Deshaun Watson’s NFL draft doubters should trust Dabo Swinney


Deshaun Watson didn’t do much at Clemson’s Pro Day on Thursday to help or hurt his stock as the potential top quarterback prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft.

But running around and throwing lasers again to his college go-to guys at wide receiver and tight end provided a reminder of his greatest, most immeasurable asset vs. any other QB in the class — he’s the only one who can boast that he’s fresh off leading a team to a national championship.

But The Big Hurt is not happy by any means.

Thomas was alluding to Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell, both of China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale whom were elected despite allegations of PED use. Tim Raines, who used cocaine during his playing days, will also be part of the Class of 2017.

Thomas’ stance on Bonds and Clemens might seem surprising but the Big Hurt still has strong feelings about players who took steroids.

“Some of these guys were great players, but they wouldn’t have been great players without drugs,” Thomas, a Hall of Famer himself, said. “I don’t mind these guys doing what they want to do for their families and make their money. But don’t come calling to the Hall of Fame and say, ‘I’m supposed to be in the Hall of Fame,’ when you know you cheated.”

Former Bears LB Lance Briggs worried about CTE symptoms


Lance Briggs is retired now, but the former Bears linebacker knows the 12 seasons he spent in the NFL didn’t do his brain’s health any good.

In a recent video Briggs posted to Sqor, he opened up about the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, commonly known as CTE, a progressive degenerative brain disease. More information about CTE has been made public in recent years, and Briggs is worried he might suffer from it at some point.

“CTE affects guys in a different way, and you start seeing it even in the practice of football. You get worried. I get concerned for myself. Even though I’ve never had any suicidal thoughts or anything like that, for it to happen to some great men and great football players, I know I can’t separate myself from that crowd,” Briggs said. “The good thing for me is, at least I don’t feel like I’m at a level where it’s dangerous or harmful for myself. But the stories, the things that you hear, that stuff can be scary.”

Stewart, who was an All-Star in 1989, was part of three World Series championship teams. He was on the Dodgers team that won it all in 1981 and then won a pair of titles with the A’s in 1989 and 1993. He joined the front office of the A’s in 1996 as an assistant to then-A’s GM Sandy Alderson, and held a similar position with the Padres.

Following coaching stints with the Padres and Brewers, he worked for a sports management agency and then became the Diamondbacks GM in 2014, a position he held until his firing in October of 2016.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said earlier this week he believes both groups are strong and will have sufficient financial resources to complete the sale and run the team effectively.

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This unnecessary decoration is just that — a decoration. A decoration that ruins an otherwise fine piece of headwear. A decoration that continues the silly trend of destroying the sanctity of on-field hats with patches for various events: spring training, the All-Star Game, the postseason, the World Series. That’s not even counting the logo for New Era, MLB’s cap manufacturer, which will adorn on-field hats during the regular season for the first time in 2017.

I suppose the idea is to sell more hats by advertising them as event-specific headwear, hoping to persuade fans that by forking over $35 they’re getting something special, a real novelty. Except, of course, that these patches only serve to make the hats ugly. As was the case with Friday’s announcement, the unveiling of the hats is often met with fire emojis on social media.

I suppose this means some people think hats still look sharp, even with the patches. These people are wrong. Even the most otherwise attractive hat is rendered unpurchaseable (is that a word?) with the addition of a patch.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2017 Hall of Fame announcement and induction ceremony.

We won’t know for certain until the announcement, but favorites include Astros great Jeff Bagwell, who narrowly missed induction in 2016, Former Expos All-Star Tim Raines, who’s in his last year on the writers’ ballot, former Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who’s in his second year of Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys eligibility, and former Rangers catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, who’s making his debut on the writers’ ballot.

Baseball Prospectus’ 2017 PECOTA projections love Dodgers, still hate Royals


Baseball Prospectus has made headlines with its PECOTA projection system in recent years, most notably in the algorithm’s disregard for the Kansas City Royals.

That hasn’t changed in 2017, as the computer projects the Royals to be the worst team in the American League this season. But it sure does love the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The full PECOTA projections for the upcoming season were released Tuesday, and expectations are highest for the Dodgers, who are pegged for a 98-64 season. That’s five wins better than the top projected AL team, the Houston Astros at 93-69.

Dodgers fans have been waiting with bated breath for Roberts’ decision on Bellinger, who has taken the team by storm since getting called up earlier this season. Bellinger, who is slashing .303/.361/.576 with two home runs and five RBIs, had been filling in for Joc Pederson in left field.

With Pederson set to be activated Friday, Roberts was left with a tough decision on what to do with Bellinger. Originally, Roberts said he would send Bellinger back down to the minors, but he had already softened on that stance earlier this week.

With Gonzalez on the DL, Bellinger could carve out a regular role, whether it be in the outfield or a platoon situation with Gonzalez even after he returns from injury.

Gonzalez said Wednesday that he should have gone Cheap Jerseys Wholesale on the DL to start the season. He understandably wanted to maintain his streak, but it may be time for him to rest up and try to get back to full health.

Bellinger has proven he is willing, and more than capable, to fill in while he rests.

Miguel Montero appears to have cleared air with Cubs manager Joe Maddon


Harper’s 24 years old, with five seasons and an MVP award under his belt — and he hasn’t come close to peaking yet. Already, he’s one of five position players to wrack up at least 7 Wins Above Average in his age-22 season. The others aren’t special, just four inner circle Hall of Famers: Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Stan Musial and Eddie Collins.

A decade from now Harper might be one of the greatest players in baseball history. He could also be a broken-down bench player. It’s too early to tell one way or the other, but absolutely everything going his way with the Hall of Fame from here on out seems unlikely.

Miguel Montero and Joe Maddon look like friends again.

The Cubs catcher appears to have ended his beef with his manager. Montero was upset that Maddon didn’t play him much in the 2016 MLB postseason.

Montero was perturbed last year that Maddon didn’t tell him directly he would back up Willson Contreras in October. Montero still contributed to the Cubs’ World Series effort with a pinch-hit grand slam vs. the Dodgers’ Joe Blanton in Game 1 of the NLCS.

Montero is expected to split time with Contreras this season. Kyle Schwarber wants to be the Cubs’ long-term answer behind the plate, but he’s well on his way to becoming a full-time Cheap Jerseys And Jordans outfielder after suffering a severe knee injury last April.

The Warriors kicked the Blazers out of Portland


Chance The Rapper doesn’t have to reschedule his show at Oracle Arena after all. Much was made of the fact that his show was scheduled the same night as a potential Warriors vs. Blazers Game 5. While there was an innocent explanation, we all kind of knew the Warriors would have no problem wrapping up the series.

The logistics staff at Oracle can count their blessings: Kevin Durant came back in Game 4 in Portland. How great Golden State looked all night. Now the Blazers can go hang out with summer friends while the Warriors continue toward the finish line. In the West’s second round, right now the Warriors are all we got.

The Warriors dropped 45 in the first quarter on Monday and never looked back. Durant looked incredible. By the end of the night, the Blazers were not just on summer vacation, but I think the Warriors actually took physically ownership of the Moda Center and the city of Portland. I think the Warriors legitimately evicted the Blazers for the summer.

I predicted Golden State would go 16-0 on their way to winning the title. Friends, that is absolutely still in play. Now I’d like to hear what you think the Devils should do with Ilya Kovalchuk; does he even come back to the NHL in the first place this season? Do you want to see him in New Jersey possibly opposite of Taylor Hall? Do you think the more sensible route is to trade him for picks and/or Nike NFL Jerseys 2014 prospects? Will New Cheap Jerseys he attempt to come back this season only to be blocked by not coming to terms with Jersey’s Team? Leave any and all comments/thoughts below and thank you as always for reading!

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Leave it to the Mets to win a series against the division- and NL-leading Nationals but make it feel like they lost. New York took the first two games of the three-game set from Washington, but then dropped the finale on Sunday, 23-5. Not only were they blown out, but they lost ace Noah Syndergaard to injury in the second inning. That moment, with proper precautions, might have been Denver Broncos Cheap Jerseys avoided.

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Check out Paul Flannery’s Sunday Shootaround on the real star of the first round of the playoffs: the podium. Paul also delves into what got Boston through the first round and how the battle with Washington shapes up. Speaking of which …

It’s not the most important basketball skill at any level. Being able to hit three-pointers, to make clean passes on the drive, to rebound in traffic, to defend without fouling, to hit free throws consistently — those are all skills more important than dunking the ball.

But those skills aren’t as impressive as a dunk.

The poster dunk brings the basic dunk to another level. It introduces drama. It introduces, in a way, combat. It brings a team level down to an individual level, much as is the case with a crossover in isolation on the perimeter. (The famed Allen Iverson crossover and stepover on Tyronn Lue was the guard’s version of a poster dunk.)

There have been cogent concerns about tying up masculinity and China Cheap Jerseys dominance culture in appreciation of the poster dunk in the past. But you can strip those problematic elements out by reframing the poster dunk as essentially stage combat.

Thomas averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game


First, the goal was ruled good on the ice. Then an official’s review deemed the puck in before the net came off. THEN the Capitals challenged for goaltender interference and won the call on Kunitz running into Holtby’s glove unassisted.

Here’s the reasoning given by the NHL on the disallowed goal:

At 1:05 of the second period in the Capitals/Penguins game, video review confirmed that the puck deflected off of Pittsburgh’s Chris Kunitz and crossed the Washington goal line in a legal fashion before the net became displaced. According to Rule 78.4 “The goal frame shall be considered in its proper position when at least a portion of the flexible peg(s) are still inside both the goal post and the hole in the ice”. Good goal Pittsburgh.

Give credit to the Sacramento Kings (a phrase you won’t hear often): They selected the undersized guard dead last in the 2011 NBA draft, and 29 teams wish they could have a redo.

But the Kings gave up on Thomas even as he showed flashes of the player he would become in Boston. In his third and final season in Sacramento, Thomas averaged more than 20 points and six assists per game. The Kings ultimately traded him for pennies on the dollar, signing him to a four-year, $28 million deal then shipping him to the Phoenix Suns for Alex Oriakhi (the No. 57 pick in the 2013 draft) and Discount Bike Jerseys a $7 million trade exception.

Oriakhi now plays pro ball in Puerto Rico, and Sacramento, in all its glorious dysfunction, let the trade exception expire, unused.

NFL draft grades 2017: Jonathan Allen heads up NFC East’s top draft class


The 2017 NFL Draft featured 32 teams trying to do what the Cowboys did in 2016 — find the combination of players who can take you from worst to first. Dallas went from division bottom feeder to top seed in the NFC thanks to the arrivals of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, two rookies who each worked their way into last year’s MVP discussion.

The Eagles didn’t do so shabby, either. Carson Wentz looked like a franchise quarterback in flashes last fall and is looking to build on that up-and-down campaign. Philadelphia didn’t add much to help its offense, but a handful of major defensive acquisitions should help the team compete for the East title.

But no franchise helped itself more than Washington, which may have picked up the draft’s biggest steal by getting Jonathan Allen at No. 17. Here’s a look at how each of the NFC East’s four teams made out with their selections in 2017.

Meanwhile, the Rockets’ biggest flaw is that their variability and vaunted Website For Cheap Jerseys three-point shooting could turn against them at a moment’s notice. Over a seven-game series, Houston is very confident their boundaries-pushing basketball experiment will work for them. But nothing is certain.

No series has a storyline as easy as this one, even if we won’t find out who the MVP is until after the postseason. (That will happen at an awards show this year.) The Rockets have unlimited Rugby Cheap Jerseys shooting, the Thunder have Westbrook, and they should combine for thrilling basketball, even if the series doesn’t go long.

It took the Cubs 108 years to get the World Series trophy, and 7 months to break it


The World Series trophy is stylish, beautiful, and quite spindly. Theo Epstein should have remembered this from winning one with the Boston Red Sox, but alas he did not learn the lesson. The Commissioner’s Trophy needed repair after reports that several of the flags snapped off the top of it.

How does this happen, you might ask. Well, by bringing it on stage with Eddie Vedder and having the crowd pass it around.

Here’s what happened, according to the Chicago Tribune:

Epstein is shown on stage playing guitar while Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder sings and the trophies are being passed around the room.

“A handful of (the 30) flags came off the trophy during the event Saturday night,” Cubs vice president of communications and community affairs Julian Green told the Tribune. “(It) was repaired and was on display Sunday (at Fenway along with the Red Sox trophy).”

Launch angles. Daniel Murphy has a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist, and he keeps the launch angles in there. Someone needs to get that briefcase.

While I will put Wieters and Werth down in the “It’s still April, have some Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys perspective” AFL Cheap Jerseys category, the idea that Wieters will contribute above-average offense from the catcher’s position is unfair. The Nationals didn’t need that if they were going to get contributions from Zimmerman, if Harper was playing like an MVP again, if Murphy was the same hitter he was last year, if Turner was a burgeoning star.