David Murphy: In Daryl Morey, the Sixers place their future in the hands of an executive who can see it
PHILADELPHIA — Building a basketball team is not a job for any of the archetypes commonly associated with the role. It is not a job for the Politician. It is not a job for the Numbers Guy. It is not a job for the Guy Who Has Played the Game. It is a job for a person whose internal hard drive contains interlinked packets of all of these things. It is a job for the Polymath, the Synthesizer, the Pattern Recognizer. It is a job that demands a manic pursuit of information, an obsessive consideration of hypotheticals and counterfactuals, an unequivocal openness to new ideas, and a relentless desire...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Marcu Hayes: If the Eagles can't beat these Cowboys next week, who are now without Andy Dalton, just blow it up
How about them Cowboys, indeed.Doug Pederson’s message when the team reconvenes Monday morning:“At least we’re not Dallas.”Pederson and his glitchy quarterback and his crippled roster, alone in first place at 2-4-1, welcome the 2-5 Cowboys on Sunday, in a monstrous mismatch for NFC East supremacy. The Cowboys have the worst run defense, a horrific coaching situation, and now they’re down to their third quarterback after Andy Dalton left the game in the third quarter with a concussion after a cheap shot from Washington linebacker Jon Bostic.After the game, coach Mike McCarthy was asked why Dalt...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
With no high school football, a frustrated trainer staged his own game, violating Washington's COVID-19 protocols
SEATTLE — Tracy Ford doesn’t mince words explaining his motivations for lobbying to get high school football players back on the field.“These kids need to be seen,” said the man behind the Ford Sports Performance center in Bellevue, which trains professional and up-and-coming amateur players. “They need to be seen and they need to be evaluated.”And when Gov. Jay Inslee’s office declined to recommend that the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) resume fall sports after a meeting last month involving the WIAA, the governor’s office, Ford and student athletes, the trainer too...
The Seattle Times
University of Florida thankfully rejects Dan Mullen plea to pack Swamp after Texas A&M loss
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey reportedly sent a strongly worded memo last week to conference coaches and athletics directors threatening fines and possible suspensions for those who do not follow COVID-19 protocols.Hopefully, Florida Gators coach Dan Mullen will be the first to get hammered with a heavy fine and/or suspension for his incredibly irresponsible comments following Saturday’s defenseless 41-38 loss to coach Jimbo Fisher’s No. 21-ranked Texas A&M Aggies.Mullen, commenting on the effect Texas A&M’s announced crowd of 24,709 had on the game, said UF’s administration...
Paul Sullivan: Feeling sorry for Tom Brady? Rooting for the Houston Astros? Here are 4 things I never thought would happen
This strange year continues to leave everyone dazed and confused.Things you thought never would happen continue to occur at an alarming pace, and it’s not just because of the norms the COVID-19 pandemic, presidential politics or climate change destroyed.The latest example came Thursday night near the end of the Chicago Bears’ 20-19 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, when a sheepish-looking Tom Brady held up four fingers after turning the ball over on downs, seemingly acknowledging he thought it was still fourth down.“Poor Brady,” I thought. “Sucks being old.”I don’t recall ever feeling sorry f...
Jim Souhan: Wild GM Bill Guerin cleans house without much payback
Bill Guerin has to be ready to make a big move.Doesn’t he?Tuesday night, the Wild drafted polished center Marco Rossi. In a few months, we may find out whether Rossi is ready for the NHL, and in a few years, we may know whether the Wild chose wisely.Will Wild fans have to wait that long for Guerin, the team’s GM, to unveil the endgame of his secret master plan?So far, almost all of the moves Guerin has made this calendar year have one thing in common.Not masterful management. Any or all of his decisions could turn out well, but we won’t know for a while.Not immediate upgrades. As of today he l...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Paul Sullivan: Has the Chicago Cubs' cycle run its course? Stay tuned.
CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs’ 2020 season officially began Feb. 11 in Mesa, Ariz., and ended Oct. 2 with the loss to the Miami Marlins in the wild-card series at Wrigley Field.It’s hard to believe all the things that happened during those eight months, from the optimism of spring training to the gloom of the COVID-19 pandemic, from the shutdown in mid-March to the racial reckoning in the summer, from the restart in July to postmortems by manager David Ross and his players Friday.It was “a season like no other,” as Ross said, and one they hope never to experience again.So what did they learn from...
Mac Engel: Baker Mayfield is no Johnny Manziel, but is being Baker enough for Browns?
FORT WORTH, Texas — Just as Baker Mayfield is not the second coming of Johnny Manziel, he does look like the other pre-draft comparisons of Drew Brees and Russell Wilson.Last season, Baker played, and acted, like a bust. This season he looks like a pro, but a pro who still needs a lot of help, and is treated more like a bus driver.Mayfield comes back to Texas on Sunday to play the stadium where he enjoyed the highs of winning Big 12 conference title games, and is firmly entrenched (stuck?) as the starting QB of the Cleveland Browns.The Dallas Cowboys host a Browns team that has a winning recor...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Fowler: 3 things I liked in Panthers' win over Chargers, including Joey Slye's 'angry' tackle
Since the Panthers hadn’t won a game for nearly 11 months until their 21-16 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, there were some pent-up celebrations in both the team locker room and throughout the Carolinas afterward.Here are three things I liked about the victory as the Panthers (1-2) start preparing to face Arizona (2-1) and quarterback Kyler Murray at Bank of America Stadium this coming Sunday, as well as some notes:———While kicker Joey Slye got some attention for scoring 15 of the Panthers’ 21 points Sunday on five short field goals, he may have received more praise for a textboo...
The Charlotte Observer
Gale Sayers, Bears' Hall of Fame running back, dies at 77
CHICAGO — Gale Sayers, the dazzling Chicago Bears running back and kick returner whose injury-shortened career made him the youngest player ever inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a years-long decline in health that included dementia. He was 77.The “Kansas Comet,” as Sayers was nicknamed, was one of the most agile and elusive ball carriers ever.“If you wish to see perfection as a running back, you had best get a hold of a film of Gale Sayers,” Bears founder George Halas said in 1977 when he presented Sayers for Hall of Fame enshri...