Month: June 2018

Falcons will decide on anthem approach as a team

The NFL’s new national anthem policy creates three options for players: (1) stand for the anthem (and respect the flag, whatever that means); (2) stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem; or (3) kneel during the anthem (or otherwise disrespect the flag, whatever that means), triggering league-imposed fines on the team and, possibly, team-imposed fines on the players.

For the Atlanta Falcons, it’s unknown what the players will do. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the players will decide on an approach, which will be adopted by all players.

That’s something we’ll get to, quarterback Matt Ryan said this week, via Ledbetter. I think the focus for everybody, to be frank with you, has been on the practices and the OTAs.

I would also like to thank the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the time I was granted with each organization. I am thankful for the relationships forged and the lessons learned while part of each team.

And the NFL is taking heat for its willingness to take heat from the White House.

SportsBusiness Daily has collected links to various columns calling out the NFL for saying nothing at all in the two days since the latest presidential assault on pro football happened. And it’s only going to get worse.

It’s only going to get worse because: (1) the President knows it’s a winning issue; and (2) the NFL continues to run scared, hopeful that ignoring the President will cause him to eventually go away.

But that response to bullying works only when the only thing the bully gains from bullying is knowledge that the bullying is provoking the desired reaction from the subject of the bullying. In this case, it doesn’t matter that the NFL is ignoring the President. What Cheap Football Jerseys From China matters is that the President’s base isn’t ignoring it, and that the media isn’t, either.

President Donald Trump’s attacks on National Football League Cheap Elite Jerseys players kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality are welcomed by Republican voters but no one else, according to a poll released Thursday.

The Capitals got caught up in a fast-paced, fire-at-will contest in Game 1, and Vegas rolled to a 6-4 victory.

Washington made the adjustment in Game 2 and won 3-2, then gripped the defensive clamp even tighter Saturday night in a 3-1 win.

Now, mired in their initial losing streak of the playoffs and trailing 2-1 in games for the first time, the Golden Knights are desperate to become more effective pushing the puck toward the net.

We get it out on our blue line and we try to make a cross-ice play and they’re picking it off, Reaves said. Their transition game is good. We’re getting to their blue line and we’re trying get cute again instead of doing what works. With this team, that’s getting it in and then going to work.

The Capitals know this, and they have taken great strides to shackle a team that averaged 3.31 goals per game during the regular season, tied for fourth in the NHL.

I’ve been preaching and teaching faith for 22 years, he said. That’s what I’ve been feeding people. I say I’m just eating my own stew right now.

While the family remains optimistic and positive about Shazier returning to the field, Vernon was candid when asked about what will happen if his son doesn’t fully recover.

If he can’t play anymore, then God has a plan for him, he told Berry. God has a plan.

There is no sure thing on the interior of the line. The best option may be to kick right tackle Mike Remmers, who signed a $30 million contract last offseason, to guard. That would leave room for Brian O’Neill, a 2018 second-round pick, to contribute at right tackle opposite of Riley Reiff, who signed a $58.8 million contract in 2017.

Right now, the Vikings have three offensive tackles, a young but struggling center and holes at guard. If one of those tackles moved inside, it would benefit everyone involved. If Remmers doesn’t stick inside, it could get ugly when Minnesota plays the likes of Mike Daniels, Akiem Hicks and Kenny Clark in the NFC North.

Offensive line situations are fluid at this point of the offseason, with lineups often not locked in until August. Over the next few months, the Patriots will have to figure out how to replace left tackle Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants on a contract that made him Cheap Dolphins Jerseys the Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys highest-paid offensive lineman in the sport on an annual basis.

Tomlin may not be thrilled with Roethlisberger’s OTA comments

Mike Tomlin can’t be happy with Ben Roethlisberger right now.

On Wednesday, Roethlisberger justified his absence from Organized Team Baseball Jerseys Activities by explaining, If coach asked me to be here every day, I would be here every day but they haven’t asked me to do that. From Tomlin’s perspective, that’s a problematic statement, on several levels.

First, it potentially implies that Roethlisberger and Tomlin have communicated regarding whether the quarterback should participate in voluntary offseason workouts, which in turn potentially implies that Tomlin has had those communications with other players. Which suggests that Tomlin has privately said things to players indicating that the voluntary workouts aren’t voluntary.

The things that he spews are straight-up racist and sexist, Smith-Pelly said. Some of the things he’s said are pretty gross. I’m not too into politics, so I don’t know all his other views, but his rhetoric I definitely don’t agree with.

It hasn’t come up here, but I think I already have my mind made up.

Smith-Pelly’s stance is interesting for a few reasons, primarily that hockey players aren’t as open with their personal stands as stars in other sports. But the fact he plays for the team based in our nation’s capital, which is full of international players (including Basketball Jerseys Custom Russian captain Alex Ovechkin) made it uncomfortable for him to think about.

Things that he’s saying about immigrants and people of color, I don’t think anyone here would agree with that, Smith-Pelly said. We’ve got a lot of Europeans and a lot of Canadians.

Even in a sport without the same level of media attention as the NFL and NBA, the topic has been hard to ignore for his teammates. Washington teammate Brooks Orpik was a member of the 2009 Penguins team which visited Barack Obama.

Buster Olney says Shohei Ohtani is one of the most impactful players in the league due to his contributions on the mound and at the plate.

Who are the best players going to be in Major League Baseball for the 2018 season? To determine this, ESPN formed a panel of MLB writers, analysts, contributors and Insiders to rank the top 100. We polled almost 40 experts who voted from a list of just under 300 players.

Who are the biggest snubs? Which young players would you build a team around? We asked our experts to answer questions on the bottom half of our top 100.

We’re starting with Nos. 100-51, which includes 23 new players from last season’s top 100. We’ll reveal Nos. 50-1 on Wednesday. We’ve included Dan Szymborski’s preseason ZiPS projected WAR for every player, starting with a young Phillies pitcher.

Scruffy-looking nerf herder. Always has a good blaster by his side. Has it where it counts. Ran the Kessel in less than twelve parsecs. If money is all that he loves, then that’s what he’ll receive. Might be more to him than money. Takes orders only from himself. Prefers a straight fight.

Clint Capela ran Karl-Anthony Towns and the Timberwolves out of the playoffs, writes Tim MacMahon: The centers’ raw numbers in the series were pretty similar. Towns averaged 15.2 points and 13.4 rebounds per game, compared to 15.8 points and 14.2 rebounds for Capela. But their impact wasn’t comparable, as Capela’s relentless energy played a key role in the Houston Rockets Cheap Barcelona Jerseys finishing off the Timberwolves in five games, a stark contrast to Towns’ often passive play.

DeMar DeRozan finished with 32 points and Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help the Raptors beat the Wizards and move to within a win of the second round.

The Raptors regained the lead midway through the fourth quarter, then Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys Delon Wright — who averaged just 6.5 points in the two losses in Washington — went on a personal 7-0 run, starting with a deep 3-pointer and ending with free throws to extend the Raptors’ lead to eight with two minutes to play.