Sideline Chatter: Explains why he praised the Dodgers' pass rush recently
Joe Buck? Just call him Iron Mic.The jet-lagged Fox broadcaster worked a Gehrig-esque seven nationally televised games in seven days — Games 1-4 of the World Series and three NFL contests — in four different cities last week.———Political footballQ: How could you tell whether you were watching the NFL game or the presidential debate on TV Thursday night?A: The Giants and Eagles stopped at the two-minute warning.———Just call him SlashAs if Green Bay losing 38-10 to the Bucs last Sunday wasn’t bad enough, Jamaal Williams’ pants tore open during the game, exposing his right buttock.So how do they ...
The Seattle Times
How a group of Seahawks donated — perhaps unwittingly — to politicians who oppose their views
SEATTLE — Republican Sen. Thom Tillis and Congressman Anthony Gonzalez aren’t exactly known for supporting the actions or wishes of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.Tillis, of North Carolina, has openly scolded players for “commandeering” football games in support of racial equality and against police brutality, while former NFL wideout Gonzalez, of Ohio, maintains he always stood at attention out of “gratitude” for the nation’s troops and “how lucky” he was to be an American. When a House bill was put forth in June to curb police powers after George Floyd, an unarmed Black man,...
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Ira Winderman: Heat possess untouchables, shiny objects when it comes to trades
The lesson learned from the 2019-20 NBA season that seemingly would never end is that some couldn’t wait for it to end to speculate about potential trades.That has proved to be the case even with the league remaining in a personnel moratorium as the 2020-21 salary cap is computed and the personnel schedule is reset.So to get ahead of the curve, perhaps it is best to set the Miami Heat’s exchange rates ahead of the market’s opening.———Untouchables— Bam Adebayo: There are two ways teams tend to structure their future — either a draft pick to build around or a free agent to build around.In Adebay...
Are Bears the worst 5-1 team in the NFL? They don't think so, and they're out to prove it Monday night.
CHICAGO — If the Chicago Bears pull off an upset against the Los Angeles Rams on “Monday Night Football,” Tashaun Gipson wants to hear more respect for his team on sports-talk shows Tuesday morning.“I know we hear things about being the worst 5-1 team and this and that, but it’s just an opportunity for us to go out and show we belong where we are,” the Bears safety said. “And it’s a reason we’ve won five games, and it’s not just by luck.“I mean, it’s all over (the place). I watch ‘Get Up,’ you know, ‘Good Morning Football’ and stuff like that. We are the most talked about 5-1 team. I don’t thi...
Darryl Strawberry opens up about moving past baseball, Steve Cohen buying the Mets, his new life as a pastor … and Donald Trump
NEW YORK — Darryl Strawberry doesn’t have much time for baseball these days.The eight-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion spends his time travelling the country as a pastor. Strawberry’s life now stands in stark contrast to his days of playing baseball, surviving colon cancer twice and battling drug and alcohol addiction.The Daily News caught up with Strawberry — in between his conferences in Tennessee, Arkansas and California — and asked the former Mets, Dodgers and Yankees right fielder about the pending Mets sale, the upcoming election and more. His eighth book, “Turn Your Se...
New York Daily News
Jeff McLane: Why can't fourth-quarter Carson Wentz play that way for an entire Eagles game?
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz likes to play with his red hair seemingly on fire.He likes scrambling, making off-balance throws, taking hits, and — over the last dozen games or so, dating back to last season — doing so from behind.This season, the Eagles quarterback has performed better in the fourth quarter than in the first three quarters. Any viewer can discern the difference. But the numbers back it up, as well.In seven games, Wentz has an 85.3 passer rating in the final stanza — plus one overtime — and a 67.8 rating in quarters 1-3. In the last two games alone the dichotomy was even greater:...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mark Craig: Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick
MINNEAPOLIS — There have been 18 NFL drafts since the Texans joined the league and picked first in 2002. In those 18 years, teams picking first averaged 1.7 wins the year before.What that means is the Vikings, sitting on one win, probably need at least a franchise-record 14 losses to have any shot at wresting slam-dunk No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence away from 12 peers that currently have fewer than three victories.Suddenly, the Vikings seem more than OK with belly-flopping down that slippery slope. Fifteen bye weeks after the Love Boat scandal rocked the Vikings off the field, general manager Rick...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
49ers and Patriots: Coaches share mutual respect and a history with Jimmy Garoppolo
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The 49ers and Patriots don’t have a whole lot in common when it comes to the way the two football teams operate, their fan bases or even their climates.“We’d be here for a while if I told you all the differences,” 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said this week.Garoppolo, of course, is a protagonist in New England’s longstanding melodrama, even while he plays his home games more than 3,000 miles away. The prodigal son once destined to replace Tom Brady is now with San Francisco, and Sunday is heading back to play against the team that drafted him — that might secretly wi...
The Sacramento Bee
Larry Stone: We're about to find out just how good the Seahawks are
SEATTLE — The Seahawks’ record is impeccable — but that hasn’t stopped people from pecking away at it.You know the rap. They’ve been playing weak foes. Their porous defense will eventually be exposed. They’ve gotten lucky in several games.There’s truth to all that, of course. The cumulative record of the five teams beaten by Seattle is 9-20. The Seahawks’ defense ranks last in the NFL in yards allowed per game (471.2) and is on pace to set a record in that category for the regular season. And can they realistically expect to keep pulling off miraculous defensive stops like the ones that stymie...
The Seattle Times
DK Metcalf has improved 'dramastically' in his second year with Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. — Entering his second NFL season, DK Metcalf not only wanted to keep making spectacular plays, but also make the spectacular seem routine.Metcalf wants to avoid the kind of lapses that happened occasionally in his rookie year, like in the second-to-last regular season game of 2019, when the Arizona Cardinals held him without a catch for the only time in his short pro career.As Metcalf prepares for redemption against the Cardinals and perennial standout cornerback Patrick Peterson — who shadowed him in the Seahawks’ dreary loss last December — he is well on his way to giving the m...
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