1 thing new NFL fans should know about all 32 teams

So you’ve decided to become an NFL fan, but you don’t know where to begin. Don’t let the number of teams, all with their own rich history, overwhelm you. You only need to know one thing about each team before making a serious (or perhaps just a casual) commitment to one of them.

Many factors go into picking an NFL team to follow. Some people have a favorite player, and some just love the uniforms. Others choose a team based on geographic proximity or the quality of play.

This is important for the offense because a) it defines the mismatches, and b) it eliminates a wide range of pressure options. If you’re in man-to-man coverage, it’s hard to bring pressure unless you play zero coverage, with no safety in the middle of the field. So there are actually simple giveaways to the coverages if you look closely enough. These giveaways are all in the formations and motions.

But at the same time, I don’t want that line to slide to me. By doing that, I really have to show a different stagger (stance) every time. I show four or five different stances of me coming, me not coming. I’m going to be in there, I’m not going to be in there, because I like to make some plays, some sacks now. I finally got my first couple.

The biggest surprise for the Texans was simply that head coach Bill O’Brien put Deshaun Watson in the game at all. Yes, the Texans’ offense was struggling and Tom Savage was unable to elude the pressure the Jaguars were bringing, but O’Brien spent all offseason and Cheap Jerseys America training camp saying Savage was the Texans’ starting quarterback and that Watson needed more time to develop. It will be telling Cheap Hockey Jerseys to see who O’Brien names his starter for Thursday night.

NBA Summer League schedule 2017: Times, TV channels, and live stream for Wednesday in Las Vegas

NBA fans were treated to some fast-paced action during the five-day Las Vegas Summer League. Now, they will get to watch the Las Vegas Summer League playoffs, which begins Wednesday evening. This is a single-elimination tournament where the first losing teams will get a chance to play one final consolation game. You can always look at the bracket, too.

Each player participating in the Summer League action will continue to show fans that they deserve to play on an NBA roster. They all have different skill sets that would make coaches around the league happy.

Jazz forward Eric Griffin has been a stat-sheet stuffer over the past two games, averaging 15 points, 10.5 rebounds, and four blocks. Griffin, 27, went undrafted in 2012 and has played overseas and in the NBA G league since then. Griffin can carve out a roster spot in the NBA if he keeps playing like this.

Bucks shooting guard Rashad Vaughn averaged 16.5 points over the last two games and has been playing really well over the summer. Like Griffin, Vaughn has a chance to make an NBA roster by maintaining his level of play.

Suns fans have to be impressed with rookie forward Josh Jackson, who averaged 17 points and 11.5 rebounds over the previous two games. Jackson, the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, has the length and strength to terrorize opposing players on the court. He can crash the glass on both ends of the floor, and he bulldozes his way to the basket for easy shots. Jackson has a lot of potential.

Even though Sacramento received quality production out of rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox, rookie forward Justin Jackson is averaging 16.5 points over the last two games. Jackson is a prolific scorer with length and athleticism. He’s skilled enough to create his own Cheap Pirates Jerseys shots and maneuver his way to the basket. Look for him Cheap Qld School Basketball Jerseys to have a strong performance against Phoenix.

The Cavaliers are a favorite against 29 out of 30 teams in the league.

The next move is where it gets complicated. The easy suggestion is to move Terry Rozier in a trade that brings back nothing, aka a salary dump. But even that doesn’t clear enough space. Same with trading Demetrius Jackson. Either of those moves would leave the Celtics still short of max space for Hayward.

So, that brings us to the tough decision. Most likely, both to clear space and return an asset or two, Boston will have to move on from one of their bulldogs: Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder or Marcus Smart. All three have become beloved in Boston for their defense, work ethic and hard-nosed attitude. Each embodies what Celtics fans love most in players. That makes it hard to envision trading any of them, but once again it is a necessary evil. You have to give to get. If it softens the blow any, think of it as trading one of these three for Hayward and whatever they get in return for Bradley, Crowder or Smart.

The Cavaliers are a favorite against 29 out of 30 teams in the league. Kyrie Irving is only getting better, and Kevin Love is a great, versatile option to have at power forward.

It might take an injury bug or a bit of luck to best the Warriors again in the Finals, but that’s better than doing it in the Western Conference Finals.

A lot can happen over the next calendar year, but if the Cavaliers run into the Warriors again without putting up any resistance, James may seek out greener pastures.

Teams can find a way to open up cap space and sign James outright. Even if he considers Los Angeles, the Lakers can build a team around him with a co-star like Paul George and/or any number of other marquee players on the market.

The East won’t be enough to hold James down in Cleveland after a while. He won’t lock himself into a situation where he can’t compete — just ask the Heat. James will do what’s best Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa for him next Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys summer, and that might be walking away from home for a second time.

Derrick Rose, Cavaliers agree to 1-year deal worth $2.1 million, per report

After completing his physical on Monday, free agent point guard Derrick Rose has agreed to sign a deal with the Cavaliers, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. The move adds depth at the point guard position to a Cleveland team looking to make its fourth consecutive NBA Finals appearance.

Rose averaged 18 points and 4.4 assists per game with the floundering New York Knicks last season — a team mired in controversy that finished 31-51 despite playoff aspirations to begin the year. He showed flashes of the player who became the youngest MVP in NBA history, but was saddled with off-court issues, including a civil sexual assault trial to begin the season, nagging injuries, and failing to report to a game without alerting teammates.

Regardless, Rose projects to be more of a help off the bench for the Cavaliers than Deron Williams, who scored a total of five points in the entire NBA Finals. The 28-year-old guard proved he can still score off the dribble with the Knicks, something the Cavaliers will need from the backcourt if they do indeed part ways with Irving.

Wow, that was a beautiful alley-oop — good even for an NBA player, in fact. Steph seemed slightly surprised by his wife’s newfound balling ability, captioning the post “No clue she had like that!”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Ayesha has proved she can ball — when she was nine months pregnant with Riley, she was shooting three-pointers like it was nothing:

It’s also worth noting that you rarely see Steph dunk — some fans had even joked that he can’t. But maybe he can only dunk when Ayesha is passing him the ball … and that means Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys we’re gonna need to get her a spot on the Warriors.

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Anthony would be a good fit in Oklahoma City.

Hindsight is always 20/20 — the Cavaliers should have done the Irving-for-George swap, straight up. But in that moment, the Cavaliers wanted a James-Irving-George trio to play with the Warriors on the perimeter.

That’s the most ideal trio for the Cavs, so it makes sense for them not to make that move. But the Cavaliers set themselves up for this by not having exit meetings to end the season.

And maybe the most essential part of all this is Anthony has to want to go to Oklahoma City. It’s not a secret that, at some point in his career, he wants to play with the banana boat crew of Chris Paul, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade. Oklahoma City doesn’t have any of those players and they aren’t going to.

It’s tough to see this going down. The two sides could always try to get a third team involved, but that’s always difficult to orchestrate. It’s a possibility, but I wouldn’t call it a likely one.

Anthony would be a good fit in Oklahoma City. He gives them the spacing and versatility they need on the wing to have an actual threat as a small ball power forward or as a scoring small forward.

The Thunder pulled a coup with Paul George because the Pacers lacked leverage. The Knicks lack the same thing here. Both sides have made it clear they’re eager for a split at this point. Anthony’s ability to reject any trade he doesn’t like is a big deal.

With two high usage players down low, Holiday doesn’t need to take many shots for the Pelicans’ offense to work. He’ll be their third option as a scorer, but will mainly have to work to distribute possessions between Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

He’s not the fastest guard, but is quick Cheap Kings Jerseys and shifty enough to get a step on his defender and drawing another. With Cheap Jordan Jerseys China two great finishers at the rim down low, dump-off passes are easy money.

Miami’s pitch is their beach lifestyle and one of the league’s best coaches in Erik Spoelstra.

Sure, you can say this was Phil Jackson being Phil Jackson as a team president. But the bottom line is the Knicks once gave up on a talent they had in hand that they ended up just buying back later.

Hardaway played fairly well last season, but this is an overpay. The reason the Knicks had to do it is because Hardaway is a restricted free agent, and Atlanta can match any lowball deal. They probably won’t match this offer, but the Knicks are going to pay for it down the line when Hardaway is making $19 million in the fourth year of this deal.

Miami’s pitch is their beach lifestyle and one of Cheap Jerseys Paypal the league’s best coaches in Erik Spoelstra. The Celtics brought Hayward to Fenway Park on Sunday, showing him a video featuring sports legends saying good things about Boston and a personalized message from David Ortiz. In Utah, Hayward’s meeting will take place in San Diego with the Jazz executives. Their pitch, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, will revolve around how Hayward’s role will continue to grow with the team, all while playing next to Rudy Gobert, an ideal teammate for him.

Well, Denver still isn’t a glamour market and the Nuggets missed the playoffs again, but they successfully signed a top free agent on Sunday. Welcome, Paul Millsap, to the Mile High City.

The Nuggets nabbed Millsap on a three-year, $90 million Cheap Jerseys Sell deal. It’s a move that makes for a crowded front court in Denver, but moving Kenneth Faried or not bringing back Mason Plumlee would fix that rather easily. Either way, Denver now boasts a killer duo of Millsap and Nikola Jokic, which should help the Nuggets at least keep up with the quickly improving Western Conference.

It was only January 2015 when the Hawks won 60 games, went undefeated in January, and saw their entire starting five get named Player of the Month.

Penguins’ Sidney Crosby joins NHL’s 1,000-point club, then nets OT winner

Sidney Crosby has another remarkable feat to add to his growing list of prestigious career accomplishments.

The Penguins captain assisted on Chris Kunitz’s first-period goal in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Jets to become the 86th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points.

In the third period, Crosby assisted on Phil Kessel’s power-play goal that tied things up 3-all. And he scored the game winner with 22 seconds remaining in overtime courtesy of a super-human pass from Evgeni Malkin to put the icing on Crosby’s three-point night.

Crosby, who entered his 757th game with 999 career points, required the fewest games among active players to reach 1,000 points. Former Penguins winger Jaromir Jagr had previously gotten there the fastest among active players at 763 games. Crosby is the third player in Penguins history with 1,00 points, joining Jagr and Mario Lemieux.

Okposo hasn’t played since March 27 and had played in just two of the 12 games before that because of a rib injury.

But he was held out of the Sabres lineup for the March 28 game and has been in a state of flux ever since.

There has been no official update by the team since it’s one statement on Okposo’s immediate condition: “Kyle continues to be under the care of our doctors as he deals with symptoms Wholesale NFL Jerseys from an illness. Out of respect to Kyle and his family, we will have no further comment at this time.”

However, according to the AP, coach Dan Bylsma addressed the situation, in a general Nike NFL Jerseys Supply way, on Friday: “It’s something we’re all playing with right now. It’s a difficult situation and a difficult time for Kyle and his family, and one we want to do everything we can to be with him and help him through the time that he’s in right now.”

The Sabres have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Okposo was fourth on the team with 19 goals and 45 points and was named an All-Star in his first year with the Sabres.

Philadelphia already held a special place in Bickell’s heart

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall retooled the Flyers depth chart over the summer, dealing Brayden Schenn to the Blues for Jori Lehtera and Nick Cousins to the Coyotes. He also signed veteran goaltender Brian Elliott as a free agent.

Goalie Steve Mason departed as a free agent, as did a pair of defensemen, Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz. Winger Pierre-Edouard Bellemare was claimed by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

“For us, it’s about getting better every day and just keep building,” Giroux said.

“Was nice to see, no question, our fans acknowledge and give their respect that way, and the players on the ice. It’s a special situation. Everybody has an awful lot of respect for him and what he’s been able to accomplish in the game, but also the person that he is and as he moves forward into his future,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said after the game, per NHL.com.

Philadelphia already held a special place in Bickell’s heart, so the fact his career ended there was fitting.

“First time I lifted the (Stanley) Cup was in Philly (with the Blackhawks seven years earlier). To end it here was nice,” he said, per NHL.com. Bickell raised the Cup twice more with Chicago, in 2013 and 2015.

Thus ends the current iteration of Bryan Bickell’s story. Much more of it is to be Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal told as the hockey world continues to lend its support to Bickell and his family. That humanity doesn’t Jerseys For Cheap end when a player leaves the ice for good.

the Canadiens lost to the Bruins and Julien successor Bruce Cassidy in a listless 4-0 decision Sunday

Joe Thornton has totaled 1,514 points over 1,608 career games in the regular-season and playoffs. He reached the Stanley Cup Final once, in 2016, but his Sharks lost in six games to the Penguins.

They’ve been attached their entire lives, so why separate them now? The Sedin twins have combined for more than 2,000 points in their NHL careers as teammates with the Canucks. They came closest to a Cup title in 2011, falling to the Bruins in the seven-game Final.

Roberto Luongo has more wins (453) than any active goalie in the NHL, and is one shy of fourth on the all-time list. He led the Canucks to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, but lost Game Seven to the Bruins.

Ironically, the Canadiens lost to the Bruins and Julien successor Bruce Cassidy in a listless 4-0 decision Sunday, likely setting in motion Therrien’s long-rumored ouster.

The move also comes with a hint of deja vu since Julien replaced Therrian in his first stint as Canadiens coach midway through the 2002-03 season.

“The decision to remove Michel from his coaching duties was a difficult one because I have lots of respect for him,” Canadiens general Marc Bergevin said in a release. “I came to the conclusion that our team needed a new energy, a new voice, a new direction.

The first (and most infamous) came at the nadir of Peter Chiarelli’s tenure when the since-departed GM dealt superstar-in-the-making Tyler Seguin to Dallas. Sweeney was responsible Nike NFL Jerseys Size Chart for the other with the 2015 trade of Dougie Hamilton to Calgary. These were each unique situations, but neither played out particularly well for the Bruins, who failed to replenish that talent at Cheap Jerseys Elite the NHL level and, accordingly, haven’t advanced past the first round of the playoffs since 2014.

Phil Kessel and his hot dogs deserve your respect

In 1608, a play staged in Cambridge, Christmas Prince, introduced the phrase “Hee laugheth best that laugheth to the end,” which later became, “He who laughs last laughs longest.”

And if you’re keeping score at home when it comes to laughs in the hockey world, Phil Kessel is most certainly laughing last, and laughing best. And it’s high time people stop laughing at Kessel altogether, for the 29-year-old forward is not only deserving of respect, but has consistently shown he will humiliate all who disrespect him.

“I guess you have to respect your employers, your owner’s decision. But … it just seems unfortunate that when the players voice it’s something that they think is beneficial not only for them, but for the league and for our game as a whole, it automatically turns into a negotiation,” Toews said, via the Chicago Tribune. “It just seems like it comes down to what can they get out of us when the next CBA negotiation rolls around. It’s not about the long-term goals of our game and growing it and the bigger picture.”

Connor McDavid, the Oilers wunderkind who was primed to star in his first Olympics for Team Canada in 2018, called the decision “disappointing” since the Olympics were “something I looked forward to as a kid.” But asked if he would play anyway, he said bluntly, “I’m in no position to make a statement like that.”

The issue of individual participation is far from settled. TSN.com reported NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has instructed team officials to refrain from commenting publicly on the matter until Cheap MLB Jerseys From China the league reaches a consensus ruling.

To that end, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted last month Wholesale Jerseys Paypal he would be “surprised if we allowed it to be club-by-club issue at this point.”