The Sixers said Embiid worked out Tuesday and was scheduled to do so again Wednesday

Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid will miss at least the next two games as he continues to recover from a bone bruise in his left knee, the team announced.
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Embiid, who has missed six straight games and nine of the Sixers’ last 10, will also not play in Wednesday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs and will not travel with the team for Thursday’s game at Orlando.

The Sixers said Embiid worked out Tuesday and was scheduled to do so again Wednesday. He last played Jan. 27, when he scored 32 points against Houston.

The Rookie of the Year candidate is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 31 games this season. The 7-footer has sat out 12 games this season after missing all of the previous two seasons recovering from a pair of surgeries on his right foot.

Houston looked into signing free agent guards Mario Chalmers and Jarrett Jack but haven’t pulled the trigger. With Harden taking over the primary ball-handling duties, the Rockets want to add another ball-handler to take pressure off him and Patrick Beverley, who moves to point guard with the second unit. There is also some interest in Orlando power forward Serge Ibaka, who is apparently is on the trade block.

Houston has the third best record in the NBA and has emerged with Harden, as the MVP leader, D’Antoni one of the favorites for Coach of the Year and Eric Gordon for Sixth Man of the Year award. Houston has strong victories over Golden State, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Memphis.

Yet, Morey made three in-season trades during the 2014-15 season where the Rockets won 56 games and reached the West finals.
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“We’re good,” Harden said. “I’ve been riding with these guys for some years now, and some (players) are new and it’s the same [good] thing. This summer we got the guys together and I said this is the roster and this is who we’re going to war with and let’s figure it out.”

the Titans are poised to go places in 2017

Whether it’s late or early, the Warriors’ best screen-and-rolls involve Green, which is fine for involving Golden State’s occasional squeaky wheel. Here’s the issue: It relegates at least one MVP to the periphery. That worked for the Warriors when they blitzed the Phoenix Suns late on Nov. 13 at Oracle. Durant hung around the corner, acting as a highly overqualified Harrison Barnes, as the Warriors blew past the Suns with a series of Steph/Draymond pick-and-rolls. The sequence spoke to how Barnes’ limitations weren’t necessarily Golden State’s. His smaller, defined role was part of the structure that allowed others to flourish.

Authentic Kids Matt Bosher Jersey But sidelining Durant is hardly the long-term solution. He didn’t change his life to watch basketball history happen, a foot from the bench. Durant passivity can’t be a solution to a dearth of Curry aggression.

“Nothing is ever done. No team is ever complete,” said Warriors GM Bob Myers, the architect of a hypothetically totally complete roster. “It takes years sometimes for players to learn how to play together, for teams to learn how to play together. It seems like Steph’s been a little more aggressive lately; which, I think, if you take a step back and look at how he approached it, he was probably more unselfish at the outset; which, I think, is the right way because he’s shown when he’s asked and wants to turn it on, he can do that. So it’s been nice to see him continue to be aggressive, especially over the last four or five games. I think it’s been good.”
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It’s a bit surprising to see them this low, but most observers probably don’t favor the long-term success of a run-based offense in this era. The Titans rode that philosophy to their second winning season in eight years, finishing with the NFL’s third-most rushing yards (2,187), including 1,287 from DeMarco Murray.

In reality, the Titans are poised to go places in 2017. They hold picks Nos. 5 and 18 in the upcoming draft, in part because of their decision to trade down from No. 1 in 2016, and they can focus on collecting more playmakers for Mariota. They are projected to have more cap space, about $70 million, than all but two NFL teams.