Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Ravens took care of business against the Browns and will finish with two more struggling teams.

The Falcons have a big opportunity to win the NFC South and build the type of momentum they had going into last year’s playoffs. We know how that turned out.

Joe Flacco is playing better, the running game can get it done with anyone and the defense remains the foundation.

The Lions can’t be forgotten in the NFC playoff picture, but it’s still hard to trust them with their one-dimensional offense and a defense that can give up a ton of yardage. They need to find a way to be more complete to be a factor if they make it in.

They did their best to stay in the playoff hunt without Ezekiel Elliott, and now their defense has improved to the point where Zeke can be a huge completmentary weapon.

The Bills rediscovered their early-season identity against Miami and are, after their midseason hiccup, once more looking at ending that playoff drought. It’s all on Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy now.

The Celtics bottomed out in 2013-14, finishing 24-58. For their efforts, they received the No. 6 pick in the draft and took Smart out of Oklahoma State. Smart has struggled with his offense but has emerged as a fine and tenacious defender.

Young was the first blood drawn from the Brooklyn trade. The Nets already had a pick swap in place with the Hawks, so they used the least favorable between the projected Nets and Hawks selections. They took Young, who has not panned out despite Bill Simmons’ glee at the time.

The Celtics did not receive the Nets’ pick outright due to the pick swap in place with the Hawks. Instead, they got the second-most favorable pick out of three among the Hawks, Nets, and themselves. They took Rozier in a mild surprise.

The Celtics received this pick as compensation for allowing Doc Rivers to get out of his contract to coach the Clippers. Hunter is no longer on the team.

That’s extremely mean of James to do, but as the best player in the NBA it’s what he does. He picks on players every night, but poor Tyus Jones didn’t ask for any of this. He just wanted to New Nike NFL Jerseys play ball.

But after tonight, no more shade shall be thrown in Jones’ direction.

Jones remembered the pain he suffered when James sent his shot into that Wholesale NFL Jerseys China aforementioned lake. With that pain, he summoned up the energy to yam the ball with James right on his back.

There is at least one sign that Quick’s performance will be difficult to sustain.

For years, some in the advanced hockey stats community fought the notion that Jonathan Quick was an elite goaltender, because his regular season numbers did not always match up to his playoff performances. But in 31 games this season, he’s looking like the all-world goalie that finished second in the Vezina Trophy voting and posted an absurd .946 postseason save percentage in 2011-12.

Quick has quality starts in 64.5 percent of his chances between the pipes, a rate comparable to his 2011-12 season (63.2 percent). He’s among the best goalies in the NHL with a .928 even-strength save percentage, and the star goalie is getting ample rest time with backup Darcy Kuemper playing well.

The Kings are currently the No. 1 penalty-kill team in the NHL, in large part because of his .920 shorthanded save percentage. Quick’s career high in that category is .906, and he hasn’t been above .900 since 2011-12.

Even with a drop off on the PK, the Kings’ franchise goalie is likely to maintain a high level of play. In seven full seasons with L.A., he’s produced a positive goals saved above average rate (per Hockey-Reference) in six of those seasons.

“He was competitive in everything. It could be a board game. It could be playing darts. It could be playing cards. It didn’t matter. But if it had a ball, he wanted to do it,” said Steve, who was a high school and college coach around Texas for 24 years, including 10 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater McMurry University.

Good coaching, starting with dad’s tips in the family backyards, was another success factor.

When Briles left for Baylor, Kevin Sumlin arrived at Houston for Keenum’s sophomore year. Dana Holgorsen, now the head coach at West Virginia, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After he departed, Kliff Kingsbury, currently the head coach at Texas Tech, took charge of the quarterbacks.

“They had some speed, and the next thing you know they were throwing the ball all over the field,” said Steve, who attended all 57 of Case’s games with the Cougars and has been to each game Baseball Jerseys Cheap he’s played for the Vikings. “They had some really talented kids. People talked about him being a system Cheap MLB Jerseys guy, with short passes and a run after the catch, but they didn’t see him play.”

Nathaniel Friedman on DeMarcus Cousins and the doors opened by Allen Iverson.

How the Seahawks stayed on their feet and survived the Cowboys after the floggings they took from the Jaguars and Rams earlier tells you they’re genetically incapable of going down easy. Earl Thomas basically handed out his resume last week, and they still pulled out the win. They’ll never respect themselves, though, if they let Drew Stanton kill their playoff hopes now. Meanwhile, give a big hand to Larry Fitzgerald, in case this is the last we see of him.

The bizarre seasons for the Ravens (who can clinch a wild card) and Bengals (who look like they’re waiting for the sweet embrace of death) began against each other in Cincinnati, in the first of the Ravens’ three shutouts this season. That defense can be trusted one more time to get them in … but the way they gave up the winning points late to the Steelers in their only loss in their last six games, that might be the last time they can be trusted for sure.

Sean McDermott should spend the entire offseason and all of next season with “I started Nathan Peterman one time and it cost me the playoffs” tattooed on his forehead. Pretending that was a wise move because Tyrod Taylor didn’t look enough like Peyton Manning isn’t enough to negate the effects of that decision. This could be the final scene of the Adam Gase-Jay Cutler marriage. Supposedly, Cutler was the best they could do at the time. Yeah, just no one else out there.

That was only the second weirdest shot in Spurs vs. Knicks, though: Manu Ginobili accidentally scored a three on a lob, only the refs didn’t notice because it looked so weird and Beasley took off in a fast break when he corralled the ball.

More evidence that Rich Cho is the most interesting general manager NFL Jerseys From China in the NBA. I’m trying to imagine conversations between Cho and his boss, Michael Jordan, about Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap the food blog, though. “So like, you go order some soup and then write about it?” “… Yeah.”

Speaking of interesting GMs, this is a good Dave McMenamin profile of the Cavs’ personnel boss Koby Altman.

Those things might work at the high school level, but they’re not going to work in the NBA.

The upheaval, big-money contracts and pandemonium engulfing SEC coaches have one source. Since Nick Saban’s arrival at Alabama in 2007, there have been 45 total head coaches in the SEC. Many have tried to stem the Tide’s dominance. Few have succeeded.

It would be easy to label Smart, 42, as another Saban clone and assume his former boss will cast him off as he has done to every single former assistant who has faced him as a head coach. After all, Alabama has won each of the 11 games against teams coached by Saban’s former assistants by an average score of more than 28 points.

But there’s also reason to believe Smart might be different. He spent nine seasons at Alabama, many as Saban’s top assistant, and helped the Crimson Tide win four national championships.

Former NFL general manager Phil Savage was a member of the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff when Saban worked as Bill Belichick’s defensive coordinator 1991-94 and now works as a radio analyst for the Crimson Tide. He sees similarities in the relationship between Belichick and Saban during their time in Cleveland and Saban and Smart’s time at Alabama.

In Savage’s recently published book, “4th and Goal Every Day: Alabama’s Relentless Pursuit of Perfection,” Savage wrote that Saban and Smart “had a dialogue on the sidelines during a game that was in a language all its own. … An outsider would have no idea what they were talking about if he was standing between the two.”

LaVar being the father of the team’s top draft pick makes things a bit different, but he has no control over how the team plays or what moves they make.

So far, the Lakers have been committed to Walton as their coach and have not shown any signs of turning away from him anytime soon. While Ball’s criticisms may be valid in some places, organizations don’t fire coaches because a player’s father complains.

Walton will be just fine. Magic Johnson is on his side — that’s all that really MLB Jerseys Cheap matters. Has he been perfect? Of course not. But he’s still learning, too. He’ll figure it out eventually, but it’s way too Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike early to cut him loose.

What does Eichel look like when he’s playing well?

When you look at getting guys healthy, knowing that you are going to be able to play a home playoff game and then you think about kind of the risk-reward, we feel like that’s NHL Jerseys China probably going to be the best decision, is to rest some of those guys for our team, McVay said. Make no mistake about it, the guys that we are going to go forward with, we’re going to do everything in our power to compete to go win a football game. But everything we do, like we’ve said, is intentional. I think that’s served us well up to this point.

You don’t take anything away for what this game means to us this coming week, but when you say, knowing that you do have the opportunity to play that home playoff game the following week and is it a three (seed), is it a four? How does that really alter and affect compared to some of thigs that could potentially occur? That’s more than likely the approach that we’re going to take.

The most important thing is for those guys that are banged up right now — (Ogletree and Barron), that’s where you feel pretty good about maybe saying, ‘Alright, these are guys that are definite candidates to rest them and get them as healthy as possible for that first playoff game.’

I think when he’s skating, that’s when he’s playing his best. Using his speed, Sabres winger Evander Kane said. He likes slowing the game down, but when he’s playing at a higher tempo, he’s at his best.

For Eichel, the hot streak came just as he prepared to step onto the regular season’s grandest stage at Citi Field in New York, against the New York Rangers on New Year’s Day. Like most 21-year-old hockey fans, Eichel has been picturing himself playing in a Winter Classic since the event’s first edition in Buffalo between the Sabres and Penguins 10 years ago.

Just that ending. At that point in my life, I was a pretty big Sidney Crosby fan, Eichel said of Crosby’s show-covered shootout winner at Ralph Wilson Stadium. I’m just NFL Jerseys Paypal excited to be a part of it. Most kids, I think, dream of playing in this game. I was no different.

When it comes to the Winter Classic, the pond hockey motif has been overplayed to the point of queasiness. It’s hackneyed and it’s inescapable. (And reductive, when you consider how many young players are emerging from non-traditional markets, like Arizona’s own Auston Matthews.)

Yet in speaking to Eichel, the motif is also undeniably applicable. He’s a creature of the frozen lakes, a player born from that experience. I was fortunate to grow up in an area where there’s a lot of ponds and they love hockey, he said.