won the NFC championship for the Seattle Seahawks

won the NFC championship for the Seattle Seahawks. Then the racist remarks started about his victory interview For four quarters, tuned as the Seattle Seahawks and the San 49ers obliterated each other on the gridiron. It was truly a sight to behold. A no holds bar brawl that resulted the Seahawks making their grand step towards Super Bowl XLVIII. the final moments of the game,, the Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback, secured the win for his team. He was clearly still the heat of excitement when he was interviewed by Alex English Jersey Fox’s Andrews. The result? The rant heard ’round the world. I’m the best corner the game! When you try me with a sorry receiver like Crabtree, that’s the result you’re going to get. Don’t you ever talk about me. When Andrews asked who was talking about him, he replied, Crabtree. Don’t you open your mouth about the best or I’m ma shut it for you real quick. LOB !

People took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook instantaneously. They were fired up about his remarks. Deadpsin compiled a sampling of Allen Iverson Jersey the most heinous Twitter reactions, including those calling ape and using the n-word. There were things like this: is a straight thug, he made me scared and hes not even the same time zone And images that started circulating shortly thereafter such as this one, implying that ‘s behavior was somehow reflective of something sinister. Screengrab of a photo circulating on Twitter about ‘s post-NFC game interview. First and foremost, there wasn’t a curse word sight. The messaging was clear, succinct, and direct. Let’s talk about what the true issue is. and other NFL players are allowed to put their lives, bodies, and mental stability on the line every time they step on to the field. But the moment the helmet is removed, they are instantly supposed to be reminded of who they are, the skin they’re, and the people who are watching. Shame on him and other athletes for allowing their decorum to delay for a few moments as they are reveling a victory. Does authenticity not count for anything anymore? How we let race dictate our reactions to how people should behave? Why are we quick to offer concessions for some and shame others?

Why are we caught up the fact that as a competitor you should always assume you’re the best, but when athlete speaks with pride and ego, we are quick to call it a sense of entitlement? Humility doesn’t win games. Professional athletes leagues like the NFL are paid millions of dollars to show up, entertain us, and win. Rants are pretty standard. You have to be fired up. And the fact that is a University educated apparently still can’t trump his blackness. People were quick to assume he was just a black from the hood. here’s the real question: when is this post-racial going to show up? Because it seems that being aggressive, strong, self-sure, and athletic can only happen when it’s service of the bottom line, that bottom line being capitalism and comfort. If it makes you money, and makes you feel warm and fuzzy, then it is. The moment the narrative shifts, there is hell to pay. Race relations have been killing since its inception. We have traveled down a road far that I’m terribly afraid we’ve lost our way. We’ve allowed something as simple as skin pigmentation to create a caste system that is ever-looming reminder of our historical skeletons. And instead of acknowledging the bones our closet, we walk on them daily like eggshells. is simply excited and proud. As well he should be.

Peyton Manning’s future has been the subject of speculation

Peyton Manning’s future has been the subject of speculation. Photograph: Joe Mahoney AP The San 49ers have promoted their defensive line coach, Tomsula, to head coach. He replace Harbaugh who left the team earlier this month. Our organization is excited to have Tomsula leading this football team, said 49ers general manager Baalke. We have had the privilege of working alongside for the past eight seasons. He is a proven leader, teacher and mentor, and we look forward to seeing him apply his craft and vision to our team. Tomsula has helped make the 49ers defense one of the most dominant the league. He be aided 2015 by the return of the likes of NaVorro Bowman and Patrick. Tomsula is well-liked by the players, and the 49ers have chosen to go with someone with a softer approach after the notoriously abrasive Harbaugh. is a great teacher and a tremendous mentor who conducts himself with great class and integrity, said the 49ers CEO, Jed. The 49ers were also said to be interested the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, Adam Gase.

That could be good news for Peyton Manning fans: the quarterback is close with Gase. If Gase stays at the 49ers then Manning could be persuaded to hold off retirement, a subject that has attracted speculation since the Broncos’ defeat to the Colts the playoffs last weekend.
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MOYES is line for a shock Mike Alstott Jersey return to Premier League management. The sacked Manchester United boss has been installed as the 2 favourite with to be named the next West Ham boss. Allardyce’s -term future at Upton Park is serious doubt. The Hammers board decided to keep with Allardyce at the end of last despite a barrage of criticism over his playing style. But now the club’s top brass and Allardyce are at odds with each other. The Hammers hierarchy have criticised Allardyce, dubbing the £15m signing of a ‘mistake’. They are also open disagreement over the future of Ravel Morrison. While Allardyce wants rid of him, co-owner Sullivan is keen for Morrison to stay. Sullivan said: has said Ravel is not part of his plans but we do – as a board – him as part of our plans. I think he said a press conference, if I read it correctly, he’s not part of his plans for this. I think he said that New Zealand but we don’t agree with that. We would like to sit down and give him a longer contract. We do like him. We do him as part of the -term future of the club but we have to agree it with the manager because there’s no point signing a player he’s not going to play. Chairman Gold added fuel to the speculation that Allardyce was on his way this morning. He favourited a tweet from one fan which said: Is today the day we get rid of BFS ?? @davidgold fingers crossed BFS is Mike Evans Jersey a commonly-used internet acronym for ‘Big Fat ‘ – a derogatory label used by some football fans. Allardyce is the odds-on favourite to become the next Premier League manager to leave his post.

The Pistons are seventh the Eastern Conference by a full game after Indiana lost at home to on Thursday

Be creative. As for on-the-field reasons to watch, well…there’s the field itself, which be blue, because they’re playing at Boise State. Pretend the TV is broken and sit up close that you look like you’re trying to fix it any time someone comes into the living room. 41. Popeye’s Bahamas Bowl: Middle Tennessee State vs. Michigan, 12 I’m gonna be honest…it’s tough to get jacked up about this one, especially because it kicks off at noon on Christmas.

One reason to Jimmy Graham Jersey watch? Last year’s Bahamas Bowl was a 49 thriller which Kentucky scored 34 unanswered fourth-quarter points to come back and top Central Michigan. The fan went wild after he saw that. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

AUBURN HILLS — The refs Jon Ryan Jersey missed one. Our Ask questioners at MLive didn’t. We have a sharp readership around here, no doubt, and another excellent round of your Detroit Pistons-related questions today. The Pistons are seventh the Eastern Conference by a full game after Indiana lost at home to on Thursday, with seven to play, including tonight’s finale of that franchise-record nine-game homestand against the Mavericks. With the season finale 12 days away, the Pistons’ playoff hopes increase with each day that they ‘t lose ground. For inclusion next week’s version, email your questions to and put Ask the subject line or send them . Off we go: Q: During Tuesday’s game against the Thunder, Gundy pulled Drummond with 1 to go the game. The announcers seemed to be on board with the thought process, i.e. Hack a Dre.

I was under the impression that off-the-ball fouls committed with less than two minutes left the game resulted a technical foul, and possession of the ball by the offended team. Did pull hastily without realizing that the rules were their favor at the time? Thanks for your consideration. — A: I wondered the same thing and was curious why it wasn’t called intentional off-ball foul, but it wasn’t. It was the fourth team foul and the first the last two minutes and was called as such. Immediately after, Gundy substituted for offensive set and the Pistons scored. Gundy made multiple other offense-defense substitutions involving Drummond subsequent to it.

That day 30 years ago, when Jets and Dolphins set records and ruined pencils

The voice on the other end of the phone belonged to Wesley Walker, who scored a walk-off touchdown in the wildest game in New York Jets history. On Sept. 21, 1986, before pass-oriented offenses and fantasy football were the rage, the Jets and Miami Dolphins defied the era with a futuristic display of offense.

It was Jets 51, Dolphins 45, in overtime. Ken O’Brien and Dan Marino passed for a combined 884 yards, an NFL record that stood until 2011. The teams racked up 1,066 total yards between them, still a single-game record for a Jets game. It was such a back-and-forth contest — we’re talking 13 touchdowns — that Fred Smith, a member of the Jets’ stats crew, went through four pencils instead of the usual two.

“My office is on the left side. Hours are 1 to 4. You can make an appointment. Check in and I will see about you,” Norman told ESPN’s Ed Werder prior to Sunday’s 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Either way, it might not matter. Beckham has done damage throughout his career against some of the game’s best cornerbacks. He had eight catches for 156 yards against Vontae Davis and the Colts and seven catches for 108 yards against Richard Sherman and the Seahawks during his rookie season. Granted, not all of those yards and catches came against Davis and Sherman, but some of them did.

“You’re the real deal,” Sherman told Beckham after that 2014 matchup.

Beckham also had over 100 yards receiving last season against Darrelle Revis and the Jets, Malcolm Butler and the Patriots and Delvin Breaux and the Saints. He scored a long touchdown in each of those games.

Beckham’s stat line (mostly vs. Norman) could’ve been: Nine catches, 175 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Or greater.

Then, after three quarters in the second game, they did what they said they didn’t want to do in the opener and moved Norman around. It worked, too: In zone coverage, he held Dez Bryant to no catches in the fourth quarter. Bryant’s lone reception in the final 15 minutes came against someone else.

What this means for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants and receiver Odell Beckham? It’s anyone’s guess. The Redskins have shown they’ll use different strategies — and Norman has shown he can be effective when being moved around. The misnomer is that you move around to play man; that’s not the case.

Carolina’s strategy

Last season, in the infamous December game against Beckham, Norman — then with the Panthers — split time playing both the left and right side (for zone too). It wasn’t just to defend Beckham, though, as he wasn’t always aligned to the same side. But it certainly made it tougher for the Giants to know where Norman might be and, therefore, to adapt their receiver alignments.

When Norman wasn’t on Beckham — the Giants will sometimes align him as the inside man in a three-receiver set — Carolina still handled its business. They’d use a linebacker to drop to his area with safety help over the top. Sometimes, quarterback Eli Manning would look in Beckham’s direction, see Norman’s coverage and the safety alignment, and throw elsewhere. They did have success, getting Beckham free on a deep ball with an inside release by occupying the safety’s attention (Beckham dropped it). And Beckham won with a double move to tie the game in the fourth quarter.

Rob Ninkovich ‘heartbroken’ by four-game suspension

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots starting defensive end Rob Ninkovich will serve a four-game suspension to open the 2016 regular season after a positive test for a banned substance.

About 70 Santa Clara police officers work each 49ers game at Levi’s Stadium, according to NBC Bay Area.

The union letter says Kaepernick’s protest has “threatened our harmonious working relationship” with the 49ers.

Whether or not Sanchez will be one of those 53 players remains to be seen.

“I have no idea,’’ Sanchez said as he left the locker room. “I guess I’ll find out [Friday].’’

“We’ve got to evaluate the entire situation,’’ Kubiak said. “ … We’ve got a lot of tough decisions to make.’’

Roethlisberger served a four-game suspension of his own in 2010 for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, but when asked what advice he’d give Brady for coping with his absence, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback said Brady “doesn’t need any advice from anybody.”

“Tom’s the greatest in the world, and I mean that,” Roethlisberger said.

Roethlisberger’s comment comes on the heels of former Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw saying he’d take Big Ben “ahead of Brady for sure and anybody else.”

Bradshaw, a Fox NFL Sunday analyst and four-time Super Bowl champion, told Steelers.com he bases his opinion on Roethlisbergrer’s ability and not his personal connection to Pittsburgh.

Roethlisberger has long had a healthy respect for Brady, saying before the 2015 season opener in New England that he hoped Brady would play in the game. Although Brady’s availability was in question while the legal battle over Deflategate swirled, he played for the Patriots in the 28-21 victory over the Steelers.

The lazy person’s guide to fantasy football drafts

You’re lazy.

I get it, you want to play fantasy football but don’t want to put the work in. You also don’t want to come in last because, well … coming in last sucks.

You don’t want to scour the waiver wire or read about practice reports or listen to some analyst drone on about yards generated after contact in press coverage against the AFC West during primetime games.

In order of who you should grab with your first couple picks, based off of guaranteed workload and the least likelihood of getting hurt: David Johnson, Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Lamar Miller, Eddie Lacy, Devonta Freeman, Jamaal Charles, LeSean McCoy. One or more of these guys will be available regardless of where you’re drafting.

Lee, 34, is a three-time Pro Bowl punter. He spent his first 11 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before being sent to Cleveland last season. Lee ranks sixth in NFL history with a 46.2 gross punting average. Last season Lee set a single-season Browns record with a 46.7-yard gross average.

In Friday’s Browns tilt with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lee took some grief from Cleveland coach Hue Jackson for a lackadaisical effort in chasing down a punt return that went for a 73-yard touchdown.

After Scifres’ injury, the punting situation for the NFC Champion Panthers looked like a weak spot. Monday they plugged that hole with a proven veteran.

Cullen Jenkins is staying in the NFC East.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the free-agent defensive lineman has signed a one-year deal with the Redskins, per a source informed of the deal. The Redskins later confirmed the move.

Washington inked the 35-year-old lineman after a successful Monday morning workout. Jenkins spent the past three seasons with the New York Giants after two campaigns with the Philadelphia Eagles. Prior to that, he started 66 games for the Green Bay Packers from 2004 to 2010.

Seattle has not been kind to Tony Romo over the years

SEATTLE — There was a time, however briefly, when Seattle was a nice place for Tony Romo to visit.

Romo had trouble breathing for much of the rest of the game, but he was flawless, completing 21 of 32 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns.

Then there was Thursday. Three plays into what was supposed to be the dress rehearsal for the regular season, Romo took a shot to his back by defensive end Cliff Avril as he was attempting to slide.

“At the moment when you go down, you crunch so your back gets squished, I guess you could say,” Romo said in describing the feeling of the hit. “You almost feel a sensation as if someone gave you a stinger in your shoulder. It just feels hot for a second. That dissipates after a minute and you’re OK, all of those things you felt before with back injuries, those are all fine. Then your strength comes back and you’re, like, OK. It just takes a little bit.”

Romo attempted to return to the game but, but coach Jason Garrett opted to hold out the veteran.

Given the way Romo’s trips to Seattle have been, it was perhaps the wisest decision Garrett has ever made.

After weeks of injuries, a player suspension and spotty preseason football from the reserves, the Steelers walked their stars onto the Mercedes-Benz Superdome field and dissected the New Orleans Saints’ defense as if it was routine, like lunch or a nap, in a 27-14 win on Friday night.

These were not routine numbers, preseason or not: 12-of-17, 148 yards, two touchdowns on two drives for Ben Roethlisberger in his first action of the preseason.

Roethlisberger connected with six different playmakers on his first eight completions, including a 5-yard score to Jesse James off a scramble to cap a smooth 15-play, 74-yard drive.

Nothing like the Saints’ defense to boost morale — Landry Jones tore it up, too, completing 12 of his first 15 passes for 116 yards and a score — but the performance was impressive, and much needed.

The Steelers are at their best when in the no-huddle offense like on that first drive, Roethlisberger said. In that set, Roethlisberger calls plays from the line of scrimmage along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

“I think our base offense is going to be uptempo,” Roethlisberger said.

Le’Veon Bell was a tease, because he looked explosive coming off knee surgery, and now he’s out until late September because of the three-game suspension for missed drug tests. His ability as a receiver (five catches, 37 yards) reminds that he can help offset the losses of tight end Ladarius Green (ankle) and Martavis Bryant (suspended). Save his second-quarter fumble on 3rd-and-18 — and he rarely fumbles — Bell looked excellent.

Julio Jones: Usain Bolt amazing but not football-ready

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Alex Van Pelt has been on both sides of the debate about whether to play a quarterback in the preseason.

As a former NFL quarterback, he liked playing in the preseason.

As Aaron Rodgers’ position coach, he’s not so fond of it.

“As an ex-player I think, yeah, you do want to take some hits just to get that ‘OK it’s over with,'” Van Pelt said this week as the Green Bay Packers prepare to start Rodgers in Friday’s preseason game at San Francisco, in what will be his first — and perhaps only — preseason appearance.

“I remember what that’s like. But as a coach, no I don’t want him to get hit. But that’s part of the game. He’s been hit before; he’ll be hit again.”

So Van Pelt, who played nine years with the Buffalo Bills, mostly as Jim Kelly’s backup, was happy to take his first hit of the year?

“I think he’s shown some really good signs on tape,” Payton said. “He’s really quick and explosive. I think he’s a pressure player, so when he rushes I think he can really get to QB pretty quickly. He has a good burst. He’s done a really good job.

Jones was asked if he could make the transition the other way and, like Bolt, run the 100 meters.

“I could do whatever I put my mind to,” Jones said with a smile.

A reporter asked Jones if his estimated 100-meter time would be around 10.5 seconds. Bolt ran a 9.81 in Rio and holds the world record at 9.58 seconds.

“That’s something if I train for it, who knows?” Jones said. “That was pretty high though, a 10.5.”

Siemian has taken the long way to the doorstep of being the starting quarterback for the defending Super Bowl champion. As a senior at Olympia (Florida) High School, he was the 31st-ranked player in the state and the 33rd-ranked quarterback nationally by SuperPrep. He also played baseball and was voted Mr. Olympia by his senior classmates (future nickname alert if all goes well).

Titans rookie Derrick Henry shifts spotlight to his on-field production

“I mean, I don’t know how you get information from these guys. They are quiet professionals. That’s OK. I think that’s a good thing. They do their job. I guess when they have to answer the questions, they answer the questions.”

Henry was practically aglow Saturday night after a dominant, 10-carry, 74-yard game with a touchdown in his debut. He showed fantastic lateral movement, which is an area some including me wondered about — perhaps unnecessarily. But that chat was about a successful night, not about growing pains.

The Heisman Trophy winner had previously fielded questions about learning blocking schemes or struggling with an early drill and seemed like he’d prefer to be swimming in the less-than-blue lake that borders the Titans practice fields.

Does Henry like the media spotlight he draws on a team where he was one of the biggest names on the roster as soon as his name was called during the draft?

“I mean I’ll do it, it comes with the game,” he said. “There is not really a big difference from Alabama. The only difference is you have access to the locker room. I talked to people a lot back at Bama.

“It’s just a learning process. I’m a rookie, I’m trying to get acclimated. Just like when I was a freshman and sophomore. It just takes time for you to get experience and get acclimated to everything that is new.”

It’s a relatively minor piece to all he’s got to deal with now. With play like Saturday’s, he’ll like the topics a great deal more.

And there was one small thing that didn’t go great in his first preseason game. Henry didn’t bristle when it came up.

Playing in front of Tre McBride on kickoff returns, he could have offered a bruising option on a short kick. The chances went to McBride, however.

“He needs to get a little bit quicker, too, because he put Tre in a little bit of a bind,” Mularkey said. “Tre was running up on Derrick. We’ve got to do a better job of Derrick moving faster so Tre has a little bit more vision, a little more room to maneuver.

Said Henry: “I’m comfortable. This is just my first time doing it, so it’s something I am trying to get used to. Hopefully it’ll be better next week, we’ll get a better feeling in practice.”

The NFL has threatened discipline, including suspension, for players refusing to cooperate with the league’s investigation into steroid claims made by an Al-Jazeera America report.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and former Packers linebacker Mike Neal have until Aug. 25 to comply with the league’s requests for interviews, according to an NFL letter sent to the NFLPA and obtained by ESPN.

Vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch wrote the league has a “good faith basis” for investigating potential violations of the NFL’s drug policy, yet the league has made at least seven unsuccessful attempts to interview these players.

“For those players whose interviews do not take place on or before [Aug. 25], or who fail meaningfully to participate in or otherwise obstruct the interview, their actions will constitute conduct detrimental and they will be suspended, separate and apart from any possible future determination that they violated the steroid policy,” Birch wrote. “The suspension for each such player will begin on Friday, August 26 and will continue until he has fully participated in an interview with league investigators, after which the Commissioner will determine whether and when the suspension should be lifted.”

A spokesman for the NFLPA said it doesn’t have a comment at this time.

Outspoken cornerback Josh Norman will be NFL analyst for Fox this season

This offseason has been a whirlwind for Norman, who refused to get into a war of words with rival Odell Beckham of the New York Giants, the receiver with whom Norman sparred on the field late in the 2015 season in an ugly display. Norman won’t have to wait long to see his nemesis on the field — the Redskins and Giants first play in Week 3 in New York, the site of last season’s melee, and then again in Week 17 in what could be a crucial division matchup for NFC East supremacy.

Norman’s role might be a trend of more players seeking active media duty during the season. It’s a potentially slippery slope, with Fox giving a player a forum in their NFL coverage — but what happens if Norman does something this season that opens him up to criticism? Will the network treat him as any other player?

If, say, Beckham keeps up with his taunting of Norman, Fox would be wrong not to ask him about it — and could Norman resist firing back at that point?

Also, there’s the concern about whether Norman struggles to play up to his massive contract (five-year deal worth $75 million, with $50 million guaranteed) or the team gets off to a poor start. Norman would be expected to stick with his media obligations, and it would be a bad look if he asked to back out at any point before the 10th appearance.

It’s a fascinating development, and it could make for some great TV, but one that comes with some concerns.

Despite working hundreds of miles apart from each other, John Elway and Brock Osweiler found a way to communicate without actually seeing each other. Thanks to local reporters in Denver and Houston, the Broncos general manager and the Texans’ new quarterback traded mild barbs this week.

John Elway started it by telling The Denver Post he was “a little surprised” by Osweiler getting “a little bent out of shape” after being benched for Peyton Manning ahead of the Broncos’ Super Bowl run. Osweiler then watched Manning lead (in a figurative sense) the Broncos to a championship before spurning them in free agency.

Osweiler ended up responding to Elway on Monday.

“The only thing I would say is what kind of competitor wouldn’t want to play in that situation?” Osweiler said, per The Houston Chronicle.”Outside of that, I think I’ve answered all of those questions. We’re now in August, we just had a great training camp practice and I’m excited to play the 49ers coming up.”

Osweiler is right, of course. Keep in mind, he got benched for a quarterback who nearly led the league in picks (17), despite playing in just 10 regular-season games. Osweiler didn’t exactly thrive under center, but he at least limited his turnovers (six interceptions in eight games) for a team that relied entirely on its defense to win games. There’s no doubt the Broncos were just as capable of winning the Super Bowl with Osweiler as the starter.

Brock Osweiler was forced to sit and watch Peyton Manning win a Super Bowl last year.