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.

Spike Lee rips NFL teams for passing on Colin Kaepernick: ‘Smells mad fishy’

Spike Lee is calling out NFL teams for not signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The fact that a quarterback who started in a Super Bowl only four years ago remains unemployed “smells mad fishy” and “stinks to the high heavens,” Lee wrote in an Instagram post, a picture of himself smiling with the 29-year-old quarterback.

The movie director can’t believe not a single one of the NFL’s 32 teams has signed Kaepernick — especially one of his hometown teams in the Big Apple.

“The New York J-E-T-S need A Quarterback. Who Is the J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In,” Lee wrote.

STEELE: Yes, Kaepernick is being blackballed

Hernandez flew back to Seattle on Wednesday morning to meet with team doctors, who made the diagnosis.

Before exiting Tuesday’s game with no outs in the third, Hernandez gave up a run in the first and a three-run homer in the second, a start that made even Tigers players take notice.

“I haven’t seen him like that in forever,” said Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler, who has 84 career at-bats against Hernandez. “Hopefully, he’s healthy. He didn’t look right.”

Hernandez, 31, has enjoyed a career relatively free of arm problems, though a calf strain sidelined him for over six weeks in 2016. As a minor-leaguer in 2005, he missed a month with bursitis in his shoulder, and in 2007, his second full season in the majors, he spent time Cheap Jerseys Custom on the disabled list with inflammation in his elbow.

Barstool Sports crashes NFL call to ask about a greased-up Andy Reid

The people in charge of the Barstool Sports podcast “Pardon My Take” got on an NFL conference call Thursday to ask some important questions.

Barstool Sports crashed the NFL’s conference call Cheap Jerseys 90 and proposed replacing PATs with a greased-up Andy Reid climbing the goal posts.

The conference call was for media members to ask questions about the competition committee and potential upcoming rules changes. The PMT duo of Dan Katz and PFTCommenter asked about removing extra points and also about removing the “Sr.” from players’ jerseys because all it does is promote the fact the player had sex.

Barstool Sports made headlines last month when it was revealed the NFL revoked media credentials to any member of the site after a stunt they pulled a few years ago. The stunt involved them being at the NFL offices demanding Tom Brady not be suspended. They were arrested as a result of the incident.

In November, Bautista rejected a one-year qualifying offer from the Jays worth $17.2 million but didn’t find many suitors since, in part because of his high asking price and the deep power-hitting market. However, the Blue Jays were eager to retain the franchise icon, especially after losing first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.

Bautista, who has hit above .300 only once in his career, played in only 116 games in the final year of a six-year, $78 million contract with the Blue Jays. He hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 69 RBIs.