Young Falcons fans use devastating Super Bowl loss as lateness excuse

You’d expect Matt Ryan, Dan Quinn and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons to not want to get out of bed after their Super Bowl collapse Sunday night. But local children were apparently too apoplectic to get up, too.

Greater Atlanta Christian School noticed this on their tardiness sheet Monday morning, as some new excuses followed the Falcons’ championship loss.

If we were ranking the most important teams in NFL history, this one quite possibly would be No. 1. The Jets’ victory in the third Super Bowl gave credibility to the AFL/NFL merger. (How important was the Jets’ win? As a kid, I was happy that NBC dumped the end of the Jets-Oakland game to show “Heidi”; in my view, the AFL wasn’t “real” football, anyway.) But this Jets team wasn’t just a one-game wonder. Namath was a brilliant talent whose soon-to-be knees hadn’t yet robbed him of his ability to dazzle a defense, and he was surrounded by excellent weapons.

This wasn’t a 15-1 team like the previous season, but the Steelers caught on at the right time and used the emotion of Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis’ final season to make that playoff run. Pittsburgh sat at 7-5 before winning its last four regular-season games. Then they won three road games in the AFC playoffs at Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Denver. Who could forget Ben Roethlisberger’s game-saving Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys tackle against Nick Harper against the Colts? Antwaan Randle-El’s touchdown pass to Hines ward in Super Bowl XL? This team just made the right plays at the right time, and that brought home the fifth Lombardi Trophy.

Julian Edelman didn’t think Patriots’ Super Bowl-winning TD counted

The Giants might be the most-improbable champion on this list. New York lost four straight games from Weeks 10-13 and needed to win its last two to get in the playoffs. From there, an eerily-familiar script unfolded. After beating Atlanta in the wild card, Eli Manning walked into Lambeau Field and knocked off Aaron Rodgers and the 15-1 Packers, a game that was over about the time Hakeem Nicks reeled in a Hail Mary before halftime. By then you knew San Francisco was in trouble in the NFC championship game, a 20-17 overtime win. From there, Manning foiled another New England Patriots party in the Super Bowl to win a second Super Bowl in five years.

Julian Edelman wasn’t so sure James White’s Super Bowl-winning touchdown was good.

The New England Patriots wide receiver was mic’d up for the big game and initially panicked after his teammate snuck into the end zone from the 2-yard line in overtime, thinking he fell short and the game wasn’t over just yet.

“Get out of the way. Get the [expletive] off the field. It’s not over. It’s not over. Get the [expletive] off the field,” Edelman screamed.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick quickly assured Edelman the touchdown was confirmed with Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping a celebratory hug.

Edelman was also mic’d up for his unbelievable catch in the fourth Cheap Jerseys USing Paypal quarter that he called “70 percent luck and 30 percent skill.”

Adele’s Grammys do-over leads to Falcons Super Bowl burns on Twitter

Adele had a very embarrassing moment Sunday at the Grammys. Tasked with paying tribute to the late George Michael, she was a little . . . off-kilter (OK, off-key) at the start.

The greatness of the organization Joe Gibbs built in Washington is best exemplified by this fact: Mark Rypien was the third different quarterback to win a Super Bowl for him. As well, Earnest Byner had taken over for John Riggins as the team’s featured runner. So it wasn’t one or two stars at key positions who carried the Skins. It was their remarkable offensive line, 1000-yard wideouts Art Monk and Gary Clark and an underrated defense that overwhelmed the considerable competition.

You know how everybody is making a big deal about Cleveland firing David Blatt? Well, George Seifert led this team to his second Super Bowl title in six years as coach, then won a combined 23 regular-season games over the next two years and lost his job. Now, that’s dumb. He certainly had tremendous players at his disposal, including the Hall-of-Fame connection of Steve Young to Jerry Rice. But getting rid of Seifert didn’t get San Francisco any greater success.

How teams use the sessions often depends on whether the prospect had Cheap Jerseys Toronto disciplinary or off-field problems at the college level.

To gauge their responses, some franchises will try to make players uncomfortable through an awkward line of questioning or even by how they are seated in the room. One common tactic is to Cheap Jerseys Soccer surround a player in the center of a circle with questions coming from all directions.

Those with clean backgrounds can sometimes escape what comes across as a personal inquisition. Those with character concerns usually face far more scrutiny.

Robert Kraft shrugs off Patriots players skipping White House visit

Robert Kraft doesn’t think his players declining to visit the White House is out of the ordinary.

During his Monday appearance on the “Today” show, the Patriots owner denied that his relationship with President Donald Trump has strained his relationship with a number of his players and said they are free to make their own choices.

McCown put up respectable numbers in seven starts during his first season in 2015, throwing for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns compared to four interceptions. A broken collarbone limited him to five games (three starts) last season, and he completed only 54.5 of his passes in the Browns’ lifeless offense.

Combined, he threw for 3,209 yards with 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games (11 starts) in Cleveland.

McCown’s departure leaves the Browns with Robert Griffin III, their opening Cheap Ireland Jerseys day starter, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan on the roster.

The team now has more than $105 million in salary cap space for Cheap Jerseys And Jordans next season.

McCown, who has been in the NFL since 2002, is still capable of serving Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys as a quality backup for a needy team should he return in 2017.

The Browns also released veteran cornerback Tramon Williams, 33, a 12-game starter last season.

“You have to keep everything relative,” Savage said. “This is a piece of the puzzle. It’s an important piece because this is the personal connection. You want somebody that’s going to be dedicated to their craft and willing to sacrifice a lot of their personal life to be a successful NFL player.

Celebrate hump day by watching Lions’ Jimmy Landes trick-snap underneath a camel

Detroit Lions long-snapper Jimmy Landes is finding unique ways to practice, even while on vacation in Jordan.

As he was touring the city of Petra, Landes found a camel and decided to snap a football under the camel’s legs.

Lions fans will be happy that Landes has football on his mind, even Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys while traveling, after spending his entire rookie year on injured reserve because of a shoulder surgery.

The first of Bill Walsh’s Super Bowl champions didn’t just launch a dynasty; this team revolutionized the game. It wasn’t a loud revolution, but the power running game of prior decades was supplanted by a team that moved the ball with short passes, often to backs. The 49ers backs’ caught a combined 117 passes in 1981; Oakland’s backs got only 80 the prior season. So it didn’t matter that San Francisco didn’t have a back likely to go for 100 yards. It had Joe Montana, and a new approach to the game.

This wasn’t Ben Roethlisberger’s best year; he struggled at times while the Steelers tried to cobble together an inconsistent running game. The defense, however, was a constant. James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley made that 3-4 edge rush hum with a combined 27.5 sacks. Pittsburgh led the league in scoring defense. The Steelers beat San Diego and Baltimore to face upstart Arizona in the Super Bowl, a game crystalized by Harrison’s 100-yard interception return before halftime and Santonio Holmes’ game-winning touchdown catch with 35 seconds remaining. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was good enough to give Pittsburgh its sixth Super Bowl championship.

Kirk Cousins reportedly will accept trade to only one team

The game had just hummed along offensive production-wise through the first and into the second quarter. Then Julio Jones happened … twice. Then Devonta Freeman happened … three times. The third Freeman chunk run of the Falcons’ drive was a 5-yard touchdown, aided by a key block from wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Freeman preceded it with runs of 15 and nine yards to get Atlanta into the red zone. Before those runs, Jones hauled in catches of 19 and 23 yards. Atlanta’s drive went 71 yards in five plays and took just 1:53 off the clock. It was the first time the Patriots had trailed in a game since Week 12. 7-0, Falcons.

Kirk Cousins’ value to the Redskins will become clearer Wednesday with the arrival of the franchise tag deadline.

Washington can apply its tag to Cousins and still work out a long-term deal, or not. Another option is using the tag and trading its quarterback.

One challenge, according to ESPN, is Cousins will only accept Tom Brady Cheap Jerseys a trade to one team: the 49ers. The report cited an unnamed source.

A deal to San Francisco would reunite Cousins and Kyle Shanahan, and ESPN reported the Redskins might prefer a trade rather than other options available.

Reports say Cousins is expected to be tagged, meaning he’ll make nearly $24 million next season.

NFL Combine 2017: Texas RB D’Onta Foreman has stress fracture in foot

NFL scouts and coaches will have to wait a few weeks before seeing D’Onta Foreman go through on-field drills.

The Texas running back will not work out this week at the NFL Combine because of a stress fracture in his foot, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported by Rivals. The Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal decision to hold him out of Friday’s on-field workouts in Indianapolis, including the 40-yard dash, reportedly was precautionary.

After taking what he called a cheap shot in a game against the Eagles last November, Matthews suffered a separated shoulder an AC joint injury. He played in each subsequent game despite not being able to raise his left arm over his head. Matthews, who missed four games earlier in the year because of a hamstring injury, had 24 tackles and five sacks last season, both career lows.

The Packers need Matthews to be healthy this season, especially with bookend pass rusher Nick Perry headed to free agency. McCarthy said Perry “is one of our Cheap Baseball Jerseys guys,” and Packers general manager Ted Thompson said re-signing the team’s free agents is always a priority.

“That’s our intention, and it’s our intention every year,” Thompson said Wednesday. “I stand on this podium, I think, every year and say the same thing. Our best intention will be to sign as many of our own players as we can, and keep it together.”

NFL preseason games just got even worse

The NFL keeps refusing to completely get rid of, or even cut back on, the abomination that is the preseason schedule. Even the players and coaches are recognizing the futility Cheap Jerseys Stitched of the games by the way starters are and are not used every week. But the NFL keeps charging for them, and fans keep paying for them in spite of themselves.

Yet somehow, with its change in roster cut-downs this week — eliminating the 75-player date that came a week before the final regular-season 53-player reduction — the NFL managed to make the last two preseason games even more problematic and, likely, dangerous.

In the case of the last preseason week, it’s now either completely unwatchable or must-see TV, depending on whether the viewer is the Roman colosseum gladiator-type.

No rules. Everything goes. Survival of the fittest. Do what it takes to make the roster while competing with 15 more players than in past years.

It’s what the NFL is asking for, and it’s what they’re going to get. Who knows — you can’t put it past them that this is what they wanted, an extra reason to watch a preseason finale that’s Cheap Jerseys PlUS otherwise highlighted by camera shots of starters in team logo sweats joking it up on the sidelines.

Glennon’s signing, much like Trubisky’s status as a high draft pick, is based purely on upside. In that sense, bringing out the best of two unknown quantities would benefit both from the motivation of being pushed by each other. Trubisky knows nothing will be given to him. Glennon needs to have Cheap Jerseys Soccer China that same feeling.

Glennon is 27, the same age Matt Flynn was in 2012 when the Seahawks, after seeing some good flashes from Flynn as the Packers’ backup, gave him a three-year, $26 million deal with $10 million guaranteed. He was presumed to be the starter over Tarvaris Jackson … until Seattle used a third-round pick on Russell Wilson.

Tim Tebow arrives for Mets’ minor-league camp a week early

Tim Tebow is ready for spring training.

So much so that the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner arrived to the Mets’ minor-league camp on Sunday — one week early — to get a head start on the 2017 baseball season. He’ll participate in the Mets’ STEP Camp for early arrivals, beginning Monday.

Per The Record of Bergen, N.Y., Yankees manager Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue visited the mound Friday night upon seeing Chapman shake his left arm. But Chapman stayed in the game, and Girardi said afterward that his closer was not experiencing any pain or discomfort.

While an MRI was negative, Yankees GM Brian Cashman anticipates Chapman being sidelined for about a month, the New York Daily News reports.

Chapman’s injury has to be disconcerting to the Yankees, who signed the reliever to a five-year, $86 million contract just over a month ago.

Dellin Betances is expected to take over the closer role in Chapman’s absence.

The Hall of Fame-bound pass rusher began his NFL career with the Panthers in 2002 but has spent the past seven seasons in Chicago (2013-13) and Green Bay (2014-16).

Peppers turned 37 in January and next fall would mark his 16th season in the NFL. He’s hardly over the hill, though, recording 7.5 sacks last season for the Packers. Peppers’ 143.5 sacks are the most among active players and fifth all-time behind Hall of Famers Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene and Chris Doleman.

Carolina re-signed Charles Johnson earlier this week, and Cheap Jerseys Wholesale the veteran defensive lineman said at the time he was trying to lure Peppers back to the fold. It appears he might just get his wish.

Don’t dive for that ball: The Triple-A game that was played on concrete

Portland Beavers outfielders didn’t want to dive on opening day in 1969.

The Beavers, then the Indians’ Triple-A affiliate, played at Civic Stadium in downtown Portland, Ore. Their ballpark gained national headlines that winter from a significant field announcement.

“The city council yesterday voted unanimously to carpet Portland’s city-owned Civic Stadium with artificial turf,” the Arizona Republic reported. “Councilmen said they hoped the turf would be ready for the opening of the baseball season this spring.”

As a native of Japan, Darvish was required by age 22 to renounce his Iranian citizenship to remain a citizen of Japan, which he did.

According to The Morning News, Darvish currently is in the U.S. and it would appear (key word there, given the early lack of clarity on the order) he wouldn’t be directly affected. Under current interpretations of the order, he might only be affected if he left the United States, in which case he might not be allowed back into the country.

The Rangers play May 26-28 in Toronto. Rangers officials told The Morning News that they intend to double-check to make sure that Darvish isn’t directly affected.

However, because the Rangers pitcher’s Cheap Jerseys Made In USA father, Farsad Darvish, is a native of Iran, he would be banned from traveling to the U.S. for at least 90 days.

Reached this weekend by The Morning News, Yu Darvish wasn’t sure if his father planned to visit in the near future, but he occasionally has come to the U.S. to see his son pitch since he signed with Rangers in 2012.