Detroit’s run defense wasn’t very good coming into Saturday

The Seahawks had big plans for their uptempo offense hitting another gear in ’16. Those plans were derailed by Wilson getting his knee and ankle banged up early. They were further hampered by Rawls reinjuring himself right as he was working up to full speed. Through all their fancy passing, the Seahawks were missing the more explosive sequel to Beast Mode they expected to have.

Detroit’s run defense wasn’t very good coming into Saturday; it allowed the 15th-most rushing yards during the regular season and 4.4 yards per carry. That should make Atlanta worry plenty when it hosts Seattle in the divisional playoffs. The Falcons allowed the 16th-most rushing yards and gave up 4.5 yards per carry.

When the teams met in Seattle in Week 5, the steelers_040 didn’t have a healthy Rawls and managed only 72 yards rushing in a 26-24 victory. But the Falcons struggled to stop the running game in the red zone, allowing three rushing TDs inside the 10.

If were supposed to defiantly hold grudges indefinitely, even after someone has paid the legal price for his sins and especially when those sins didn’t affect us personally then whats the point of the system? If prison, bankruptcy, a damaged reputation and apparent genuine remorse dont put someone back in proper standing with society, then what will?

Don’t misunderstand: None of this means we have to forget what Vick did. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting. It just means we no longer hold his crimes against him. Of course, forgiveness can’t be forced. It’s not always easy. But I believe it’s always right. As the old saying goes, holding a grudge is like letting someone live rent-free inside your mind.

We have a societal agreement that the punishment should fit the crime. That’s the premise of justice. Vick’s punishment was just in the eyes of the law, and in the eyes of common sense.

Victor Cruz admits Giants’ boat trip ‘wasn’t worth it’

Victor Cruz and other members of the Giants were harassed after photos of them partying on a boat made headlines, less than a week before their playoff game against the Packers.

After being beat by Green Bay, many fans were quick to put the blame on the boat trip, claiming those who attended weren’t mentally prepared. While Cruz wasn’t ready to go quite that far, he did say in his own words that it was a mistake.

Mickelson, who grew up in San Diego and is making his return from injury this week at the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge in La Quinta, Calif., was quoted by the Golf Channel as saying: I just wish that all the people in San Diego loved them the way I do and fought a little harder to keep them, but I understand it.

What’s disappointing to me is that the city of San Diego didn’t appreciate the value that they had. And it was obvious in their votes.

So, I’m sad, but I don’t blame them. I understand the way that the economics in the NFL works and the ticket sharing of 60/40 percent and how the suite money is where you make your money. I get it. And the suites at Qualcomm (Stadium in San Diego) are the worst I’ve ever seen out of all the stadiums I’ve been to. So I totally understand where the Chargers are at.

”When the vote came in it was disappointing. Because if it were me, on the other end, I would feel very unwanted. It’s no fun being at a place you’re not wanted.”rams_067

MLB prospects 2017: Elite rookies ready to shine after ‘Super-Two’ deadline

June 1 typically marks the date after which MLB teams no longer need to worry about accelerating their top prospects’ arbitration eligibility by promoting them to the majors. In recent years, teams have increasingly tried to stash their big league-ready prospects in the minors in order to delay the players’ arbitration eligibility (and thus save the club lots of money down the road).

The Cubs’ Kris Bryant was the poster child for “Super Two” abuse when he was sent to Triple-A to open the 2015 season despite a blistering performance in spring training. The ensuing uproar highlighted clubs’ manipulation of the “Super Two” rules but didn’t do anything to change clubs’ behavior. While there are no “Bryant-esque” cases this season, there are a number of high-profile prospects who should see relatively rapid promotions once the unofficial deadline has passed.

And then there’s McKay, the most intriguing prospect in the draft whose two-way stardom has situated him at the top of most analysts’ draft boards. The Darlington, Pa., native pairs a .333 career batting average and 25 home runs (15 this season and counting) with a 2.10 career-ERA in 291.1 innings pitched during his time at the University of Louisville.

When Seattle committed to drafting Griffey, Pittsburgh moved fast. Merchant signed his contract June 1, 1987, the night before the draft. He graduated high school three days later and, within a week, was playing for the Pirates’ Gulf Coast League team in Bradenton, Fla.

“I was ready to get my career started,” Merchant said.

Darrelle Revis released on bond

Darrelle Revis, who turned himself in to police on Friday, has been released on a non-monetary bond, according to multiple reports.

New England was trailing by 16 points when Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan made the ill-fated decision to pass on third-and-1 from their own 36-yard line with 8:31 remaining. Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower forced a fumble by stripping Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan from behind on a sack.

In the scrum that ensued, Branch found himself lying on his side atop the football. That’s when Ninkovich took measures to insure Branch secured the pigskin.

“I was trying to scoop it out but I couldn’t move my arm,” Branch told co-host Kirk Morrison and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Rob started to punch the ball to where it was inside my breadbasket. He punched it just enough where it spit up in front of my belly and I was able to cover it up.”

Branch believes he would have recovered the football without Ninkovich’s help but “he made it a lot easier.”

“I actually thought he was another offensive lineman trying to get the ball out so I was throwing a couple of elbows down there trying to make sure no one was getting it,” Branch said.

“I think he did receive a fair evaluation of his career, both pros and cons,” Fouts said. “But obviously ripping the Hall of Fame in the process, what good is that going to do. I just don’t understand that. I didn’t understand a lot of things he did in his career.”seahawks_044

Patriots’ Super Bowl parade, celebration details released

Let’s count the reasons to anticipate the Patriots staying on top.

Kraft and his astute son Jonathan (team president) are not selling the team; Belichick and Brady are not retiring; basically the same supporting cast of coaches and players will return; Belichick’s personnel ace Nick Caserio is not leaving for a GM job elsewhere; the Patriots have paid their Deflategate draft penalty, so they have all their draft picks this year; there are no threats in the AFC East.

The Steelers are the next best team in the AFC, and the Patriots drilled them by 19 points in the conference championship game. If New England reaches Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis next February, you’ve got to like the Patriots’ chances to win their sixth title and third in four years. The dynasty looks poised to march on.

New England is throwing a championship party Tuesday. Again.

On the heels of the Patriots’ historic comeback victory in Super Bowl 51, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh wasted little time Sunday announcing details for the celebratory duck boat parade thrown in honor of the franchise’s fifth title since 2002.

“Congratulations to the greatest team, the greatest coach, and the greatest quarterback of all time for winning their fifth Super Bowl victory in Houston,” Walsh said in a release. “The Patriots have made Boston and New England proud — fire up the duck boats!”

The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m.

The Patriots are scheduled to arrive in Boston late Monday afternoon.

Paul Rudd loves the Chiefs. He’d do anything for them

Epstein successfully ended the two longest championship droughts in baseball with the Red Sox and Cubs. Seeing him control an NFL franchise, one that has been particularly awful like the Jags, would be fun to watch.

Paul Rudd loves the Chiefs. He’d do anything for them, including dressing up as Santa to greet the team after a late-season win over the Browns. That’s why he’s the ideal choice for Kansas City’s new GM. Not only that, but during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Podcast, Rudd showed that he has the depth of knowledge to do the job well. And he never ages, so he could be in charge for a long, long time.

“First of all, the number of plays that these guys play, then take that to the next week, is really a competitive disadvantage,” Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said in March. “Guys get worn out. It’s hard to recover from one week to the next.”

“In Cleveland, I said it was about joining a contender. The Patriots are THE contender,” Hawkins said. “You get the opportunity to play with the best quarterback and the best coach in NFL history.”

The signing will carry him out of Ohio, the state that’s been the backdrop to some of his biggest moments as a football player. Hawkins was a standout at the University of Toledo, where he played as both a receiver and cornerback, but garnered little interest from NFL teams after graduating in 2008. That led him to Canada, where he won a pair of Grey Cup titles in his two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.

Jerry Jones denies Cowboys trying to trade Orlando Scandrick, CB says otherwise

The Cowboys are living up to their promise to revamp their defense during the NFL Draft. Does that mean cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out the door?

After selecting three defensive players in the draft Thursday and Friday, NFL Media reported the Cowboys were shopping Scandrick, a nine-year veteran.

JASON DAY: Probably true, I think. Yeah, he has got some game. He played with my buddy, David Lutterus in the qualifier, and David shot 3-under and he lost in a playoff. But I was chatting to my buddy last night and he said that he’s got a lot of game, hits it good. Obviously he’s a football player first, but sneaky talent. Yeah, it’s quite impressive to see how guys like that can adapt to different sports, and golf and football are totally different sports, and for him to be good at both of those — now granted, it’s a kind of a big step from going from where he is to professional level, but once again, to be able to shoot the scores that he does and while playing football at the time is pretty impressive.

Pretty high praise from the former world No. 1, but Lutterus witnessed flashes in Romo’s game, too (via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram):

“As a pro you can see who can really hit the ball and who can’t, and he strikes it. If he wanted to [become a pro], there’s no question about it — I think he could make it. You know what he’s got? He’s got the mind. We’re going down the 13th hole and he said something about two par-5s and eagling this and do that. I’m thinking, ‘Whatever.’ And then he goes and eagles the next hole. I’m like, ‘That’s the way you’ve got to think, right? So that was pretty cool. That taught me something. That’s how the best think.”

Romo finished T-40 in a field of 117 players vying for seven spots in sectional qualifying. Lutterus, who shot a 3-under 69, earned the second alternate spot in a playoff.

Russell Westbrook didn’t ‘give a f***’ about his stat line and it’ll cost him $15,000

The NBA has fined Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook $15,000 for “inappropriate language” during his postgame media session on Wednesday, the league announced.

Westbrook posted a triple-double with 51 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists in the Thunder’s 115-111 loss to the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City has now fallen to 0-2 in the series.

When asked about his stat line, Westbrook responded, “I don’t give a f— about the line, we lost.”

Wins and losses have been the sticking point all season for Westbrook, who broke Oscar Robertson’s regular season triple-double record and became junike_chargers_368st the second player to average one in NBA history this year. His play helped guide the Thunder to a 47-35 record, good enough for the Western Conference’s sixth seed.

He scored 51 points on Wednesday but took questionable shots in the fourth quarter as he shot 4 of 18 from the field. The series now shifts back to Oklahoma City for Games 3 and 4.

Now then, the pieces lie where they are. A reporter with locker room access to a team insinuated the captain of the Washington Capitals orchestrated a takedown on Sidney Crosby, without evidence no less. Not only is this bad journalism, it’s inflammatory and downright dangerous to do so without anything other than opinion to back it up.

Opinions are fine and good, but to come after a star NHL player in a piece that seems to be written with serious intent without some proof of insider knowledge of what happened in the locker room is setting a horrible standard.

Other prominent Pittsburgh media members also had various takes on the entire situation.

Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap were the only players to have managed more than five sacks in a season.

Dee Milliner ended up going ninth overall to the New York Jets, where he didn’t pan out. The Jets waived him after he only played nine games for New York over the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and now he’s a free agent.

Ansah, on the other hand, was a good pick for Detroit. He had a down year last season due to injury, and he contributed just two sacks. In 2015, though, he started all 16 games and had 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles.

No matter who your team ends up picking on draft day, just remember: You may hate the pick, but it’s entirely possible that you’re wrong. Tell us which player your team passed on that made you furious at the time, but in retrospect was the right call, in the comments.

Like the Chiefs, the Bengals have a lot of draft picks to work with after receiving one compensatory selection in each of the last four rounds. Cincinnati doesn’t typically make big trades in the draft, but it may not cost much to get a little higher in the top 10 and ensure that the team lands one of the top defensive ends.

In the last three years, Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap were the only players to have managed more than five sacks in a season. Maybe the Bengals could sit tight for Derek Barnett, but if either Solomon Thomas or Jonathan Allen are on the board after the first four or five picks, Cincinnati may opt to slide up.

McKinley overcame an impoverished childhood and family issues to develop into one of the 2017 NFL Draft’s most impressive pass rushers. As a child, he was smuggled away from a man in Mississippi who was convinced he was his biological father. The high school he attended was known for its violence — so much so gunshots weren’t an uncommon occurrence during track meets. He was raised by his grandmother and cousins, and had to work his way up through junior college to become academically eligible to play in the FBS.

Why it’s impossible not to root for NFL prospect Travis Rudolph

When Travis Rudolph’s name scrolls across your TV during the NFL draft, stop what you’re doing and think of what he’s been through.

As he realizes his NFL dreams, the moment will be bittersweet because of the tragic and reportedly accidental death of Rudolph’s father, Darryl.

A coworker was in an adjacent room moving a firearm off a shelf. The gun discharged and fired a bullet through a wall and into Rudolph’s neck/back area. He was rushed to St. Mary’s Medical Center where he died.

An initial investigation deemed the shooting accidental. The sheriff’s office stressed the investigation is active and ongoing. It is unclear who owned the gun or whether anyone will face charges in the shooting.

That’s at least two starters, and potentially three whenever Trubisky would get on the field in Cleveland. Can Cleveland get a fourth starter with the 52nd pick? It looks likes Chris Pokorny of DBN found one.

Pokorny: It certainly is a luxury to have four draft picks in two rounds, allowing the Browns to address their four biggest holes — defensive end, quarterback, safety, and now cornerback. The last two picks, including Tabor, will help rejuvenate a secondary that has not been able to rely on highly paid cornerback Joe Haden for several years now. Tabor also boasts good ball skills and a confident personality that could spread through the rest of the defensive unit.

Analysis: During the draft process Tabor has been knocked largely because of the 4.62 40-yard dash speed at the NFL Scouting Combine. The last time that happened to a Florida cornerback it worked out pretty well for the Browns. That player was Joe Haden, who has personally endorsed Tabor leading up to the draft. If Tabor can play even close to Haden’s level (at least when Haden is healthy) it would be a stellar choice.