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Schakowsky thinks he’s full of shit.

Siding with Trump puts anyone at odds with Schakowsky, especially when it comes to player health and safety. In October, Trump described concussions as “a little ding on the head.” In March 2013, he said the sport was ending because the NFL discontinued using a helmet to initiate contact. Last year in Nevada, he said football has become soft like how America has for the increased safety measures.

To put it lightly, Schakowsky thinks he’s full of shit.

“This is a man where winning and being on top is everything. So, a ‘little ding on the head’ a lifelong disability, a shortened life? Go for it. Be tough. Be a winner. Don’t be a loser. Complaining must make you a loser,” she said, sarcastically. “That’s who he is. That’s what he does for everything. This absence of empathy, I think he has a disability in that sense, an inability to connect with people’s problems.”

At the time Schakowsky got Miller to connect football and CTE publicly, she just didn’t understand everything. She had never even seen the movie Concussion. But when she went back to her office in the Rayburn House Office Building, her name blared on SportsCenter and her email inbox was full of kudos from friends.

Believe it or not, he briefly played for the Jets at one point. Since then, he’s been attempting to build a basketball empire. With his three sons Lonzo, LaMelo, and LiAngelo, he’s gained national attention for Big Baller Brand. The Jets need a GM who is willing to take risks, and aim bigger than ever before. LaVar is not afraid to do that.

He had a successful career behind the mic as a rapper. He’s had a successful career acting. Clearly he’s capable at succeeding in whatever he does at a high level, so promote Reggie McKenzie and pass the sticks to Cube.
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2017 NFL draft order: Rounds 4-7 scheduled for Saturday

This is the “lightning round” portion of the draft, when teams have less time to make their picks. In Rounds 4-6, they get five minutes per pick, and by the seventh round, it’s a four-minute time limit. In addition, nobody really cares about spoilers this late in the draft, so expect the draft tips to come in fast and furious on Twitter.

Even though this is the less prestigious part of the draft, there’s no shortage of talent available. Fifteen of the players on Dan Kadar’s top-100 list are still on the board, and it’s likely they’ll hear their names called pretty early on Saturday.

I’m high on Watson (as most college fans are), but this is a weak QB group overall. Dobbs in the first couple rounds would’ve been a big risk, though that goes for this entire group.

He was projected as late as the sixth round and went in the fourth, but I’m not smart enough to see a two-round gap between him and, say, Kizer. Some of the most athletic pass catchers available in 2017 aren’t wideouts — they’re tight ends. Alabama’s O.J. Howard is expected to be the first end off the board after running a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at 6’6 and 250 pounds. Miami’s David Njoku and Ole Miss’s Evan Engram are two more big targets who can add a dynamic chain-moving threat in the middle of the field.

Small school standouts will have their chance to make a mark as well. Gerald Everett bounced from UAB to South Alabama after the former shuttered its football program. Barring disaster, he’ll be the first Jaguar to ever hear his name called at the draft. Ashland’s Adam Shaheen and Toledo’s Michael Roberts are also players with big potential.yankees_1541-115x115

5-star recruit Kevin Knox turned down $1.4 million to play in college instead of overseas

Kevin Knox was offered $1.4 million by a professional basketball team in China to go pro as soon as he graduates from high school, according to an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. He turned it down without much thought.

Wait, what?

This offer was made knowing that Knox would only be around for a season before going to the NBA, like Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay before him. The $1.4 million offered is a lot of money to make in one year for anyone, but especially coming out of high school. However, bypassing college was never really on the table for Knox.

“Few men have contributed as much to the National Football League as Dan Rooney,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years. Dan’s dedication to the game, to the player and coaches, to his beloved Pittsburgh, and to Steelers everywhere was unparalleled.

“He was a role model and trusted colleague to commissioners since Bert Bell, countless NFL owners, and so many others in and out of the NFL. A voice of reason on a wide range of topics, including diversity and labor relations, Dan always had the league’s best interests at heart. For my part, Dan’s friendship and counsel were both inspiring and irreplaceable.”

In addition to his contributions to football, Rooney also served as the United States Ambassador to Ireland under President Barack Obama from 2009 until 2012.
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Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night.

The Heels nearly blew a big lead to Arkansas in the second round, and Williams was quick to note they were lucky to survive. The Elite Eight game against Kentucky came down to a wild final sequence, with Williams electing to let his team attack the Wildcats rather than call a timeout after Malik Monk’s incredible three-pointer tied the game with nine seconds left. Maye ended it at the buzzer.

The win over Oregon on Saturday was just as dramatic. UNC missed four straight free throws late, but grabbed consecutive offensive rebounds to seal the victory as Ducks center Jordan Bell broke down in tears.

Gonzaga was the better team for much of Monday night. If freshman star Zach Collins didn’t get called for a questionable fourth foul early in the second half, it might be a different story. Same goes for the non-call on Meeks with his hand out of bounds for that key loose ball with under one minute remaining.

Football is fun because of how unpredictable it is. It’s equally scary for that same reason. The Chiefs are 9-1, the Texans and Falcons are 2-8. There’s a reason to tune in at the beginning of the season for every fan and also reasons for every fan to be fearful that they’ll need to turn away.

Even knowing how unpredictable the season can be, the list of players to play quarterback in the NFL this year is rather unbelievable.

Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien have made starts for the Green Bay Packers. Matt Flynn might make a start for them soon as well, which would be his second team to start for this year and this third team overall.
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The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out

The point is that, when it comes to the NFL Draft, you have just as good a chance of getting the next Aaron Rodgers (taken #24 overall) or the next Dan Marino (taken #27 overall) as you do of getting the next JaMarcus Russell, Ryan Leaf, or Brady Quinn. If the Vikings are dead-set on taking a quarterback in the first round this year, their odds of getting a good one are basically the same with the first or second pick as they are with the fifth pick or the seventh pick or the tenth pick or wherever else they end up selecting. Their chance of selecting a complete flop with any of those picks? Just as good. I certainly hope that, if a new quarterback does come in here next season, that they’ll be under the tutelage of someone not named Bill Musgrave, but that’s a separate topic.

But for all of you folks that think the Minnesota Vikings are going to “tank,” I really hope that this evening was a rather rude awakening for you. The Minnesota Vikings got a victory tonight that they weren’t expected to get, and it was freaking awesome. And do you know why it was freaking awesome? Because a Minnesota Vikings win is better than a Minnesota Vikings loss. Every. Damn. Time. And they got that win because, even when it looked like they were on the verge of getting blown out and fielding a roster that only had 44 healthy players (as opposed to the usual complement of 46), they pulled it together and beat a team that still has. . .or, at least, had. . .post-season aspirations. I’m happy with that. Lots of Vikings fans are happy with that. If you’re not. . .well, that’s a you problem, not a me problem.

The 2017 NFL Draft will sort it self out. . .for now, there are only seven games remaining in the 2017 Minnesota Vikings season, and I’m going to be over here hoping that my favorite team spends them winning rather than losing.
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Here’s a look at the updated NCAA tournament bracket.

NCAA tournament bracket update: Purdue overcame March Madness jitters to beat Iowa State and make the Sweet 16

Purdue is going to the Sweet 16 after holding on for a thrilling 80-76 victory over Iowa State in the NCAA tournament on Saturday. The Cyclones staged a furious rally in the second half, but Purdue held on for a wire-to-wire win.

Here’s a look at the updated NCAA tournament bracket.

This has to be especially cathartic for Boilermakers fans after watching the team blow a big second-half lead to Little Rock in the tournament last year. It almost happened again, but Caleb Swanigan wouldn’t let it.

Standing 6’1, 192 with a Spider-Man tat, he expects to reach about 205 in a college strength program. He cites academics and playing time as his biggest factors, noting UNC’s depth chart is currently light on experienced receivers, so the Heels are “sitting high” with him.

Clemson’s use of four- and five-wide sets on offense interests him, since “I’d have a good chance to get the ball.”

He says Florida head coach Jim McElwain texts or calls him every day and that, as a freshman, he was McElwain’s first Florida offer. Head coaches typically don’t have time to personally recruit all that many prospects.

“Knowing it comes from the head coach, that means a lot,” he says.

He refers to Auburn co-OC Kodi Burns as a big brother type. Burns was a QB-turned-WR for Auburn within the last decade, and Copeland says, “It ain’t always about football. I can relate to him on a lot of levels. We keep it real. The vibe we have, he’s always telling me to stay focused. If I was to come to Auburn, he’s gonna make sure I was straight.”18

The Kings naturally became a popular topic in the wake of Gay’s torn Achilles suffered Wednesday night

You’d struggle to find a single team with a representative at the Showcase that believes Atlanta has permanently pulled All-Star forward Paul Millsap from the trade market.

The skepticism has been so loud that it leads one to imagine Millsap might still prove to be the biggest name in play between now and Feb. 23, assuming Dragic indeed can’t be had and with Sacramento’s Rudy Gay suddenly out for the season.

The Kings naturally became a popular topic in the wake of Gay’s torn Achilles suffered Wednesday night.

The Kings, though, just went 1-6 on a crucial homestand to fall to 10th in the West at 16-25 and Friday begin an eight-game road trip (yes, eight) in Memphis.

Given Gay’s long-term unavailability and Sacramento’s well-known hopes of convincing DeMarcus Cousins to sign for the long term, ?two wings have emerged as the most likely Kings to be dealt:

The bulk of the external trade interest Gay attracted came in the offseason?, most notably from Oklahoma City, Miami and Portland, but sources say Sacramento has had opportunities to move Gay since the season began and chose to hold off, presumably in hopes of giving itself the best chance of snagging the West’s No. 8 seed and thus bringing a halt to the league’s second-longest playoff drought (10 seasons and counting).

Things have stagnated a bit in Charlotte, but I love this heads-up play from Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum:

The little switch Portland tries, with Moe Harkless sliding from Batum to Cody Zeller, has become a classic end-of-quarter tactic: When the defense knows a pick-and-roll is coming under a time crunch, they swap a wing onto the screener and take their big man plodder out of the central action. I nicknamed it “The Brook Lopez Switch” a few years ago, when the Nets yanked Lopez out of the pick-and-roll every chance they got.

Walker sees it coming and slings the ball to Batum during that teensy window in which the Blazers are still mid-switch. That gives Batum a head start, and he takes advantage.

Eagles running back Darren Sproles will retire after next season

Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles said next season will be his last one in the NFL. Sproles, 33, is the third-oldest running back in the NFL. Frank Gore and DeAngelo Williams are the only two running backs who are older.

Earlier this week, Sproles told ESPN’s Tim McManus that he plans on playing one more season before retiring. “I feel like [after 2017] it will be time.”

The veteran running back wants to return to Philadelphia next season because he is close with teammates and coaches. However, he mentioned that whether he will be back with the Eagles next season is out of his hands.

“That’s not up to me. That’s up to the people upstairs. I’ve got nothing to do with that. But that’s the plan.”

Leading the New York Jets 20-13 late in the fourth quarter last week, the Giants appeared to be on their way to a win and cover as a 2.5-point underdog. Instead, the Jets went on to tie the game and win it 23-20 in overtime, handing the Giants their third straight loss and dropping their season record to 5-7 SU and 6-5-1 ATS.

“I need to shut up more, frankly,” McCarthy said when asked about his influence on Clements’ offensive play selection. “I think the most important thing is — and I don’t know how other people do it — the communication network when you’re calling plays.

“If you’re calling plays, you need the information before the series and timely information within the series. So that’s something that we’re all conscientious of, and it’s just to make sure we’re trying to give Tom the support that he needs there.”
The Packers lost 2014 leading receiver Jordy Nelson for the year in preseason and are No. 22 in total offense entering Week 14. Aaron Rodgers has still managed to rack up 26 touchdowns with five interceptions, but his 97.3 passer rating is the first time his rating has been under 100 since finishing with a 93.8 passer rating in his first full season as the team’s starter.

McCarthy spent five seasons as the offensive coordinator of the New Orleans Saints and one year with the same position with the San Francisco 49ers before getting the head coaching job with the Packers in 2006.

Carroll indicated that Rawls left some yards on the field

Overall, Wilson was 2-for-7 for 9 yards and a sack out of empty. In the previous two games, he was 9-for-10 for 170 yards out of this look.

The one bright spot Sunday Elite Womens Kevin Johnson Jersey was that the zone read was working. Wilson and Thomas Rawls combined to run nine times for 57 yards (6.3 yards per carry) out of zone-read looks. Wilson kept the ball twice for 30 yards.

Carroll indicated that Rawls left some yards on the field and is still shaking off the rust after having missed seven games with a fibula injury. He had an 8-yard run in the third that could have been a monster gain, but Rawls spun right into the linebacker in the open field.

We talk about wine and Buffalo cuisine and catching the first pass of every practice. But when I ask if he’s willing to reconsider his decision and consent to an interview, he says, “Nope. It’s been Michael Schofield Kids Jersey done so many different ways so many different times. I just don’t see the point of doing it again.” On my last day in Buffalo, he shakes my hand and says, “I hope you enjoyed Buffalo. Sorry I couldn’t help.” When I tell him I’ll see him in Seattle when the Bills play the Seahawks the following Monday night, he says, “Oh, cool. So we get to do this again?” It’s the most congenial refusal in the history of journalism.

Part of Incognito’s reticence — and I dare you to find another instance when those two words have been joined in any plausible manner — is what he perceives as the predictability of the flipped plotline. From the moment he signed with the Bills, he told friends this day was coming; he would reassert himself with an NFL team and the redemption stories would roll out. Richie the Leader. Richie the Misunderstood. Richie the Changed Man. They’re all predicated on the assumption that he somehow reformed, a proclamation neither he nor anybody else seems eager to make.

“I don’t know if he’s changed,” Ryan says. “I can just tell you what he’s been like with us. I knew this was a guy I wanted around our guys. He loves to play, and he’s been nothing but a terrific teammate here. Has he been in a fight or two? Sure. That’s him.”

Robert Griffin III will be Washington’s starting quarterback in 2015

Robert Griffin III will be atop the quarterback depth chart when Washington resumes practicing this year. Head coach Jay Gruden acknowledged as much during his Wednesday afternoon press conference at the NFL Combine.

“We’ll go into the season Bryan Walters Authentic Womens Jersey with Robert as the number one guy,” Gruden said.

Gruden was quick and to the point, answering that question right off the bat. He also made it clear that the team had a list of things they expect RGIII to work on before the season starts, from footwork to anticipating his throws.

“He made a mistake, he admitted a mistake … I’m sure he’s doing everything he can to make himself better on and off the field.”

Spielman also brushed aside concerns about Peterson’s readiness to play. “When Adrian Peterson comes back, I’m sure he’ll come back with something to prove to everybody.”

Peterson has amassed 10,190 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns in his eight-year career. Peterson peaked in 2012 with 2,097 yards, the second-highest single-season total of all-time. However, Peterson only played one game in 2014 after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list for being involved in a child abuse investigation. Peterson admitted to beating his 4-year-old son with a switch, something any team housing Peterson will C. J. Prosise Authentic Womens Jersey have to deal with come training camp. Currently, Peterson is awaiting reinstatement, which can come April 15.

Turning 30 years old in March, Peterson is hitting the imaginary line where many running backs begin a swift decline. The six-time All-Pro has three years remaining on his six-year, $86.28 million contract with $36 million guaranteed. If the Vikings decide to move on from Peterson, they would save $13 million against the cap in 2015 before netting $15 and $17 million in 2016 and 2017, respectively.