Brad Biggs' Week 12 NFL rankings
Losing Drew Brees didn’t keep the New Orleans Saints from moving up another spot to No. 3 in Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 12 of the 2020 season. The Los Angeles Rams, meanwhile, have climbed into the top four.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 9-1 (1)The Chiefs didn’t play very well on defense Sunday night in Las Vegas, but in the end, they had the game’s best player. As coach Andy Reid noted afterward: “I’ve got Pat Mahomes. You give me a minute and a half, and I’m pretty good right there. We can roll.”2. Steelers 10-0 (2)The Steelers just keep rolling as rookie wide r...
What to stream: Thanksgiving picks
Although the Thanksgiving movie isn’t the same cultural behemoth as the Christmas movie, there’s something a bit more nuanced and bittersweet about the Thanksgiving-set film, more rueful and winsome. And while you can find all sorts of holiday-themed fare, especially on Hallmark and Lifetime at the moment, here are a few Thanksgiving movies to take the edge off this holiday week, or at least to remember that Thanksgiving has always been an especially fraught holiday gathering, a good reminder during this most unusual year.“Krisha”: With his 2015 directorial debut, Trey Edward Shults made an in...
Tribune News Service
Karla Peterson: HBO's 'Between the World and Me' is a painful and poetic look at racism in America
The new HBO film based on Ta-Nehisi Coates’ 2015 book “Between the World and Me” is so informed by our current moment that its crew includes a COVID-19 production manager. It is so plugged in to 2020 that it features footage from the Black Lives Matter protests that engulfed America in May after the death of George Floyd. It is so current, it includes Coates’ interview with the mother of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers during a botched raid on her apartment.Coates’ book was written in the wake of the 2014 deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Greg Cote's Week 11 NFL picks
Pleased to report our Week 10 results showed a strong 10-4 overall and a really strong 11-3 against the point spread — best of the season thus far ATS. Called the Colts’ mini-upset win at Tennessee, nailed Washington covering at Detroit in our Upset of the Week (that’s a semi-”Aawwk!”) — and also had another couple of ’dogs-with-points in covers by Texans and Giants. Needed that big week against the Evil Point Spread for some breathing room over .500. Glad you’re with us on our 30th season of picks in the Miami Herald. Now let’s keep it going! (Note: Thursday night pick was At Seahawks (6-3, -...
Fantasy football Week 11: Start and sit
Impressive Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson had a huge day wiped out by penalties, underappreciated Raiders running back Josh Jacobs maintained his impressive pace, and the Rams’ backfield situation remains a mystery. Here’s a look back at Week 10’s games:———WEEK 10 RECAPColts 34, Titans 17: I’m still holding out hope — I have him in multiple leagues — but it’s fair to panic if you have rookie Jonathan Taylor. Both Nyheim Hines and Jacoby Brissett had rushing touchdowns from the two-yard line.Browns 10, Texans 7: He’s going to need more than a single target (zero receptions) if Duke ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Susan Tompor: Credit card balances drop, giving room for holidays. Here are ways to pay
Many of us won’t be putting airline tickets on our credit card or using plastic to pick up the tab for a big holiday dinner at a fancy restaurant with the extended family. We’re just not looking at that kind of holiday spending in 2020.But consumers, being consumers, are bound to pile on a little debt, as well as a few pounds, from Thanksgiving through the end of December.And the odd nature of 2020 means that many consumers have more wiggle room to use their credit cards to go shopping. The question is: How much will they use credit?Credit card balances are way down from a year ago, thanks to ...
Detroit Free Press
Stronger firepower a factor in deadlier St. Louis street violence, experts say
ST. LOUIS — Although handguns are still most commonly used in violent crimes, police officials in the St. Louis area say they’re seeing an alarming rise in shootings involving firearms with large-capacity magazines capable of firing more rounds and thereby causing more injury and death.“In the ’80s, guys had Saturday night specials,” said St. Louis Officer Jay Schroeder, president of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. “Now guys have firearms with 30-round magazines. They’re spraying bullets all over the place.”St. Louis-area police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explo...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Tigers' AJ Hinch unfazed by 'complicated' history with two of his top coaches
DETROIT – AJ Hinch knew it was coming. Of course he did. The minute he hired former Dodgers first base coach George Lombard to be his bench coach in Detroit, he knew he’d have to answer the inevitable question about the 2017 World Series.It’s what we call in the journalism business “low-hanging fruit.” Or as Hinch called it, “The easiest angle to go at.”But the fact remains, Hinch’s Astros beat Lombard and the Dodgers in seven games in the 2017 World Series. It was later revealed, of course, that the Astros had been cheating throughout the 2017 season, using cameras to steal signs from the opp...
The Detroit News
Brad Biggs' Week 10 NFL rankings
The Kansas City Chiefs stay at No. 1, with their bye week next. As for the Chicago Bears, a third straight loss has them almost out of the top 20 in Brad Biggs’ NFL power rankings for Week 10.Last week’s ranking in parentheses.———1. Chiefs 8-1 (1)The Chiefs enter their bye week with the Raiders on the other side Nov. 22. No one is better coming out of a bye than Andy Reid, who’s 18-3 in the regular season.2. Steelers 8-0 (2)Ben Roethlisberger had both knees banged up in what shouldn’t have been such a close game at Dallas. He has to be a shoo-in for comeback player of the year.3. Saints 6-2 (4...
After trying season, Marlins' Mattingly joins rare company with Manager of Year win
After two years of a rebuild, two years of growing pains, two years of painstaking losses in the name of long-term success, the Miami Marlins finally saw some light during the 2020 season.On Tuesday, their manager was recognized for it.Don Mattingly edged out the Chicago Cubs’ David Ross and San Diego Padres’ Jayce Tingler to win the 2020 National League Manager of the Year award as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He joins Joe Girardi in 2006 and Jack McKeon in 2003 as the only Marlins managers to win the award.Mattingly received first-place votes on 20 of ...