Monthly Archives: June 2017

Five worst halftime shows in Super Bowl history

When Super Bowl halftime performers know whatever they do will be watched by a big chunk of the world, many go out of the box to try and take the entertainment world by storm.

Super Bowl 51 halftime performer Lady Gaga is expected to do something we haven’t seen before, but history tells us that’s a dangerous choice — especially in today’s meme-centric, GIF-heavy world. Strike out at the Super Bowl and feel the hangover well past Monday morning.

The seemingly robotic nature of an athlete like Brady often takes the human element out of the public’s perception. The decisions he makes about his career are not met with the same standards as those made by your average Joe. The public is selfish, and it assumes Brady, as a football player, is not susceptible to career-altering moments in life.
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But Brady is a father of three, and he has never been shy about expressing how much his family means to him. News broke during the week leading up to Super Bowl 51 that Brady’s mother has been dealing with an illness, and she hasn’t been able to attend her son’s football games this season like she always had. Brady’s dad was able to attend just one.

Cousins is in line to be the highest paid player in NFL history if he becomes a free agent, so Washington will either need to make a very strong contract offer or use the tag on him for a second year in a row.
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Cousins is in the driver’s seat. There is no negative path for him to take, as his value only looks to increase with another tag, which would cost the Redskins about $24 million. Given the price, they likely would use the exclusive franchise tag, which would completely prevent Cousins from being signed by somebody else in free agency.

How Mike Trout, already the best player in baseball, is still getting better

By the end of 1966, The Beatles had already released a staggering number of all-time great albums — Rubber Soul (1965), Revolver (1966), A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Please Please Me (1963), to name a few — and their permanent place among the rock n roll elites was secure.
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They weren’t content, of course. In June 1967, they dropped Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a revolutionary departure from their previous efforts, an epic recording that Rolling Stone picked as the greatest album of all time in 2012, calling it an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting, cover art and studio technology by the greatest rock & roll group of all time.

Why am I bringing this up?

After the 2015 season, Trout looked at his first four full years in the big leagues — which produced one AL MVP and three second-place finishes, remember — and decided he could do better.

Should the Angels trade for a rental like Lorenzo Cain, Melky Cabrera or Curtis Granderson? Even if Eppler considers those outfielders to be better than journeyman Eric Young Jr., who was called up from Triple-A on Monday to replace Trout on the 25-man roster, he still has to give up at least one player (major or minor league) and add salary.

Youth Sam Huff Jersey If Eppler is thinking boldly, he could try to go all-in on a longer-term addition like Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna, but he doesn’t have much of a farm system from which to deal. LA’s was ranked 29th by Baseball America during spring training.

Rob Gronkowski’s new deal with the Patriots could make him the highest-paid TE in the NFL

A year ago, the New England Patriots picked up an option on tight end Rob Gronkowski’s contract — something he called “a pay cut.” Now he’s getting a raise. The Patriots and the four-time Pro Bowler agreed on a contract extension, and it’s structured in a way that will reward Gronkowski for being healthy enough to play and for contributing on the field.

The contract will pay Gronkowski up to $10.75 million per year if he’s able to hit certain benchmarks, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said that those targets include playing 90 percent of the Patriots’ offensive snaps, or hauling in 80 catches, or racking up 1,200 yards, or being named an All-Pro.

Despite that, the widespread belief after the season was that the Bills would release Taylor. He got benched in Week 17 thanks via management edict; they didn’t want to risk him getting hurt and forcing the team to payout his full $30.75 million guarantee. In the end, they did keep him albeit with a reworked contract to take away a mountain of guaranteed money. Now, he gets $15.5 million in guaranteed money and a wad of incentives after 2017, essentially making it a one-year deal.

It’s possible that this is just a motivational tactic the tired, old NFL say about forcing everyone to compete for the jobs. However, that one’s usually reserved for highly drafted rookies this time of year, not veteran quarterbacks who have given the Bills the best two-year stretch of QB play the team’s had since Jim Kelly had the job.

Here’s an idea — give the guy a vote of confidence in the press. In a league where there aren’t enough above average quarterbacks for all 32 teams, Taylor clearly gives the Bills their best shot to win now and even into the future.

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