Monthly Archives: June 2017

Holograms could be the new way to introduce NFL players — and Tom Brady loves it

Tom Brady, a hologram?

That could become a reality as former NFL player Tully Banta-Cain looks to develop the idea as soon as this upcoming season.

Elite Mens Doug Gilmour Jersey The whole key is the innovation factor, Banta-Cain told Sports Illustrated. Companies really want to get behind something that’s new and not traditional. It hasn’t been done. It doesn’t exist.

The Richmond, Va., man loved them so much, in fact, he dedicated his obituary to getting the Nats some bullpen help.

Killebrew, 68, died June 20 at his home. His obituary on Richmond.com notes that he passed away peacefully бн after watching the Washington Nationals relief pitchers blow yet another lead.

On June 19, the Nationals bullpen gave up two runs in the late innings to lose 8-7 to the Marlins.
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Killebrew’s last wishes were to remedy the Nats’ bullpen woes. A U.S. Navy veteran and longtime attorney, Killebrew asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Nationals Bullpen Fund.

Killebrew’s sense of humor in his obit attracted the attention of other Nats fans. One comment left on Killebrew’s memorial page at lastingmemories.com notes, A total stranger here, offering my condolences. You had a great sense of humor! I hope you get to watch many Nationals victories from up above.

his home run came off a starter who the Cubs seemingly couldn’t get to all game long.

The biggest reason it doesn’t matter is that they’re not going to miss out on great candidates to replace him. The field is wide-open for them, and that doesn’t happen very often.

A busy hiring/firing season among coaches six openings, just a hair under the norm of seven or eight in recent years has not been matched with GM openings. Last year there were five changes; back in the 2013 offseason, there were seven. Until Saturday’s Grigson move, though, only the 49ers had made a change this offseason. That’s the Colts’ only competition.

The inevitable chase of Peyton Manning has been completed, at least for now, although clearly Irsay is leaving the door open for Manning to join the front office in some capacity.

Taylor’s grand slam gave Kenley Jansen the chance at a save and extend his MLB record of most strikeouts without a walk to begin a season. He now had 40 in 23 innings and zero base on balls.

As for Schwarber, his home run came off a starter who the Cubs seemingly couldn’t get to all game long. With Chicago down 3-1 in the seventh inning, the former Indiana Hoosier gave the Cubs a 5-3 lead they would never relinquish.

It was an exciting moment, a big moment to put us ahead in that spot, he said after the game. And to be able to hold those guys off and come out with a win was big.

It was just a ho-hum day for Oakland’s Ryon Healy Saturday. The A’s first baseman didn’t hit a grand slam like so many others were doing. He just had to go 4-4 with two home runs to make up the difference. He drove in three runs and scored two himself just for good measure in the 10-4 win over the Nationals. sharks_158

Celtics GM says Lonzo Ball rejected workout request ahead of NBA Draft

Earlier this month LaVar Ball said his son Lonzo would work out only for the Lakers. Turns out he wasn’t bluffing.

Celtics GM Danny Ainge appeared on the Toucher & Rich radio show Thursday and confirmed that Ball’s camp turned down a request to work out with the team. Boston, of course, has the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft next month and Ball is a potential selection, but Ainge admits the rejection doesn’t bode well for him.

It’s not ideal, Ainge said about how Ball’s rejection affects his chances with the Celtics.

Barry proceeded to tell Parker he didn’t know the game and should be ashamed of himself. It got personal from there, as Barry and Parker turned what was supposed to be a basketball question into a name-calling session between third-graders on the playground.

Barry is correct about the decision made by James. In attacking the basket, James faced likely Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green as well as help defender Kevin Durant at the rim. Stephen Curry rotated down to prevent an easy pass to Kevin Love, leaving Korver open in the corner. According to NBAsavant.com, Korver shot 59.6 percent from that spot during the 2016-17 season.

Limited Womens Jay Bromley Jersey The problem came when Barry hit Parker with the you never played the game argument and the loser comment. Barry could have easily torn down another silly Fox Sports hot take about LeBron by sticking to Xs and Os, but he fell into the embrace debate trap, and here we are.

For the best analysis on that specific play, just listen to James himself. This should (but won’t) silence any critics.
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Paul Pierce ready to say Kevin Durant has passed LeBron James as ‘best player’

Kevin Durant has been the clear Finals MVP through the first two games, and perhaps high off of recency bias, Paul Pierce said Sunday night on ESPN’s postgame show the Warriors forward may be the best player in the world today.

Despite battling a knee injury toward the end of the regular season, Durant enjoyed an impressive first year with the Warriors. The sweet-shooting small forward averaged 25.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, while adding length and versatility to an already stacked roster.

Durant’s stance, if it holds true, will make life easier for the Warriors this offseason because point guard Stephen Curry is in line to sign one of the new five-year, supermax contracts when the season ends.

Should Durant ultimately take less than the league max, it would create a positive domino effect on Golden State’s entire offseason. Not only would they comfortably be able to supply Curry with the pay raise he deserves, they may also be able to keep one or both of free agents Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

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Limited Mens Dave Hollins Jersey But a story last week on ESPN.com said Ball is considering working out for the 76ers, who are set to pick third. That decision will be made after his agent, Harrison Gaines, and Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo discuss Lonzo’s potential fit with the team. That fit may not be perfect for the point guard, as sources believe Philly wants to feature Ben Simmons in a point-forward role next season.

This chapter of the Lonzo/LaVar Ball saga ends June 22, the day of the NBA Draft, when we’ll learn which team values the son’s talents over the father’s bluster.

Thomas Rawls makes Seahawks true NFC playoff beast again

Thomas Rawls didn’t get to play in the playoffs as a rookie. He’s wasting no time making up for lost time.

The Seahawks have been waiting for the Rawls who rushed for 161 yards in Saturday night’s 26-6 playoff rout of the Lions for a long time.

His 2015 season was cut short by a broken ankle, just as he was dominating in December as Seattle’s feature back. His ’16 season was limited to nine regular-season games after he suffered a fibula injury early.

With his team having more offensive line woes, Rawls posted only one effective game before running all over the Lions. In Week 12, he flew out of the gate in the first half against the Panthers and rumbled for 106 yards total, leading to a 40-7 dismantling of Carolina.

Bottom line: When the Seahawks are blocking like they did against the Lions and Rawls is bursting through holes like he did, they won’t lose in the playoffs, all the way through Super Bowl 51.

No, the Falcons didn’t condonedog-fighting by inviting Vick to the game. Because, again, he paid for that crime. He has expressed public remorse. He has worked with the Humane Society to help end dog-fighting. He is not who he used to be. This petition suggests change isnt possible. Or that if it is possible, it should be ignored and previous malfeasance should define someone forever. This, of course, is silly.

It would be understandable if Vick was still awaiting trial, or was unrepentant, or arrogant, or showed no signs that incarceration and humiliation had changed him. But That’s not the case.jays_1209_07538b1818b8e436-180x180

Colts fire GM Ryan Grigson

The Indianapolis Colts have fired GM Ryan Grigson, the team announced Saturday.

Team owner Jim Irsay discussed the decision during a press conference that evening.

Grigson has been on the hot seat for months, and rumors swirled that both he and head coach Chuck Pagano would be let go after the Colts finished their disappointing 8-8 season. But last month, Irsay told NFL Network that he didn’t plan any big changes in the offseason.

In fact, NFL Media reports that trading Romo is the Cowboys’ No. 1 priority this offseason, and the Broncos are his preferred landing place.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said Sunday (via Business Insider) that the Cowboys, out of deference to their longtime quarterback, want to take care of him by trying first to move him to a championship-contending team.

It’s no secret, his No. 1 spot would be the Denver Broncos, Rapoport said. But from what I understand, that is not something the Broncos would be inclined to do.

Limited Womens Dale Hunter Jersey Here’s why: New Broncos coach Vance Joseph, along with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave, must assess their team’s quarterback situation with Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. That won’t happen overnight.
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There’s also the challenge of Romo’s contract. At 36, an injury-prone Romo has three years and $54 million remaining on his contract. His cap number is more than $24 million in 2017 and ’18.

If the Broncos follow their inclination, then retirement is still a possibility, Rapoport said, while other teams mentioned as possible landing spots are the Texans, Bills and Bears.

Braves fan eats dirt in race against super hero

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Brandon Dubinsky Jersey One poor Braves fan on Friday learned a painful lesson in premature celebrations.

The fan was tasked with beating the freeze, a between-innings race where he got a 200-foot head start against what looks to be a super hero, The Freeze. Everything was going well until the fan decided to coast to the finish line and, well, you can see the rest for yourself.

If this poor fan ever finds himself in a similar position — how many chances do you get to race a super hero, really? — I’m sure he’ll sprint from start to finish, and at least maintain his dignity.

Teixeira was clearly a first-round talent, but rumors about his signability made clubs hesitant to draft him in 1998. The Red Sox took a calculated chance with this ninth-round pick, but Teixeira, soured by the entire process , gladly played at Georgia Tech instead. A couple years later, the Rangers made him the fifth overall pick in the draft.

The Twins picked Grace in the January MLB Draft (MLB had both January and June drafts from 1966-86) out of junior college. Instead of taking the money , though, he transferred to San Diego State and hit .395 for the Aztecs, but that didn’t help his stock much. The Cubs picked him in the 24th round of the June draft, and he hit .332 in 270 minor-league games before finishing second in the NL rookie of the year voting in 1988.

The Yankees pushed hard to sign Jackson out of high school, reportedly offering $250,000 to persuade him not to attend Auburn and play both football and baseball. You know how that worked out, though. Still, it’s fun to imagine what might have happened if Jackson had focused solely on baseball his entire career (and thinking about him on George Steinbrenner’s Yankees is almost too much to comprehend).

Drone grounded after flying over Falcons practice field

Security officials grounded a drone seen flying over the Atlanta Falcons’ practice field Thursday at Rice University.

Before all the conspiracy theorists start pointing fingers at the New England Patriots, Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that a neighborhood resident apparently flew the drone over the field.

Manziel is considered a “Stage Two” offender under the league’s drug policy, which would subject him to random drug testing if signed by an NFL team. By volunteering for testing beforehand, Manziel would be showing potentially interested clubs he is committed to trying to salvage an NFL career that went off the rails during two seasons in Cleveland.

Manziel already has started working with quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. in an effort to improve his game and get back into football shape. He was in the Houston area earlier this week to autograph memorabilia during a paid appearance.

Manziel’s standout play at Texas A&M helped him become a 2014 first-round draft choice by Cleveland. Manziel, though, struggled on the field and generated headlines for his party lifestyle and arrest on a domestic violence charge against his ex-girlfriend. Manziel agreed to a plea agreement in December and still may be subject to future discipline under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

Whether another team will trust Manziel — who spent 10 weeks in 2015 at a rehabilitation center — enough to sign him is in question because of the baggage he brings, let alone questions about whether he can be a successful NFL quarterback. But, at least for right now, Manziel is committed to becoming “Johnny Football” once more.
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NFL free agency 2017: Raiders could lose top rushing option Latavius Murray

The Raiders are at risk to lose their best running back option to free agency this offseason.

According to an ESPN report, Oakland is expected to let running back Latavius Murray test free agency at the start of the league year on March 9. The report states that Murray could possibly re-sign with the Raiders after having tested the free agency waters.

This season’s success was boosted by the performances of dynamic rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Prescott, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi State, was only starting following season-ending injuries in the preseason to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore.

Prescott went on to throw for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Elliott, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft, led the NFL in rushing with 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.
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Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was selected as the league’s top assistant coach.

After a 110-tackle season and offering plus size for the position, the declared junior had a lot to prove at the Combine in terms of his lateral quickness and fluidity as a coverage linebacker and pass rusher. He’s an effective 3-4 inside linebacker or 4-3 strong side linebacker, and his production proved as much.
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But Lee’s lack of great coverage range or sack production may limit the teams interested in him as a mid-round draft choice. If he can’t produce impressive numbers at his Pro Day, Lee may end up seriously regretting his decision to enter the draft early.

In appreciation of Jim Thome and the quietest 600-homer career of all time

Jim Thome had the quietest 600-homer career of all time. We know this because people keep forgetting Jim Thome is in the 600 Home Run Club.

It was 612 home runs, actually, and Thome is one of eight players to reach the hallowed milestone. Albert Pujols will be the ninth, and it’s the Pujols Watch that has brought Thome’s name back into the baseball conscience. That seems odd to say given that he was active as recently as 2012, but here we are.

It’s not quite Jim Thome, forgotten slugger. But it sure seems close.

Earlier in the season, Travis induced weak contact on inside pitches or was missing altogether. Now, Travis takes pitches over the plate and barrels them to the outfield.

Throughout April, the bulk of his swings and misses were on pitches in the inner half of the strike zone. Like many right-handed hitters, Travis found that location to be his Kryptonite. But now with his new position in the box, he predominantly whiffs on offerings down and away.

In April, Travis had three measly extra-base hits, while in May he collected 20 extra-base hits and now has the most doubles of any hitter in MLB with 18.
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What’s the reason for his dramatic turnaround? The answer may be a simple step backward in the batter’s box.

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But a small shift backward in the batter’s box has lined the barrel of his bat back into the strike zone. It’s rejuvenated his swing and Travis has enjoyed a tremendous spike in extra-base hits throughout May.